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As you join Bearcat Nation Welcome to Bearcat Nation, You’re beginning a journey that places you among more than 70,000 Northwest alumni and friends, and you’ll soon discover why the phrase “Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat” has such deep meaning to all of us. Fall is an exciting time at Northwest as we welcome new and returning students to our beautiful campus and Maryville community. You and your fellow students are what make Northwest such a vibrant organization, and we are committed to focusing on your success – every day. I realize that it can be intimidating to start life at a new school, but one of the many great things Northwest offers is a wide range of activities just for students. I encourage you to get involved in any number of our more than 180 student organizations. It’s an ideal way to meet new friends, and research shows the more engaged you are, the better your chances are for success. Of course, you came to college to further your education. Our professors

care immensely about your success. Ask questions. Be engaged. You’ll soon find out that our unique hands-on learning experiences, caring faculty and small class sizes mean you will master your course material while finding lifelong mentors in your professors. By selecting Northwest, you’ve also become an integral part of a tradition of excellence. From nationally-recognized academic and athletic achievements to award-winning student organizations and volunteer opportunities, Northwest students, faculty and staff never cease to amaze me, and I certainly look forward to seeing all that you and your classmates accomplish during your time at Northwest – and beyond. I also want you to know that your feedback about life at Northwest is important to me. As you see me around campus, please don’t hesitate to say hello and visit with me about how we can enhance your Northwest experience. At Northwest, we are committed to helping you succeed. Take hold, get

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About your president President John Jasinski began his presidency on July 1, 2009. He returned to Northwest after serving the institution from 19862001 as a faculty member, department chair and associate provost.

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Take action, speak out Welcome newest members of the Bearcat family,

Take part in your Residential Hall Council. As a link to the administration and an opportunity for leadership, representing your floor speaks volumes.

My name is Andrew Maddux, and as the 89th Student Senate president, I’m happy you chose Northwest. Starting your first year you’ll have access to all the great offerings provided by this institution. One of those opportunities I’d encourage you to consider is Student Senate – the voice of the students. The senate has lots to offer the students and its senators, with the main benefit being a vote that influences the direction of this University. Champion student causes, help organizations, plan events, save lives through blood drives, meet state senators and representatives and represent your fellow freshmen. Oh and did I mention, it’s a lot of fun? I encourage you to come to our meetings in the fall and check us out. They are located in the J.W. Jones Student Union Boardroom at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. There are many capacities to lead in senate and the opportunity to work with and meet

Fill out Culture of Quality Comment Cards around the University or online at comment.htm. Speak to a representative about your concerns such as a department chair, Dean of Students Matt Baker, Provost Doug Dunham or University President John Jasinski. Write an opinion column for the Northwest Missourian.

Jasinski is nationally known for his work with the Academic Quality Improvement Program. He has started and completed 10 marathons.

Attend floor meetings, organization meetings and participate in groups.

Join Student Senate or attend meetings regularly.

He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Central Michigan University.

a lot of individuals. We are a body with senators and associate senators from all different majors and interest. To find out more information on the Student Senate, find us online under the Campus Life tab on the homepage. Like us on Facebook by typing in Student Senate and you can email us at ssenate@ As a public relations major and a comprehensive crisis response minor, I’ve held several roles, starting as a freshman representative to treasurer and running successfully for 2011-12 president. My advice for you is to join and explore organizations. They are a great way to meet friends, have fun and expand your horizons. Enjoy your time here and realize everything is your decision, so make them wisely for the best outcome. Go further than just the bare minimum. Take pride in yourself and release the potential that is just waiting to be let out. You may have visited the Administration Building on a tour of campus. I’d like to point out the words over its entrance:

“And the truth shall make you free.” I challenge you to find your truth. Sincerely,

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Snap back to reality ’Cats I will be the first to be brutally honest with you and tell you that I am sorry. Not because you are now leaving your glory days of football team captain, prom queen, honorroll student or academic decathlon champion behind. Not because there are a new set of responsibilities and expectations that loom over your head. And not because the constant pressure to conform seems to be injected with steroids the moment you set foot in your freshman hall – but because with all that has been placed before you, you succeed or fail alone. That ought to brighten your day and add a little light on your view of college. Don’t worry though, this is where I tell you that everything will be OK – because it will. Although, ultimately every decision you make while you are here will have either positive or negative ramifications for the rest of your natural born life, you don’t have to be a lone wolf. For

each trial and tribulation set before you, there is someone on this campus who is willing to pick up a battle-axe and fight at your side. That’s the great thing about Northwest, you’re not just setting foot on a college campus where the students go to class and the officials see green – Northwest green – but instead, you are joining an approximately 7,000 member family and growing. So the best thing to do on the days when you’re not grumbling about an 8 a.m. class, your useless roommate or that guy or girl on the fifth floor who won’t give you the time of day is to get out and see campus. Get involved and take a stroll outside of your comfort zone. Trust me, wherever you are from, the grass is greener on the northwest side of Missouri. Those are my words of wisdom to you. What you choose to do with them, well, that’s all on you. Like I said, your decisions here will likely stay with you forever. Welcome to the real world, kids. I hope you’re



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Get involved and leave your door open. Pretty much just get to know people, it’ll help. -Laurel Holmquist


It’s OK to be different from your roommate. Just find the things you have in common and let them be unique. -Jessica Lundquist If you get in a fight with your roommate, talk it out then not later. -Jessica Stungis


Make sure when scheduling classes you put at least an hour between classes for down time. -Breanna Ormsby

Don’t procrastinate. -Megan Nielson


Come up with a really good study plan for every class because college is nothing like high school and you have to study for every class. -Nikita Tietsort Don’t let people change you, be yourself but don’t be afraid to try new things. -Taylor Vogelsmeier


Don’t just think you can use all the money on your Bearcat Card at once. It seems like a lot of money at first but it goes quickly. -Alyssa McHenry

It’s alright if you and your roommate don’t get along, you don’t have to be best friends. -Claire Harms




The best time to go out and not stress about school is the beginning because you won’t be as busy. -Lauren Fouts

Don’t room with your best friend because it can ruin your friendship. I don’t know a friendship that hasn’t been ruined because of that. -Emily Stortenbecker Don’t procrastinate because then you’re stuck doing everything last minute like me. -Emily Mynatt


Don’t procrastinate. Make sure you’re studying well enough in advance. -Dylan Gilmore

Take it all in because it goes by quick. -Ashlyn Woolson

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Get to know everyone you can – on your floor, staff, professors – because it’s a great way to network. -Ashleigh Easton

Don’t get behind in class because you’ll pay for it. And don’t party too much. -Willie Howe


Try not to lock yourself out of your room when you’re taking a shower. Try to be friends with the girls on your floor, or else you’ll be pretty lonely. -Elizabeth Christie Don’t get used to the freedom, respect it, you still need time to study for classes. -Antoinette Vigliaturo

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Living Amanda Schulte-Smith Feature Editor It can be one of the scariest moments of your life, and the best at the same time. Living in a dorm your freshman year is a student’s true first experience being on their own. As you countdown the days until the big move, remember these tips from your fellow classmates. Resident assistant Kristen Kientz always encourages freshmen to take part in programs offered by the staff. Resident aids are there to help students adjust to their new living situations and taking advantage of the activities varying from information sessions to hanging out as a group is an easy way to build friendships with the people on your floor. “I always encourage the freshmen on my floor to get active and participate in all the different events we put on. It is a great way to meet people and feel comfortable about their surroundings,” Kientz said. There are plenty of games, activities,

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Bible studies and chances to get free food in your dorm each month. The members of Resident Life are there for you, ready and willing to give advice, tips and tricks for college life. “I like when students ask questions about campus, that’s my job to help them so I am always willing to answer any school or social questions they might have,” Kientz said. Some tips many residents give to freshmen is to make a check list of things you will need when you move. Blankets, toiletries and a toothbrush are commonly forgotten when making the big move to campus. By making a list, you can avoid forgetting something your first week of school and running to the store to get it. Do not be afraid to ask questions. Always remember that there are student ready and willing to help you when you move on campus. Living on your own can be a big adjustment so use your resources, make a checklist and give your parents a big hug because ready or not, you are now a college student.

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Prepare for each class as though there would be a pop quiz. You will be able to participate in class and you will be prepared if there actually is a pop quiz. Be on time for each class. Sit down and get relaxed before class begins. Professors like students who are always present and never late. If you have trouble actually getting up early and going to class, consider taking an online class.


Do not write down everything. Write in outline form so your notes will be easy to skim and review. Be sure to take clear, concise notes for every class. Be attentive and stay focused. Avoid distractions such as instant messaging or crossword puzzles.

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Take breaks while studying. Break up your studying routine into 50minute sessions, followed by 5 or 10 minute breaks. Stay on top of your reading. Almost every college class will require reading - a lot of reading. Do not fall behind or it will cost you.


Ask questions. Chances are there are other students in class that also did not understand.

Use separate notebooks for each class. Or use subject dividers to separate your notes. Doing so will make exam preparation easier.


Establish a routine study time. Getting into a rhythm at the beginning of every term will help you stay focused.

Use a pencil. Write in the margins any notes you may want to make while you are reading. Then while studying for the final exam, you can go over these margin notes. Find a study partner or two. Study partners can help you stay focused and can point out some things that you may have overlooked.


Try to make a friend in each class. If you have to miss a class, you can call your classmate and get the lowdown on what you may have missed. Find a good place to study. Dorm rooms are often littered with distractions — television, video games, loud music.


Get notes for any classes you may have missed. Never assume that you know what was covered in classes that did not attend.

Start early on long term papers. Especially when a lot of research is involved, beginning the planning and outlining stages of a term paper early will benefit you greatly.


Prepare an outline before you start writing. Outlining the entire paper before you begin will help you develop and convey your ideas better. Use the Writing Center. Turn in your first drafts here and they will point out your writing flaws so you can improve.

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Students find their niche; get involved on campus Amanda Schulte-Smith Feature Editor

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SENIOR RYAN GOBET shares his testimony with Campus Crusade for Christ. At 9 p.m. every Thursday, Campus Crusade (CRU) comes together for fellowship, worship and reflection on Christ in the bottom floor of J.W. Jones Student Union.

Student Organizations There is a club, organization offered at Northwest for any group, major, interest or passion. Get involved with people who share common interests.

Religious Organizations

Greek Life If you are interested in getting to know people fast, join Greek Life. Joining a fraternity or sorority will provide you with an oportunity to work with others like you.

Many religious organizations meet throughout the week to offer students with uplifting messages about God and faith. Get involved, share your story and let your faith take flight.

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The beginning of the school year means a new year with a fresh start. Looking to try something new? Northwest has you covered with hundreds of clubs, organizations and Greek associations to get involved in during your stay. If you are looking for a more academic-based club that adresses your interest in learning new things. There are clubs like Phi Beta Lambda that compete statewide in competitions. This last year, three members of the club placed at the Missouri Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Orlando. If academics is not your thing, a great way to meet people and get involved is looking into Greek Life. Joining a fraternity or sorority gives students the chance to associate with a group of men and women who work together toward various philanthropies, while building life-long friendships. Government and political organizations are also available at Northwest to new students looking to learn more about the government or wanting to know about internships and opportunities like visiting the state capitol. Students can join the Criminal Justice Club to hear from speakers and promote the professional development of students entering into the field of criminal justice. Also, the Mock Trial team can be a fun club to get into. Students can compete in regional and national competitions sponsored by the

American Mock Trail Association. Last year, the Northwest Mock Trail team completed their most successful season yet, having to expand its squad into two competition teams for the first time. There are tons of multi-cultural clubs that give students the chance to interact with people of various cultural backgrounds. These clubs give students the ability to learn about another culture and potentially visit that country. The International Student Organization welcomes students to join who want to help promote better relationships among students of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Northwest’s religious clubs have grown tremendously over the past couple of years, encouraging students who want to grow spiritually to get involved and meet people of similar backgrounds to share your story with them. Campus religious organizations include Campus Crusade for Christ, The Baptist Student Union, Newman Catholic Center and many more. There are tons of different clubs and organizations to join, so look for booths set up at the beginning of each semester for more information about a hobby you might have or log onto the Northwest website at Getting involved in a student organization gives you an opportunity to socialize, work with others as a team, and even network with faculty and advisers. Depending on your interests, there is an organization at Northwest for you.

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Looking for a job can require work By Amanda Schulte-Smith Feature Editor You have your classes picked, your room decorated and your school supplies ready, what next? Finding a job. Many students look for side jobs to grab some extra cash to pay for various things not involved with their meal plan. If you are one of those students looking to make some extra cash, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind when starting your job hunt. Jobs can also be beneficial for new students looking to get familiar with the city of Maryville. By getting a job at a church or community center in town, you can familiarize yourself with the city and get to know members of the community. First, start early. If you think about it, there are plenty of students thinking the same thing as you and will be looking for some of the same positions you will apply for. If you start early, you Delbert’s prides itself on quality vehicle repair done with friendly service.

have the upper hand at picking your ideal hours and getting accepted for those jobs. One great place you can find job postings or help with interviews is the Student Employment offic. They are there for your benefit so why not go pay them a quick visit? By visiting the Student Employment Office, you can find jobs on campus or off campus and some great tips as to how to get that particular job. They can also ease the burden of job hunting, which can get very time consuming. If you do not see yourself working on campus, local businesses like Wal-Mart, McDonalds, Taco Bell and Sonic are always looking for part-time students to fill in while school is in session. Applying early and going in with a smart attitude can be your best bet when applying for jobs. The biggest piece of advice students need to remember is always put your schoolwork first. Make sure when you apply, you


leave time for your classes and study hours so you do not fall behind. Taking on too much with a job and homework can be detrimental to a student’s academic career. No one knows you better than yourself and if you think working two jobs (because going to school is a job itself) will be too much for you, get adjusted to classes before you apply. Another thing to remember if you plan on getting a job is bringing everything you will need for it with you when you move to campus. Remember your Social Security card, I.D., birth certificate, insurance card and any other documents you feel would be necessary when applying for a job. Always remember that your schoolwork is your top priority. Talk with your parents and friends to make sure you can handle the complex schedule. Remember, never compromise your class schedule with your work schedule.

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Feeling ill? Stop by the Wellness Center for free By Brittany Keithley Editor-in-Chief The Wellness Center provides countless services to a student from regular check-ups to counseling. The per-credit hour wellness fee that students pay covers routine office visits which includes consultation, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. It will not cover procedures, lab work or medication, but you can charge those to your student account or insurance. The transition to college can be hard for some and balancing new responsibilities tends to get overwhelming. Students need to have a reasonable schedule for sleeping, eating, exercising, studying and socializing. If any one of those gets out of balance then the tendency will be for them to get sick.

The Personal Development and Counseling Services at the Wellness Center can help with these adjustments to college life and lend advice from crisis management to consultations. The Wellness Center holds a partnership with their patients with the understanding of mutual trust and confidence to help ensure the correct diagnosis is reached and the student’s needs are fulfilled. They work with the students to help achieve a balance in mind, body and spirit by promoting education, self responsibility and prevention. The Wellness Center is located at the northwest corner of campus behind Millikan Hall. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. For more information contact them at (660) 562-1348.


The University Wellness Center is located behind Millikan Hall. The staff provides medical services, institutional testing, couseling, clinical and emergency response services. They are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Wellness Services University Wellness Services, operating out of the Wellness Center, is the hub of all campus health and wellness services, and encompasses clinical, personal development and counseling, health promotion, public health, nutrition and emergency response services. Call (660)562-1348 for an appointment 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday

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The Administration Building is the central hub for taking care of all your business matters. The Administration Building is where you’ll need to go to add or drop a class with the Registrar’s Office, head to the Bursar’s Office to make a payment or get details on a past due account, gain advice and guidance on a career path from Career Services, smoothen out your financial aid or buy tickets for athletic events, concerts and other SAC events. If you work on campus it might also be helpful to know the Payroll Office is located here. The Administration Building also houses the offices of all the higher ups, including the president, the provost and the deans of each department.

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Garrett-Strong is the home of the chemistry, physics and biological sciences departments. If you plan to take classes such as geology, biology or even a math course, you will want to know where this building is on campus.




While classes are in session The Station is open 24 hours and may accommodate late night and early morning activities. The Station is home to the 24-hour C-3 store for convenience shopping, DVD-to-Rent, several meeting rooms and a kitchen for student use. Students will also pick up their textbooks the first week of school in The Station and Textbook Services is located in its lower level.

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B.D. Owens Library Throughout the library, areas for private study and reading are available along with spaces and resources that facilitate student group and team project development, including a computer lab for individual and group access.

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The Ron Houston Center features performances throughout the semester from the Encore series to Distinguished Lectures to concerts and ceremonies. The goal of the Encore series is to provide an unparalleled experience where the very best performing artists create and share knowldge through the arts. The Distinguished Lectures include scholars, world travelers and leaders in their field who hope to share their wisdom, insight and experiences to students. BRITTANY KEITHLEY | EDITOR-in-CHIEF TREY WILLIAMS | News Editor map courtesy of university relations





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Their support staff provides in-person notebook support free of charge to students, faculty and staff who have been issued or are renting a Univeristy-owned notebook computer or tablet. Students will pick up their University-issued laptops the first week for school at the support center. Open from Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.




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The J.W. Jones Student Union is the heart of the campus community. If you’re looking for a nice meal but don’t want to leave campus, come here and enjoy one of the many dining options – J.W. Grill, Noodles, Quiznos, Zoca, Salad Garden, Wok, Cranberry Farms or Grill Works. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy go upstairs and take a bite out of Papa John’s, Java City or grab a smoothie at Freshens. The Union is also home to the Office of Campus Activities, Campus Dining, Residential Life and Intercultural Affairs.

