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iranian major on horizon at ou could have a new major to choose after the fall semester in the College of International Studies. College professors and COCO COuRtOiS Campus Reporter administrators have been Students interested in working to make Iranian studying Iranian history, studies the newest major l a n g u a g e s a n d c u l t u re at OU.
Persian course planned for fall
Iranian studies professor Afshin Marashi and Joshua Landis, Center for Middle East Studies director, are teaming up with others in the college to build the new program. The program plans to offer Persian language by
next fall, Marashi said. Once the program has history, culture and language, the college will then have an official major or minor, he said. “Our goal is to stand as one of the major Iranian study programs in the
country,” Marashi said. “In the past few years, there’s been a lot of efforts to create similar programs like in California ... Maryland or Portland State University.” While Iranian studies is see CULTURE pAGe 3
candlelit memorieS Students hold candles while listening to stories at a candlelight vigil Wednesday in the unity garden on the South Oval. The vigil marked the one-year anniversary of the suicide of Zach harrington, a bullied, gay teen from norman. The event commemorated the growth that has been made in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community at Ou and in norman. While the community has made progress, many of the speakers, who ranged from elected officials to transgender students, said there is much change ahead, support group leader Will Weir said. (oudaily. AuBrie hill/The dAily com)
Children connect with festival book readers Norman fourth, fifth graders crowd union courtyard ViCtORia gaRten Campus Reporter
OU alumni welcomed a younger generation of students to the Oklahoma Memorial Union to hear excerpts from classic children’s literature by local authors and musicians Wednesday. About 200 Norman
fourth- and fifth-grade students crowded into the union courtyard for the Neustadt Festival’s Celebrity Read event. The university and oncampus magazine World Literature Today hosted the event to connect elementaryage students to some of their favorite authors, said Kathryn L e w i s, No r m a n P u b l i c Schools director of media services and technology. “I think it helps them learn
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about new books, enjoy the readers and give the students the opportunity to read as well,” Lewis said. The event awarded its first NSK Neustadt Prize to author Virginia Euwer Wolff, who also read at the event. Wolff The winners received a $25,00 prize and the opportunity to participate in various literature-related activities. The festival, which has taken place since Tuesday, promotes children’s literature,
according to its website. “The purpose of today was to involve and engage the school age students and share an amazing repertoire of work,” said event emcee Merleyn Bell, World Literature Today art director and OU alumna. Six Celebrity Readers shared excerpts from NSK Neustadt prize-winning children’s books. The Neustadt Festival ends Friday.
Oklahoma grabs Texas by the ’Horns
Americans have the right to read any book they want. (Page 4)
Sooners upset texas in emotional victory
remembering a young victim
a whirlwind tour of italian theaters
lgBTq Advisory Board held a candlelight vigil. (oudaily.com)
Two drama seniors recount their 10-day trip. (Page 10)
Sophomore middle blocker Sallie Mclaurin (14) blocks an attack next to junior outside hitter Morgan Reynolds (8). The Sooners upset the no. 8 longhorns, 3-2. (Page 7)
Beginning today, students can pick up their OUTexas football tickets at the Athletics Ticket Office under the Asp Avenue parking facility. Students must bring their OU IDs to pick up their tickets, and only the original student who purchased the ticket will be allowed to pick it up. Ticket pick-up will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Wednesday, Oct. 5. After that, tickets will be available for pickup the day of the game at the Blue Coliseum building in the fairgrounds. Lilly Chapa, Campus Reporter
Week fights book bans Campus group aims to raise awareness KatHleen eVanS
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An OU student organization is celebrating Banned Books Week, a nationwide, annual event to highlight the fight against censorship. The Oklahoma Library and Information Studies Students Association manned a table on the South Oval on Wednesday with famous banned books, as well as information on banned books and the week, which is held during the last week in September. “The point is to raise awareness that books are challenged in public schools and libraries across the nation,” association copresident Elisabeth Wright said. “This limits the freedom of choice in what you can read. Just because something is offensive to you doesn’t mean it should be banned to everyone.” University College freshman Cody Davis said he plans on reading from George Orwell’s dystopia novel “1984.” “I try to make a point of reading a banned book every year,” Davis said.
One lot to be home to two OU fraternities
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Volleyball pulls out win against longhorns in ﬁve sets in norman. (Page 7)
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Sigma Nu, Alpha Tau Omega to build on shared property
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Longtime greek rivals will come together when one OU fraternity demolishes its former house to make room for another. Sigma Nu is tearing down its 1950s-era house and will welcome Alpha Tau Omega to its 99,000-square-foot lot at 1300 College Ave., where
both chapters will live in two new houses, Sigma Nu president Michael Grant said. The Cherokee Gothicarchitecture houses will have two floors of residential living areas and a gym, dining room, kitchen, recreation room, study lounge and library on the first floor. Sigma Nu agreed to sell Alpha Tau Omega half of the property for $700,000 and split demolition and zoning costs, after Alpha Tau see DEMOLITION pAGe 2
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Today around campus A Neustadt discussion will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. The discussion features authors Suzanne Fisher Staples and Virginia Euwer Wolff. Refreshments will be served. The play “Dracula” will be performed by University Theatre 8 p.m. in the Rupel Jones Theatre. Tickets are $14 for students, $22 for adults and $18 for OU faculty/staff and senior adults. Brown Bag Webinar: Professional Dress for the Interview will be held online from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The webinar is free for all ages and is held at www3. gotomeeting.com/register/287401126. “Careers with State Department” will be presented by Rick Roberts in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Career Services Lobby from 4 to 5 p.m. The event is free. The Global Medical Brigade is holding an informational meeting about a mission to Honduras in May 2012. The meeting will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in David L. Boren Hall, Room 180. A Bollywood movie night will be held by The International Affairs Society and Indian Student Association at 7 p.m. in Hester Hall, Room 187.
Friday, Sept. 30 Festival Readings by the 2012 Neustadt Jury will take place from 9 to 11:15 a.m. in the union Ballroom. It will include a prose panel at 9 a.m. and a poetry panel at 10:20 a.m. The event is open to all university students and staff. A speech by Virginia Euwer Wolff, laureate of the 2011 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature, will be giving a speech from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the union Ballroom. Refreshments will be served. A seminar held by the Economics Department will be presented from 3 to 4 p.m. in Ellison Hall, Room 132. The seminar is entitled “Worms at Work: Long-run Impact Child Health Gains.” The seminar is free and open to the public. Women’s Soccer will play Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. at the OU Soccer Complex.
