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revealed blizzards and other winter storms are affecting more areas. “ F ro m 1 9 5 0 t o 2 0 0 0 , b l i z zards were solely confined to the Oklahoma Panhandle, but in the last 10 years, we have had blizzard reports all the way throughout ... Oklahoma,” Grout said. “Although very few, these areas have had more blizzards in the past 10 years

California is often cited as the hot spot for entrepreneurial startups, but it is no longer the only place for ambitious and dynamic young entrepreneurs. In fact, the Southwest could be where you earn your first bucket of gold. In July 2010, Entrepreneur magazine named Austin the Top Creative Center for Entrepreneurs, thanks to its zero state personal income tax and corporate income tax advantage. The “Silicon Hills,” as the increasingly tech-savvy Austin is called, indicates a shift of entrepreneurial capital from the coast to the southern heartland. However, few would notice that the Oklahoma City metro area was ranked first by CNNMoney. com in a 2009 study as the best place to launch a business. In addition, OU’s entrepreneurship program is ranked No. 11 by The Princeton Review and No. 18 by U.S. News and World Report. In 2008, entrepreneurship alumnus James Simpson incorporated his online gaming website while he was a student. As of September, his Goldfire Studios has garnered 209,452 registered users. Simpson recently expanded his business into Leet Media, a company that provides performance-based advertising solutions for the online games niche. Jim Wheeler, executive director of the Center of Entrepreneurship, said the administration does not know the exact number of successful student startups, but is working on an alumni survey. “But we have several very successful alumni with multimillion-dollar businesses in the OKC area,” he said. Many people find success in the OKC metro area, but Wheeler said it often goes unnoticed. “People tend to overlook Oklahoma’s potential,” said Wheeler, “The state is fantastic for oil and gas, life sciences and weather-related startups. It’s not just about information technology.” There have been some established venture capitals in Oklahoma for the past 10 years, he said, which look for a risk-specific talent set and core competency of a new idea.

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Students board the bus at lloyd Noble Center on Monday. The parking lot at lloyd Noble is one of only a few free parking areas and sees heavy traffic during the week as students park their cars and ride CART buses to campus. The number of people riding the system has increased compared to last August.

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month into the school year, the demand for Norman’s Cleveland Area Rapid Transit shuttles exceeded last year’s ridership numbers in that same period. Even though classes this year started a day earlier than in fall 2010, ridership for the systemwide CART has increased by 7 percent comparing August 2010 to August 2011, CART spokeswoman Vicky Holland said. In August, Norman’s CART total ridership was 73,038, compared to 68,550 from the same month last year. Ridership for August alone has increased by almost 4,500 people since last year, nearly 1,000 more people per week. The routes that have increased the most are the Lloyd Noble Shuttle (20 percent), Lindsey East (17 percent), Lindsey West (17 percent) and the Apartment Loop (16 percent), Holland said. The Lloyd Noble Shuttle has seen the biggest rider increase. From Sept. 20 to 24 last year, the shuttle had a total of 11,601 passengers. see CART paGe 2

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Freezing winter could bring about cancellations Recently released data warns of possible trend of increased severe weather across Oklahoma KATHLEEN EVANS

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Students can count on a few school cancellations this winter if a trend toward severe weather continues. Winter storms in the past decade have been more plentiful and more

severe, according to OU researchers at the National Weather Center. Between 2000 and 2010, Oklahoma has had nine winter storm disasters, more than any other state, according to a report by the team. This goes against national trends for winter storms.

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Hockey commentary not for faint-of-voice One Daily staff reporter recounts his audition to be a Sooner hockey commentator. (page 3)

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“In general across the nation, there’s actually been a decrease in the number of catastrophic storms, but the impact of the storms has increased,” civil engineering graduate student Trevor Grout said. “The southern United States is actually the exception to that because there’s been an increase in storms.” Typically, storms in Oklahoma have been confined to the panhandle region, but a 10-year study

Team needs leadership Senior forward C.J. Washington drives to the basket against Baylor during a game last season. Washington is one of only three seniors on the men’s basketball team this year and will be asked to step into a leadership position for the younger players. DaiLy FiLe pHoto 2011 (page 5)

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Students have until Wednesday to apply for a fellowship challenging OU professors and students to tackle projects such as congressional leaders’ approval ratings. The Carl Albert Undergraduate Research Fellowship gives undergraduate students the annual opportunity to work with professors in various fields on multimonth research projects. It’s one of these projects that paired political science

