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New ideas wanted for weekend symposium Students can attend event from 6 p.m Friday to 6 p.m Sunday CORENTIN COURTOIS Campus Reporter


Shane Parker, University College freshman, does homework in his dorm Monday in Adams Center. Parker, like many OU students, said he would prefer a larger room. Sooners have dorm rooms 16 percent smaller on average than most at other universities in the Big 12.

Compact campus housing Students unhappy with sharing small living quarters JAKE MORGAN Campus Reporter

With an acoustic guitar lounging in the corner and a tower of appliances stacked on the opposite wall, the dorm room captured the life of a college student. It’s a place some students would call home. “More like a jail cell, if you ask me,” University College freshman Danielle Barrett said while sitting cross-legged on her bed in Adams Center. Barrett’s sentiment reflects some students’ belief that dorm life is literally cramping their style, an issue students can address in a housing survey in late February or early March. Other residence halls within the Big 12 surpass OU’s dorm sizes by an average of 16 percent, according to averages collected from other universities’ housing websites,

AT A GLANCE Dorm room sizes Walker, Couch and Adams: 176 square feet Cate: 143 square feet David L. Boren Hall: 128 square feet BIG 12 Oklahoma State: 162 square feet Kansas: 164 square feet Texas: 212 square feet Sources: Housing websites

OU offers an average of 149 square feet among the three main types of dorm rooms, according to the Housing website; comparatively, averages for Oklahoma State, Kansas and Texas are 162, 164 and 212 square feet, respectively, according

to their housing websites. The issue of size comes down to a student’s previous living experience, said Ryan Trevino, director of community experience for OU Housing and Food Services. “Some students are coming from homes where they had a room to themselves ... [and] living with a collection of students from varying backgrounds can certainly be an adjustment,” Trevino said. Privacy, among other things, is what falls victim to the lack of space, Barrett said. It’s hard transitioning to living in a room the same size as the one you grew up in but now having to share that same space with someone else in college, she said. While Barrett said she sees the SEE DORMS PAGE A2

OU students can pitch business ideas and find the resources to make them happen this weekend at the second annual Startup Weekend. “No Talk, All Action” will take place 6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Sunday in the Exxon Rawl Engineering Practice Facility, according to a p re s s re l e a s e. O U ’s Center for the Creation AT A GLANCE of Economic wealth and Registration Startup Weekend, a nonprofit group in Seattle supThe event costs $25 with ported by the Kauffman promo code “STUDENT.” Foundation, will sponsor This includes weekend the event. meals and sessions. Hosts will provide netSoure: Press release working, resources and incentives for individuals and teams to experience the entrepreneurial process from conception to launch within a 54-hour period, according to a press release. “It can be any type of projects our organization doesn’t supply,” center Fellow Samantha Toth said. “People who answered, which can be any students or community members, can come with ideas like software, real estate business model or something as simple as a new hot dog.” Featured speakers include Ken Parker, executive of NextThought, an Oklahoma City-based company that develops software for educators, and Cory Miller, founder and exectutive of iThemes, a WordPress themes provider for businesses, government organizations and bloggers, according to the event website. OU’s inaugural Startup Weekend in 2011 attracted more than 50 participants who, over the course of the weekend, created working software prototypes, according to the event website. Among these ideas were Languana, an interactive language learning video game, and It’s All Us, a website to identify, discuss and execute community needs. For more information, contact Toth at



Program endorses healthy lifestyles

Parking, prices driving some owners away

Women find pilot class successful VICTORIA GARTEN Campus Reporter

A Health Sciences Center of Tulsa program aimed at reducing infant mortalities and premature births will be continued after recently graduating its first three-year pilot class. The Healthy Women, Healthy Futures program is offered to Tulsa-area SEE PROGRAM PAGE A2

Five businesses have left in past year; key to success is flexibility, association says MARK SIMPSON Campus Reporter

Limited parking, a competitive atmosphere and climbing rent make it difficult to weather Campus Corner’s business climate, owners of recently closed businesses say. Five restaurants have closed on Campus Corner since January 2011. CookiesN-Cards, LaLuna’s Mexican Café and Freedbird’s were the most recent businesses to close or move out of the area. LaLuna’s Mexican Café was open for 10 years at 529 CAREY FLACK/THE DAILY Buchanan Ave., but owner Sojoal Davini and Caroline Cruz, marketing juniors, window shop Cindy Cabrera shut the doors as they walk through Campus Corner. Campus Corner has provided for the last time in November OU students with shopping and entertainment since 1917 but has and moved to a new location recently welcomed and quickly said goodbye to several businesses. in Newcastle.

