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Tobacco team broaches ban Committee holds first, only open meeting of the semester Thursday BLAYKLEE BUCHANAN Campus reporter
P r e s i d e n t D a v i d B o r e n ’s newly formed Tobacco Advisory Committee met Thursday afternoon for its first and only open meeting to discuss the
campuswide smoking ban. The committee, which consists of students, faculty and staff, was formed by Boren earlier this month to determine the best way to implement a smoking ban at OU. The committee members also will debate if a ban on all tobacco products or just smoking is the best decision for the OU community. No matter what the committee
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members decide, they also will make recommendations for how far the ban will reach and what will happen if the ban is violated. At the meeting, Boren reiterated his reasons for the ban — health costs and the costs associated with litter and damage. “The concern really starts with the concern for our colleagues and friends and members of our community from the point of view on
the impact on health that continued use of tobacco causes,” Boren said. College of Public Health dean Gary Raskob spoke about the risks smoking in public places, such as the impact on cardiovascular health. “[There is] very strong evidence that there is a relationship between these policies and heart attack rates,” Raskob said.
After health concerns, the committee discussed the financial burdens smoking puts on university cleanup. Trash-can damage by cigarette butts is costly, said Allen King, director of landscaping. It costs $1,200 per year to repair and repaint trash cans across campus, King said. SEE BAN PAGE A3
Sooners reap local harvest Friday’s farmers market supplies fresh produce CAITLIN RUEMPING Campus reporter
The ruddy flesh of ripe apples peek out the edge of a woven basket, flanked by bins of onions and potatoes, tucked away in the quiet corner near OU’s produce restaurant in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. This scene is a regular Friday for The Laughing Tomato’s farmers market. The Laughing Tomato, with a focus on sustainability, has been offering fresh produce every Friday since it began its weekly farmers market three years ago. Much of the restaurant’s produce — about 15 percent of its total food ser ved — comes from Peachcrest Farms in Stratford, accompanied by peanut products from S nider Far ms Peanut Barn, Hollis and other local, baked-goods businesses, according to the OU Housing and Food website. “I like to support local businesses,” said Donna Dye, supervisor of The Laughing Tomato. “As far as keeping Oklahoma m o n e y i n O k l a h o ma, your money supports the local economy and farmers when you buy from our farmers market.” Along with the locally grown foods, The Laughing Tomato’s staff members look for guests
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Alisa Jenkins, psychology senior, browses the selection of oU-branded apparel at the University bookstore on Thursday.
Sooner pride surprise for some COCO COURTOIS Campus reporter
Throwing on a Sooner hoodie may seem normal for OU students, but something as simple as wearing your university colors surprises many exchange students. “When I arrived here, my first thought was, ‘Why is everyone wearing the same T-shirt?’” said Anais Tierny, a French student in communications. Andrea Nieto, a Peruvian student in economics, had a similar first impression. “When I came here, I realized the whole city lives around the
High number of OU memorabilia for sale an adjustment for international students university,” Nieto said. In Norman, school spirit is everywhere, but in foreign countries it is often peripheral. “When I go to the university, I don’t even see a logo anywhere. They have three big flagpoles in front of the university and not even a single flag on it,” said Moerowam Al-Chaabi, a German graduate student in engineering. “It’s not that our university doesn’t have T-shirts; they do. But nobody
wears them.” International universities typically don’t focus on marketing because their principal goal is to educate, Al-Chaabi said. “The university is a place to study — no one would think of it as a shopping center,” Tierny said. “Besides, students are not particularly proud of belonging to the university; no one would buy anything.” International students typically
show school pride when they come from a prestigious university. “A lot of famous people went to this university, so people think that when you come from the university, you’re really smart — they know you went through a lot to get there,” Nieto said. “We even have shirts, bags, school material. ... I guess it’s because of the American influence since most of the teachers and professors have studied [in the U.S.]” For local retailers, it’s the football team that has everyone on SEE PRIDE PAGE A2
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no matter your opinion, you should make your voice heard. (page a4)
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students share their opinions on the longtime issue. (OUDaily.com)
Upcoming concerts to feature different kinds of music. (page B5)
Novelist recognized as laureate for work Four-day event celebrates work of Oklahoma writers
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Junior forward dria hampton (9) fights past a byU player during a game earlier this season. The sooners open big 12 play against no. 2 oklahoma state on friday in norman. (page B1)
One young-adult novelist received $25,000 and the 2011 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature on Thursday afternoon at the 2011 Neustadt Festival. Virginia Euwer Wolff, of Portland, Ore., received her Neustadt Prize certificate, monetary award
and a replica of an eagle’s feather cast in silver during Thursday’s Neustadt Festival event at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. World Literature Today, the university’s magazine of international literature and culture, hosted the afternoon discussion as part of the four-day festival. The festival celebrates the work of the Neustadt laureate and nine internationally SEE PRIZE PAGE A3
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MarKeT: Eco-friendly efforts benefit economy Continued from page A1
TODAY AROUND CAMPUS Festival Readings by the 2012 Neustadt Jury will take place from 9 to 11:15 a.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom, including 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, winner of the 2011 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature, will give a speech from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom. Refreshments will be served. A seminar held by the OU Department of Economics will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. in Ellison Hall, Room 132. The seminar is titled “Worms at Work: Longrun Impacts of child Health Gains.” The seminar is free and open to the public. “Who was Bob Rauschenberg?”, a lecture presented by Mary Lynn Kotz, is from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium. The opening reception for Satan’s Camaro Art Show will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Fred Jones Jr. Memorial Art Center’s Lightwell Gallery. The event is free and open to the public. OU soccer will play Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. at the OU Soccer Complex. An exhibit of prints by Robert Rauschenberg from the Universal Art Limited Editions, 1962 to 2008 collection are now on display at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. An opening reception for the prints will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. The tour of the prints begins at 8:30 p.m., which will be followed by a party at 9 p.m. A tie-dyeing party hosted by Union Programming Board will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. in the union. Food will be provided. The event is free.
