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While the newly completed Gould Hall welcomed architecture students for the first time this week, some students have mixed opinions about returning to the building. The size and structure of Gould Hall is about the same as Arc-on-Main, 550 W. Main St., an old Hobby Lobby building where the

College of Architecture was located from 2008 until this semester, architecture senior Herve Sivuilu said. The technologies and facilities also are similar, he said. Despite the similarities, the new building has not won over Sivuilu. “Personally, I am not a fan of this building,” Sivuilu said. “I think the good thing that we have on Arc-onMain is the ability to see each and everyone of us.” Arc-on-Main allowed students to interact because see GOULD page a3

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A dog waiting for adoption paws the fence Wednesday at the City of Norman Animal Welfare Center. The Norman City Council is debating whether it should approve a $3 million bond for the shelter. The council will meet Sept. 6 and decide if a special election should be held.


Animal shelter needs space City Council members will decide on bond measure next month

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“At some point in time, they have no choice but to euthanize animals.” This is one of the reasons the Norman City Council should approve a $3 million bond for the city’s animal shelter, Norman Police D e p a r t m e n t M a j. J i m Maisano said. The council met Tuesday to consider the bond, which would expand the current building located at 3428 Jenkins Ave. The council will meet Sept. 6 and decide whether to have a special election, which would be Nov. 8, said Brenda

Former Sooner joins OU radio network Campus Reporter

A former OU and NFL football great is joining the Sooner Radio Network. All-American safety Roy Williams, who was a member of OU’s 2000 national championship team, will

serve as a pregame show host and sideline analyst during home games and certain away games, according to a press release. Williams said he wants to offer insight on coverages or subtle mistakes in the game.

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“I want to be the players’ voice,” Williams said in the press release. Williams now lives in Oklahoma City, although he said he has not officially retired from the NFL. “My body tells me that I am making the right moves, but if the right offer came along I guess I’d have to think about (playing again),” he said.

But for now, Williams said he likes the current direction his life is taking. “I’ve got a new daughter and 10 years from now, I want to be able to get out of bed in the morning and play with her. Right now, I can do that. I wake up every morning smiling,” Williams said. Williams was born in see RADIO page a3

Fraternities welcome newest signed members

Newcomer Tara Dunn faces high expectations for her career. (Page B1)

lIFe & arts howdy week to end with local talent Trio of Oklahoma-native bands to play free show on union lawn. (Page B5)


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New architecture building a step up

Pranksters frighten drivers with pandas

Gould Hall is very different from department’s former home. (

An Arizona highway sign gives residents strange warnings. (Page a6)

Shaky global climate forces university to shift Egypt trip to Morocco Campus Reporter


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Another dog waiting for adoption paws the fence at the welfare center, see SHELTER page a2 as the City Council ponders allowing a special election to expand it.

Roy Williams will host pregame show, serve as sideline analyst at home games

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Members and newly signed pledges of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity walk back from the Oklahoma Memorial Union after signing their Interfraternity Council bids Wednesday evening.

Recent events around the globe have forced directors to postpone or change some OU study abroad programs, OU study abroad officials said. OU Education Abroad and the OU Arabic Flagship Program both had to change trips to Egypt because of protests in the African country. The Flagship Program typically conducts a summer program and a yearlong program to Alexandria, Egypt, Director Heidi Logsdon said. Usually, both of these programs depart for Alexandria in June. “Flagship temporarily shifte d its summer pro gram to “I think it is a Meknes, Morocco,” Logsdon said. “The yearlong program is little too early returning to Alexandria, Egypt, to know if this but departure has been postfee has directly poned until September.” The program leaders made contributed to these decisions after carefully [OU] students consulting with their outside exchange program manager going abroad, but to make sure it was the best for I am confident student safety, Logsdon said. OU is one of five universities that in the future to offer the five-year program, years, it certainly designed to train students in will.” Arabic, Logsdon said. ALICE KLOKER, OU Besides the Flagship proEDUCATION ABROAD gram, OU Education Abroad DIRECTOR also had to make changes to its programs because of uprisings in Egypt. OU Education Abroad had set up a trip to Cairo through an outside program, which decided to postpone the trip until fall 2012 because of safety concerns, director Alice Kloker said. However, OU offers other programs to similar destinations. Education Abroad still has Arabic studies programs located in Turkey, Jordan and Morocco, as well as in Granada, Spain, Kloker said. Also, the department is currently trying to set up a program with Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, Kloker said. OUDAILY.COM Programs in Europe have Link: Learn about not been affected by protests OU’s study abroad thus far. In the spring, round opportunities eight students were suspended from going to Japan because of the earthquake, but students are now involved in Japanese programs this semester, Kloker said. Despite unstable conditions around the world, OU study abroad participation rates have climbed 28 percent since 2008, from 646 to 830 students, according to the first International Profile published this year by the College of International Sciences. Factors that contribute to the rising number of students going abroad are more programs, increased scholarships and the development of the Arezzo, Italy, programs, one of the most popular destinations, according to a report by Zach Messitte, dean of the College of International Studies. In April 2009, students voted to add a student fee see ABROAD page a3


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OU human relations professor to be honored Promotion of social rights earns her recognition Kathleen Evans Campus Reporter

Today around campus A midnight Breakfast will be hosted by the Union Programming Board and the Healthy Sooners from 10 p.m. to midnight in the union’s food court. Free Papa John’s pizza and Jimmy John’s sandwiches will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m .on the South Oval. The food is part of CAC’s Howdy Week. A Welcome to Science and Engineering party will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the union’s Beaird Lounge.

