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OU IT serves digital justice Students could face $750 fine per illegal download BLAYKLEE BUCHANAN Campus Reporter

Unless OU students are willing to fork over $750 for the latest Beyoncé single, they might want to think twice before illegally downloading songs from the Internet on OU Wi-Fi. The Recording Industry Association of America has been suing individuals for a minimum of $750 for each illegally downloaded song, according to the OU see ILLEGAL paGe 2

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Michelle simer, multidisciplinary studies senior, smokes a cigarette Monday on the south oval. simer said President David Boren’s plan to ban smoking on campus next semester wasn’t a good idea. “it’s noble of him, but this is America, we should be able to do what we want. it’s not disturbing anybody,” she said.

Ban would take effect next semester Cigarette cleanup costs cited as reason for potential ban CHRIS MILLER online Editor

Smoke ‘em if you’ve got ‘em Sooners — cigarettes on campus could soon be a thing of the past. OU President David Boren hopes to have a campus-wide ban on tobacco use in place by the spring semester, he said Monday during his State of the University address to the Faculty Senate. Boren cited the adverse health effects of smoking, cigarette litter on campus and the cost of cigarette butt cleanup as justifications for his decision. “Smoking is the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the United States,” Boren said. “When you combine that with the amount of littered cigarette butts I’ve seen around our campus and the cost we’re paying to clean them up during a budget crunch, I believe this ban simply makes sense for

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President David Boren presents his state of the university address during Monday’s faculty senate meeting. Boren said he will form a committee of faculty and student representatives to review possible legislation banning tobacco use.

the university community.” Boren said he will form a committee comprised of faculty and student representatives tasked with researching and drafting the ban’s legislation. Because discussion of the ban

has only recently begun, information is not presently available on the nature of the committee’s research, when members will be chosen or exactly how students, faculty and staff can participate, university spokesman Michael

Nash said. “This is something that has come up from other faculty members from seeing butts and other issues in literally the last few days,” Nash said. Fines, designated smoking areas and meeting the deadline will be addressed once the committee is formed, Nash said. Boren said the financial impact of smoking on campus at a time when state appropriations are decreasing was made clear in an email sent by university Landscape Director Allen King. “Cigarette cleanup and litter control cost the Landscape Departments budget $165,000 last year; $45,000 of that total was directly related to the cleanup of discarded cigarettes and emptying ashtrays,” King said in the email. In addition to cleanup charges, Facilities Management must spend money repairing the damage done to university property, King said. “Currently there are 900 trash see SMOKING paGe 2

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Sooners prepare for primetime clash The ou football team takes the field against Tulsa on sept. 3. The top-ranked sooners will play a top-five matchup against the No. 5 florida state on saturday in Tallahassee, fla. ou players and coaches said the team is ready for the challenge and big games are part of playing for a program like oklahoma. The game will be featured on EsPN’s College GameDay. eVin morrison/tHe daiLy (Page 8)

Capacity exceeds number of seats Crowded student section not due to overselling tickets NATHAN HARKINS staff Reporter

On Saturdays in the fall, 85,000 fans stand in the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, right index finger raised, bellowing out the OU chant. For many students, one of the highlights of their college experience is supporting the football team with their peers in the student section. Sitting in the student section is loud and energetic; however, this season’s first game against Tulsa was a reminder that the game day experience isn’t always perfect. With the start of a new season came the familiar problems with the student section. An overcrowded kickoff, unable to find seats together, and long lines outside the stadium are some of the issues many students face with the student section. But despite the massive crowds, OU athletic department spokesman Kenny Mossman said overcrowding in the student section is not due to overselling tickets. “This is a matter that occurs infrequently, but it does occur,” Mossman said. “Most often it is the result of individuals who are not ticketed for that area finding their way into the student section. “In many cases, they are friends of ticketed OU see CROWDS paGe 2

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smoking: Past failures ignite new restrictions Continued from page 1

Today around campus A career fair, titled “The Career Workshop Series on Career Services & International Development,” will take place for free from noon to 1 p.m. in Hester Hall, Room 170. Noon Concert: OU School of Music faculty and students will perform a free show from noon to 12:30 p.m. in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s Sandy Bell Gallery. A FBI career workshop will be held by a FBI foreign language coordinator for students interested in working for the FBI. It will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. in Rooms 230 and 232 in Kauffman Hall. A blood drive by The University of Oklahoma Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts and Oklahoma Blood Institute will take place from 1:30 to 6 p.m. in Catlett Music Center’s Grayce B. Kerr Gothic Hall.

Wednesday, sept. 13 Sooner Showcase Career Fair will take place from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Lloyd Noble Center. Attorney General Scott Pruitt will discuss health care reform’s impact on Oklahomans. The event will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the union’s Beaird Lounge. The “Immoral Jokes” lecture will start at 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. The lecture is free and is part of the 12th series of David Ross Boyd. OU Ethnomusicologist Zoe Sherinian will screen her film This is Music: Reclaiming an Untouchable Drum at 5 p.m. in the Catlett Music Center’s Pitman Recital Hall. The Union Programming Board will hold its general interest meeting from 9 to 10 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Scholar’s Room.

