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UOSA to finalize polling locations Election committee hammering out other details as voting approaches for the Nov. 9 and 10 election KATHLEEN EVANS The Oklahoma Daily

UOSA elections are approaching, and the election board is working out the details, including where people can vote and in which districts double majors can vote. Student Congress approved election polling places at its Tuesday night meeting, and the spots will be finalized after the Graduate Student Senate votes on them Sunday night. Election chair Natalie Jester and her board of four members chose the four polling locations: Dale Hall, Oklahoma Memorial Union, the bus stop at the top of the South Oval and University Housing. “I’m talking to [OU Information Technology] and [Facilities Management] about where exactly they will be,” Jester said. “We will know more after the Senate meeting

and can let candidates and students know.” Her specific ideas are to have polling locations in between Couch Tower and Couch Restaurants and either at the Union entrance near Crossroads or near Asp Avenue, depending on where she sees more foot traffic. The election board hopes that candidates will know the locations and be able to follow rules banning campaign material near the polling locations, Jester said. The group considered a polling location near the sorority and fraternity houses in order to vote for InterFraternity Council president but decided Dale Hall was in between North Greek and South Greek and was the most impartial spot, she said. “Our goal is to be preemptive this year,” Jester said. “We will have a person on the board going to the spots beforehand to make sure they are clean. Then we can call candidates the night before and let them know if there is a problem.” If candidates do violate campaigning rules, the board will make a note of it and

decide at the end how serious it was and what penalties to enforce, she said. However, their main goal is to be consistent with the penalties. Congress representatives raised questions about in what districts a student with two majors can vote, and Jester explained that majors have different online codes. IT applies a filter so students can only vote in their district. Students with two majors will be able to vote in both districts, Jester confirmed with IT Wednesday morning. Candidates will be out campaigning Nov. 8 on the South Oval 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the day before the elections, said Katherine Borgerding, public relations committee chairwoman. The event is called Best Day Ever and will give students a chance to meet candidates and hear issues. Jester said she was excited for the day and the opportunities it will provide for students and candidates to get involved. “It’s the most beneficial way to know the platforms and issues,” Jester said.

COMPETITION | STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN CLIMBING EVENT

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Anna Holdridge, zoology junior, participates Thursday evening in the Huston Huffman Fitness Center climbing competition. The competition was open to anyone interested, with divisions for beginners and more advanced climbers. Students are interested in starting a climbing and outdoor adventure club at OU, and the competition was organized to help boost interest.

Groups share culture at international bazaar on South Oval today Students on the South Oval will experience the International Advisory Committee’s 2010 International Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. The bazaar gives organizations on campus an opportunity to share their culture. Groups will perform dances and create handmade items to sell, including jewelry, figurines, cultural attire and children’s toys. “The bazaar is a portal to lands unvisited by many of our students and offers a glimpse of the invigorating cultures and countries around the globe that are just waiting to be explored,” Brooke Hammer, International Advisory Committee staff adviser, said in a press release. — Daily Staff Reports

2,500 to attend 62nd annual University Sing during 85th Dad’s Day Approximately 2,500 people will crowd into Holmberg Hall in Reynolds Performing Arts Center this weekend to watch the 62nd University Sing. The event will consist of student performances 8 p.m. Thursday, and public performances 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for all four of this weekend’s U-sing performances sold out within 15 minutes, said Rachel Ratcliffe, U-Sing chairwoman and business senior. For visiting parents who graduated OU within the past 62 years, Ratcliffe said “U-Sing brings back great memories of their time at OU and creates an activity for families to attend together.” U-Sing features seven 12-minute mini-musicals performed by student organizations around this year’s theme, ‘Prequels,’ said Valerie Hall, public relations senior and Campus Activities Council chairwoman. This year, U-Sing is limiting dialogue within the act to 90 seconds, with participants being judged on their story line, vocal ability, dancing, costumes and closeness to and creativity in developing the theme, Hall said. “Awards are also given out for best male and female lead,” Hall said. Proceeds from the shows will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. —Dhara Sheth/The Daily