Friday, Aug. 26 Shabbat services and a free dinner are being provided by OU Hillel. Services start at 6:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 7 p.m. Both events are located in the OU Hillel.

An OU human relations associate professor is being honored by her alma mater for her advocacy for social policy change. Janette Habashi is the recipient of the 2011 International Alumni Award from Kent State University in Ohio, where she earned her doctorate in educational psychology in 2004, according to a press release. “I am very humbled to receive the [award] from Kent

State University,” Habashi said. “This award comes as a surprise.... I hope that this award reflects my commitment to allow all people to obtain their rights as humans.” Habashi teaches a class on the OU-Tulsa campus about problems in human relations such as racism, sexism and poverty, and a class on human social development, according to the OU catalog. She has published 11 journal articles and two book chapters about her research concerning children and indigenous populations, according to the press release. She was also recognized for her work by Johns Hopkins University

in 2006. The award reflects her research and work, especially with the student organization A Child’s Cup Full at OU, Habashi said. This organization promotes resources for women and children refugees. “The faculty at Kent always encouraged me to participate in community and scholarly activities and network with others,” Habashi said. “Kent coached me in the field and prepared me to understand the protocols that are in place to become a successful academic.” She will receive the award at a ceremony in October on the KSU campus.

New students take a break at cookout

Volleyball will play Southern Methodist University at 7 p.m. in McCasland Field House. The event is free. Stardeath & White Dwarfs with Broncho and Chrome Pony will play as part of CAC and UPB’s Concert Series. The concert will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on the union’s east lawn.

Saturday, Aug. 27 The Dustbowl Arts Market will take place from 11 a.m. to midnight on Campus Corner. The arts and crafts fair features a kids’ activity, a craft area, two music stages and 35 regional artists. Volleyball will play Oral Roberts at noon in McCasland Field House. The event is free. Volleyball will play Missouri State at 7 p.m. in McCasland Field House. The event is free.

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Students relax in the afternoon heat at the new student cookout Wednesday on the Walker-Adams Mall.

shelter: $3 million bond needed Continued from page A1 Hall, manager of the City of Norman Action Center. No immediate action was taken Tuesday because the item requires an additional meeting. “By law, when we have an ordinance, we have to put it on [the agenda] two times before a vote can happen,” said Ellen Usry, deputy city clerk. If the bond were to pass, the next step would be to advertise the bond and issue the debt, Hall said. One of the reasons for the bond is to upgrade the out-of-date facility. The structure was built in 1973 and its kennels are made of concrete and are double stacked, making them hard to clean, Maisano said. The officer said there is no isolated area for sick animals and they are constantly full. “At some points in time, there are more animals than there are cages,” Maisano said. Te v i s A rc h i t e c t s i n Lenexa, Kan., conducted a feasibility study in 2008 which concluded that the shelter is too small and lacks a proper ventilation system, Maisano said. Assuming the bond passes, they plan to begin construction on an expansion of the building and leave the existing walls for maintenance areas, Maisano said.

Sunday, Aug. 28 OU Theatre Guild Membership party will take place from 6 p.m .to 8 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s University Club. Alpha Sigma Kappa’s weekly meeting will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s President’s Room.

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radIO: Williams was on 2000 title team Continued from page A1 Redwood City, Calif., and went on to play quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back at James Logan High School in Union City, Calif. Before joining the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL in 2001, Williams began as a defensive back for OU and became the first college player to win the Bronco Nagurski Award, best defensive player, and Jim Thorpe Award, best defensive back, in the same season. In 2004, Williams started the Roy Williams Safety Net Foundation which gives guidance and support to low-inrOY come single mothers to enhance the wIllIaMs quality of their lives. Williams is Oklahoma’s all-time leader in deflections for a season with 22 in 2001. He broke up 44 passes in his career, which ranks No. 2. His 287 career tackles rank No. 3 for OU. He is currently a free agent.

aBrOad: OU hopes to encourage more trips to Asia, Latin America GOUld: On-campus location easier to reach

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Students say new Gould Hall amenities more comfortable than previous site on Main Street, but some say the new layout is confining.

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to contribute to a study abroad scholarship, according to Daily archives. OU President David Boren has added funds to the Presidential International Travel Fellowships, according to the report. “I think it is a little too early to know if this fee has directly contributed to [OU] students going abroad, but I am confident that in the future years, it certainly will,” Kloker said. Europe remains the most popular travel destination, accounting for 75 percent of students in the 2010-2011 school year, according to the profile. The college and Education Abroad hope to encourage more trips to Asia, Africa and Latin America, Messitte said in the report.

students with different majors and classifications were scattered throughout the building, whereas Gould Hall separates students. “Now, as opposed to this building, we are stuck in a room. I am fourth-year, and I am stuck with a third-year. If I want to talk to a secondyear or a second-year wants to talk with me, we have to walk all the way up to the elevator,” Sivuilu said. Junior transfer student Deeanna Dove thinks the updated building is worth the change because it is new and comfortable. “I am surprised that they have this lounge area,” Dove said. “The other buildings, like the ones across the street, are really old.”