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“Being able to choose what to read is a basic American freedom and human right. The interchange of ideas, especially those considered offensive, is so important.” Schools and libraries are still banning books today, Wright said. There are no nationwide bans, but individual schools or libraries may prohibit a book if a parent or patron complains. Since 2007, Oklahoma
has reported a book banned in Bartlesville and Marietta schools, according to the American Library Association. In 2007, Maureen Johnson’s “The Bermudez Triangle” was removed from the Bartlesville Mid-High School library because of homosexual themes, and in 2008 Lauren Myracle’s “ttfn” was removed from the Marietta Middle School library due to sex and drug use descriptions. Books have been challenged but overruled in
Broken Arrow and Union school districts. Challenges and bans were because of things such as drug use, offensive language and homosexuality. The association estimates on its website 70 to 80 percent of book bans and challenges go unreported. “It could occasionally happen at the university level, but it’s mainly in public high school and middle schools,” Wright said. “It’s a lot rarer at a university.” The group will finish the
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weeklong event Friday with a read-out at the top of the South Oval. Students can sign up for five-minute time slots to read and record a passage of a banned book, Wright said. They can choose their own or select from the group’s suggestions.
Demolition: Construction to finish in 2013 Continued from page 1 Omega alumni approached the chapter. Sigma Nu’s OU chapter recently decided to remain inactive until completing the new house in 2013, Grant said. The chapter chose to leave campus at the end of the spring 2010 semester because of disappointing membership numbers and a possible fresh start, according to Daily archives. OU and Sigma Nu alumnus Shawn Houser said having a newer house would aid the chapter’s recruitment. “It’s hard to recruit when you have a bad house,” Houser said. The current Sigma Nu h o u s e, n ow e m p t y a n d boarded up, dates back to 1956 when architect Tom Sorey, a Sigma Nu alumnus, designed the house. Despite its history, the house became unsuitable for living, Houser said. The Sigma Nu chapter wanted a house with more traditional architecture similar to other greek housing, Houser said. The house will be dedicated to Bennie Owen and Errett R. Newby, grandfather of its current architect and a Sigma Nu alumnus. Both fraternities do share a national tradition; They were founded at the Virginia Military Institute in the aftermath of the Civil War. “We are happy to share the new development of the lot with our historic rivals, and now partners, Alpha Tau Omega,” Grant said. Alpha Tau Omega is looking for a more permanent residence. The fraternity, which returned to campus in 2005 after an eight-
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The Alpha Tau Omega house sits boarded up awaiting demolition Wednesday on 1300 College Ave.
year absence according to Daily archives, will reside in Kappa Sigma’s former house down the street at 1100 College Ave. until fall 2012.
Fraternity president Sam Peyton said the fraternity’s new house will have room for up to 55 members — 12 more than the current house’s.
“This year is the first time since re-chartering in 2007 that we are over 100 members in chapter size, so that extra space will be nice,” Peyton said.
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Owner keeps work ‘funky’ Roxy’s sells vintage, repurposed items to local enthusiasts Caitlin Ruemping Campus Reporter
Among distressed, vintage patio furniture and stenciled signs, a woman’s face cracks in two, split by a smile and framed with golden hair. Local artist Marcy Cordell, embodying the artsy spirit of Norman, strives to “keep Norman funky.” Cordell, the owner of Roxy’s Funky Art Boutique, is deeply rooted in Oklahoma. Born in Chickasha, Cordell attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from OU. The unique combination of big city life and small town roots allows Cordell to perceive art differently. “It was pretty much a culture shock every semester,” Cordell said. “As soon as I got used to life there, I’d come home, and everything would be different.” Cordell found her place in Norman, living in the house that today is known as Roxy’s. Originally, she lived in the upstairs apartment, selling her art at arts and crafts shows, while an accountant’s office occupied the space that now houses vintage and handmade goods. When Cordell began to see boxes slowly emptying the space below two years ago, she said she immediately heard opportunity knocking. “The space became available, and I thought that this would be a great opportunity to sell my art,” Cordell said. In order to build inventory, Cordell sought out other artists to sell their work in
Top: The kitchen is full of great mix and match dishes and art pieces. The store was laid out like a home which enabled you to find what you are looking for by room.
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“You’re supporting your neighbors, and your money isn’t being shipped off to some corporation. It’s important to keep Norman money in Norman.” Marcy Cordell, owner of Roxy’s Funky Art Boutique
her space. With artists from Hosty (of the Hosty Duo) to Lindsey Erickson, Roxy’s boasts an array of handmade wares to repurposed furniture, tagged with cut up cereal boxes. Bird Burnett, a local artist who sells his work at the store, said he feels the funky vibe in the boutique is a perfect fit for his tie-dye apparel and repurposed jewelry.
Many of Roxy’s artists find beauty in found objects, helping keep Norman green. “All of my jewelry is basically repurposed watch parts,” Burnett said. “I love the look and feel of the deco on the old watches. The attention to detail that was done during the turn of the century is amazing. You just don’t see that anymore.”
Right: Roxy’s Funky Art Boutique is located on Gray St. across from the post office and is owned by Marcy Cordell.
