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Middle East. The new study abroad program, “Journey to the Middle East,” will take students to Turkey and Israel, accomLISA SELBY panied by three OU faculCampus Reporter ty members; Ariel Ahram, The College of International Pakize Pulat and Babur Pulat. Under the care and inStudies is offering students a new chance to journey to the struction of Ahram, Pulat

and Pulat, participating students will travel to Istanbul and Jerusalem while earning course credit. Throughout their four weeks abroad, students will be expected to keep journals about their daily activities and thoughts, as well as completing two research

papers, according to the course syllabus. Historic sites such as the Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, and the Temple of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem are included in the trip’s itinerary. Pakize and Barbur Pulat will supervise the Turkish

portion of the trip while teaching “The Riches of Turkey,” as students explore Istanbul, according to the course syllabus. During their time in Turkey, students will stay at the Koç University and work on their first research paper on their discoveries. After students arrive in

Israel, they will be under the care of Ahram, who will teach “Journey to the Middle East: Israel, Democracy, and the Dilemma of Multiculturalism,” according to the syllabus. As students see the sights of Jerusalem and visit the see JOURNEY paGe 2



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Dean Paul Bell displays his 2011 Outstanding Civic Leader Award, from the Asia Society of Oklahoma, amidst the vast travel memorabilia collection in his office on Thursday. He received this distinction for his commitment to the cultural and educational exchange between students from Oklahoma and China.

Dean spreading Chinese fascination Bell earns civic leader award for promoting language, culture

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While placing a business card laden with Chinese characters on a tabletop in an office decorated with items from Asian countries, a Chinese culture-enthusiast and OU dean begins to reminisce over his budding enchantment with the culture as a teenager. “I bought a book about Chinese scroll painting, and I was absolutely fascinated by it,” said Paul Bell Jr., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Decades later, this continued fascination has led to Bell being recognized for making a difference. In December, the Asia Society of Oklahoma named Bell the 2011 Outstanding Civic Leader during its Awards for Excellence banquet for his work in expanding a Chinese exchange program at OU, according to a press release. Bell was completely surprised to receive the honor, he said. “I didn’t even know the Asian community

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outside of OU knew I existed,” Bell said. “My focus had been on OU ... but in the course of doing that ... you can’t help but touch other people outside the university.” Bell began his primary involvement with the Asian community about seven years ago when directors from OU’s Chinese language program and the Oklahoma Institute for Teaching East Asia approached him regarding a new Chinese language program, he said. Upon speaking with the Chinese consulate in Houston, Bell helped to found OU’s

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Confucius Institute, the first of its kind in the southern U.S., he said. Established in 2006, the institute seeks to support Oklahoma educators in their efforts to teach the Chinese language and to assist those Oklahoma businesses that wish to do business in the Chinese speaking world, according to the organization’s website. “Anytime you do anything to promote [the language] in K-12, it has an immediate effect on the community, so more people learn about China or Asia [and] get involved,” Bell said. In addition to these successes, Bell has worked to expand opportunities for OU students to study abroad and emphasize the importance of language programs on campus, including the Arabic, Italian and Chinese programs. Passionate about language, Bell said understanding the language of a culture is critical to understanding the culture itself. “[We} talk about ‘walking in somebody’s moccasins,’ [but] that’s what learning a language is all about,” Bell said. “If you really want to get into Chinese culture, you can’t do it without cracking the language because the culture is so much tied up in the language.”

Sooner students show off their stuff

Students, alumni and community members mourn former football coach’s death. (page 3)

LIFE & aRTS Is Christian music an awful genre? Daily columnists debate its merits. (page 5)



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Visitors take in art pieces created by students at the 98th Annual Student Exhibition on Friday at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. The exhibit is free for OU students and runs through Feb. 12. Check out a photo slideshow of the exhibit’s first day, including the opening reception. (

In an office cluttered with piles of books and thank-you notes from students, Julia Ehrhardt talks about her passions, quirks and lifelong quest for knowledge. As an Honors College associate professor and featured speaker at Friday’s TEDxOU event, Ehrhardt said she hopes to share a unique perspective on a particular passion that is the result of years of hard work. “I would wake up in the early hours to beat everyone else to the library for a quiet moment with a good book,” Ehrhardt said. “I’m one of those people who wasn’t a genius in college. I’m one of those people who had to study really hard to get where I am.” At the TEDxOU event, Ehrhardt will speak about the societal importance of cooking, which she said is one of the joys in her life. Growing up in northern New Jersey, Ehrhardt worked on a farm and learned all about agriculture while selling food to locals. “It’s so important to cook, it creates community, it makes you an engaged political citizen, it makes you concerned about farmers and agriculture, it helps you take control over your own life and it builds relationships,” Ehrhardt said. Ehrhardt has taught a “ Fo o d Cu l t u re a n d Society” course on campus, which she was encouraged to take part in by professors Sarah Tracy and Julia Abramson. “People need to balance see SPEAKER paGe 2