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The newly completed Gould Hall was a three-year project that cost $33 million, which came from tax dollars through a bond.

Sivuilu admits one advantage of the relocation of his college: It has solved the issue of transportation for some students. “I used to have a friend who doesn’t have a car and couldn’t make it to class,” Sivuilu said. “He is not in

architecture anymore.” The three-year project cost $33 million, according to Daily archives. The funding for the building came from state taxpayers through a bond for renovation of state buildings, college spokeswoman Gina

“now as opposed to this building, we are stuck in a room. I am fourth year, and I am stuck with a third year. If I want to talk to a second year or a second year wants to talk with me, we have to walk all the way up to the elevator.” HERVE SIVUILU, ARCHITECTURE SENIOR

Petruccelli said. Petruccelli said no student fees were charged for the building. Any donated money goes to the architecture college and OU, not to the building costs.

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Intramural Update | Introductory captain meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Huston Huffman Center room 101. For more information visit recservices. or call Jonathan Dewhirst, (405) 325-3053.

FREE Lunch | 11:30 a.m. on the South Oval. Get some free Jimmy John’s Sandwiches or Papa John’s Pizza while supplies last. Presented by Campus Activities Council Howdy Week, visit for a full schedule of events.

FREE Lunch | 11:30 a.m. on the South Oval. Get some free Jimmy John’s Sandwiches or Papa John’s Pizza while supplies last. Presented by Campus Activities Council Howdy Week, visit for a full schedule of events. Group Fitness Sale | 1-5 p.m. at the Huston Huffman Center. Get entry to multiple group fitness classes for only $35 per semester (regularly $50)! For more information visit or call (405) 325-3053. FREE Late Night Breakfast | 10 p.m.-midnight in the Oklahoma Memorial Union Food Court. Presented by Campus Activities Council Howdy Week, the Union Programming Board and Healthy Sooners.

Saturday, Aug. 27 Women’s Volleyball: OU vs. ORU | noon at McCasland Field House. Visit for ticket information. Women’s Volleyball: OU vs. Missouri State | 7 p.m. at McCasland Field House. Visit for ticket information. FREE Movie: “Thor” | 9 p.m. on the East Lawn of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Come and see the summer blockbuster “Thor,” under the stars, courtesy of the Union Programming Board and Campus Activities Council.

Group Fitness Sale | 7-11 a.m. at the Huston Huffman Center. Get entry to multiple group fitness classes for only $35 per semester (regularly $50)! For more information visit or call (405) 325-3053. Union Programming Board Interest Booth | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union first floor lobby. Find out how to get involved in the Union Programming Board and plan amazing events and learn about upcoming events this fall, visit for more information. Art After Hours: Roy Lichtenstein & Robert Rauschenberg | 6-7 p.m. in the Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Get acquainted with works from the museum’s permanent collection in these 45-minute discussions featuring 20th century art. Susan Baley, Director of Education, will present these informal talks. Visit for more information. Women’s Volleyball: OU vs. SMU | 7 p.m. at McCasland Field House. Visit for ticket information. FREE Concert: Stardeath and White Dwarfs | 7 p.m. on the East Lawn of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Come see Stardeath and White Dwarfs with special guests Broncho and Chrome Pony, courtesy of the Campus Activities Council Concert Series, Union Programming Board Concert Series and the Norman Arts Council.

Sunday, APR. 28 Women’s Soccer: OU vs. SMU | 7 p.m. at John Crain Field. Admission is free with a valid OU student ID. Visit for more information.

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Our suggestions to improve OU’s sexual assault policy Last spring, social sciences and women’s and gender studies junior Jordan Ward started a moveUPDATE Editorial series ment to improve OU’s sexual assault policy, urging Wednesday: We argued that OU’s Background: This is the third the university to expand the statute of limitations sexual assault proceedings process editorial in a three-part series on for such violations. needs more transparency. college sexual assault policies. On May 12, the Board of Regents approved an exToday: We congratulate President Tuesday: We said the Department tension of the time students have to report a sexual David Boren’s efforts to improve the of Education’s recent increase assault from 30 days to one year. As the movement university’s sexual assault policy in enforcement of sexual assault in support of these changes gained momentum, policy requirements was overdone. and suggest additional changes. President David Boren sent a statement to The Daily in support of this change, in which he said, “OU alcohol program — like Boren suggested back in should seek to be a national leader in this effort.” April — could help us approach this problem from In order to accomplish this, Boren formed a the start. Sexual Misconduct Policy Advisory Committee to Other universities have dedicated pages generate suggestions for further improveon their websites that compile informaments to the sexual assault policy. The Our View tion about the sexual assault policy, what The committee has submitted their sugis the majority victims can expect from administrative gestions, which are set to be discussed at opinion of proceedings, available resources and genthe regents’ meeting in September. In a The Daily’s eral information about sexual crimes. OU time when this issue is receiving such local 10-member and national attention, OU has an opporeditorial board should have something similar. tunity to become an example for the rest of Better definitions the country’s universities. In creating these education programs, we will Boren was right to stress the importance of this need to generate some new information and issue and to point out that the recent changes are policies. only the beginning. The Clery Act, the legislation that requires uniFor now, we have some suggestions about what versities to publish and distribute annual informawe would like to see in the committee’s results. tion on campus crimes, defines forcible rape as Importance of reporting “the carnal knowledge of a person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will or not forcibly or against Norman had 61 reported rape cases in 2010, the person’s will where the victim according to the Norman Police Department. In 2009 (the most re“We congratulate Boren is incapable of giving consent.” OU includes this definition in its ancent year for which information on his initiative and nual crime report, the Sooner Fire & is available), there were only two dedication to this issue, Safety Report. reported sexual assaults on the and can’t wait to see the This stands as a good definition OU campus, according to the 2010 advisory committee’s of a sexual assault, but we will need Sooner Fire & Safety Report. a clear and published definition of Sexual assaults are reliably undersuggestions.” “consent” and what makes someone reported, and it seems the OU camincapable of giving it, as well as the pus is no exception. The adminisline between harassment and assault. We also will tration’s first priority should be to implement polineed a specific policy in regards to drug and alcocies and help foster an atmosphere that will make victims more comfortable with reporting the attack. hol use and how it affects consent. We congratulate Boren on his initiative and dediMandatory education cation to this issue, and can’t wait to see the adviSpecialized training for faculty and campus police sory committee’s suggestions. will prepare these individuals to deal with sexual asWe expect that the administration will implesaults and ensure they know the best way to interact ment them with the efficiency and fervor that the with victims and give them the right information. safety of the campus community deserves. A mandatory sexual assault orientation for freshComment on this at men and transfer students similar to the current