Roxy’s customers usua l l y l e av e w i t h u n i q u e merchandise. “It’s one of a kind,” artist Darci Lenker said. “It’s not mass-produced junk. All of it is made in good working conditions, too; not in Bentonville, Ark., or China.” Cordell stresses the importance of buying locally, which draws many people to the store. “It’s local and it’s handmade. You’re supporting your neighbors, and your money isn’t being shipped off to some corporation,” Cordell said. “It’s important to keep Norman money in Norman.”
culture: Family donated $1.06 million Continued from page 1 not a major, students in any colleges can take Iranrelated classes, including Iranian cinema or Iranian architecture. The program was put in motion four or five years ago when the Farzaneh family contacted Landis. Landis then led a three-year lecture series about Iranian politics upon receiving $60,000 from the “We lose expertise family. in this country and The family members made the decision to supthere are in fact port the program after 9/11 very few Americans because they understood who can serve as it was very important for them to try to change the diplomats because mindset of the American they don’t know people, Landis said. anything about President David Boren had previously shown a Iran. It means c o m m i t m e n t t o Mi d d l e that now, very few Eastern studies, he said. Americans have Once university officials including Boren showed the capacity to they were serious about fix the diplomatic the program, the family decided to sponsor more than situation” just lectures. Afshin Marashi, The Farzaneh family doIranian studies nated $1 million to support professor the new program. “ President B oren was very interested about Asia and the Middle East and hired a lot of scholars specialized in these domains, me included,” Landis said. With the funding in place, the next step was finding a professor until Marashi came to OU, Landis said. Marashi said he has seen students demonstrate an interest in the new field. “Students showed a real hunger for understanding Iran and all of its characteristics. I’ve been overwhelmed by the interest actually,” Marashi said. Marashi said he sees education about Iran’s culture, history and languages as such an important topic is how little Americans understand about Iranian-U.S. relations. “Iran is such an important country in the world and especially for the United States: They have not had a formal diplomatic relation since 1979,” Marashi said. “We lose expertise in this country, and there are in fact very few Americans who can serve as diplomats because they don’t know anything about Iran. It means that now, very few Americans have the capacity to fix the diplomatic situation.” The Iranian Student Association will host an Iranian Movie Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Dale Hall Room 128 to spread the word about Iranian culture on campus.
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Every book worth reading Our View: Every citizen has the right to read. We must say no to banning books.
Books banned, challenged in Oklahoma “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger
“Stonewall: The Riots that Sparked the Gay Revolution” by David Carter
“Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley. “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by “The Grapes of Wrath” “Prophet: The Life of Bayard by John Steinbeck Harper Lee. All are easily labeled as literary classics, Rustin” by John D’emilio and many schools consider each essential to a stu“ttfn” by Lauren Myracle dent’s education. They are all also on the list of most “The Bermudez Triangle” frequently banned books. by Maureen Johnson “Montana 1948” by Larry Watson This week is Banned Books Week, a national cel“Glass” by Ellen Hopkins ebration of the freedom to read. Since 1990, more “Brave New World” than 10,000 book challenges have been recorded by Aldous Huxley Source: The American Library Association by the American Library Association, including 348 in 2010. A challenge to a book is a formal complaint asking that a book be removed from circulation or different ways of life and they teach essential truths curriculum. Challenges are made to public schools about what it means to be human. and their libraries, as well as to public libraries. So no, not every book is right for every reader. But Oklahoma saw three documented challenges in it is a parent’s job to decide that — for their child, not 2010 alone — one, against “The Bermudez Triangle” every child. Banning a book limits the access of the by Maureen Johnson, was successful. But fewer entire community. This kind of censorship than 25 percent of challenges are reported denies the freedom of individuals to choose The Our View and recorded, according to the American for themselves, implying an “I know what’s is the majority Library Association. best for you” attitude that the U.S. cannot afopinion of Of course, some of these books do contain ford to tolerate. The Daily’s disturbing themes, sexual content, vulgar Not every book that is banned has liter10-member language, gay and lesbian themes or racial editorial board ary merit, of course — also on this year’s tension — the features that most frequently most-banned list is the “Twilight” saga inspire a challenge to a title. But how else by Stephenie Meyer and the “Captain can an author deal with serious cultural and histori- Underpants” books by Dav Pilkey. But the same cal issues? Outside of these titles, how are students principle applies. Parents have a right to control how supposed to learn about these very real facets of their child is raised. But everyone else has a right to American life? We cannot imagine a better way for read. To help fight censorship, donate to www.ncac. students to understand racial conflicts than by read- org/Kids-Right-to-Read or exercise your right to ing “To Kill a Mockingbird.” read a banned book today. Great books aren’t meant to be easy and harmless. The best books challenge. They force readers to look Comment on this column at OUDaily.com at the world in a new way, they expose readers to
Protesters must be educated in issues
ou may have OPINION COLUMNIST heard about the Occupy Wall Street protests happening in New York, in which several hundred activists have taken over Zuccotti Park near Wall Street since Sept. 17 — and this past Jacob Oller Saturday more than a Jacoboller@ou.edu thousand more joined. Noam Chomsky applauded these (mostly) college students and their efforts to raise awareness of the cronyism, mismanagement, greed, cheating and deregulation that permeate the current business environment. You may be asking yourself right now, “Well Jacob, down there by your name it says you’re a management information systems major — isn’t that a business major?” and yes, yes it is. However, I support protests against Wall Street corruption because I’d like to be unashamed of my business major, and the integration of ethics portions into my business classes shows me the university has the same goal. But for these protests to have any meaningful impact on the way Wall Street operates, the demands they ask and the issues they raise need to be specific and thought-provoking. No “redistribution of the wealth” or “overthrow
the corporate kleptocracy” catchphrase crap. People with a business education need to be leading the charge in this activism. Relevant legislation can only be created through knowledge of the banking and investment industries. Making credit default swaps either trans“I’d like to be parent or illegal and outlawing credit rating agencies from being unashamed of paid by the same companies they my business rate are two specific solutions to major, and the the problems that have contributed heavily to our economy’s integration of problems. Yet, the average nonethics portions business student/protester lacks the knowledge of business jargon into my business to adequately articulate these classes shows me problems. the university has Maybe a general education the same goal.” course about the American economy would help. While Occupy Wall Street protesters are getting the message out, they, as well as the general public, could definitely benefit from some ethical business education so business can change for the better, be held accountable and stop screwing our country. Jacob Oller is a management information systems sophomore.