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• Monday, January 23, 2012


Laney Ellisor, campus editor Kathleen Evans, assistant campus editor Chris Miller, assistant campus editor • phone: 405-325-3666

JOURNEY: All majors are encouraged to apply Continued from page 1

Today around campus University College Action tutoring will begin for the spring semester in 145 Wagner Hall.

Tuesday, Jan. 24 A women’s tennis match against North Texas will take place at 1 p.m. at Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion. A men’s tennis match against Wichita State will take place at 5 p.m. at Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion. The men’s basketball team will play Baylor at 7 p.m. in Lloyd Noble Center.

Wednesday, Jan. 25 Student Success Series will have its first seminar of the semester, Finding a Student Job, at noon in Wagner Hall 245. Campus Activities Council will have an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 1400 Asp Ave.

Thursday, Jan. 26 Rising from Fall Semester Mistakes, a Student Success Series seminar, will be led by graduation coach Casey Partridge at 2 p.m. in Wagner Hall 245. The women’s basketball team will play Baylor at 7 p.m. in Lloyd Noble Center. Young Choreographers’ Showcase, put on by ballet and modern dance majors, will be performed at 8 p.m. Jan. 26, 27 and 28 and at 3 p.m. Jan. 29.

Friday, Jan. 27 “The Empire of Trebizond: The Last Gasp of Byzantium,” a free lecture, will be given at 6:30 p.m. in the A/B room of the Norman Public Library. The fifth annual Beauty and the Beast event, featuring the OU wrestling and women’s gymnastics teams, will take place at 7 p.m. at Lloyd Noble Center.

Saturday, Jan. 28 A track & field competition with Oklahoma Christian University will be going on all day in Norman.

Sunday, Jan. 29 Divas!, a performance by the voice students of Professor Bradley Williams, will take place at 8 p.m. in Pitman Recital Hall of Catlett Music Center.

Hebrew University, they will be assigned a short essay and their final research project. Students of all majors are encouraged to look into the program, Education Abroad Director Alice Kloker said in an email . “The greater diversity of majors this program attracts, the stronger the program will be,” Kloker said. Course participation is limited to 20 students, and all students who apply will be charged a $35 non-refundable application fee that does not guarantee a spot in the program, according to the College of International Studies website. “Journey to the Middle East” costs approximately $5,000 and includes all activities and excursions in the program, as well as in-country transportation, lodging and most meals, Kloker said.

Continued from page 1 technology in their lives,” Ehrhardt said. “When I was in college we didn’t have cell phones or TVs and nobody played video games because they couldn’t afford the consoles.” Ehrhardt was nominated for participation in the TEDxOU event by management and information systems marketing junior Rachel Hill after Ehrhardt mentored her on an Italy trip three years ago. “Even though it was years ago, friends and I still talk about her,” Hill said. “With Dr. Ehrhardt, you never

East,” and participants are encouraged to apply for the Presidential International Travel Fellowship. In addition, each participating student will be

awarded a $500 scholarship, according to the website. Applications for the “Journey to the Middle East” program are available online at

TEDxOU Ken Parker Ghislain d’Humieres Reed Timmer Kyle Harper Julia Ehrhardt Bobby Gruenewald Jeremy Short Clint and Buck Vrazel Courtney Griffin Austin Hartel

know what to expect, but I know that whatever she talks about will be something that she’s very passionate about.” Ehrhardt has taken cooking classes in Italy and Mexico but learned to cook at a young age because she

had a working mother, and her father did not view cooking as men’s work. “When you have to cook, it teaches you time management and budgetary skills,” Ehrhardt said. Her passion for food has even resulted in disciplinary action when, as a college undergraduate, she was kicked out of her school’s library for having food with her. “Being a cook forces you to be a political actor, because when you have to buy food, you’re going to want to buy it at a good place, and when you have to buy food, you’re going to ask questions about where it comes from,” Ehrhardt said.