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cart: Plans to expand services lack funding Continued from page 1

Today around campus Art Adventures is hosting “Beautiful Oops!” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in the Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom. Children ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult can attend. A concert by the OU School of Music faculty and students will take place from noon to 12:30 p.m. at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in the Sandy Bell Gallery. The event is free. “Rauschenberg: Prints from Universal Limited Art Editions, 1962-2008” will be from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the Nancy Johnston Records Gallery. Tet Trung Thu - Lunar Moon Festival 2011 will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Jim Thorpe Multicultural Center. Admission is $5 for the public and $2 for Vietnamese Student Association members. OU’s 2011 Neustadt Festival of International Literature and Culture will begin with a poetry and fiction reading 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Norman Train Depot, 200 S. Jones St. The Festival will offer events throughout the week until Friday. Sutton Concert Series: OU Symphony Orchestra will play from 8 to 9:45 p.m. at the Catlett Music Center in Sharp Concert Hall. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for students, OU faculty/staff and senior adults.

Corrections The Oklahoma Daily has a commitment to serve readers with accurate coverage and analysis. Readers should bring errors to The Daily’s attention by emailing dailynews@ou.edu. In Friday’s editorial, the section of the Student Code prohibiting student organizations from discrimination in their membership requirements was misrepresented as a recent addition. The non-discrimination clause is not a new policy but was recently emphasized in a letter to all student organizations explaining their responsibilities under the Student Code. Monday’s column, “Troy Davis’ execution should prompt death penalty’s re-evaluation,” incorrectly reported the native state of recently executed Troy Davis. He was from and executed in Georgia.

The passenger count from Wednesday to Friday on the shuttle in 2011 was 14,531 — nearly a 3,000-passenger jump within the same four-day time span from last year. The number of buses on the Lloyd Noble Shuttle, which carries students from Lloyd Noble Center to the South Oval, varies by peak hours of ridership. The busiest hours for the shuttle are 8 to 10 a.m., Holland said. Two buses run at 7 a.m., a third starts at 7:30 and a fourth starts at 8. C ART has automate d counting systems on the buses that count how many people get on and get off. The CART system is operated by OU but funded

oudaily.coM Link: View CART’s public transportation plan and learn about the transit system’s shuttle routes by both OU and the city of Norman. The system provides 10 routes, including the Sooner Express route to Oklahoma City. Seventy percent of riders on CART shuttles use the service for university-related business. Despite it being their first semester at OU, sophomore and junior environmental engineering majors Sara Fielding and Ellen Fielding said they have noticed a rider increase over the past month. “We just transferred into

OU, and we ride the bus when we’re going to work and school. It does seem to be getting more crowded since the beginning of the year,” Ellen Fielding said. The sisters-in-law already have adjusted their schedules accordingly with the increasing demand for the shuttles. “We usually leave a few minutes earlier than we would have, just because the buses get so full so fast,” Sara Fielding said. “We don’t want to miss one.” When it comes to making it to work on time, that’s another regular obstacle. “I take the bus to work from campus ever y day after school, so there have definitely been times where the buses have been running like 15 minutes late, so I would just make it to work

on time,” Sara Fielding said. Holland said there are no plans to increase shuttles or routes because of budget cuts — especially the 5-percent universitywide budget cuts in June — despite the significant increase in ridership, as well as the largest incoming freshman class this school year, she said. “We’ve had budgetary cuts the last couple of years and are probably looking at more, so I doubt we would be adding,” she said. Holland said there is a public transportation plan posted on CART’s website, but the transit system does not have the money to back up those plans. “Even though we would like to increase service, I don’t see it happening this year and probably not next year,” Holland said.

