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Students looking for professors may need to relocate to the south part of campus because of recent construction on the western face of Dale Hall Tower. The new home for the departments of political science, history and philosophy is Building 4, a long, white-gray building on Constitution Street near the Jimmie Austin Golf Course. But new is a relative term. The building is actually World War II Navy barracks donated to the university, OU Facilities Management director Brian Ellis said. “It’s not a new building, but it’s fine,” philosophy department chairman Hugh Benson said. “You have to do something when you have to repair a building. It’s pretty remote. I don’t think we would want to stay permanently.” Because of the remote location, the departments have found offices on campus to help students with advising. Philosophy currently has a professor working out of Copeland Hall, as well as an adviser in the engineering building, Benson said. After the university finishes construction on the tower in May 2012, the departments are scheduled to move back to their regular spaces in the tower, Ellis said. Building 4, however, has a different fate — demolition. The building is old and has wood construction, so it is not designed to last for a long period of time, Ellis said. The building ’s purpose in recent years has been to provide an office for lost departments during periods of construction like now, Ellis said. The College of Education worked out of Building 4 see Tower page 3
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Volunteers from the Campus Activities Council dance with a tray of watermelon Monday afternoon on the Walker-Adams Mall. Howdy Week events continue through Friday.
Crowds gather for watermelon, entertainment Volunteers from Campus Activities Council make up for lack of puppies Lily Coleman
Monday’s Watermelon Bash drew crowds for free fruit despite a canine cancellation. While students will have to wait for a repeat appearance of last semester’s puppies on campus, many stopped by the dorms to enjoy the Howdy Week Watermelon Bash hosted by the Campus Activities Council to conclude the first day of the weeklong event. The festivities battled the heat at Walker-Adams Mall, but event volunteers were still pleased with the turnout. “The event has gone great, crazy energetic,” University College sophomore Mackenzie Huff said. Huff has volunteered for the bash for the last two years. “I volunteer just because it’s fun,” Huff said. Volunteers from the CAC passed out watermelon and drinks while sharing their enthusiasm with passing students as they danced and attempted to lure students over
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“It’s just great that they have all this. Makes you feel welcome right away.” Caitlin Zuzer, University College freshman
to take advantage of the free fruit. While most simply grabbed the watermelon and walked away, others were appreciative of the CAC’s efforts. “It’s just great that they have all this. Makes you feel welcome right away,” University College freshman Caitlin Zuzer said. For some, the afternoon was all about welcoming freshmen to campus. “I am a part of Howdy Week Execs so I am just here getting freshmen pumped up for the first week of school,” multidisciplinary studies sophomore Taylor Gardner said. But for some, it was simply about taking advantage of free food. “It’s great, free food and
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University College freshman Sagen Coklin takes watermelon from members of the Campus Activities Council at the watermelon bash Monday afternoon on the Walker-Adams Mall as part of Monday’s events.
water. There’s music and people. Very friendly. Great for a first day,” University College freshman Yvonne Chan said. The bash wasn’t the only event that day handing out refreshments. Monday morning you could find free doughnuts on the South
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Brian Dailey, music performance senior, David Leach and Trevor Galvin (from left to right) of the David Leach Trio perform Monday outside the Starbucks store on Campus Corner.
way to meet new people.” Howdy Week will continue through Friday with other events across campus, including the Fred Jones Jr. Art Museum Arts Fair on Wednesday and the Free Midnight Breakfast on Thursday night.
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Oval. In the afternoon you could score free pizza, sandwiches and snow cones. All part of Howdy Week. “You get to welcome freshman to OU by giving them free food and drinks,” elementary education junior Jane Weir said. “It is also a fun
As students speed off to class and schedules quickly fill up, balancing school with fun and friends can be a challenge. This problem is often experienced by incoming freshman because of the difference between college and high school scheduling. It’s
easy to get too involved in extra-curricular activities or let the amount of time outside of class take precedence. “The thing I was worried most about is having to balance working, school and my social life,” University College freshman Rachel Smith said. But OU can offer help to those students who want to avoid getting too far behind. University College provides the Success Seminar see study page 3
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Tower: Professors scatter across OU campus Continued from page 1 while its building was under construction. “It’s not clear what [OU] would do if they didn’t have this building,” Benson said. “We certainly couldn’t stay in Dale Tower. We’re fortunate to have space available given what happened. I think everyone understands that these sorts of things happen.”
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Howdy Week will host a New Student Welcome Cookout featuring Stephen Speaks from noon to 2 p.m. on the Walker-Adams Mall.
Construction on the tower began in June. Changes in the temperatures caused shifts in the bricks on the western face of the tower, but classrooms are unaffected. Construction will cost about $3.4 million, according to Daily archives. Not all departments from Dale Hall Tower had to relocate to Building 4. The anthropology and psychology departments are now located in Cate Center 4 and the chemistry buildings, respectively. The anthropology
The Fred Jones Jr. Art Musuem Arts fair will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Fred Jones Jr. Art Museum. Free food and drinks will be provided.
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The Firehouse Art Gallery, 444 S. Flood Ave. will showcase the work of its child artists from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Howdy Week will host a “Get Involved!” fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the South Oval.
Wednesday, Aug. 24 OU Hillel will host a kosher Okie Lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the OU Hillel, located at 494 Elm Ave. The lunch will feature kosher burgers, quinoa patties and fried vegetables. The event is free.