Committee, Boren want policy change The recent editorial series in The Daily highlights victims have to come forward to 365 calendar days. the very important issue of sexual assault on college We are eager to operationalize these recommendations campuses. and await the OU Board of Regents’ approval. Sexual As the chairwoman of President David Boren’s Sexual misconduct policy changes are an action item on the Misconduct Policy Advisory Committee, I have had the September agenda. charge of working with a broad-based While we wait for the formal approvcommittee of students and staff to make al process to take its course, it is imporformal recommendations to the president tant to remember that current policies OUDAILY.COM on how the university can respond proacand programs exist to serve our campus Link: Learn more about the tively to the Department of Education’s community and, most importantly, there Sexual Assault Response guidance and clarification regarding sexis help for those who experience sexual Team on the Women’s ual assault prevention and response on assault. Outreach Center’s website our campus. Our 24/7 Sexual Assault Response During the past summer, the committee Team is available to any member of the reviewed our policies and programs and OU community and can provide immedimade recommendations that strive to enhance the edu- ate assistance. cation and training provided to staff, students and faculty I am pleased that collectively our campus is concerned as well as the process that victims experience when re- about the issue of sexual assault and look forward to seeporting an assault to the university. ing this positive momentum bring forth change in an efThe president has reviewed the recommendations fort to end this terrible crime. favorably and believes they complement the roadmap he outlined last semester for improving our sexual misKathy Fahl Moxley, conduct policies, including extending the length of time Women’s Outreach Center director


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n every campus OPINION COLUMNIST visit I have ever been to, I’ve heard them stress that you need to get involved. For every reason under the stars, I‘ve heard that college just won’t be the same if you aren’t particiKimberley Johnson pating in an activity. For the most part, that is true. But the pandemic plaguing students, college and high school alike, is getting involved just to say they are involved. I’ve done it. I went to this event, joined that team, and participated in those clubs so I could meet people, have a good-looking resume or just have something to do. All throughout high school, I was a busy bee. I went from one organization to another without a care in the world. And that right there was my problem: I didn’t have a care in the world. I don’t need to tell you the multitude of random philanthropic events that were on my schedule. Sure they are impressive, but they never really meant anything to me. I invested my time and money into many causes, but never saw that illusive change in myself that everyone was talking about. The whole time I thought I was “being the change I want to see in the “Don’t join an world.” Seriously, who was I fooling? organization Was the change I wanted to see in the world just collecting a few just so you can wave your dollars for underprivileged children? Was that what I wanted the membership flag extent of my impact on the world in the face of the to be? Of course not. I wanted things less-involved that I cared about to change. It on campus. was then and there that it hit Find something me — I had to stop talking about how I wanted people to help this that means organization or do this better, something to and just do it. It had to be a passion and not something I was you.” doing to build my resume. Then it happened, out of nowhere. Like any other day I picked up The Daily and read it cover to cover. Unlike any of the other days, I read an opinion article about Shack-a-Thon. While reading it, I found myself wanting to just talk to the person who wrote it and tell them what I thought. So I did. I wrote a letter to the editor about my views regarding Shack-aThon. To my surprised, the next day it was published. Throughout the entire school year, whenever I strongly disagreed with an opinion, I would scribble down my thoughts and send a quick email to the editor. It was crazy, because people were actually open to what I had to say — me, —one person, which made me feel like I was making a difference. I cared about every word I wrote; for one of the first times in my life, it didn’t feel like I was going through the motions. So don’t just get involved. Don’t join an organization just so you can wave your membership flag in the face of the less-involved on campus. Find something that means something to you. Think of practical ways to better that organization. It doesn’t have to be life altering or the next cure for a serious illness. Do what you want because you want to do it, and not because of the world’s pressure to help out the latest and greatest charity. It might be a wild ride, and no one says it will be easy, but rest-assured: it will be worth it. Kimberley Johnson is an environmental design sophomore.

