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Morgan Neuenfeld, president of the Women in Business Association, stands on the South Oval for a photo Sept. 5. According to the 2018 OU Factbook, there were 2,661 men and 1,444 women enrolled in the Price College of Business in fall 2017.

WOMEN AT WORK Student organization aims to bridge gender gap in OU’s Price College of Business

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U ’s Price College of Business has almost double the amount of men enrolled as women, but one student organization is working to encourage women interested in business to pursue their goals, despite stereotypes or stigmas. According to the 2018 OU Fact Book, there were 2,661 men and 1,444 women enrolled in Price in fall 2017. This means only about 35 percent of students in Price were women. Having more men than women enrolled has been a trend for the school. During the fall of 2016, 2,551 men and 1,406 women were enrolled, and in fall 2015, 2,492 men and 1,390 women were enrolled, according to the 2017 and 2016 OU Fact Books. H o w e v e r, t h e Wo m e n i n Business Association is working to relieve this gap. The organization’s president, Morgan Neuenfeld, said she feels the gender gap in the business school stems from gender stereotypes that we learn as children. “Boys are taught to be rough and tumble and take charge, and women are taught to step back, and I think that’s something that people in the business world still believe,” Neuenfeld said. “People think that women should step back and shouldn’t have a voice, even though women are just as capable of having a voice in the business world as men.” T h e Wo m e n i n B u s i n e s s Association works to encourage

BAILEY LEWIS • @BAILEYLEWIS75 more women to follow their dreams in pursuit of business. According to the association’s page, it “exists to further a sense of empowerment and limitless opportunity for young professional women of the future,” and it aims to “inspire women to use their unique talents and abilities to help transform the world of commerce.” Neuenfeld said the organization is important for teaching students women can be just as involved in the business world as men. “The goal of WBA is to empower and enlighten the women and men who have joined,” Neuenfeld said. “We want women to feel as though they have the power to close the gap, and we strive to create well-rounded students by having volunteer opportunities

for the students involved.” T h e Wo m e n i n B u s i n e s s Association is a relatively new organization and is currently starting its third year on campus. Despite its name, the association encourages students of all majors and genders to join and emphasizes the fact that it’s for everyone on campus. The organization currently has about 132 members and has biweekly meetings on Tuesdays that involve things like self-defense classes, guest speakers and internship opportunities for students. Rachel Mann is a current member of the association and said she joined to meet women with similar goals and to find older students that could act as mentors on her path to success in the business world.

Despite the positivity she has received in the Women in Business Association, Mann said she still receives stereotypical comments when she tells people about her goals in the future. “I have not received any blatant comments,” Mann said. “However, I was talking to someone about my career recently, and they commented that my career will probably be pretty short since I’ll start having children soon.” Regardless of this comment, Mann said she was surprised to see the lack of women enrolled in Price and that it stems from stereotypes people tend to associate with men. “I was actually fairly shocked to see this statistic,” Mann said. “I don’t know why, but I imagine it has to do with many of the stereotypes associated with business,

like working long hours, being continually at the office and away from family, and working only towards a higher paycheck.” T h e Wo m e n i n B u s i n e s s Association’s vice president, Logan Schoonover, said she has also dealt with people making comments about her career choice, but she feels as though the association has given her a platform to speak out about these issues. “(The organization) has given me a platform to speak about gender issues,” Schoonover said. “I had never really seen the statistics or anything before I joined Price and learned about it in the WBA. (The association) has just given me more information and more of a platform to stand up for issues like that.” Schoonover said the association will continue to work to empower women and help them achieve their business goals. “The overall goal is to empower women to do their best in business and to not settle for less,” Schoonover said. “All of the officers try to serve as role models by doing well in academics and by bringing in speakers that have been successful in their field. We just work to lead by example, which I think is empowering in itself.” Bailey Lewis

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Office prioritizes diversity, graduation rates New interim leader to focus on faculty retention and more JANA ALLEN @jana_allen21