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C a b r e r a’s d a u g h t e r, Donyae Lindsey, managed LaLuna’s Campus Corner location and now manages the Newcastle location. Leaving Norman was bittersweet, Lindsey said. “We were sad to leave Campus Corner, but when we had the opportunity to buy property, it just made better sense,” Lindsey said. In addition to the chance to purchase property, Cabrera pointed to parking problems as a reason the restaurant left Campus Corner. LaLuna’s could seat more than 220 customers, but limited parking near the building made business difficult, she said. “Parking is probably the

AT A GLANCE Corner closings Restaurants on Campus Corner that have shut down or moved in the past year: January 2011 Fat Sandwich Ironstar BBQ July Cookies-N-Cards September Freebird’s November LaLuna’s Mexican Café

biggest issue facing Campus Corner restaurants,” Cabrera said. “Everything else, you can adjust and live with, but if you can’t get people in the SEE CLOSINGS PAGE A3

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Junior guard Steven Pledger (white) gets helped up by Missouri’s Kim English after Pledger’s shot to tie the game at the buzzer rattled out Monday night in Norman. Pledger had 22 points and two steals in the 71-68 loss. (Page B1)


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Undergraduate Student Congress will meet at 7 p.m. in Adams Hall, Room 150 to discuss emergency funding for several student groups

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

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A gallery talk, “Highlights from the Permanent Collection of Photography, Part 1” with Mark White, will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. A presentation by the head veterinarian of the Oklahoma City Zoo will take place at 7 p.m. in 312 Sutton Hall.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8 A seminar about the psychology of student success, part of the Student Success Series, will take place at 4 p.m. in 245 Wagner Hall.

THURSDAY, FEB. 9 A lecture, “What We Know, What We Think We Know and What We Do Not Know About Climate Change” with Barrien Moore, will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History’s Rober Kerr Auditorium.

FRIDAY, FEB. 10 A steel pan festival featuring original compositions for steel pans will begin at 8 p.m. in Catlett Music Center’s Pitman Recital Hall. The festival will continue at 8 p.m. Saturday. University Theatre’s “Mary Stuart” opens at 8 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center’s Weitzenhoffer Theatre. Additional performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 11, 15, 16, 17 and 3 p.m. Feb. 12 and 18.



Continued from page A1 benefit of living in the dorms as a freshman, she said she believes residents should get more bang for their buck. “[Living in a dorm] does help you adjust to all of the added responsibility,” Barrett said. “It just sucks knowing that I could move into an apartment right now and live there cheaper than I could in this little raggedy thing.” Prices for the residence halls range from $1,838 per semester for rooms in Cate Center to $2,206 a semester for rooms in Walker, Adams and Couch Centers, Director of Business Services Paul Burton said. When costs are factored into the square footage, OU students pay around $13.50 per square foot each semester, according to calculations

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using information from the Housing website. Oklahoma State students, on the other hand, pay around $10.89 per square foot, according to calculations. As a resident of Adams Center, Barrett pays $2,206 a semester for a doubleoccupancy room. For approximately the same price, Barrett could live off-campus in a four-bedroom, four-bathroom apartment at Campus Lodge and still have a few hundred dollars left to spend, according to prices from the apartment website. “[Right now], I’m paying for half a room and a fourth




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the program and, unlike her previous pregnancies, she said she felt less pain and gave birth within two hours of arriving at the hospital. The program offers nutrition information, Zumba, yoga, information on health recourses and family

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healthier lifestyle she would no longer be able to refuse cholesterol medication, she said. “The program was helpful and wonderful, it makes you feel valuable,” Mauricio said. Mauricio became pregnant eight months after entering


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Healthy Women, Healthy Futures participants dance during a Zumba class on Jan. 9, 2009. The women have since graduated.


of a bathroom,” Barrett said. “You’d think ... living in the dorms would be the cheapest, ... but, no, it would cheaper for us to live in an apartment.” Besides the constricting space, the dorm guidelines are slightly overbearing, Barrett’s suitemate and University College freshman Maisha Thrash said. “College is for a new experience — becoming an adult — and [the dorms] don’t give that to you,” Thrash said. While the dorms relatively cost more than many local apartment complexes, Trevino said the residence halls are still a compelling

deal for students. “We like to think that we offer an exceptional quality of living here ... through various opportunities to be a part of the community,” he said. Housing and Food Services conducts a survey over dorm life satisfaction every two years, Trevino said. Housing and Food Services is in the process of preparing the next survey and plans to use a variety of methods including social media to gather opinions, Trevino said. The survey should be available before spring break anywhere from late February to early March.




women below the poverty line and provides inner conception care — care for women who have already had children and plan on having more — and education on how to live healthier during future pregnancies, program director Su An Phipps said. Data collected in 2005 concluded Tulsa‘s premature birth and infant mortality rates were two to three times higher than the national average, and the program is trying to make an impact and decrease those rates, site nurse educator Fran Trujillo said. Program participant Maria Mauricio entered the program with a family history of diabetes and high cholesterol after giving birth to four children. Her doctor informed her that if she didn’t develop a

planning, Phipps said. The program was funded by a grant from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and will continue with the help of other funding sources, Phipps said. “The program focuses on the person,” Trujillo said. “Our goal is to help women become healthy before becoming pregnant again.” The program is ongoing and will graduate 44 more women in the summer, Phipps said. Members are recruited from early childhood education centers in the Tulsa area. Mauricio said she continues to use what she learned during Healthy Women, Healthy Futures to not only improve her own health but the health of her family. “I would tell other moms to go and learn all they can and get healthier,” Mauricio said. “The program may be over for me, but I never stop using what I learned.”