Thursday, Sept. 15 OU Engineering Career Fair will take place from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Lloyd Noble Center. Free seminar: Student Success Series is hosting an Improving Reading Speed with Adequate Comprehension seminar from 5 to 6 p.m. in Room 245 in Wagner Hall. A Concert hosted by the Sutton Artist Series featuring Stephanie Leon Shames and Jonathan Shames will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Sharp Concert Hall of Catlett Music Center. The cost is $9 for adults; $5 for students, OU faculty/staff and senior adults.

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receptacles on campus and of that number approximately 100 need to be cleaned each year due to smoking for a cost of $12,000,” King said. “Also benches are being used to extinguish cigarettes. The average cost to clean a bench is three man hours or $90 per bench.” King said he has noticed an increase in improperly discarded cigarette butts in recent years. “We’ve tried to compensate by putting out more ashtrays, but it seems there’s a small percentage that either don’t want to use them or expect us to be the ones to clean up after them,” King said. Monday’s Senate meeting was not the first time the university has addressed the issue of restrictions or a ban on campus smoking. In April 2009, a campuswide UOSA referendum that advocated for a smoking ban

Continued from page 1 IT website. OU IT is working with the RIAA by implementing the Affirmation of Compliance, a digital contract for OU users. When students register with the OU network, students agree to avoid copyright infringement while on the OU network, and in turn IT will investigate any questionable downloading through the network. Questionable downloads can include downloading music or videos from free, unlicensed sources; sharing

Continued from page 1 students. We sell the same number of student tickets for each game, and you will see subsequent games this season at which overcrowding is not a problem.” Chemistr y junior Tufi Bell said she actually enjoys being tightly packed with her fellow peers. “I feel like our community is stronger because there are so many students that are just as excited as I am,” Bell said. “It makes the experience that much better.” Recent attendance statistics might cause some to wonder if overselling is indeed a practice. The stadium’s maximum capacity is 82,112, but since 2003, the average home attendance has exceeded that number, reaching a high point in 2007 with an average attendance of 85,075. Against Tulsa, the attendance was 85,260.

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Annika Larson, professional writing senior, takes a moment to enjoy a cigarette while waiting for the bus Monday.

was approved by 49 percent of the student body, according to Daily archives. In March 2010, Student Congress passed a resolution encouraging Boren to restrict smoking on the Norman campus. Regardless of the failures of previous smoking bans, Boren said the time has now

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Mossman said the reason for this is because of the counting methods and not because of overselling. “If you’ll look back over the last 50 or so home games, you’ll see that the total attendance figure exceeds the listed seating capacity. This is because we count every person in the stadium, as is a common practice, including security, game workers, media, etc. There is no correlation to the student section,” Mossman said. OU Fire Marshal Kevin Leach said because of fire codes, tickets must be sold for actual seats. “The bench seats regulate how many tickets you can sell, and they aren’t going to sell tickets for people to stand

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monitoring is strange, but necessary. “[Monitoring] is reasonable, I guess. I mean, it’s always a little creepy to be monitored, but when it comes to illegal downloading I wouldn’t be surprised if the university took it to that level,” University College freshman Megan Pizzini said. Marketing senior Hayden Edgmon also agreed the monitoring can be good if IT does not abuse the policy. “The idea has great merit if the IT department only monitors for copyright infringement,” Edgmon said.

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in the isle,” Leach said. One unique issue in the first game was the National Merit Scholars who appeared on the field during pre-game festivities. After leaving the field, the scholars had trouble finding seats in the student section. No seats were reserved for scholars who had tickets in the student section, and by the time the scholars reached the student section, many scholars had to scramble to find a seat in the mass of students. University College freshman Walter Bezanson was

one of the scholars who had trouble finding a seat. He said a seat was so hard to come by he eventually gave up and went to watch the game on TV. “I’m most unhappy that I missed the kickoff of my first football game as a freshman. We were standing in an endless line at that point. After we gave up on seats we went back to Cate and watched the game,” Bezanson said. But the overfill in the student section is a issue students just have to put up with some game days, and Bell said it is something she knows will occur. “Its not the ideal situation, having one person to each seat, but it is still doable,” Bell said. “From my standpoint, it is what I expect; it is complete madness, but it’s a good thing.”