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Bearcat Card will fulfill almost any student’s dreams By Ben Lawson Chief Reporter A Northwest student’s Bearcat Card is essential to life on campus. It is a student’s portal to all the snacks a person needs at The Station and tickets to football games, concerts and much more. Food- All the food a student needs can be purchased with their Bearcat Card. Students can buy meals with their Bearcat Card from places like Quiznos and Papa John’s in the J.W. Jones Student Union and food for their dorm room from The Station. Students can also use their card at any vending machine on campus. Any purchases made for food on a Bearcat Card comes straight from the student’s Aladine

account. Banking- Students who have an account with US Bank at any location can set up their Bearcat Card so it can be used as an ATM and Debit Card. Once activated, the card can be used at any business or US Bank ATM, including the ATM located in the Union. Tickets- Students use their Bearcat Card to purchase tickets for campus events. Tickets for guest speakers, sporting events, concerts and other campus activities can all be purchased on their card and charged to their student account. Bookstore- If students ever need a book for a class or feel as if their wardrobe is lacking school spirit, they can stop by the Bearcat Bookstore located in the Union and

make any purchases necessary using their Bearcat Card. Library- Students must have their Bearcat Card to check out items from B.D. Owens Library.

Items like books for a research project, a projector for a presentation and movies for education or entertainment can all be found at the library.

Identification- It is advisable for students to keep their Bearcat Card on them at all times because it is your main identification card while on campus.

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One does not simply park By Philip Gruenwald Associate Editor If you want to see a NASCAR race but wish to avoid the mullets and beer hats, consider staking out your lawn chair near a University parking lot about 10 minutes before class instead. Students bemoan the lack of good parking, but Clarence Green, chief of University Police, thinks otherwise. He believes that Northwest does not have a parking problem at all. “We have a sufficient number of parking spots because we know that on any given day there’s 400 spots that are empty,” Green said. “Everybody wants to park close and we don’t have a lot of close parking, so that’s the biggest issue.” The number of parking tickets issued this year was lower than that of last year, according to Monica McCullough, Parking and Records manager. In 2009, University Police issued 1,408 tickets for parking in a reserved area. This includes faculty parking spots, handicapped spots or a commuter parking in a resident spot. By 2010, that number had decreased to 976. Similarly, tickets resulting

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in failure to register or display a permit have also dropped from 2,017 to 1,794 in the same amount of time. This is no coincidence; that time frame also saw ticket fines increase from $20 to $30. “I believe the increase in the fine results in the decrease in tickets written because it’s more impactful,” McCullough said. She believes students would rather pay for a parking permit or walk, more so than last year when it would take five tickets to surpass the price of a parking permit. Northwest also added parking spots in that same time. By straightening the lines on lot 42, just north of the baseball fields, hardscape supervisor Chris Redden retained 90 parking spaces. “For every 10 cars that are angle parked, you gain an extra spot if it’s straightened,” Redden said. Redden also wants to focus on designated areas for motorcycle and scooter parking, which is a growing trend for Northwest students. The new designated areas will be easily identified by their unique coloring not used anywhere else at Northwest.

Parking 101 The solid shaded areas are designated lots for freshmen to park on campus. A resident parking permit is required in these lots.

Safe Ride to offer students more services on, off campus By Philip Gruenwald Associate Editor For some, University Police’s Safe Ride program is a way to get a free ride home after a night of a few too many drinks. For others, it is their ticket to grocery shopping on a Sunday afternoon. For Clarence Green, chief of University Police, it is his way of keeping students safe. “We used to give out about a hundred (DWIs) each year,” Green said. “Now we’re averaging less than 30.” Fewer drunk Wednesday drivers means few4 p.m. – 4 a.m. er alcohol-related accidents, making the 75 cents per Thursday credit hour fee an 10 p.m. – 4 a.m. investment for all students. About 6,000 students Friday use Safe Ride each year, according to 4 p.m. – 4 a.m. Green. Safe Ride will now be funded by Saturday student fees after 10 p.m. – 4 a.m. an approval vote by Student Senate and the Board of Sunday Regents. The fee 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. covers salaries for personnel, like dispatchers and drivers. It also extends Safe Ride’s hours, shifting the focus from late night taxi to shuttle service. Consequently, it will need a new name. Green said he has received positive input from Student Senate, but would like feedback from other students before a name is given. “We’ve heard a lot of people want to call it Bearcat Shuttle,” Green said. Regardless of the name bequeathed to it, Safe Ride will continue chugging along during late nights, available for free to all Northwest students. Call (660) 562-1245 during operating hours if you need a ride.

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Northwest suffers loss of new head coach, dear friend By Jason Lawrence Asst. Sports Editor Bearcat Nation joined University president John Jasinski in saying, “Goodbye papa Bearcat,” to Scott Bostwick a day after hosting his first youth camp as head football coach. Bostwick, 49, died of a heart attack June 5 on his front lawn while mowing the grass. Jasinski, athletic director Wren Baker, former coach Mel Tjeerdsma and Bostwick’s coaching staff gathered in Lamkin Activity Center that night to mourn coach Bostwick’s death and share stories of the charismatic coach with local media. “It’s a tough day,” Tjeerdsma said. “It’s a day we weren’t expecting. We’re all hurting right now. Just like Wren said and Dr. Jasinski said, we’re all Bearcats. We’re family, and that’s what’s going to get us through. Our focus right now is on family and everything we can do to help them. “He cared about the guys he was working with. He loved Maryville, he loved Northwest. He was always about family.” While the mourning had just begun for a man that nearly everyone in Maryville held in high regard, the process was started with a team meeting around 1 p.m. June 5. Coaches and players sat around for an hour telling stories of coach Bostwick while doing their best to process the state of shock and “laughed and cried as we took turns talking about coach Bostwick, what he stood for and what he meant to each of us,” Baker said. “We could have stayed for four or five more (hours) telling stories,” defensive coordinator Rich Wright said. “We all have a good coach Bostwick story, or 20. He was an amazing person and I don’t think he realized how many people he touched.” After the meeting, social media sites were flooded with statuses and tweets about the coach from not only players, but faculty and fans as well. Everyone had something positive to say and Bostwick was on every Bearcat’s mind. “We are continually awestruck by

Bearcat Nation,” Jasinski said. “…The outpouring of support has been simply Bearcat-esque. It’s been family.” The press conference was strewn together in the same unexpected fashion of the coach’s passing. The lobby of Lamkin was full of long faces, all bearing the same bewildered expression of, “Please tell me this is just a bad dream,” while many fought back tears. Baker opened the conference with the circumstances everyone was already woefully aware of and spoke of his passion for life and football. “I’ve spent a lot of time with coach Bostwick the past few months. During that time it was obvious he was a very passionate person,” Baker said. “He was passionate about his family, his loved ones, his players and the Bearcats.” Jasinksi followed with his call for action to “paint your own canvas with thoughts about Scott,” and praised Bostwick for his love of family, his integrity and his passion for the game. “We know he is a winner, and you think about Bearcats in the last over 100 years, he stands with everyone of the best Bearcats ever. Period,” Jasinski said… “Coach Bostwick made every one of us better. He probably didn’t know that at the time, but he made us better.” Tjeerdsma and the coaching staff followed with their own remembrances. “He brought a lot of life to our program,” Tjeerdsma said. “There’s no doubt about that. Energy, enthusiasm, you can just go on and on. More so now than ever before. The last five months when he was leading the program, it was fun to see because he was so excited about having that opportunity. That was his strength. He was a motivator. He was a hard motivator, but a motivator through love, too.” He had numerous chances to leave Maryville for higher profile jobs over the years, but his love of the community and of all things Bearcat kept him here. He never coached a game as head coach, but his presence will still be felt around the program for years to come.

(TOP) MARYVILLE RESIDENT FRED Mares shows his support for the Bostwick family at coach Bostwick’s Celebration of Life June 9. (LEFT) HEAD COACH SCOTT Bostwick addresses his team after the Spring game on Sat. April 9. The ’Cats will kick off the season with an away game against Truman Sept. 1.


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What you’ve missed in sports By Tony Botts Sports Editor This past year’s worth of sports in Maryville wasn’t wrapped in national championship banners. Instead, it was filled with last second, game-winning field goals, legendary retirements and fresh faces. The biggest story line of the year, hands down, may also have been the hardest to embrace. After 17 years at the helm of arguably one of the best Division II football programs in the nation, head coach Mel Tjeerdsma announced his tearful retirement. Surroundedbyhisfamily,coaching staff, current and former players and a room filled with the Maryville community, Coach T turned over the program and its tradition to the man who weathered all 17 seasons at the Hall of Fame coach’s side. New head coach Scott Bostwick has already left his mark on the program. As Bostwick takes his place

as the new face of the ’Cats, he will unveil the new look of the Bearcat football program this fall. Unfortunately, the Bearcats didn’t defend last year’s football championship, but instead left fans sitting on the edges of their seats week in and week out. Rather fitting, the Cardiac ’Cats were born. From the first Missouri Western game, when Northwest sent Jerry Partridge and Gang back to St. Joseph with their tails between their legs, to the Washburn game, where an unlikely hero, linebacker Bill Baudler, saved the day on a crucial twopoint conversion, the season was filled with suspense. But let us not forget the heroics that rode on sophomore kicker Todd Adolf’s leg at Central Missouri. Not only did he crush the 48-yard field goal, but he also preserved the ’Cats’ fourth straight MIAA Championship. While there was no return trip to Florence this year, Northwest saw its first player to make the Harlon

SENIOR GUARD ABBY Henry will return next season leading a squad returning only two starters.

Hill finalist list in senior quarterback Blake Bolles. But, don’t let football steal the show. New head volleyball coach Jessica Rinehart and a resilient senior class helped lead Northwest to its first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 1981. Prior to making the tournament, Rinehart and the Lady ’Cats knocked off No. 2 Washburn in stunning fashion in front of a pinked-out home crowd in support of breast cancer. Sticking with the women, head basketball coach Gene Steinmeyer took a practically unknown bunch to a level of basketball the University had never seen. With the likes of seniors Gabby Curtis, Gentry Dietz and newcomer Kyla Roehrig, Northwest was carried above elite-status, into the Final Four for the first time in program history. Countless records were shattered along the way, bringing national attention to Maryville for the other sport that uses field goals.



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What better way to enjoy Halloween than heading out to Workman’s Chapel? Workman’s Chapel is Maryville’s premiere spot for paranormal activity. Head into the creepy decrepit old chapel or wander through the cemetary for a good fright. If you are brave enough, pull under the old tree next to the Chapel and listen carefully; you can hear scuffling of feet on the roof of your car. Workman’s Chapel is best during Halloween, but a spooky Friday night works too.


So you have unpacked, freshman orientation is done for the day, but what do you do next?

Maryville has history, culture and plenty of activities for the restless youth, but you might not know it from just driving up and down Main Street. Here are our Top 10 things to do - when you are done dutifully studying for your tests, of course. Kicking off the list are Maryville’s parks. We have 12 of them dotting the town, ranging from humble park benches to Mozingo Lake with its cabins, beaches, playground, fishing and pavilions. Get to know the parks. Some are strictly natural conservation areas with ponds, trees and fields, while others have playground equipment and athletic facilities. Each one has its unique offerings for the outdoorsy student. Enjoy a relaxing retreat through nature. Take some friends for a fall walk, crunching on apples along the way. Or, pick up a football or soccer ball and engage in some competitive fun. Some of the parks have basketball hoops. Plus, the fresh air is a welcomed relief from your roommate’s smelly socks.


Maryville loves Northwest students, so give back when you can. You can donate food to The Ministry Center on 971 S. Main, or help a furry friend by walking dogs at the no-kill New Nodaway Human Societ Animal Shelter on 829 S. Depot. Or you can give blood at First United Methodist or on campus.

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Nothing beats a Walmart or Hy-Vee run at two in the morning for some snacks and soda. Naturally you should stick around and peruse the other merchandise the stores have to offer, and after that freeze tag is a must. For cheap sweets, check out Walmart’s “Day Old Donuts” racks in the back.



If you have a spare evening, hit the lanes for some bowling action. Cosmic bowling is a sure bet, if you do not pin your evening’s fun to a high score. Who knows? You could strike up a conversation with another bowler.




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As the premiere theater in Maryville, “The Hangar” provides a fun atmosphere to catch the latest blockbuster. Grab dinner before or after your flick at the “Fuel Dock” and “Bomb Shelter” or make a reservation at “The Observation Deck” to have the best of both worlds with dinner and a movie. Plus, the Student Activities Council regularly hosts free movie events here.

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Bars can be the place to see local live talent or meet with friends, but Maryville is so much more than a bar town. Get creative. Some of your best nights at college can be had on your buddy’s couch, with or without alcohol. Night life tops our list of things to do, not because of the wild nights, but because of the quality times with unforgettable people during your time at college.

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Northwest traditions By Ben Lawson Chief Reporter While students come and go each year, Northwest’s traditions proudly remain. Fans stealing a goal post after a football game, a bridge that helps blossoming romances and a grave marker for a dog are among Northwest’s many unique traditions that shape students’ experiences at the University.

Bobby Bearcat: Bobby Bearcat has been the mascot for proud Northwest students since 1916 when a Drury University basketball coach asked the Northwest coach if he had his “fighting bearcats” ready for the game. The name stuck after Northwest students discovered the bearcat is known for being hard to capture and even harder to hold. The Dennison Manufacturing Company in Massachusetts constructed the first design of Bobby Bearcat in 1916. The current version of Bobby was drawn by the Northwest Art Department. Every time a touchdown is scored at a Northwest football game, fans can witness Bobby doing a push-up for every point scored. The most push-ups Bobby has done during a game is 677 when Northwest defeated Southwest Baptist in 2007.

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The Bearcat has always been Northwest’s official mascot, but students still hold respect for Mike the Dog. In 1916 and 1917 a white tramp dog could be seen roaming around campus wearing a green blanket with the letter “M” on it. Students raised money for a memorial for Mike after he died from drinking arsenic of lead, mistaking it for water. The memorial was placed east of the Administration Building.

Walkout Day: Walkout Day takes place on the Friday prior to Northwest’s Home-

coming. In the past, students went to their first class of the day as usual to wait for the ringing of the Bell of ‘48, which would mean the end of their school day. School-wide picnics and celebrations were held in downtown Maryville. Today Northwest recognizes the event as a campus tradition and does not schedule classes. Most recently, Northwest held flag raisings at International Flag Plaza. International students are selected to raise their country’s flag for the ceremony.

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Hickory Stick: Northwest has competed against Truman State University for the possession of a 30-inch stick since 1931. Originally, the stick was found by Northwest President U.W. Lamkin on the farm where Truman President Eugene Fair was born. The stick has all the scores of the Football games between Truman and Northwest from 1908 to 1930. The ownership of the stick is decided by an annual football game between Truman and Northwest. The winner of the game dips one end of the stick in paint of the school’s color.

The Kissing Bridge: The Kissing Bridge is located over a small creek that runs to Colden Pond located southwest of Colden Hall. Legend says a female student is not officially a co-ed until she is kissed on the bridge before the first snowfall of the year. Another legend states that if you cross the Kissing Bridge you will make another trip to campus.

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Freshmen numbers surge

Students admitted below standards

Fall semester enrollment figures show largest group in school history

Commission can admit small number of students who do not meet OU’s admission requirements

ALYSSA GRIMLEY The Oklahoma Daily


The freshman class entering OU in fall 2011 will be the largest freshman class at OU ever, the University College dean said. Douglas Gaffin, dean of University College, said he expects around 3,900 to 4,000 freshmen in fall 2011, compared to 3,724 freshmen in 2010. OU advisors manage large freshman classes by using an early warning system to alert them to fluctuations in incoming class size, Gaffin said. “The advisors monitor early enrollment,” Gaffin said. “As they approach capacity, they send the information to chairpersons and deans to find instructors and space.” One problem OU faces during upsurges in enrollment is the sizes of classrooms — especially labs — because they are restrictive, specialized and less flexible, Gaffin said. The number of freshmen OU admits is limited by physical space, resources and the ability to serve students, said Nick Hathaway, administration and finance vice president. “We would not want to admit a class that taxed our physical infrastructure and level of service to students,” Hathaway said. There is no specific number in which people are not admitted, Hathaway said. Everyone who meets admissions requirements is admitted. OU’s advisors have seen upsurges in enrollment like this before and will be able to handle it, Gaffin said. “We’ve got a fairly nimble system in place,” Gaffin

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Through a process called alternative admission, the Admissions Committe — the body that decides who attends the university — can admit up to 8 percent of the previous year’s freshman class of students who may not meet OU’s admission requirements. OU follows standard published admission requirements when selecting students, and OU President David Boren is not personally responsible for selecting students, enrollment vice president Matt Hamilton said in an email. “From time to time, the OU Admissions Committee seeks President Boren’s direction and advice regarding overall admission quesNumber of tions, but he is not typically alternative involved in admission deciadmission students sions,” Hamilton said. accepted by OU for the Many factors may cause a 2009-10 academic year student to fall short of OU’s admission requirements, Number of said Catherine Bishop, pubalternative lic affairs vice president. admission students “A student may have exaccepted by OU in the last perienced a death of a famacademic year (2010-11) ily member or other tragedy that affected their overall Number of academic performance duralternative ing a period of time in high admission students school,” Bishop said. “Or a accepted by OU for this student who may not quite academic year (2011-12) have achieved the ACT or SAT score requirements for — Source: Matt Hamilton, OU may have earned good enrollment vice president grades at a very competitive high school.” The committee also considers students with special talent in the performing or creative arts or students who have experienced considerable health problems in high school, Bishop said. “The Admissions Committee also receives input about these applicants from principals, counselors and teachers, among others, about individual students they believe have the ability to succeed academically at OU,” Bishop said. Rachel Renbarger, language arts education junior, said those who have been through tragic circumstances in high school may want to wait before going off to college. “If one has the opportunity to wait, work on the GPA and then apply, they should,” Renbarger said. “The college experience will not leave them behind.” Hamilton said OU typically enrolls fewer than 300 alternative admission students each year.

