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Quake leaves no lasting structural damage Second-strongest earthquake in state history shakes up campus Wednesday morning RENEE SELANDERS The Oklahoma Daily

Other than a skylight in Dale Hall, the 5.1-magnitude earthquake that rumbled Wednesday morning across Oklahoma caused no structural damage to campus buildings, university spokesman Chris Shilling said. A team of structural experts brought in by OU President David

Boren found no damage in other buildings across campus, and no injuries were reported as a result of the quake, Boren said by e-mail. Students in classrooms across campus reported feeling the ground shaking at approximately 9:05 a.m. Wednesday. The quake was centered six miles southeast of Norman in Noble, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. “Everyone in our class stopped for a little bit. Then our professor told us to move our desks away from the projector so we could continue class,” University College

freshman Katharine Ekonomou said. Shilling said OU Police did not evacuate any classrooms, though students were ushered away from the Dale Hall skylight in case the glass shattered. The skylight was inspected and students were allowed to go about their normal routines later Wednesday, he said. The U.S. Geological Survey initially released a report stating the

Wednesday’s earthquake » Magnitude 5.1 » Six miles southeast of Norman » Felt as far away as northern Texas and southern Kansas *Source: The Oklahoma Geological Survey



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he latest meeting of the OU chapter of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Friends was a somber event and attended by about 40 students and community members. Following recent suicides of several gay young adults, including Norman North High School’s Zach Harrington, two guest speakers discussed the growing problem of intolerance and suicide that plague the gay community. “What people need is to be heard,” said Amy Morgan, training and prevention outreach coordinator of Heartline, a community support group that operates a suicide hotline. “Please, don’t think you’re alone. You’re not.” Suicide is the second leading cause of death in Oklahoma for young people and the state is ranked as the 13th worst state in the nation in terms of suicides per capita, according to Morgan’s presentation. Following the meeting, more than 200 people attended a candlelight vigil in the South Oval’s Unity Garden. The vigil honored lives lost.

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Sociology junior Haley Brown attends a candelight vigil Wednesday evening in the South Oval’s Unity Garden. The vigil was hosted by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and friends to speak out against anti-gay movements and act as a presentation of people supporting efforts to prevent suicides.

University green project up for state award Meteorologists, architects work to bring environmental technology to university CHASE COOK The Oklahoma Daily

An experimental green roof on the National Weather Center is up for a Keep Oklahoma Beautiful award in the Educational Institution category. The meteorology and architecture departments have joined forces to grow plants on the roof of the National Weather Center to test their effect on energy usage and stormwater runoff. “It can help with cooling and if we get natural cooling it helps reduce energy consumption,” meteorology professor Petra Klein said. “It also has positive impacts on air quality ... the plants themselves help to clean the air and by using less energy means less emissions.” The roof was installed April 13 and is part of a research project led by professors Reid Coffman, Klein and Lee Fithian.

Fungal inhibition discovery in OU labs Chemists able to prevent oral yeast infections with new microorganism research


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Green roof facts » Russian Stonecrop and Hardy Ice Plant are typical green roof plants because of their tolerance for extremely harsh environments. » Native plants such as Blue Grama Grass and Prairie coneflower are being grown for comparision with the typical green roof plants. *Source: National Weather Center


Graduate research assistant Jose Galvez and meterology senior Monica Deming download data from the green roof observation masts Oct. 8 on the It consists of a large series of trays National Weather Center. Galvez and Deming were careful not to disturb the filled with plants that redirect natu- plants, which are a part of a different study. ral elements like light and water through absorption and reflection. It also reduces the amount of contemporary support in the last consumer market in climates like stormwater runoff. This is water 30 years. It is most commonly used Oklahoma’s. “ We a r e t e s t i n g t o s e e i f that picks up impurities while flow- in the temperate climates to the it will be successful after ing through roofs and drains and east, Coffman said. He hopes the roof will bring deposits them into drinking water. The green roof concept has been results that will benefit both the around for centuries, but found green initiative as a whole and the SEE GREEN PAGE 2