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Flood recovery efforts begin Communities survey tropical storm damage H A R R I S B U R G, Pa. — Recovery efforts in the aftermath of flooding from tropical storm Lee focused Monday on reopening roads and bridges, cleaning the grimy layer of mud from receding waters and tallying up the millions of dollars in damage wrought by days of downpour last week. “The long haul now will be the money thing, the estimating, the recording, getting estimates on different things,” said Mayor Norm Ball of Tunkhannock, a northeastern Pennsylvania town where parts of the business district were inundated by high waters from the Susquehanna River and tributaries. “It’s quite a process — I’ve dealt with it before.” In Pennsylvania, about 1,400 customers were still without power, 223 roads remained closed, and 18 state and local bridges had damage, with another 64 on a precautionar y list,

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emergency officials said Monday. The unconfirmed death toll stood at 13, a figure that could change as death certificates are issued. Across the region, preliminary damage assessments were being conducted on the ground and by air

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because parts of the state remain inaccessible, said Cory Angell, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency spokesman. “You don’t just open a road when the water goes away,” Angell said. “You have to inspect, find out what damage has occurred.

Is the bridge stable, for example.” As a sign that life was starting to return to normal, the American Red Cross said Monday that only two or three evacuation shelters remained open, down from 16 on Saturday. The Associated Press

More people defaulting on student loans The number of borrowers defaulting on federal student loans has jumped sharply, the latest indication that rising college tuition costs, low graduation rates and poor job prospects are getting more and more students over their heads in debt.

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The national two-year cohort default rate rose to 8.8 percent last year, from 7 percent in fiscal 2008, according to figures released Monday by the Department of Education. Driving the overall increase was an especially sharp increase among students who borrow from the government to attend forprofit colleges. Of the approximately 1 million student borrowers

at for-profit schools whose first payments came due in the year starting Oct. 1, 2008, 15 percent were already at least 270 days behind in their payments two years later. Overall, 3.6 million borrowers entered repayment in fiscal 2009; more than 320,000 had already defaulted last fall, an increase of 80,000 over the previous year. The figures come as a

stalled economy is hitting student borrowers from two sides — forcing cashstrapped state institutions to raise tuition, and making it harder for graduates to find jobs. The unemployment rate of 4.3 percent for college graduates remains substantially lower than for those without a degree. But many student borrowers don’t finish the degree they borrow to pay for. The Associated Press

A new Arizona law that charges visitors to state prisons a one-time $25 fee is being challenged as unconstitutional. The law, which went into effect July 20, requires visitors at 15 state prisons to pay the fee for background checks. But the money actually gets deposited into a building renewal fund. The Middle Ground Prison Reform has sued the state Department of Corrections seeking to have the fee declared a tax and any money paid so far returned to visitors. The Associated Press

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Air Force ROTC to return to Yale University after long absence The Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps is coming back to Yale University under an agreement signed Monday, joining the Naval ROTC in returning to the Ivy League campus after a decades-long absence. Yale had been among other prominent universities without ROTC programs until May, when it agreed to bring back the Naval ROTC after Congress voted to allow gays to serve openly in the military. The Associated Press

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“Does a person who is clearly, overwhelmingly, and admittedly guilty of taking the lives of other valueable [sic] human beings, lose their value when they are capitally punished for their crimes?” (Abolitionist_4, Re: Death penalty nothing to applaud)

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Input vital for hybrid courses Our View: Hybrid classes may be beneficial but should be implemented with caution — and a healthy dose of student input.

Online courses often don’t serve their subject material well, using ineffective ways to express information best served by a traditional lecture. Since these are hybrid classes, with a lecture component in addition to the online work, perhaps this won’t The Daily reported Monday on plans to turn some high-enrollment classes into hybrid classes, be a problem. But some classes — especially lansplitting instruction between large lectures and in- guage and discussion-based courses — are simply not suited for online learning. teractive online content. Some subjects could greatly benefit from As Senior Vice President and Provost The Our View the additional online content, though. It Nancy Mergler pointed out, education is the majority will add an interactive and personal eleis about advancement, and we’re exopinion of ment to some courses that now merely cited about the possible benefits of such The Daily’s require students to show up with 100 other 10-member progress. editorial board peers and take notes. How much interacBut any excitement over new programs tion can we really get in a 200-student lecor techniques should be tempered by an ture hall? examination of the possible consequences These changes were made with budget cuts in and a consideration of the most important factor in mind. In the last year, we’ve seen class sizes insuch changes: the affect on students’ educational crease, course offerings cut and whole majors experience. As we discussed the planned hybrid classes dur- threatened with elimination. If this new model helps OU save enough money ing our editorial board meeting, many of us had a to keep some smaller majors and offer more classhorror story about online classes we’ve taken. es, it is absolutely worth exploring. But we don’t Online courses place more impetus on the stuwant to see educational quality decrease in the dent, tempt students to put off work until the last name of saving money. second and generally make it easier to get away It’s always best for the university to offer a diverse with as little work as possible. Less interaction with selection of class structures to serve students’ difthe professor means less accountability, and it’s a ferent learning styles. Perhaps these hybrid classes lot easier to watch YouTube videos on your couch will turn out to be beneficial to many students. But than it is in a lecture hall. we simply don’t know enough about them to start On the other hand, these negative points can be true of traditional classes as well. Slackers will slack replacing traditional courses with these hybrids. Mergler said the implementation would be slow, off, and everyone has done homework about 30 as it should be. It also must always be responsive to minutes before class. student feedback. It just seems online courses make these bad habits easier, which would be especially dangerous for Comment on this at OUDaily.com the freshmen in most of these large classes.