The TEDx event looks for local voices in the community who have a unique story or unusual perspective and convey it in a dynamic way, event organizer Adam Croom said. OU is only the second of the big twelve schools licensed to participate in the event, Croom said. “She is very passionate about issues that impact students daily and is a premier voice in the fields of food, culture and women’s studies,” Croom said. “We are thrilled to have her speak at the inaugural TEDxOU event and humbled to have minds like hers on our campus every day.”


2012 festival to feature student creativity Campus Activities Council has added an event intended to help students showcase their abstract creativity to its agenda for the next academic year. The Oklahoma Creativity Festival, the 14th event on CAC’s calendar next year, will feature student groups from across campus showcasing their unique work, CAC Assistant Director Quy Nguyen said. “Oklahoma Creativity festival will highlight any type of creativity,” Nguyen said. “Everybody is creative, and we want to get everybody involved.” CAC members are still in the event’s planning stages and are open to any ideas c o n c e r n i n g t h e w e e k ’s events, Nguyen said. Members are trying to pick a week for the event that won’t interrupt a football weekend, Nguyen said. CAC wants to make this week more sustainable and lasting and are currently looking for event ambassadors, Nguyen said. If you have any ideas concerning the week, the applications for the planning committee are in the CAC office in Room 370 of the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

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Paterno’s death met with grief STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Joe Paterno’s death from lung cancer Sunday just two months after his firing left many Penn State students, alumni and community members numb with grief and a sense that the legendary coach deserved better from the university after such a distinguished career. “His legacy is without question as far as I’m concerned,” said 65-year-old Ed Hill of Altoona, a football season ticket-holder for 35 years. “The Board of Trustees threw him to the wolves. I think Joe was a scapegoat nationally. ... I’m heartbroken.” On Sunday night, thousands of people, nearly all of them students, gathered outside Penn State’s administration building in a solemn candlelight vigil. Former players were among those who spoke, including Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski. “When I think back on Joe Paterno’s legacy, the events of the last two months won’t even cross my mind,” Wisniewski said. The 45-minute vigil concluded with students singing the alma mater, and many were walking from the center of campus to pay additional tribute to Paterno at his statue outside of Beaver Stadium, which served as the site of another vigil the night before as news spread of his failing health. In death, Paterno received the praise that under normal circumstances might have been reserved for the retirement dinner he never received. Gov. Tom Corbett said he had secured his place in Pennsylvania history and noted that “as both man and coach,” Paterno had “confronted adversities, both past and present, with grace and forbearance.” Similar tributes were issued by politicians, university officials, former players and alumni. Some expressed hope that Paterno would be remembered more for his accomplishments than for his downfall. And some wondered whether his heartbreaking firing somehow hastened his death. Paterno, who died at 85, was fired Nov. 9 by the Penn State trustees after he was criticized for not going to the police in 2002 when he was told that former assistant Jerry Sandusky had been seen molesting a boy in the showers at the football complex. Paterno reported the allegations to university higherups, but it would be nearly a decade before Sandusky was arrested, and Paterno said he regretted having not done more. Pennsylvania’s state police commissioner said the football coach may have met his legal duty but not his moral one. On Sunday, Sandusky express e d sympathy to Paterno’s family in a statement released by his lawyer


People gather around a statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium on the Penn State University campus after learning of his death Sunday.

“When I think back on Joe Paterno’s legacy, the events of the last two months won’t even cross my mind.” STEFEN WISNIEWSKI, OAKLAND RAIDERS OFFENSIVE LINEMAN AND FORMER PENN STATE FOOTBALL PLAYER


In this Dec. 6, 1973, file photo, Joe Paterno clutches the Lambert Trophy in New York, which was awarded to Penn State as emblematic of collegiate grid supremacy in the East.

as he awaits trial on charges of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. Sandusky said that no one did more for the university’s academic reputation than Paterno, and that his former boss “had the courage to practice what he preached” about toughness, hard work and clean competition. At an Iowa-Penn State wrestling match Sunday afternoon, a crowd of some 6,500 people gave a 30-second standing ovation as an image of Paterno appeared on two video boards. The screen flashed the words





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“Joseph Vincent Paterno 1926-2012” and a picture of a smiling Paterno in a blue tie and blue sweater vest. At the university’s Berkey Creamery, Ginger Colon, of Fairfax, Va., was picking up two half-gallons of Peachy Paterno ice cream when she heard the news. Colon, whose daughter attends Penn State,

said it was sad that the scandal would be part of Paterno’s legacy. “But from a personal note, it makes you re-think when things are reported to you by employees: Have I taken enough steps?” Colon said. Andrea Mastro, an immunology professor who lives in the same neighborhood where Paterno lived and raised a family — with his address and number, famously, listed in the phone book — said the rapid spread of the cancer and the shadow of the Sandusky investigation made “the whole situation very sad.” “I can’t help but thinking that his death is somehow related” to the stress of the scandal, she said after Mass on Sunday at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, where