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While studying unique chemical signaling pathways among microorganisms in the human mouth, a team of OU researchers may have discovered something much greater: a better way of treating infectious diseases, which could help lessen the risk of creating new antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Chemistry and biochemistry professor Robert Cichewicz and professor Felicia Qi led a team of chemists and microbiologists that discovered a certain microorganism, Streptococcus mutans, can inhibit the growth of the pathogenic yeast Candida albicans. The inhibition of pathogenic substances is a relatively new concept. Over the years, the direct killing of pathogenic substances has led to resistant strains of bacteria, also known as superbugs. “By inhibiting yeast this way, we can potentially inhibit the selection for resistant strains of yeast that could result in even more severe diseases,” Cichewicz said. Traditional antibiotics could be reserved for more extreme cases. Candida albicans exists in two stages: a relatively harmless yeast phase in which the microbe does not cause damage to the body and a pathogenic filamentous phase that has the capability of invading human tissue, Cichewicz said. “We have discovered a molecule that inhibits a yeast cell’s morphological transformation into the latter — the filamentous phase,” Cichewicz said. Thrush, a disease caused by human pathogenic yeast, occurs during this phase. It often appears as a white film that can be seen in the oral region, and it typically occurs in immunologically compromised individuals. “Newborns, HIV patients, organ transplant recipients — these are all groups where thrush is likely to present itself,” Cichewicz said.

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EARTHQUAKE: Tremors felt across state lines Continued from page 1

Today around campus » The library book sale will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bizzell Memorial Library. » Information for early detection of breast cancer will be available 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. » Lunch & Learn is hosting a seminar, What to Expect in Today’s Job Market, with speaker Kari Mirabel from noon to 12:30 p.m. in the Union’s Regents Room. » A seminar, Creating a Winning Resume, will take place 1:30 to 2 p.m. in the Union’s Frontier Room. » Young female breast cancer survivors will tell their stories 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Union’s Sooner Room. » Student Success Series is hosting the seminar Preparing for Medical School from 4 to 5 p.m. in Wagner Hall, Room 245.

earthquake reached a magnitude of 4.3, but upon further inspection, the Oklahoma Geological Survey reported a 5.1-magnitude quake. The quake was the secondstrongest reported in state history and the strongest ever in Cleveland County. The largest quake in Oklahoma reached a 5.5 magnitude April 9, 1952 near El Reno and caused minor structural damage and injured two people. Elsewhere in Norman, no damages or injuries were reported in connection with the quake, said Jim Bailey, Norman Deputy Fire Chief. The tremor was felt by students at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma

Strongest Oklahoma quakes April 9, 1952 — Canadian County 5.5 Wednesday — Cleveland County 5.1 April 9, 1952 — Canadian 5.0 June 1, 1939 — Hughes County 4.4 June 17, 1959 — Comanche 4.2 Jan. 18, 1995 — Garvin 4.2

State University in Stillwater and Southern Nazarene University in Bethany. There also were reports of the quake in Purcell, Lexington, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The Oklahoma Geological Survey reported the quake’s effects were felt as far away as northern Texas and southern Kansas. — Joseph Truesdell and Chris Lusk contributed to this report


GREEN: Initiative potential new fuel source Continued from page 1 installation,” Coffman said. “But we are adding to that with some complexity.” The complexity comes in the form of multiple variables and data gathering. Since the roof is in a unique environment, they are incorporating native grasses and flowers with the typical plants used in the green roof, Coffman said. Klein brings her meteorology measurements class to the roof, and it collects data detailing plant performance,

wind conditions, changes in radiation balance and cooling efficiency. Gathering this data will hopefully provide professors with the information they need to determine the effectiveness of the roof. However, it is too soon to tell, she said. Brian Squitieri, meteorology senior, is a member of Klein’s class and supports the experiment’s goal of “going green.” “The green initiative, even though it’s in its infant stage, theoretically, it would be a very good substitute for all our older fuel sources,” Squitieri said. “Not to mention, it’s completely renewable.”

Friday, Oct. 15 » The OU Ring Ceremony will take place 4 to 7 p.m. in the Union’s Courtyard. » Campus Activities Council will host an alumni reunion 5 to 7 p.m. in the Union’s Scholars Room. » African Christian Fellowships will host a meeting 7 to 10 p.m. in the Union’s Frontier Room.

Saturday, Oct. 16 » Boomer Bash will take place 3 to 6 p.m. in the Union’s Governors, Regents and Associates Rooms. » Union game-day events will take place 3 to 6 p.m. outside on the east side of the Union.

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» National Society of Leadership and Success will meet 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Union’s Heritage Room.

Monday, Oct. 18 » Teach for America will take place 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Union’s Weitzenhoffer Room. » A ballroom dance class will take place 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom. » Medical School Admission Advice will occur 3 to 4 p.m. in the Union’s Heritage Room. » Miss OU 2010 Walking Rehearsal will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Union’s Meacham Auditorium.

Tuesday, Oct. 19 » A seminar on knowing your body for breast health, Bare Essentials, will take place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Union.