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to host presentations during the farmers market each week to educate students on how to cook different produce and benefit from locally grown foods, Dye said. “Every Friday, we have someone come out, and we’ll do a demonstration of cooking,” she said. “We always have free samples. We try to show you things and teach you things that you may not know.” Last week’s demonstration opened the eyes of French and international studies senior Lauren Weaver to the benefits of honey. “The honey they sell is local honey, which actually has a lot of health benefits,” Weaver said. “It helps you prevent allergies because it’s made of pollen from local plants.” Though the farmers market has become increasingly popular, there is leftover produce, Dyer said. As part
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of OU’s commitment to the environment, the leftover produce is sent to campus kitchens to use in the dishes they prepare each day. “We send what we don’t sell to Couch (Cafeteria),” Dyer said. “Lately, we’re sending half as much as we used to because we are
selling more.” Weaver commends The Laughing Tomato’s efforts to create a eco-friendly opportunity for students to buy fresh produce and encourages students to attend Friday’s market. “It’s better for the environment because of the fewer
carbon emissions released in transportation, and it benefits the local economy,” Weaver said. “I just wish we had more efforts like this one. We could have a much larger campus market, and I think a lot of students would go for it.” Students can attend a demonstration from the peanut farmers at Snider Fa r m s P e a n u t B a r n o n Friday at the restaurant, as well as buy fresh zucchini, potatoes, cucumber, cantaloupe and squash from Peachcrest Farms.
priDe: Football success drives sale of OU items Continued from page A1 campus rocking the OU sweatpants. Tina Peterson, director of the University Bookstore, said school pride was part of what brought her to OU six months ago. Peterson said the bookstore, an OU product retailer, contributes to prideful cohesion. “We’re at the stadium, it’s the central spot of the spirit of the university,” Peterson said. But the OU trademark goes beyond campus boundaries. Ronny Hutson, manager of Gameday Authentic on Campus Corner, is one of the many unofficial retailers of the OU trademark. Sooner support keeps stores like this in business. “Obviously, we are all competitors, but there is a lot of business to do and a lot of people who buy,” he said. Students aren’t the only ones shopping for OU gear. People from outside Norman usually come on the weekends to buy OU items as gifts or souvenirs, Hutson said. And when the football team is winning, more people are shopping for and wearing their crimson-andcream apparel.
“ The football team is something we can always be proud of. That’s why OU’s spirit is so strong,” he said. “Thanks to that, this month on the two game days, we will make about 60 percent of our sales.” Jerry Hatter from Balfour of Norman agreed that football is important for the store’s sales. “I hate to say it, but it’s all about winning or not,” Hatter said. He said he decided to
focus on everyday items to answer the hunger from fans for OU. Renata Hays, OU director of licensing, is directly involved in the business of selling Sooner spirit. “OU has such a presence in Oklahoma, it has such a good athletics program that people grow up living and breathing OU that all of that passion translates into the success of our licensing business,” Hays said. And OU pride isn’t even
limited to Oklahoma. “Dallas is actually a really big city for our fans, and there’s a lot of OU stores there,” Hays said. And with the number of exchange students on campus, the Sooner brand has gone global. “The sense of community makes me proud to be in OU. It makes me want to bring a lot of OU stuff back to my country and wear it every day, and I guess that’s what I’m going to do,” Nieto said.
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Ban: Restrictions’ extent questioned Continued from page A1 Benches are expensive to repair, too, at $90 each, he said. Boren and a small group picked up litter across campus on Tuesday — mostly cigarette butts concentrate around benches where a trashcan wasn’t more than 20 feet away, Boren said. The president said litter alone can cost $150,000 a year, but another factor is health care costs. “One of the things that shocked me, for example, was that the average smoker has $1,800 a year more, on
average, in health care costs than the average non-smoker,” Boren said. In addition to the expenses Boren cited, he and the committee agreed if this ban is passed, it will make smoking inconvenient for faculty, staff and students, and they have an obligation to provide resources to kick the habit. “These are not easy addictions to break, so one of the things we have is something called Healthy Sooners, and they give out quick kits, aids to help stop smoking,” Boren said. Human Resources director Julius Hilburn added that Blue Cross and Blue Shield,
an insurer of many university employees, offers multiple approaches to quitting smoking, including acupuncture and hypnosis. The committee members said they understood some members of the OU community will still smoke. In meetings during the next few months, the committee will discuss: • if the ban should include more than just smoking; • if there will be designated smoking areas; • and what will be the punishment for violating the smoking ban. No future meeting has been set yet, Raskob said.
AT A GLANCE Meet the tobacco advisory committee Here are the members of the tobacco advisory committee. The committee also will receive support from OU’s legal counsel, Anil Gollahalli; Student Affairs Vice President and dean of students Clarke Stroud, and Facilities Management Director Brian Ellis. Students: • UOSA President Hannah Morris • UOSA Vice President Laura Bock • CAC chairwoman Melissa Mock • Student Congress chairwoman Alyssa Loveless • Graduate Student Senate chairman Derrell Cox Faculty: • Political science professor Michael Givel
• Former Faculty Senate chairwoman Cecilia Brown • Political science professor Hank Jenkins-Smith
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›››› Sooner Sampler:
What do you think about the university working to ban smoking on campus?
“I don’t smoke myself. I support the ban for health reasons.” Xin Jiang, graduate student
“People are in a college. They should be doing what they want to do as long as it’s legal.” Karissa Stelmach, University College freshman
Staff: • Custodial supervisor Matthew Rom • Housing and Food Services general manager April Buchanan-Sandlin • Staff Senate chairman-elect Chris Cook
“I don’t care. Why should we be bothered if other people smoke?” Nick Pham, University College freshman
Administrators: • Administrative Affairs Vice President Nick Hathaway • Human Resources Director Julius Hilburn • College of Public Health dean Gary Raskob* *Raskob will serve as chairman of the group
prize: Winner writes for optimism Continued from page A1 known writers who make up the 2012 Neustadt Prize jury, according to the festival’s website. “ This is a big deal. A lot of people who win the Neustadt Prize go on to win the Nobel Prize for literature,” said Jennifer Rickard, digital media editor for World Literature Today. The winner is selected by
candidate and debate which one should receive the prize GO AND DO and money, Rickard said. Keynote speech Wolff was selected for her young-adult novels, “Make WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 L e m o n a d e,” “ T h i s Fu l l p.m. today House” and “True Believer,” which show teenagers overWHERE: Oklahoma coming multiple obstacles to Memorial Union Ballroom, Third Floor achieve their college dream. “I take it as a personal responsibility to end with some type of hope,” Wolff a jury of nine international said dur ing Thursday’s authors, who each pick a discussion.