STATE ELECTIONS

STATE ELECTIONS

Reserve fund to increase if State Question 757 passes

State Question 747 proposes term limits for state offices

‘Rainy Day’ fund has been depleted in recent years, representative says it’s not the right time for the amendment NICOLE HILL Contributing Writer

Voters will decide just how much the state should save for rainy day emergencies when they cast their ballots on Nov. 2. State Question 757 would raise the amount of surplus revenue that goes into the Constitutional Reserve Fund each year. SQ 757 would amend the state constitution to increase the maximum amount of surplus revenue to be directed into the “Rainy Day” fund. The cap would increase from 10 to 15 percent. “The Rainy Day fund provides relief from severe budget cuts in state expenditures in years when state revenue is down,” said Deborah Langley, League of Women Voters president. Proponents of the measure argue the fund has been intensely depleted in recent years, and increasing the amount of certified funds could be necessary to rebuild it, Langley said. Opponents of the measure counter that legislators are reluctant to tap into reserve funds anyway. Additionally, they say mandating an increase in the state’s reserve fund

reduces the Legislature’s ability to set priCurrent corporate commissioner, orities and fund pressing needs, Langley attorney general express concern said. about measure’s effects Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, has voiced opposition to the measure, but SPENCER POPP he said it’s not because he’s against the The Oklahoma Daily idea. “Basically, it’s a waste of the taxpayVoters will decide whether or not to pass er’s time to have that on the election a ballot measure this November to estabthis cycle,” said Reynolds, who reprelish term limits for all statewide elected ofsents House District ficials in Oklahoma. 91, which includes State Question 747 parts of Oklahoma and would limit the services Cleveland County. “We of lieutenant governor, had House leadership attorney general, treacomplaining about the surer, commissioner of 4 days until the elections massive number of bills labor, auditor and inleading to voter fatigue spector, superintendent and confusion. And of public instruction and we’re not going to have any Rainy Day insurance commissioner to eight years, funds this year anyway.” according to the Oklahoma election board Reynolds said it doesn’t make sense to website. have this question on the ballot because The governor of Oklahoma is already the state constitution already specifies limited to serving no more than two conwhat the Legislature must do in times of secutive terms, and this measure would economic debts and deficits. extend that policy to the secondary state“We’re supposed to use the excess wide offices. money to pay off the debt,” he said. “And Oklahomans for Responsible unfortunately, the so-called leaders of the Government has been working to get term legislature have been more concerned limits on the ballot since it formed in 2009, about piling up debt instead of paying it and believes Oklahoma will benefit greatoff.” ly from having more turnover in statewide

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offices, said Brian Downs, executive director of the group. “Some say that while term limits will ensure that bad public officials leave office in eight years, it also prevents a good leader from serving more than eight years. But if someone is a good leader, they will not disappear or be ignored once they are out of office,” Downs said. “OU President David Boren is just as influential now as he was when he was governor and U.S. senator.” Drew Edmondson, Oklahoma attorney general, believes SQ 747 will not address any of the historic problems Oklahoma has had with corrupt officials in government and may end up creating more problems than it attempts to fix. “The bad apples, and there’s been some, have either been removed by prosecution or by the electorate within the two-term limit this is going to establish,” Edmondson said. “Why the voters would want to remove their right and ability to keep a good public servant in office is a mystery to me.” A poll conducted by SoonerPoll.com in July found that 77 percent of likely voters approved of the measure. A more recent poll conducted in October found that number went down to 69 percent, according to SoonerPoll.com records. The data was compiled from 352 respondents, with a margin of error of 5.2 percent.