While the search for a permanent leader of OU’s Office of University Community is still underway, the interim associate vice president is focusing on improving faculty retention, graduation rates and diversity. Jane Irungu, who has held

the position for nearly three weeks, was appointed following the controversial resignation of Jabar Shumate in late July. After Shumate was asked to resign when an audit discovered his misuse of the department’s state-owned vehicle, he held a press conference claiming his forced resignation was racially motivated. Irungu most recently served as OU’s director for the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies. The Kenya native was the first from her village to graduate

high school, an achievement that sparked a more than three decades-long career working in K-12 and higher education. She received her bachelor’s from Kenyatta University and her master’s and doctorate from the University of Kansas. Irungu said she is currently assessing the office’s needs, but her top priorities are improving faculty recruitment and retention, and improving the graduation rates of underrepresented students. The office of university community was created in 2015 following the

Sigma Alpha Epsilon racist chant incident, with the mission of creating a more diverse and inclusive community at OU. “So faculty recruitment, retention and development means that we are working with the departments to make sure that our faculty is as diverse as we would want it to be,” Irungu said. Irungu said the office will work with hiring committees for open administrative positions to ensure they are looking at a diverse pool of candidates. She said she is working on finding ways to retain

faculty after they are hired, making sure they feel welcome and represented. Irungu said she is also looking at the gaps in graduation rates of majority students versus minority students and wants to improve the retention rates of underrepresented students. “I know that you really have a very brief time during that first year to make sure (underrepresented students) feel like they want to come back,” Irungu said. see IRUNGU page 3


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Othello’s rises from the ashes Restaurant reopens after fiery fiasco, recovery delays SIERRA RAINS-MOAD @sierramrains

Nothing but smiles came from the crowd outside Norman Othello’s as a giant pair of scissors snipped the ribbon strung in front of the doors, marking the official reopening of the Italian restaurant on Campus Corner. Sixteen months after the building caught fire and sustained serious damage, Norman Chamber of Commerce president Scott Martin, Norman Mayor Lynne Miller, ward 4 councilman Bill Hickman and Othello’s staff gathered on Sept. 4 to commemorate the restaurant’s reopening. “Our community has been long waiting for Othello’s to open back up,” Martin said. “This is really monumental for Norman.” Much of the restaurant’s interior has transformed through the rebuilding process. What was once red paint and wooden trim has become a full-scale Italian mural painted by artist and University of Central Oklahoma professor Bob Palmer. A private dining area and covered patio have also been added, but some familiar items still remain. The Table of Truth, known as Barry Switzer’s spot, is still located in its original spot, along with its original copper plating and name plate. Othello’s hours will resume from 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4 to 11 p.m. Friday

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Norman city leaders gather for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the reopening of Othello’s on Campus Corner Sept. 4.

through Saturday. The restaurant will also resume its traditional open mic nights on Tuesdays, steak and potato nights on Thursdays, jazz nights on Sundays and local music nights on Fridays and Saturdays. Jennifer Dennis, who is the owner and manager of Norman Othello’s, said the road to reopening has included many twists and turns since lighting struck the restaurant on April 29, 2017. Dennis said she originally believed the restaurant would be open in October

2017 but delays in the construction process, due to weather and other outside factors, set back the opening. Although Dennis said she wasn’t sure the restaurant would even be able to reopen this early, the restaurant was given the green light to open its doors on Aug. 30. “It’s been a very emotional experience. It’s been up and down the whole last week, not sure if we were going to open,” Dennis said. “Halfway through the day it was like, ‘Well maybe we’re not going to open, we haven’t gotten

all of the final things done’ — and then all of the sudden, we open.” From the day Othello’s reopened it has been flooded with customers, many of whom are regulars who have been keeping up with the restaurant’s progress, Dennis said. “Everyone who walked through the door on Thursday hugged us and they were excited to be here,” Dennis said. “There were tears, people were crying, I was crying. It was just a very emotional experience for

everybody.” A Campus Corner landmark, Martin said Othello’s holds a special place in the heart of many in the Norman community. “ This is a favorite for many,” Martin said. “Lots of people, myself included, have had monumental things — whether it be first dates — all kinds of things that have happened here that have been long lasting.” A bond just as strong exists between the Othello’s ownership and staff, said Patrick Murray, returning employee