“It’s even worse than firsthand smoke. Why should we tolerate secondhand smoke?” Allison Trobbe, University College freshman
“I can see why they implement this policy, but the school may be curbing people’s choices too much.” Brooks Heitmeier, University College freshman
“It’s both good and bad. We need to see both sides of the stories.” Jacob Lemley, architecture sophomore
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Palestine petitions for upgrade
n Sept. 23, OPINION COLUMNIST Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian National Authority, submitted to the U.N. a petition to recognize Palestine as a full-member state of this organization. It will take some weeks Adrian Espallargas to know the official outAdrian.Espallargas.Nunezfirstname.lastname@example.org come, but it already is clear the proposal will thrive. As a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, the United States has announced it will use its veto power against it. However, it is likely that Palestine will be upgraded from an “observer-entity” to an “observer-state.” If Palestine becomes an observer-state, it could denounce Israel against the international courts. If it were recognized as a full member, on the other hand, it could denounce Israel for the occupation of disputed territory. The latter would become a serious problem for Israel. In his intervention, President Barack Obama said conversations between both parties are the way to peace. I agree. But conversations are not possible when there is no equity.
Israel has gone above its rights under international law again and again. The U.N. Resolution of 1967 required “the withdrawal of Israel armed forces from occupied territories in the recent conflict.” Instead of doing so, Israel has increased its territory significantly, establishing more and more settlements in Palestine. The biblical promise of the land of Judea and Samaria to the tribes of Israel is not a property agreement that authorizes it to evict people from their land who were born and live in it. This tactic of “conversation” would allow Israel to calm the international community while it keeps doing whatever it wants. The Palestinian National Authority has taken a bold step by once again raising this issue, generating many world headlines and reminding us that we cannot overlook the Middle East conflict. In 1947, the U.N. resolution 181 addressed the creation of two states: one Arab and one Jewish. After 60 years, only the latter has been established. It is time to stop dragging out this conflict and make some bold decisions. Adrian Espallargas is a journalism junior.
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Ron Paul’s grassroots campaign thrives Yahoo recently ran this headline: “Poll: Romney leads New Hampshire, Huntsman in third, Perry in fourth.” A second glance at this phrasing should strike any reader vaguely familiar with the concept of numbers as odd. There does exist a number between one and three — the headline simply neglected to mention it. Briefly, the story notes Ron Paul holds the apparently irrelevant position of second. This reluctance to acknowledge Paul’s existence pervades the media and when he is mentioned, it’s often to distort his views. For example, many sources reported that the Texas congressman, a medical doctor, answered “yes” to whether society should let a hypothetical man without health insurance die. Although someone from the crowd shouted “Yeah,” Paul clearly and emphatically answered “No,” going on to note the structural problems that make that situation as disastrous as the current one. Paul then noted the ways that voluntary organizations within society historically have worked to provide for those in such circumstances, drawing a sharp distinction between society and government. Unfortunately, this was ignored. In a way, the disconnect between Paul’s portrayal in the media and his actual popularity is perhaps fitting. Ever since his time in college, he’s been a disciple of Austrian School economists like
Nobel Laureate F.A. Hayek, who was a pioneer in social theory regarding spontaneous order — social order that emerges from bottom-up arrangements rather than top-down control. This lends itself nicely to the uniquely grassroots spirit of Paul’s campaign, amassing a staggering amount of donations almost entirely from individual donors, which stands interestingly opposed to the popular view that a libertarian society would enthrone corporations over individuals. A powerful example of the grassroots activism he has inspired is the large number of successful student groups that have risen in support for Paul’s agenda of personal liberty, sound economic foundations and a swift end to the doctrine of endless war. While not officially tied to any specific candidate, Young Americans for Liberty, which Paul helped get off the ground at the end of his 2008 campaign, is one such organization. Recently, a chapter started here at OU. It can be found at the Facebook page “OU Young Americans for Liberty.” The group hopes to find ways to educate fellow students about the ideals of individual freedom and voluntary social cooperation, and is looking into helping to start a Youth for Ron Paul chapter for the 2012 election cycle. Jason Lee Byas, philosophy junior
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Real-world solutions not too feasible
OPINION COLUMNIST s an international studies student, I sometimes tell my history-major friends that people in my field employ themselves creating the problems for historians to study. Anecdotally, I would Elizabeth Rucker speculate that many of us email@example.com pursue our degrees because we yearn to solve the world’s problems. That’s not to say that students in other programs don’t read, ponder and work to leave the world better than they found it — just that I’ve found a disproportionate numbers of my fellow bleeding hearts in the College of International Studies. Thus I truly sympathized when I read Kimm Johnson’s column outlining her desire for student groups to offer concrete solutions to the issues they organize around. The unfortunate answer is, as I have learned in my going-on four years at OU: It just is not that simple, especially for the really big problems the global community faces. For example, Anderson writes of the Model U.N.’s efforts to spread awareness about the International Day of Peace, “those student[s] could have advertised FreeRice.com, a website that tests your vocabulary while donating food to impoverished nations.” But a background report prepared by the World Bank this year found, as many other scholars have, that food aid can actually worsen conflicts in some situations “That does and also exacerbate the underlying not mean we causes of conflict. The explanations are powerless. for this apparent phenomenon can and do constitute piles and piles of Throughout research, reports and analyses, but history, people to oversimplify all that work: food have worked aid doesn’t always improve or end because it is a band-aid hard and long conflicts solution. to remedy the People like Band-Aids for obvious reasons: there is the sweet ills they saw satisfaction of having done somein their time.” thing. To overextend this metaphor, Band-Aids also are cheap, convenient and accessible to global northerners (including columnists parked behind internationally manufactured laptops, listening to Bono wail about one love and the horrors of famine). Another painful truth revealed by conflict studies scholars is U.N. peace-keeping missions are notoriously futile, having little better than a 50 percent success rate. The notorious examples of U.N. failure include Rwanda in 1994, Bosnia in 1995 and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in pretty much any year. Too often, peace-keeping forces engage in atrocities, protect only minuscule areas or are simply ineffective. Political scientists have also documented our preference for quick, satisfying solutions. The most obvious example is elections: we often run people into and out of office long before the actual effects of their policies (positive and negative) have even been felt. We continue to focus on events and personalities rather than understanding the underlying systems and structures that operate in our countries, families, communities, wars and famines. When we examine systems, we often find we have been putting pressure on the wrong factor. Thus raising awareness of an issue — even an International Day of Peace — might actually be more beneficial than just telling someone what to do or who to vote for. Problems like war, famine, homo- and transphobia, poverty, racism, rape culture and nuclear proliferation are all the products of our systems. As such, it takes more than a law or a charitable donation to rectify them. That does not mean we are powerless. Throughout history, people have worked hard and long to remedy the ills they saw in their time (successfully and unsuccessfully). This is true even today from the OU students who threatened to occupy Evans Hall to change our sexual-assault policy to the more than 1,000 people currently occupying Wall Street in protest. Direct action focused on the right institution can and does affect positive change, but no one can hand these solutions to us. Wielding our creativity, inherited wisdom and passion, we must be utterly consumed by the transformation of our world. Elizabeth Rucker is an international studies and interdisciplinary perspectives on the environment senior.