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Campus recycling full of flimsiness For the past six months, I have been going through OU’s work with if we choose to. Several departments have set up garbage in an effort to promote recycling on campus. I their own departmental collection points that they transhave been doing this by taking an hour of my own time fer to the trailers. Bizzell Library, for example, has set up every day and going through the contents of the univera rolling bin for cardboard on their loading dock, which is sity’s dumpsters, pulling out all of the cardboard I can find then wheeled over to the physics building to dump when to recycle and then sending an email to the it fills. However, participation in this system person’s name on each box’s shipping label. is voluntary, and many departments on camI have sent hundreds of these emails to facpus simply don’t participate in this recycling OUDAILY.COM ulty and staff members, personally encourprogram. For those who choose not to use Link: See a list of aging people to use OU’s campus cardboard it, there is no consequence for not recycling recycling spots recycling system. Cardboard can be recycled cardboard or anything else on campus. at collection trailers distributed around The real testament to a recycling program’s campus. effectiveness isn’t the tonnage of materials Cardboard recycling represents a great way to have a that it captures for recycling, but the ratio of those materipositive environmental impact on campus, both because als it captures to the missed materials that still remain in it is a material that is easy and profitable to recycle, and the waste stream. Open up any dumpster on campus, and also because filling dumpsters with uncollapsed boxes you are likely to find cardboard boxes as well as other madrives up waste disposal costs and forces garbage trucks to terials that should have been recycled or sent to surplus. make more frequent pickups. By this measure, OU still has opportunities to make great The campus cardboard trailers are an imperfect sysstrides in campus recycling. tem, and some departments are located at uncomfortable Marc Jensen, distances from a recycling trailer, but it is a system we can OU Lean Institute (College of Continuing Education)
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Religion may have say in 2012 election
OPINION COLUMNIST ith the 2008 election of Barack Obama, America broke through a race barrier that had once prevented black people from drinking from the same water fountains as white Janna Gentry people. Janna.F.Gentryemail@example.com It was a triumphant moment in American history and showed the world what great possibilities America holds. This election season, there is the possibility of another barrier being broken — no it isn’t the election of the first woman (sorry, Michele Bachmann). This time the broken barrier would be religion. With the possible election of Mitt Romney, our country would experience its first Mormon president. Romney is the most viable candidate for the Republican nomination, with Gov. Rick Perry increasingly faltering in debates and channeling an obnoxious Texas bravado that seems to have a lot of confidence but not many answers. Unlike some of the more extreme candidates, Romney doesn’t suggest America do away with Social Security or taxes, or let people without health insurance die in the emergency room. He seems to grasp the reality of 21st-Century American life, and he is moderate enough to perhaps be able to bridge the gap between Democrats and Republicans. One disconcerting aspect of Romney for many people is his Mormonism. Though this hasn’t been a huge part of the campaign yet, if Romney becomes the presidential candidate for the Republican Party, questions are bound to be asked about a religion that many Americans deem fringe. He has been questioned about his Mormonism, but as of yet, he has not discussed the official doctrine of the Mormon church. Certainly, his faith will affect the decisions he makes to some extent. One of the tenants of Mormonism is the belief in the restoration of the 10 tribes of Israel, and Romney has already expressed his support of Israel. But there are some issues Romney has been downright liberal on that might not sit well with the traditional conservative values that are common in the Mormon faith. For example, though Romney changed his stance toward abortion in 2005, he was initially pro-choice, a stance that appears to contradict the family centered values the Mormon faith promotes. However, Romney is someone who embraces his Mormon faith. So the question is to what extent do his beliefs affect his life and should this exclude him from being president? Though I personally don’t think Obama is responsible for the nation’s economic crisis, many Americans blame him for it. If the economy does not get better before the election, it is possible Americans will oust Obama simply because the economy is poor — although he has accomplished other things worth celebrating, such as the death of Osama bin Laden and the repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. This could possibly leave the United States with Romney, a Mormon. It will be interesting to see if Americans can open their minds to accept a president from a minority religion like they opened their minds to accept a president from a minority race. Janna Gentry is an English education senior.
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Will Kindle Fire cool off iPad?
Amazonâ€™s tablet computer will go on sale Nov. 15 NEW YORK â€” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Wednesday showed off the Kindle Fire, a $199 tablet computer, challenging Appleâ€™s iPad by extending its Kindle brand into the world of full-color, multipurpose devices. The Kindle Fire will go on sale Nov. 15. Itâ€™s about half the size of the iPad, making it a close match with Barnes & Nobleâ€™s Nook Color tablet, which came out last year. But while Barnes & Noble sees the Nook Color as jazzed-up e-reader, Amazon has broader goals for the Fire, as a platform for games, movies, music and other applications. Even before its release, the Kindle Fire was heralded as a worthy competitor to Appleâ€™s iPad. Amazon is nearly unique in its ability to sell content such as e-books, movies and music suited for a tablet â€” like Apple Inc. does. Still, competing with Apple wonâ€™t be easy. Many have tried to copy the iPadâ€™s success, but it remains the overwhelming front-runner in tablet computers. Apple sold 28.7 million of them from April 2010 to June 2011. Analysts at research firm Gartner Inc. expect the iPad to account for three out of four tablet sales this year. â€œSome of the companies that have made tablets and put them on the market ... the reason they havenâ€™t been
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â€œWhat weâ€™ve done is really integrate seamlessly all of our media offerings â€” video, movies, TV, apps, games, magazines, games and so on.â€? JEFF BEZOS, CEO OF AMAZON.COM
successful is because they made tablets. They didnâ€™t make services,â€? Bezos said in an interview. â€œSo what weâ€™ve done is really integrate seamlessly all of our media offerings â€” video, movies, TV, apps, games, magazines, games and so on.â€? Forrester Research analyst Sarah Rotman Epps said selling all that content makes the Fire is the only credible competitor to the iPad this
year. Analysts had expected the Fire to go on sale for about $250. Epps called the $199 price â€œjaw-droppingly low,â€? and said it would introduce tough competition to the market. Analysts had speculated Amazon would subsidize the tablet, counting on making back some money through media sales. But Bezos said the company is content with
a slim profit margin. Epps believes Amazon will sell 3 million to 5 million Fires before the end of the year, but the late shipping date will probably skew the figure to the lower end of the range, she said. The Fire runs a version of Google Inc.â€™s Android software, used by other iPad wannabes, and will have access to applications through Amazonâ€™s Android store. The Fire lacks the cameras sported by practically every competing tablet. It also lacks a slot for memory expansion, a common feature on other Android tablets. The Associated Press
U.S. government gives 4 people weed Federal program began in 1978 EUGENE, Ore. â€” Sometime after midnight on a moonlit rural Oregon highway, a state trooper checking a car he had just pulled over found pot on a passenger. The discovery was not surprising in a marijuanafriendly state like Oregon, but the 72-year-old womanâ€™s defense was that the weed was legal and given to her by the federal government. A series of phone calls from a dubious trooper and his supervisor to federal authorities determined the glaucoma patient was not joking â€” the U.S. government does grow and provide pot to a select few citizens. For the past three decades, Uncle Sam has been providing patients with marijuana as part of a little-known program that grew out of a 1976