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he average implying they do not enjoy greater privilege and authorOPINION COLUMNIST American’s chancity than regular employees. es of success are Of course, in instances where propaganda proves innot good. He lives in a sufficient, employers will revert to more direct methods. country of extreme class The Center for Economic and Policy Research reports division, where the richest that systematic, illegal firing of union supporters has fifth percent of the popularecently “jumped sharply,” and that, during the past detion controls 85 percent of cade, union activists have run a 15- to 20-percent chance the wealth. of being illegally fired. Zac Smith CIA data shows this naAnother witness to the decline of American labor is sozac.smith@ou.edu tion is subject to greater cial activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. economic inequality than Dunbar-Ortiz recounts how itinerant laborers in the Kenya, Iran or Nigeria. U.S. organized, with the help of the Industrial Workers of “I think the future looks bleak. Many jobs have been the World, an international union devoted to workplace lost,” said OU professor Stephen H. Norwood, veteran democracy: “The miners and oil workers and wheat labor historian. “After World War II, labor was able to threshers that the IWW organized were basically milook with confidence to a better future and to really degrant workers. They were ‘unorganizable.’ Then the IWW velop a program for the betterment of American workshowed them how they could organize. I think that’s ers. But since the middle of the 1950s, organized labor’s what we have to look to now.” strength has been declining, and that decline has accelIn recent years, the organization has turned its attenerated in recent decades.” tion to the “unorganizable” in our own society: service Workers achieved many resounding successes during industry workers. In 2004, IWW-affiliated Starbucks the early 20th century: securing safety improvements, baristas in New York went public with a list of modest derestricting child labor and obtaining pensions, medical mands: a living wage, regular working hours and greater coverage and a 40-hour work week. These advances were health care coverage. made in the face of often violent opposition from the Since then, according to organization reports, the capitalist class. Starbucks Workers Union has managed Even with labor organizations in their to raise wages for workers in Chicago “U.S. workers must current emaciated state, organized and New York, improve workplace rekindle their dormant safety and secure better hours for workworkers are still improving their conditions. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics revolutionary spirit. Only ers. Most importantly, the organizareports the median wage for union tion has resisted being subverted by workers themselves members is more than 25 percent highmanagement. er than that of unaffiliated workers. Last year, the organization also escan achieve their own Union membership in the U.S. peaked tablished a union for workers at Jimmy freedom; they cannot around 35 percent in the mid-1950s. John’s restaurants. The New York Times depend on a corporation reported it was “one of the few efforts to Since then, it has fallen to its present level of 11.9 percent, according to the or government to bring organize fast-food workers in American Bureau of Labor Statistics. Currently, history.” freedom to them.” only 5.5 percent of Oklahoma workers U.S. workers must rekindle their dorbelongs to a union. mant revolutionary spirit. Only workers Capitalists have always opposed efforts by workers to themselves can achieve their own freedom; they cannot self-organize. Initially, this was accomplished through depend on a corporation or government to bring freedirect suppression. In recent decades, employers have dom to them. also used propaganda and subversion. “Working-class people say, ‘Yes, those are really good “Ford Motor Company had its own private army of ideas, but I have to put food on the table,’” Dunbar-Ortiz strong-arm men who would physically intimidate work- said. “I knew people in the civil rights movement, like this ers and beat up union organizers, sometimes very savwoman in New Orleans — this woman had fifteen kids in agely,” Norwood said. “Today it’s done more by using a three-room shack, and she was a fierce organizer. lawyers and industrial psychologists to manipulate “They were happy because they were in the struggle. workers, to turn workers against unions and against each There’s not much in this society that makes people other.” happy. So I think those of us who organize have to realize Employers also use psychological manipulation to we’re not asking people to make a sacrifice; we’re askpacify employees as their wages and benefits are eroded. ing them to allow themselves to be whole human beings A euphemistic vocabulary makes employees feel more and to be passionate about the things that make them valuable than they actually are. human.” Target Corp., for instance, refers to its employees as “associates.” Target managers are “team leaders,” Zac Smith is a journalism junior.