Paterno sometimes attended services. “I think everybody is going to be extremely sad, and they’re going to be sad in particular because he didn’t get his say.” Mickey Shuler, who played for Penn State under Paterno in the mid-’70s, said the coach had been a father figure and expressed his disappointment about how he was fired. “It’s just sad, because I think he died from other things than lung cancer,” Shuler said. “I don’t think that the Penn State that he helped us to become and all the principles and values and things that he taught were carried out in the handling of his situation.” The trustees and school President Rodney Erickson issued a statement saying the university plans to honor Paterno but is still working on what form that will take, and when it will happen. In recent weeks, the board has come under withering criticism for how it handled Paterno’s dismissal, and there is a movement by alumni to change the board’s composition. At a women’s basketball

game Sunday, Penn State players wore a black strap on their shoulders in memory of Paterno. “It’s been the first time I’ve ever seen a man guilty and have to be proven innocent,” said Jamie Bloom, a 1992 graduate from Williamsport. “ I t h i n k t h e y c av e d t o the media pressure to do something.” Ed Peetz, 87, a Class of ‘49 alumnus whose daughterin-law Karen Peetz was just elected president of the trustees, said the board had to dismiss Paterno. “But then, and now, is a very sad day,” Peetz said. “What does Paterno mean to me? He means Penn State. But I think he was too powerful.” Steve Wrath, a 1984 graduate, became emotional as he spoke outside the football stadium, in front of Paterno’s statue, which was adorned with lit candles, flowers, T-shirts and blue-and-white pom-poms. “The Sandusky situation is obviously horrible for the victims, and I don’t want to little that situation, but Joe Paterno’s legacy will overcome all of that,” Wrath said.


• Monday, January 23, 2012


Mary Stanfield, opinion editor • phone: 405-325-3666


Regents, vote no on smoking ban To the OU Board of Regents:


n Tuesday, you will consider a proposal to enact a campuswide smoking ban on the OU Norman campus. The proposed policy is deeply flawed and would create an unenforceable restriction that disregards students’ right to choose their own lifestyle. We urge you to reject the policy in its current form. The proposal offers no means of enforcing the ban, other than the hope that those on campus will hold one another accountable. So, it is clear the main benefit of this ban would be to give members of the campus community some authority to ask those around them to stop smoking — and to add the neat “tobacco-free campus” line to OU’s promotional material. It actually would not eliminate all campus smoking and clearly does not have the power to do so. If this is the case, and the administration knows the proposed policy cannot eliminate all smoking on campus, why not compromise with tobacco users? UNDER THE CURRENT POLICY, there will be only two areas in which smoking is allowed. These areas, in the parking lots of Lloyd Noble Center and Dale Hall, are both on the south end of campus, far from the buildings that house the majority of campus activity. Loyd Noble is a five-minute walk from the closest campus building and more than a mile from the South Oval. Though the bus stop and parking facilities there are used by many students, it is still one of the farthest points from students’ daily activities that is still considered part of the main campus. The closer potential smoking area, Dale Hall, is still a mile away from the northernmost building on campus. Many students and faculty members spend most of their time in or around the one or two buildings that house their department or workplace. Under the current proposed policy, those who spend the majority of their time on the northern end of campus have one option for smoking: crossing over to Campus Corner. Instead of simply off-loading OU’s smoking problem on the surrounding community, why not create several smoking areas in isolated locations throughout campus? The proposed policy claims the two areas were chosen to “minimize potential exposure to secondhand smoke,” but this concern could still be addressed while taking into account the locations’ accessibility. There have been no major studies verifying that the effects of secondhand smoke are similar in outdoor environments to those observed indoors. But even so, designated smoking areas could be set off from the main areas of campus to give students the choice of whether to expose themselves to cigarette smoke.

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smoking areas for the most heavily trafficked areas of campus that would balance the needs of students who choose to smoke with the need to keep them set off from the main campus population. The spaces we chose are based on areas where students already smoke, many of which were naturally set off from main traffic areas. These areas could be outfitted with more trash receptacles to help insure a reduction of cigarette-related litter. In addition, the ban only should restrict the use of tobacco products that produce harmful smoke. Other forms of tobacco, which would be restricted under the proposed policy, do not pose a risk to others and should be allowed. If it is true that this ban is primarily motivated by a wish to reduce the students’ exposure to secondhand smoke and the costs of cleaning campus, this compromise should be perfectly acceptable. If it is not acceptable, it is clear the ban also is motivated by a wish to aggressively persuade students to give up all tobacco use — a goal that grossly oversteps the university’s role.