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OPINION

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Jared Rader, opinion editor dailyopinion@ou.edu • phone: 405-325-7630

OUR VIEW STATE QUESTION BREAKDOWN

Tax credits need scrutiny Amid the furor over State Question 744, an important point is being overlooked. SQ 744 would increase common education spending per pupil to the regional average with a constitutional amendment. Opponents point to the fact that the measure provides no funding mechanism, which they argue would lead to enormous cuts to state agencies. This is definitely a possibility, and one of the main reasons we oppose SQ 744. However, the YES on 744 campaign has brought to light an important fact that they use as their main talking point: Oklahoma loses

millions, perhaps billions of dollars in tax expenditures for special interests. Tax expenditures are the “exemptions, deductions, incentives, credits and the like that allow taxes not to be paid when they otherwise would,” according to a February report by the OK Policy Institute. What these special interests are isn’t always clear. Some are needed; others deserve scrutiny. Right now, the total cost of tax expenditures amounts to $5.6 billion, according to the OK Policy report. However, childcare, social security benefits and job investments are just a few

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examples of necessary tax credits that amount to millions of dollars. Then there are tax credits given to mysterious entities. Because of taxpayer confidentiality, some tax breaks for companies and individuals remain unseen. “Even with greater disclosure in recent years, it remains hard to get consistent and reliable information about the cost and beneficiaries of tax breaks,” states the OK Policy report. These nebulous expenditures can cost the state millions in funds benefitting no one, and could have gone toward education or other state agencies.

Fo r e x a m p l e, Qu a r t z Mountain Aerospace cost taxpayers $20 million, according to a March 23 Journal Record article. Additionally, $27 million was wasted on a failed deal with a China automobile company to build cars in Ardmore. This is a problem that needs to be investigated. Eliminating this kind of waste would be time consuming, but it needs to happen. Both gubernatorial candidates have promised to examine tax expenditures when they assume office. Let’s hold them to it.

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Daily’s vote The Nov. 2 election includes 11 state questions. The Daily will outline each question and form its opinion. For information on today’s questions, see page 1 and OUDaily.com.

SQ 747 —

We say: YES

This state question would set term limits statewide for all elected offices. Opponents contend it takes officials years to become efficient at their jobs, and turnovers would mean inefficient leaders. Proponents say it will keep new ideas and leadership flowing in and reduce incumbent influence. We feel the latter argument wins out.

SQ 752 —

We say: YES

If passed, this measure would add two members to the Judicial Nominating Commission, which helps the governor choose potential judges to fill empty seats on a number of state courts. This will weaken the influence of lawyers — often appointed by friends and family — on the commission. Sounds good to us.

Dusty Somers, life & arts editor dailyent@ou.edu • phone: 405-325-5189

MOVIE REVIEW

Real-life legal drama provides basis for riveting film Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) was a working class mother of two from a hard childhood. When her brother Kenny Waters (Sam Rockwell), a volatile troublemaker, was wrongfully convicted of murder, she dedicated 18 years of her life to proving STAFF COLUMN MN his innocence. Betty was a gutsy woman who was Laron passionate about supportChapman ing her family and standing up for what is right. After viewing director Tony Goldwyn’s “Conviction,” it’s hard to imagine another actress in the role. Swank continues to demonstrate her skill at fully embodying the characters she portrays. The year is 1983 in Massachusetts when a seemingly ordinary day turns tragic following the savage murder of a local waitress. Suspicions about Kenny’s whereabouts during the time of the murder leads a mean-spirited smalltown cop (Melissa Leo) to his residence for extensive questioning. Kenny’s horrid track record with law enforcement makes him the unfortunate target for such accusations. When a group of local women, including a dopey witness (Juliette Lewis) claim they saw Kenny at the crime scene, he is arrested and then convicted of the malicious act.