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Deadline soon for Italy trip Students can get full OU class credit studying in Arezzo Campus Reporter


Participants in the Spring 2012 OU study abroad in Arezzo, Italy, pose on the building steps. OU is in the midst of a multi-million-dollar renovation of an Italian monastery to establish an overseas campus.

AT A GLANCE OU in Arezzo programs Journey to Italy Âť Application deadline Feb. 24 Âť Decision by March 9 Âť Study from June 1 to June 30 Chemistry and Art in Italy Âť Application deadline Feb. 24 Âť Study from June 30 to July 27

Arezzo, agreed to create an exchange, Houston said. There is no language requirement to study there, Houston said. Professors teach classes in English, and all the courses are OU courses, which means students receive full credit. “The goal of this study abroad program is not language proficiency; the goal is to give American students an opportunity to have an international experience,� he said. However, Italian is not left out — students are required to take Italian language classes, all taught by Italian professors, Houston said. Students also have the chance to

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take classes in Italian at the University of Siena. “What’s unique about this program is that when students come here, people find housing for them; they have people to take them to a doctor if needed; they have a computer lab; they’re taught by OU professors,� Graduate Resident Director Leanna Payton said. “They kind of get the best of both worlds.� Misha Goosheh, international area studies senior, is in Arezzo this semester. She said the program’s design makes being abroad easier. “It makes me feel more comfortable to know that if I get sick in the middle of the night, I’m not on my own,�

Goosheh said. “It provides a really great support and eases the transition a lot.� Because of the close ties with the Arezzo community, the campus has internships available in museums, businesses, city governments, non-governmental organizations and more, Houston said. This type of experience is what attracted Goosheh to Arezzo, she said. “The reason I chose to come to Arezzo is because I get to have an international work experience, and that doesn’t happen for a lot of college kids,� she said. “It’s an incredible opportunity.� The Italian city also is close to other European countries, allowing students the opportunity to travel. Just by staying in Arezzo, students can discover a new culture, Payton said. “You can just walk down the street and stop at any cafe, have a cappuccino or a slice of pizza, and you have this really awesome feeling: I’m in Italy,� Payton said.

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door, you have a problem.â€? Cabrera said the Campus Corner Merchants Association — an organization comprised of Campus Corner business representatives — talked about building a parking garage to alleviate the problem 10 years ago, but that never happened. Jeff Stewart, president of the Campus Corner Merchants Association, confirmed a parking garage is something the association has discussed and said it is something the Campus Corner business owners are in agreement to build. Stewart owns O’Connell’s Irish Pub and Grille. “There are plans already drawn up, and we’re just “Parking is probably trying to get the financing the biggest issue element in place,â€? Stewart facing Campus said. “It involves multiple Corner restaurants. owners, one of which is the university.â€? Everything else, Stewart agreed that parkyou can adjust and ing is an issue but said adaptlive with, but if you ability and flexibility are keys to businesses surviving on can’t get people in Campus Corner. The City of Norman conthe door, you have a ducted a parking study on problem.â€? Campus Corner two years ago that found most people CINDY CABRERA, OWNER OF LALUNA’S MEXICAN CAFÉ like to be able to see the front door of the location they are going into from wherever they park — which is not a common occurrence on Campus Corner, Stewart said. But the lack of parking on Campus Corner is part of what makes the area unique, Stewart said. “There are going to be real concentrated business times, and there are going to be very lean times,â€? he said. “You have to be able to flex with that.â€? On top of maneuvering through parking difficulties, Campus Corner has a competitive business environment — a challenge for any business owner, Stewart said. “Campus Corner is an ongoing repetitive challenge every semester.â€? Stewart said. “I think some businesses may leave because they get tired of the challenge.â€? Cookies-N-Cards wasn’t tired of the challenge but couldn’t afford it anymore, owner Nancy Russell said. The bakery and gift shop was a 24-year staple of Campus Corner, but Russell closed the shop in July when the cost to rent her space went up. “I don’t blame the landlords,â€? Russell said. “They found someone that could afford to pay more.â€?