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records for a couple of years in the early 2000s. The four patients remaining in the program estimate they have received a total of 584 pounds from the federal government over the years. On the street, that would be worth more than $500,000. All of the marijuana comes from the University of Mississippi, where it is grown, harvested and stored. The marijuana is then sent from Mississippi to a tightly controlled North Carolina lab, where they are rolled into cigarettes. And every month, steel tins with white labels are sent to Florida and Iowa. Packed inside each is a halfpound of marijuana rolled into 300 perfectly-wrapped joints. The Associated Press
The Presbyterian Church plans to ordain the first openly gay candidate for ordination since the denomination struck down barriers this year to clergy who have same-gender partners. Scott Anderson will be ordained as a teaching elder Oct. 8 at the Covenant Presbyterian Church. The new policy won approval from a majority of the denominationâ€™s 173 presbyteries, or regional church bodies, and took effect on July 10. The denomination eliminated language in the church constitution requiring that clergy live â€œin fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, or chastity in singleness.â€? The new provision instead requires ministers to â€œsubmit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life.â€? Since 2003, Anderson has been the executive director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, a public policy organization. He is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary. He and his male partner have been together for about two decades. The Associated Press
Students stealing the letter T across Georgia Tech campus This college prank is brought to you by the letter T and the students at Georgia Tech. The letter T is disappearing from signs on campus, costing the school more than $100,000. Officials at the school in Atlanta are asking students to knock it off. Undergraduate President Elle Creel said the tradition of stealing the T off Tech Tower began in the 1960s. But this new ritual involves taking a T from everything â€” from stadium signs to book bins. Student Katie Simmons said many buildings have been defaced and a T has been stolen off a new building. Student leaders recently launched an amnesty program to try and retrieve some of the letters. The Associated Press
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Floridaâ€™s presidential primary likely to take place in late January Florida is poised to hold its presidential primary Jan. 31, a move that likely would mean an earlier start to the Grand Old Party nominating contests than what the national Republican Party had planned. House Speaker Dean Cannon on Wednesday said that was the likely date for the Florida primary as the state works to ensure that itâ€™s the fifth state to vote behind the four that are the first to traditionally hold presidential primaries or caucuses â€” Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. The Republican said scheduling the primary for the last day of January would make Florida a major player in deciding the GOP nominee without jumping in front of those four states. He said Floridaâ€™s hand was forced by other states that have moved up their dates, including Missouri, which has set its primary for Feb. 7. The Associated Press
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WORLD NEWS BRIEFS 1. MEXICO CITY
President to send troops, police to investigate 35 dumped bodies Mexican President Felipe Calderon is sending troops and federal police to a Gulf coast state where gunmen last week dumped 35 bound, seminude, tortured bodies on a busy avenue in front of horrified motorists. Federal security spokesman Alejandra Sota said the federal forces will reinforce operational and intelligence work in the state of Veracruz. Authorities have said the victims were linked to the Zetas drug cartel. The killers are believed to be from the New Generation gang, a group that is associated with the Sinaloa cartel. The Associated Press
2. RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA
U.S. Embassy issues warnings about terrorists’ kidnapping plans The U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia is warning American citizens that a terrorist group may be planning to kidnap Westerners in the capital of Riyadh. The embassy on Wednesday urged Americans in the kingdom to “exercise prudence and enhanced security awareness at all times.” No further details of the possible plot were given. The Associated Press
Palestinian bid on the table
Council to consider nation’s application to join world body UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council will meet Wednesday to start the process of formally considering the Palestinian request for membership in the world body, the council president said Monday. Lebanese Ambassador Nawaf Salam said the council had met Monday and decided to take up a decision on referring the issue for further consideration in two days. The U.S. has said it would use its Security Council veto to block Palestinian membership should the measure receive the necessary nine of 15 votes. U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to describe confidential diplomacy, said they were telling fellow council members there’s no rush to act on the bid submitted Friday over U.S. and Israeli objections. The U.S. also is seeking cooperation from other members in persuading the Palestinians not to push for a quick vote.
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Nawaf Salam (left), Lebanese Ambassador to the U.N. and current president of the U.N. Security Council, shake hands with Riyad Mansour, Palestinian U.N. representative, before a meeting to formally consider a Palestinian bid for full membership at the world body Wednesday.
The Palestinian envoy to the U.N. Riyad Mansour said he was grateful to SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon for quickly forwarding the request to the Security Council. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday submitted the application
t h a t Pa l e s t i n e b e c o m e the United Nations’ 194th member. “We hope it will lead to fast action in positively recognizing that Palestine be admitted,” Mansour said. But he admitted that several countries would be coming
“under tremendous pressure” not to recognize Palestine as a state and said the Palestinians are sending high-level delegations in the coming days to Bosnia, Gabon and Nigeria — all council members — to elicit support for their bid. The Associated Press
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Plan to restore nation’s disbanded military meets political pressure A plan by Haiti President Michel Martelly to restore the country’s disbanded military is running into opposition. A lawmaker from Haiti’s dominant political party said the country needs to develop its national police force instead of revive an army disbanded in 1995. Moise Jean-Charles of the Unity party said Wednesday that the government cannot afford an army. He says it would require funding from foreign partners and is worried they would exert excessive influence over it. The Associated Pres
Nation’s ban on automobile sales lifted HAVANA — Cuba legalized the sale and purchase of automobiles for all citizens on Wednesday, another step in the communist-run island’s economic transformation and one the public has been clamoring for. Cu b a a n n ou n c e d t h e move in April, but sales have been on hold until the measure was published into law in the Official Gazette. Under the law, which takes
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although tax rates go up. “It is a very positive step,” said Rolando Perez, a Havana resident who was standing in line to get a license to go into business. “They should have done it a long time ago.” The purchase of new cars will be easier than in the past, but still extremely limited. Buyers will have to go to a small number of stateowned dealerships and demonstrate they made the
money to buy the car through salary earned in an approved field, as opposed to from remittances sent from relatives abroad. The 40-page Gazette also says Cubans who leave the island for good can transfer ownership of their car to a relative or sell it. Previously, the state could seize the automobiles of those who emigrated. The Associated Press
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Saturday, Oct. 1 Robert Rauschenberg: Prints from Universal Limited Arts Editions | Exhibition open now through Dec. 30, 2011 at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs | Exhibition open now through Jan. 8, 2011 at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs is the largest and most comprehensive traveling exhibition ever created on the history, biology and evolution of dogs. Visit www. snomnh.ou.edu for more information. Sooner Football: OU Vs. Ball State | 6 p.m. at the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Visit soonersports.com for ticket information. University Theatre Presents: Bram Stoker’s Dracula | 8 p.m. in the Rupel Jones Theatre. Contact the OU Fine Arts Box Office for more information, (405) 325-4101.