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Camp Crimson campers watch a boat race July 15. Camp Crimson is a camp for freshmen and transfer students to learn OU traditions. The camp saw a record-breaking 1,800 students due to OU’s freshmen class being the largest in the university’s history. said. Despite the large number of enrolling freshmen and limited space for classrooms, students’ schedules will not be affected in the long-term, Gaffin said. However, students may have to make minor adjustments, such as taking a class in the spring semester instead of the fall. Professors teaching courses with large numbers of freshmen tended to slow

down and explain how to use learning tools like writing centers, D2L and library databases, language arts junior Allison Didonato said in an email. “I think the fact that there were so many of us who were new to the system made for a bit more coddling, which was not a bad thing,” Didonato said. Such a high number of students in the upcoming freshman class is a sign of

a healthy university, Gaffin said. “The quality of the student body and faculty at OU is up,” Gaffin said. “We continue to expand and enroll students in better and better classes.” Analyzing enrollment trends will not tell exactly how many freshmen will enroll until the third week of the fall semester, after the window to drop classes has closed, Gaffin said.


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very student on campus is a part of the University of Oklahoma Student Association, but only a few individuals won elections in April to serve as leaders within U UOSA this year. Hannah Morris, political science and public rrelations senior, has been actively involved in UOSA since volunteering for Higher Education Day her freshman year. She is serving as UOSA president this year. However, it wasn’t until November that Morris decided to run for president of the organization. “The campaigning process was no easy task,” Morris said. “It was a test of character, a test of will, a test of skill and most of all a test of motive.” Morris said she has had the opportunity to work with a vast array of people within UOSA. She also has worked on big projects, including organizing a city-wide event to help bridge the gap between OU and the city of Norman.

Morris was president of her high school class every year but her junior year. She also has been the president of otherr clubs but has not been the president of any organizationss on the OU campus until now. h Morris encourages students to get involved with UOSA by becoming active on campus through a club orr organization. eir “UOSA gives students the opportunity to use their tailored skills and interests to invest them into the university in finding ways we can help others,” Morris said. Laura Bock, UOSA vice president and zoology senior, was involved in the programming branch of UOSA during her first three years at OU. It wasn’t until Bock joined Morris’ presidential ticket last spring that she made the jump to the executive branch. “I never had any intentions of running a campus campaign, but during a discussion with Hannah about her vision for the future of the campus, I quickly became eager to join her in the campaign,” she said. As UOSA vice president, Bock’s job is to assist Morris in overseeing the nine departments of UOSA’s executive branch. READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON OUDAILY.COM

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Campus politics offers learning opportunities, activities Student-run government teaches students about political process, gets them involved on campus HALEY O’HARA The Oklahoma Daily

More than 200 students are involved in OU’s student government, which represents the student body and its interests to university administrators. The University of Oklahoma Student Association was founded in 1969 and is composed of four branches: legislative, judicial, executive and programming. UOSA president Hannah Morris said UOSA is the advocate of the student voice. “We are responsible for distributing over $700,000 in student-fee money, facilitating and hosting a variety of campus activities and creating programs and projects that improve OU and the Sooner experience as a whole,” said Morris, political science and public relations senior.

As president, Morris applications on the To contact the executive branch, serves on the UOSA exUOSA website during email ecutive branch, which the first few weeks of also includes her vice school. To contact the Graduate Student Senate, president, zoology seThe legislative branch call 405-325-5471 or email nior Laura Bock, and of UOSA is comprised her cabinet. of the Student Congress To contact the Undergraduate Student During the upcomand the Graduate Congress, call 405-325-0311. ing semester, UOSA will Student Senate. Around sponsor events on cam40 or 50 students make pus like the UOSA tailgate, Campus Activities up OU’s Student Congress. Council Welcome Week and Coffee With “The role of Student Congress is to help the UOSA. students,” said Spencer Falcon, engineering Students are encouraged to come to these sophomore and representative for the engievents and get involved. neering college. “We are always open to any “Every student has opinions and ideas new ideas or complaints that students have. on how to improve the university experi- They elected us, and we are here to help ence,” Bock said. “By getting involved with them.” UOSA, students can directly put these ideas From campaigning for a position to helpto work.” ing out representatives, there are a number UOSA also will begin a Freshman Student of ways students can get involved in Student Council program this year that will deal Congress, the best of which would be to conspecifically with freshman concerns. Bock tact their specific college’s representatives, said interested students should look for Falcon said.

The Graduate Student Senate is comprised of graduate students chosen by their peers within each of the different academic departments on the OU Norman campus. “Graduate students have interests and needs which are unique from undergraduate students and faculty,” GSS chair Derrell Cox said. The GSS administers funding for student organizations on campus, addresses academic concerns of graduate students as a liaison between students and faculty, promotes awareness of the diversity of students within the OU community and provides socialization opportunities, Cox said. “I would encourage students to be involved with the GSS,” Cox said. “There are many benefits of serving as a senator.” Benefits include participating in the political process at OU, serving the needs of graduate students and working to improve the quality of life for the OU community, Cox said. READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON OUDAILY.COM

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Americans still seeking out jobs Struggling economy leads to increased unemployment rates in more than half of states during the summer WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates rose in more than half of U.S. states in June, evidence that slower hiring is affecting many parts of the country. Unemployment rates in 28 states and Washington, D.C., increased last month. Rates declined in eight states and were flat in 14. That’s a change from May, when 24 states reported falling unemployment rates. Twenty-six states reported a net gain in jobs in June, while 24 states lost jobs. The changing trend in state unemployment rates reflects a weaker economy hampered by high gas prices and lower factory output. Nationally, employers added only 18,000 net jobs in June, the second straight month of feeble hiring. The U.S. unemployment rate ticked up to 9.2 percent. The economy expanded only 1.9 percent in the JanuaryMarch period, and most economists expect similar growth in the April-June quarter. The government releases its first estimate for second-quarter growth on July 29. Nevada had the highest unemployment rate in June, at 12.4 percent. That’s up from 12.1 percent in May. It was followed by California (11.8 percent) and Rhode Island (10.8 percent). North Dakota reported the lowest unemployment rate, at 3.2 percent. It was followed by Nebraska (4.1 percent) and South Dakota (4.8 percent). Some companies are cutting their work forces. Layoffs rose to their highest level in nine months in May, according to a separate Labor Department report last week. Tennessee, Missouri and Virginia reported the biggest job losses. Tennessee said 16,900 jobs were cut last month, led by steep losses in state and local government. Missouri suffered its biggest losses in education and health services. Those states were also affected by harsh weather this spring, which may have led to some job losses. Tennessee was swept by flooding, high winds, hail and tornadoes in June, which washed out bridges, downed power lines and temporarily closed a sewer treatment facility and a local airport. A May 22 tornado in Joplin killed 159 people, destroyed more than 7,000 homes and displaced 5,000 workers in a city of just 50,000. The area reported 9,400 jobs were lost in June. The impasse in Washington over raising the federal government’s borrowing limit could affect several states, including Tennessee and Virginia. Those states could see a downgrade to their credit rating if the U.S. defaults on its debt, according to Moody’s Investors Services. Virginia is closely tied to the federal government because of its large number of military bases, defense contractors and government employees. A downgrade to a state’s rating would mean it would pay higher interest rates to borrow money. The economy needs to generate about 125,000 jobs per month to keep up with population growth and prevent the unemployment rate from rising. It needs at least twice that many to rapidly reduce unemployment. — AP

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Zarrow hall is being built for OU’s social work school. The building was made possible thanks to donations from Anne and Henry Zarrow, major contributors to social work.


Gould Hall will house all five architecture departments and will be open for students in August. Engineering students previously worked at the Hobby Lobby on Main Street.

Social work’s new home A place for architecture Tulsa philanthropist helps social work school move out of fraternity house BRENDAN COUGHLIN The Oklahoma Daily

OU’s School of Social Work will have its own building, and it will be open for classes in the fall. Zarrow Hall, located at the corner of Brooks Street and Elm Avenue, has been under construction since March of 2010 but will be open for classes in the fall, said Donald Baker, School of Social Work director. The school used to be located in Rhyne Hall, which was originally the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house, according to Daily archives. The building is named after Henry Zarrow, an entrepreneur and


philanthropist from Tulsa who contributed greatly to bettering issues of mental health and the homeless, Baker said. Social work deals with working homeless and other needy members of Oklahoma, Baker said. “Henry and Anne Zarrow’s philanthropic orientation is very compatible with the professional view of social work,� Baker said. “Henry Zarrow will be honored by the school’s board of visitors as the social work leader of Oklahoma.� Zarrow Hall includes four first-floorlevel classrooms, a community room and two clinical suites to be used for practical skills within social work, Baker said. The new hall also will house a computer lab that will be used by the arts and sciences department, she said. The building will be officially dedicated the end of August.

Major returns to Norman campus after spending three years on Main Street BRENDAN COUGHLIN The Oklahoma Daily

After three years of planning and building, the new College of Architecture home is finished and will be ready for classes in the fall. Gould Hall will house architecture, construction science, interior design, landscape architecture and regional and city planning, university spokesman Chris Shilling said. Architecture professors moved in and got settled into the building during the summer, Shilling said. Architecture students worked in the old Hobby Lobby building on Main Street while renovations to Gould Hall were in progress, according to Daily archives.

The new building was scheduled to open in January, but there were construction setbacks due to problems with asbestos, according to Daily archives. The renovations to Gould Hall include a larger studio area for architecture students to work in, state of the art lecture facilities and a large gallery to showcase architecture projects, Shilling said. “Because they expanded and added further lecture facilities and offices and other studios, it is bringing all the departments of the college of architecture under one roof,� Shilling said. This includes the five divisions of the college, which are architecture, construction science, interior design, landscape architecture and regional and city planning, Shilling said. The date for the Gould Hall dedication ceremony was not set at press time.


Energy center upgrades to be finished soon The five-year renovation of Sarkeys Energy Center will be completed by fall semester if all plans continue on schedule, said Larry Grillot, Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy dean. When the Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy was chartered Jan. 1, 2006, a deal was made that the college would be responsible for remodeling Sarkeys Tower, Grillot said. The goal was to remodel the tower to make it more suitable for students and faculty, Grillot said. All of the financing for the renovation came from private funding such as donations from alumni, Grillot said. “I think the renovation has significantly improved the space, and we are very pleased with how it looks,� Grillot said. Many teaching labs have been remodeled and revamped due to the dramatic increase in the number of students enrolling in the college, Grillot said. In July, the tower’s elevators — one of the final renovations — were being remodeled and repaired, Grillot said. More people in the tower means the elevators need to be faster, he said. The college is upgrading the tower to make it more efficient and reliable, Grillot said — Rachael Cervenka/ The Daily

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Student clubs, organizations offer diversity OU has more than 400 clubs and organizations to join. Visit to find the full list. Multicultural organizations Black Student Association Pan American Student Association Asian American Student Association German Club Hispanic American Student Association Arab Student Association Political organizations College Republicans Young Democrats Second Amendment Club Students for a Democratic Society Sooners for Israel Sports Sooner Tennis Club Women’s Rugby Club Ultimate Frisbee Club Student Martial Arts Association Sooner Badminton Club Men’s Soccer Club Religious organizations Atheist Skeptic Association for Progress Bahai Association Buddhist Association Catholic Student Association Hillel Jewish Student Organization Muslim Student Association Sooners for Christ For your major Psychology Club The English Club Society of Physics Students Pre-Nursing Club — Daily staff reports

Group offers leadership opportunities President’s Leadership Class accepts about 100 freshmen each year MEREDITH EVERITT The Oklahoma Daily

In 1961, OU President George Lynne Cross was concerned Oklahoma was failing to retain many of its best and brightest students, who were leaving the state and not returning after receiving their degrees. Cross brought his concerns to the attention of OU Vice President David A. Burr. In that same year, Burr established the President’s Leadership Class, a freshman-only leadership/ scholarship program to get students involved in leadership in Oklahoma, according to the PLC’s website. The President ’s Leadership Class takes on only about 100 freshman each year who have demonstrated strong leadership skills by thriving in activities such as Student Council, DECA and honors societies as well as sports, musical theater and debate teams, said Nanette Hathaway, PLC Staff Advisor. Membership is free and only lasts for one year. If alumni want to stay involved after that, they have the option to do so, Hathaway said. PLC takes freshmen who already have shown an interest in taking on leadership roles in their communities and cultivates those interests by connecting them with like-minded students, alumni and special guest speakers, Hathaway said. One of last year’s PLC student advisors, advertising junior Maggie Cannon, said when she was a senior


Former President Bill Clinton speaks to a crowd May 2, 2009, at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Members of the OU President’s Leadership Class attended Clinton’s speech at the 15th anniversary of the bombing. in high school, she couldn’t wait to find out if she had been accepted into the group. “In comparison to the recent Harry Potter craziness, it was kind of like awaiting my letter from Hogwarts,” Cannon said. She had been very involved in Student Council at her high school, and she had heard about PLC from seniors who had been accepted in previous years. Cannon said she understood it was an important program before she applied, so once accepted, she was thrilled. P L C m e m b e r s att e n d weekly meetings, learn about OU’s museums and research centers and participate in retreats and special

Dining with dignitaries In past semesters, students in the President’s Leadership Class have attended dinners and lunches with figures such as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin, the Crown Prince of Jordan, former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and Elizabeth Dole. events. This serves to help PLC students bond with each other and the university, Hathaway said. In addition to special events for PLC members, the program also encourages students to get involved in public events like the Big Event. Listening to President Bill Clinton speak during a ceremony commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing

was a profound experience — one Cannon’s involvement in the President’s Leadership Class made possible, she said. PLC is made up of mostly Oklahoma residents, holding to the original intent of the group to retain exceptional Oklahomans by keeping them involved in the state, but the program takes many out-of-state students as well, Hathaway said. What might separate PLC

from other groups on campus is the emphasis on connecting students to their university’s history and traditions. “I believe the PLC makes students more ‘Soonerminded.’ We learn so much about OU and its traditions and legacies that afterward you can’t help but say you are proud to be a Sooner,” Cannon said. Students who want to continue their involvement with PLC after their freshman year can apply to be student advisors, two of which are chosen per year to help incoming freshman get the most out of the group, Hathaway said. READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT OUDAILY.COM

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Student complaints succeed in getting more than 500 outlets installed to keep electronics going

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Jon Kelly was a junior at OU when the Internet betrayed him. It was 11:30 p.m., and his final paper for his environmental law class was due at 11:59 p.m. He had just finished the final words to his “masterpiece” when it happened — his Internet stopped working, and he couldn’t connect to Desire to Learn to turn in his paper. Kelly grabbed his laptop, dashed out the door and headed for campus. He arrived at campus at 11:45 p.m., parked his truck and opened his laptop. “My plan was to connect to the OU Wi-Fi and get on D2L that way,” Kelly said. “However, fate was not on my side that day.” Kelly was unable to connect to OU Wi-Fi and was only able to connect to OU Guest. Kelly had not registered his computer with OU Information Technology earlier in the year and was not allowed to connect to OU Wi-Fi. Without OU Wi-Fi, Kelly said he was unable to turn in his final paper on time. Read further so you don’t end up like Jon Kelly.

Wi-Fi OU campus offers two official wireless networks: OUWiFi and OUGuest. OUWiFi is the official wireless network for students, faculty and staff. It gives full access to Internet and OU network resources such as D2L and Exchange email. It requires registration before use, according to OU’s IT website. Registration empowers OU

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Due to student complaints about the lack of electrical outlets in the Bizzell Memorial Library, Facilities Management added additional outlets throughout the library. The project was started by UOSA, who voiced its complaints in a meeting with OU President David Boren, according to Daily archives. He decided to fund the project and to start installing outlets in areas that were widely used by students. The first, second, third and fourth levels are the main areas that will be involved with New places the project, said Rhonda to plug in at Cannon, associate dean the Bizzell Memorial Library of libraries. “The contractors will Number of add the outlets to large duplex outlets p u b l i c a re a s, m o s t l y installed in the library on walls and columns,” Cannon said. Number wallBecause the Bizzell mounted quad Library was built back in outlets installed 1929, it’s been difficult to keep up with technolNumber of floorogy, but with the new admounted quad outlets ditions, the library can installed become more accessible than what it has been — Source: Sarah Robbins, in the past, said Sarah university librarys spokeswoman Robbins, university libraries spokeswoman. “There’s been a change recently where more people come with their own laptops,” Robbins said. “This building was built years ago, so now in the new buildings, everywhere you sit you’re going to be able to access a plug somewhere because they’re planning them that way.” Picking the proper locations to place the outlets in the library where most students did their work was a priority for Jesco Electric and OU Facilities Management. “All of the plugs that were installed were convenience outlets around the study areas, on the first floor under tables and on walls of desk cubicles,” said Wesley Parker, Jesco electrician. Facilities Management also was able to put outlets at the same places on different floors to keep things consistent throughout the building, Robbins said. All of the new outlet additions should be completed by the time students begin attending classes, Cannon said.

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Laptops are displayed at OU’s IT store on July 25, 2011. The IT store sells products at lower, education prices and helps students with information technology assistance.

IT to proactively fight hardOU IT Solutions Center ware theft, viruses, hackers 405-325-4357 and copyright violations, cording to the IT website. OUGuest is intended for guests to OU and does not reTwitter — @OUITSolutions quire registration; however, this network limits access to OU Web services such as D2L and Exchange email, accord- special weekend sale. One of these usually includes ing to the IT website. the back-to-school sale in August. IT Store “All proceeds from the store The OU IT Store is located support OU, and all pricing on Campus Corner. “The IT Store is where stu- is at or below education disdents, faculty and staff can counts,” Grant said. enjoy unique services and special discounts from OU Technical Help OU IT is the place to go for IT, as well as from companies such as Adobe, Apple, help with your technology reMacromedia and Microsoft,” lated questions. “Our solutions center is said Becky Grant, marketing open 24/7,” Grant said. “We and brand manager for OU also have a Facebook page, IT. The IT Store offers dis- Twitter profile, email address counts throughout the year, and, of course, our website there are a few times dur- has a wealth of information.” OU IT also has three offices ing the year when there is a

— in the engineering practice facility, Couch Tower and the Engineering Laboratory — with a fourth coming soon in Gould Hall.

iPhone Application OU staff and students have developed the first OU application for students, OU4You. The OU4YOU app helps OU students stay current with their classes. The app includes access to D2L, a news feed from The Daily, the OU libraries and a map of OU, Grant said.