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The clock is ticking for the opportunity to get what program organizers say is a college experience with some international flair. In the heart of Italy, situated among historical monuments and classical architecture in the medium-sized Tuscan city, is an OU campus that has been there since 2007, classics professor Peggy Chambers said. The deadline to apply for OU’s study abroad program in Arezzo, Italy, is Feb. 24, according to the Education Abroad website. Students can study abroad for a summer, a semester or a full academic year. “In 1981, there was no study abroad program,� Chambers said. “I was the chair of Latin studies, and I decided it would be a good thing to do a program to see the Mediterranean world — either in Greece or in Italy.� Finding the destination for the program was harder than expected. “The bigger cities were not interested in OU — all the East Coast universities were already there,� Chambers said. “My thought was, ‘There’s got to be a place.’� Italian literature professor Jason Houston, who will serve as an OU faculty in residence for the program next year, discovered Arezzo before he worked for OU and incorporated the town into the program. “There were no Americans,� Houston said. “It was a welcoming town to open a program. I said, ‘Let’s give Arezzo a try.’� In 2006, Houston and Chambers did give it a try. OU hired Kirk Duclaux, who worked for OU in Florence, and he began building something bigger in Arezzo, Houston said. In 2007, OU and the University of Siena, the main campus in

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Proposed bill would go wrong away even many types of birth control, regardless of whether the circumstances would be harmful to the child or to the woman herself. With Monday marking the first day of Oklahoma’s But the worst of the consequences are simply ablegislative session, the Senate Health and Human surd. Under this bill, any unborn child (which would Services Committee is already hard at work consid- now include frozen embryos in an in-vitro lab) could ering extreme bills with wide-reaching consequenc- be a “person” who must be counted in the 10-year es. One of the first bills up for discussion Census under the current law. And as peoMonday was Senate Bill 1433, otherwise ple, would these embryos be entitled to all The Our View known as the “Personhood Act.” is the majority the usual rights, such as inheritance? opinion of This bill would create a constitutional And then there is the obvious fact that a The Daily’s amendment to expand the definition of a zygote or an embryo is clearly not a person. nine-member “person” to cover from the moment of conThey are both simply kinds of cell matter editorial board ception until birth, which would include inside the woman’s body. A zygote is a onefertilized eggs and embryos. This may sound celled fertilized egg and an embryo is one appealing to pro-life Sooners, but the consequences that has begun to divide and develop. For the first — both intended and not — could be devastating to few weeks it has no heartbeat, brain activity or limbs. women and families. It may, eventually, become a person. It would outlaw certain forms of birth control, such The fact that such a bill would outlaw all aboras the “morning after” pill and intrauterine devices, tions and encourage dangerous illegal procedures and it’s unclear where other kinds of hormonal con- was surely evident to its sponsors after the years of traceptives would fall under this law. Birth control debate since Roe v. Wade. The other consequences is essential not only to women’s prosperity — giving were, hopefully, less apparent. But we can’t afford to them control over their lives and careers — but, in ignore them. many cases, to their health as well. This bill is nothing more than a cowardly attempt It also would severely limit in-vitro fertilization, to circumvent Roe v. Wade without directly confrontthe practice by which many infertile couples are able ing the law. And it’s obvious why: They would lose. to have children. In that process, several embryos Such amendments have been debated and defeatare created to improve the chances of success. But ed in several states, including recently in Mississippi under this law, even defective embryos could not be and last year here in Oklahoma. Let’s make it hapdisposed of after treatment. pen again. And even accidental harm to embryos in the laboA bill such as this must get through committee, be ratory may be considered murder. This could quick- approved by both the House and Senate and then be ly become an impossible burden on the medical and approved by a majority vote of Oklahoma citizens. laboratory facilities and limit the options for in-vitro Let’s not let it get off the ground. Contact the chair of treatment. the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, Ultimately, this bill is anti-life and anti-family. Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, at In addition to penalizing women and infertile cou- and urge the committee to kill the bill immediately. ples, this law provides no exceptions for rape or incest. It would force women to have children, taking Comment on this at Our View: The “Personhood Act” has dangerous, absurd consequences.