and the restaurant’s manager. Although many former staff members had to move on to different jobs due to the lengthy construction process, Dennis said about 30 percent of the Othello’s staff is returning. “Right when it burned down we were starting to hit our stride as a staff — it just fell at a really inopportune time, but luckily we’ve come through it all and here we are,” Murray said. Murray said he had worked for Othello’s for about three months alongside his girlfriend, who had been with the restaurant for about six years before the building burned down. Murray and his girlfriend received a call from Dennis around 6 a.m. on the day lighting struck the building. “I ended up coming up here that afternoon and my girlfriend couldn’t do it, it was too hard for her,” Murray said. “We knew it was lost, but we wanted to be here for the family because it is that kind of environment where everyone is treated like family.” It was that close-knit feeling that Murray said brought him back to Othello’s. When Dennis asked Murray if he’d like to return, accepting the offer was a “no-brainer.” “We burned down, and we did lose some old things,” Mu r r a y s a i d . “ T h e o l d Othello’s had that reputation but we’re still Othello’s, we’re still going to be bright and shiny and we’re still going to be able to give great service at great prices and in a great environment right here on Campus Corner.” Sierra Rains-Moad

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O U P re s i d e n t Ja m e s Gallogly and other university leaders answered student questions at a town hall, addressing tuition rates, diversity and transparency, among other things. The Student Government Ass ociation-spons ored town hall took place at 3 : 3 0 p. m . i n M e a c h a m Auditorium Sept. 4. Students submitted their questions online before and were also able to submit note cards during the event to Gallogly and Interim Vice President for University Community Jane Irungu. Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Kristin Partridge and SGA President Yaseen Shurbaji also spoke at the event. Shurbaji stood at the front and read the student questions. In the event’s hour, Gallogly answered eight questions. Irungu helped to answer three of them. Gallogly, who asked during the event to be called “Jim,” gave an address to the students before the question-and-answer portion. The speech was largely about his initiative to keep tuition rates flat, which he said was the most important thing to him. “We’re not going to keep (increasing tuition) ... because that keeps the university out of the reach of so many students,” Gallogly said. “We exist as a university for your success, and part of that is affordability.” The first student question was a concern about the general well-being of minority students. Gallogly

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“Whether they are students w ith disabilities, whether they are LGBTQ students, whether they are minority students, whether they are low income students ... my role is to create infrastructure for success for everyone.” President James Gallogly said finding Shumate’s permanent successor is a top priority for him and that he will be “heavily involved” in the process. Gallogly added the search committee is being formed currently, but there is not a set timeline for the process. “I want to make sure the process is very robust and

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OU President James Gallogly speaks at a Q&A for students Sept. 4. Gallogly addressed many issues important to students, including tuition, diversity and transparency.

said leading by example is important in matters of inclusivity. “We all look different and think different, come from different places, but frankly, everybody deserves that same equal opportunity,” Gallogly said. Irungu, who announced at the gathering she had re-established the bias response committee to address discrimination issues, said she has an open-door policy in her office, Evans Hall 201. She said she will advocate for students however she can. “ W h e r e v e r y o u s t e p, you belong there,” Irungu said. “And my role as an

administrator is to create pathways for you to connect with others, whether you’re l i ke - m i n d e d o r w h e t h er you’re not like-minded ... Safety is not only about physical safety.” When a student asked a question pertaining to greek life, Irungu said she thought the greek community does a lot of good philanthropically, but said no discriminatory infractions will be tolerated. “We cannot bend the law so that we accommodate bad behavior,” Irungu said. “I want to support greek life, but I want to say: live within the code of conduct.” Gallogly said he agreed

that we get a full slate of candidates,” Gallogly said. “The committee will be fairly big in this instance, because there are many voices that need to be heard ... and the process will be a little more extensive than most because of the nature of this position.” Irungu said while she is unsure whether or not she will apply for the permanent position, she thinks whoever is chosen for the position will need some select skills — the ability to inspire people, the desire to collaborate with the community and other departments, agility and to be a good listener. “I see this office as kind of that catalyst that creates synergies among people and among departments and among schools so that we can all work towards the

common goal of creating a diverse, inclusive, enriched campus,” Irungu said. When asked whether the search will be open or private, acting Vice President for Public Affairs Erin Yarbrough did not give a clear answer. However, she said in an email the committee would consist of faculty, staff and students, and that while the process of selecting committee members has not been decided, the committee will interview the candidates and present finalists to Gallogly and OU’s Board of Regents. Gallogly said the search committee will look for candidates they believe can help the university improve its diversity and inclusiveness. He also said while he would like the holder of the position to be someone who already knows the OU community, it may not necessarily be the case. “Sometimes, somebody from outside our university is more qualified and brings in fresh ideas,” Gallogly said. “We’re going to have a very inclusive and expansive process, and we’ll see what the committee recommends to me.” Irungu said the most important part of her job is being an advocate for student success. She said education changed her life and she wants to make sure every student has the opportunity to experience the transformation she did. “I want those students to know my door is open,” Irungu said. “I want to listen to them. If I can support them right away I will ... We don’t want students who are looking around and feeling like, ‘How did I get here?’ We want folks to feel they belong, and that gives me a lot of satisfaction to even think I’m part of that vision.” Jana Allen