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here is one OPINION COLUMNIST question I constantly seem to have great difficulty answering that other people don’t. Unfortunately, it is a question I get asked more often than I would like. Tom Taylor The ever-so-chaltomtaylor.home@gmail.com lenging question is this: Where are you from? By the time I graduated high school, I had been a student at 10 schools across two states. Because of my nomadic childhood, moving has always been just another part of life for me — a part that has followed me into my adulthood. In fact, at 36, I have moved more than 25 times in my lifetime. This has led me to see much of life as transitory. Friendships are temporary and so are many jobs. Relationships are to be enjoyed while you are able to, and the dangers of breakup and divorce linger constantly around the next corner. Nothing in life is permanent as everything can change in an instant. The advantage about such an outlook is I am highly motivated to not take things for granted. The disadvantage is I’ve been quicker to make major life changes than I should have. This still leaves the question of “Where am I from?” When I think of what home was for me as a child, I think of upstate New York. Even though I left “Having lived in a when I was 9 years old, great deal of cities the five years I lived there across this state hold some of my happiest and others, I can say memories. When I think of what with some authority home was for me as that Norman is truly a teenager, I think of City. The four a special place. Not Midwest years I spent there mark only that, I seriously the longest I’ve lived at doubt there is another any single address until recently. city in Oklahoma This brings me to the that can offer the question of where home wonderful community has been for me as an adult — and the answer this city has.” is Norman. I recently realized I have lived in Norman for 11 of the past 15 years. The last six of these years have set a new record for the longest I’ve lived at a single address. Having lived in a great deal of cities across this state and others, I can say with some authority that Norman is truly a special place. Not only that, I seriously doubt there is another city in Oklahoma that can offer the wonderful community this city has. In the past, I would have said it was the intellectual environment that brought this city such a feeling of community. I can now admit I was wrong about that assessment; Norman is more than a supportive foundation for academic pursuits and scholarly concerns. The word “community” has an entirely different meaning once children are brought into the picture. Raising two daughters brings concerns about educational opportunities and recreational resources. This is where Norman truly stands out. It not only has outstanding schools, but it also offers a secular homeschool community for those who prefer to take a more hands-on approach to their children’s education. In addition, the city has a wonderful library system and beautiful public parks. The more I think about it, the more I realize Norman is my home. I hope you, too, will come to discover everything this community has to offer, even outside of the university’s intellectual fellowship. Tom Taylor is a political science graduate student.

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Lady Antebellum’s new release “Own the Night� seems like a logical followup to its Grammy winning smash hit album “Need You Now�. Filled with ballads and its signature light rock and country-infused sound, this record should satisfy the band’s large fanbase. “We Owned the Night,� its second single, seems almost a precursor to “Need You Now,� telling about a magical love encounter and acknowledging “we’d never speak again.� Lady Antebellum seems to be headed straight for another hit with this album. Hopefully radio listeners won’t get tired of the band’s style because it seems to be here to stay. Sydney Allen is a broadcast and electronic media sophomore.

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It just so happened that I decided to catch up on homework while listening to Neon Indian’s new album “Era ExtraĂąaâ€? for this review. Little did I know what a winning combination this would be. The album’s chill-wave sounds had me zipping through my homework like a pro, without being distracted by complicated, superfluous lyrics. This category has seen a rise in popularity since its electronic pop sounds were made so readily available to common music lovers through laptop music mixing programs. Megan Deaton is a journalism sophomore. Have any music news? An album suggestion for our writers? Questions? Email us at dailyent@ ou.edu.

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all is here, sort of, which means sparkly new television is on its way. This fall has the potential to be the TV heyday of “Mad Men� era shows, remakes and fantasy. The question is, which shows will make TV history, and which will lose their sparkle after a few episodes? Here are 10 top new shows to watch.

“New Girl� It’s Zooey Deschanel. She sings. She acts. There is nothing this girl can’t do. In “New Girl,� Deschanel plays a nerdy, emotional girl who is recovering from a tough breakup by moving into a new apartment. Things get better when you find out the apartment is already inhabited by three men: a gym trainer with no feelings, a womanizer with no feelings and a sensitive bartender with too many feelings. The show’s pilot already is available for free on iTunes. Hopefully, the show’s own merits and Deschanel’s extensive fan base will keep the comedy alive. When: 8 p.m. Sept. 20 Channel: Fox

“Pan Am� Pan Am has received a lot of buzz recently because of its demeaningly anti-feminist premise. However, female actresses on the show, such as Christina Ricci, argue the show displays a time when women were first beginning to make it in some of the fields that men had previously dominated. Either way, “Pan Am� follows a group of young flight attendants as they try to make it in the Jet Age. When: 9 p.m. Sept. 25 Channel: ABC

“Once Upon A Time� Remember “Lost�? It was confusing but addicting, no? Get ready to be confused, but entranced once

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again with “Once Upon a Time,� created by the creators of “Lost.� After sending their daughter away to protect her from a curse, Snow White and Prince Charming have been brought to our modern world to reside in the small, New England town of Storybrooke. This show has the potential to be just as confusing as “Lost,� so buckle up. When: 7 p.m. Oct. 23 Channel: ABC

past and start over. Unfortunately, they probably didn’t consider the giant, carnivorous beasts. When: 7 p.m. Sept. 26 Channel: Fox