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Thursday, Aug. 25 The Union Programming Board and Healthy Sooners will host a free midnight breakfast in the Oklahoma Memorial Union food court. Howdy Week will host a Midnight Breakfast from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Oklahoma Memorial Union food court.
Friday, Aug. 26 OU Hillel will invite interested students to attend the Shabbat services and a free dinner afterward. Services start at 6:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 7 p.m. Both events are located in the OU Hillel.
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Series with sessions on time management, as well as seminars on studying for science, finding a student job, the psychology of student success and study skills. Senior academic counselor for University College and seminar instructor Connie Divine said specific strategies will give students a chance to avoid freshman mistakes. “Study every class every day. Set aside certain times for every class to ensure success. At the very minimum, double the amount of time you’re in class to know how much you need to be studying,” Divine said. “The hardest thing for freshman is that they have to plan their study time.” The OU College of Liberal Studies suggests six key points to stay focused: set goals, avoid procrastination, minimize interruptions, manage your telephone time, conquer
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Construction workers repair the exterior of Dale Hall Tower on Monday morning. Construction on the tower began in June because of shifts in the bricks from temperature changes.
department did have a few problems during the move like broken furniture, but things have calmed down, department chairwoman Susan Vehik said. Staying on campus has cut down on the number of problems the faculty faces. Despite staying on campus, the psychology department
paperwork and plan shorter and more effective meetings. Setting goals can be simple, but procrastination is often a problem for students. Chemistry and biochemistry assistant professor Laura Clifford, who regularly teaches freshman courses, said a fundamental part of academic success is being ready to learn. “The most basic advice I can give students is to be prepared for class by doing the assigned reading and
experienced some problems because professors reside in many different buildings, department chairman Jorge Mendoza said. “All the faculty is in campu s, bu t t h e y a re s cattered all over the wind,” Mendoza said. “We have people in chemistry building, the chemistry annex,
attempting the assigned problems before class,” Clifford said. “Cramming for exams to catch up is never an efficient process, so keeping up with coursework is the best timemanagement strategy that I can recommend in the transition to college studies.” Another alternative OU offers is a class to incoming freshmen during the fall semester called Gateway to College Learning. Gateway is focused on helping freshmen become successful students
the physical sciences building. Some are spending a lot of time in their labs in the basement of Dale Hall and in [Cate Center].” Despite the hassle, the department is very happy to be on campus because of the large number of students involved in the psychology department, Mendoza said.
and specializes in study and time-management skills. Good study habits are a core lesson taught many freshman professors teach. Freshman expository writing lecturer Jennifer Shaiman suggests paying attention in class instead of dozing off. “Treat having time to sleep as non-negotiable. This is important because you learn less efficiently if you are sleep deprived and you don’t want to miss class from an avoidable illness,” Shaiman said.
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Fighting between Palestinian and Israeli continues despite “truce” Palestinian militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip launched rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel on Monday, despite an unofficial truce meant to defuse escalating exchanges of Israeli airstrikes. The latest round of violence began with a deadly attack on Israelis near the Egypt-Israel border on Thursday when gunmen ambushed vehicles, killing eight people. The Associated Press
2. UNITED NATIONS
United Nation’s secretary general speaks with Syrian president Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has criticized Syrian President Bashar Assad for failing to halt a military crackdown on dissent that has killed nearly 2,000 people. Assad pledged to Ban on Wednesday that all military and security operations would end, Ban said. Many world leaders have urged Assad to end the violence, the secretary-general said. The Associated Press
Syrians look to Libya for inspiration for its own struggle Taking inspiration from the rapid unraveling regime in Libya, thousands of Syrians poured into the streets and taunted President Bashar Assad with shouts that his family’s 40-year dynasty will be the next dictatorship to crumble. Assad, who has tried in vain to crush the 5-monthold revolt, refuses to acknowledge the hundreds of thousands of people demanding his ouster. Instead, he blames the unrest on Islamic extremists and thugs. The Associated Press
Gadhafi’s reign to end
U.S. stands by decision to keep troops out of Libya The whereabouts of longtime Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s were still unknown Monday, but White House and the Pentagon officials said they believe he’s still in the country. Following the rebel’s lightning advance on Tripoli, President Barack Obama urged Gadhafi to recognize his time is over in Libya, and Assistant Secretary of State Department Jeffrey Feltman said the besieged ruler would be history soon. Asked whether the rebel advances were a vindication of Obama’s strategy to let NATO take the lead in Libya, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama’s approach has yielded many favorable results. He said the administration had no intention of changing its policy of keeping U.S. troops out of Libya. A State spokesman said Monday that no decision has yet been made on whether to send U.S. military and diplomatic weapons experts to Libya to help prevent the Gadhafi regime’s massive arsenal of antiaircraft missiles from slipping into the hands of terror groups. Military officials estimate the regime amassed as many as 30,000 Man-Portable Air Defense Systems before the
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People celebrate the capture in Tripoli of Moammar Gadhafi’s son, Seif al-Islam, on Monday at the rebelheld town of Benghazi, Libya. Libyan rebels raced into Tripoli in a lightning advance Sunday that met little resistance as Moammar Gadhafi’s defenders melted away and his 40-year rule appeared to crumble. The fighters celebrated with residents of the capital in the city’s main square, the symbolic heart of the regime.