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The interim associate Vice President for University Community, Jane Irungu, talks about her passion for helping under-represented students in an interview Aug. 29.

with Irungu and added nothing on the issue. He also said diversity-centered questions are not new for him given his career history. “I ran a multinational company,” Gallogly said. “And I had people from all over the world at my company, and they all had to feel welcome as employees, so these are not new questions to me. You can’t run a successful business if you don’t have people all respect each other, no matter which country, what religion, what race — all of the above.” One student asked about the preservation of study abroad programs. Gallogly said these programs were

good opportunities but expensive for the university. He also said study abroad can cut into scholarship funds. He said study abroad programs needed to be reviewed for fiscal viability along with every other program at OU. “What am I trying to do?” Gallogly said. “I’m trying to make sure that OU stays affordable, and so I’m going to ask some of those hard questions.” Drew Hutchinson

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The Norman City Council meets Sept. 4. The Council discussed public transit and sales tax apportionment changes.

City Council talks buses, sales tax OU to end city bus services, keep campus routes ABIGAIL DENNIS @abigailclaire25

The Norman City Council discussed two issues, OU’s decision to cut off the city’s access to its public transit system and University North Park sales tax apportionment changes, at its special session Tuesday. OU w ill dis continue its Cleveland Area Rapid Transit services to the greater Norman area by the end of this fiscal year on Aug. 31, 2019, said assistant city attorney Kathryn Walker. OU transports more than one million passengers annually on a fixed-route bus system. The public transit system runs seven city routes and six campus routes, according to the meeting agenda. The university will discontinue the city routes while maintaining the campus routes. Walker said it is too early for the council to decide how to move forward after losing access to the CART system. City council members discussed ways the city might be able to financially

shoulder the creation of a new transportation system separate from OU after the services are no longer available but did not come to any decisions. The council members then moved on to discuss how to reapportion funds to the UNP Tax Increment Finance Fund. They presented 10 options in order to do this. Some of those options included, doing nothing, reducing tax apportionment and eliminating authorization for the Lifestyle Center Cost Project or the Cultural Center Cost Project, among other items. The city council decided to stay on its current path by maintaining current project approval and tax allocations. “(City council members) need to improve the status of the general fund, and this is one step towards that,” said Mayor Lynne Miller. The city council decided to postpone the conversation for at most 60 days to gain more knowledge and information in order to to make a more informed decision. Abigail Dennis

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New director vows to honor dreams Musical theater department gains experienced leader HEATH KUYKENDALL @HeathKuykendal1

Ashton Byrum is not quite done unpacking his office. A pile of cardboard boxes still dominates one corner of his quiet room in the basement of Carpenter Hall. Since his first day of work on July 15, Byrum said he has been trying to go through at least one box a day. H o w e v e r, a s t h e new director of the OU Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre, he’s been a little preoccupied. Originally from North Carolina, Byrum has spent the better part of his life working as a musical theater actor in big cities like New York — he lived there for several years before heading to Cincinnati to get his master’s degree in directing. Byrum returned to bustling city life in Chicago after completing his degree, where he served as the associate chair and academic director for the theater department at Columbia College. Byrum’s salary of $140,000 a year is $55,000 higher than that of his predecessor, former interim director Harold Mortimer, but it is still on the lower end for directors in the fine arts. For instance, Roland Barrett, the director of the School of Music, is paid $146,900 a year, while Bette Talvacchia, director of the School of Visual Arts, is

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Ashton Byrum, director of OU’s Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre, stands in front of the school Aug. 24. He began his duties as the school’s new director July 15.