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This show has the potential to be good, but the previews have been cryptic. Most might watch out of pure curiosity. The previews tell us this: Emily Thorne has moved to the Hamptons but her motives aren’t completely pure. “The X Factor� Something happened Though many will not to her family when she admit it, America misses was young and now she’s Simon Cowell. back to take revenge on the Not to worry, Simon is perpetrators. back with his new brainIt can be assumed that “Terra Nova� child, “The X Factor.� killing is going to happen American viewers have “Terra Nova� reminds from the various shots of been bombarded with talme of something. It’s this people falling face down ent competitions as of late, movie with dinosaurs and onto the floor. so it will be interesting to people being eaten by them. The show seems aptly see what sets Simon’s show It’s called “Jurassic Park� titled, though no one will apart from “The Voice� and maybe? know for sure until it airs. “American Idol.� In “Terra Nova,� once When: 9 p.m. Sept. 21 Pussycat Doll Nicole again, people will try to Channel: ABC Scherzinger and British TV be friends with dinosaurs. “Whitney� personality Steve Jones will They will fail. People will co-host, but more impordie. In case there aren’t tantly, Paula Abdul will be The twist that could make enough awkward situations a judge. “Terra Nova� worth watchin real life, “Whitney� proOh yes, Paula and Simon ing is it features a trendy vides us with plenty of them are back together. environmentally friendly, to go around. When: 7 p.m. Sept. 21 save-the-world plot. Whitney (Whitney Channel: Fox The year is 2149 and the Cummings and Alex (Chris planet is dying. A family D’Elia) are an unmarried “Ringer� travels back in time to try couple who show no signs First reactions to previews to resettle humanity in the of settling down.

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Alone, this doesn’t seem too uncommon, but when you add in Whitney’s unusual propensity towards sarcastic humor and unknowing rudeness, you get a pretty funny show. When: 8:30 p.m. Sept. 22 Channel: NBC

“Charlie’s Angels� “These are not your mother’s angels,� reads the show’s slogan. Set in modern Miami, “Charlie’s Angels� has a lot to live up to after the starstudded versions before it. The question is whether “Charlie’s Angels� will be overshadowed by its predecessors or if it will top them. When: 7 p.m. Sept. 22 Channel: ABC

“Suburgatory� The premise behind “Suburgatory� is a familiar one that viewers: A city girl unwillingly moves to suburbia per the wishes of a parent wanting to protect his innocent daughter. The show is an exaggeration of everyday life. Think “Mean Girls,� TV style. Expect a little more sarcastic humor and a lot less Lindsay Lohan. When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28) Channel: ABC Megan Deaton is a journalism sophomore.

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Tomorrow ›› Three OU volleyball players who grew up in the same town and played together before coming to Oklahoma are calling themselves the “Panhandle Trio.”

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Championship mindset drives Sooner Newcomer draws inspiration for success from father

Bio Box Emily Bowman Year: Freshman Position: Midfielder Hometown: Colleyville, Texas Season stats: 1 goal, 1 assist, 7 shots on goal

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Emily Bowman knows what it takes to compete like a champion. After commanding Grapevine High School as a four-time team captain, the freshman midfielder is used to being in a leadership role. And after the OU soccer team lost sophomore defender Carrie Whigham due to a head injury against Oklahoma State earlier this season, Bowman was once again called to the starting lineup to make a difference. “It was really exciting for me because I got to prove I could make a difference on the field,” Bowman said. “And I got a lot of support from my teammates.” But the newcomer also knows she can credit her blood line for her ability to slide into leadership positions like a perfectly fit glove. “ Em i l y c o m e s f ro m a great family as far as their core values are concerned,” OU coach Nicole Nelson said. “And there’s also an athletic background — her dad played football at Penn State and won a national championship.” Kirk Bowman, Emily’s father, left Penn State with only two touchdowns in his career as a tight end. However, one of them was a game-winning touchdown against No. 3 Nebraska in 1982. Penn State won the national championship that year,

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Freshman midfielder Emily Bowman dribbles across the field against Oral Roberts earlier this season. The newcomer was forced to step into a leadership role because of an injury to the starter ahead of her, but Bowman said she learned valuable lessons about leading from her dad.

but if it hadn’t been for Todd Blackledge’s connection with Bowman in the last four seconds for the come-frombehind victory against the Cornhuskers, the title might not have been possible. And that never-die attitude Kirk and his teammates exhibited during the national championship season runs through Emily’s veins now. “My dad always encourages me to never give up,” Bowman said. “One thing I’ve learned from him is a quote

he told me from his coach, Joe Paterno: ‘The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.’” The quote has become a way of life for Bowman as she becomes an integral part of the OU soccer team. “I always kept that quote in mind when I practice,” Bowman said. “I want to practice at game speed because that’s what is going to help me in the game. “Preparing for the games like that has helped me play

at this level.” It’s that type of mentality and ability to understand the difference in level of play between high school and college that caused Nelson to seek out Bowman for her 2011 recruitment group. Nelson also attributes Bowman’s physical presence as a positive addition to the Sooner lineup. “She’s tremendous in the air, in the tackle and on the ground,” Nelson said. “She’s good at connecting and able to keep the ball well. Those