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OU’S FRESHMAN CLASS MAKES HISTORY! OU Welcomes the Largest and Academically Highest Ranked Freshman Class at a Public University in State History

This year’s freshman class: 

t is the largest freshman class in state history at a four-year public university and the largest in OU history, with more than 4,000 students in this year’s freshman class.

t JTOVNCFSPOFJOUIFOBUJPOBNPOHQVCMJDuniversities in the number of freshman National Merit Scholars enrolled, including 207 in this year’s class.

t is also the highest ranked freshman class in OU history and in state history at a public university with an average 26.1 ACT for incoming freshmen. t includes more than 300 State Regents Scholars, those who rank in the top one-half of 1 percent in the nation in test scores. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution.




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Man’s lawsuit over removed Century-old flagpole serves as nuisance to community manhood denied by court

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A highway sign warns passing motorists of a rogue panda bear on Monday in Flagstaff, Ariz. Authorities said there are no rogue pandas some pranksters got creative with an electronic street sign.

Drivers alerted of rogue panda rampage Arizona state officials deny existence of loose animals FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— Authorities in Flagstaff, Ariz., are assuring residents there are no rogue pandas roaming the city after some pranksters got creative with an electronic street sign. The Arizona Department of Transportation-controlled sign was set up to warn drivers not to make left turns at a busy intersection. But motorists heading to work Monday morning got an entirely different message: “Rogue panda on rampage.”

A passer-by reported the hacked sign to police at about 3 a.m. Monday. The sign was restored to its original message by 11 a.m., Transportation Department spokeswoman Mackenzie Nuno said. Nuno said the agency has no suspects, but she noted the hackers would have needed specialized equipment to change the sign. Residents can rest assured there are no problems with rogue pandas in the city, Flagstaff Police Lt. Ken Koch said. “We want to assure all citizens of Flagstaff that there is no problem with rogue pandas,” Koch said. The Associated Press

SHELBYVILLE, Ky. — A jury on Wednesday ruled against a Kentucky man who sued his urologist, claiming the doctor amputated part of his penis without his consent. Phillip Seaton, 64, had gone to Dr. John Patterson seeking a circumcision in 2007, but the doctor decided to amputate part of the organ after he found potentially deadly cancer during surgery. Seaton’s attorney, Kevin George, said in closing arguments, “Phillip has changed. He was mutilated. His manhood was taken.” Seaton had been seeking up to $16 million in damages. The Associated Press


Intoxicated man takes limousine bus for joyride LINCOLN, Neb. — A Nebraska party goer who passed out in a limousine bus’ bathroom later drove the 40-foot-long vehicle home, but left his wallet behind in a pair of jeans, authorities said. The $80,000 bus was found a few blocks from Steven Hunter’s home Saturday afternoon, Lincoln police said. The 30-year-old doesn’t remember driving the bus, Capt. David Biggs said. He’s charged with criminal mischief and unauthorized vehicle use. Hunter was likely asleep when the bus was taken back to Leisure Limousine Service around 3:30 a.m, police said. Investigators believe that when he woke up, he realized the doors were locked, saw the keys and drove home. The jeans were found in the bathroom. The Associated Press

RAVENNA, Ohio — A northeast Ohio community wants to wash its hands of a towering flagpole more than 100 years old that officials fear is a tempting hazard. Within the last year, two people thought to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs climbed up the 150-foot flagpole in front of the Portage County Courthouse in Ravenna. Ravenna Township Trustee Patsy Artz said both were lucky to survive and calls the flagpole “an accident waiting to happen.” The Record-Courier newspaper reports the township is asking that either the city of Ravenna or the county take responsibility for the steel flagpole, which resembles a broadcast antenna. Artz said Tuesday the township should tear it down if no one else wants the responsibility. So far, city officials said they’re not interested. The Associated Press


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Blake Griffin and alumni to return for veteran game Tobi Neidy

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The OU men’s basketball program has been off its game the past few seasons, but there is one event new coach Lon Kruger hopes will help start the team on the right track this year — the Alumni Legends game, which will be at noon Saturday in Lloyd Noble Center. “It’s a great opportunity this weekend for alumni to come back and share memories,” said Kruger, who was hired in March to replace Jeff Capel. “It also helps maintain the lines of communication once they leave. Our players get to see how important maintaining the program is and what alumni are currently doing now.”

This event comes shortly after the program was cited in July for a former assistant coach lying to the NCAA. It was the second incident for the program in recent years after former coach Kelvin Sampson was discovered abusing phone privileges for recruiting in 2006. Because OU was on probation from Sampson’s violation, the latest citation forced the Sooners to vacate the team’s wins from the 2009-10 season and one scholarship for the upcoming year, along with restrictions on campus visits and recruitment. But seeing some of the returning athletes back on campus could be just what the fans of this program need to get over the past transgressions. “The program is fired up about this weekend,” Kruger said. “It wasn’t that long ago that this program was looking at the Elite Eight when (Blake) Griffin was here. The tradition here at Oklahoma

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is so proud.” The event will honor the 2002 Final Four team members, and, with the recent success of former OU star Blake Griffin in the NBA, fans can expect to watch some of the greatest names in Sooner basketball go head-to-head this weekend. And the men’s basketball team could certainly use the motivation of a good fan turnout. “So far we have 115 alumni coming back, and if

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Freshman outside hitter Tara Dunn is prepared to make big contributions for the Sooners this season to live up to the big expectations of being from a renowned Texas prep town.