fighting began. The U.S. has already sent an interagency team to the region to confer with Libya’s neighbors and is providing $3 million to two international weapons abatement teams to locate and dispose of the weapons. The Pentagon has provided well over 60 to 70 percent of the intelligence flights in support of NATO operations involving Libya. The U.S. led airstrikes before turning the mission over to NATO. Opposition fighters captured Gadhafi’s son and
UPDATE Unrest in Libya Background: There have been six months of civil war aimed at toppling Moammar Gadhafi’s autocratic regime. What’s new: The United States has joined other countries in recognizing the Transitional National Council as the legitimate
one-time heir apparent, Seif al-Islam, who along with his father faces charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal
government in Libya. What’s next: Obama said the U.S. would remain in contact with the council and work with its allies across the world to protect the Libyan people and support a peaceful shift to democracy. Source: The Associated Press
Court in the Netherlands. Another son was in contact with rebels about surrendering, the opposition said. The Associated Press
Egyptian man speaks out for disabled through self-immolation A 35-year-old Egyptian engineer doused himself with gasoline and tried to set himself ablaze in front of the Egyptian Cabinet’s Cairo headquarters to back a demand for greater rights for the nation’s disabled. Police stopped Hisham Sayid before he was hurt. A self-immolation in Tunisia set off the round of popular uprisings known as Arab Spring. The Associated Press
Oil thieves, militants to blame for recent oil spills, company says Six recent oil spills from a Royal Dutch Shell PLC pipeline running through Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta were the result of sabotage, the company said Monday, blaming another nearby spill on a similar attack. Shell’s comments came after someone set fire to the spreading spill in recent days, and it could take as much as 30 years to clean another region of the country’s Niger Delta, a U.N. report suggests. Shell has blamed recent spills on oil thieves and militants roaming the delta’s winding creeks. The Associated Press
Iran seeks protection for centrifuges U.S. and allies feel threatened by nuclear program TEHRAN — Iran has moved some of its centrifuges to an underground uranium enrichment site that offers better protection from possible airstrikes, the country’s vice president said Monday. Engineers are preparing the facility in Fordo, which is carved into a mountain to protect it against possible attacks and house the centrifuges, said Fereidoun Abbasi, Iran’s nuclear chief. Abbasi did not say how many centrifuges have been moved to Fordo nor whether the machines installed are
“The Iranian nuclear program offers no plausible reasons for its existing enrichment of uranium up to nearly 20 percent, nor ramping up this production, nor moving centrifuges underground.” VICTORIA NULAND, U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN
the new, more efficient centrifuges Iran has promised or the old IR-1 types. The United States and some of its allies accuse Iran of using its civilian nuclear program as a cover to develop atomic weapons. Iran has denied the charges, saying its nuclear program is peaceful and aimed at generating electricity, not nuclear weapons. On Monday, U.S. State
Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the new program raises suspicions. “The Iranian nuclear program offers no plausible reasons for its existing enrichment of uranium up to nearly 20 percent, nor ramping up this production, nor moving centrifuges underground,” she said. “And its failure to comply with its obligations to suspend its enrichment activities up
to 3.5 percent and nearly 20 percent have given all of us in the international community reason to doubt its intentions.” Iran has been enriching uranium to less than 5 percent for years, but it began to further enrich its uranium stockpile to nearly 20 percent as of February 2010. Weapons-grade uranium is usually about 90-percent enriched. Iran’s higher-grade enrichment efforts are of particular concern to the West because uranium at 20-percent enrichment can be converted into fissile material for a nuclear warhead much more quickly than that at 3.5 percent. The Associated Press
Demonstrators mark failed coup with march in Russian capital About 200 demonstrators have marked the 20th anniversary of the end of a failed Soviet coup with a march in central Moscow. The marchers on Monday included some of Russia’s most prominent opposition figures, including former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov and ex-world chess champion Garry Kasparov. The demonstrators carried a 75-foot Russian flag and a banner reading “Aug. 19-22 1991 — we won’t give up our victory.” The dates refer to the start and collapse of an attempt by Soviet hardliners to overthrow Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, whose reforms they feared were leading to the collapse of the USSR. The Associated Press
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Fallen soldier remembered
Young soldier’s memorial puts Iraq War in perspective SILVANA, Wash. — In a hilltop graveyard overlooking this Stillaguamish River village lies a young soldier killed in the infancy of the Iraq war. A r m y S p c . Ju s t i n W . Hebert’s story is sad and sadly unremarkable, a tragedy bound up in the tale of a grinding war that took young lives with grievous regularity. Nearly one-third of U.S. troops killed in Iraq were age 18 to 21. Barely two years after Hebert finished high school, exactly three months after President George W. Bush declared the end of major combat in Iraq and just four days after his 20th birthday, Hebert was mortally wounded in an insurgent ambush that may have been a setup by an Iraqi “informant.” It was Aug. 1, 2003. The war, according to the Pentagon’s plan, was supposed to be over. Baghdad had fallen swiftly. But a new, more menacing phase of conflict was beginning.
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The gravesite of Army Spc. Justin W. Hebert, killed in the infancy of the Iraq war, in Silvana, Wash. Nearly one-third of U.S. troops killed in Iraq were age 18 to 21. Well over half were in the lowest enlisted ranks. For Hebert, the Army was an adventure. But it didn’t last long.