things make you successful at this level.” This season, Bowman already has a career goal and one assist, and her eye for the goal is beginning to make her a threat on offense even though she’s also listed as a defender on the team roster. While Bowman’s specialty is still winning ball position at midfield, her ability to get the Sooners good looks at the net is something Nelson is happy to see. “In our conference, you

have to be able to get ahold of the ball when teams are playing direct,” Nelson said. “I knew she would be able to help us by winning those airballs, settling them down and getting it back to the passing style we like.” There’s a lot of games left on OU’s schedule, including games against volatile Big 12 conference opponents, but look for Bowman to continue to contribute her skills on the field while learning to control the ball in the open lanes. “She’s understanding the speed of play better every day, and her confidence is increasing every day,” Nelson said “Her potential is significant, and once we have a full spring to work with her and for her to be with our strength coach, her mobility is going to be even better next year than she is now.” And knowing the style of preparation she’s gained from her father, Bowman won’t accept anything but solid performances from herself in this year’s matchups or in future offseason conditioning sessions. Champions just don’t settle for less.

Analysis

Sooners to face biggest road test of Stoops era Coach 6-4 versus top-five teams in regular season Jordan Jenson Sports Reporter

When Oklahoma plays Florida State on Saturday, it will be the biggest nonconference game in the Bob Stoops era. Saturday marks the first time Oklahoma has played a top-five nonconference opponent on the road under Stoops. In addition, OU hasn’t played a top-five nonconference regularseason game since 1988 — a loss at USC. OU hasn’t defeated a top-five team in a nonconference road game in the regular season since 1977, when — against No. 4 Ohio State — OU kicker Uwe von Schamann directed the Ohio State crowd in a “block that kick” chant during a timeout before kicking the game-winning field goal. OU won, 29-28. Stoops’ record against top-five teams in the regular season is 6-4. While he holds a 130-31 record at OU, 29 of those losses came on the road or at a neutral playing field. This year’s Seminole squad is a different team than the one OU beat 47-17 last year. While Florida State has several returning starters on both sides of the ball, new starting quarterback and dualthreat EJ Manuel makes the No. 5 Seminoles a dangerous matchup. The game in Tallahassee, Fla., will be broadcasted in primetime on ABC, with ESPN’s College GameDay also in attendance, which may create a difficult environment for the Sooners. Oklahoma’s 36-27 loss at

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Sophomore running back Roy Finch (22) runs during OU’s 47-14 win against Tulsa. OU visits Florida State on Saturday in Tallahassee, Fla., in its first top-five nonconference game under coach Bob Stoops.

AT A GLANCE Notable road games in Stoops era Oct. 3, 2009: Miami (Fla.) Result: Hurricanes won, 21-20

Sept. 6, 2003: Alabama Result: Sooners won, 20-13

Sept. 16, 2006: Oregon Result: Ducks won, 34-33

Oct. 7, 1999: Notre Dame Result: Fighting Irish won, 34-30

Missouri last year is an indication these games can be tough to play well in. Saturday won’t be easy for the Seminoles, either. Florida State hasn’t hosted a No. 1 team since 1996, when No. 2 FSU bested top-ranked Florida — and Stoops, the Gators’ defensive coordinator — 24-21. The Gators had the last laugh against Florida State in the national championship, winning 52-20, but Stoops knows what it feels like to roll into Tallahassee at the top and leave with a loss. All things considered, if there was ever a game OU fans should be worried about, this is the game. But this OU team has a reason to be confident. The 2010 season allowed

Stoops to clear several hurdles that had previously tripped up his teams — including winning big against lesser opponents on the road (Baylor), coming from behind when facing a double-digit deficit (Nebraska) and winning a BCS game (Connecticut). The 2011 Sooners are obviously a different team from last season, but they have momentum few teams have had under Stoops. While it’s early in the season, a win against Florida State will only further the momentum Oklahoma has built since last season. If the Sooners ride that momentum, they could find themselves clearing the last hurdle OU was unable to in 2010: winning the national title.

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Football

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T h e O k l a h o m a f o o tball team will take on the Florida State Seminoles this Saturday, facing a fifthranked Seminole team looking for revenge after getting throttled 47-17 last year in Norman. Even though Saturday’s game is receiving a lot of hype, coaches and players said Oklahoma is no stranger to big games. “We’ve played in a whole bunch of big games,” defensive coordinator Brent Venables said. “We don’t say, ‘OK, these are nonconference, and now these a re c o n f e re n c e.’ Ev e r y week is a challenge. You get everybody’s best shot. Everybody’s got players these days. Everybody can score. They’re a really good team, and so are we. So the biggest game is the next game on the schedule.” While the OU coaching staff is quick to point out Saturday will just be another game, players acknowledged it is a little bit easier to get excited while preparing to play a team as good as FSU in the biggest game of the week. Sophomore linebacker Tom Wort had a big game in the first week of the season while representing Austin Box by wearing the No. 12 jersey. However, as hyped as he was for the season opener, Wort said getting ready for FSU will not be a problem. “The mindset of this group is they want to take the ‘Sooner Show’ on the road,” Wort said. “We’re