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Tough law to take effect Officials can check status of students in public schools BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Police in Alabama are getting ready to enforce what is considered by many as the toughest immigration law in the nation. Beginning Thursday, authorities can question people suspected of being in the country illegally and hold them without bond, and officials can check the immigration status of students in public schools, Gov. Robert Bentley said. The governor said parts of the law will take effect immediately. “We intend to enforce it,” Bentley said. U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn, a Republican appointee, wrote in a 115-page opinion that some parts of the GOP-backed law conflict with federal statutes, but others don’t. There are three separate lawsuits against the Alabama law, including a challenge from President Barack Obama’s administration. Blackburn’s ruling is expected to be appealed. Agricultural leaders fear the law could cost farmers money this autumn by scaring away Hispanic workers who are vital to harvesting crops statewide. “There are some sweet potato farmers in this state it’s really going to hurt. I don’t know how they’re going to get their crops out,” said Jeremy Calvert, a farmer in rural Bremen. Zan Green, a tea party activist in metro Birmingham, said she was happy with the decision, saying citizens of foreign countries have
Bank of America implements monthly fee for debit-card use Bank of America plans to start charging customers a $5 monthly fee for using its debit card to make purchases. The fee will be rolled out starting early next year. A number of banks have already either rolled out or are testing such fees. But Bank of America’s announcement carries added weight because it is the largest U.S. bank by deposits. The Associated Press
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University of Alabama student Meagan Griffin, right, and others march during a student immigration rally protesting the HB56 Alabama immigration law near campus in Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday.
Women seeking abortions in Kansas will have to pay for the procedure or get extra insurance after a judge refused to block a new law that restricts insurance coverage for abortions. The law prohibits insurance companies from offering abortion coverage as part of general health plans, except when a woman’s life is at risk. Women who want abortion coverage must buy supplemental policies. The law is among several major anti-abortion initiatives approved this year in Kansas. The Associated Press
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The administration is seeking $25 million for the listing program in 2012, an 11 percent increase. U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, who chairs the appropriations subcommittee overseeing the program, plans to continue seeking to cut that money from the budget, his
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Suit attempts to revisit DADT SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court refused Thursday to decide the constitutionality of the military’s now-repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy banning openly gay troops, saying the issue has been resolved since Americans can enlist and serve in the armed forces without regard to sexual orientation. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of
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Appeals in San Francisco tossed out a lawsuit that had challenged the military policy as a violation of gay service members’ civil rights. I n d o i n g s o, t h e a p peals court also dismissed a Southern California trial judge’s year-old ruling that the polic y was unconstitutional. The Log Cabin Republicans gay rights group filed the lawsuit in 2004 challenging the policy. The group’s lawyer, Dan Woods, said he would ask the full 9th Circuit to review the panel’s decision. The group recently argued
the lower court ruling, which also barred enforcement of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” should remain in effect despite this month’s repeal because future administrations and lawmakers could reintroduce a ban on gay service. The three judges strongly disagreed in their opinion, saying the case is moot because there is nothing left to challenge regarding the policy enacted as section 654. “This suit became moot when the repeal of section 654 took effect on Sept. 20,” the ruling said. The Associated Press
Alabama Republicans have long sought to clamp down on illegal immigration and passed the law earlier this year after gaining control of the Legislature f o r t h e f i r st t i m e s i n c e Reconstruction. Blackburn’s orders temporarily blocked several parts of the law until she can issue a final ruling. The Associated Press
Almost all Earth-threatening asteroids predicted by NASA NASA said it has found more than 90 percent of the biggest asteroids that might pose a threat to Earth. These are asteroids that are 3,300 feet wide or larger. The space agency said Thursday its sky-mapping spacecraft called WISE has discovered 911 of the 981 largest asteroids predicted by models. The Associated Press
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Sooners look to stay on winning track Opponent to watch Amanda Dowdy Year: Senior Position: Outside hitter Hometown: Lexington, Texas Season stats: 4.12 kills/set, 3.69 digs/set, 0.39 assists/set
After upsetting Texas at home, OU heads to face Texas Tech on the road Luke McConnell Sports Reporter
After an emotional and exciting win against No. 8 Texas on Wednesday night, the OU volleyball team turns its attention to Texas Tech this weekend. The No. 25 Sooners will be on the road to take on the upstart Red
Raiders at 6:05 p.m. Saturday in Lubbock. “Bottom line is, I told our team to enjoy the win last night only, and [Thursday] when you wake up, go back to reality and start thinking about Texas Tech,” OU coach Santiago Restrepo said. Wednesday’s win against Texas moved the Sooners to 15-3 this season and 2-0 in Big 12 conference play. It also gave the Sooners a leg up on the Longhorns for the season, should tiebreakers become
a factor later in the year. OU hit .248 against a big Texas team and actually out-blocked the Longhorns 13.5 to 9.5. Te x a s Te c h comes into the more inside m a t c h w i t h a OU’s upset win 14-2 record. New against Texas was coach Don Flora fitting. PAGE B2 has resurrected the Red Raiders, who only won 11 games in the last three seasons. With the newfound confidence, Tech cruised through
nonconference play, rattling off 13 straight wins after dropping its season opener. Texas Tech has a lot of powerful hitters and has used them to roll up a .244 hitting percentage so far this year. The Red Raiders also are fifth in the nation in blocking this season. Experience is the Red Raiders’ weak point. There are nine freshmen on the roster, and no one on the team has experienced the kind see Tech page B2
Oklahoma Pitcher to suit up for Team USA Ricketts helped lead team to gold medal at World Cup in July Tobi Neidy
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Junior forward Caitlin Mooney (4) fights for a ball against BYU on Sept. 17 in Norman. OU won, 2-0. Oklahoma opens Big 12 conference play Friday with a game against the second-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys. It will air on tape-delay Saturday on Cox Channel 3, OU soccer’s first televised game in its history.