» This day in OU history

Oct. 14, 1977 Uncertainty about architecture trip abroad A School of Architecture trip to London was in jeopardy as the State Regents attempted to identify it as either a field trip or an off-campus course. The trip would allow 27 students to study in London if they paid $1,000 to cover transportation and expenses. It was uncertain the trip would commence because the school needed to inform the airlines 45 days prior to their flight to obtain a group discount.

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Professor brings experience, connections to OU Steve Gillon helped develop Honors College; brought documentary team to OU LAUREN CASONHUA The Oklahoma Daily

ONLINE AT OUDAILY.COM » Video: Steve Gillon talks about his book, “The Kennedy Assassination.”

Steven Gillon, OU history professor who works at the » Link: List of Steve Gillon’s books History Channel, said he has an appetite for learning but confessed he was not always a fan of school. “I was a lousy student in high school,” Gillon said. “I failed three out of five subjects my senior year in high school. I professor. “Besides being highly involved in hiring the first thought I was gonna be a baseball player. I never read books; faculty members, he also established the Honors at Oxford I wasn’t interested in ideas.” Program and set up the Writing Center.” Then one professor in his first year of college inspired him Gillon brought the skills he learned throughout his career to explore different aspects of knowledge. It was because of teaching and working for the History Channel to the OU this that he discovered his amazing caclassrooms. One of the reasons he said he likes pacity for learning, as well as a particular working with TV is because television breaks interest in studying the past. down the walls of the classroom. He’s very engaging. “I loved the idea of studying the past At OU, he teaches “special classes,” including He’s good at and understanding all its nuances and one starting in November about the mid-term communicating the complexities,” Gillon said. He had a elections. He also teaches reading classes in the information. Students spring. natural interest in history and became a teacher because he was inspired by a “He’s very engaging,” said Jeff Bloomgarden, really like his classes; teacher. OU Scholars Program director. “He’s good at he’s an excellent Gillon earned several degrees and communicating the information. Students reteacher.” teach at some of the most academically ally like his classes; he’s an excellent teacher.” prestigious universities. He earned his Gillon used his skills and connections from — JEFF BLOOMGARDEN, Ph.D at Brown University and taught at the History Channel to help out Oklahoma stuYale University for nine years. dents when the History Channel sent producDIRECTOR OF THE OU While teaching at Yale, Gillon got a ers to the Gaylord College of Journalism and SCHOLARS PROGRAM call inviting him to work with the History Mass Communication to help them with docuChannel. He started out doing small mentary projects. projects with them and has been involved with the History “The project entailed us working on a documentary about Channel ever since. the Vietnam riots and shootings at Kent State University in He hosted the history series “Our Generation” for two Kent, Ohio,” said Mark Nehrenz, a graduate student currentseasons and anchored “HistoryCENTER,” a Sunday morn- ly living in South Africa, in an e-mail. “I absolutely loved the ing current events program, from 1998 to 2006. He also has experience, and it exposed me to what documentary work served as an expert on numerous network specials. is like in the real production world.” “One of the hardest things,” Gillon said, “is doing live TV. In addition to his TV work, Gillon has also written a numWhen you’re doing live TV you can’t start over.” ber of books. While he was teaching at the University of Oxford in His personal favorite is about the Kennedy assassination. England, President Boren asked him to help set up the Titled “The Kennedy Assassination — 24 Hours After” and Honors College, and he became its first dean. written through the eyes of Lyndon B. Johnson, it examines “He had a great emphasis on the development of the how the government responded in the first 24 hours after Honors College,” said Carolyn Morgan, Honors College the assassination.


In this 2008 file photo, professor Steve Gillon lectures on the historical significance of the 2008 presidential election at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History.

Ultimately, he hopes his accomplishments have reached students and made a contribution to undergraduate learning. “As a teacher, your mission is to try and inspire people,” Gillon said. “Hopefully, I’ve inspired somebody.”

Nonprofit Leadership Student Association to show film to raise awareness about importance of healthy eating The Nonprofit Leadership Student Association will show “Food Inc.” Friday to raise awareness about the importance of eating healthfully. Panelists at the organization’s annual event, Nonfilm, are Allen Knehans from the Department of Health and Exercise Science, and Julia Ehrhardt, associate professor of Honors and Women’s and Gender Studies and owner of Native Roots Market.

“It is a great way to raise money for a worthy cause and to educate people about important issues,” said Chelsea Mooneyhan, group president and zoology senior. Last year’s gathering focused on suicide prevention. This year, “Food Inc.” will be shown and all proceeds and donations will go to Buy Fresh Buy Local, a group that directs people in how and where to buy locally grown produce and products.