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lifestyle against other students’ right to breathe freely without exposure to secondhand smoke. It is clear both groups have valid claims, and there are no perfect answers in this debate. But the right answer certainly is not to completely disregard the rights of smokers with only a token and ineffective gesture of compromise. This issue is not about being for or against smoking. Tobacco use is clearly, undebatably bad for one’s health. But the fact remains that adult citizens should have control over their own health decisions. It is not your, or the administration’s, place to decide that for them. The proposed policy would go beyond the admirable goal of protecting all students from the unwanted health risks of secondhand smoke to become a vehicle for forcing students to quit smoking. It even includes a mechanism for doing away with the two sole smoking areas after a year, if it is decided that there is no “continued need” for them. WE ADMIRE THE ADMINISTRATION’S enthusiasm in pushing to ensure some action was taken on the issue of tobacco use on campus. It was clear something needed to be done to reduce the amount of secondhand smoke students were forced to encounter on campus. But this enthusiasm has caused administrators to rush the process of developing the ban, resulting in an imbalanced and poorly thought out policy. This proposal is unacceptable, unenforceable and does a disservice to all members of the university community. OU can do better. We urge you to vote against this proposal and demand the administration develop a more balanced and effective plan for restricting tobacco use on campus. Sincerely, The Oklahoma Daily Editorial Board

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IT IS NOT THE UNIVERSITY’S PLACE to restrict the legal behavior of autonomous adults simply because the administration finds that behavior distasteful. It has the responsibility to restrict behavior that disrupts the learning environment or puts the campus and those on it in danger. But smoking, in limited and isolated outdoor areas, does none of these things. In short, students should be well aware of the health risks involved in smoking, especially after this highly public debate over the ban. If they still choose to engage in such behavior, doing so responsibly and away from other students who choose not to smoke, it should be their choice. This debate comes down to the complex question of balancing the rights of two groups, pitting WE’VE PROVIDED A SUGGESTED set of some students’ right to freely choose their own

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Read Steven Zoeller’s column on why the end of Ricky Gervais’ stint as the host of the Golden Globe Awards is a good decision.


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Is Christian music relatable? Christian music is unoriginal


ike evil, contemLife & Arts Columnist typically talk about while porary Christian Jesus is at the table. To put music poses a seit bluntly, Christianity isn’t rious challenge to people sexy. who believe in a loving I think Christian music God. It’s just bewildering to tends to limit itself emome how a perfect being, full tionally. Songwriters try of mercy, could allow such too hard to meet the exbad music to be put on the pectation that Christian Steven Zoeller radio. music should be only about But I digress. Precisely triumph and redemption. what makes modern While I agree those are Christian music so awful? I have a few both good themes, they don’t really have a ideas, but first I should clarify what I mean lot of emotional depth. We rarely hear the by “Christian music.” singers express despair, When I refer to “Today’s Christian music has venom or anxiety, and Christian music, I’m that makes them seem a very distinct sound — a not talking about less human. The only cheesy, pseudo-inspirational thing contemporary Gospel music or Gregorian chants. vibe that’s so recognizable worship music offers is No, what I refer to is insufferable optimism. by its lack of soul you can And we can’t relate to the music that regu‘sense’ you’re listening to that. larly plays on Christian radio, music by bands That’s irony. worship music even before like Casting Crowns Christianity is supthe lyrics start.” and Building 429. posed to be the story of Now, readers might a king who descended think Christian music is defined by its lyr- the throne to share his people’s pain. You ics, but that’s not true. Today’s Christian wouldn’t expect the music dedicated to music has a very distinct sound — a him to be totally unrelatable, would you? cheesy, pseudo-inspirational vibe that’s so recognizable by its lack of soul you can “sense” you’re listening to worship music Steven Zoeller is a journalism sophomore. even before the lyrics start. But as distinct as the genre might sound, the same can’t be said for individual songs. AT A GLANCE They all sound pretty much identical. Sure, some are softer than others, and some are Top Christian-influenced a bit more upbeat, but those are hardly Classical pieces substantial differences. Truthfully, the biggest innovation I’ve heard by a Christian “Messiah” by Handel band was waiting until the second verse to “Requiem” by Mozart drop Jesus’ name. Speaking of Jesus, he should really stay “Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert out of music. “Be Thou My Vision” by Dallan Forgaill It’s not that I dislike the guy, but he does tend to limit the subject matter art“Amazing Grace” by John Newton ists can discuss in their songs. Some of the Compiled by Mariah Webb and Steven Zoeller best music I’ve heard explores topics like drug use and lust. That’s not stuff you can