Jon Kelly Kelly emailed his professor after being unable to connect to D2L for twenty minutes. He explained the situation, and his professor was nice enough to accept his paper with only minor deductions. “Don’t be like me,” Kelly said. “Don’t wait until the last minute to write your papers.”


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Knowing where to park and what permit to use helps avoid tickets

Guaranteed rate isn’t worth it unless increases equal about 10 percent a year, an OU assistant says

ALYSSA GRIMLEY The Oklahoma Daily


Parking can be a little confusing for new students on campus. The key to figuring out parking is to read the signs and match the permit required for each parking lot. If you do miss some signs and get a ticket, appeal the ticket. The parking office won’t make you pay the ticket if you have a good reason as to why you got the ticket, such as a first time offense or a minor mistake. Also, all it takes to appeal parking tickets is to submit a short written statement online.


Getting a parking permit Parking permits for this year are valid from Aug. 15 to May 15. Permits went on sale July 1 and are available for purchase online at the parking office’s website or the parking office in Robertson Hall. Students can pick up their permits at Robertson Hall or have the permits mailed to them.

No permit Students without permits can park on the north central side of the Lloyd No b l e C e nt e r a n d r i d e the Cleveland Area Rapid Transit bus to the South Oval. The Lloyd Noble Center parking lot has more than 1,200 spaces. To ride the CART, you need a sticker, which students can get for free at the Sooner OneCard office.

Only 1.3 percent of OU students have opted to lock in their tuition for the duration of their time at OU in the three years the guaranteed tuition has been offered. In exchange for a rate that is guaranteed to stay the same, students who opt into this program agree to pay 13 percent more than the annual tuition rate. This option was first offered in 2008 after a bill was passed in the Oklahoma State Legislature, according to OU’s office of the bursar website. While the annual tuition rate may increase over the Tuition costs this year course of several years, (A semester of 12 hours) the guaranteed tuition rate doesn’t change, and In-state tuition a student can participate in the program for four or five years, according to the bursar website. This tuition program Guaranteed tuition is for undergraduate students only. Students who chose the guaranteed tuition rate must retain full-time student status, and if they don’t, they will no longer be able to participate in the program, according to the bursar website. Tuition increases would have to be drastic each year for it to be worth it for students to lock in their tuition, said Jeremy Clark, OU Student Services assistant. “If the tuition increased more than 10 percent each year, you’d be saving money. But if you look at it historically, tuition hasn’t increased that much,” Clark said. OU President David Boren instituted a tuition freeze between 2007 and 2009. However, in 2010, tuition rose 5 percent and will rise another 5 percent for the 2011-12 school year, according to Daily archives. Since tuition only rose 5 percent per year in the last two years, it did not reach the increase level that would make this tuition option a good idea for students, Clark said. OU tuition estimators placed the annual in-state tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year at $128.50 per credit hour. The guaranteed in-state tuition rate for the same year is $145 per credit hour. The bursar’s office gives incoming students the facts regarding tuition options but does not take a position for or against the guaranteed tuition option because tuition raises cannot easily be predicted, Clark said. Even with 5-percent increases in tuition in 2010 and 2011, Clark said he would not encourage students to lock in their tuition. “It may be beneficial at other universities that are raising tuition, but I don’t believe it is at ours,” Clark said.



Types of permits for students • Housing parking permit for students living in university residence halls • Commuter parking permit for students who live off-campus • Priority housing parking permit for students with 24 credit hours and who have lived in the university residence halls for two semesters • Sooner housing parking permit for students living in Sooner housing • Commuter law parking permit- for students who are in the College of Law

Each permit costs $195.

a permit. Students with housing parking permits can park in designated lots outside of residence halls, parking garages and most faculty parking lots from 4 p.m.-7 a.m. Students with commuter parking permits can park in East Jenkins lots, Campus Corner lots north of Boyd, Where to park parking garages and most Multi-purpose parking faculty parking lots from 4 lots are open to anyone with p.m.-7 a.m.

Students with priority housing parking permits can park in lots immediately surrounding residence halls. Students with Sooner housing parking permits can park in the lot east of Oklahoma Memor ial Stadium. Students with commuter law parking permits have a designated parking area adjacent to the law school.

Parking garages There are three garages on campus: • One is adjacent to the Oklahoma Memorial Union and is run by union administration rather than Parking & Transportation Services. • One is on Elm Street, next to Catlett Music Center. It has 576 spaces. • One is on Asp Street, next to the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. It has 724 spaces.

2011 oklahoma football freshman and transfer season ticket lottery august 15 – 19 Sign up for OU Freshman and Transfer student season tickets for the 2011 season will begin on August 15 through August 19. Season tickets can be requested at or in person at the OU Athletics Ticket Office.

ticket prices: Student season tickets are $170 and will be placed on the student’s bursar account. There is a $15 processing fee for all orders. Students will only be charged if awarded season tickets.

requesting tickets online: Tickets can be requested online at 24 hours a day during the sale beginning at 8 a.m. on August 15 and lasting through 3 p.m. on August 19. A lottery will be held the afternoon of August 19 if demand exceeds supply.

requesting tickets in person: Tickets can be requested in person by visiting the OU Athletics Ticket Office, located on the South Plaza Level of Asp Avenue Parking Garage. The OU Athletics Ticket Office will begin taking walk-up window requests at 8 a.m. on August 15 and will continue every business day until August 19 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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OU to continue green efforts in fall semester University plans to use new power plants, wind power and other tools to save energy, help the environment

footprint, Royston said. One environmentally-friendly innovation in the dorms are the hydration stations. With one in each residence hall, chilled water is made available, giving students an option other than plastic water bottles, Royston said.


OU was named by The Princeton Review as one of 311 green colleges in America this year for its green efforts on campus that OU officials hope to continue by creating a new power plant that wastes less energy. OU also will complete a new energy plant that will make more energy in less time, reducing emissions, said Brian Ellis, OU Facilities Management director. The new plant will have two 7.5-megawatt turbines fueled by natural gas, generating heat and producing steam. Instead of boiling water to create steam, these turbines will create the necessary heat extremely quickly, and they also can be turned off fairly quickly, making it easier to control usage, Ellis said. This will vastly reduce the amount of natural gas required to generate a single British thermal unit of energy, thereby reducing the university’s total emissions, Ellis said. OU produces an estimated 10 to 20 percent of its own energy. Once operational, this plant could bring that percentage up to 20 to 30 percent, Ellis said. OU’s current power plant was built in 1946 to provide steam to directly heat the university at a time when radiators were the primary method of heating rooms. It isn’t very efficient because it has four boilers that use natural gas to boil water to produce steam, Ellis said. The old power plant likely will be partially decommissioned, and the rest of the plant will be used as a backup during peak times in winter and summer, Ellis said. The $70 million project, under construction at Jenkins and Lindsey Streets, should be completed sometime this semester, being fully operational by next summer, Ellis said.

OU to use wind power OU has made a commitment to helping the environment by installing low-flow toilets, occupancy sensors for office lights and by building an experimental green roof on top of the National Weather Center’s sixth floor, Ellis said. In 2008, OU President David Boren signed an agreement to purchase 100 percent of OU’s OG&E-supplied electricity from renewable energy resources by 2013, according to Daily archives In 2010, 30 percent of OU’s power came from wind power from the OU Spirit Wind Farm in Oklahoma’s panhandle, according to Daily archives. The university is on track to increase that amount of wind power to 100 percent by 2013, according to Daily archives.

Energy saving tips » Take advantage of public transportation like the Cleveland Area Rapid Transit system, walk or ride your bike instead of driving. » Take notes on a laptop instead of on paper and turn in assignments online instead of printing hardcopies when possible. » Unplug power cords to devices you aren’t using to cut out idle energy consumption. » Turn off the lights in your dorm or apartment when you aren’t there. » Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth.

Housing and Food promotes going green Lauren Royston, OU’s Housing and Food Services spokeswoman, said OU has been taking a very proactive approach to making the residence halls more environmentallyconscious. Campaigns across campus encourage students to recycle, conserve water and turn off appliances when not in use, as well as promoting riding their bicycles instead of driving to class to help reduce OU’s total carbon

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SPORTS & CAMPUS LIFE  FOOTBALL What you’ll need to know to be a prepared OU fan (SEE B2) Added pressure from preseason top ranking on Sooners to win national championship (SEE B3)

 VOLLEYBALL OU hopes to build on last season’s Sweet 16 finish (SEE B4) Senior right side Suzy Boulavsky leads by example, hard work (SEE B5)

 SOCCER After historic 2010 season, Sooners primed for successful year (SEE B6)

 HOWDY WEEK Program offers welcoming activities for new OU students (SEE B10)

 DINING/BARS OU has array of places to eat, drink on and around campus (SEE B11)

 ART/CULTURE Campus museums, art programs gives students chances to stay connected (SEE B12)

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OU Football 101: What you’ll need to know Fair and the Dallas night life. And the fans hate each other. It’s great. The in-state rivalry with Oklahoma State is rightly named Bedlam because it’s nuts. Well, it’s been nuts since the Cowboys actually became good at football about a decade ago. It was pretty boring before that. By boring, I mean OU won almost every single year. That’s why this rivalry is a little one-sided with OSU fans bringing most of the hate because OU fans don’t care. The Sooners’ last great rivalry was with Nebraska. The two clashed often, and often the winner won a national championship. W h e n t h e Big 1 2 w a s formed, OU and Nebraska stopped playing every year, and now that Nebraska’s in the Big Ten, they won’t play much at all. It’s sad.


James Corley

Welcome to OU. For all the incoming freshmen who may not be familiar with the Sooners yet, here’s a quick guide of what you’ll need to know before the season kicks off Sept. 3. (This also applies to the transfer students. You’re my people.)

Landry Jones Every football team’s most important asset is its quarterback, right? In 2009, Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford was knocked out for most of the season, thrusting a true freshman from Artesia, New Mexico, into the spotlight. He was rocking a wicked mustache at the time, and it didn’t take long for the student section to spread “Fear the ‘Stache” love for Jones. Last season, Jones led the Sooners to a 12-2 record and a Fiesta Bowl win. He finished just two yards shy of Bradford’s program record for passing yards in a season. Oh yeah — this summer, he proposed to OU women’s basketball star Whitney Hand. It was way cute.

Bob Stoops The fearless coach pulled OU out of the depths of the ‘90s — it was really bad, I promise — and returned the Sooners to greatness.


OU fans cheer during a game last season. The Sooners have a few coveted traditions about which each fan should be aware. Since arriving at OU, Stoops has taken eight Sooner teams to BCS bowls, including four national title games, with a 3-5 record and the 2000 national championship. He also reached 100 wins faster than any other college football coach had before.

Ryan Broyles, Travis Lewis Other than Jones, these two are pivotal for OU’s success. Broyles owns every school receiving record you could think of and still opted to return for his senior season. Numbers don’t lie — he’s the

best receiver ever to don a Sooner uniform. Lewis led OU in tackles each of his first three years. He’s the anchor of the defense and a player most look to for leadership.

Traditions Oklahoma doesn’t have a list of traditions a mile long like some schools, but fans hold dear the few it does have. Before each game, OU fans sing the OU Chant, Boomer Sooner (yeah, it has words!) and the Oklahoma state

song. OU’s “There’s Only One” videos have won national awards and get the crowd pumped up with messages from Sooner greats and a highlight reel worthy of repeated viewings. At the end of the national anthem, instead of saying “home of the brave,” fans typically say “home of the Sooners” unless OU is playing a military school. Before every kickoff, fans hold up the No. 1 hand gesture and yell “OOOOOOO,” then end with “U” as the ball

is kicked. Fans also tend to leave games early if the Sooners are winning big or losing badly. Be among the fans to change that — it’s shameful.


Other A few more things: • Brent Venables, OU’s defensive coordinator, can be pretty scary. But he’s good. • OU’s colors are crimson and cream. It’s not red. • OU fans hate Boise State. Don’t ever mention the Statue of Liberty play or say the Broncos deserve to play for a title. • The Daily will produce a special section called Inside the Huddle before each home game with tons of OU football stuff for you to read.

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On the hunt for another national title OU ranked No. 1 in most preseason polls, return key players from 2010

2011 Schedule Sept. 3 — Tulsa Sept. 17 — Florida State Sept. 24 — Missouri Oct. 1 — Ball State Oct. 8 — Texas* Oct. 15 — Kansas Oct. 22 — Texas Tech Oct. 29 — Kansas State Nov. 5 — Texas A&M Nov. 19 — Baylor Nov. 26 — Iowa State Dec. 3 — Oklahoma State

GREG FEWELL The Oklahoma Daily

Pressure is something OU football players are all too familiar with. In a state as passionate about football as Oklahoma, expectations are high every single year for the Sooners. However, there is much more added pressure when a football team enters the season ranked No. 1. The Sooners have been ranked anywhere from No. 1 to No. 3 in this year’s preseason polls. However, Oklahoma has more firstplace votes than any other school in the country, topping nine polls heading into the season. The team has nine starters returning on offense, including Senior Ryan Broyles, who opted to forego the NFL draft to finish his college career. Broyles, one of the best wide receivers in Oklahoma history, will have junior quarterback Landry Jones delivering him the football. Both players are on the watch list for this year’s Maxwell Award, given annually to the best offensive player in the college game. The Sooners’ potent offense also has young talent all over the field. Sophomore receiver Kenny Stills will have his fair share of catches after a breakout freshman season last year, and sophomores Roy Finch and Brennan Clay will share the majority of the load at running back following DeMarco Murray’s graduation. Whichever back carries the ball will be running behind an experienced offensive line and a very talented fullback, sophomore Trey Millard. The one problem area for the offense last year was inconsistencies, particularly on the road. However, in the last

*Played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas (OU is the home team)

Bold denotes home games. NEIL MCGLOHON/THE DAILY

All games will be televised.

The Sooner offense lines up before the snap in last year’s season-opener against Utah State. OU, considered preseason No. 1 in most college football rankings, opens 2011 by hosting Tulsa on Sept. 3 at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

Coming next WHAT: OU-Tulsa WHEN: 7 p.m. Sept 3 WHERE: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman

three games of the season, the Sooners showed they are capable of putting it all together for an entire game. After a sloppy first half in Stillwater in last year’s regular-season finale, Jones played a fantastic second half to lead the Sooners to the Big 12 title game. Then, after falling behind 17-0 to Nebraska, OU came back with one of the best all-around team performances of the year to defeat the Huskers and win the last conference championship.

OU has become known for its high-powered offenses over the last several seasons. However, defense still wins championships, and this year’s squad looks to have all of the pieces to do it. Senior linebacker Travis Lewis, who opted to come back with Broyles for his final year in the crimson and cream, leads OU’s defense. The senior is on the watch list for the Bednarik Award, given to the top defensive player every year, and has started every game since his freshman season. The tragic loss of senior Austin Box earlier this summer left a void the team cannot hope to replace. However, sophomores Tom Wort and Corey Nelson will be filling Box’s shoes on the field after stepping up and making an impact in their freshmen seasons last year.

The secondary is the one spot the Sooners have had a few question marks in recent years, but OU has a lot of talent at the positions this year. Junior Demontre Hurst and senior Jamell Fleming return to their spots at cornerback after solid seasons last year as first-time starters. Fleming is coming off of a huge junior season in which he recorded 75 tackles and five interceptions on his way to being named to the Big 12 all-conference team. Sophomore Tony Jefferson is returning to his spot as the Sooners’ fifth defensive back after being named Big 12 Freshman of the Year last season. Fleming and Jefferson are currently on the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award. Finally, junior Javon Harris and sophomore Aaron Colvin will be filling in the safety positions. It will be the first year

either player starts. However, both Colvin and Harris saw extended playing time late last season and made the most of that time. Both the offensive and defensive lines have a ton of experience coming back this year, meaning the Sooners have a great chance to live up to all of the preseason hype. However, as OU is well aware, polls prove nothing, especially before the start of the season. The last time the Sooners were ranked preseason No. 1, Sam Bradford blew out his shoulder before halftime of the first game, and the team was left scrambling to pull together a Sun Bowl win to salvage its season. In fact, the lowest preseason ranking the Sooners have had since Bob Stoop’s arrival was the very same year they captured the program’s

seventh national title. The squad will have to get past a tough top-five matchup on the road in Tallahassee, Fla., in the second week of the season. After that, the Sooners have very winnable games leading to the season finale at Oklahoma State on Dec. 3. With the departure of Colorado and Nebraska, the Big 12 stil is no cakewalk. The Sooners have to get past Missouri and Texas A&M, but both games are in Norman, where OU holds the nation’s longest home winning streak. OU has a chance to run the table if it can get past the Seminoles and the Cowboys. Nothing is certain, but with all of the talent coming back on this loaded Oklahoma team, it seems to say the Sooners will keep the 2011 season interesting.