Nonfilm is a project created to “foster leadership development within [NLSA] and to spread awareness about the nonprofit world,” Mooneyhan said. The documentary is open to the public and will be shown at 7 p.m. at Second Wind Coffee Shop, 564 Buchanan. — Emily Hopkins/The Daily

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OU too slow with quake info Oklahoma’s 5.1 magnitude earthquake Wednesday contact information is up to date. Given this inadequate provides an interesting case study in the power of social dissemination of information, it’s fortunate the quake media. wasn’t more severe. Within minutes, tweets and Facebook status updates People learned the news from social media, where news were posted asking if friends were OK and telling stories sites then published it for the rest of the world. of where people were when the quake hit. Even a conspiracy theory site — “Earth Changes and In some cases, people couldn’t send text messages be- the Pole Shift,” which tracks earthquakes pertinent to its cause cell towers were jammed with news of the quake. belief that Planet X will cause a shift in the Earth’s magWe’ve only previously noticed this netic poles — posted news of the quake happening in Norman during football about 15 minutes before university ofgames. ficials sent out a text message. We were shocked to have We were shocked to have an earthConcerned students logged onto an earthquake, and it was quake, and it was amazing to see how Twitter and Facebook looking for anamazing to see how quickly swers about damages, class cancellaquickly news spread online, but we’re disheartened to know the OU administions and possible injuries. news spread online, but tration came in last place notifying anyWhile they were able to get informawe’re disheartened to know one of what happened. tion from peers and news outlets, OU the OU administration The earthquake occurred at about wasn’t providing any new information came in last place notifying through its Twitter or Facebook page. 9:05 a.m. OU ’s emergenc y response plan The @UofOklahoma Twitter account anyone of what happened.” claims, “it allows the University to rapretweeted information from @OUDaily idly and efficiently provide information and @OUArtsSciences instead of pro... within minutes by telephone, text messaging, and e- viding students with relevant information pertaining to mail using contact information provided.” damages, class cancellations and possible injuries. Some students didn’t receive a text message alert from Because social media is so accessible, we believe the the university until 10 a.m. And some students didn’t re- administration should add social media to their emerceive them at all. gency response plan because it’s the first thing students It wasn’t until 10:56 a.m. that students received an e- turn to. mail from President David Boren, apparently from the We understand most of the administration didn’t grow past, with news of the quake. The e-mail’s subject head- up relying on technology like we do, but when it comes line read, “Boren statement Earthquake 8-13-10.” down to student safety, they should know how to use We’re in the news business and weren’t aware there was every tool available. an earthquake on Aug. 13. Earthquakes aren’t a frequent occurrence in Norman, We understand mistakes happen under deadline pres- so maybe the administration was caught off guard. sure. However, there obviously wasn’t a rush seeing as the We hope OU learns from this event and alert students alert was nearly two hours late. sooner in the future. Several people even claimed they didn’t receive either a text message or a call, even though their emergency Comment on this column at

#OklahomaEarthquake The Daily searched “Oklahoma earthquake” on Facebook and Twitter. This is what we found:

Facebook “Earthquake in Norman Oklahoma today 4.5, felt all the way down here in North Texas, how cool!” “An interesting observation: When California has an earthquake (of the size OK got today), they probably don’t even really notice. When Oklahoma gets an earthquake of this size, it’s all we can talk about on FB, email, etc. When Oklahoma has a tornado (of a “regular” COLUMN size), no big deal. When California has a tornado the size of our “regular” ones, I’m sure that’s all they can talk about on FB, email, etc. :)” “Matt 24;7-8 ‘For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows!’ 2 days ago there were tornados’ in Arizona, and this morning an earthquake in Oklahoma. When we stand before God, let us not say that we were unaware of the times! I Love Ya’ll “A Tsunami warning has been issued for Lake Thunderbird as a result of todays earthquake! Please take shelter in a casino” “People of Oklahoma: Do not fear, it was not a real earthquake. OU Pom just killed the dance floor. That’s all.”

Twitter “Gary England has located the earthquake hook echo on Doppler 9000. It’s south of Norman” — @TheLostOgle “Oklahoma is getting as bad as California, a 4.3 earthquake today, this makes, what 99 so far this year.” — @MartyDeb “magnitude 5.1 Earthquake in Oklahoma WTF is going on? Governments tell us!” — @Steven2334