OU to host home Bedlam clash Sooners attempt to knock off nation’s No. 2-ranked team Tobi Neidy
Oklahoma soccer will have its first opportunity to host a televised game when the Sooners clash with Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. Friday in Norman. Although the Cowgirls defeated OU, 1-0, during a nonconference matchup Aug. 26, the Sooners look to even the score during Friday’s Bedlam matchup against the secondranked team in the country. “Our attack is our strength, and it’s getting some early production,” coach Nicole Nelson said. “Our focus this week has been improving the areas defensively where we have been giving up goals.” The game, which will be aired on tape-delay Saturday on Cox Channel 3, will provide a
unique opportunity to help improve recruiting by showcasing the Sooner program at home in action, something Nelson said will help when competing for recruits against the nationally renowned Cowgirls. “We want the best players in Oklahoma to come to OU,” Nelson said. “With our facility, the resources we have and people believing in the direction we’re heading, we’ve been able to win some of those battles.” OSU comes into Norman as one of only two schools left in the NCAA field that remains undefeated this season (13-0, 2-0 Big 12) while also defending the highest national ranking for the program. Memphis (10-0, 2-0 C-USA) is the only other school in Division-I soccer to be undefeated. While several Big 12 schools Marcin Rutkowski/The Daily have already competed in their first conference games this Freshman forward Kelly Price (26) chases after a ball against BYU earlier this season. The Sooners closed out nonconference play with two losses but hope see soccer page B3 to get back on track with a win against No. 2 Oklahoma State on Friday.
Door may be opening for TCU joining Big 12 League says stance against adding any Texas teams has shifted The Associated Press
DALLAS — The Big 12 has a new stance about adding members from Texas, potentially opening the door for TCU and other schools. TC U, w h i c h w o n t h e Ro s e
Bowl last season, would add to the league’s football profile. Additionally, SMU has lobbied for membership in the Big 12 or another conference with an automatic BCS bid. The turnaround is important because the league could have another vacancy. Missouri, linked frequently to the Southeastern Conference during realignment, has scheduled a board of curators
meeting Tuesday to consider its conference affiliation, multiple reports indicated. The Tigers, with two major TV markets in St. Louis and Kansas City, would be attractive to the SEC as a 14th member. Texas A&M was approved as the conference’s 13th school Sunday. The loss of Missouri would bring the Big 12 down to eight members and add to the idea of the Big 12 as
endangered. “It would be a problem with perception. We can build the house again with different pieces,” interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas said. “There is no shortage of institutions expressing interest in joining the Big 12.” Neinas indicated a resistance to additional members from Texas see Big 12 page B3
Oklahoma pitcher Keilani Ricketts will lay her crimson and cream uniform aside for a red, white and blue one this fall. The ace was selected to participate in the 16th Pan American games for Team USA, the team announced this week. All 17 of the athletes selected for the Americans will play in the games for the first time while the program seeks its eighth Pan Am title on Oct. 17-23 in Guadalajara, KEILANI RICKETTS Mexico. “The Pan Am games have a rich history of great softball,” USA coach Ken Eriksen said. “To represent your country, listen to the National Anthem on foreign soil and compete for a gold medal are all very uplifting opportunities. We plan on doing all three with great integrity.” Before making the trip to Mexico, Ricketts along with fellow Sooner teammate Jessica Shults, will travel to play exhibition games with Team USA against Texas A&M and Houston on Oct. 9-11 in preparation for the upcoming competition. “We will train for five days, get back to the basics of USA Softball and play hard,” Eriksen said. Ricketts helped lead Team USA to a gold medal — the first ever won by a member of the Sooner softball team — during the World Cup of Softball in July, seeing action in four of the six games while recording wins against Australia and Japan. Ricketts spent six innings on the mound, giving up just three hits and one earned run. The San Jose, Calif., native will miss OU’s eight-game fall season this year while working out with the national team. The Sooners kick off their fall stint with a match against Seminole State on Oct. 5 before concluding the season with a matchup against the National Pro Fastpitch All-Stars on Nov. 3. The team features top professional performers from the league’s four teams. All games will be played in Norman.