Oklahoma Sooners football preseason two-deep depth chart (last updated July 15) Offense Position Name LT Donald Stephenson Lane Johnson LG Gabe Ikard Stephen Good Bronson Irwin C Ben Habern Austin Woods RG Tyler Evans Adam Shead RT Daryl Williams Josh Aladenoye TE James Hanna Trent Ratterree WR1 Dejuan Miller Jaz Reynolds WR2 Kenny Stills Justin McCay SL Ryan Broyles Trey Franks

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Hometown Artesia, N.M. San Antonio Wichita, Kan. Columbia, Mo. La Crosse, Kan. San Diego Garland, Texas

Defense Position Name DE Ronnell Lewis R.J. Washington DT Casey Walker Torrea Peterson Jamarkus McFarland DT Stacy McGee DE Frank Alexander David King

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Position Name SLB Tony Jefferson Joseph Ibiloye MLB Tom Wort Jaydan Bird WLB Travis Lewis Corey Nelson BCB Gabe Lynn Jamell Fleming SS Aaron Colvin Quentin Hayes FS Javon Harris Sam Proctor FCB Demontre Hurst

Class So. Jr. So. Jr. Sr. So. So. Sr. So. RFr. Jr. Sr. Jr.

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For the second consecutive year, SoonerVision has won the Golden Matrix Award for Best Overall Video Display. The award was presented to the OU athletic department’s video production division at the annual IDEA Conference in July. The award, given to OU in the university category, recognizes organizations that produce exceptional content for video boards and LED scoreboards. SoonerVision submitted a five-minute sample video featuring clips used during football, basketball and baseball games, as well as the popular “There’s Only One� football intro video. “It’s an honor to be recognized by your peers in the industry,� said Brandon Meier, executive director of video production. “Our full-time and student staffs work very hard to create quality content for all of our venues, and it’s very rewarding to see our work recognized nationally.� In 2007, the athletic department installed the current LED video board in Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and invested $2 million in a high definition video production facility to improve the quality of content displayed on the video boards at the various Sooners sporting events. “Our goal has always been to entertain, inform and inspire our fans through our many digital mediums,� Meier said. “Watching 80,000 Sooner fans go crazy for the team introduction video that you helped create is a special feeling.

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Sooners hope to turn Sweet into Elite 2011 Schedule » Nike Invitational (Norman) Aug. 26 — SMU Aug. 27 — Oral Roberts Missouri State

Aug. 29 — Colorado State » North Texas Invitational (Denton, Texas) Sept. 2 — Cincinnati Sept. 3 — North Texas Sam Houston State

Sept. 6 — Arkansas » Miami Invitational (Miami) Sept. 9 — Florida A&M Sept. 10 — Auburn Miami (Fla.)

Sept. 14 — Wichita State » Oklahoma Invitational (Norman) Sept. 16 — Texas Southern Arkansas-Little Rock Sept. 17 — Arkansas-Pine Bluff Boise State

Sept. 21 — Baylor Sept. 28 — Texas Oct. 1 — Texas Tech Oct. 5 — Missouri Oct. 8 — Iowa State Oct. 12 — Texas A&M Oct. 15 — Kansas Oct. 22 — Kansas State Oct. 29 — Missouri Nov. 2 — Iowa State Nov. 9 — Kansas State Nov. 12 — Baylor Nov. 16 — Kansas Nov. 19 — Texas A&M Nov. 23 — Texas Tech Nov. 26 — Texas Bold denotes home games

OU coach, players say they won’t be satisfied unless they go to the Elite Eight

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Wins for OU last season, the most since winning 28 in 2006

The Oklahoma Daily

When the Oklahoma Sooner volleyball team’s season was ended in the Sweet 16 by eventual champion Penn State last December, the Sooners walked off disappointed but with their heads held high. The Sooners won 23 games last season, their highest total since 2006, and finished third in the Big 12, one of the most competitive conferences in the country. That finish was satisfying for them at the time. But that was then. After a great 2010 season filled with many accomplishments, the Sooners are coming into 2011 with very high expectations. “Our goal has always been winning the Big 12,” OU coach Santiago Restrepo said. “Since we made it to the Sweet 16 (last season), our goal is to make it to the Elite Eight or better (this season).” Oklahoma returns all but two players from the 2010 squad and will be led by a veteran senior class, many of whom have been starting since they arrived on campus in 2008. “It helps that people have played together for at least a year,” Restrepo said. “It would be pretty easy to just plug one (new) player in there and get the flow going again.” The Sooners ended last season ranked No. 21 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, territory OU had not ventured into since November of 2007. Senior setter Brianne Barker said the momentum from that accomplishment is something the team hopes


Wins in conference play for the Sooners, who ended 3rd in the Big 12


Assists per set by senior setter Brianne Barker last season, 4th in the Big 12


Digs per set by junior María Fernanda, 6th in the Big 12


Seniors on this year’s squad compared to just two last season


Kills per set by senior right side Suzy Boulavsky last season, 8th in the Big 12


Blocks per set by sophomore middle blocker Sallie McLaurin last season, 4th in the Big 12


Dollars it costs OU students with valid IDs to attend volleyball games


Senior outside hitter Caitlin Higgins (10) serves the ball while senior setter Brianne Barker (front) readies to defend during a game last season. The Sooners finished 23-11 in 2010. to carry over into the new season. “I think more than anything, it gets people looking at us and thinking about us,” Barker said. “If you can start ranked, that’s a really big deal, and we have a very good shot of doing that.” Because of the successes in 2010, Oklahoma is no longer looking at itself as the hunter but the hunted. For the Sooners, playing with

a target on their backs is something that will be completely new territory for this group of players. “The good thing about it is we have a whole bunch of seniors,” Restrepo said. “Hopefully with that leadership from this group we can attain those goals.” On the court, the Sooners play at an extremely quick pace offensively, one of their biggest strengths.

Barker said many of OU’s opponents had problems against the Sooners last season because they had trouble adjusting to the pace of the game. “Even when we played Penn State last year, they said they had a hard time keeping up with our speed,” Barker said. READ THE FULL STORY ON OUDAILY.COM

Meet the coach SANTIAGO RESTREPO » Years at OU: Entering eighth » Hometown: Bogota, Colombia » Record (OU): 122-94 (.565) » Season stats: The Sooner record books have been rewritten under Restrepo, with most of the program bests coming during his tenure. His combination of international recruiting and tough instruction has raised OU to new heights.

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Boulavsky leading with hard work Senior’s passion, work ethic has made her a leader on OU’s team

Meet the Sooners BRIANNE BARKER » Year: Senior » Position: Setter » Hometown: Amarillo, Texas



The Oklahoma Daily

It’s impossible to put a number on the amount of passion a person has, but it doesn’t take much to see that Suzy Boulavsky is a passionate person, both on and off the volleyball court. “I have a lot of passion for what I do, in anything,” the senior right side said. “I think that passion and excitement comes out when you know how hard you worked on something.” Boulavsky showed that passion very early in her recruitment process by committing to play volleyball at Oklahoma during her sophomore year of high school. OU coach Santiago Restrepo said it was obvious being a Sooner was something she really desired. “She wanted to be at OU badly,” Restrepo said. “She was very set on what she wanted to do. We were very fortunate she wanted to come to us.” Boulavsky said the choice was easy. “I don’t spend a lot of time dwelling on decisions,” Boulavsky confessed. “I tend to just make a decision and roll with it.” She wasn’t in the starting lineup right off the bat like some of the other freshmen when she arrived on campus in 2008, but lots of hard work paid off as she ended up starting 20 of the 28 games the Sooners played that season. The improvements in her game did not stop after her freshman season. She’s seen an improvement each season not only in statistics but also in leadership and maturity. “I feel like my role is just to be a constant,” Boulavsky said. “I’d love to be in that

» Year: Senior » Position: Right side » Hometown: Houston

KYLIE COWAN » Year: Senior » Position: Setter/Defensive specialist » Hometown: Odessa, Texas

MARÍA FERNANDA » Year: Junior » Position: Defensive specialist » Hometown: Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico

MINDY GOWEN » Year: Sophomore » Position: Defensive specialist » Hometown: Edmond (Santa Fe)

CAITLIN HIGGINS » Year: Senior » Position: Outside hitter » Hometown: Amarillo, Texas

EMMA KITTLE » Year: Junior » Position: Outside hitter » Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa

SALLIE MCLAURIN » Year: Sophomore » Position: Middle blocker » Hometown: Midwest City (Carl Albert) MARK MORELAND/THE DAILY

Senior right side Suzy Boulavsky (2) blocks a Miami (Fla.) player’s hit during a game last season. The Houston native said she wants to leave a legacy of never giving up. dependable role and in leadership, but I think my goal is to stay emotionally constant and consistent.” The unique thing about Boulavsky as a volleyball player is she is left-handed. Defending a lefty is difficult because the hitter can see around a block better and is more open to attack the ball. Restrepo said it’s extremely important to have a lefthanded player in the program to mix things up a bit offensively. “I’ve seen a lot of players on the right side, but Suzy has an uncanny ability of scoring

with way different shots,” Restrepo said. “She not only has power, but she also has sharp angles; tips that are hard to read. She’s not onedimensional.” Boulavsky also is committed to doing her best and working hard in the classroom. Her efforts were rewarded when she was named a third-team Academic AllAmerican in 2010. “I’m just the type of athlete that I don’t think I can depend on a sport to carry me through,” Boulavsky said. “I can depend on my good degree. I’ve worked so hard my

entire life, so why would I stop?” Senior outside hitter Caitlin Higgins met Boulavsky through playing club volleyball while the two were in high school, and they became good friends. Their friendship has grown stronger at OU, and they have been roommates the past two years as well. Higgins said she — as well as the rest of the team — looks to Boulavsky a lot for emotional leadership. READ THE FULL STORY ON OUDAILY.COM

MORGAN REYNOLDS » Year: Junior » Position: Outside hitter » Hometown: Blue Springs, Mo.

KEILA RODRIGUEZ » Year: Sophomore » Position: Outside hitter » Hometown: Gurabo, Puerto Rico

CORTNEY WARREN » Year: Sophomore » Position: Middle blocker » Hometown: Houston

EDEN WILLIAMS » Year: Sophomore » Position: Defensive specialist » Hometown: Amarillo, Texas

Not pictured: Freshman OH Tara Dunn, freshman MB Grace Whitley

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OU plans to deal with ‘unfinished business’ Sooners hope to improve on 2010’s program-best season, advance further

2011 Schedule Aug. 13 — Arkansas*

TOBI NEIDY The Oklahoma Daily

The 2011 Oklahoma soccer team is optimistic for the upcoming schedule and ready to tie up last season’s loose ends after concluding one of the most prolific finishes in the program’s history in 2010. “There was some unfinished business in both the Big 12 Championship and the NCAA tournament,” senior defender Michelle Alexander said. “We worked hard to get that far and fell short in both tournaments. With most of our team returning this season, we are ready to make another statement and hopefully make it further into the NCAA tournament this year.” Alexander, a seasoned defender who finished with four goals and three assists last year, isn’t the only Sooner looking forward to the official season opener against UAB on Aug. 19 at John Crain Field. “I definitely feel like we have some unfinished business to take care of,” junior forward Caitlin Mooney said. “It gives us something to fight for, and we know we are good enough to compete again.” Mooney transferred to OU last season and became an immediate contributor on offense, something the Sooners will need to see more of this year from the Maryland transfer in order to contend for postseason accolades this season. OU played in the program’s first Big 12 championship final last November, losing to Oklahoma State in penalty kicks. The Sooners also were dismissed

Aug. 19 — UAB Aug. 21 — Tennessee Aug. 26 — Oklahoma State Aug. 28 — SMU Sept. 2 — Oral Roberts Sept. 4 — Missouri State Sept. 9 — Arizona State Sept. 11 — Arizona Sept. 17 — BYU Sept. 19 — LSU Sept. 23 — New Mexico Sept. 30 — Oklahoma State Oct. 2 — Texas Tech Oct. 7 — Texas Oct. 14 — Iowa State Oct. 16 — Missouri Oct. 21 — Texas A&M Oct. 23 — Baylor Oct. 28 — Kansas Nov. 1 — Big 12 Championship Tournament (San Antonio) *Exhibition Bold denotes home games

Players to watch CAITLIN MOONEY


Junior forward Dria Hampton strikes the ball during a game early last season. The Piedmont native will have big shoes to fill now that record-setting forward Whitney Palmer has graduated. prematurely from the NCAA postseason tournament, falling to Washington in the first round. The unfinished mindset already is making for a much-anticipated return by a team that finished with five conference wins, the most by a Sooner team in the program’s 15-year history. And the Sooners are looking to

maintain that level of excellence . “I think we made a great run and probably surprised a lot of people, but that’s not what we are here to do,” junior forward Dria Hampton said. “I think the key for us this year is to consistently believe in ourselves that we can compete with anyone in the country.”

Hampton played a pivotal role on offense for the Sooners, collecting All-Big 12 tournament-team, academic All-Big 12 first-team and academic All-district third-team honors for her five goals and five assists during her sophomore season. Her three game-winning goals were the second most on the team.

OU will need her to perform at that level again with the absence of forward Whitney Palmer. Palmer rewrote the OU record books, including becoming the program’s leading scorer with 38 career goals and 83 points. READ THE FULL STORY ON OUDAILY.COM

» Year: Junior » Position: Forward » Hometown: Edmond » Notes: Mooney, who finished with seven goals and three assists last year, has prior experience in the Sweet Sixteen with Maryland.

DRIA HAMPTON » Year: Junior » Position: Forward » Hometown: Piedmont » Notes: Hampton finished last season with five goals and five assists, making her one of the most dangerous scoring threats on the team.


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No teamwork in lockout talks The expiration of the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement comes in the wake of an absurd postseason that scored some of the NBA’s highest TV ratings since Michael Jordan took on John Stockton and Karl “the Mailman” Malone in 1997-98. I mean, remember with me: Brandon Roy dropped 18 in the fourth on the Mavs when he should‘ve been in a wheelchair, the street-fight that was the GrizzliesThunder series, the Lakers were swept, LeBron reminded everyone how much their lives suck compared to his and — oh yeah — the Lakers were swept. Well, prepare for the polar opposite, a greed-a-palooza called the 2011 lockout. “It worries me that we’re not closer. We have a huge philosophical divide,” NBA commissioner David Stern said. Translation: Sorry, fans, but the players and owners are more unshakable than Robert Horry with 5 seconds left in a playoff game. OK, OK, they probably aren’t that unflappable with their offers, but still. The lockout is like the relationship I had with my first girlfriend — even though both parties involved want things to work out sooner rather than later, neither side is willing to budge one micro-smidgen away from what they want for themselves, even if what they want is totally naive and immature. The owners are taking a shrewd maneuver out of my playbook and have decided to simply ignore the players until they have no choice but to give in to the owners demands. In fact, the owners are so gungho on locking the players out until they cave that on June 30, the day before the Collective Bargaining Agreement expired and when Billy Hunter — executive director of the NBA Players Association — arrived with his counsel and about 40 NBA players to negotiate a lastsecond deal, only Stern, Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, Spurs owner Peter Holt and Knicks owner James Dolan were there to negotiate on the owners’ behalf.



NBA commissioner David Stern speaks to reporters after a meeting with the players’ union June 30 in New York. The sides have not closed the enormous gap that remains in their positions.

In defense of Joe, have lost north of STAFF COLUMN Gavin and George $340 million in total Maloof, the bankrevenues during Alex Hilton rupt owners of the that time, and the Sacramento Kings, single biggest reaplane tickets are son is overpaying EDITOR’S NOTE: At the time awfully expensive players. of this column’s deadline, these days. In other words, the NBA owners and players’ On the flip side, it’s just like Dallas union had not reached a Michael Beasley is Cowboys receiver new collective bargaining smoking marijuaRoy Williams’ deagreement. na again, players bacle — you overare cheating on the pay for a ridiculous NBA with contracts overseas and $76,000 engagement ring that you LeBron is obliterating 14-year-olds send to your fiance in the mail. What with tomahawk slams. do you do when she dumps you a Thanks for the help, guys! month later? Sue her for all she’s The players’ first paychecks are worth to get the ring back, duh. due to arrive Nov. 15 — about four The players demanded that the weeks into the season — and many owners open their financial records analysts speculate the players asso- to attempt to catch them in a $340 ciation will not put its foot on the gas million bluff. as far as negotiating goes until then. “There might not be any losses at According to Stern, 22 of the 30 all. It depends on what accounting NBA franchises were unprofitable procedure is used,” Hunter said after in 2010-2011. The owners claim to checking the records. “If you decide

you don’t count interest and depreciation, you already lop off 250 (million) of the $340 million.” Also, owners in small markets feel as though the NBA business model is too lenient with the L.A.s and New Yorks of the league when it comes to payroll because bigger markets inherently have more to offer players both financially and otherwise. It’s not a coincidence the Lakers payroll last season was about $92 million compared to Sacramento‘s $45 million. In order to ensure parity in the NBA is such that even the smallest of markets can compete for titles, the owners want to institute a “hard salary cap” at about $46 million dollars — a set limit on how much money a franchise’s player-salary payroll can reach with very few exceptional reasons to exceed the limit. READ THE FULL COLUMN ON OUDAILY.COM

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OU offers variety of intramurals So OU coach Bob Stoops never came to recruit you for the Sooners? Welcome to the majority. While you may not be stepping onto Owen Field on Saturdays, you can still relive your glory days on the field with intramurals. The Fitness and Recreation Department hosts over 40 sporting events each year that let students compete against each other while staying active and healthy. Intramurals are open to all Norman Campus OU undergraduate and graduate students. Both team and individual events are held. Some team events include flag football, volleyball and soccer. Individual sports include horseshoes, tennis and table tennis. To compete, students must pay a fee for most events. Team fees range from $25 to $60. Individual events, however, are only $1 to enter. Students can compete with fraternities, sororities or residential halls to take a season title as well. Points are awarded to the winners of each event based on a five-level point scale. The sports worth the most points include flag football, basketball and six-on-six volleyball. The least valuable include badminton, pickleball and horseshoes. Students may register for intramurals at the Huston Huffman Fitness Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday. Visit for a full list of sports offered and the dates they’re available. — Ryan Gerbosi/The Daily



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Never forget there almost wasn’t a 2011 NFL season STAFF COLUMN UMN

RJ Youngg

The NFL lockout lasted 136 days, and we should do our best to never let the players or owners forget it. This whole ordeal was stupid — stupid like watching two fat kids who want the last piece of what amounts to an enormous chocolate cake neither of them had the stomach to hold. There was more than enough cake to go around, but the owners and players still had to fight over which was going to have the bigger half. I guess when you’re worth millions of dollars, the word “share” is omitted from your vocabulary. I know money talks. I know that’s the reason the owners and players both drew lines in the sand. But I also I know the players couldn’t lock themselves out. And I also know there is nothing more bizarre and stupid than thinking the owners and the players walked away from that negotiation table with anything less than what they felt the deserved. But until July 26, the owners looked like a fat kid with chocolate cake around the mouth asking for fifths. You couldn’t really fault the players for not wanting to give up their slice of cake, especially since all they were asking was that the owners prove they had the tapeworm they said they had. I’m glad the two sides kissed and made up and are now going to try to act like this never happened with



St. Louis Rams quarterback and former Sooner Sam Bradford speaks during a news conference July 26 at the team’s football training facility in St. Louis. After the lockout was lifted July 26, NFL players like Bradford could get back to preparing for the season with training camps, practices and free agency. this ridiculous back-to-football campaign. The CBA — the reason the owners locked the players out in the first place — will last 10 years and does not include an opt-out clause of any kind. That means both the owners and players will have to play nice in a laborfriendly environment at least until the year 2021.