An insurgency was in the making, and in its formative months it perplexed U.S. commanders and cost Hebert his life. The invasion, occupation and transition to Iraqi government control lasted far longer than predicted, cost
more than imagined and left a town like Silvana, population 90, to wonder why a war so far away brought grief so close to home. A recent visit to his grave shortly after the eighth anniversary of his death made clear that he has not been
forgotten. His headstone was bedecked with one fullsize and more than a dozen miniature American flags, potted plants, flower bouquets, cards and birthday balloons — silent tributes from a proud community. The Associated Press
Dramatic improvement in heart care More rapid heart attack treatment across America In a spectacular turnabout, hospitals are treating almost all major heart attack patients within the recommended 90 minutes of arrival, a new study finds. Just five years ago, less than half of the hospitals
were able to get the patients’ clogged arteries opened that fast. The time it took to treat such patients plunged from a median of 96 minutes in 2005 to only 64 minutes last year, researchers found. “Americans who have heart attacks can now be confident that they’re going to be treated rapidly in virtually every hospital of the
country,” said Yale cardiologist Dr. Harlan Krumholz, who led the study, published online Monday by Circulation, an American Heart Association journal. What is remarkable about this improvement, Krumholz said, is it occurred without money incentives or threat of punishment. Instead, the government and a host of private groups led research
on how to shorten treatment times and started campaigns to persuade hospitals that this was the right thing to do. The best remedy for heart attacks is angioplasty, in which doctors push a tube through an artery to the clog, inflate a tiny balloon to flatten it, and place a mesh prop called a stent to keep the artery open. The Associated Press
Telecommunications companies in 16 states will share more than $103 million in federal funding to help expand broadband Internet access to those areas of rural America that haven’t been reached by the high-speed service or are underserved, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday. Policymakers, public interest groups and telecom companies are seeking to bridge the digital divide by reaching even the most remote pockets of the U.S. with broadband internet, hoping to improve economic and educational opportunities there. The Associated Press
2. NEW YORK
Congestion issues solved with updates to rail systems The federal Department of Transportation is putting $745 million toward rail projects that will allow trains to travel up to 160 mph in some sections of the Northeast Corridor and construction that will allow Amtrak trains to avoid a congested rail junction in part of New York City. About $450 million will be used to upgrade electrical systems and tracks between Trenton, N.J., and New York; about $295 million will be used to construct an overpass at the Harold Interlocking rail junction in Queens. The Associated Press
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Interested states drop their bids for 2020 summer olympics The U.S. Olympic Committee has notified all interested cities that it will not submit a bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. Chicago, New York and Dallas were among those that had expressed interest in putting forth a bid to host the games, but any bid was contingent upon the USOC working out a long-simmering revenue-sharing deal with the International Olympic Committee. The Associated Press
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Serious on sexual assault
evaluation arm of the Department of Justice. And the World Health Organization has reported that victims are significantly more likely to suffer academically, to experience depression and post-traumatic stress disIn April, the Department of Education’s Office order, to abuse alcohol and drugs, and to contemplate of Civil Rights sent a letter to university officials suicide. across the country, clarifying the requirements of In light of the seriousness of this trend, it’s current gender non-discrimination laws in contemptible that the Department of respect to universities’ sexual assault poliEducation has gone so long without such The Our View cies. This letter did not change the existis the majority a clarification and renewed enforcement. ing policy; it simply explained exactly how Universities are doing the long-overdo opinion of they expected the policy to be applied. right thing, and it’s unfortunate that comThe Daily’s Some universities scrambled to make mentators have taken this as an opportu10-member changes to bring their aging sexual assault editorial board nity to attack those universities and the policies in line with these expectations. department. The points in this letter, and the policy These policies require universities to inchanges inspired by them, have since come under form victims of their rights and to educate faculty, fire. The efficacy and fairness of the Department staff and students about prevention and reportof Education’s policy is the subject for another ing. They mandate that the system be in place, debate. A debate that must be had, yes, but not by and readily accessible, for pursuing administracritiquing the department for finally enforcing its tive proceedings against accused attackers. These own requirements. are incredibly important features, and ones that Sexual assault is an epidemic. The headlines should not be taken for granted. If there are probhave been filled with incidents of sexual assault lems with specific features of the policy, surely we at respected universities, controversial because can find better ways to discuss them than by takof the slowness and impotency of the administra- ing aim at the entire list of essential and beneficial tive response under policies too long unchanged. requirements. Nearly 20 percent of women and 6 percent of men We’re proud of OU’s recent changes to the statwill be victims of sexual assault during their time ute of limitations on sexual assault. It’s a move that at college, according to a federally funded restrengthens the university’s overall sexual assault search organization, the National Criminal Justice policy and shows OU’s commitment to preventing Reference Service. For women, that’s nearly one in sexual violence. It’s about time the rest of the nafour. tion’s universities caught up. On top of that, sexual assaults are vastly underComment on this at OUDaily.com reported nationwide, according to the research and Our View: The Department of Education has stepped up enforcement of its sexual assault policies for universities. It’s about time.