Team USA Schedule:
In Houston: USA vs. Texas A&M — noon Oct. 9 (doubleheader) USA vs. Houston — 7 p.m. Oct. 11
In Mexico: USA vs. Venezuela — 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 USA vs. Dominican Republic — 11 a.m. Oct. 18 USA vs. Mexico — 9 p.m. Oct. 18 USA vs. Cuba — 1:30 p.m. Oct. 19 USA vs. Puerto Rico — 4 p.m. Oct. 19 USA vs. Canada — 2 p.m. Oct. 20 USA vs. Argentina — 4:30 p.m. Oct. 21 Playoffs begin Oct. 22 with the medal round scheduled for Oct. 23.
â€˘ Friday, September 30, 2011
Upset win over Texas was fitting I
t was fitting the biggest game of the year for the Oklahoma volleyball team fell on the most meaningful night of the year. Competitively, Wednesdayâ€™s match against No. 8 Texas was the biggest match for OU in a long time, one that had very realistic conference-championship implications and also had a very real possibility for a Sooners win. For the players personally, it was a night that meant more than any other; it was the night that celebrated the life of Javi Restrepo, a son of coach Santiago Restrepo who left this world entirely too soon at the young age of 4 after a battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. It was only fitting these two events â€” these two very different emotional triggers â€” collided on the same night. However, the goal for both was easy: win. Win for Javi and honor his memory. Win for his father, the coach who has spent the past two years wishing he had more time with the son he can no longer come home to. Win to have the inside track to a conference championship, a feat Oklahoma has never accomplished. Win to defeat a despised rival. Oklahoma came out fast, and it looked like the match could turn into a laughter. The Sooners dominated the first set, and it looked like the women in crimson and cream were the ones who held the 37-2 all-time series edge instead of the Longhorns. As the Sooners headed to the locker room up two sets to none, the crowd of 2,074
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at McCasland Field House was buzzing. A sweep of Texas on this incredibly emotional night? What could be better? Alas, a sweep was not meant to be. The Longhorns won the next two sets and showed why they had won all but two meetings against the Sooners. Late in the fourth set, Texas senior Rachael Adams smashed the ball inside the 10-foot line to give Texas a 25-24 lead. The middle blocker left her wrist cocked after the kill, much like Michael Jordan did in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals. Yes, it looked like Texas was coming back to ruin the night. But OU had something Texas didnâ€™t â€” something to fight for. They have a motivator that doesnâ€™t just show up for one match a year â€” it never leaves this team. On Wednesday, it was as strong a motivator as any in the world, and the Sooners tapped into it to blow Texas off the court in the fifth set. When the last kill from sophomore middle blocker Sallie McLaurin fell to the floor, pandemonium broke out. The Sooners rushed the court in a massive group hug. There was laughter, and there were tears. But
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of success the team is currently experiencing. Restrepo said OU shouldnâ€™t focus on Texas Techâ€™s resurgence, but instead just needs to worry about the Red Raidersâ€™ play. â€œYouâ€™ve just got to concentrate on what youâ€™ve got to do on your side of the court,â€? Restrepo said. â€œ You donâ€™t necessarily worry about how many wins they have. You just concentrate.â€? The road hasnâ€™t been friendly to OU this season as all three of the Soonersâ€™ losses have come away from Norman. Restrepo said controlling emotions will be the key to getting a win. â€œI think what we have learned is to be calm and collected whether you are at home or on the road, not wasting so much energy on just one point,â€? Restrepo said. â€œWhen you go on the road, you have to weather the storm. The main thing is maintaining a good level of intensity.â€?
Sooner LB arrested for drunken driving OU freshman linebacker Londell Taylor was arrested by Norman police on a misdemeanor DUI complaint Saturday night. A c c o r d i n g t o t h e a rrest report, Taylor left the scene after getting in a car accident at the corner of Constitution Avenue and Classen Boulevard. Taylor also was cited for leaving
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Senior setter Brianne Barker (1), junior outside hitter Morgan Reynolds (middle) and sophomore middle blocker Sallie McLaurin (14) smile after winning a set against Texas on Wednesday in Norman.
most of all, there was sheer jubilation. Restrepo was as jubilant as the players, but there was something missing â€” Javi. But he was there in spirit. The crowd could feel it. The players could feel it. And Restrepo most
certainly felt it. The goal was accomplished. The Sooners had won, and in the process had given themselves a slight advantage in their chase for that elusive conference championship. But they had done something more â€” they had
honored the memory of a child, a child who had touched each of their lives in a very real way. It was just fitting. Luke McConnell is a journalism senior. You can follow him on Twitter at @lukemcconnell1.
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Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia reacts in the dugout after Boston lost to the Baltimore Orioles, 4-3, on Wednesday. Boston was eliminated from the playoffs after the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees in extra innings minutes after Boston’s loss.
Sox falter as only they could I ’ve been a Red Sox fan for as long as I’ve loved the game of baseball — since I was old enough to swing a bat, really — and Wednesday night, I was indoctrinated into what was once considered the most lovable bunch of professional losers on the planet. The Sox dropped a ninegame lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the wildcard race as only they could. They lost 20 of their last 27 games and managed to play some of the worst baseball I’ve ever seen from them in 20plus years. But God love them, that wasn’t enough. Boston lost the last game of the year to a team that hadn’t won more than 70 games in the last five years and hasn’t made the postseason since 1997. Seriously, the Baltimore Orioles’ starting rotation isn’t good enough to strike out my 79-year-old grandmother, who would never have to swing the bat.