All degrees have purpose Life & Arts Columnist

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have yet to meet a Life & Arts Columnist Wheel” was listed on the U.S. young adult who Singles Top 100 for 24 weeks, doesn’t say music beginning at No. 48 and endis a huge part of his or her ing at No. 20. life. Music preferences are Christian artists sell out subject to opinion, but to the same large auditoriums, say Christian music, as a the same music venues and whole, sucks is not only hold the same conferences as a biased statement, it’s any other secular artist does. Dusti Gasparovic ignorant. What happened to the I might say I don’t like hymns? The majority of worrap music because it isn’t ship music is remakes of wholesome and doesn’t build me up, but hymns, or based on Scripture. I believe that, I wouldn’t go as far as to say rap music just like the Bible is said to be God-breathed, sucks. so is a lot of Christian music. The cool thing Every individual might prefer one genre about Christian music with artists such as over another, but the cool thing about Hillsong United, Chris Tomlin and David Christian music is it isn’t limited to one Crowder Band is that it is not only inspiragenre. Gospel, inspirational, country, rock, tional, but it’s worship. Worship is much alternative, even rap are all genres that more than singing along to a melody — it’s a Christian music encompasses. humbled attitude of the heart giving Jesus the You might be thinking, “Every time I praise he deserves. Christian music strikes a tune into a Christian radio station, the much deeper chord than one for pure entermusic is hokey, it all sounds the same and tainment value; it’s worshiping our king. it’s all feel-good music.” To some extent, I would have to agree, but that doesn’t mean good Christian music doesn’t exist. Dusti Gasparovic is a University College One of my friends of a different faith Freshman has Christian music in her iTunes playlist purely because of the sound. Did you know AT A GLANCE Switchfoot, Lifehouse, The Fray and Flyleaf Christian playlist produce Christian music? Oklahoma and Texas have more than “Hero” by Skillet 35 Christian listener-supported radio stations, meaning they are not supported by “Forever” by Fireflight commercial advertisements but funded “Meant To Live” by Switchfoot solely by listeners who want to hear a particular style of music. “Riot” by Tedashii Eddie Alcaraz, producer of listener-sup“All Around Me” by Flyleaf ported radio station 89.7 Power FM, said, “You Found Me” by The Fray “One of the founding members of Korn, Brian Welch, has produced two Christian “Courage” by Superchick projects since leaving the band. Bands “All In” by Lifehouse like Red and Superchick have had much success with network TV using their songs “Storm” by Lifehouse for TV shows and sports programs. I have yet to mention extremely popular bands For a complete list, visit like Skillet and Third Day, who are overtly Compiled by Dusti Gasparovic Christian. And that is all Christian rock.” Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the


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OU track hitting full speed Sooners eagerly sprint into spring indoor season Dillon Phillips Sports Reporter

Oklahoma’s track and field team kicked off the indoor season at home Saturday, hosting the J.D. Martin Invitational Duals at Mosier Indoor Facility. Although OU enjoyed the advantages of opening the season at home, the Sooners are eager to take their game on the road when they travel to Fayetteville on Friday for the Razorback Invitational. “We’re kind of used to [running at Mosier] since we practice here everyday, but we’re really excited to start traveling,� freshman sprinter Ethan Baker said. “That’s when all the fun starts, so we’re looking forward to that.� Several schools traveled to Norman from across the southwest to compete, including Tulsa, North Texas, Oklahoma State, Grambling State and the University of Texas-Arlington. The Sooner men’s top distance runners weren’t present at the meet, as they began their season Friday at the Gladstein Invitational at the University of Indiana in Bloomington. “We’re missing a few of our really good studs, but the people that did run ran well,� Baker said. “[We] definitely did better than we’ve ever done before.� At the Gladstein Invitational, senior miler George Alex ­— a two-time All-Big 12 selection and

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Junior thrower Tia Brooks broke numerous records Saturday with her throw of 60 feet, eight inches in the shot put. The throw makes Brooks the fifth best NCAA performer all-time in the event.

second team All-American — won the mile. Junior Frezer Legesse and freshman Taylor Wardall were not far behind, finishing second and fourth, respectively. Although some of the Sooner men were missing from Saturday’s lineup, the women were in full force.