paid $165,000 a year. Byrum said while the increase in pay is nice, his main reason for coming to Oklahoma was the need for a change. “ My d e p a r t m e n t w a s really large,� Byrum said. “(Columbia College) has the largest theater department in the country. There’s over 900 theater majors. It’s hard to manage that and feel like you’re giving everyone the opportunities they deserve. I’d heard about the program here and was really interested.� Byrum said the small size of OU’s musical theater program coupled with its high national ranking attracted him to leave the urban environment he had grown

accustomed to and head to a quieter place like Norman. Byrum said he, his wife and their young son already feel at home. “Everyone has just been so welcoming,� Byrum said. “I had some ideas about what Oklahoma might be like, but so far I’ve found it’s great. It’s so much fun being in a college town.� Byrum brings with him an extensive background in musical theater, both as an actor and a director. He’s performed with the national touring companies for “Grease,� “Fiddler on the Roof� and “The Producers,� among other shows. His most recent directing credits from Columbia College include “Rent,� “Once on

5K race benefits children Blacklight Run fundraiser to help cancer charities KRISTEN KLINGENSMITH @kl_dahlin

O k l a h o m a C i t y ’s Remington Park will partner with Cool Events, LLC to host a 5K blacklight run fundraiser to benefit children’s cancer charities Saturday Sept. 8th. The Blacklight Run is an annual tour that offers 5K runs in different states and is designed for participation rather than competition. It also aims to raise children’s cancer awareness and donates profits to local and national children’s cancer charities. The event will include a pre-race dance party and a post-race celebration with DJs and free merchandise. The actual race spans about three miles, with each kilometer marked by a different color. Runners and walkers who reach each zone will be showered with either green, pink or orange UV neon glow powder. “Blacklight Run is what actually kind of kicked off our company in 2013,� said Justin Muir, Cool Events media

manager. It also began the Foam Glow 5K series, where runners plunge through glowing foam along a blacklighted course. This event was also hosted at Remington Park in June. Cool Events was founded in 2013 after the owners had a personal experience with children’s cancer, Muir said. Over the last five years, the organization has raised more than $2 million for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona and another $2 million to charities throughout the country, Muir said. “You know, we’re pretty proud of that. That’s a big deal for us,� Muir said. Regular admission and VIP tickets are now on sale, with regular admission at $50 and VIP tickets at $60. Regular admission runners will receive a white T-shirt, a temporary glowin-the-dark tattoo, a race bib and a glow powder pack. The fee also includes admission to the after-party and a donation to a local children’s charity. VIP admission includes a VIP white T-shirt and race bib, a temporary glowin-the-dark tattoo, a special VIP starting chute for

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runners, LED shutter shades and a glow powder pack. Admission to the after-party and a charity donation are also included. The race will begin at 8:30 p.m., Saturday at Remington Park. Check-in for the race will begin at 5:30 p.m. Kristen Klingensmith kristen.l.klingensmith@ ou.edu

this Island,� “Sweet Charity� and, comically enough, “Oklahoma!� Byrum said his involvement in so many productions over the years has given him a wide array of knowledge to work with, which he said he incorporates into his teaching. “One of the things I think I’m good at is working with different students,� Byrum said. “As a teacher, you have to meet your students where they are. I hope I can inspire and challenge them to be more. If you want that part, go and earn it! I’ve been there, and I think I can bring some energy and be a new perspective.� Mortimer, a Weitzenhoffer endowed professor of musical theater performance, said it is this “new energy� that most excites him about Byrum. Mortimer served as the interim director of the School of Musical Theatre during the search for a new director. During that time, he said he came to understand how demanding and challenging the position of director can be. With this in mind, he said he wholeheartedly believes Byrum is the man for the job. “Ashton is a great energy, and his credentials are wonderful,� Mortimer said. “It is so good to bring

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someone in from outside of Oklahoma. It really helps us re-evaluate. And as a teacher, he’s a triple threat for acting, singing and dancing. His energy is absolutely great.� Mortimer said aside from not knowing exactly what lies ahead, he could think of nothing that would deter Byrum. “It’s a transition time with the new president, so I think whoever is in any type of leadership position right now is just learning the new ropes,� Mortimer said. “But I don’t think there is anything challenging him.� Others in the School of Musical Theatre share Mortimer’s sentiments on Byrum. Davenna Stratton, the school’s operations manager and assistant to the director, said she loves Byrum’s driving energy and ambition. She also said the musical theater students have quickly grown to appreciate him. “He met with the students during the application process,� Stratton said. “He’s done a great job of getting to know the students and understand how they work. He’s really looking for where he can best offer his expertise.� In an email to The Daily, musical theater sophomore Taylor Ratliff, said Byrum has quickly become a new