Target hides anti-labor agenda
he Target OPINION COLUMNIST Corporation defines itself in opposition to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other retailers. At Target, shoppers see large banners encouraging recycling, and employee areas have posters hung-up promoting racial Zac Smith equality and gay rights. firstname.lastname@example.org Target essentially presents itself as a warmer and more ethical alternative to Wal-Mart. However, beneath its progressive veneer, Target is just as exploitative and amoral as its competitors. At Target, low prices are made possible by poor working conditions. New employees are paid marginally more than the legally prescribed minimum, leaving workers in most states with less than a living wage. Meanwhile, Target’s upper management absorbs enormous amounts of money, with CEO Gregg W. Steinhafel bringing in well over $13 million per year. Target employees are effectively forbidden to organize in order to improve their conditions. New workers are subjected to elaborate propaganda videos detailing the supposed awful consequences of unionization. In instances in which serious attempts at organization were mounted, employees have been threatened with dismissal should their attempt to organize succeed. There are 1,750 Target stores in the U.S., and none of them are unionized.
However, Target’s cashiers and cart attendants enjoy positively luxurious working conditions compared with the people who produce Target’s merchandise. Much of Target’s manufacturing is farmed out to places like China and Cambodia, where a worker can be bought for less than $1 an hour and child labor laws are laxly applied. One Jordanian Target supplier came to international attention earlier this year when female workers reported being regularly raped and tortured by their employers. Target’s domestic political policies also reflect a willingness to profit from human suffering. The company has become the largest campaign contributor to tea party darling U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, who, among other things, believes that Darwinian evolution is a hoax and that teachers use “The Lion King” as gay propaganda. Most pertinently, Bachmann’s solution to the current economic depression is the abolishment of the minimum wage, something which would give Target a greater opportunity to squeeze profit out of its workers. In 2010, Target donated $150,000 to a fund for Minnesotan gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. Like Bachmann, Emmer supported aggressively anti-labor legislation, including the elimination of the minimum wage in Minnesota. Target has capitalized greatly on its image as the underdog to Wal-Mart’s evil empire, but in reality, Target and Wal-Mart are identical in their total devotion to profit by any means necessary. Shop at Target if you choose, but don’t fool yourself into thinking that you’re participating in anything positive. Zac Smith is a journalism junior.
Brighter side of sorority life Editor’s note: This is a guest column written in response to Monday’s opinion column “Are you sure if joining the greek system is right for you?” Responses can be sent to email@example.com.
reek life. Anytime I hear those two words a flurry of thoughts race to my mind. There are misconceptions, personal anecdotes and stereotypes that cloud everyone’s’ judgment, greek or non-greek. But here’s my personal antidote, complete with my bias and dealings with the greek system. For me, I decided to try out the greek system out of curiosity. I wanted to see why men and women would spend their whole lives devoting themselves to one another and a decades-old ritual. I wanted to see if I could make friends there. But most importantly, I wanted to see if I could find somewhere I fit in and had people believe in me. Now considering I am the first person in my family to go to college, nevertheless “go greek,” I was scared. For years and years people had told me I could never make it because after all, I am a straight-edge (no drinking, drugs, and sex) Christian. I knew going in that I didn’t fit the mold of what people considered the “typical sorority girl.” However, I went through rush. I pledged, I joined, and I made friends, the whole nine yards that I wanted. The whole time I was a member of my sorority, I always questioned if the greek-life system was for me. I liked it: the perks, the friends, the memories, but I could never decide my sorority was the place that I was meant to be. “That’s why I fit in Then I went through remy sorority, because cruitment on the other side. And according to the aforeeven though some mentioned article, the author girls like to party, didn’t have many issues with her sorority until she was on or study, or do the other side of recruitment everything, we still — something I had not expehave that common rienced until this year. What the author describes character — our as back-breaking work is comsense of humor, our pletely true. My feet ached, understanding and my throat was sore, and I was exhausted by the end of work our openness.” week and recruitment. Did I have a certain way that I was told to dress? Absolutely, but I was still allowed to maintain a sense of who I am and my style. Not once did I hear a story of someone telling someone else that they looked fat or they were ugly so they needed to be toward the back. Why? The answer is simple, it is who we are. We weren’t looking to recruit the “perfect girl.” She doesn’t exist; she never will. We aren’t simply looking for the most beautiful girl, or the most involved girl, or the most talented girl. We wanted the girl with heart. The ones that try to look nice, try to get involved, and want to be themselves. So that, that place that some might call a house full of stuck-up rich girls, is where I found my home. To me, I know each girl by name. I know some really random facts and some really tough struggles. I know girls like me. That’s why I fit in my sorority, because even though some girls like to party, study or do everything, we still have that common character — our sense of humor, our understanding and our openness. And recruitment was the one thing that made me know beyond a shadow of a doubt that sorority life was for me because when I saw our new members on bid day, inside each and every one of them I saw a piece of me. All the blood, sweat and tears are worth it for me because I know that my sorority has helped me become a better version of myself. Our ritual has helped me keep myself in check. And all of those things are moments I can’t wait for our new members to experience. Kimm Johnson is an enviromental design sophomore and an Alpha Omicron Pi member.
