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Okla. minds visit the cutting edge University sprouts second TEDxOU event Friday BENNETT HALL Campus Reporter
Hundreds of people will gather this week to hear a foray of creative and passionate academic minds spreading and inspiring new ideas at OU’s second TEDx conference from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday in Oklahoma Memorial Union. TED, which stands for technology, entertainment and design, is a nonprofit
organization that began in 1984. TED alTED OU lows anyone who has ever attended a TED event in the past to independently cater an event in his own city and enjoy creative reign over the day, from the theme of the festivities to the speakers present, said Adam Croom, curator of TEDxOU 2013 and an OU alumnus. “What we’re trying to do is create an event that is filled with a bunch of thinkers and doers. We want it to be
an audience of people who could be inspired into action,” Croom said. This year’s event will allow a group of 15 professors, researchers, OU students and other community members the opportunity to speak for a maximum of 18 minutes about their fieldwork, passions and current projects to an audience of 360 minds who had to apply online for the chance to attend the event, Croom said. Since the event is non-profit and
AT A GLANCE Student Talkers David Postic, preSuccess Academy law student studying business management James Burnes, history of science and religious studies and museum studies Beth Huggins, graduate student pre-med student Michael Hernandez, studying chemical MBA student, started and biomedical the All R Equal, Inc. engineering online movement Michael Benko, Source: TEDxOU website co-founder of Student
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Leaked federal docs guide class Professor uses information not officially available to the public to teach on environmental damage MATT RAVIS
An OU meteorology course uses leaked documents to educate students and help them form opinions about climate change. In the course, “Global Climate Change:IPCC”, meteorology professor Michael Richman uses reports generated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to raise student awareness about climate change. Students and professors find the reports online after they have been leaked, then use them to guide the class, Richman said. Sometimes, students are able to get their hands on Wikileaks-type information — information that hasn’t yet been officially given to the public — to further their understanding of the issue. For instance, Richman said the class currently is using information from a document that was not meant to be released until September of 2013, according to the panel’s website. The report is a first draft titled Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis, which discusses the findings of independent studies. Freedom of knowledge and information is more important than the complicated ethical tangle caused by unreleased reports, Richman said. “The information is there, so we might as well use it,” he said. The report, which comprised over 3,000 pages, details an observation of climatic changes derived from atmospheric and oceanic occurrences, drivers of global climate change and projections of future climate change, according to the report. The findings in the document confirm global climate change. A4R, the panel’s previous study on climate change, concluded climate warming is explicit, according to the document. New observations, longer data sets and more paleoclimate, or historical climate, information give further support for the new report’s conclusion. The change is “significant, unusual or unprecedented on time scales of decades to many hundreds of thousands of years,” according to the SEE CLIMATE PAGE 2
Students promote ‘living wage’ clothing in bookstore While the Dominican Republic miniOrganization petitions Boren mum wage is 84 cents, the Alta Gracia wage for 50.1 % Alta Gracia apparel is $2.83, according to its website. The visit inspired them to petition for AJINUR SETIWALDI an at least 50.1 percent Alta Garcia apparel Campus Reporter presence at the OU Bookstore, Burns said. A group of OU students delivered a letter “We will love to be able to say 100 percent to President David Boren’s office and the living wage, but we’re also reasonable too,” OU Bookstore Friday asking Burns said. “We will love to them to sell more apparel on Distelhorst, who is also the campus made in factories that president of OU’s Student be able to say promote higher wages. Organization for Fair Trade The students decided to 100 percent living , Burns and five other memwage, but we’re bers of the organization went hand off the letters after hearing about the experiences of also reasonable to Boren’s office Friday to two students who visited the give him the letter containtoo.” Dominican Republic in early ing the petition, but weren’t January. able to deliver it directly to CLAY BURNS, The two students, economhim because he was in a meetECONOMICS SENIOR ics senior Clay Burns and ing. University spokesman health and exercise sciences senior Jessica Michael Nash accepted the letter and handDistelhorst, visited an apparel factory called ed them back a letter from Boren. Alta Gracia during their two-week visit and In his letter, Boren said he would carefully learned more about the concept of living evaluate the proposal. AUSTIN MCCROSKIE/THE DAILY wages, Distelhorst said. “While the university is not able to play Clay Burns, economics senior and president of OU’s Student Alta Gracia is different from most other favorites among certain companies, I do Organization for Fair Trade, reads over the letter his organization clothing factories because it offers employpresented to President David Boren Friday. ees living wages instead of minimum wage. SEE TRADE PAGE 2
Sooners speak on passion, research Two students to present on disparate topics HALEY DAVIS
Five OU students will voice fresh ideas and showcase their individual expertise on a variety of fields from museum studies to engineering respectively, at the TEDxOU 2013 Conference on Friday. One of the students set to speak at the conference is David Postic, a prelaw business DAVID managePOSTIC ment and religious studies senior. Postic plans to discuss higher education and its role in society, he said. “For four or five years I’ve been watching TED Talks videos online and I just love them,” Postic said. “When the opportunity presented itself to be a part of it, I jumped at it because I felt like I had something to say. I have so much respect for the TEDx program as a whole.” Outside Postic’s studies, he has focused on organizing events and clubs related to the arts, creativity, education, technology and community service, according to the TEDxOU website.