Heartbroken by the verdict and unconvinced by the witnesses, Betty puts herself through high school, college and finally law school in an effort to represent her brother and expose the imperfections of the legal system. During Betty’s taxing struggle to attain justice, she befriends another law student named Abra Rice (wonderfully performed by Minnie Driver). Compelled by Betty’s story, Abra also dedicates her life to the case. The two of them meticulously retrace the events leading to Kenny’s arrest, sift through age-old evidence and stand against incredible odds in a desperate attempt to set him free. “Conviction” is a film about veracity, justice and compassion. While the story is gripping, the film is executed in a rather conventional fashion. However, it does what it sets out to, which is to move and inspire its audience. Much of the film’s power is due to the cast. The scenes between Swank and Rockwell are heartbreaking and Rockwell’s performance evokes the right amount of fury and anguish to demand the audience’s empathy. Lewis is especially effective giving an award-worthy performance in a meaty dramatic role that is completely convincing. The film is involving, poignant and exceedingly riveting. — Laron Chapman, film and video studies junior

COLUMN

An alternate Halloween history Halloween is strictly an American holiday and just like anything American, it’s poorly replicated in other countries. In order to understand the true meaning of Halloween, you must look to its origins. The founding fathers themselves celebrated Halloween. In October of 1780-something, they were all feeling down about the whole independence thing. Sure, it was really freaking awesome that they could do free stuff like farming, but something was missing. They felt just like Jennifer Lopez’s character in “The Wedding Planner,” who cares about her job too much and needs a man to be complete. For Jefferson and Washington and the whole Adams family, Halloween was that man. That first Halloween was not by any means the best Halloween ever. In fact, some historians say it completely sucked. The whole orange-and-black thing hadn’t been nailed down yet, so they were trying out different color schemes, like baby-vomit yellow and charcoal gray. Everyone looked really washed-out and immediately untagged themselves in the drawings that were put up on their equivalent of Facebook — which was more like a regular book. Over the years though, Halloween evolved into something that everyone really loved. In the 1800s, people started getting into the whole scary and spooky aspect of Halloween. The

great American film “Hocus Pocus” accurately portrays the development of Halloween during that time. Back then, cool things like witches and ghosts were still alive. Sadly, only vampires and zombies are the survivors of this era. During Prohibition, Halloween experienced a huge decline in participation and was on the endangered holiday list for a couple years. No one could rationalize dressing up as a pop culture icon or a stereotype of a minority without having a good drink or two in them first. But thanks to the creators of moonshine and speakeasies, Halloween was kept alive in the mountains of the South and the basements of the North. In the ’50s and ’60s when people started to worry about the youth rebelling against the norm, Halloween became an outlet for kids who just needed to express themselves. This is where the tradition of trick-ortreating came about. Parents were so desperate to get their kids out of the house that they sent them around to the neighbors. The neighbors didn’t know what to do with them, so they gave them candy and sent them to the next house, and thus that inspiring old adage was born: “Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat. If you don’t, I don’t care, I’ll pull down your underwear.” It still brings tears to my eyes when I hear it today. In this digital age, people say that Halloween is too

STAFF COLUMN MN

Caitlin Turner

commercialized and the real reason for Halloween has been forgotten. But the next time you see a bag of leaves cleverly disguised as a pumpkin, or a small child dressed as SpongeBob SquarePants overdosing on the lethal combination of Pop Rocks and Crunch Bars, ask yourself this: What could possibly be more American? Nothing, my fellow Americans, nothing at all. — Caitlin Turner, letters senior

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Minnie Driver and Hilary Swank star in “Conviction.” The film is based on a true story and opens in theaters today.


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Friday, Oct. 28, 2010 SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) Should conditions at times appear to be a bit critical when it comes to a joint endeavor that is important to you, stay calm. Know that in the long run your possibilities for success are excellent.

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Sooners look to rope victory against Cowgirls OU soccer team ends season against OSU, a repeat of season opening game that resulted in a loss for OU TOBI NEIDY The Oklahoma Daily

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Sophomore defender Katharine Nutman (23) avoids the Francis Marion defense during the Oct 8 game. The Sooners won 8-0.