Severe: Winter storms could be a new trend Continued from page 1 than they have had the past 50 years put together.” Southeastern Oklahoma has had the fewest number of winter storms, and the northwest has had the most, according to the report. However, ice storms tend to increase in number and severity as you move farther north and east, following the path of I-44, affecting major metropolitan areas in the state. Also, when an Oklahoma ice storm occurs, there is a greater than 50-percent chance it will be declared a disaster based on research from the past decade. For other winter storms, there is only about a 20-percent chance of being declared a disaster. Chances are that if you have lived in Oklahoma in the past decade, you have experienced more than one storm disaster. “Sixty percent of the population lived in areas that had more than five disasters declared in the last decade,” Grout said. “That’s more than 43 other states. So, not only is Oklahoma in the lead for number of disasters, but they are well and above affecting more people than in other states. Oklahoma is repeatedly getting hit.” Overall, this severe winter weather has a negative economic impact on the state. According to the report, the amount of federal aid dispersed to the state because of winter disasters was just shy of $800 million. “That only counts for a small percentage of the total economic damage because you have insurance losses and other stuff,” Grout said. “However, it’s a good baseline because it’s accurate,

and you know the damage was at least that much.” When breaking dow n the amount of federal aid to counties, the researchers found the government gave the most aid to large, populous counties. However, when looking at a per-capita basis, the rural, less populated regions are most affected by these storms. Typically scientists use a 30-year period to establish a new climatological trend, so this study is a small glimpse at a possible new trend, Grout said. Though he probably will not continue the research, other people on the team are continuing to look back over the past 30 years to see if the trend holds.

Grout also said he cannot speculate on what might be the cause of some of these trends, but other researchers are hoping to find underlying meteorological causes. “The idea is to look at where things have happened in past to anticipate where they will happen in the future and be better prepared,” Grout said. “Once they find out what’s causing this, maybe they can say, ‘Oh, this will continue,’ or ‘Oh, this won’t.’” The report has been submitted to journals and is currently being revised, Grout said. Within the next month, they hope to have word of whether it will be published.

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Radio hopeful finds voice If you can’t beat ‘em, broadcast ‘em. OU’s student radio station auditioned Sooner hockey commentators Friday night, so I threw my hat in the ring. It also began with one of those annoying mass emails. I received an email indicating The Wire was looking for commentators for the upcoming hockey season. I have been skating since I was a toddler and played hockey since the age of 5. This sounded like an excellent opportunity to work with my favorite sport and accomplish my sports-broadcasting dream. Talk about your two-forone deal. That Friday, my family called to wish me good luck. After the series of phone calls, a nervous feeling set in, and I thought about all of the worst case scenarios that could happen. After the 20-minute car ride to the Blazers hockey rink, I was feeling the nerves. I introduced myself to the team’s assistant manager, Chris Perry, who gave me a game program, which helped me quickly familiarize myself with the team. A few minutes later, The Wire’s manager Lynn Franklin set up equipment as

For the second period, Franklin wanted me to be the color-commentator for the period. Journalism junior and fellow Daily staff member Zack Hedrick helped me comment while Blum did the play-by-play. Color commentary went much better and allowed me to add my hockey knowledge. I began to have fun, and I tried to add as interesting commentary as possible. During the second intermission, Blum said he was having fun and the play-byplay seemed easier than the color commentary. On that point, we were going to have to agree to disagree. Photo provided For the third period, I University College freshman and Daily staff reporter Jeremy Choat stayed on as color commen(left) auditions to be an OU hockey commentator Friday night. tator, and Hedrick did the play-by-play. I could tell he another student, University would hear intro music but it knew what he was doing beCollege freshman Carter cut straight to me. After a few cause he was calm and vivBlum, prepared to audition. seconds of silence, I hesitant- idly described the plays. Franklin told me I was ly introduced the game. OU beat Texas 15-0 that doing the play-by-play, The first few minutes of night, which was icing on the which freaked me out bemy play-by-play were shaky, cake. cause I have never done any- and you would have thought After the game, Franklin thing like that before. my hockey experience had said he wanted all three of us The station counted down disappeared. to do the games for the rest of for me to start, and every secBy the middle of the pethe season. Instead of workond I seemed to forget what riod, I had learned players’ ing on my skills in the rink, I to say. The moment seemed names and began to settle will now be honing my chops surreal and scary because I into my role. I did not do as in the booth. did not want to blank out. well as I wanted to, but it was When the countdown the first time. I had never Jeremy Choat is a Staff went to zero, I thought I done any broadcast work. Reporter for The Daily.