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support the concept of selling merchandise from fair wage companies,” Boren said in the letter. The group also walked to the OU Bookstore to deliver a letter to the store’s director Tina Peterson. Peterson said she would get back to the group by the end of next week. The bookstore is part of a corporation and representatives from that corporation need to be included in the discussion, she said.
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Women arrested after protest in Saudi Arabia Our view: U.S. should support democracy in Saudi Arabia.
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Members of the Student Organization for Fair Trade, I have had meetings scheduled for today at the Health Sciences Center, and unfortunately, I was not aware you would be stopping by until after reading yesterday’s OU Daily. However, I want to thank you for bringing me your proposal. While the university is not able to play favorites among certain companies, I do support the concept of the selling of merchandise from fair-wage companies. I look forward to completely and carefully evaluating your proposal. Thank you for bringing it to me.
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rivate corporations are heading to space, and one is planning the longest trip ever made by a group of human beings. You could be one of them. Like so many people in my generation, I never grew out of science-fiction. I was born between the releases of “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi,” and they influenced me heavily almost from the very start of my life. I wanted to go to space. Instead, I just went to space-camp. To be honest, I didn’t see many promising signs that any of these stories ever would become a reality in my lifetime, which, up until last year, nearly coincided with the lifespan of NASA’s shuttle program. Arthur C. Clarke, and presumably Stanley Kubrick, imagined that by 2010, we would have humans in the orbit of Jupiter. Meanwhile, here we are in 2013 still farting around in low-Earth orbit. Reality, in terms of space exploration, has been discouraging, to say the least. NASA doesn’t own any factories that build space vehicles. They design rockets, landers and rovers, then hire private companies to build them. For example, the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) was built for the Apollo program by Grumman Aerospace Corp., now Northrop Grumman. The problem with this outdated model of space vehicle expansion was that it was almost completely dependent on the U.S. Congress to sign the checks. We all know how efficiently and smoothly Congress runs, so it’s little wonder the steps away from
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Background: Last Friday, the Student Organization for Fair Trade organized a group of students to deliver a letter to President David Boren’s office asking for an increase in OU apparel made by workers getting paid a “living wage.” Clay Burns and Jessica Distelhorst, were inspired to push for living wage apparel after visiting Alta Gracia, a factory in the Dominican Republic. The factory pays employees a living wage above an average worker’s salary.
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What’s new: Students also delivered a copy of the letter to Tina Peterson, the bookstore’s director. Peterson stated the bookstore is part of a corporation that has representatives whom she would consult with. Peterson promised a response by the end of the week.
Alta Gracia is not an official fair-trade company. While the factory does engage in The letter asked Boren living wage practices, to consider selling Alta it is not designated a Gracia apparel. The group wants 50.1 percent fair-trade organization by the Fair Trade Federation. Alta Gracia shirts, Even so, students are hats, sweatshirts and confident clothing in the Boren will be bookstore. Alta receptive to Gracia already Contact their proposal is available in and act to 450 university President allow material websites. Boren from Alta Alta Gracia’s Gracia factory practices are (405)325to be sold in monitored by the 1212 the bookstore. Worker’s Rights Consortium, an actionline@ What’s next: independent ou.edu Students and oversight group. groups on campus can Alta Gracia help support the efforts of clothing also costs the the fair trade organization same as other makers. by contacting Boren and Currently, Nike produces showing support for living much of the clothing available in the bookstore wage products.
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OUDaily.com â€şâ€ş The winner of a student art exhibition will have her abstract work featured in the Fred Jones permanent collection.