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In the midst of their protestant maelstrom, a male participant about my age noticed I wasn’t carrying any of their information sheets. He seemed to realize at that point that I was an inadvertent newcomer to the group. He eagerly shot me an earnest greeting and rapidly proceeded with a series of well-memorized and deeply troubling facts about the evils of the 1 percent and the stratification of American society. I haltingly responded with an awkward torrent of language in which I offered my undying support for the movement and its ideals and told him I would be present at the next meeting simply because I didn’t know what else to say. I didn’t go to that meeting. I think I was writing a paper on the sexuality of native New Guineans at the time because that seemed the responsible thing to do. In hindsight, I am glad I wrote that paper and fulfilled my scholarly responsibilities, but I also deeply regret not following through on my promise to that devoted young man. Admittedly, I typically accept the advances of any talking head on the South Oval — be it distributing tiny Bibles or proclaiming political ideologies through the time-honored medium of shouting — out of simple politeness and fear of disappointing it through my own lack of interest. But, even without much background knowledge, I truly was supportive of the Occupiers’ cause. If only to indulge my interest in the romantic ideals of revolution, I wish I had gotten involved and demonstrated to myself that I am capable of protesting more than a slightly-more-difficult-thanusual essay prompt. I realize my own impact may have been miniscule and the protester’s interest in me may have been based purely because I still was dressed as a zombie, but I nevertheless always will feel a pang of guilt when I remember how I failed to come through for a cause that is laying bare the problems that plague modern politics. As I stand today, I never have participated in a protest, and I never have held a picket sign. Although I am an impassioned fan of Alan Moore, I very rarely have donned a “V for Vendetta” mask, and when I have, it has been for the purpose of private roleplaying rather than intimidating anonymity. I never have used the Internet as a tool to foment civil disobedience. The only thing I can claim to have occupied in college is the Great Reading Room of the Bizzell Library, and even there only on sunny days when I fancied a more leather-and-wood-intensive place to study. My various John Lennon T-shirts look up at me in disgust every time I wear them out into the changing world. So, hypocrite that I am, I encourage you to get out there and Occupy something while you have the chance because your wide-eyed grandchildren will not be very excited to hear about how you sat alone doing calculus problems while a revolution passed by outside your window.

‘Occupy’ a cause — get involved ’ve often thought I GUEST COLUMNIST might quite like to “Occupy” something. In recent months, the prospect has loomed prevalently in our American university consciousness, and I don’t mind admitting I have found it rather exciting. As if Arthur Dixon the surging, youthful crowds and impassioned chants and cries of a burgeoning economic and social revolution weren’t enough, the cultural phenomenon has opened the door to a host of new topical jokes. And yet, despite my affection for Occupy Wall Street and its intellectual offspring around the nation, I remain personally uninvolved, at least until the publication of this column. Tragically, chronological circumstances conspired to ensure I otherwise would be engaged as the flames of revolution ignited. Specifically, the inception of the Occupy movement caught me in the midst of reading-intensive classes and a daunting workload. These academic demands kept my head in books about scientific relativism and Victorian executions as the youth of America banded together to take on corporate greed and inherently corrupt politics without me. I now wish desperately that things had been different — that I had signed up to be part of the 99 percent in September and actually done some research to back up my conscientious support for the protests. Unfortunately, I was simply too busy. Let that be a Jedi lesson to all new college students: “Distribute your course load evenly, you must, or feel like an apathetic loser, you will.” My one fleeting moment of connection with the Occupy movement this semester was characterized by surreal, hazy confusion that I shall do my best to illustrate. I had completed my participation in the Union Programming Board’s section of our lovely Homecoming Parade, in which I joyously danced down the streets of Norman, made up to look like a zombie and accompanied by the full set of beloved UPB characters (the lobster, the hot dog, the Christmas tree, Mario — you know the rest). There was certainly no thought of economic reform in my mind as we progressed through the crowds in irreverent, bacchanalian style. It was a wonderful, sweaty laugh, but as I traveled south through campus to return to the towers, I had an unsettling experience. A team of Occupiers also was progressing through the ovals, following much the same path as I was, and I briefly found myself surrounded and absorbed by the sloganchanting marchers. These were not clean-cut Occupiers eager to analyze fiscal statistics; they were of the more primal and aggressive variety, and, while I’m sure they were genuinely well-meaning and decent people, I found them a bit frightening.