Budget cuts should consider death penalty over other state programs In times of economic uncertainty, it’s imperative that we security prison, the state evaluate the worth of each government expense. I believe will pay nearly $1.3 million. STAFF COLUMN UMN the death penalty is a good place to start, because by the Using Duke University’s time you finish studying tonight, Oklahoma will execute low figure of three times Andrew Cook ook Donald Wackerly. more expensive, the death The public, myself included, almost forgets that this penalty costs an extra $2.6 practice still exists. Until last week, I had ignored the issue million per case. since Indiana executed Timothy McVeigh in 2001. With If we abolish the death penalty, what should we do with executions occurring infrequently and in private, it is an the extra $2.6 million? My first thought is to begin paying easy issue to ignore. off the state or national debt. Another idea is to give all or When evaluating capital punishment, I believe the cen- part to the victim’s family as a form of closure. tral question is not one of right or wrong, but whether the As it stands, proponents believe the death penalty gives penalty is effective. closure to families through retribution. An eye for an eye Death penalty advocates propose three reasons for con- as they say. There is no national database where one can tinuing executions: cost effectiveness, closure for victim’s quantify the amount of closure execution brings, but we families and deterrence. do know the amount of stress losing a loved one causes. Empirical data shows the death penalty is more expen- The cost of a funeral alone is enough to sink a family’s sive than incarcerating a convict for life without parole. finances. This is due to the intricacy of the process, not the length So why not use $100,000 of the $2.6 million to help of the proceedings. families pay for their missed days at work, theraIn a criminal murder case where pist bills, etc.? From an economic perspective, If we abolish the death the death penalty is possible, the wouldn’t helping financially do much more to penalty, what should we state holds two trials: one to estabhelp a family recover than watching a man die lish guilt and another to determine peacefully through a two-way mirror? do with the extra $2.6 the sentence. Because the state Lastly, deterrence is the most constructive million? My first thought reason seeks the death penalty disprofor keeping the death penalty. The reais to begin paying off the soning is that if execution is a threat, criminals portionately against lower income groups, the state must pay twice for will be less likely to commit crimes. On the state or national debt. prosecution and twice for defense surface, this seems reasonable. In the time of Another idea is to give counsel. An extensive appeals propublic hangings and stoning, capital punishall or part to the victim’s cess then follows these trials. ment could deter criminals because it was visfamily as a form of Wackerly’s case is a represenible. We now conduct executions in private, tative example. In 1998, the 10th allowing the public to ignore the punishment. closure.” Circuit Court found him guilty of Because most Americans are against the reinbrutally murdering a Laotian fisherman in 1996. For 12 statement of lynching, the deterrent effect will continue years, Wackerly has continually appealed his sentence. to be marginal. That is 12 years of legal fees and court costs, 12 years of The Death Penalty Information Center agrees with this incarceration and 12 years of other costs unique to death claim. In a 2010 survey, it found that 88 percent of curpenalty proceedings. rent and ex-presidents of America’s leading criminology If Americans expect certainty of guilt before executing institutes do not believe the death penalty lives up to its an individual, expediting these proceedings would be promise of deterrence. counter-productive. So, what are we getting for our money? Higher exCarrying out a death sentence from arrest to execu- penses, unknown levels of consolation and little or no tion costs taxpayers three to five times more, on average, deterrence. than incarcerating a prisoner for life, according to a Duke Maybe next time we decide to cut a state-funded proUniversity study. gram, we should choose the death penalty over education The Oklahoma Department of Corrections states it costs or health care. an average of $25,500 per year to incarcerate a criminal in a maximum-security penitentiary. In reality, first-degree — Andrew Cook, murder is the only capital crime; therefore, minimal secu- English writing sophomore rity institutions are more or less irrelevant. If the average inmate spends 50 years in a maximum- Comment on this column at

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Important effects of legalizing pot Editor’s note: In response to Tucker Cross’s Wednesday column, “Legalization of certain drugs could reduce high U.S. incarceration rates” Re-legalizing cannabis (marijuana) alone will lower incarceration rates. Ending cannabis prohibition will also reduce hard drug addiction rates, which in turn lowers crime rates. Responsible adults who use the relatively safe, God-given plant cannabis often purchase it from people who also sell hard drugs, which increases the likelihood of hard drug addiction. RElegalizing cannabis will eliminate that gateway effect. Another reason cannabis prohibition increases hard drug addiction rates is due to DARE telling lies, half-truths and propaganda regarding the plant. How many people heard DARE say cannabis was very bad and then realize it’s not nearly as bad as claimed and think other substances must not be so bad either only to become addicted to honest hard drugs? Further, ending the sequel to prohibition will save wasted valuable limited law enforcement resources, read taxes. It may also decrease alcoholism and contempt for laws and government. Legalizing cannabis is one of the most important issues of our time. Truthfully, — Stan White Dillon, Colorado

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Singer-songwriter ‘chasing magic’ in Norman ANNIKA LARSON The Oklahoma Daily

Pennsylvania native Langhorne Slim first got public attention while touring with The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, and then when his song “Electric Love Letter” was featured on a Rolling Stone editor’s top ten picks. Since then, he’s recorded three LPs — the most recent of which was 2009’s “Be Set Free” — performed on “Late Show with David Letterman” and had his songs covered by Seth Avett. Tonight, he plays at the Opolis as part of the Paste Magazine tour, also featuring Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Jesse Sykes, Phil Wandscher and Mimicking Birds. The Daily spoke to Slim about life on the road, making it big and recording in his friend’s basement.