business: Students launch into opportunities Continued from page 1 “There was a drug [research and development] startup which received a $50 million funding,” Wheeler said. OU students have the opportunity to tap into these markets before they even step off the stage at graduation. “Students can practice

their entrepreneurial skills by participating in the Sooner Launchpad Competition,” said Lindsey Ogan, a fellow at the Price College of Business. “They have 10 minutes to present a business idea to the judges.” The Sooner Launch Pad Competition received a largesum donation from an anonymous donor who wished to help OU students to launch

their ventures, Organ said. The five winners can earn a cash award from $500 to up to $8,000. “They need to cover the salient issues. Market knowledge, realism and budget projections are the three most important areas,” said Ogan, “They also need to take care of the manufacturing costs and where they can source cheap and talented

employees.” Ogan said Launchpad is a platform to test ideas before going into the real world. The cash award could serve as a financial support to help realize their dream to start businesses like the ones boosting OKC’s ranking. It gives Sooners the chance to earn their first bucket of gold in the very institution they are studying in.

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ratings: Student can present study findings Continued from page 1 linked to Congress. “Congress’ approval is at about 15 percent, yet leaders like [John] Boehner and [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid are at 40-percent approval,” Johnson said. “Why are their levels higher considering they are Apply orchestrating what takes place Research in Congress? ... Are they doing fellowship something in their job that is boosting approval?” WHAT: Students Johnson and Marks gathwork eight to 10 ered coverage of congressional hours per week with leaders for the past 30 years to faculty on a research determine if the media had an project, which they impact. write about and “What I did was gather a lot are encouraged to of data looking at things like present how many times the speaker or WHEN: Applications majority leader had been menare due at noon tioned in commercials and how Wednesday many times mentioned in The Washington Post,” Marks said. COMPENSATION: Congressional leaders didn’t Students receive a receive nearly the coverage the $1,600 stipend president did in this period, but Source: Carl Albert Center Johnson found short times when leaders tend to receive the most coverage — when the government is divided, such as when the president and Congress are of different political parties, and when congressional representatives are more polarizing, because the media is more likely to cover leaders due to the built-in conflict. “There’s a lot of research on Congress as a whole, but there wasn’t a lot of information specifically on the leaders,” Marks said. “There are two very important leaders and not a lot of information on what shapes their approval, though they play important roles in everyday processes.” Marks presented her data at an undergraduate research day in April 2011, suggesting the leaders are linked to factors like events, ideology of the country, the economy and international crises, she said. Johnson said he encouraged Marks to work independently on her portion to discover what being an actual researcher is like. “The goal of the program is not just to turn students into data collectors but to give insight into how the research process works,” Johnson said. “They have to come up with a question, develop a theory, read, find a hypothesis and come up with data.” Though Marks is no longer on the project, Johnson is working on analyzing the data about these factors and would like to present it at a conference next year, he said. Marks worked on the project because of her yearlong Carl Albert fellowship. “I’ve always enjoyed doing research reports for classes, but I had never done a project on such a large scale,” Marks said. “I didn’t know what exactly to expect, but it ended up being something I really enjoyed.”

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Congress must support FEMA Our View: Partisan bickering over FEMA funding shows an irresponsible lack of concern for citizens — especially for Oklahoma.

that will fund federal agencies for the rest of the year. The debt-ceiling compromise passed Aug. 2 requires Congress to balance its spending with cuts to other areas. If the parties can’t reach an easy agreement, get ready to hear a lot more When winter rolls around, Oklahoma is all but guaran- of the “government shutdown” talk that plagued the debtteed to see an ice storm. And, if recent trends continue, it ceiling debate. Even if they manage to avoid a shutdown, will probably be a big one, according to OU researchers at this most recent debate has illustrated that FEMA is on the the National Weather Center. That may first bring to mind chopping block. Any move to cut disaster relief would be incredimages of lazy snow days out of class, but it also ibly irresponsible. It would leave victims with no means broken power lines, fallen trees and damThe Our View recourse. State governments can’t operate in the aged roads and sidewalks. These are all areas of is the majority red as easily or for as long as the federal governstate-funded cleanup and in the extreme cases, opinion of ment can, and don’t have the discretionary fundwhich are all to common in our state, the state govThe Daily’s ing to handle a massive hurricane or a widespread ernment must call on federal funds to help bring 10-member ice storm. power back to families and make roads passable. editorial board Oklahoma is especially at risk. We rank third in But what happens when the federal government the number of declared disasters, behind Texas has no money to give? and California, according to FEMA’s website. The The Federal Emergency Management Agency agency also reported that this year has already seen more would have run out of money by Friday at the latest, CBS reported, if Congress had not found a way to agree on a disasters declared than any other, and it’s only the end measure to fund the agency through November. House of September. The National Weather Center has shown Republicans were demanding cuts to environmental ini- Oklahoma’s winter weather has only been getting harsher. tiatives to balance out the most immediate of the spending Oklahoma’s republican members of Congress should not — $1 billion to be spent this week — but when that part of be using this situation as political capital when the safety of the bill was dropped Monday evening, the impasse seemed their constituents is on the line. When February comes and Oklahomans are stuck with over. If the Republican-controlled House and Democratno electricity and stranded by impassable roads, the knowlcontrolled Senate hadn’t worked it out, FEMA would have been unable to operate until November, which would have edge that our politicians won some partisan shouting match meant suspending rebuilding projects in areas affected by won’t keep us warm. Hurricane Irene and this summer’s wildfires. This current debate is a harbinger of worse things to come. In November, Congress will attempt to pass a spending bill