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ollege is where OPINION COLUMNIST people go to learn. They learn about a specific subject area; they learn about the world at large; they learn about themselves. Even with everything that students learn in colTom Taylor lege, many will leave the institution without a realistic perspective on the working poor. In my life, I have known far too many students who waited until they finished college before they entered the workforce for the first time. Indeed, their first jobs had titles such as doctor, attorney, pharmacist and engineer. Those who didn’t start out making over $90,000 a year were making $40,000. Even many of my liberal arts friends started out making $25,000 to $30,000 a year. I don’t begrudge these friends for their high salaries because I know they worked hard to get where they are in life. At the same time, I can’t help but notice how their limited workforce experience confines their ability to understand not only what life is like for workers making minimum wage but also for blue collar workers making $10 an hour. As someone who has worked in blue-collar jobs, whitecollar jobs and been self-employed, I have noticed the difference between professional jobs and low-wage, bluecollar jobs goes beyond income level and whether a person works with their hands or their minds. In fact, the biggest difference seems to be about the amount of respect given to employees. At a professional job, employers will respect an employee enough to trust them to take restroom breaks when they are needed; at a low-paying job, managers often question why you are using the restroom during company time. At a professional job, employers often will trust employees enough not to even require a time sheet for keeping track of hours; at a low-paying job, employers often will fire someone for being six minutes late. At a professional job, employers typically will treat their employees as vital resources to the company; at a lowpaying job, employers typically will treat their employees as expendable. The last statement cannot be understated. Managers who see their employees as expendable often take the position of, “I can treat you however I want to, and if you don’t like it, you can leave. There are 20 applications sitting in my office from people who would be more than happy to have your job.” The workplace conditions of professional jobs and lowpaying jobs are worlds apart. In that respect, it often is very difficult for one side to understand what work is like for the other. For this reason, I believe it is important for every college student to work in at least one low-paying, bluecollar job before they graduate. Working one of these jobs will help you to build character. You’ll learn the physical limitations of your body. You’ll learn self-respect as you deal with a large number of customers who believe they are superior to you and aren’t afraid to let you know through their actions. You’ll learn perspective as you discover a large number of really great people who have been working in crappy jobs for 20 or more years and have never found a way to move up in the world. It is a sad truth that the majority of you will have very few personal connections to low-wage workers by your 10th high school reunion. That isn’t to say you won’t know the name of your favorite waitress or cashier at your favorite restaurant, but it is doubtful she is someone you will spend any time with when she gets off work. I have many friends working these types of jobs. I have even more that I run into randomly while visiting various places in Norman. When we visit with each other, we swap old stories and give updates about people we knew who moved on to other things. They give me details about ridiculous changes in company policies, and we share our dreams for the future. When I hear people attack the working poor, I think of my friends. When I hear people attack those on welfare, I think of my friends. When I interact with people in the service industry, I give them respect because they remind me of my friends. No matter how far I go in life, one thing always will remain true: I am no better than any of my previous coworkers, and neither are you. So take the time to work in at least one crappy job before you graduate.


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KEY PERFORMER Sam Grooms Year: Junior Position: Guard Hometown: Greensboro, N.C. Game stats: Grooms shot 7-for-9 from the floor en route to 17 points against the Tigers.

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There were 2.5 seconds remaining on the clock when junior forward Romero Osby stepped toward the free-throw line. Oklahoma trailed No. 4 Missouri, 71-68, Monday night in Lloyd Noble Center, and Osby needed to hit at least one of his two shots. He didn’t sink the first. His second shot clanged off the backboard within reach of junior Andrew Fitzgerald. The 6-foot8-inch forward from Baltimore, Md., instinctively tipped the ball toward the 3-point line. The ball landed in the hands of the Sooners’ best shooter — junior two-guard Steven Pledger, and he knew he had a great look at the basket. “It was on line — it felt good when it left my hand,” he said. “It didn’t go in.” The Sooners (13-10, 3-8) lost, 71-68. The stench of this loss will linger, especially after junior Sam Grooms played his best basketball in a Sooners’ uniform. The point guard arrived at the game averaging just six points per contest. But he exploded against Missouri for a career-high 17 points and 10 assists with just two turnovers. “It’s not hard at all to understand the fact that in basketball you have tomorrow, but by the same token, you want to win at this point in time, right now,” Grooms


because we have shot free throws very well,” Kruger said. “Certainly, Pledger is one of the top shooters in the country. When you play the game long enough, it will happen, unfortunately.” Pledger entered the game as one of the nation’s top free-throw shooters, averaging 89.7 percent from the line. But he was just 1-of-4 from the line against the Tigers. “The free-throws were killer,” Pledger said. “I couldn’t even understand why I was missing, let alone the rest of the team.” For the Sooners, this game was a chance for a signature win in the house that Wayman built, a chance ASTRUD REED/THE DAILY to knock off one of the nation’s elite before a national Junior guard Sam Grooms (right) puts up a short jumper for two of his career-high 17 points in the Sooners’ audience. 71-68 loss to No. 4 Missouri on Monday in Norman. Grooms added 10 assists for Oklahoma in the loss. But they fell short, and their return to the upper echelon of college basketsaid. “We just have certain four of their six free-throw the stripe. Just four of their ball will have to wait. plays and certain mishaps attempts in the first half, 14 misses could have won “It is frustrating, I know, on the court that don’t allow while Oklahoma began the Oklahoma the game. us to do that right now.” night 0-for-7 from the line. Coach Lon Kruger strug- to the players, coaches and fans, to everyone to not get Pledger added 22 points Three of Missouri’s four gled to find the reason for the result that we want,” and was responsible for five free-throw conversions alOU’s terrible free-throw Kruger said. “We just have of the Sooners’ seven made lowed it to lead Oklahoma, shooting after the game. to keep getting better.” 3-pointers. 36-33, when the halftime “It is hard to explain Missouri (22-2, 9-2) won buzzer sounded. the game at the free-throw The Sooners finished the line. The Tigers converted night shooting 9-of-23 from

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Sooner women stumble in Waco to end win streak KEDRIC KITCHENS Assistant Sports Editor

Resistance was futile as the OU women’s basketball team was swept aside easily by the No. 1 Baylor Bears on Monday in Waco. Baylor handled the Sooners to win, 81-54, and end OU’s three-game win streak. The Bears stayed true to form, beating OU by nearly 30 — their average margin of victory this season. Baylor dominated every facet of the game, outrebounding the Sooners 46-34, dishing out 19 assists to OU’s 11, swiping 10 steals to the Sooners 6 and knocking away an impressive 13 blocks, 10 more than OU. The Bears were led, as usual, by junior forward Brittney Griner. She scored 27 points and pulled down eight boards. Junior captain Whitney Hand scored 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead the Sooners.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, TUESDAY 7 2012 It might be an excessive amount of opportunities rather than too few that lead to problems for you in the year ahead. It will be left up to you to evaluate each and every facet, so that you don’t waste time on small beer.