Sunday, Oct. 2 OU Vs. OSU | 1 p.m. at John Crain Field. There will 250 FREE Sooner Soccer Scarves and fireworks following the game! Admission is free for students with a valid OU student ID, visit soonersports.com for more information. Woofstock | 1-5 p.m. at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. Bring your dog to the museum to celebrate the opening of “Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs,” the largest and most comprehensive traveling exhibition ever created on the history, biology and evolution of dogs. Visit www.snomnh.ou.edu for more information. University Theatre Presents: Bram Stoker’s Dracula | 3 p.m. in the Rupel Jones Theatre. Contact the OU Fine Arts Box Office for more information, (405) 325-4101.
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Oklahoma defeats No. 8 Longhorns
BY THE NUMBERS OU vs. Texas
The last time OU beat Texas in volleyball (3-2 on Oct. 29 in Austin)
Sooners upend Texas on night honoring memory of coach’s son Luke McConnell Sports Reporter
The OU volleyball team beat No. 8 Texas for its third win against the Longhorns in 11 seasons. The Sooners were 2-20 in contests against Texas since the 2000 season. No. 25 OU recovered after blowing a 2-0 lead to beat Texas, 3-2 (-16, -20, 17-25, 24-26, 15-9) at McCasland Field House. But there was something different — more so than the historic win — about Wednesday night. Sooner fans were clad in black T-shirts with the name Javi across the front in several colors and with his favorite flower, a sunflower, dotting the letter I. OU’s third annual Pledge for the Cure night honored coach Santiago Restrepo’s son, Javi, who died in 2009 from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. All week, Restrepo talked about how in the grand scheme of things, the match was just like any other. After the match, however, the tears that streamed down his cheeks told the real story. “Yeah, it is (more than another match),” Restrepo said. “It’s to keep his memory alive. Bottom line.”
The Sooners played with courage and heart, looking to honor Javi and support their coach by getting a win on the special night after failing to come up with a win for Javi the two previous years, senior right side Suzy Boulavsky said. “ We a l way s p l ay w e l l this night because we know what it stands for,” Boulavsky said. “It’s a very emotional night for Santi, for the girls. This night affects a lot of us.” Boulavsky led the Sooner offense with 20 kills, hitting .452 for the match. OU raced out to a 2-0 lead, and the second-largest crowd in OU volleyball history of 2,074 was ready to add blowing the roof off the building to the list of renovations at the old facility. But the Longhorns battle d back, knotting the match at 2-2 after winning the fourth set, 26-14. But the Sooners refused to be denied a w in this time. OU rode a perfect sideout percentage to win the set, 15-9, and Sooner fans flooded the court. “Brianne and I started crying when that happened,” Boulavsky said. “It’s just an unbelievable feeling. I couldn’t be more happy.”
The last time OU beat Texas in Norman (3-2 on Sept. 27; Texas also was No. 8 that year)
Games the Sooners had won since 2000 against Texas (22 meetings) before Wednesday’s win
Kills for Boulavsky, who led OU offensively and tied with Texas’ Haley Eckerman for match leader
Kills for freshman outside hitter Tara Dunn, playing in her first OU-Texas game
Attack percentage for senior right side Suzy Boulavsky against UT
Above: Senior setter Brianne Barker (1) and senior middle blocker Carlee Roethlisberger (7) attempt to block a kill during the OU-Texas game Wednesday night at McCasland Field House. The No. 25 Sooners upset the eighthranked Longhorns, 3-2.
Photos by Kingsley Burns/The Daily
Ampersand U just ran away
exas A&M was officially accepted grown accustomed. into the football juggernaut league The Aggies’ first — and last — national that is the Southeastern Conference championship in football came in 1939. on Sunday night. Their best finish in any poll since becoming Good for them. They will go from being a a member of the Big 12 came when they finmid-tier football team in a top-tier league to ished No. 11 in the 1998 AP poll. the brunt of many a SEC joke. Aggies chancellor Loftin is prepared to The SEC has claimed the last five BCS throw out the window their only true rivalry, national championships, and if you believe one in which Texas A&M has lost to Texas 75 the Week 5 AP poll, it’s in the driver’s seat to times in 117 meetings dating back to 1894. claim a sixth. Over in SEC Land, Aggie fans can prepare for The list of contenders is more of the same treatment Sports Columnist as long as it is distinguished, they received at the hands and there isn’t a college of the Longhorns, only in football team other than OU higher doses. with the resources to beat Chances are Ampersand LSU or Alabama. U won’t be relegated to the Both teams are as strong SEC West Division because as they have ever been, and the SEC now has 13 teams. both teams would put a Chances are Ampersand hurting on A&M (let’s just U will have to traverse the RJ Young firstname.lastname@example.org call it Ampersand U). OU majority of the SEC landcoach Bob Stoops lamented scape next season as a memthe Aggies’ eminent departure with a few ber of the East Division. choice words, but he knows the dysfunctionAlso, the SEC claims three of the last four al Big 12 has only cut dead weight. Heisman Trophy-winners and fan bases that Ampersand U has just one Big 12 chamdon’t want to leave the league every time a pionship in football — 1998 — but trust me, rival university creates its own TV network. it was a long way from another before it deBut don’t you dare think for one moment cided to run east. the Aggies are running away screaming with On the other hand, Oklahoma has never both hands in the air simply because Texas had a problem winning in the Big 12. did what every other school in the Big 12 can Despite what the Aggies will tell you, these do and created its own network. are the facts: Since the formation of the Big Ampersand U is leaving the Big 12 be12, the Sooners own seven Big 12 champion- cause it’s scared and it’s seen a greener lawn ships, claim two Heisman Trophy-winners — a lawn irrigated with the blood of football and one national championship. programs just like it. Ampersand U has ’98. Oklahoma will continue to excel in a lean- RJ Young is a second-year professional er, meaner conference while Ampersand U writing graduate student. You can follow probably will not, at least in the way it has him on Twitter at @RJ_Young.