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en days ago, hundreds of people gathered in New York City’s Wall Street district in protest against corporate exploitation. Since then, their numbers have swelled to an estimated 1,200 to 1,500. The demonstration has been subjected to police attacks and a blackout by the U.S. journalistic establishment. “When I first arrived and looked at the camp, a maze of sleeping bags, floor mats, signs and topless protesters dancing and shouting, I was a little apprehensive,” photographer Daniel Julier said. “However, the second I stepped inside the area I was made to feel welcome.” Perhaps the most common point of concern shared by protesters is the growing degree of economic inequality in the U.S. Protesters have taken to referring to the working class as “the 99 percent” and the ruling class as “the 1 percent,” in reference to the fact that in the U.S., the richest 1 percent of the population controls more than onethird of society’s economic wealth, according to a report from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Though the demonstrators have conducted themselves peacefully, police behavior has been erratic and aggressive. On Saturday, following two days of relative calm, hundreds of police attacked demonstrators near Union Square. Police tased and pepper-sprayed protesters, arresting more than 80 people, The New York Times reported. A member of the Industrial Workers of the World, who was among the arrested, said at least one person sustained a “possibly life threatening” head injury in the attack. One video shows a police supervisor approaching a group of female protesters held behind a net, spraying them point-blank in the eyes with pepper spray and then walking away nonchalantly.

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Rachael Pletz (right) holds up a sign as she and others participate in a march organized by Occupy Wall Street on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 in New York City. Marchers represented various causes both political and economic.

“They targeted anyone with cameras, especially those with video equipment,” Julier said. In response to the attack, protesters issued a demand for the resignation of NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, but stipulated they wanted no bluecollar police punished for crimes committed by higher-ranking officers. “In almost every instance of police brutality, the perpetrators aren’t the rank and file police, but the supervising officers,” Bruner said. “The ... police completely understand why we’re here. They have children who aren’t going to have a future. These supervising officers, they’re not part of the one percent, but they fancy themselves to be, so they see us as the enemy.” As well as using physical violence, the governing class has attempted to smother the protests by refusing them press coverage. “Whenever you meet a reporter, they always have some foreign accent,” said demonstrator Gil Rozenblatt, founder of the protest’s Facebook

page. “I’ve given interviews to news companies from Brazil to Australia. Most of the world knows what’s going on, but people here in this country are left in the dark. The problem is, the owners of these media companies are among the people that we’re protesting against.” However, there is evidence of a broad base of public support for the protests. Donations have so far amounted to over $10,000, which could allow the occupation to continue for months, Rozenblatt said. People from all regions of the country have come to New York to participate, and international solidarity protests are being coordinated from Tokyo to Tel Aviv. Even employees of the organizations that seek to suppress the protests have expressed some sympathy. “I overheard one cop talking to another cop, saying, ‘We should be with these guys. We should be protesting alongside them,’” Rozenblatt said. “Some of these bankers even ... stop and say, ‘Hey, what you’re doing is awesome!’ They

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agree with what we’re doing ... even though I’d bet their bosses don’t.” The Wall Street occupation has shown us that, here in “the land of the free,” a few days’ peaceful protest is all it takes to provoke hysterical violence from the capitalist class. Wealth inequality is a topic the wealthy are apparently determined to prevent being discussed. Of course, brutalizing the protesters has only helped to legitimize them. “They have made us considerably more powerful and considerably more determined,” Bruner said. “We are the dispossessed majority, and we refuse to have our future stolen from us.” Zac Smith is a journalism junior.