Child molestation defense offensive, untrue
was a bit surprised OPINION COLUMNIST Sunday to realize I had been time-traveling in my sleep again. Apparently, I’ve arrived back in 1977, where we’re all still under the thumb of Anita Bryant and her “Save Our Children” antihomosexuality crusade. Katie Skupin This is the only logical firstname.lastname@example.org explanation I can think of to explain a recent motion filed by the defense attorneys of Maurice Martinez, an Oklahoma City police sergeant accused of sexually molesting four teenage boys in his care. Martinez’s attorneys asked for their client to be released on bail because an evaluation found his sexual interests to be “normal for an adult heterosexual male,” according to an article in The Oklahoman. In other words, Martinez cannot be a child molester because he is safely straight. Of course, everyone knows sexuality and sexual attraction are the determining factors in discovering whether a person has abused children. So it stands to reason only a gay man will abuse the boys in his care, right? This offensive assumption is the reason members of the
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gay community are often barred from working as teachers, serving as Scoutmasters and becoming youth leaders. The gay community is often the scapegoat for child-abuse allegations. The Vatican’s first response to reports in 2002 of child abuse within the church was to ban gay men from being ordained, according to University of California, Davis professor Gregory Herek in his paper, “Facts about Homosexuality and Child Molestation.” However, there is no evidence to suggest gay men and women are any more likely to commit abuse than their straight counterparts. In fact, studies suggest many child molesters do not have an adult sexuality. Those child molesters classified with the psychological condition pedophilia are not attracted to adults in any form, so to name them gay or straight is misleading. Further, the motives behind child molestation vary. Not all child molesters are sexually attracted to children, Herek says. Child abuse is an action, not a state of mind. For Martinez’s defense team to declare him incapable of child abuse because of his sexuality is ignorant and irresponsible. It implies a connection between homosexuality and abuse that I, for one, thought had been put to rest. Katie Skupin is an English senior.
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Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 Favorable improvements can be developed next year in three different important areas of your life. Possibilities and opportunities will mushroom, and feed into each other. Itâ€™ll prove that success begets success. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -Friends or co-workers are likely to tell you things that they wouldnâ€™t tell others, mostly because they trust you not to make light of whatâ€™s bothering them and blab it to the world. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Read, attend a lecture or go someplace new where you can learn something different. Remember, not only is knowledge power but it will also help you develop a good philosophy of life.
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SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -Different ideas that originate from others will prove to be extremely advantageous when you put them into play. Youâ€™ll know exactly how to adapt them to your needs. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Make it a point to iron out an issue or matter that has proven to be a source of irritation for you lately. A frank and honest discussion with the parties involved will make everybody happy. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -A project youâ€™ve been avoiding just because it looks a bit overwhelming can be accomplished with relative ease. Give it a go and see for yourself. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Your enthusiastic, positive attitude will be a big plus, not only
for yourself but also for all those whose lives you touch. Your upbeat presence alone will lift the spirits of companions. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -Follow through on any ideas you get to beautify the spaces in which you spend the most time, including the home and the workplace. What you conceive is likely to produce lasting, favorable effects. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- This day will be far more enjoyable if you can get out and move around a bit. Whether youâ€™re calling on clients, running special errands or dropping in on old friends, youâ€™ll have a grand old time. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -Your ability for spotting bargains is likely to be far sharper than usual, so find some time to shop a bit. If you canâ€™t get out, browse on the Internet during your break. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- It would be wise to be a good listener and a keen observer, especially when youâ€™re around admirable minds. Put to good use everything you learn. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -Take care not to treat with disdain benign developments just because you think of them as insignificant. Opportunities stemming from little bits of knowledge can be monumental. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Try to go to places that are a bit different, if you can. Mingling with new faces, ideas and experiences can offer you novel perspectives and refresh your attitude.
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• Tuesday, August 23, 2011
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When I first popped Jim Ward’s newest album into my car CD player, I was not necessarily expecting to be wowed. Imagine my dismay when I came to the end of the first song and realized I had arrived at my apartment, and I wanted to run upstairs and shove the disk into my computer to hear the next song. Needless to say, “Quiet in the Valley, On the Shores the End Begins” seriously exceeded my expectations. Ward consistently presents an even and focused sound. Unlike other artists in his genre, Ward is neither schizophrenic nor redundant with his music. The two-disc album provides me with the perfect pity party soundtrack with “Broken Songs,” when Ward sings, “When it gets too intimate, then I fall apart.” Still, I can find comfort in “On My Way Back Home Again,” and the promise of a safe haven. Ward will perform at 9 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Opolis. Tickets are $10 at the door. Check out the show, but do not expect to be doing any headbanging. Instead, sway side to side and enjoy the mellow notes of an acoustic troubadour. Megan Deaton is a journalism sophomore.
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Eli Young Band’s newest album, “Life at Best,” takes me back to those days when Diamond Rio and Brooks and Dunn owned the charts. While other country groups have gravitated toward the pop market for commercial success, D enton, Texas-bas e d Eli Young Band sticks to its down-home country roots with its hit “Crazy Girl.” Promoting good ole southern courtesy, the band sings, “Crazy girl, don’t you know that I love you/I wouldn’t dream of goin’ nowhere.” While “Life at Best” has impressed country fans of varied backgrounds, Texans might feel a particular connection to the Denton, Texas, residents. Though “Crazy Girl” may impress, at times I found the rest of the album does not quite meet the level of excellence the top hit presents. Some songs might seem redundant to countr y connoisseurs. If you’re looking for another pop-inspired Taylor Sw ift song, Eli Young Band is not for you. However, those looking for some vintage countryinspired Texas music, listen until your ears bleed country spirit.