with a team 1,700 miles away that I have never seen play in an MLB stadium? Because even at the age of 6, I knew the Yankees were the Empire and George Steinbrenner was Darth Vader. I know all about losing the pennant to the Yanks in ’78 RJ Young because some guy named firstname.lastname@example.org Bucky Dent had the audacAnd still, the Sox — my ity to ruin the dream. I know team — managed to lose to even though Bill Buckner them. I hate to love them. smacked more than 2,700 I don’t write about basebase hits in his career and ball regularly because I won a batting title in 1980, cover college and high he is most remembered for school sports, and that’s for his gaffe in Game 6 of the ’86 the best. As a reporter, it’s World Series. much easier to perform my I know Roger Clemens job when my bias lies in a had his best years in a Red city I have never seen, in a Sox uniform from 1986-92, ballpark where I have never got fat, got traded — twice watched a game. — and then led the Yanks to The closest I have ever two World Series titles. I still come to a Red Sox game: My don’t forgive you for that, buddy, Jeff, was kind enough Roger. to bring me a shirt back from I know there was no cenFenway Park after a trip. And terfielder — including Ken yes, it had to be bought from Griffey Jr. — with a better the Fenway gift shop. rookie season and sweeter So why am I so obsessed swing than Fred Lynn in
’75, when he won American League MVP and Rookie of the Year honors. That feat has only been duplicated by Ichiro Suzuki in 2001, and Ichiro was five years older than Lynn when he did it. I know about Johnny Pesky in ’46 and Ed Armbrister in ’75. I don’t like to write about the Red Sox. I can’t do it without getting emotionally distraught. But after Wednesday night’s fiasco, something had to be written, something had to be said. And at first, I had no idea what that something was. Then comedian-actor Denis Leary — a genuine Red Sox fan if ever there was one — tweeted, “To all Red Sox fans age 33 & younger: this is what 1978 feels like. Minus the quaaludes and disco.” OK, got it. RJ Young is a second-year professional writing graduate student. You can follow him on Twitter at @RJ_Young.
season, the Sooners (5-6, 0-0 Big 12) are the only team to be hosting their first Big 12 games this weekend. OU is coming off the road, where the Sooners fell to both LSU and New Mexico by one goal each in their the nonconference stint finales. Ne l s o n w a s d i s a p PLAYER TO WATCH pointed by OU’s final loss Dria Hampton to UNM after the Sooners battled their way through Year: Junior an early-goal deficit durPosition: ing the first half. Forward “It’s frustrating to keep Hometown: possession 70-80 percent Piedmont of the time and give up Season stats: the type of goals that we Hampton are giving up,” Nelson leads the team in points with said. four goals and four assists The Cowgirls own a 15this season. Her 10 shots on 2-2 overall record over goal is second-best on the the Sooners, including team. a nine-game unbeaten streak in the Bedlam series. OU has won just one game in Norman (2001), with the most recent win coming against OSU in Stillwater (2005). “I think, out of those losses over the years, all but one have been one-goal losses,” Nelson said. “And a number of them have been with 10 minutes left in the game.” In 2010, the Sooners fell just short in the program’s firstever Big 12 championship game appearance, losing to the Cowgirls in penalty kicks. The first match this season also was decided by one goal (1-0, OSU). OU has four starters who have four goals apiece — senior Michelle Alexander, juniors Dria Hampton, Caitlin Mooney and sophomore Amy Petrikin — who make up the core of the Sooner offense. Petrikin was elevated to a starting position after switching to forward earlier this season. With 19 shots, including eight on goal, the sophomore has become a scoring threat to complement the seasoned leaders. OSU is stacked this season, returning 10 starters from the 2010 squad that lost just four total games (20-4-2). The Cowgirls made it all the way to the Elite Eight before getting knocked off by Notre Dame. Forwards Krista Lopez and Kyndall Treadwell continue to be a dynamic duo for the Cowgirls on offense. The pair of seniors have combined for nine goals and three assists this season. The OSU offense has outscored opponents 34-4, which includes nine shutouts by the Cowgirl defense. OSU All-Americans Melinda Mercado and Adrianna Franch continue to wreak havoc on opposing offenses. Franch has allowed just two goals while posting 23 saves with three shutouts. The Sooners also host Texas Tech to complete this weekend’s conference doubleheader. Kickoff against the Red Raiders is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at John Crain Field.
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Continued from page B1 during a Saturday appearance on ESPN’s College GameDay. Asked about his comments Wednesday, Neinas responded: “I’d say that has changed.” Two sources familiar with the realignment process suggested TCU could be involved in a four-team move if Missouri exited. If the Big 12 decided to get back to 12 teams, the conference could add the Horned Frogs in the South Division and Louisville, West Virginia and Cincinnati in the North. One side effect would be a major wound to the Big East with the loss of four football members. In the process, the Big 12 would have achieved stability. TCU could join the league as early as 2012, partially solving a football scheduling problem. If Missouri leaves, the Big 12 could face scheduling as many as five nonconference games. Neinas declined to talk strategy or individual expansion possibilities. The league has yet to reach agreement on a number to target, he said. “First of all, we won’t restrict ourselves to looking at potential members,” Neinas said. “Secondly, I absolutely can guarantee you if we’re considering a member of another conference, my first call will be to the commissioner of that conference. He will not be blindsided.”
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“It would be a problem with perception. We can build the house again with different pieces. There is no shortage of institutions expressing interest in joining the Big 12.” Chuck Neinas, interim Big 12 commissioner
While Neinas would ideally like to retain nine members, the Missouri situation remains unstable. Neinas said he doesn’t know of Missouri receiving a bid and had not been contacted by the SEC. He said the board of curators meeting was necessary because of granting Tier 1 and Tier 2 TV rights to the conference for a proposed six years. The Big 12 is considering a board of directors meeting for Sunday or Monday to discuss Missouri and other issues.
Asked for a gut feeling, Neinas said he believed Missouri would be a Big 12 member a year from now. “They’ll have a chance to review what the conference has accomplished, what we’re doing and what we plan to do,” Neinas said. “I think that once they have an opportunity to fully understand and comprehend what the conference is doing, they will agree that Missouri should continue to be a good member of the Big 12 Conference.”