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New Music tuesday
Album features new synthetic sound, lacks catchy qualities Life & Arts columnist
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n 2010, Ra Ra Riot released â€œThe Orchard,â€? a strings-heavy effort that, if anything, made the band sound even more like Vampire Weekend than it already did. While the occasional innovation could be heard, the same formula that made 2008â€™s â€œThe Rhumb Lineâ€? so good only served to make â€œThe Orchardâ€? so expected and, ultimately, unmemorable. This time around, Ra Ra Riot had no interest in repeating itself. With the departure last February of cellist Alexandra Lawn, Ra Ra Riot found itself a fourpiece band in need of a new direction. â€œBeta Love,â€? out today, represents just that. The band drew inspiration from â€œthe works of cyberpunk novelist William Gibson and futurist Ray Kurzweilâ€™s musings on technological singularity and humanism,â€? according to a press release. As much as Iâ€™d love to decipher that, the practical application seems to be the band has traded in its strings for synths and embraced the technological enhancement of Wes Milesâ€™ versatile
At a glance The Best of Ra Ra Riot Top tracks from â€œThe Rhumb Lineâ€? to â€œBeta Loveâ€?: â€˘ â€œDying Is Fineâ€?: ÂÂThe Rhumb Line â€˘ â€œCan You Tellâ€?: The Rhumb Line â€˘ â€œBoyâ€?: The Orchard â€˘ â€œYou and I Knowâ€?: The Orchard â€˘ â€œAngel, Pleaseâ€?: Beta Love â€˘ â€œWhat I Do for Uâ€?: Beta Love
voice. Theyâ€™ve left behind the baroque pop and created some truly dance-worthy tunes. The albumâ€™s first track is titled â€œDance With Me,â€? and it serves as an open invitation to do just that. â€œCome and dance with me, bittersweet fool/ I want to be your toy,â€? Miles croons on the chorus. I canâ€™t help but go along with their enthusiasm, but after two more tracks of similar exuberance, the aptly-titled fourth song, â€œIs It Too Much,â€? makes me want to answer the question affirmatively. Thankfully, the album manages to settle down and take on a funky, â€™80s pop sort of feel, most notably on â€œAngel, Pleaseâ€? and the albumâ€™s shortest track, â€œWhat I Do For U,â€? the â€˜Uâ€™ inserted so everyone will see how hip and up-to-date they are. Indeed, after listening
to the trackâ€™s thudding bass, I have to agree; this isnâ€™t your older siblingâ€™s Ra Ra Riot. Trouble is, I think I like the old Ra Ra Riot better. Their once-hallmark of beautiful orchestration shows up every now and then, but it tends to be overwhelmed by the white noise and synth lines of the album. Miles sounds
good, as always, but his voice is most effective when raw and exposed, an element that is missing in â€œBeta Love.â€? Perhaps Ra Ra Riotâ€™s biggest problem here, however, is most of the album is utterly unmemorable despite obvious efforts to avoid such an accusation. What it needs are a few catchy hooks to cement itself in the mind.
Instead, Ra Ra Riot seems to have found the techno equivalent of the meandering orchestration of â€œThe Orchard.â€? At its best, â€œBeta Loveâ€? is a fun album and an exciting comeback, but just donâ€™t expect to be humming its tunes the next day. Graham Dudley is a university college freshman.
Dream Course series to begin tonight A Presidential Dream Course titled â€œThe Nature of Laughterâ€? begins today, featuring the first of several speakers who will talk about humor. Religious studies professor John Morreall will make the first presentation, â€œWhatâ€™s So Funny? The Nature and Value of Humor,â€? at 7:30 tonight in the Gaylord College Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Auditorium, according to the event flier. â€œThe Nature of Laughterâ€? presentations will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays throughout the semester. All presentations are free and open to the public. Film and media studies professor Andrew Horton said he organized this series along with his colleague, English professor Joanna Rapf. They applied for the Dream Course under the name â€œNature of Comedy.â€? Although Horton works primarily with film and media students, he wanted everyone to be able to participate, and the course has received a lot of interest. â€œI donâ€™t think America appreciates comedy and laughter enough,â€? Horton said. â€œGiven the hard times America is going through, we need laughter.â€? Go to The Dailyâ€™s website for a full schedule of the series. Courtney Stephens, Life & Arts Reporter
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OUDaily.com ›› Check out men’s basketball beat writer Garrett Holt’s recap of the first iteration of this season’s Red River Rivalry.
Osby, Sooners take down Texas at home
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Senior forward Romero Osby muscles up a shot in the first half of OU’s game against Texas on Monday night. Osby scored 14 of the Sooners’ 30 first-half points.
(Above) sophomore Lauren Alexander poses during her routine Friday at Lloyd Noble Center, helping No. 3 OU defeat No. 11 Denver. (Left) senior forward Joann McFarland goes for a layup during the Sooners 69-56 win against Texas on Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center. (Right) freshman pole vaulter Everette Favor goes airborne during the J.D. Martin Invitational on Saturday at Mosier Indoor Facility.
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