Right: Freshman outside hitter Tara Dunn (12) and Roethlisberger (7) celebrate after a set against Texas. OU beat Texas for the first time in three years and the first time in Norman in five years. It was the first time the Sooners won on a Pledge for the Cure night — which honors coach Santiago Restrepo’s son — in three tries.
Assists for senior setter Brianne Barker, who added 11 digs for a double-double
Digs for junior defensive specialist María Fernanda, who added three service aces
Total team blocks for OU against Texas, who had 9.5 total team blocks
Total attendance for Wednesday night’s game, the second-largest crowd at an OU volleyball game in school history
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QB wants to help Aggies move past loss Tannehill, Fuller know they must be upbeat to help team COLLEGE STATION — Ryan Tannehill had a perfect Big 12 record as a starting quarterback, right up until last weekend. The senior will have to get back on track personally while helping his teammates forget about the secondhalf collapse against No. 5 Oklahoma State as the Aggies prepare for Saturday’s game against No. 18 Arkansas in Dallas. “We are looking to rebound from last week,” Tannehill said. “We know we didn’t finish like we needed to in the second half. We are excited to get on that field and prove that we can finish.” The 14th-ranked Aggies had a 17-point halftime lead before numerous penalties and four second-half turnovers, including three interceptions by Tannehill, helped the Cowboys rally for a 30-29 win in the Big 12 opener for both teams. It was a sour loss in particular for Tannehill, who came off the bench to help A&M beat Kansas last year that broke a three-game losing streak. He led the Aggies to six straight wins after taking over
AT A GLANCE Texas A&M’s loss to OSU » The game was played in College Station. » At halftime, the Aggies led the Cowboys, 20-3. » Texas A&M allowed a pair of Oklahoma State receivers to catch 11 receptions each for more than 120 yards each. » OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden passed 60 times against the Aggies, completing 78 percent of his throws.
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Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) breaks away for a 65-yard touchdown against Oklahoma State on Saturday in College Station. The Aggies lost, 30-29, after OSU came back from a 17-point deficit.
as starter. One of the reasons Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman benched Jerrod Johnson in favor of Tannehill last season was because of Johnson’s excessive turnovers. The three
interceptions Tannehill had Saturday equaled the number he threw in all his regular-season games combined in 2010. Sherman isn’t concerned about Tannehill in that area.
“We weren’t where we were supposed to be when we were supposed to be there,” Sherman said. “I’m not worried about Ryan. He’s a great competitor and will be ready to lead the team.”
Receiver Jeff Fuller, who was the target on two of the three interceptions and who slipped on one of them, seemed to take the loss harder than anyone on the team. “I was there for the picks, and both of them I take the blame for,” Fuller said. “Slipping is uncalled for. It’s just rough to be such a huge part of what happened.” Part of Tannehill’s task is making sure Fuller, a fellow senior, shakes off the loss so the younger players follow his lead. “We talked, and he told me everybody’s going to be looking around, and we’ve got to
be upbeat and ready to work ... and forget about last week,” Fuller said. Johnson was still the quarterback when the Aggies played the Razorbacks last season. He was intercepted in the end zone, one of four Texas A&M turnovers, and Arkansas won, 24-17. Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino sees a difference with Tannehill in charge. “He’s brought a real calming, confident effect to their offense,” Petrino said. “When we played them a year ago, they were a little out of sync ... Since Tannehill’s been in there, they’ve been very calm. He operates the offense, he can make plays running the ball, which is a concern.” It’s fitting that the Aggies will face a team in the Southeastern Conference this week after it was announced on Sunday that Texas A&M will leave the Big 12 to join the league next season. Tannehill doesn’t see any significance in the matchup falling in the same week as the announcement. ‘’Arkansas is on our schedule even if we were staying in the Big 12,” he said. “It’s just a game, it doesn’t matter what conference you’re in. Once you’re on the field, it’s just like any other game in the nation.” The Associated Press
Schools need to consider players when deciding futures NCAA encourages universities to weigh student-athletes’ needs in realignment INDIANAPOLIS — As a growing number of schools play musical chairs with conferences, NCAA President Mark Emmert says he is concerned about the perception that money is driving the decisions and declared “this is not the NFL, the NBA, it’s not a business.” Instead, Emmert is urging school presidents to consider factors besides revenue when choosing conference affiliation. “I think what came across (with realignment) is that all we care about is money and what we can do that is to our advantage,” Emmert said in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press. “Nobody was talking about what this is going to do for student-athletes or intercollegiate athletic programs. It was all about let’s make a
deal.” Emmert understands the urge, perhaps even the necessity, for schools to do something. Nobody wants to give up a potentially big payday, and nobody wants to be left witho u t a s e at when the music stops playing. B e f o r e MARK leaving the EMMERT University of Washington to take the NC AA job last October, Emmert participated in the same sort of discussion with his Pac-10 colleagues. Emmert and the others eventually voted to accept two new members, Colorado and Utah, which allowed the
conference to add a football title game as another moneymaker. There’s nothing wrong with finding more revenue, Emmert said, as long as it is used properly and doesn’t add to the perception that college sports is all about the bottom line. “We shouldn’t say money isn’t important,” he said. “It is very important to fund intercollegiate athletics because universities can no longer afford to take money out of their regular budgets to subsidize sports. Money’s not evil. It’s what you do with the money that’s evil.” Skeptics can point in almost any direction to illustrate their point that college sports is big businesses. In April 2010, the NCAA signed a $10.8 billion television contract with CBS and TNT to televise the men’s basketball tournament. The NCAA says more than 90 percent of that money will
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Critics fear the recent moves could lead to a handful of 16-team superconferences that could break away from the NCAA or dictate looser rules to stay competitive. Emmert has downplayed the significance of
conference expansion or contraction, pointing out that leagues have expanded and dissolved before. But there’s one thing he wants to make clear: The NCAA will never become the equivalent of a pro league. The Associated Press
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THURSDAY, SEPT THURSDAY SEPT. 29 29, 2011 In coming months, youâ€™re apt to make a very valuable and unique friendship. This person, who is introduced to you through a mutual friend, will open doors for you and take you to places you can only imagine. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -Because you wonâ€™t dilly-dally over your opportunities, you could find yourself involved in several enterprises at the same time. Youâ€™ll make them all live up to your expectations. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- The right opening might present itself to put the finishing touches on a matter that has given you and everybody else fits. Be prepared to exploit it like the dickens.