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your chum. Don’t allow anything of this ilk to overpower your better angles. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Don’t underestimate a person with whom you have to negotiate an important matter. The trump card you think you’re holding might actually be found in the other party’s hand.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -Instead of trying to be all things to all people, it would be much wiser to take a firm stance on whatever it is that floats your boat. It could turn out to be the least complicated choice.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Even though you might be the one who’s putting pressure on yourself, it isn’t likely that you’ll be very effective working under stressful conditions. Let up a little, already.

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Responsibilities and duties that demand immediate attention should not be ignored. Disregarding or postponing action items would further compound your problems.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Under most conditions you’ll tend to be balanced, well controlled and practical. Today, however, these finer qualities may be eschewed in favor of foolish risks.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- A friend might disappoint you by not inviting you to a social involvement. Later, you’ll find out that it wasn’t his or her place to include you or anybody else.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- If you fail to do your own thinking, you run the risk of others making decisions for you, and not necessarily with your best interests in mind. Stay in charge of your business.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You are a person who isn’t afraid to tackle more than one endeavor simultaneously. However, take care about doing so currently, because your skill could desert you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Be extremely careful to make sure that the story being retold to you is accurate before you pass it on to anybody else. You’ll be blamed if it’s just a load of bunk. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- A friendship could be in jeopardy if you place more importance on something material than you do on

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- A situation concerning someone with whom you’ve had a recent disagreement still needs a bit more time to heal, so if you can do so graciously, avoid this person for the time being. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Suppress all impulses to take either financial or physical risks. It’s not smart to allow boldness or brashness to take precedence over your common sense.

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Jamaican, for short 22 One subject to a dictator? 25 High-spirited 26 Find common ground 27 Court orders 29 Two-footed animal 30 Grill’s go-with 31 Marine body 32 Cordage fiber 33 Up to the present time 35 First fruitpicker 37 Street cred 39 Princess topper 40 Make a faux pas 41 Lose one’s cool 46 Most dexterous 47 “Snow White”

fairness judge 48 Diminished 50 Sine’s reciprocal, in trig. 52 Shopaholic’s haunt 53 Symbol of stubbornness 54 Similar in nature 55 Coffee, in slang 56 Word used in many comparisons 57 Old wives’ production 58 “Young Frankenstein” assistant 59 Yellow spread 60 Crimefighter of early ’60s TV



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The bbra band The numbe number part of your bra size refers elastic part. It is generally the to this elas circumference of your rib cage circum in inches rounded up to the nearest even number.

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lthough most women can tell you what size the bra they are wearing is, many women cannot remember the last time they were sized. Estimates show that 80 percent of all women are wearing the wrong bra size, according to TIME magazine. Many women simply do not know bra basics, and while you may not think much about it, wearing a bad bra can be harmful. Wearing the wrong size bra can lead to the tearing of ligaments, according to the BBC. Other studies by the British Chiropractic Association suggest you can cause damage to your skeletal structure, back and neck pain, and even lymphatic vessels. Headaches and postural problems also can be signs of a bad bra. Many instances of pain can be avoided simply by wearing the correct size. There’s no reason your bra size has to be a mystery. You can go to stores like Victoria’s Secret or JC Penny and get a free bra sizing.

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Too embarrassed? Do it yourself. It’s not as daunting as you may think. Get a plastic tape measure, found at any fabric store. They are cheap and handy if you shop online often. Then, follow these steps: 1. Get naked. Measuring yourself in a bra will have an effect on the accuracy of you size. 2. Bend over. It doesn’t sound pretty, but bending at a 90-degree angle will assure everything is in a perky place. 3. Measure your rib cage. Lay the tape measure flat across your skin, and make sure it is evenly perpendicular to the floor. Record your measurement. If it’s an odd number, round up to the nearest even number. If it’s an even number, you may want to round up to

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are common, and breasts change constantly. Experiment with bras, and do some research to find what is best for you. Breast size can change as much as 10 percent per month. Cop a feel regularly, so you can tell when things are changing.

There is more than one right an- Mariah Webb is a University swer; no two boobs are the same College freshman and assistant — literally. Asymmetrical boobs life & arts editor of The Daily.