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member of the school’s family. “All 48 (musical theater) majors have scheduled meetings to discuss our hopes, fears, aspirations, thoughts on the current standing of the department, and much more in order to create an immediate bond,� Ratliff said. “He approaches musical theater from an actor’s point of view, emphasizing realism in performance. All in all, he’s pretty incredible.� Stratton said over the past month of working with him, she has come to see Byrum as a wonderful new leader for the school and hopes he will become an inspiration to the students. According to Byrum, he hopes for exactly the same thing as he aims to make OU ’s School of Musical Theatre one of the best in the country. “You have to honor all of these people’s dreams,� Byrum said. “It’s someone’s ambitions. You want to do what you can to make their futures great. It really is an honor and a privilege. I’m lucky to be able to do what I do. It’s a ton of work, but it’s also the greatest job in the world.�

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Concentrate on the modifications you want to make at home or work. A change to the way you earn your living should also help stabilize your financial situation.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You need a break. Make plans to do something with a loved one. Nurture important relationships and be open to suggestions that will bring you closer to someone special. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- A change may be what you think you need, but acting on impulse will be emotionally costly. Listen to good advice before you jump into unfamiliar territory. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Spend more time taking care of your needs. Updating your look or doing physical activities that will help you feel and look good will be rewarding. Romance is on the rise.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Say little and do a lot. Look over your investments and any financial ties you have. It’s important to fully understand what others expect of you.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Channel emotional energy into something that will make you happy. Don’t waste time on anyone who is negative or unwilling to bend or compromise. Follow your heart and do something creative.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Carry out changes at home that will make your life easier and bring you peace of mind. Discuss your plans with anyone who could be affected by your choices.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Making changes at home may be tempting, but don’t go overboard. Overspending will add to your stress, but physical modifications you can make yourself will satisfy you.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- A physical improvement will boost your confidence. Don’t let anyone coax you into something that is out


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George Stoia, sports editor dailysports@ou.edu • phone: 405-325-3666 oudaily.com/sports • Twitter: @OUDailySports

Walk-ons embrace opportunity Players come to OU looking for chance to prove themselves KEGAN RENEAU @keganreneau

An opportunity can go a long way. Redshirt junior quarterback Kyler Murray received a first quarter snap. He waited, scanned the field and then hit sophomore receiver Lee Morris over the middle of the field who ran away from the Florida Atlantic defense for a 65-yard touchdown on Sept. 1. In the second quarter, Murray hit true freshman receiver Drake Stoops for a third-down conversion and calls of “STOOOOPS” rained down from the crowd. Neither player received tuition waivers or cost-ofliving stipends from the University of Oklahoma to play against Florida Atlantic. Morris is now, after his performance Saturday, a scholarship player while Stoops remains a walk-on — a faction of the program that continues to produce on the field and grow in numbers. “It’s been great. We were actually talking about that in our staff meeting this morning, just continuing to bring in great walk-ons,” said coach Lincoln Riley. “It’s something we believe in a lot. It’s something we’re really working hard at, and I think if you’re a walk-on guy out there that maybe is like Lee Morris that got overlooked, this is a program you can look at and say, ‘I can go in and get an opportunity, and if I do what I’m supposed to do, then I can get an opportunity to play and earn scholarship and do all the things a lot of those guys

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Freshman wide receiver Drake Stoops runs the ball in the game against FAU Sept. 1. Stoops, a walk-on player, broke a record in his first game.

have done.’ “I think we’ve got lucky that we have had some guys who want to play here, but the staff has also worked hard on those guys, and it’s an important part of our program without a doubt.” At Oklahoma, there isn’t a difference between who is on scholarship and who isn’t. Du r i n g p ra c t i c e, t w o groups are separated in order for everyone to get repetitions. It’s something

Oklahoma D-line lives up to hype Defense showed depth in Saturday’s game against FAU GEORGE STOIA @GeorgeStoia