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merica is the OPINION COLUMNIST land of the free and the home of the brave. We claim to be an equal country, with liberty and justice for all, not some. It takes courage and bravery to stand up for Alex Niblett what’s right; the chalalexandra.g.niblett@ou.edu lenge is that sometimes what’s right to one may not be right to another. With the world changing and American culture evolving, American families are more varied than ever before. Just 60 years ago, the typical American family would consist of a man, a woman and a few children. Now, you may find the men of the household staying at home, more women in the workforce, mixed/biracial families, gay couples with adopted children, single teen parents, polygamists and many households with no children. Heck, there are even families that go to the extreme, such as the well-known Duggars with 19 kids. No matter what the size and kind of families there are, these differences still represent the “typical” American family. Your household is reflected by your lifestyle, and the typical American household no longer has one common trait. In 1945, 77 percent of Americans agreed that a family with three or more chil“It takes courage dren was the ideal family size; in 2007, a whopping and bravery to 56 percent of Americans stand up for thought that no children to two children was best, acwhat’s right; the cording to Gallup polls. challenge is that The 2010 consensus sometimes what’s showed that it costs the right to one person average American middleclass family $222,360 to may not be right to raise a child, from birth to the time they reach eighsomeone else.” teen. Some households can’t afford that, and then again some households just aren’t interested in children. Everyone deserves free choice about what makes their American household their own. Some families’ circumstances may seem bizarre, such as the less common lifestyle polygamy. It may seem strange and unnatural, but if those families are happy, and if they aren’t harming others, then what reason do I have to say it’s abnormal? In recent events, we’ve witnessed the latest state, New York, legalize gay marriage. It’s difficult for some to understand how American households are evolving, but this is the 21st century, and like President Barack Obama has claimed, it’s time for change. It’s also time for fairness and equality. I may not personally choose to live the same lifestyle as my neighbors next door, but what right do I have to accuse them of living an incorrect lifestyle? So many friendships with the potential to last a lifetime are passed by because people stay closed to the unknown, not living with an open mind and heart. If this world had one religion and one lifestyle, we wouldn’t experience war, violence and hatred. Then again, a world like that would be like living on a dull, white canvas. There would be no splash of color to it; nothing would be unique. Diversity is a beautiful thing. Gay and lesbian households feel discriminated against today, just as African American people felt less than a century ago. They’re still humans, just like everybody else. If I were to support terminating discrimination against race and ethnicity and not support gay rights, I would be contradicting myself. I wish we could all set aside our differences and love one another for who we all are, not just for what we may or may not believe in. On Sept. 11, people came together to support one another and lend a helping hand. It didn’t matter where they came from, or whether they were gay, straight, one of three wives to a husband, African American, Caucasian, Native American, or anything else. A diverse group of people — Americans — came together to reconstruct wounded hearts and to clean up the damaged city. That’s a demonstration of real love for one another: the demonstration of a real united country. Hopefully someday, America can stop focusing on our differences and live the equal, indiscriminate lives we each deserve to live. Alex Niblett is a journalism sophomore.

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Sooners will need seniors to step up The strength of this Sooners men’s basketball team may lie with its sophomores and juniors, but it will need its seniors to play the best basketball of their careers if they are going to contend in a leaner, meaner Big 12. Oklahoma is coming off of a 14-18 (5-11 Big 12) season and finished without an invitation to the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive season. Putting together a winning season after one as awful as the Sooners’ showing last season will take more than just the coaching ability of Lon Kruger. Kruger has won 25 or more games in three of his last five seasons and coached UNLV to berths in four of the last five NCAA tournaments. He said he is happy with the Sooners’ work ethic and is excited for the 2011-12 season. “They’ll work hard, play unselfishly and, hopefully, become a good basketball team that’s fun to watch and easy to cheer for,â€? he said. The Sooners roll 10 deep with upperclassmen, but just three of those are seniors: guard T.J. Franklin and forwards Barry HonorĂŠ and C.J. Washington — none of whom started a game last season. The 2010-11 squad — led by lone senior Cade Davis — managed to scrape together wins against Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, but this year’s team will have to lean on three seniors on and off the court if it’s going to be successful. The strength of this Sooner team lies in its sophomores and juniors, namely sophomore Cameron Clark with juniors Andrew Fitzgerald and Steven Pledger, two of the top three leading scorers from