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OU tied for 7th after two rounds Kingsley Burns/The Daily

Sophomore linebacker Tom Wort, wearing Austin Box’s No. 12, runs to the ball during OU’s 47-14 win against Tulsa on Sept. 3 in Norman. Wort said the Sooners are prepared for their prominent matchup against No. 5 Florida State on Saturday in Tallahassee, Fla.

excited to go perform in a big game like this. I mean, it’s what you come to school here for — to play in big games. And you can’t say it’s just another game because it is against a top-five team, it is on the road and it is College GameDay. So, you can’t help but to get excited.” Florida State will be prepared to make a statement against the Sooners. The Seminoles have said publicly that they have this game circled on the schedule. The Sooners, though, have their fair share of motivation as well. This is a team that knows

what it is like to have high expectations and come up short. The Sooners were ranked No. 1 in the BCS last year before losing on the road to Missouri. This year’s squad does not want a repeat performance. “Florida State is the next team in a 12-round playoff,” Wort said. “Nothing is going to get in the way of our goals. Of course it’s a big game, but I feel like there’s not a team that can beat us except us. So, we just have to go in with the right mindset. We’re going to be excited. We’re going to be hyped up, but we just have to go out there and perform.”

Football Quote Board Coach Bob Stoops, on the Sooners spending 100 weeks at No. 1 in the AP Poll... “It’s pretty special. And, again, it speaks to the decades and the tradition here of great coaches and great players and great program all the way back to Bennie Owen.” Defensive coordinator Brent Venables, on OU scheduling tough nonconference opponents... “I think we’ve been very aggressive compared to the rest of college football. We’re in very elite company

that is willing to do that on a consistent basis.” Stoops, on throwback jerseys as opposed to new uniforms... “That’s your history. That’s your tradition. That’s not made up.” Sophomore linebacker Tom Wort, on Travis Lewis... “Travis is Travis. He’s trying to get back. He’s doing what he can, and he just wants to be back out there. I know he just got a Twitter, but I mean, Travis is Travis — he’s going to talk.” Compiled by Greg Fewell, Assistant Sports Editor

The OU women’s golf team finished its second of three rounds at the “Mo”morial Invitational in Bryan, Texas. The Sooners ended the second day in a tie for seventh place with Texas-San Antonio at 41-over par. Texas (+13) leads the tournament field of 12 teams. Texas A&M is currently tied for fifth and leads O U by just one stroke. Sophomore Chirapat Ja o -Java n i l l e a d s t h e Sooners with a two-round score of 5-over par. She trails co-leaders Jacey Chun (North Texas), Nicole Vandermade (Texas) and Carlie Yadloczky (Auburn), who all sit at 1-under par. Joseph Truesdell, Sports Reporter

2011-12 Men’s Basketball Student Season Ticket Sale Sale Date Tuesday, September 13

Ticket Price

Student Season tickets are $140 and all charges will be made to the student’s bursar account. There is a $15 processing fee for all orders.

Returning Students Sept. 13

On sale for returning OU Students online September 13 at 7 am. Walk up sales will begin at 10 am if supplies last. All sales are firstcome, first served and while supplies last.

New Students (Freshmen and Transfer) Sept. 13

New OU students (freshmen and transfers) sign up for tickets on September 13 at 7 am. A lottery (if necessary) will take place on September 14 if demand exceeds supply.

Men’s Basketball Rebate Offer

Just by attending (or having someone else use your season ticket) you will have the opportunity to qualify for our rebate program. At the completion of the season, those student season ticket holders that went to 14 or more of the games (90%) will have a $140 credit put back on their bursar account and anyone who attended at least 12 of the games (80%) will receive a $50 credit. 2011-12 OU STUDENT SEASON TICKET ONLINE ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS 1. Visit www.soonersports.com 2. Mouse over Tickets line 3. Click on “ Student Tickets”. 4 Click on "Order Student Tickets Online" link 5. Click on "Register" if you have not yet registered or type in your email address and password that you have set up previously. 6. Click on the "Basketball Student Season Ticket" link. 7. Enter your order for one basketball season ticket. To order a spouse or dependent child ticket, you must go to the Athletics Ticket Office and present a marriage license (spouse) or birth Certificate (child) unless you have previously done so. Please make sure that you order your ticket first. Marriage license and Birth Certificates must be turned in before the deadline. 8. Review your order, proceed to the payment screen, and click the submit payment button. Tickets are $140 and will be billed to your Bursar account in late fall. A $15 non refundable service fee will be applied to all online orders. 9. Complete the sale until you see the confirmation page. Please print this confirmation for your records. If you do not complete the ordering process you will not receive a ticket.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011  

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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