Oklahoma’s defensive line was hyped up all offseason, and on Saturday, they proved why. It was clear the Sooners’ defense has improved as a whole, and it started up front. Eight defensive linemen recorded a tackle in Oklahoma’s 63-14 win over Florida Atlantic, proving the Sooners have the most depth across the front they’ve had in recent years. “I see (the growth) constantly,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “I thought Ronnie Perkins, Amani Bledsoe — those were probably the guys that jump out at me the most. Those guys showed up quite a bit. Neville (Gallimore) had some good plays, we’ve got to get him off to a better

start. I think they can all play better, I think we can play better as a unit, and we have to keep pushing forward. “The group really looks hard, I love their work ethic and attitude. They showed a big part of that on Saturday. But again, we have to keep doing it every time we step on the field.” Freshman Ronnie Perkins was one of the largest standouts for the Sooners on Saturday. The former fourstar recruit had four total tackles and one for a loss. Perkins didn’t start the game, but was still effective and lived up to the hype he received during fall camp. “Ronnie showed what he can do,” redshirt junior defensive end Kenneth Mann said. “He showed his athleticism and strength. He’s going to be able to do some good things this year.” Mann has not only been one of the leaders for the defensive line but also for the team. Mann was voted a team captain by his teammates — a goal he’s had

that started with former head coach Bob Stoops and continued into the Riley era. It’s the reason Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield stayed ready. The reason two-year starting center Erick Wren was able to win a starting job, and the reason three former (redshirt seniors Nick Basquine and Myles Tease; Morris) and one current walk-on wide receiver (Stoops) were highlighted in the depth chart since arriving in Norman. “It’s a huge honor,” Mann said. “It was always my goal to be a leader on this team, and it was just cool to see it happen.” Mann, Perkins, Bledsoe and Gallimore will be the key contributors for the Sooners’ D-line. But players like senior Marquise Overton, redshirt junior Dillon Faamatau and sophomore Tyreece Lott will also be valuable as the season progresses. Oklahoma will be back in action Saturday at noon against UCLA at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. If the defensive line replicates its performance, it could be a long day for the Bruins. “I’m a believer that if you’re going to be a good defense, it starts up front,” said senior redshirt Curtis Bolton. “Resetting the line of scrimmage, getting in the backfield, being disruptive — that’s what I’ve been harping to the D-line. “If those boys play like that, it’s going to be a long season for offensive lines.” George Stoia

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Redshirt junior running back Rodney Anderson celebrates after a touchdown during the game against FAU Sept. 1.

ahead of Oklahoma’s game against UCLA. “First of all, you give them an opportunity,” offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh said. “That’s the one thing here — I’m not saying other places you don’t, but those guys really get an opportunity. If you walk-on here, you’re going to get an opportunity to get reps. Every guy that we have here is getting reps.” Oklahoma doesn’t have a shaming session when

scholarship players meet and work with walk-ons. They all see one another as the same. Ju n i o r w i d e re c e i v e r Marquise Brown didn’t know Tease was a walk-on when he arrived in Norman, and Tease couldn’t tell the difference between the scholarship players and his walk-on brethren. I t ’s t h e c u l t u r e a t Oklahoma. Everyone sees one another eye-to-eye. “If you don’t know, you

can’t tell who is walk-on or who is not — everyone gets treated the same,” Brown said. “No one is getting treated different. It’s like, ‘They come out here and they perform well and they’re going to play.’ “ I t ’s a c a m a r a d e r i e . Everyone is friends, no one is getting singled out or anything like that. Everyone is close together.” All anyone can ask is for an opportunity. Riley has built an environment where everything is earned. Everyone gets the same chance to show what they can do, and the best player plays. There’s a new standard for the walk-on at Oklahoma. Each player who pays his way is trying to reach the same height of the player who came before them. Mayfield, Wren, Basquine, Teas e, Mor r is and now Stoops — the pathway has been paved, and Riley and the Sooners are reaping the benefits of the system in place. “They take us in just like you’re an incoming freshman or a transfer, there’s nothing different,” Tease told The Daily. “You come in with confidence and they know that you are going to get the job done, they’ll take you on like a regular player. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter. Everybody is here for a reason. They wouldn’t let you in this program if they knew you couldn’t compete. Everybody in this program has trust and confidence that we can come out there and do the job.” Kegan Reneau

keganreneau@ou.edu

Offense benefits from improved run game Tradition of great running backs lives on in OU team ABBY BITTERMAN @Abby_Bitterman