The OU soccer team will close out the regular season at 7 tonight, hosting No. 5 Oklahoma State at John Crain Field. The Sooners (10-6-2, 5-3-1 Big 12) will look to avenge the 1-0 season-opening loss to the Cowgirls during nonconference action with a victory on senior night. The Sooners are coming off the team’s third- and fourthconsecutive overtime games during the road trip to Texas last weekend. After tying with Nebraska and downing Colorado in two overtime contests Oct. 14 and Oct. 17 respectively, the Sooners fell to No. 6 Texas A&M 2-1 in double overtime before downing the Texas Longhorns 2-1 with Dria Hampton’s fifth goal of the year in the 104th minute. OU’s victory over Texas gave the team its first doubledigit win total since 2005, and was the first win in Austin for the Sooners. OU also collected its fifth conference win this season in the 2-1 overtime victory, tying the 2005 team for the most

conference wins in the program’s history. The Sooner’s best conference finish is sixth place in the standings (2000,2001,2003). Now in third place with tonight’s game remaining, the Sooners are preparing to make their first trip to the Big 12 championship since 2005 next weekend in San Antonio, Texas. OSU (14-3-1,7-2-0 Big 12) is second place in the Big 12 after a 1-0 loss to Texas last weekend. The No. 5 national ranking is the highest position for the Cowgirls in the program’s history. With a victory over OU and an A&M loss this weekend, the Cowgirls could share the Big 12 regular season championship with the Aggies who currently own the top spot in the standings with an 8-1 Big 12 record. OU and Oklahoma State met in a non-conference, regular season contest Aug. 20 in Stillwater in what was the season opener for both teams. Then-No. 19 OSU clinched the 1-0 victory with a goal by junior forward Kyndall Treadwell in the 36th minute. The Sooners were plagued by turnovers in the first half of the game before coming out after halftime to gain a 6-4 shot and 4-3 corner kick advantages. OSU leads the overall series 13-2-1, with the Sooners’ last win coming in 2005 in Stillwater.

Team readies for comeback against Colorado The No. 9 OU football team almost never loses two games in a row, even in bad years, and it will look to continue that trend Saturday night against Colorado. The Sooners will be coming off a 36-27 loss to the Missouri Tigers in Columbia, Mo., and were knocked out of the top spot in the BCS rankings. Head coach Bob Stoops said the team’s preparation during the week after the loss wouldn’t be much different than the preparation that came after the Sooners’ first six games. “We’ve got good character players who understand it both ways,” Stoops said. “Win or lose, you have to come ready to play again and work again the next week to be prepared.” If statistical history is any indication, the Sooners won’t have any problems against Colorado. The Sooners haven’t lost two regular season games in a row in the Bob Stoops era. Also benefitting OU is the fact that it will be hosting a struggling Colorado team that has lost its last three games and the Sooners haven’t lost a home game since 2005. Colorado will also be without its starting quarterback, junior Tyler Hansen, who ruptured his spleen during a loss to Texas Tech last weekend. Fifth-year senior Cody Hawkins, who has started for the Buffaloes before, will take Hansen’s place. Still, the OU players aren’t overlooking the Buffaloes, and senior defensive back Jonathan Nelson said they need to stop the running game of Colorado to be successful, particularly junior running back Rodney Stewart. “They have a really good running back, and if we can try to contain him somehow then that would help us out,” Nelson said. “He’s really slippery, and he hardly ever gets tackled by the first guy.” Stewart has rushed for 675 yards on 154 carries and scored five touchdowns this season in seven games. Senior defensive end Jeremy Beal said there will be no letdown for the Sooners, because they know they still have a chance to win the Big 12 championship this year. “It’s a long season ahead of us,” Beal said. “But we’re just trying to focus on Colorado now and getting this win.” Kickoff against Colorado is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. at the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman. — Aaron Colen/The Daily

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