Freshman decides between life in small, big city Luke McConnell Sports Reporter

There aren’t a lot of people from the town of Poth, Texas, southeast of San Antonio. According to the 2010 census, 1,908 residents live within its city limits. The small 2A school district contains about 800 students in grades K-12. Yet the number of female athletes who move on to play sports at the college level is unusually high, particularly in volleyball. In the 2011 season, there will be players from Poth High School at LSU, Sam Houston State

“I’m just another girl from Poth. Success is expected in Poth with girls’ athletics.” Tara Dunn, Freshman outside hitter

school. Her small-town life made her want to choose a college that also has a smalltown feel to it, she said. “[OU’s] is definitely one of the smaller campuses I visited, and I really liked that,” Dunn said. “I’m not a big-city girl. Really there was just no reason not to come. It was just perfect.” For Dunn, her transformation began during her freshman year of high school when she was named to the varsity squad. It was a surprise even to her coach, Patricia

Zenner. “As a freshman, I wasn’t sure what her potential was,” Zenner said. “Obviously there was some there, so I knew there was some potential, but I wasn’t sure where it would end up.” It was a little rough at first for Dunn as a freshman on the varsity team, especially because she took a starting spot from a junior. “It didn’t go over too well at first, but as the year went on, the team saw that I did deserve to be there,” Dunn said.

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“I like the pressure. It makes me play better.” That rough time helped Dunn grow as a person and a player, but she didn’t realize her full potential until a summer camp between her freshman and sophomore years. “She got up and really pounded on one and attacked it solidly,” Zenner said. “I think that in her mind, she saw the light click. She didn’t know she was capable of

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and Iowa, and at University of Texas-San Antonio and Southern Methodist in 2012. So when OU freshman Tara Dunn came to Norman to play volleyball, she didn’t come as just another chapter in the old, athlete-from-asmall-town-goes-to-makea-name-for-herself-at-thenext-level story. She’s got a reputation to uphold. “I’m just another girl from Poth,” Dunn said. “Success is expected in Poth with girls’ athletics, but we kind of just do it because we want to and we want to make the town proud.” Dunn actually lived in the town of Kosciusko, but it was too small for its own high

Tobi Neidy

To say Josh Heupel knows the quarterback position doesn’t begin to do justice for his knowledge as a quarterbacks coach. As a young quarterback plucked out of Snow College in Utah and brought to a university thirsting for wins, Heupel fought against all odds to bring OU its seventh — and most recent — national championship. Heupel is continuing his leadership role for the Sooners this season as a co-offensive coordinator, sharing duties with wide receivers coach Jay Norvell. But the Aberdeen, S.D., native knows his position on the sideline is not going to change dramatically from when he arrived as a graduate coach at OU in 2003. “I don’t know if you consider it good cop-bad cop (with Norvell), because in that case I might be the bad cop,” Heupel said. “Certainly it’s a little different in this role, but it’s nothing I haven’t done before on a smaller scale.” For Heupel, OU’s No. 1 ranking this year is not unknown territory. When he first returned to OU as a graduate assistant in 2003, the team also entered the fall season as the top-ranked team in the AP Poll. And what Heupel learned in those early days with the OU coaches is that what worked to produce success then also will help this season’s team, which is the preseason No. 1 favorite in the AP and Coaches polls. “The 2003 team made the run it did because they were business-like,” Heupel said. “They didn’t pay attention to outside distractions and came to work every single day and pushed each other to get better every single day. And that is going to be crucial for us now, not only going through fall camp but moving into the season as well.” Heupel will be calling the plays this season,

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Oklahoma hopes promising season awaits Players have eyes on Big 12 Championship

AT A GLANCE Players to watch Caitlyn Mooney The junior forward is one of the best strikers on the team and, if given the chance, she will make defenses pay for their mistakes in the box. As the only Sooner on the preseason All-Big 12 team, Mooney was rewarded for her efforts last season after becoming the team’s second-leading scorer with seven goals and three assists. Look for Mooney to remain in attack mode this season.

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“Prove It.” T h a t ’s t h e m o t t o t h e Oklahoma soccer team (1-1) is living by after coming off one of its most prolific seasons. Now the Sooners have to prove last season wasn’t just a fluke. One of the questions the Sooners will have to answer is whether the team can replace graduated scoring sensation Whitney Palmer. During her four-year stint at OU, Palmer became the program’s leader in career goals (38) and points (83). OU coach Nicole Nelson said she has some strikers on the team to make up the ground, but Nelson believes the responsibility will be shared by many attackers. “We saw a number of players improve their finishing ability and score goals for us in the spring,” she said. OU also will need to continue to thwart its enemies in the volatile Big 12 Conference. After competing in its first Big 12 championship game

Dria Hampton The junior forward is a playmaker, always looking upfield for an open teammate to slip into the box. Hampton plays smart, making her a threat on offense. Last

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Freshman utility player Abby Hodgen (8) avoids a slide tackle from a Tennesse player. The Sooners hope to return to the Big 12 Conference championship game and win after losing in penalty kicks last season.

last year — and falling to Oklahoma State in penalty kicks — the Sooners are hungrier than ever to bring a trophy back to Norman. “When you end a championship game in a tie, it keeps you coming back for more. The mentality of our

program is to get better every day,” Nelson said. With No. 11 Oklahoma State and No. 18 Texas A&M on the schedule, the Sooners will need to make some big upsets to get to the top of the conference standings. Finally, the Sooners need

to come together as a team and be ready to challenge anyone in the country. While the team is still relatively young, that shouldn’t get between the Sooners and their goals. With seasoned veterans like junior goalkeeper Kelsey

season, Hampton led the team with five assists. The Piedmont native can score from any distance and proved that strength by taking a team-leading 52 shots last season.