With all the focus on the quarterbacks at the start of this season, Oklahoma’s running back room has quietly picked up where it left off. Last season, now-redshirt junior Rodney Anderson and sophomore Trey Sermon were a lethal combination in the Sooners’ backfield. This year, they’ve continued to show their domination, with help from a fellow returner, senior Marcelias Sutton and two new backs. “We have exponentially more run game than anywhere I’ve ever been,” Coach Lincoln Riley said. “We probably have more run game than anybody in the country right now.” “That is really high praise from our head coach, and I’m really happy that he believes in us that much,” Anderson said in response. “With a coach that believes in us that much, it makes it easy to work hard.” Last week, Riley said he has grown to like scheming for run plays more than pass plays. “We do a lot of stuff, but we’ve got guys that can do it — we’ve got guys that understand it. We’ve got a staff that’s on the same page offensively,” Riley said. “When we’re clicking, we’re able to keep people off balance because of that versatility, and I think the key for it is our players right now can handle it.” Oklahoma’s offense is

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Redshirt junior running back Rodney Anderson celebrates after a touchdown during the game against FAU Sept. 1.

pretty evenly balanced between the run game and passing attack. The Sooners threw for 334 yards against Florida Atlantic and ran for 316 yards. Oklahoma’s proficiency in both parts of the offense is also a strength because other teams have to respect the run and the throw. “The run game is also a big part of the pass game,” redshirt senior fullback Carson Meier said. “If we can run the ball like we have been, it opens up some windows in the pass game.” The run game has always been a big part of the Sooners’ offense. Oklahoma is known as Running Back U, and this year’s stable is just the latest in a long line of big name backs. Former Oklahoma back Joe Mixon is one of those backs. He tweeted about the Sooners’ performance against FAU, calling the game over after Sermon scored a touchdown with four seconds left in the first quarter and adding the hashtag RBU to reference the tradition of great backs he and Sermon are a part of. “It’s a tremendous honor to follow in the foot steps of

Adrian Peterson, Demarco M u r r a y , S a m a j e , J o e ,” Anderson said. “It’s just a huge honor to be put in the same sentence as those people.” On Saturday, all five of Oklahoma’s running backs got in the game and got more than one opportunity each to carry the ball. Four of the five backs scored touchdowns, with Anderson finding the end zone twice. The Sooners’ dominance early gave freshman T.J. Pledger and redshirt freshman Kennedy Brooks a chance to get in the game, experience that will help them later. “I think that just helps add on to experience, especially for the young guys,” Anderson said. “Any type of game experience is going to help you in the long run, so I think it was really good we got to showcase all the running backs in the running back room and just show people what we have.” Abby Bitterman abbybitt@ou.edu


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SATURDAY SELECTIONS Oklahoma vs. UCLA Our writers will predict every Sooners game. Here are George Stoia’s, Abby Bitterman’s and Kegan Reneau’s predictions for Oklahoma’s second game of the season against UCLA.

GEORGE STOIA The Sooners lived up to the hype last week against Florida Atlantic, but UCLA and Chip Kelly should prove to be a tougher test. The Bruins fell at home in their season opener to Cincinnati but will likely have a better performance in week two. Yet Oklahoma looked like one of the best teams in the country last Saturday, and led by Kyler Murray, Rodney Anderson and Marquise Brown on offense, the Sooners will be too much for UCLA.

SCORE PREDICTION

OU - 48 UCLA - 21

ABBY BITTERMAN After a better-than-expected performance against Florida Atlantic, the Sooners are heavy favorites over a UCLA team coming off a loss to Cincinnati. Bruins’ coach Chip Kelly has one of the best offensive minds in the country, but Saturday will only be his second game at UCLA. Oklahoma didn’t miss a beat on Saturday with a new quarterback behind the wheel in Kyler Murray, and the Sooners’ defense looked much improved from last year’s.

SCORE PREDICTION

OU - 50 UCLA - 24

KEGAN RENEAU Oklahoma welcomes one of the more innovative offensive minds in all of football into Norman, but Chip Kelly’s fingerprints have only just touched UCLA’s program. There will be a feeling-out process for the Bruins this season. This shows, with oddsmakers opening the betting line to this game in the upper 20s. The Sooners jumped out early last week against Florida Atlantic and should be able to do the same come Saturday.

OU - 55 UCLA - 20

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