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last season. Clark and Fitzgerald started all of the Sooners’ 32 games last season, and Pledger led the team in free-throw shooting, hitting 85 percent of his shots from the charity stripe. These facts are not lost on Kruger, but he said he will expect his seniors to step up. “They’ve been through a lot of battles, a lot of contests, and [the three seniors] all have the experience necessary to lead this team,â€? he said. Franklin, Washington and HonorÊ’s contributions were small last season, and against a schedule that includes Arkansas and Cincinnati before perennial Big 12 powers Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma State, the seniors will have to play bigger roles than they have before. Franklin, a 2010-11 team captain, is the only player on the roster who has played each of the last three seasons at Oklahoma. HonorĂŠ and Washington both transferred from junior colleges. Franklin said he knows the burden is on him and his fellow seniors. “This is an opportunity to really give the rest of the guys a shoulder to lean on,â€? he said. “It seems like just the other day, I was freshman, and now people are looking at me for advice.â€? Franklin described himself as a more vocal leader this

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Senior forward C.J. Washington (5) defends a Texas A&M shot in a game last season. Washington is one of three seniors on the men’s basketball team this year, and coach Lon Kruger said the trio will lead by committee this season.

year than previous seasons. “I’m trying to make sure I lead us with energy and doing things right,� he said. The Sooners have yet to name team captains this year, but Franklin said he thinks he could be named a captain again.

“I think it’s a possibility,� he said. “I was last year, and even if I’m not, I’m going to help the team out in any way I can.� Kruger said he expects his underclassmen to learn from

the seniors as a group but didn’t point to one player in particular. “I think this season will be more of a leadership by committee,� he said. “A lot of guys are stepping up and setting

the standard in practice.� RJ Young is a secondyear professional writing graduate student. You can follow him on Twitter at @RJ_Young.

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With a small taste of the fall weather already, students can be sure to expect more within the coming weeks. Along with the change in the seasons comes a change in the flavors our taste buds crave. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goodbye to the light, citrus flavors of summer, and hello to the warm, savory tastes of fall. Pumpkin is one of the most anticipated fall flavors. Delectable delights include pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cheesecake and the favorite of all taste sensations, the pumpkin spice latte. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite is pumpkin bread,â&#x20AC;? said Stephen Hoch, University College freshman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just tastes like fall.â&#x20AC;? Starbucks recently announced the return of its pumpkin spice latte, a much awaited beverage during the cold weather seasons. Chris Kaeser, store manager for the Starbucks in the Oklahoma Memorial Union, said business has been booming as temperatures begin changing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s busier now than itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ever been,â&#x20AC;? Kaeser said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Generally, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re taking in 200 more people a day than we were last year at this time.â&#x20AC;? The pumpkin spice latte sells at least two or three times the amount of other beverages sold at the Starbucks in the union. While pumpkin seems to be one of those flavors most closely associated with fall, there are many other foods and tastes the season offers. Tailgating at football games is a central event in the fall, centered on food and socializing. Burgers, hot dogs and cheese dips are a few staples for the tailgating season. In a college town, some grocery store shelves are stocked with extra Velveeta cheese and Ro-tel Tomatoes. Apples are another fall favorite. Apple pie is a classic dessert served in the fall. If you want to change up an ordinary entrĂŠe, there are many chicken dishes that use apple as a complimentary flavor. Autumn also brings some favorite holidays and foods.

above: Pumpkin flavored foods are a staple for fall. left: Pumpkin bread is a easy recipe to make at home and get the fall spirit going.

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Traditional dishes such as roast turkey, potato dishes and cranberry sauce are usually present at the end of November for Thanksgiving. People often fear gaining weight during the holidays and many fall favorites can definitely contribute to weight gain. But there are some foods with healthful benefits. Cranberries and apples are high in antioxidants, which may help prevent heart disease and cancer, according to the Cranberry Institute website. Winter squashes, such as butternut squash, are another healthy option during the season. They are low in fat and high in antioxidants and dietary fiber, according to the Whole Living website.

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After hearing much of Switchfoot’s new album during the OU-Florida State game coverage on ESPN, I had to give it a second look when my mind wasn’t clouded by football. Another must-hear is “Selling the News,” which rails against much of modern America, where “the lowest common denominator prevails”.

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