Junior thrower Tia Brooks won the shot put in impressive fashion, and senior All-American Sherine Wells won the 60-meter dash. Brooks threw a personal best of 18.49 meters, which currently ranks as the 13th-best throw in NCAA history.

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Sooner men knock off No. 3 to stay undefeated Oklahoma improves to 5-0 after beating 3rd-ranked Buckeyes Greg Fewell Sports Editor

The No. 2-ranked Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team improved to 5-0 Saturday by defeating the No. 3-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on the road. The Sooners owned the top-three matchup, winning all six event titles as a team and topping the Buckeyes by a score of 353.150-347.750. OU also showed a lot of improvement in the meet as the team scored almost 10 points higher than it did in its opener last weekend. Junior Jake Dalton played a big role in the Sooners’ success. The All-American took home individual titles on floor, rings, vault, parallel bars, and high bar en route to his first all-around title of the season. The Sooners faced their only deficit of the meet after the first rotation, pommel horse, when they trailed by 3.050 points. Though two OU freshmen, Michael Reid and Jacoby Rubin, posted career high scores on the event, OU was only able to tally a total score of 57.250 on the opening rotation of the dual. That was the second worst event of the meet for the team. H o w e v e r, O k l a h o m a quickly flipped the script on the floor exercise. Sophomore Raymond White, freshman Dylan Akers and freshman Alec Robin all three set career highs on the event to lift the Sooners to a 61.600 team score. That score was enough to give OU a 118.850-117.150 lead. A 59.150 score on the vault extended OU’s first lead by a significant margin. Dalton

PLAYER TO WATCH Jake Dalton Year: Junior Hometown: Reno, Nev. Season stats: The twotime NCAA champion claimed five individual event titles on the way to his first all-around title of the season Saturday.

and senior Michael Heredia led the Sooners on the event with a 15.000 and 14.800, respectively. It was a trio of juniors, Dalton, Chris Stehl and Troy Nitzky that stepped up for the Sooners on the steel rings. All three athletes recorded scores of 15 or higher on the event to give the Sooners their second straight score

of 59.150. The team then rolled through the parallel bars and high bar en route to its biggest victor of this very young season. Along with being Oklahoma’s first top-five matchup of the season, the meet marked the first time the team competed against for mer assistant coach Rustam Sharipov. The new Buckeyes head coach helped man the ship in Norman from 2005-2011 and helped lead the Sooners to two national championships. Oklahoma handed Sharipov his first loss of the year while improving its own record to 5-0. The Sooners will be jumping right back into the fire after the big win, facing two top-ten programs in their very next meet. Oklahoma will take on No. 4 Illinois and No. 6 Michigan at 5 p.m. Saturday in Champaign, Ill.

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Saturday’s other winners were Kelsey Brown in the 800 and 1,000-meter runs, Katie Adair in the pole vault, Alisa Jenkins in the 60-meter hurdles, Malcolm Anderson in the men’s 60-meter hurdles, Evan Pierson in the 60-meter dash and Conrad Aaron in the shot put.


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Redemption time for OU basketball Last February, the Sports Columnist Sooners watched an unlucky shot roll off the rim in the final seconds of an 82-81 loss. And this Thursday, the Sooners are scheduled for a redemption match against a well-balanced Tobi Neidy Baylor team. Not only does OU have a chance to redeem itself, but the team also has a chance end Baylor’s 19-game win streak. And here are the top three keys to getting that win. First, the Sooners are going to have to limit Baylor AllAmerican Brittney Griner. Griner is averaging just under 23 points this season and continues to be the star in Mulkey’s line-up. On defense, Griner has been just as threatening with over 100 blocks already this season. But if the Sooners want to stay up with the No. 1 team in the country, Griner won’t be the only Bear the Sooners will need to contain. Second, the Sooners are going to need to disrupt Odyssey Sims. The sophomore guard capped off her season-high night with the game-winning lay-up the last time Baylor came to town. Sims ended that night going 14-for-19, with a 9-for-12 performance from 3-point range. Sims is continuing to show her resilience for the Bears this season, averaging over 31 minutes with a .434 average from the 3-point line. Together Sims and Griner make up a lot of the Baylor offense, but solid defense while not allowing points on the breakaway can limit both of these scoring threats. Finally, Oklahoma will need help from its underclassmen. This year, OU has relied on sophomore guard Aaryn Ellenberg, who currently leads the team with an 18.2 average. But Ellenberg will be a likely target for the Bears’ defense after seeing just what the Las Vegas native brought to the table last year. So it will be up to freshmen newcomers like Sharane Campbell, DaShawn Harden and Kaylon Williams to put the Bear defense on edge. Last year, the Sooners stayed the course and almost upset Kim Mulkey and Company in Norman. This week, the Sooners have a chance to knock off the nation’s No. 1 team. Tobi Neidy is a public relations senior.