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Design Printmaking duo brings exhibition to the School of Art & Art History Laron Chapman Life & Arts Reporter
Artists Justin Storm and Lenore Thomas, the collaborative printmaking duo of “Satan’s Camaro,” will showcase their exhibition of screen-printed work today from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Lightwell Gallery of the School of Art & Art History. This exhibition, titled “Medieval Techno Show,” will represent an innovative and contemp orar y take on the art of screenprinting as influenced by music, pop culture and the intricate nature of technology. Following the opening reception on Thursday, the “Medieval Techno Show” will be on display through Oct. 21 in the Fred Jones Jr. Memorial Art Center. Printmaking professor Curtis Jones, a fan of the group, became familiar with the artists after attending printmaking conferences in different states over the years. When the opportunity arose for Storm and Thomas
“The younger generation of students is interested in pop culture. We both try to create work our students can relate to, channeling opposing ideas that, when combined, form unity.” Justin storm, Artist
to visit the university, he knew they would be a suitable fit for aspiring artists. “I am sure students will appreciate the impeccable nature of their prints. I have always been impressed at how well-executed and consistent their work is, both technically and conceptually,” Jones said. “I think the care they put into all aspects of their work is palpable when you see it in person.” Stor m is an assistant professor of printmaking and Digital Imaging at the University of MarylandCollege Park. Thomas is an assistant professor of printmaking at the University of Pittsburgh. As artists and professors, Storm and Thomas expose their students to a wide range of themes and ideas in
hopes that they will inspire collaboration. “The younger generation of students is interested in pop culture. We both try to create work our students can relate to, channeling opposing ideas that, when combined, form unity,” Storm said. Storm and Thomas met in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin. The two said the idea to collaborate in printmaking came naturally as they continued to work in the same circles. They become more familiar and fascinated with the medium and all the possibilities it encompasses. As a collaborative team, their work is a representation of their own unique ideas intertwined to create a unified collection of work.
Neustadt festival review
Literary event offers new outlook on poetry readings
he Neustadt Festival of Literature and Culture is an annual fourday literature festival that celebrates the work of the NSK Neustadt Prize laureate. This year features prizewinner Virginia Euwer Wolff and a team of nine international authors who make up the 2012 Neustatdt Prize jury. The event took place in different locations around Norman. The opening night of this festival was dedicated to readings from six
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Oklahoma poets: Dorothy Alexander, Joey Brown, Nathan Brown, Ken Hada, Carol Hamilton and Benjamin Myers. I was slightly hesitant to go because typically when I listen to poetry, I
either tune out or don’t understand the underlying meaning to it. Poetry can be puzzling and I was afraid I wouldn’t fully appreciate it; how wrong I was. Nathan Brown, an award-winning poet from Norman and professor at OU, stood up in front of the audience and introduced the six poets. They are all of different ages and backgrounds but had one thing in common: They are Okies at heart. At first, each poet shared one see festival page B5
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Right: Lenore Thomas and Justin Strom, Satan’s Camaro, discuss their work at a lecture Thursday. Left: A print by graphic design duo “Satan’s Camaro.”
“We bicker occasionally, but the creative process is very fluid. Nothing ever interferes with the goals we have in mind for our projects,” Thomas said. Storm said his personal inspirations include industrial and mechanical music, the writings of Philip K . Dick, science fiction and steam punk. His influences make up the more Gothic aspects of “Satan’s Camaro’s.” “I am interested in depicting technology graphically. I think it is fascinating to mix the human body
in with the machine,” Storm said. Thomas said she supplies the campy, sunnier qualities of her collaborative work with Storm. She said her ideas are influenced by punk music, bluesy rock and Japanese art. “Most of my art work is based in abstraction. I usually display vivid colors and majestic landscapes,” Thomas said. Thomas said that when artists collaborate, it is typical for one person’s idea to overshadow the other’s. In combining opposing
elements, Thomas said she is most proud of composing a body of work that feels like an individual’s work. “When people reflect on our work years from now, I hope they see a progression of ideas and styles. We would never want are work to become stagnant or formulaic, which is why the collaboration process works so well,” Thomas said. The collaborative duo will teach together for the first time next summer at the University of South Dakota.
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Fall brings different music for diverse tastes New, seasoned artists headed to Norman This fall, the Norman campus will host two concerts featuring guns — but of differing musical varieties. Shiny Toy Guns and Gun N’ Roses will perform at separate concerts on campus in October and November, respectively. The Union Programming Board and Campus Activities Council are teaming up to bring Shiny Toy Guns to the Mustang Music Festival on Oct. 14-15. The festival will feature Shiny Toy Guns, The Pains of Being Pure of Heart, Twin Sister and Modern Rock Diaries. One month later, Guns N’ Roses will visit Lloyd Noble
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Center for a concert Nov. 9. The band is touring the United State for the first time in more than five years. All events associated with Mustang Music Week are free, and tickets will go on sale for the Guns N’ Roses performance at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the OU Athletics Ticket Office. Brooke Buckmaster, Life & Arts Reporter
Above: Guns N’ Roses front man Axl Rose will bring his band to OU on Nov. 9. The band will perform at the Lloyd Noble Center. Left: Shiny Toy Guns perform for an audience. The band will perform at OU on Oct. 15 as the lead act in the new Mustang Music Festival.
festival: Comical, dramatic readings gave attendees good breather Continued from page B4
and time at the fair. The tone then turned somber when he was on the Ferris wheel looking down on the parking lot, comparing the cars to tombs of his or her favorite poems. They would and seeing the crows perched on top. explain why they chose that poem and the I have to say, I prefer more comedic poeteffect it had on them. ry, and Dorothy Alexander, from Cheyenne, Then the poets each stood up again and did just that. The co-owner of a small press read two of their poems. Each poem had a where she publishes Oklahoma poets indifferent tone. Myers read his poem titled “Spook House,” which explains his relation- fuses her poetry with hilarious imagery and creativity. ship with Italian poet Dante. At first it was While she read her poems on stage, she light-heartened, talking about his childhood
sounded more like a comedian than a poet, or at least the non-stop laughing audience probably thought so. Alexander’s “The Art of Aging” was probably my favorite poem read the entire night. It was related to the changing attitudes of the elderly, and not caring what other people think of them. She mentioned in the poem, always having a flyswatter in hand, and smacking people with it, which made me chuckle. I enjoyed going to this festival , but was
concerned about the lack of students. The audience was packed with adults, but there were only a few apparent students scattered around the room. I urge students to attend this festival. Not only is it relaxing and a good breather from homework, but it really opened my mind up to a component of the arts I sometimes forget: poetry and literature. The festival ends today. Lauren Duff is a journalism senior.
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