THE DAILY: Sometimes people think of indiefolk type music as boring, weepy stuff, but your music has a lot of energy and passion. What genre do you identify as? SLIM: I really don’t, I just identify as music. I used to think it was Louis Armstrong, but someone told me it was Duke Ellington who said, “There’s two kinds of music: good music and bad music.” If I had to be on one of the sides, I’d prefer to be on the side of the good music. Nobody wants to say, “I do this” or “I do that” because, where do you go from there, you know? You want to be free to go any direction creatively that your heart wants to take you. THE DAILY: What’s life on the road like? SLIM: For me, it’s what I need. I’ve been doing it now for most of my adult life, so I’m getting pretty used to it. I guess it’s the same as like, whatever your routine is, this is what it is. I love it. I think what’s best for me is just playing for live audiences and connecting with people every night, hanging out and meeting people, having a good time. It’s what I enjoy the most out of any of what goes into this. At least now; maybe later I won’t, but I feel like I would be lost without playing so many shows.

THE DAILY: Do you prefer smaller crowds or bigger ones?

SLIM: I like both, but keep in mind, we don’t play arenas or stadiums or anything like that.


Singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim hails from Pennsylvania. He performs at 9 tonight at the Opolis as part of the Paste Magazine Tour.

I think sometimes it is easier to play for a smaller room, easier for a connection to be made with a few hundred people than a few thousand. It just depends. That’s probably why I choose to play so many shows — always chasing magic.

THE DAILY: 2009’s “Be Set Free” is a lot more fuller and more orchestrated than early albums. What’s it like to change the recording process over the years? SLIM: It is true that the first album I ever recorded was in my friend’s basement, and it’s true that we didn’t have any other choice. And it is true that my last album was recorded in a studio, and hired a producer and everything like that. But it’s not necessarily as you get bigger and maybe have more money, that you make it

more lavish. This was an experience I wanted to have — in a proper studio. I’d never done that before.

THE DAILY: I’m always wondering how you are not a household name. How do you feel about that, or is gaining widespread fame not high on your priority list?

SLIM: I’m not trying to stay under the radar necessarily, but what’s important is not [getting] everyone to know my name and my face, but I want to be proud of what I’m doing when I’m going to bed at night, or perhaps breathing my last breath in this body on earth. So that’s what’s important.

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friday, oct. 15 cont’d. Goff’s Interiors: Sensual Shelter | 6 p.m. in the Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium. OU College of Architecture interior design professors Hans-Peter Wachter and Scott Williams will explore how Bruce Goff’s compositions of the visual and tactile textures of construction and finish materials invoked an occupant’s primal sense of protection and comfort. Homecoming Pep Rally | 7 p.m. in the McCasland Field House. Presented by the Campus Activities Council. Lab Theatre Presents: Nine Parts of Desire | 8 p.m. at the Lab Theatre, Old Science Hall. Tickets are $6 for students and $8 for adults. Contact the Fine Arts Box Office for more information, (405) 325-4101. Concert: Johnny Polygon | 9:30 p.m. in Meacham Auditorium, doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets available through *FREE for OU students with valid OU ID and $10 for the general public, $15 at the door. *Additional service charges apply, OU students are encouraged to reserve their free tickets online at as supplies are limited. Students must present their valid OU ID at the door to be admitted free of charge. Presented by the Union Programming Board Concert Series. Always Something, saturday, oct. 16 Bruce Goff: A Creative Mind Exhibition Opening Weekend | please visit http:// for a full schedule of events regarding the exhibition. Homecoming Parade | 3 p.m. on Boyd Street, parade will start at the intersection of Elm Street and Boyd Street. Presented by the Campus Activities Council.