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OU wrestlers slam Sun Devils Oklahoma comes back strong after sluggish Big 12 win Greg Fewell Sports Editor

Oklahoma won eight out of its 10 matches and earned bonus points in seven of those matches to easily defeat Arizona State by a score of 33-7 Sunday afternoon at the McCasland Field House. The Sooners bounced back in a big way after what the team considers a somewhat disappointing 19-16 victory over Iowa State on Friday. Oklahoma only won five matches Friday against the Cyclones and was only able to pick up bonus points in three of those matches. “A win is a win and we will take it,” coach Mark Cody said after the match. “I’m definitely disappointed in the fact that several individuals on our team could have wrestled harder.” The head coach did not have the same complaints after his team’s most recent outing on the mat. The Sooners looked solid all the way down the lineup. Cody attributes the success to his team being more prepared both mentally and physically after the hardfought battle against Iowa State just two days prior. “I knew after the Iowa State

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dual they’d have a rest and they’d feel a lot better coming in here today,” Cody said. “And we wanted to score a lot of points in a lot of these matches, so I’m happy with them.” The sooners scored early and often. Junior Jarrod Patterson started out the match for Oklahoma with a solid 19-8 major decision over Arizona State’s David Prado. Patterson, the No. 7-ranked 125 pounder in the country, had five takedowns and two nearfalls in the opening match of the dual. Then, in the 133-pound match, OU senior Jordan Keller put on a clinic en route to a 10-1 major decision and an early eight-point lead. The Sooners continued to roll as top-ranked Kendric Maple bounced back from his first loss of the year with a 16-6 major decision in the 141-pound bout. After 157pounder Matt Lester pinned his opponent just 1:24 into the bout, the Sooners held a commanding 22-0 lead. Oklahoma built up a sizable lead against Iowa State, too. However, the Cyclones were able to make a run by competing in the later bouts. This time, Oklahoma never took its foot off the accelerator. OU junior Patrick “Bubby” Graham recorded the most dominant win of the night, winning the 165 bout

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Sophomore Kendric Maple grips his Iowa State opponent in his first loss of the season Friday. Maple lost the bout 11-9 in sudden death overtime.

by a score of 22-8. “Bubby Graham has faced such brutal competition all year long, and he’s wrestled probably eight of the top nine guys and comes out and wrestles with that same intensity,” Cody said. “It’s very good for him. The tough schedule’s starting to really pay off for him.” Arizona State did show signs of a spark after Graham’s dominating performance, winning both the 174- and 184-pound matches.

However, the Sooners closed the match out in the same fashion they began it. Junior Keldrick Hall gave OU yet another major decision and then freshman heavyweight Kyle Colling recorded the biggest victory of his young career in the heavyweight bout, upsetting No. 9-ranked ASU junior Levi Cooper 4-3. The win came off an escape by Colling with just seconds to go, sealing the win in dramatic fashion. “The guy he just beat beat

the No. 1 guy in the country, and that guy’s beaten a lot of really good people so we’re really happy with that win,” Cody said. “That’s a big win for him, and it’s something that he needed because he’s very capable of beating everybody.” The No. 11 Sooners enjoy a few days off before hosting Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center as part of OU’s annual “Beauty and the Beast” event.


Oklahoma posts NCAA-best score The OU women’s gymnastics team erased any doubt it would respond to a loss to Oregon State on Jan. 13, its first regularseason loss since 2009, by posting an NCAA-best score during the TWU quad meet Saturday in Denton, Texas. Oklahoma’s 197.450 was the highest team score by any program in the country this season as OU handily defeated TWU (192.425), Utah State (192.325) and Centenary (191.450) to improve to 6-1 this season.. The Sooners combined for 10 career-high scores and nine season-highs while sweeping all eight event titles, led by sophomore Taylor Spears’ 39.200 to win the all-around competition. Senior Megan Ferguson won a pair of event titles with a season-high 9.9 on beam and a career-high 9.95 on floor. Junior Brie Olson also had a career-high 9.95 to win bar, and senior Sara Stone collected the vault title with a season-high 9.925. “I felt our seniors stepped up in a big way,” OU coach K.J. Kindler said. “The leadership is going to be important for us down the road.” James Corley, Night Editor

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