They are legally bound to each other in what amounts to an ironclad prenuptial agreement. For fans, this means we will not have to go through another ridiculous offseason like this one for quite some time. Yes, players and owners will still bicker amongst themselves, asking for millions of dollars on top of

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more millions, but they will still have to have a season, and that’s all you and I and the guy who pays every year for NFL Sunday Ticket package cares about. Bu t h e y , t h i s l o c k o u t wasn’t about us — it wasn’t about an extremely small collection of multi-millionaires who wanted more of each other ’s money,

the money you and I keep throwing at them by the handful. The owners and players have spoiled this beautiful sport for the rest of us with constant yearning for attention and Grinch-like money-grumblings. And I will never let forget it. But regardless of whether I like it, those two parties

happen to play my favorite sport at the highest level, or as my economic professor once put it, “Product meet demand; demand bow to product.” Still, to hell with the NFL. Bring on football. — RJ Young, professional writing grad student

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Change can cause feelings of excitement and anxiety, but Howdy Week may help new students make the transition to college this fall. This year, the Howdy Week board is striving not only to welcome incoming freshmen but also to invite transfer, international and returning students into the Sooner family. Howdy Week activities will be centered around this year’s theme, “Time of yOUr Life.” “When I was a freshman, I was really nervous to attend college,” said Stephanie Black, Howdy Week vice c ha i r o f p ro g ra m m i n g . “Howdy Week was my first opportunity to experience campus life, make friends and have fun.” The week will include bands, free food every day from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., games and activities to welcome students to a new school year and provide opportunities to get involved on campus, Black said “Anyone and everyone are welcome to partake in the activities,” Black said. To fund the week, UOSA provided the Howdy Week Board with an allocation of $2,500 for this year’s Howdy Week. “We’re so appreciative of the funding we receive from UOSA,” said Elizabeth Huggins, Howdy Week chair.

» Watermelon Bash in the Walker-Adams Mall The Walker-Adams Mall is the space between Walker Tower and Adams Tower dorms.

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Students walk past decorated signs and the Sower Statue during academic year 2009-2010’s Howedy Week. Howdy Week is held annual to help new students get adapted to campus by offering free food, concerts and multiple games and events.

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returning OU family, Angier said. “I’m really looking forward to the Watermelon Bash,” Angier said. “It dates far back in OU’s history, and actually started the idea of Howdy Week.” The Watermelon Bash is one of many activities during Howdy Week, such as the Freshman Barbecue and the Midnight Breakfast. This year, we’ve really focused on building events around making each student feel like they’re immediately

part of the OU family, Angier said. The Involvement Fair during Howdy Week will offer a variety of ways for students to find their place in OU’s family through student organizations. “Everyone has worked so hard; we can’t wait for the best week of the year to get here,” said Mattie Gattenby, Howdy Week executive vice chair. H o w d y We e k b e g i n s Monday and will take place on the South Oval.

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To eat the best, you’ve got to try ‘em all Norman offers a wide vareity of local and chain eateries, bars and cafes ALYSSA GRIMLEY The Oklahoma Daily

When driving around Norman looking for a place to eat, oftentimes you and your friends could starve to death before choosing just one of the many food options. When choosing an eatery, it is a natural tendency to go to a place you have been to before or you already know is good. Branch out, try

something new and don’t confine yourself to the sameold same-old food. Most importantly, do not judge a restaurant by its size or the greasy smell in the air. For example, The Diner on Main Street looks like a small hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Do not judge — the Diner has been featured on Guy Fieri’s show “Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives” and has amazing food. Yes, you will leave this place with the smell of grease oozing out of your pores, but it’s worth it.

S a m e g o e s f o r G re e k House. Yes, it will probably be hot and steamy inside Greek House, there may not be any place for you to sit and you might be disturbed by the large hunks of meat on spits roasting in full view of the customers, but do not judge. The food is delicious and plentiful and will keep you coming back. So instead of visiting the usual Chipotle for lunch, branch out and find some of the more unique cuisine Norman has to offer. You won’t be disappointed.

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Campus offers students cultural experiences OU provides art, music and culture for Sooner students and the Norman community that are housed in four buildings on university grounds ENJOLI DI PATRI The Oklahoma Daily

Norman offers many cultural outlets for students such as the Sam Noble Museum, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, the Catlett Music Center and the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts. Students looking to take a break from their rigorous college work can stroll through their choice of museums or see a play, opera or musical or hear the symphony, all without leaving campus.

 Sam Noble Museum of Natural History 2401 CHAUTAUQUA AVE. OU’s Sam Noble Museum of Natural History features five permanent galleries: the Hall of Natural Wonders, the Hall of the People of Oklahoma, the Hall of Ancient Life, the Gallery of World Cultures and the Orientation Gallery. The Hall of Natural Wonders gives visitors all of the sights and sounds found in Oklahoma’s varying landscapes. There is a limestone cave, the Ozark highlands diorama and the mixed-grass prairie diorama. The museum plans to add new, permanent dioramas in the future such as a swamp, a tall grass prairie and a black mesa. The Hall of the People of Oklahoma traces the rich history of Native Americans, beginning with archeological exhibits. READ MORE AT OUDAILY.COM

Admission is free for students with valid OU IDs. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art  555 ELM AVE. The permanent collection has nearly 16,000 pieces of art from different time periods ranging from the 16th century to the present. The collections include art of the Americas, contemporary art, European art and photography. Current exhibits include works by Leon Polk Smith, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and other contemporary artists. The Mary and Howard Lester Wing houses extensive Asian, African, American and Oceanic art. The new Stuart Wing will be opening this fall and will feature the Eugene B. Adkins Collection, which has American and Native American art from the Southwest. The lower level of the museum will display the Beatrice Carr Wallace Gallery of Christian Icons, which is returning as a permanent collection. The museum also has an array of photography featuring many styles and approaches.

Admission is free for students with valid OU IDs. Hours: Closed Mondays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday

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Health nut says: Get back in the gym In the beginning, there was only you and the thought — the impulse to exercise. That thought often does not come in the form of a great spiritual moment of clarity. More often than not, it comes from the realization that your jeans don’t fit, your body is now bulging out of places you had no idea existed or your inability to make it up three flights of stairs without gasping for oxygen. So, here you are at a gym — nay, the human torture chamber — and all you can think is, “What happens now?” You could either turn around and run back to the couch, your favorite bag of potato chips and a pint of Ben and Jerry’s finest, or you could man up — or woman up, as the case may be — and tame the dragon. You know what you have to do. You know it won’t be easy. But if you choose to take the plunge, forcing your body to endure the suffering needed to reach your goal, you will be rewarded in pounds lost, inches cinched and measures of confidence. That’s why you’re ultimately in the gym, isn’t it? You want to prove to yourself you can do this. You want to prove to the mirror you aren’t the person it reflects you to be. So first things first: Be sure you are dressed appropriately. That means gym shorts, a t-shirt and tennis shoes are the style of the day. (You may wear a sweatband if you must, but please leave the kneehigh socks at home. The ‘80s ended more than 20 years ago.) You don’t want your workout clothes to fit too tightly or be flamboyant — the gym is not a night club. You are there to work, and your dress should reflect that. Find a vacant stationary bike or treadmill and pedal or walk at a leisurely pace for three to five minutes. The goal right now is to warm your body up for the work it will have to perform in the coming hour. Use this time to reflect on why


Petroleum engineering sophomores Ali Alkhamis, left, and Mohammad Alhasam work out at the Huston Huffman Physical Fitness Center. you are in the gym and what you want STAFF COLUMN UMN to get out of a daily exercise regimen. RJ Youngg Found your center? Fantastic. For the workout, you will want to hit the weights first, then do a form of cardiovascular exercise. Your body needs to be able to work at its least fatigued when lifting weights. This will help you prevent injury and allow you to perform more repetitions with more weight. Generally speaking, weight training allows the body to burn 200-300 calories per hour depending on the weight of the person and the intensity level at which they exercise.

Weight lifting also is important because it helps promote fat loss. For beginners, running through a full-body weightlifting exercise regimen is a daunting task, so for now, pick four exercises — preferably two lower-body and two upper-body — and complete three sets of 10 repetitions for each. The last repetition of each set of exercises should be hard and provoke the urge to make a nasty face. If you’re able to smile and giggle by your 10th rep, you’re doing it wrong. This part of the workout should take between 20 and 30 minutes depending on your fitness level.

After you’ve worked up a sweat with the weights, it’s time to hit the cardio floor. As a general rule, the longer you are able to perform light to moderate cardiovascular activity, the more fat you will burn. And after all, burning fat is what it’s all about. If it’s been a while since you strapped on your running shoes, you might opt to tighten up your shoelaces and go for a stroll. Thought it is the easiest form of cardio, it won’t get you very far in the fat-burning game. Now that you’re body is pissed off at you, it’s time to cool down. If there is a stationary bike around, you might pedal on it for three to five minutes like you did during your warm-up or walk leisurely on the treadmill.


You must do something that requires you to move your extremities, but slowly. It is crucial that you stay lightly active at the end of a workout to promote blood flow throughout your body and to help kick-start the recovery process. Get a drink of water, make a healthy food choice immediately following your workout and get a good night’s rest because tomorrow you’re going to wake up and do it all over again, right? — RJ Young, professional writing gradate student Young has a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science from the University of Tulsa and has worked as a personal trainer in years past.


Freshman mistakes to avoid at OU Welcome to college. Now that you’re here, the last thing you want to do is make a bunch of mistakes, but mistakes seem to be inevitable. Year after year, freshmen make the same mistakes, caught in a vicious cycle of just not knowing how things work. If you’re reading this, I hope you’ll make fewer mistakes than your friends because of it.

How to fit in at OU and not be a tool High school lunch rooms are organized into specific groups, much like a caste system. There aren’t special tables for athletes or nerds in college, but you’ll be stereotyped by your group of friends. Here are some pointers on how to control the group you end up in.

HIPSTERS No. 1: Don’t wear your letter jacket anymore

You want to be a hipster? Stop showering, start smoking American Spirit cigarettes, buy clothes at vintage stores, own a pair of TOMS shoes, get a record player and spend copious amounts of time at Gray Owl Coffee.

You’re no longer in high school. No one in college cares that you were a four-year letter winner in football unless you’re now an OU player. Letter jackets do not make you look cool. In fact, I find it hard to believe letter jackets ever made anyone look cool, and I wore one all through high school back in my day. Their only purpose now is to be a warm coat that also screams, “Punch the wearer of this jacket in the throat” to everyone around you. Not cool, man.

NERDS In all honesty, if you are a level 85 Draenei shaman, your work is done.

JOCKS So you might not be a collegiate athlete. So what? You were in high school. Talk about the good ol’ days, wear your old jerseys around and dominate intramurals.

No. 2: Don’t try to cheat the parking system Whether you think you are, you are not smarter than the swarm of parking enforcers. Sure, it might seem like a good idea to hold onto those annoying yellow envelopes with a parking ticket inside to stick on your windshield when you don’t want another one, but those parking folks check. They have computers and stuff to check that sort of stuff for them, and they’re paid to enforce the parking rules (read: write tickets). You honestly think they won’t check your car because there’s a million other ones in that lot, too? You might find a loophole you can exploit, but don’t exploit it too often or it will disappear like your spending money after you build up a semester’s worth of parking tickets. You can fight the battle, but you will always lose the war.

GREEKS Do you love Polo shirts? Are half your clothes pastel ‘80s colors? Do you despise people who aren’t like you? You’re perfect. Just pass the hazing first.


Jason Street from NBC’s “Friday Night Lights” rocked a letter jacket. But he was in high school. Letter jackets cease to be cool after high school, James Corley says. transverse from the empty “with great power comes expanse of the eastern side great responsibility.” STAFF COLUMN of campus to class is a defiAlso, your meal points nite downside. are more valuable than gold James Corley This is a lesson I learned to upperclassmen who are the hard way: If it’s 9:15 a.m. forced to survive on ramen and you’re just now pulling and taquitos, so use that to into the Duck Pond lot for your 9:30 class, your advantage or be generous and make run. older friends who can protect you from bullies or whatever.

No. 3: Don’t assume you can be on time to class if you park at the Duck Pond

No. 4: Don’t eat Chick-fil-A for every single meal

There’s a lovely parking lot east of the football stadium that rarely fills up, even if the garage and closer lots do. It’s the worst. Don’t get me wrong, not having to wind all the way up the parking garage just to realize there aren’t any spots is a positive. However, needing 15 minutes or more to

It’s delicious, I know. I was once a brighteyed freshman with meal plan. Be cautious, though. I also can tell you that “freshman 15” thing is totally real if you don’t eat smart. Your meal plan and meal points are a great privilege — albeit one you or your parents had to pay a lot for — so remember that

No. 5: Don’t miss out on student football tickets

There are a few more options, but being a tool should not be one of them. Avoid Tapout shirts and Jersey Shore. — James Corley/The Daily

avoiding it, or you can give it a try. Maybe you’ll like it. Or maybe you’ll triple the money you spent on student tickets by reselling them. Either way, it’s a win-win for you.

No. 6: Don’t switch your major 15 million times I’m sure being a doctor or lawyer or astrophysicist sounds fun to most people, but after you flunk biology or English or Diffy-Q, you can’t just give up. There is absolutely nothing wrong with getting your gen-eds out of the way early until you’re sure what you want to be when you grow up so you don’t lose time and credits switching back and forth.

I don’t care if you hate sports (well, actually, I do) and going to a football game sounds like the seventh level of hell to you — buy tickets and go to at least one game while you’re here. College football is king at OU. You can — James Corley, either spend your entire college career journalism senior



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OKC, Tulsa draw big-name star power Concerts featuring prominent artists will visit central and northeastern Oklahoma this fall If local music is your thing, Norman has a plethora of venues to accomodate your needs. Michaelangelo’s, Coach’s Brewhouse, the Opolis, Second Wind, the Deli and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art will be providing plenty of local or small-time flavor. But if you feel the need to go see the big-name acts, though, you’ll probably have to put a few miles on your car with road trips to Oklahoma City or Tulsa. — Kevin Pickard/The Daily Check for more information and links about popular Norman venues and upcoming local shows.


Stop by Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa to see the wintry folk band Fleet Foxes. Be ready for delicate harmonies and shimmering acoustics.

» Cain’s Ballroom — 423 N. Main St., Tulsa


Fleet Foxes perform live at a show earlier this year. The band is one of the more prominent acts coming to Oklahoma this fall.



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Sept. 21

Go hear the quirky pop of They Might Be Giants, also at Cain’s in Tulsa. Even though TMBG’s most recent release was a science-themed children’s album, the band’s catelogue — stretching back to the early ‘80s — still is deep enough to carry a good show.

Is she country or is she pop? Chances are if you are a Taylor Swift fan, you care less about her genre and more about hearing her tales of romance and heartache through her syrupy-sweet melodies and slight twang.

» Cain’s Ballroom — 423 N. Main St., Tulsa


» BOK Center — 200 S. Denver Ave., Tulsa

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Katy Perry sings some of the catchiest music out there, and what better way to get songs stuck in your head than to hear her live? Stop by Tulsa and see her at the BOK Center.

» BOK Center — 200 S. Denver Ave., Tulsa


The instrumental band that creates gigantic music is sure to put on one hell of a show at the Diamond Ballroom in OKC.

» Diamond Ballroom — 8001 S. Eastern Ave., Oklahoma City

If you would rather not make the drive to Tulsa to see Taylor Swift or are eager to see her a second time this fall, she also is playing at the OKC Arena. There will be more than enough Swift to go around this fall.

» OKC Arena — 100 W. Reno Ave., Oklahoma City


Fall releases have something for almost everyone It can get really expensive driving to concerts in Oklahoma City and Tulsa to see the big stars perform. If you don’t want to shell out the dough to make concert trips, an alternative to hearing some of your favorite bands and stars is to pick up their new albums. Looking at the upcoming album release schedule, fans of Stephen Malkmus and the Jinks to fans of Drake will have something to enjoy. Also, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and JoJo are planning on releasing new albums. You can find a list below highlighting upcoming album releases of the above artists and more. If that isn’t enough, you may find comfort knowing the Insane Clown Posse is producing an album with a yetto-be-announced title. One can only hope the album is released so we can have a good laugh. Or maybe they figured out how magnets finally work. (Music previews by Kevin Pickard/The Daily)


Arguably the most influential figure in indie rock history, Stephen Malkmus is releasing his fifth album since the breakup of the band Pavement.