Megan Deaton is a As a Texan girl, I grew up journalism sophomore. listening to country music.
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Iconic album turns 40 Simon AND Garfunkel “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (40th Anniversary Edition) (Sony Legacy)
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The 40th Anniversar y Edition of Simon and Alyssa Grimley Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over firstname.lastname@example.org Troubled Water” serves up a real treat for any fan of the famous folk-rock duo. This collection includes not only the 11-song album, featuring greats such as “The Boxer” and “So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright,” but also a DVD with fascinating material both old and new. The first DVD feature is “Songs Of America”, an hourlong TV special originally aired in 1969. The second is “The Harmony Game,” a collection of interviews with the band members looking back on “Bridge Over Troubled Water” 40 years later. “Songs Of America” provides an intimate insight into the duo’s musical methods as well as historical events that colored the musicians’ lyrics. This special showcases a wide range of footage, from backstage recording sessions to snatches of casual conversation. The special begins with footage of rolling landscapes, with Simon and Garfunkel’s “America” playing softly in the background. The tone grows increasingly dark as the images shift from unspoiled scenery to landfills, slums “The album itself and riots. The song fades and is gorgeous, the scene cuts to Simon and Garfunkel sitting in the back both lyrically and seat of a car, offhandedly instrumentally.” discussing harmonies and Beethoven’s upcoming 200th birthday. “Somebody else’s 200th birthday is coming up,” Simon notes with a small smile. “America’s.” There is a pause. His gaze distant and eyes serious, Garfunkel quietly speaks. “Think it’s gonna make it?” he asks. This grim comment alone sums up the tumultuous and uncertain times during which Simon and Garfunkel rose to fame. “The Harmony Game” is less of a social commentary and more of a documentary. The special intersperses footage and stills of concerts with in-depth interviews with Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel and producer Roy Halee. The three explain the technical and creative aspects that went into the creation of the album and reflect on the emotions that accompanied the pair’s success.
Needless to say, the album itself is gorgeous, both lyrically and instrumentally. The wavering, poignant title track sports soothing lyrics meant to offer simple comfort “when times get rough and friends just can’t be found.” Simon and Garfunkel have a talent for juxtaposing moods within their songs and employ this talent to great effect. A case in point, the lovesick ballad “Cecilia” manages to be simultaneously peppy and lovelorn, thanks to the thudding percussion and lovesick lyrics, which describe a flighty girl of mercurial affection. Another example of juxtaposing tones is the bouncy track “Keep the Customer Satisfied.” The song’s merry swing belies the song’s somewhat ominous lyrics: “You better get your bags and flee/You’re in trouble boy/And now you’re heading into more.” The duo’s pairing of upbeat instrumentation with foreboding lyrics effectively reflects the antagonistic atmosphere that pervaded the country during this era. For about $14 on Amazon.com, this collection is well worth the money. The beautifully arranged and soulful songs are enduring. The special features provide the historical context necessary to fully appreciate and understand the world from which these ballads sprung. Also, considering the new uncertainties that modern America faces, the album’s message and tone are particularly applicable and affecting. Alyssa Grimley is a professional writing junior.
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Players rewarded for performance with scholarships
NCAA’s rules contradict its message
Seniors Trent Ratterree and James Winchester were given scholarships this year after making huge contributions to the football program the last couple of seasons. “I just felt that with all they’ve contributed and they’ll have a major role again this year, they are deserving,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “Our barometer in the past has been having to play a certain number of snaps and start. That’s how we’ve done it with other players, and they fit into that category.” Ratterree hauled in 10 receptions for 198 yards last year. He saw playing time in every game and started five. Winchester also made his mark last year by recovering three fumbles while serving as deep snapper on punts.
Uncertainty over Ronnell Lewis’ return remains Coaches are still waiting for word on whether starting defensive end Ronnell Lewis will be cleared to play the upcoming season. However, Lewis did practice Monday and appears ready to go should he be eligible. “He’s still working on some family matters, but he did practice today and looked good,” Stoops said. “So, we’ll see where that goes, and like I said, whenever anything’s definitive I’ll say something.” Greg Fewell, Sports Reporter
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f you don’t know what’s been happening with the Ohio State football program over the past year then you’ve been living under a rock. If you did somehow miss the mess in Buckeye land, here’s a basic refresher. Earlier this year, information surfaced that many Ohio State football players were selling and trading memorabilia such as Big Ten Championship rings, Golden Pants trophies (given to Buckeye players for victories over Michigan) and autographed jerseys and pictures to a Columbus, Ohio, tattoo parlor owner in exchange for discounts on tattoos. According to the NCAA, these actions are illegal and fall under the category of receiving improper benefits. No one is disputing the fact that what the Buckeye players did was illegal. Rules have to be adhered to. However, are the rules the NCAA has established on this issue contradicting the message it has been trying to send for years? You’ve seen the “going pro in something other than sports” commercials. The NCAA has invested a lot of money to promote the view that athletes are just another group of people on a diverse
Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor works out for NFL football scouts while his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, right, watches at Hempfield Area High School on Saturday near Hempfield, Pa. Pryor was a key player involved in a memorabilia scandal at Ohio State.