Cup sizes in the U. S. are generally determined by a U.K. sizing chart, which includes; AA, A, B, C, D, DD, E, F, FF, G, GG, H, HH, J, JJ, and K. Each manufacturer uses a different scale, and U.S. manufacturers often are different. Some use DDD instead of E, although they’re the same. It is important to understand your cup size is relative to your rib cage. Just because a woman is a D-cup does not mean she has large boobs. Compiled by Mariah Webb


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the next even number. Example: Are you 31 inches? Record it as 32. Are you 32? Record it as 34. 4. Measure your bust. Now do the same thing with your boobs. Make sure the tape measure runs smoothly along the nipple. Hold it snugly, but not tight. Record this measurement. 5. Subtract the measurements. For every inch difference, your cup size is as follows: 1 inch — A 2 inches — B 3 inches — C 4 inches — D 5 inches — DD 6 inches — E

This part of the bra is generally based on the size of your bust, but more specifically the size of your bust in relation to your rib cage. It all depends on the difference between the two measurements. For example, if the difference between your rib cage and bust is 3 inches, you are a C-cup.

The Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College invites applications for the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) for the 2012 Spring and Fall semesters This is a competitive program open to ALL undergraduate students at the University of Oklahoma main campus and the Health Sciences Center. Projects can be in any discipline; for example, allied health, architecture, business, education, fine arts, engineering, the humanities, journalism, natural sciences, and social sciences. These awards are intended to support individual projects designed and undertaken by undergraduate students. Winners receive research grants of up to $1000 to be used for the projects.

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David Campbell is the John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C. Associate Professor of Political Science and the founding director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy. He is the co-author of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, as well as the author of Why We Vote: How Schools and Communities Shape Our Civic Life, and editor of A Matter of Faith: Religion in the 2004 Presidential Election. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. For accommodations on the basis of disability, call 325-3350. This publication is printed at no cost to the taxpayers of the State of Oklahoma



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Singer allures fans with style, lyrics LANA DEL REY


“Born to Die” (Interscope Records)


up a beer/ And you say get over here/ And play a video game.” Saturday Night Live Rating:  picked up on Rey’s attention and booked her to perform As a former girlfriend of a “Video Games” and “Blue video game addict, I never Jeans” on Jan. 14. This was, thought I could love a song to say the least, a mistake. titled “Video Games,” let Rey awkwardly stumbled alone sing along to lyrics through both songs in a long condoning the usage. But if evening gown, which kind of my car could talk, it would made it weirder. tell me to shut up. I’m with the crowd who Lana Del Rey — err, Lizzy believes the performance Grant — can pull it off as eas- did not do her justice, but the ily as she does her clothes labels “hipster,” “wannabe” (apparently). Lana, Lizzy, and “fake” suddenly assopish-posh. Many critics alciated with Rey post-SNL ready have dismissed her disaster. credibility and pinned her as My criticism does not a constructed, 25-year-old stem from any hipsterpop wannabe by reinventing ish vibes (although she herself, but I dared to give does sing about Pabst Blue her album several plays. Ribbon on ice), but it lies After releasing an album within the realm of Rey’s in January 2010 under her sincerity. birth name, Lizzy Grant, Rey I don’t deny that the pulled the album from the woman would not “take that shelves unsatisfied. A name body downtown” or that she change, lip injections and “will love you ‘till the end of a rapper mentor later, Lana time,” but throughout the 12 Del Rey was born (to die). I tracks, I often wonder if she wonder how many times she is madly in love with several will get that joke. men with whom she longs Within the last year, to be with forever or is just a Rey gained Internet fame gold diggin’ ... you know. on YouTube with “Video In “National Anthem,” she Games” and “Born to Die,” sings, “Umm, do you think capturing the attention of you’ll buy me lots of diawomen looking for an edgier monds?/ ‘Yes, of course I will Adele and guys interested my darling.’” in finding women content “Off to the Races” illuswith the sequence, “Open trates a colorful portrayal


Album: “Born to Die” by Lana Del Rey Released: Jan. 31 on Interscope Records


Top tracks: “Blue Jeans” “Video Games” “Born to Die” “This is What Makes Us Girls”

Lana Del Rey, formerly known as Lizzy Grant, released her new album, “Born to Die,” Jan. 31. Rey gained Internet fame on YouTube with the release of music videos for “Video Games” and “Born to Die.”

of a life with a sugar daddy when she casually demands, “Light of my life, fire of my loins/ Give me them gold coins, give me them coins.” Initially, the pop-like melodies and potent female empowerment lyrics found in tracks such as “Diet Mountain Dew” and “This is What Makes Us Girls” stunned me after falling in

Compiled by Courtney Goforth

love with the earnest harmonies of “Video Games and “Born to Die.” However, Rey convinces me that the words could be straight from her high school diary and not just a ploy at making a hit song.

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