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH “Hysterical” Sept. 20

DRAKE “Take Care” Oct. 24

One of the music scene’s most talented rappers, watch for Drake’s follow up release to his hit debut “Thank Me Later.”

The band that got famous on the Internet and, therefore, came to epitomize the changing music scene of the 21st Century, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah release their third album.

BEIRUT “The Rip Tide” Aug. 30

Zach Condon and his cohorts create eclectic music that sounds transported from 19th century Europe; this album is sure to fall in the same vein.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “I’m With You” Aug. 30

JOJO “Jumping Trains” Sept. 15

WILCO “The Whole Love” Sept. 27

Wilco’s eighth album and first for their own label dBpm.

Honsestly? JoJo still releases music? The last time I remember hearing JoJo was when I was 13, and JoJo was 14. This will be her third album, featuring the single, “The Other Chick.”

It has been five years since Red Hot Chili Peppers released “Stadium Arcadium,” the longest gap they have ever had between albums. Reportedly, this album has a different feel, both because of the departure of their previous guitarist, John Frusciante, and because their bassist, Flea, studied music theory at the University of Southern California during the five years between albums.


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Series reboots, sequels among fall films RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES


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Dec. 16

A prequel to/reboot of the classic science-fiction franchise, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” details how those darn apes became so advanced in the first place (spoiler: It’s James Franco’s fault). The trailer looked pretty awful, but so did the trailer for The Green Lantern, so that doesn’t really signify... Wait, nevermind. — Danny Hatch/The Daily

This is the second movie in the Sherlock Holmes franchise, and both Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law return as the dynamic duo. In the new film Sherlock Holmes and Watson learn more of Dr. Moriarty, who becomes their predominant adversary. Rachel McAdams returns as Holmes’ dangerous love interest, Irene Adler. Once again directed by Guy Ritchie, it promises to develop the epic battle between Holmes and Moriarty that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s series centered around. — LR

THE HELP Aug. 10

An adaption of the hugely popular novel by Kathryn Stockett, “The Help” chronicles the efforts of Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan, played by Emma Stone, who stirs up some trouble in 1960s PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY JAMES CORLEY Mississippi when she asserts “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” a revamp of the movie series started in 1968, will open in theaters nationwide Aug. 5. that the black maids should have rights too. — DH the Conan franchise. For story of a young woman who, lovable stoner, “Our Idiot ever seen. you laypeople out there, let after witnessing her parents’ Brother” is a movie that I acSet in a future where rome translate: You’re getting murder as a child in Bogota, tually kind of want to see, so bots controlled by humans GLEE LIVE! 3D! the same crap with a ticket grows up to be a stone-cold I’ll keep the snark to a mini- now rumble in the boxing Aug. 12 that costs way more than it assassin. It is directed by mum. The film is about a ring, the movie tells the story Hey, look! This is a thing! of Charlie Kenton (Hugh — DH did in 1984. (Insert Arnold Olivier Megaton and stars brother who is an idiot. Schwarzenegger affair joke Zoe Saldana of “Star Trek” — DH Jackman), a former boxing and “Avatar” fame. champ who’s now washedCONAN THE BARBARIAN here.) — DH — Lindsey Ruta/The Daily REAL STEEL up. Down on luck and cash, Aug. 19 Charlie pairs with an old Oct. 7 According to Wikipedia, sparring robot in an underThis boxing drama may this isn’t related to the COLOMBIANA OUR IDIOT BROTHER evoke similar themes, but it dog story about redemption. Aug. 31 Arnold Schwarzenegger film, Aug. 26 — LR ‘Colombiana’ tells the Starring Paul Rudd as a isn’t like any “Rocky” you’ve but is instead a new take on



The fourth movie in the series begins when the IMF is shut down after being implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin. Once again, Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt and his new team to must go rogue to clear their organization’s name. Ving Rhames returns as Luther Stickell, but there are some new faces to join the cast, including Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner. — LR


Fine arts abundant at Oklahoma Local purchases Music events MASALA WORLD MUSIC SERIES: NORTH INDIAN FOLK MUSIC World music concert featuring drums and vocals

» Tickets $9 adults; $5 students, OU faculty/staff and senior adults » 8-10 p.m. Sept. 23 » Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd SUTTON ARTIST SERIES: NOSFERATU SILENT MOVIE WITH ORGAN Dr. John Schwandt at the mighty Möller Theatre Organ adds the soundtrack to silent movie classic Eine Symphonie des Grauens (Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror).

» Tickets $9 adults; $5 students, OU faculty/staff and senior adults » 8-10 p.m. Oct. 28 » Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd OU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HALLOWEEN CONCERT Music director Jonathan Shames leads the orchestra and the OU Chorale in a concert featuring Mendelssohn’s supernatural cantata “Die erste Walpurgisnacht.” Perfect music for Halloween!

» Tickets $9 adults; $5 students, OU faculty/staff and senior adults » 8-10 p.m. Oct. 31 » Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd

Fine arts events UNIVERSITY THEATRE DRACULA School of Drama

The Main Stage season kicks off with William McNulty’s acclaimed adaption of Bram Stoker’s famous novel Dracula.

» Performances are 8 p.m. Sept. 23-24, 29-30 and Oct. 1 and 3 p.m. Sept. 25 and Oct. 2. » Rupel Jones Theatre, Fine Arts Center 563 Elm Ave. SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre

This Broadway musical imagines the circumstances surrounding a classical painting.

» Performances are Oct. 21-30. » Reynolds Performing Arts Center, 560 Parrington Oval THE NUTCRACKER School of Dance

Once every four years, University Theatre and the School of Dance present Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Choreography by Mary Margaret Holt.

Whether you like movies, music, arts or chili, there’s usually lots to do in Norman. Take a look at some of the upcoming events as proof. Can’t find anything you like here? Don’t worry — more events are added as the school year progresses. — Casey Wright/The Daily


» Aug. 15-Sept. 2 » Fred Jones Jr. Art Center, Lightwell Gallery, 520 Parrington Oval INCOMING GRADUATE EXHIBITION School of Art & Art History

» Sept. 12–22 » Fred Jones Jr. Art Center, Lightwell Gallery, 520 Parrington Oval “ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG: PRINTS FROM UNIVERSAL LIMITED ART EDITIONS, 1962-2008” » Sept. 23–Dec. 30 » Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art “NO HEAVEN AWAITS US: CONTEMPORARY CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO” EXHIBITION » Oct. 22-Dec. 30 » Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art FACULTY SHOW » Oct. 26–Nov. 17 » Fred Jones Jr. Art Center, Lightwell Gallery, 520 Parrington Oval You taste and vote for the winning pot of chili in this “heated” competition by dozens of chili aficionados. Proceeds support student scholarships and travel grants.

sushi• stir fry• steaks • cocktails • fine sake and wine

» $8 at the door for all-you-can-eat chili; $15 for chili and a handmade ceramic chili bowl » Nov. 16 » Fred Jones Jr. Art Center, Lightwell Gallery, 520 Parrington Oval “ART AND THE LANDSCAPE” School of Art & Art History

» Nov. 28-Dec. 9 » Fred Jones Jr. Art Center, Lightwell Gallery, 520 Parrington Oval




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» Every Friday this Fall » FJMA - Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom

» Performances are 8 p.m. Oct 13-15 and 3 p.m. Oct. 16. » Weitzenhoffer Theatre, Fine Arts Center, 563 Elm Ave.

— James Corley, journalism senior


» Performances are 8 p.m. Dec. 2-4 with the OU Symphony Orchestra live; and 8 p.m. performances with pre-recorded music Dec. 8-10 and 3 p.m. Dec. 3-4, 10-11. » Rupel Jones Theatre, Fine Arts Center 563 Elm Ave.

The Coronation of Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi was one of the first operas to use actual historical events and people.

When you find yourSTAFF COLUMN self needing something, you’re usually faced with a James Corley choice: buy locally or buy corporately. Now you might be thinking to yourself, “Oh boy, here goes this hipster crap again,” but I urge you to consider my argument. Local businesses are the life-blood of communities. In most cases when you buy from a local business, you’re not only supporting that business but also the local suppliers that business uses. Need caffeine? Sure, Starbucks is located conveniently on Campus Corner, but if you can make the drive to Main Street to visit Gray Owl Coffee, you’ll be boosting Norman’s economy instead of Seattle’s. Hungry? Yes, McDonald’s or Jimmy John’s or Chipotle can be delicious, but so can Victoria’s, Cafe Plaid and Hideaway Pizza (yes, it’s a chain, but it started in Stillwater). Need some new music? You could either hop on your computer and buy from iTunes or you could hop in your car and drive to Guestroom Records. Most new-release vinyls come with digital downloads, so you can keep filling up your iPod at the same time. If you don’t have a record player, don’t fret: Guestroom carries a wide variety of CDs — and a few cassettes! — to fit your musical needs. It doesn’t really matter where you’re from for you to care about the community you’re in now. When Norman’s economy is strong and thriving, it can grow and improve, thereby improving your experience in it. So whether you’re from Tulsa or Texas, Norman will be your home for nine months out of the next one to five years, so buy locally to support this community.

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Each month, the FJJMA teams up with the Norman Arts Council’s 2nd Friday Circuit of Art, a citywide arts event connecting the Downtown Arts District, the OU Arts District, the Firehouse Art Center, the Jacobson House and other local galleries and organizations. The FJJMA offers live music, hands-on art activities and short films by the deadCENTER Film Festival.


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Marcus Fenix, “Gears of War 3”

Commander Shepard, “Mass Effect 3”

Nathan Drake, “Uncharted 3”

New releases feature third installments of popular titles CHASE COOK | THE DAILY We all require a bit of rest and relexation, so it’s great that the fall and spring semester new benchmark for first-person- modern-combat shooters. Unfortunately, students may have to wait until winter and summer break to actually coincide with the release dates of some of the biggest names in gaming. Marcus Fenix, Nathan Drake and Commander Shepard are all making a return this play the games. However, if gamers budget their time and pick and choose which games academic year in what seems to be final installments in their series. Gamers also will see to pick up, it’s possible to enjoy some of the best games. Below is a list and brief overview of some of the exciting games being released. the first Diablo game in a decade and an update to the Battlefield series that could be the

BATTLEFIELD 3 Developer: DICE Publisher: Electronic Arts Release date: Oct. 25 Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 (rumored to be on the Wii-U as well, but not officially confirmed)

Sure, it’s another modern combat shooter, but the latest installment in the Battlefield series could be the best so far. The game hasn’t been playable for the masses yet, but reports from gaming websites and magazines state “Battlefield 3” will maintain the team-based tactics and slower-paced gameplay of its predecessors. DICE also has created a new version of the Frostbyte Engine that promises updated graphics, more destructible environments and hopefully a grand ole time. The addition of the new graphical engines means DICE is taking the Battlefield series to the next level and not just the next numerical number. MASS EFFECT 3 Developer: Bioware Publisher: Electronic Arts Release Date: March 6, 2012 Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC

The best way to describe the Mass Effect series is to think of the games as a massive, linked choose-your-own-adventure series spread over three novels. Then imagine that series in space with dozens of alien races that all speak excellent English. The final installment in Bioware’s Mass Effect series will bring the science-fiction epic back to Earth for the ultimate encounter with an ancient, alien civilization bent on destroying the galaxy. It doesn’t seem like a complicated plot, but Bioware’s Action/Role Playing Game hybrid eschews mindless action for tactical squad combat and brilliant storytelling. “Mass Effect 3” looks like Bioware will be continuing the trend of dialogue over action, but it won’t skimp on the latter. UNCHARTED 3: DRAKE’S DECEPTION Developer: Naughty Dog Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment Release date: Nov. 1 Platform: Playstation 3

The third chapter of the Uncharted series is taking Nathan Drake and gamers to the desert to find the lost Arab city, Iram of the Pillars. The Uncharted series is the closest gamers can get to feeling like they are Indiana Jones. It’s a fun, adventure-filled series championing fast-paced combat coupled with exciting platforming across crumbling buildings and sinking ships. The Uncharted is an excellent series with a cast of protagonists that maintain believable personalities while thrust into supernatural and inescapable situations. Hopefully, “Uncarted 3: Drake’s Deception” will make its predecessors proud. DIABLO 3 Developer: Blizzard Entertainment Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment Release date: TBA Platform: PC

If you fire up Diablo 2 and log on to that level 99 Necromancer, you may find people are still playing a game released more than 11 years ago. Now, fans of the loot-hoarding series will get another shot at stealing all the underworld’s treasures. Blizzard’s “Diablo 3” isn’t promising anything new, players will assume the role of a particular class and they will battle of the denizens of hell and other dark places to get shiny, new items. Blizzard’s history of taking as much time as they want on projects means the game’s transition will be exponential instead of sequential. Blizzard’s dedication to quality could lead to gamers keeping “Diablo 3” on their hard drives for another 10 years. GEARS OF WAR 3 Developer: Epic Entertainment Publisher: Microsoft Studios Release date: Sept. 20 Platform: Xbox 360

While “Gears of War 3” (and a few other titles on this list) aren’t moving video games forward in the artistic department, it’s hard to argue with the Gears of War series’ formula. Take military troops, place them in massive armor and have them use ridiculously violent weapons in a war to save the planet from alien forces. It might be Michael Bay’s wet dream game, but Epic Entertainment channels unbridled testosterone into effective gameplay that is easy to pick up and damn entertaining. From the gameplay videos, it looks like “Gears of War 3” will tow the series line, but it’s going to add more multiplayer content with new competitive modes and expanding cooperative to four players.

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Indie spotlight — “Rayman: Origins” Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier Publisher: Ubisoft Release date: November 2011 Platform: Xbox Live, Playstation Network

In an era of big budgets, huge developers and modern warfare, it’s nice to see a prominent publisher use the indie-developer model. Ubisoft has assembled a small team of developers to create “Rayman: Origins” and their idea is to use smaller groups to maximize creativity. This isn’t the first time a developer has done this, but it is the first time Ubisoft has dipped into the downloadable market with a promising game. The game is set in the Rayman universe, so bright colors and strange creatures are guaranteed, but gameplay videos and demos show the small development team is keeping the game simple. It’s a 2-D cooperative platformer, so


keeping everything simple facilitates the entertainment. Ubisoft also said — in the wake of outcry from gamers that games are too easy now — that “Rayman: Origins” will bring challenges to gamers they haven’t experienced since playing Donkey Kong Country on the Super Nintendo and Ninja Gaiden on the Nintendo Entertainment System.

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FALL TV PREMIERES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 PLASTIC ELIMINATES STYROFOAM TO-GO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 HOW THE ACADEMIC SUCCESS CENTER CAN HELP YOU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Alejandra Garcia campus features editor

WALDROP’S WINS RECOGNIZED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Jordan Twine arts & entertainment editor

POLY INCORPORATED IN RAIL EXPANSION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Melissa Bates staff writer

POLY TREATED TO NEW CONVENIENCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 , 9

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Oct. 3

Sunday Night Football @ 7:30 p.m. - NBC Dexter @ 8 p.m. - Showtime The Vampire Diaries @ 7 p.m. - CW

Sept. 19

Two and a Half Men @ 8 p.m. - CBS

Sept. 20

Glee @ 7 p.m. - FOX The Biggest Loser @ 7 p.m. - NBC

Sept. 21

House @ 8 p.m. - FOX


Sept. 19

The Playboy Club @ 9 p.m. - NBC

Sept. 20

New Girl @ 8 p.m. - FOX

Modern Family @ 8 p.m. - ABC


The Big Bang Theory @ 7 p.m. - CBS Grey’s Anatomy @ 8 p.m. - ABC The Office @ 8 p.m. - NBC

Sept. 23

CSI: NY @ 8 p.m. - CBS Kitchen Nightmares @ 7 p.m. - FOX

Sept. 25

The Simpsons @ 7 p.m. - FOX Desperate Houswives @ 8 p.m. - ABC Family Guy @ 8 p.m. - FOX

Sept. 21

The X Factor @ 7 p.m. - FOX

Sept. 22

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tainers ordered from Glen Eve Together Enterprises, Inc. Housing staff will be distributStarting this fall, Dora’s Cafe ing the Eco-takeout containers to will replace all styrofoam con- Texas Wesleyan residents on Aug. tainers with reusable plastic con- 18 upon moving into residence Alejandra Garcia

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Elena Vannaman,freshman business accounting major and volleyball player loads up her eco-takeout container at Dora’s. The eco-takeout containers will be giving to students that live of campus or may be purchased for $5.

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halls. All other students not living on campus and faculty who would like take-out will need to purchase one for $5 at Dora’s. To get take-out, students and faculty will need to return their rinsed Eco-takeout containers and exchange them for a sanitized container.    Audrey Copeland, former sustainable products manager at Aramark, Wesleyan’s dining services provider, created the Ecotakeouts while a student at Eckerd College. Copeland encouraged other schools across the country, such as Baylor University, University of Florida, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and University of Texas at Arlington to support their efforts and go green. Elizabeth Cheong, director of dining services at the UTA, said they have already began to use the Eco-takeouts, and the use of the containers has been successful. The purchase of the Eco-takeouts was funded by a 4 percent increase in housing charges. Three hundred and fourteen have been ordered for residents, but Sharon Manson, residence life director, said she’ll have to order more for faculty, exchanges and extras. “Change is always met with resistance, but I think it will be a

good thing overall,” Manson said. Freshman business accounting major Elena Vannaman disagrees with the change. “I think it’s a great idea just to recycle,” Vannaman said. Cary Poole, dean of students, visited UTA to see the progress of the Eco-takeouts. “From what I’ve seen at UT Arlington, they’ve been very successful,” Poole said. Some students do not seem to have a problem with the change. “It’s a good way to go green,” Marissa Rangel, senior liberal studies major, said. “I think it’ll work.” Last fall, the Blue Plus Gold Equals Green committee began its recycling program in an effort to go green. Recycling bins for paper and aluminum cans are now available in most buildings on campus. William Timmerman, director of dining services, said the Wesleyan community is intent on making changes to help the world. “We need to be aware of our surroundings and where we can help,” Timmerman said. Micah Young, freshman psychology major, said. Wesleyan can really benefit from these changes. “The times are changing, either go with it or get left behind,” Young said.