Kelsey Devonshire The junior goalkeeper is already third-best on OU’s all-time list with 12 career shutouts and 212 saves. Devonshire knows what it takes to extend her frame across the front of the goal, but if OU wants to pull out some close wins, Devonshire will need to play smart in the net and not let opponents draw her out of her position.

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More Online Visit to read about key games to watch this year. Devonshire, junior forward Dria Hampton and junior forward Caitlin Mooney, the newcomers need to challenge the starters for positions. Competition — even on the same team — will make everyone better, and this team is on the verge of

establishing a consistently successful trend at OU. “We’ve added some very g o o d at h l e te s w i t h ou r younger players stepping into new roles,” Nelson said. “We have a number of players that have the potential to contribute to the attack.”

HEUPEL: Former quarterback helped shape 3 award-winning athletes Continued from page B1 sharing the offensive coordinator duties with Norvell on the sideline. But Heupel’s quarterbacks-coach mindset to teach future leaders what it takes to lead the potent Sooner offense sets the two coaches apart. “The one thing Coach Heupel does a really good job at is teaching how to play

smart,” junior quarterback Landry Jones said. “You’re not out there to make huge plays. The guys around you — the running backs, the wide receivers and offensive line — are the guys that get to go out there and make plays.” The humble approach to the one position even nonfootball fans know is a defacto team leader is something Heupel has shared with Jones, who continues to take

Heupel’s lessons to heart as the starting quarterback. “You just put the ball in their hands and make smart decisions with the ball and let the guys go make the plays,” Jones said. “As a quarterback, you are thrust into the captain-of-the-ship type of role. You’re managing the offense, and that’s the emphasis [Heupel] uses.” It doesn’t matter if there’s a Jones-like leader as the front-

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runner at quarterback or if there are five guys in line for the position: The purpose is to always have a quarterback who takes care of the ball and makes sound decisions, Heupel said. “It’s never easy, which is good because there wouldn’t be any competition,” he said. “We’ve been fortunate since I’ve been here to have a good chemistry in our QB room where they first and foremost

compete as a group.” That philosophy seems to be working. Heupel has been a part of coaching staffs that have produced two Heisman w i n n e r s ( Ja s o n W h i t e and Sam Bradford) and a Sammy Baugh Award winner (Jones). It wouldn’t be surprising if Jones’ name pops up in the Heisman conversation this year. Whether it be the talent OU recruits at this leadership

position or Heupel’s way of teaching athletes how to be smart, humble leaders on the field, the Sooners can rest assured they have a top-notch quarterbacks coach who relies on the fundamentals of making routine plays that win championships. “[Heupel] just does a really good job of letting you know how to make the ordinary plays, the play you should always make,” Jones said.


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ALUMNI: Hoops standouts return

DUNN: Athlete upholds reputation

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you think about graduating three or so guys a year, that’s a lot of different teams represented,” Kruger said. “Blake Griffin has been an ambassador for this program, and of course, it will be good to see the teams of Billy Tubbs. Plus, this is the 10th anniversary for the 2002 Final Four team.” Some of the most recent graduates already scheduled to attend the reunion include Ebi Ere, Longar Longar, Hollis Price, Quannas White and Blake Griffin. But Kruger wants the students to come this weekend to get ready for the upcoming season by showing support for the Sooner alumni who have worked to build this program to where it is today. And, the coach also wants the student section to be a difference-maker in the tough matchups this season. “Students are the key to creating the atmosphere at the Lloyd Noble Center,”

doing that at that point.” That moment was particularly shocking to Dunn. “I didn’t have any words,” Dunn said. “I was just amazed. That was really kind of when it all came on.” From that point on, Dunn began to grow by leaps and bounds, particularly with her leadership. Though not an in-yourface kind of leader, she leads by example and constant encouragement. “When someone is down, I encourage them and tell them stuff they’re doing good,” she said. “When someone messes up, I go up to them and say, ‘Hey, I believe in you, you can do it.’ Some people don’t like that, but some it helps a lot.” When it came time to pick a college, she narrowed her choices to scarlet or crimson — The Ohio State University or OU,

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Los Angeles Clippers rookie forward Blake Griffin holds the NBA Rookie of the Year trophy he earned in May. Griffin is one of more than 100 Sooner alumni who will return to Norman this weekend.

Kruger said. “The band, the spirit squads and especially the student sections, we want them to come and enjoy the game, and if they help affect the outcome of

the game, then it’s a great combination.” The alumni game is open to the public with an autograph session scheduled after the game.

large campus or small campus, large metropolis or college town. In the end, her small-town, south-Texas upbringing won out. OU coach Santiago Restrepo is happy it did.­ “She’s a joy to coach,” Restrepo said. “I couldn’t be happier having her with us.” Since Dunn arrived on campus, she’s been nothing short of impressive. In last Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage, she totaled 14 kills and 14 digs while hitting .267. “She has all the tools to give us some very valuable minutes or time during this season,” Restrepo said. “I can’t wait to see her full-time next year.” The future is bright for Dunn at OU, and she will be a key contributor in the outside hitter rotation. Until then, she will push the other players in the rotation to always play their best and never let up.