college campus. Athletes go to class, have homework and aren’t above the law, just like every other college student. The NCAA works to persuade the general public that college athletes are regular students who are involved in an on-campus activity. Doesn’t the implementation of rules that apply only to athletes say otherwise? The NCAA doesn’t want athletes to have more special distinctions than they already do from the media and fans, but everyone knows that’s not the case and all these rules confirm it. If a regular student gets a
special discount from a vendor, nothing happens. Not so for an NCAA athlete. That’s illegal. Strange right? Even stranger is what happened with this Ohio State situation. The rings and trophies Ohio State players exchanged for tattoos or sold are theirs. The memorabilia was given to them by the university for their accomplishments on the field. Yet the NCAA regulates what players do with those items. That’s like a boss telling his employees how to spend a raise that was given based on hard work. When something is given
to someone, it’s his. Personal possessions should not be subject to restrictions from someone else. Big Ten Championship rings and Golden Pants trophies are extremely special items, but if the owner of those items doesn’t care about them, why should the NCAA mandate that he value those things? I agree to an extent with the NCAA in that players should not be allowed to barter these items for goods and services because regular college students don’t have great bargaining chips. But they should be able to sell the items like a student
could sell a TV or couch. Isn’t the point to make sure everyone is on the same level? I could sign a picture of myself and take it to Raising Cane’s for a free meal, but I highly doubt they would give me anything. That doesn’t change the fact that athletes should be able to sell their possessions for money if they want. Athletes aren’t children and the NCAA shouldn’t treat them as such. Luke McConnell is a journalism senior. You can follow him on Twitter at @lukemcconnell1.
Early-season Hurricane schedule set TULSA — Tulsa will play at Oklahoma State and then host Wichita State and Arizona State during a five-game December homestand as part of its men’s basketball schedule. The slate released Monday shows the Golden Hurricane will continue their series against Oklahoma State on Nov. 30 in Stillwater, then return home to face Arizona State on Dec. 3 and Wichita State on Dec. 7. That homestand also features games against Texas-Arlington on Dec. 17, Creighton on Dec. 19 and Mercer on Dec. 28. Tulsa then completes nonconference play at TCU on New Year’s Eve. The season opener is Nov. 11 against Arkansas-Little Rock, followed by another home game two days later against Southeastern Louisiana. Tulsa will play in the Charleston Classic in mid-November, facing Western Kentucky and then either LSU or Northwestern. The Associated Press
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• Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Luck leads Heisman race
Race for football’s prestigous award ripe with talent THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The Heisman Trophy race might be over before the season even starts. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is such a heavy favorite to win the Heisman, it seems all he needs to do this season is stay healthy and play about as well as everyone expects and the bronze statue will be his. It might not be so easy. As we’ve learned in the past few years, players are more likely than ever to go from relative unknowns to Heisman contenders. Exhibit A being last year’s winner, Cam Newton. So with the understanding that the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner could be a player with little name recognition outside of the region in which he plays, let’s take a look at some players who could give Luck a run for the Heisman. DENARD ROBINSON QB, Michigan For the first month of last season, “Shoelace” was college football’s biggest star and one of the most thrilling players the Big Ten has ever seen. He couldn’t keep up the record-setting pace and as the losses mounted for Michigan, Robinson became an afterthought in Heisman voting. He became the only player in NCAA history with 1,500 yards rushing and 1,500 passing, and finished sixth. Under new coach Brady Hoke, the Wolverines are switching from a spread to a pro-style attack. If Robinson can lead a revival at Michigan, Luck will have some serious competition.
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Ohio State quarterback signs with Oakland, to sit out five games The Oakland Raiders selected former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the NFL’s supplemental draft Monday. Oakland picked Pryor with the 18th selection of the third round. Pryor left Ohio State early after an investigation into his involvement in selling memorabilia. He will sit out his first five games after signing a rookie contract, the same length he was suspended from Ohio State after his involvement in the memorabilia scandal. The Associated Press
Orton selected as starting QB for Denver Broncos over Tebow Kyle Orton will be the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos to start the 2011 season. Coach John Fox named Orton the starter Monday, ending the battle for the starting spot between Orton and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. Orton, the favorite in the competition, has been Denver’s starter since 2009. The Associated Press
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Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, left, and backup quarterback Josh Nunes, right, stand on the sidelines during football practice this fall. Luck turned down being the NFL draft’s top pick to stay at Stanford.
JUSTIN BLACKMON WR, Oklahoma State The only player whose decision to stay in school for another year was close to being as surprising as Luck’s was Blackmon’s. In his first season as a starter for the Cowboys, Blackmon was spectacular with 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns. If the Cowboys can make a
run at the national championship and knock off the top-ranked Sooners on Dec. 3 in Stillwater, Blackmon could become the first receiver to win the Heisman since Michigan’s Desmond Howard in 1991.
and the Crimson Tide will have a new starting quarterback. That means there will be plenty of carries for Richardson, who might be the most talented runner in the country.
Other: Kellen Moore (QB, TRENT RICHARDSON Boise State), Dan Persa (QB, RB, Alabama Northwestern), LaMichael Mark Ingram is gone, James (RB, Oregon)
Commissioner considers banning players arrested during lockout NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will meet with Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt and Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib regarding their arrests during the offseason. Goodell will discuss possible bans for the players despite their arrests taking place during the lockout. Britt was charged with disorderly conduct after an incident at a car wash in July and also was arrested for falsifying information on his driver’s license. Talib was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in March. The Associated Press
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