Brian McDaniel | Rambler Staff Terry Waldrop, men’s head basketball coach, sits back to enjoy holding Wesleyan’s record for most wins 245-131, just a piece of the success that has made him part of the nation’s top 25 non-Division I men’s head basketball coaches.

Waldrop’s wins recognized Taylor Gill

Terry Waldrop, Texas Wesleyan’s head men’s basketball coach, puts his name in the history books as he is ranked within the nation’s top 25 non-Division I men’s head basketball coaches. Waldrop said this honor is one that he considers the work of his entire coaching staff, not just himself. “We are honored that people from across the country see the success that we have had with our players and our staff,” Waldrop said. According to the Wesleyan athletics website, last season the Ram men’s basketball team finished first in conference with a final record of 30-4, contributing to Waldrop’s holding Wesleyan’s all-time winning record of 245131. He is also recognized for his five trips to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics tournament, winning in 2006. “The Rams are the most successful basketball program in the state of Texas at all levels in number of wins the last four years,” Waldrop said. Waldrop said he holds his team to high levels of work ethic and accountability, and brings compassion to the game.

“Coach Waldrop gives me the freedom to work,” Brennan Shingleton, assistant men’s basketball coach, said. “He has always allowed me to put my stamp on this program. It’s a unique opportunity to be able to get my hands dirty everyday and actually see the hard work pay off.” Shingleton said Ram coaches want players to not only be great citizens but great student-athletes and teammates. He said it is all about trusting the system and holding each player accountable. Former All-American guard Jonathan Blake said one of the most important things he has learned from coach Waldrop was to be a model citizen on and off the court. Waldrop said this is his 26th year to coach and 13th at Wesleyan. He said he was influenced by his father to coach and make a difference the way his father and other coaches did in his life. Blake said Waldrop was never afraid to yell but at the same time took the initiative to pull players aside and tell them how to be better players. “Every season seems to separate and distinguish itself from the rest,” Waldrop said. “I am looking forward to this season and getting back in the gym and doing what we do best.”

Poly incorporated in rail expansion Rachel Peel

The Polytechnic community may soon see plans for new public transportation. The Fort Worth Transit System (The-T) and Southeast Fort Worth Incorporated are working with the Fort Worth community to take part in a feasibility study to expand the transportation system including the Polytechnic Heights area. Joan Hunter, communications manager of The-T, said the study is to determine what type of connecting transportation, would be feasible for the proposed route. Hunter said once the proposed route of services most feasible is decided, the next step is a financial analysis. A financial analysis is when a company looks at its finances before making a decision. After the financial analysis is completed, then the funds available will help city officials determine what type of services the community will need. “If the project is approved to move forward, there would still be several years of planning and engineering before construction would begin,” Hunter said. Deborah Roark, Title III director of grants and research at Wesleyan and member of the advisory board, said due to the population growth in the Fort Worth area,

public tr a n s p o r ta tio n is b e c o min g c o n g e s te d . According to the city of Fort Worth’s website, over the past 10 years, the Fort Worth population has increased by 38.6 percent. In 2009 the Fort Worth population was 727,577. The 2010 census revealed that Fort Worth’s population was 741,206 people. “All of the major cities have rails, so what the city is looking at is where we would need it, where would it be used, and how will we help our people move around,” Roark said. Jeremy Burnett,junior math major and Spanish major said he uses the rail system only when necessary. “I don’t think they necessarily need to add anything, I just think that they need to make the ability to get from one place to another quickly a higher priority,” Burnett said. Burnett said if The-T would eliminate stops they would operate more quickly. The Fort Worth Transit System held the second of three meetings on April 18 at the Handley Meadowbrook Community Center in Fort Worth. Although the date has not been decided, Hunter said TheT’s next public meeting will be held this fall to discuss what will be done.

Illustration by Erica Estrada | Rambler Staff Map of the Southeast Fort Worth area that the Fort Worth Transit System is looking toward expanding the TRE rail system.

POLY treated to NEW



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Wesleyan students can now fill their gas tanks, grab a bite to eat and catch an affordable phone plan at Polytechnic’s new Stop 6 Exxon strip. The strip opened July 26 and includes a Stop 6 Exxon, Metro PCS and Golden Chick. The establishment will have a formal ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Aug. 26 and is located at 1201 MLK Freeway (the corner of E. Rosedale & Highway 287). This grand opening event is open to the public, and Betsy Price, mayor of Fort Worth, will wield the giant scissors to cut the ribbon. Kim Gatlin, librarian and alumna at Wes-

leyan, said the new strip offers something new to the Fort Worth community—particularly for Wesleyan. “Metro PCS - there’s a lot of people that use that in this area, so that will be good,” Gatlin said. “I think it is a good idea.” Geovanny Ortiz, Metro PCS sales representative, said he is glad it’s close to Wesleyan and Metro PCS is a good provider for students on a budget. Ortiz said PCS offers plans as low as $40 a month with unlimited talk, text and web. Metro PCS is open from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Mike Vasaya, general manager of Stop 6 Exxon, said the location of the strip was something the Polytechnic Heights community needed. Vasaya said

it took several years to get approval to build the strip center due to construction delays off Highway 287 and on Rosedale Street. “It’s been closed off for at least 12 years,” Vasaya said. “By early next year they should be done with all the construction so it’s [Rosedale Street] going to be open. All the traffic’s going to pass through here.” The Stop 6 Exxon is open 24 hours for business, and the Golden Chick is open from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mina Vasaya, general manager of Golden Chick, said the fast food restaurant has deals it will implement after the grand opening. Some of the specials include family and single deals, $5 deals, student discounts upon presentation of a student i.d.,

and lucky 13 — 13 tenders with a drink and a side for $13. “We will be running specials after the 26th,” Mina said. “We are expecting back-to-school flyers any day.” Mina also said there will be possible employment opportunities for students at Wesleyan in the future. “When we get busier, we will be hiring,” Mina said. “We will just keep two spots open for each shift for TWU students.” Christena Welch, junior English major, said the Golden Chick will give students an offcampus place to hang out. “I think it’s good because it will be more economical for students to just go out and get food,” Welch said. “And probably just chill out and study somewhere besides campus.”


Freshman experience revamped Melissa Bates

The Freshman Success Experience classroom received a facelift over the summer—Extreme Makeover style. The total cost for the project is $16,000. To date, about $13,000 has been donated. In June, Dr. Kelly Flynn, principal consultant for Behavioral Science Technologies and the wife of Board of Trustee member Jan Fersing, approached Wesleyan about donating money in the name of her husband’s 75th birthday to improve the learning experience of students. Additional money put towards the renovation was donated by Wesleyan administration, faculty, staff and Fersing’s friends. Joe Brown, dean of freshman success and professor of theatre and communication, and Joan Canty, vice president of university advancement, met with Flynn to show her several Wesleyan spaces. “We showed her the basement of Stella Russell Hall, the freshman advising center, the patio outside the gym and the FSE classroom; spaces that could, for a certain amount of money, be enhanced and have a name put on it,” Brown said. Flynn said she chose the FSE classroom because it seemed more self-contained than the other locations. Brown said the plan was to only replace the seating in the

Alejandra Garcia | Rambler Staff The Freshman Success Experience classroom is treated to a new look designed by Joe Brown, dean of freshman success and professor of theatre and communication. The total cost for the project was $16,000.

FSE classroom. However, Brown said he was able to stretch Flynn’s donation further than originally anticipated, so the room, in a matter of three weeks, received a full make-over. “I had the luxury of total freedom to design due to Kelly’s generosity,” Brown said. Flynn said her husband is dedicated to Texas Wesleyan, and she wanted to provide something that would be beneficial to students and honor her husband for his birthday. “When I talked to Joan, I said what I’m really thinking is

something for students, something that contributes to their success and their enjoyment of their experience at Texas Wesleyan,” Flynn said. Though Fersing did not graduate from Wesleyan, it has not diminished his appreciation for the school. “I think Wesleyan staff and professors are driven and motivated,” Fersing said. “They need to be encouraged and rewarded to reinforce the tremendous difference they make in the lives of students.” Salvador Alcala, sophomore bilingual education major, took

the FSE class in fall 2010. “When I took this class, we just had tables, which made the room look little,” Alcala said. “We had difficulty moving around to make groups and work on projects,” he said. Alcala said the FSE classroom will inspire students to learn, and that he would like to thank Flynn and Fersing for their donation. “I think it’s good that she’s not only giving him his birthday present, but she’s actually giving us a better environment to learn and get a great freshman experience,” Alcala said.

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Staring down into the faces of on-looking anxious Texans, three starlets deliver a peaceful harmony. Roars and whistles muffled in applause boom like thunder from the crowd in praise of the countrytinged music artists. The audience soon falls victim to the enchantment of Maiden Texas, a Lone Star state born country band. Three aspiring singers DeAwna Wood, assistant director of alumni at Texas Wesleyan, Krista Hughes-Bailey, executive academic administrator at Texas Wesleyan, and Stephanie Pruitt met during the summer of 1998 at Six Flags over Texas as individual vocalists. At Six Flags, Hughes-Bailey approached Wood and Pruitt with a proposal. “I just made the suggestion that if we weren’t doing anything, maybe we could try singing a trio,” Hughes-Bailey said. Wood and Pruitt were on board, and after singing together, they quickly noticed they had a unique blend. The group began performing together and decided to call themselves Three Step. “Three Step was a joke,” Hughes-Bailey said. “In height we stair step, Stephanie is the tallest and then me and DeAwna.” With their harmony and presence, Three Step intrigued the president of Six Flags. Wood said the trio was perform-

ing at Six Flags and the president happened to be walking by. “The president was real hands-on, walking out and about at the park,” Wood said. “He happened to walk by and thought ‘We should let these girls have their own show.’” As the women’s careers took shape they changed the group name to Maiden Texas. The “maidens” would soon be a part of Your Big Break, a TV show that aired on NBC for upcoming acts. All three were flown to Los Angeles and the show was recorded in the same studio building the Tonight Show with Jay Leno is shot. “The guy who played Carlton on Fresh Prince was the host of the show,” Wood said. “It was fun.” Pruitt, who works from her home as a sales manager, said they had to make a trip to Austin to audition for the show. There they found out the producers were looking for something in particular. “We had to drive quite a ways to audition for that,” Pruitt said. “They were looking for someone to play the Dixie Chicks.” Maiden Texas made their mark on the Texas State Fair Chevy Main Stage in 2001. Since then, the state fair has become a staple for the group to perform at over the years. “We’ve been really lucky to do that for the last several years,” Hughes-Bailey said. “We thought we’d be on the side stage, but we’ve been on the main stage every year.”

All American Entertainment | Courtesy From left to right: Krista Hughes-Bailey, Stephanie Pruitt and DeAwna Wood make up country music trio Maiden Texas.

Maiden Texas has continued to grace stages across the Metroplex, even performing at the Lone Star Park for the Fourth of July this year. They will perform at 7:30 p.m.





Sept. 3 at Johnnie High’s Country Music Revue in Arlington. Maiden Texas will also make their way back to the Texas State Fair Chevy main stage Oct. 5.

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Alert systems opt out nationwide Shauna Banks

In the event of a crisis or inclement weather situation on campus, close to 100 percent of Texas Wesleyan students will soon receive instant notifications. Following a state law passed over the summer, colleges in Texas are now required to use opt-out emergency notification systems for their students, as opposed to the current opt-in systems. “It’s for everyone’s safety and security, and it’s great that we are able to do something like that with today’s technology,” said Steve Roberts, associate vice president of administrative services and human resources. “It wasn’t that long ago that something like this was out of the question.” This means that instead of students having to sign up for the Wesleyan Emergency Management System through the university’s website with their RamLink information, they will be automatically put in the system upon registering for classes. Students can also sign an opt-out form if they do not want to be included in the WEMS alert system.

This change will not go into effect for Wesleyan until Spring 2012. Roberts said the change in systems should have a positive impact since it will potentially reach all of the Wesleyan community, as opposed to the current 25 percent. Students can currently register for WEMS to receive text message, phone and email alerts by visiting Detailed instructions are given on this web page explaining how to proceed with registration. Students must have their RamLink username and password to register. Bradden Van Noy, president of the Student Government Association, said with the heightened rate of violence on college campuses nationwide over the past decade, the opt-out system will be an important component to campus safety in the future. “The opt-out---that is awesome. I think every student needs to be on the list. I don’t know why they wouldn’t want to be on the list,” Van Noy said. “Getting the word out to everybody when something happens, I think would do a lot in stopping further violence from happening if there were issues.” | Courtesy To register for WEMS

Pati Alexander, vice president of enrollment and student services, said with the increase in students living in the dorms at 90 percent capacity this fall, Wesleyan administrators have worked to implement other campus safety and facilities improvements. Some improvements still in early stages include installing monitored cameras around campus to deter car break-ins and replacing chain-link fences with wrought

iron fencing. “It’s quite expensive to do all of those things, so we’re trying to break off the pieces that we think would have the biggest impact on the perception of safety,” Alexander said. She said with the switch to the Guardsmark security company last summer and neighborhood patrolling by the Fort Worth Police Department, Wesleyan continues to be one of the safest universities in and around Fort Worth.







Vaughn rejects Tampa Bay Rays Eliana Mijangos

Meisa Keivani Najafabadi | Rambler Staff Ram’s pitcher, junior Derek Vaughn, turns down an opportunity to play for the Tampa Bay Rays. Vaughn’s coach said his decision to play another year in college was smart and will bring him more competitive offers for next years draft.



Wesleyan Pitcher Derek Vaughn takes the next step toward becoming a Major League Baseball player, rejecting an offer to play with the Tampa Bay Rays on day three of baseball’s 2011 Major league first-year player draft. Vaughn said the money was not enough to turn down his opportunities at Wesleyan. “It’s not about the team, but the opportunity,” Vaughn said. Vaughn said his career goal is to follow in his father’s footsteps, Ram pitching coach DeWayne Vaughn, and play for the New York Mets or Texas Rangers. “I’ve grown up knowing the ins and outs of baseball,” Vaughn said. “It’s been instilled in my mind throughout my experiences with my dad.” Mike Jeffcoat, head men’s baseball coach, said Vaughn started playing baseball in

high school but did not do a lot of pitching. “We made him our starting pitcher once we saw his work ethic,” Jeffcoat said. Jeffcoat said Vaughn’s decision to play another year of college ball was smart and will bring him more competitive offers, especially after the training he has done with his father this summer. “I’ve really increased my workouts [this summer],” Vaughn said. “I have focused on strengthening my core and rotator cuff through swimming.” Vaughn’s teammates speak highly of his knowledge for the game as only an incoming junior. “Derek is a young and talented player who is only going to get better as the years pass,” Drew Cavender, Texas Wesleyan alumni and pitcher, said. Jeffcoat said if Vaughn continues to pitch from low to mid 90s, the scouts’ interest can only increase. Vaughn began his college

baseball career at Arkansas Fort Smith Junior College and continued to Oklahoma University for only a semester before finding a home at Wesleyan his sophomore year. Vaughn said he has told several friends he knows are unhappy playing at the Division I level about the opportunities both Ram baseball and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics offers. He said that opposite from what he thought coming out of high school, it is possible to shine in the NAIA division and even be drafted out of college. Vaughn is the 37th Wesleyan player to be drafted and said since more and more players are seeing the opportunities that NAIA baseball offers, this season could possibly be the best season Wesleyan has had. “It’s a life-long journey,” Vaughn said. “This year is just another chapter in the book of baseball.”

Name | Rambler Staff Engaging documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop, offers viewers a glimpse into the world of street art. Although it does not have a credited director, it captures the essence of underground street artists throughout the entire film.

Street art sets scene Alejandra Garcia

Exit Through the Gift Shop, a documentary released last year, has quickly introduced many people to the world of street art. With its imaginative art and intriguing personas, Exit Through the Gift Shop keeps the viewer entertained throughout the entire film and is available for rental at Blockbuster and on Netflix. In today’s society, street art is more commonly called graffiti. However, it has gone past simple tagging to visually striking images. Underground artists push themselves to create meaningful artwork and continually raise the bar. Underground artists, including Shepard Fairey, Space Invader and Banksy debut in this documentary. Though no one is accredited as director in the film, Banksy, an infamous graffiti artist from Britain whose identity remains unknown throughout the entire film, is widely accepted as the director. The film begins in the point of view of Thierry Guetta, a French clothing store owner living in Los Angeles, fascinated by the world of street art and devoted to filming everything he sees. Guetta follows underground artists with his camera, giving them the impression that he will later use the footage to produce a film chronicling the street art movement, when in fact he just

throws the tapes in unorganized boxes, having no intention of watching them—much less creating a film. The film provides us with an in-depth look at the street art movement. Viewers are made aware of things they may have never considered before, such as the danger underground artists face in creating their art, the message they are trying to convey and the origin of their inspiration. About half way through, the film takes on a new direction. Banksy takes over directing and Guetta is committed to being an underground artist himself, taking on the name Mr. Brainwash. Though his creativity and innovation is certainly not at the level of the others, he still manages to operate a big, extravagant exhibition in a short amount of time. After viewing this film, it cannot be denied that street art is meaningful. It is impactful and has the power to influence a community. This documentary makes the viewer rethink his or her definition of art and contradicts every belief that art is dead and boring. “Exit Through the Gift Shop is not only fabulously made, it will probably spark a discussion about what art is, and its role in society,” said G. Allen Johnson, staff writer at San Francisco Chronicle. The film was nominated for an Oscar this year, and though it did not win, the loss certainly did not lessen the influence it created.


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