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Homecoming Week | Today, enjoy free food at noon on the South Oval courtesy of Healthy Sooners! visit for a full schedule of events. Presented by the Campus Activities Council. Ring Ceremony | 4 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union Courtyard. Presented by the OU Alumni Association. Movie Night at the Museum: “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” | 5:30-9 p.m. at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. Bring your pillow and sleeping bag for this family movie night in the museum’s Great Hall. Galleries open from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Movie begins at 7:00. Evening museum admission, which includes movie admission, is $5 for adults, $4 seniors age 65 and up, $3 youth ages 6 to 17, and free for children ages 5 and under. Museum members receive a $1 per ticket discount. Snacks will be available for purchase during the show.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) - There is no need to allow competitive situations to intimidate you. You have some aces in the hole that you could play anytime you choose.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) Be careful what you say when socializing with co-workers. One among them could be looking for something to hang on the rest of you, and is anxious to carry back tales to the boss.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - As long as you keep the faith, substantial results are likely, so no matter what you’re doing or with whom you’re doing it, you should come out OK. Your only enemy is yourself.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) - When shopping for a certain item, don’t settle for something that is close to, but not quite, what you want. It might take a bit of checking, but patience and perseverance will help you find it.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Being cooperative benefits you as much as it does those with whom you share common interests, so don’t think you’re doing anybody but yourself any favors.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Pick the brains of close associates or friends when hunting for critical information. Chances are you’ll find what you’re looking for in your own backyard. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) - Someone you went out of your way to help, never expecting your kindness to be repaid, might pleasantly surprise you. S/he’s likely to come through when everyone else fails you. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) Continue to believe in luck when all else is coming up short, and it will pan out. What you wish and need to be true will get to happening.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) When negotiating an agreement, the smartest thing you could do is to take yourself out of the picture. Opposition pops up when you appear to be self-serving and unconcerned with anything else. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - The more heads there are figuring things out, the quicker you’ll get a solution, but be sure to listen to everyone’s ideas. The best one could come from an unexpected source. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - Stick to doing business with the firms or people you’ve used for a long time, and you won’t be disappointed. Other firms about which you know little might care more about their own bottom line than yours.

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OUDAILY.COM ›› The Daily’s RJ Young reviews Dan Wetzel, Josh Peter and Jeff Passan’s new book, “Death to the BCS.”

James Corley, sports editor • phone: 405-325-3666


Sooner broadcaster reflects on 50-year career ZACK HEDRICK

In 1970, he was named the station’s sports director, a position he held until 1997. He continued to with KFOR as a sports anchor By now most, if not all, of the Sooner until Dec. 2008, marking the end of his teleNation is aware Bob Barry Sr. will put up the vision broadcasting career. microphone at year’s end. But that will not His career spans 55 years of radio playtake away from Barry’s legendary status and by-play Oklahoma history, including 31 exlasting impression on the Sooner football traordinary years with the Sooners. He has landscape. narrated many of the great OU plays of the “No one represents the values and spirit last several decades with his unique playof our university better than by-play style, adding in a Bob Barry,” OU President dash of Oklahoma charm. David Boren said. “His en“How you broadcast is imergy, enthusiasm and teportant. You have to make nacity, along with his love the person’s mind see what of the university, can be felt you’re saying; paint a picture » Ring Ceremony — Bob through his spoken words. instead of giving an opinion Barry Sr. will be honored No one gets more excited or something,” Barry said. at the Class of 2011 Ring than he does. He’s the ulti“To me, that lives. That’s Ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday mate Sooner fan.” what you want to do, try to in the Oklahoma Memorial Barry is putting the finmake it live.” Union Courtyard. ishing touches on his 50th Barry, like all great broadseason of broadcasting » Homecoming Parade casters, can take an ordinary play-by-play football, but — Barry will be the grand play and make it extraorhe began all the way back marshal of this year’s dinary. The emotion in his in 1961, when OU coach voice coincides with the homecoming parade which Bud Wilkinson picked him rising cheers of the Sooner begins at 3 p.m. Saturday. out of 13 other contendfaithful, all culminating with The event starts at Elm and ers to be the play-by-play the phrase, “TOUCHDOWN, Boyd streets. man for Sooner football and OKLAHOMA!” » Book Signing — Barry will basketball. The conclusion is usually sign copies of his biography Barry tabbed that as the the same, but Barry tries to “Voice of Bedlam: The Life biggest professional thrill makes each call unique. of Bob Barry” at 3:30 p.m. he has ever received. “It’s important to use your Saturday in Gaylord Hall. “I never dreamed I’d be medium. In television, peodoing OU when I was doing ple see so you have a whole Norman High, but it all different way of talking. In came about,” Barry said. radio, they can’t see so you have to tell them He then left the friendly confines of the the story and try to set the picture as best Sooner broadcasting booth to call games for you can,” he said. the University of Tulsa for a season (1972Barry said several other broadcasters 1973) and broadcasted for the Oklahoma have had an impact on the way he calls PHOTO PROVIDED State Cowboys from 1974-1990. games, including Los Angeles Dodgers leg- Bob Barry Sr. poses for a photo while preparing for a football game. Barry has been a broadcaster He called several great OSU games, too, end Vin Scully. for 50 years. He will be honored during Homecoming this weekend. back when Barry Sanders was the running “Vin Scully, of course, is out of this world,” back or current OSU coach Mike Gundy was Barry said. “Boy, he is a great play-by-play which piqued his interest for the sport. the quarterback. guy. Never be another one like him.” He was a pitcher throughout high school “I had a great time up there those 18 Throughout his career, Barry has no and was on the OU baseball team his freshman years,” Barry said. doubt influenced other broadcast hopefuls, Outside of football and basketball, Barry year. His love of baseball continues today. His Barry then rejoined the Sooner family for and his legacy will live on at OU with the Bob enjoys following other sports, especially 65-inch, high-definition TV is enhanced with the the 1991 season and has been a Sooner trea- Barry Endowment Fund for Student Sports baseball. sure ever since. Programs. The enrichment fund will benefit “Baseball is my favorite sport to watch. I just MLB all-access pass. “Baseball is just dear to my heart. To this Beginning in 1966, when he was not be- the OU Gaylord College of Journalism and love it,” Barry said. hind a microphone at a football game, Barry Mass Communication’s programs for stuHe attended OKC Indians games every night, day, I watch maybe 15 games a week,” he said. was anchoring for KFOR News Channel 4. dents interested in sports journalism.