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Actresses go abroad and beyond OU Two drama seniors returned home after exciting theater tour through Italy
Left: Drama seniors Emily Jackson and Anna Fearheiley during the performance of Mary Stuart in Arona, Italy. The students performed at the International Festival delle due Rocche in Arona.
Katherine Borgerding Life & Arts Editor
Fresh off a plane from their final performance of “Mary Stuart” in Arezzo, Italy, Anna Fearheiley and Emily Jackson were satisfied. “If we ever do this again,” Jackson said, “Let’s do it just like that.” The two women are home “One of the things in their native environment at the OU School of Drama I learned from this after a 10-day tour in Arona, both personally and Italy. The two drama seniors performed “Mary Stuart” by professionally is that playwright Dacia Maraini in theater is happening a six-day theater festival loeverywhere, its cated on a lake in Arona. Jackson and Fearheiley happening in performed two shows Norman, Oklahoma; while in Italy: one at the its happening in a International Festival delle due Rocche in Arona and little twon in Italy.” one on OU’s sister campus in Anna Fearheiley, Arezzo for OU study abroad Drama senior students. T h e t o w n o f A ro n a i n northern Italy hosts many art and music festivals every year, but the community was craving this festival and eager to attend a theater festival, Fearheiley said. “One of the things that was coolest for me was to see this little town in Italy starving for this kind of art and they were so appreciative that they were there,” Fearheiley said. “When we put on plays here, we think ‘this is what we do’ and the people of Arona were so happy for something that they don’t always have access to.” Maraini, the play’s author and creative director for the first Festival delle due Rocche, asked Fearheiley and Jackson to perform her play in the festival in March after the play’s performance at OU. The OU School of Drama and World Literature Today Magazine held the event in Maraini’s honor and asked the two students to perform. Jackson said she and Fearheiley had to read, rehearse and direct the play in two weeks to prepare for Maraini’s visit. The play tells the story of Queen Elizabeth I and Queen of Scots Mary Stuart, leading up to Stuart’s execution. Fearheiley played the role of Mary Stuart as well as the role
Below: Fearheiley and Jackson with Susan Shaughnessy, OU professor and director of “Mary Stuart” and playwright Dacia Maraini at the International Festival delle due Rocche in Arona.
of Elizabeth’s maid, Nanny, and Jackson took on the roles of Elizabeth and Stuart’s maid, Kennedy. “This is really a performance piece as well as being a narrative, but it is really out of time,” Jackson said. “Its not very chronological and sometimes the characters are speaking to people who aren’t there. The play is a fairly heavy commentary on the lives of women and the role women play and the power that men try to weald over them.” Jackson said the play’s audience can become overwhelmed with the amount of history in the first act, but the second act explores the women, and the audience can understand the meaning of the play because they understand the women and their dilemma. In addition to Maraini’s play, a Senegalese African drumming troupe and many movement- and performancebased groups performed at the festival. Both Jackson and Fearheiley will be involved in the Lab Theatre’s production of William Shakespeare’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona” later this fall and will graduate in May. Fearheiley said her experience in Italy has shown her that theater is everywhere.
“One of the things I learned from this, both personally and professionally, is that theater is happening everywhere, it’s happening in Norman, Oklahoma; it’s happening in a little town in Italy,” Fearheiley said. “It’s both encouraging and overwhelming to think about that. As seniors we don’t know where we should go, but the thing is, we could go anywhere, but which anywhere is the best anywhere?”
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Kelly Goodson and Mackenzie Cunningham, Universty College freshmen, enjoy the mild weather that accompanied the first weekend of fall. Now that fall is upon campus, staying cooped up inside is not on the agenda for some OU students.
t’s finally fall, the Life & Arts Columnist harvest season, and though you probably won’t actually be doing any harvesting, there are plenty of other autumnal activities that could make this fall the best one yet. For those of us who can Megan Deaton hardly bear the scorching firstname.lastname@example.org summer heat, fall comes as a welcome relief. It’s only fitting that we spend as much time as possible enjoying the moderate weather with plenty of outdoorsy events.
Since it is the middle of the semester, it is probably best that you also reserve some time to study. Why not study outside? The Oklahoma Memorial Student Union courtyard is a perfect place to chill, and the random benches around campus can also be inviting.
Besides, by now you’re probably tall enough to see over the wall if you get lost.
It’s fall and the weekends aren’t yet filled up with homework. Take a day or two and go camping, hiking or rock climbing. Oklahoma has many destinations that would be prefect Jump for joy If you truly want to embrace the spirit of fall, find a wood- for a weekend in the great outdoors. The closest is Lake Thunderbird State Park located just east of Norman on ed area. Gather some leaves, and you’ll know what to do. Highway 9. If you don’t mind a drive, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge offers all the hiking and camping opportuMake a pie nities your heart desires, and the roughly two-hour drive is Fall also marks the beginning of America’s yearly love affair with orange. True Sooners might look upon this with dis- definitely do-able. College students, make the most of this fall. Right now, may, but with orange comes pumpkins, and with pumpkins Go star gazing you can go on the hayride at the pumpkin patch and not be come pie. If you’ve never baked a pie, try it out. Gather up some friends, grab a couple blankets and find a judged by adults because they still view you as a crazy coldark place to admire the twinkling lights. lege kid. Sooner or later, this moment in your life will pass, Commune with the pumpkins However, I know from personal experience that it is best to and you will be expected to behave like an adult. Enjoy this When was the last time you visited a pumpkin patch? find a public piece of property, such as a park, to do this. As it Though it can be seen as a childish destination, there’s fall of childhood. turns out, the police frown upon groups of college students something about getting lost in a hay maze that will always congregating in fields. Megan Deaton is a journalism sophomore. be both disorienting and enchanting.
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