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anything. And when you do make a significant outlay, be sure to investigate every aspect first. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Even if the unexpected might annoy and frustrate you, when it comes to investments you aren’t likely to be tripped up. This doesn’t mean you should go hog wild. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Without even trying, you’re likely to be the one who can easily influence others. Use this power to encourage someone you love to better themselves or try something new. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You should pay attention to your behavior toward others, to your tone of voice and what you have to offer. You can make a good, lasting impression when you use your talents to help those around you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Be flexible and willing to do things the way others want them handled, even if you have to depart from your preferred methods. Who knows, you might find a new way of doing something. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -Stand by your old pal rather than side with someone new when trying to resolve an issue or make a decision. Loyalty is more important than whose thinking is better or worse. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Try not to be too easygoing with your funds. You are likely to be amazed by how much mileage you can get out of your dollars when you’re more careful than usual about your spending.

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Katherine Borgerding, life & arts editor • phone: 405-325-5189

howdy week

Free union concert features local talent CAC to close Howdy Week with Friday night show Megan Deaton

Life & Arts Reporter

Three Oklahoma bands will show OU students the other side of campus life at the Campus Activities Council’s first concert of the semester Friday evening. As the last leg of Howdy Week, bands Stardeath and White Dwarfs, accompanied by Broncho and Chrome Pony, will set ablaze the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s east lawn with different types of rock music at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The concert will be part of a series that will feature bands with connections to Norman. “It’s a free show and I think it’s kind of fun to have an option like a concert to go to on

campus and not have to hassle with driving anywhere,” CAC Concert Series chairman Joshua Boydston said. “I’m focusing on just bringing in bands regardless of whether or not it’s your favorite type of music,” said Boydston, psychology senior. “It’s a good chance to experience a new type of music because these bands are the best music coming from around Norman and can compete with anyone else on a national scale.” Drummer Matt Duckworth of Stardeath and White Dwarfs describes the band’s sound as a sort of psychadelic rock ‘n’ roll. Bands such as Pink Floyd, The Who and Led Zeppelin have influenced the band, but Stardeath and White Dwarfs definitely has its own personal style. “Some of us really love hip-hop and things like rap and 90s music,” Duckworth

said. “Our lead singer actually only listens to rap music.” The band members joined forces around 2005 and have since opened for Band of Horses and The Flaming Lips, in addition to playing their own set at the Bonnaroo music festival this summer. S t a rd e a t h a n d W h i t e Dwarfs hopes to show freshmen that Norman is a great place to get involved with local art and culture. “Maybe by doing this show we can show people that there’s more to OU than just football and fraternities,” Duckworth said. “Those things are great but there’s also a really awesome art scene in Norman.” Along with Stardeath and White Dwarfs, the up-andcoming band Broncho will also play at the concert. The punk rock band has risen in popularity since their role

GO AND DO CAC Concert Series

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Oklahoma band Stardeath and White Dwarfs will play a free concert Friday evening on the union’s east lawn. Broncho and Chrome Pony will also perform at CAC’s first Concert Series of the semester.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday WHERE: East Lawn of the union PRICE: Free

creating the sound track for the movie “American Teen” about a fictional punk rock band that took place in the 80s. The concert will also feature Chrome Pony, another local band that played at the Norman Music Festival

earlier in April. According to Bronco’s manager Larry White, the band truly formed when lead singer Ryan Lindsey was asked to write songs for the film. “He wrote some songs for the movie and worked with musicians that he normally worked with that have been his lifelong friends,” White said. “Everyone was having

so much fun with it, it just really became a permanent thing.” Broncho played their first show at the Crystal Pistol with an overwhelmingly positive reaction from the crowd. “Their performance and the personality of the band themselves makes their shows unlike any other show,” White said.

main street

Two local arts businesses team up for film screening Independent films focus of new series Bryan Howard

Life & Arts Reporter

Local art studio Dreamer Concepts will team up with vintage boutique Anty Shanty to show the first film of a new independent series Friday on Main Street.

The first in the businesses’ series titled Films in the Alley, the event will kick off in the alley behind Dreamer Concepts at 8 p.m. Friday located at 324 E. Main St. with a screening of the art house film, “Urgh! A Music War.” The film will be projected onto the wall of a neighboring building. The idea for the series

“We want to bring hard-to-find films to Oklahoma and support local filmmakers.” Amber Clour, executive director of dreamer concepts

came when Amber Clour, director of Dreamer Concepts, noticed a lack of independent films in Oklahoma. “We want to bring hardto-find films to Oklahoma

and support local filmmakers,” Clour said. The 1981 film is focused on punk-rock band on tour in 1980. Cory Gingerich, coowner of Anty Shanty, said

he discovered the film while working in the film industry in Los Angeles. “It’s a rare movie that should be seen,” Gingerich said. “It is incredible documentation of punk rock and pop music of that time. This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing and I am stoked to show this film for the first time in Oklahoma.”

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Gingerich said this screening will be a great opportunity for people interested in the punk movement. He said he would like to show films that address a countercultural event or message. There will be a $5 charge to attend the event. Popcorn and beverages from The Brewhouse will be served at the venue.


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