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Team remains in hunt for postseason Sooners hope to beat ranked opponent for first time this season TOBI NEIDY The Oklahoma Daily

The Sooners host Nebraska and Colorado this weekend, and a pair of wins would keep OU in the hunt for a berth to the Big 12 Soccer Championship Tournament. The Sooners host Nebraska at 7 p.m. Friday before facing Colorado at 1 p.m. Sunday, both at John Crain Field. OU is currently tied for fourth place with Missouri in the Big 12 standings. The top eight teams in the conference advance to the championship Nov. 3-7 in San Antonio. Senior forward Whitney Palmer continues to be a dominant force on offense for the Sooners this season. Palmer recently set new career goal (35) and career point (76) records with her sixth goal and 15th point of the season against Kansas on Sunday. The Sooners have turned up the burners on offense, scoring 19 goals in the past five games. Palmer leads the span with three goals and two assists with sophomore forwards Dria Hampton and Caitlin Mooney close behind, combining for five goals and three assists.

A LOOK AT NEBRASKA OU ’s tou ghe st opponent this weekend is the Nebraska Huskers. After falling behind early in Sunday’s game against Missouri, the Huskers bounced back in the second half to score four unanswered goals to win 4-2 at home. The Huskers are 11-4 this season and 4-2 in conference standings, earning

them a third-place conference ranking just in front of the Sooners. Nebraska is also on a three-game winning streak after downing Texas Tech 5-4, Iowa State 4-1 and Missouri 4-2 during conference action this month. Nebraska owns the overall series record with a 12-2 advantage over the Sooners. OU’s only two wins over the Huskers came in 2004 (1-0) and 2000 (2-1). Seven of the 14 games between the two teams have been decided by one goal. T h e Hu s k e r s a re l e d on offense by Morgan Marlborough, a sophomore forward out of Lee’s Summit, Mo. She leads the Big 12 in goals (15) and points (38) this season and is currently on an eight-game scoring streak, a new record for the Husker program. Marlborough stands atop six offensive categories in the Big 12 and shares two more No. 1 spots with fellow Husker sophomore forward Jordan Jackson in assists and assists per game with eight each. A ga i n s t O U l a s t s e a son, Marlborough broke Nebraska’s freshman school record for single-season goals with her second hat trick that year. The Huskers beat the Sooners 5-2 in last year’s matchup, a game featuring the No. 1 and No. 2 scorers in the country — Marlborough and Palmer, respectively.

A LOOK AT COLORADO The Buffaloes hold a 6-7-1 overall record but sit in the seventh spot in the Big 12 rankings with a 2-3-1 conference record. Colorado is coming off a 3-1 win Sunday over Iowa State after posting a fourgame winless streak: a 0-0 tie with Texas and losses


Freshman forward Amy Petrikin (21) dribbles the ball during the OU-Francis Marion match Oct. 8 at the OU Soccer Complex. The Sooners won 8-0.

to Texas Tech, Baylor and Missouri. The Buffaloes use a spread attack on offense, allowing nine players to collect goals this season. Senior Kym Lowry leads the team with three goals and four assists, but the Buffaloes are 1-4 when playing away from Prentup Field in Boulder, Colo. Last season, the Buffaloes downed the Sooners 5-1 behind All-American Nikki Marshall’s hat trick in the second half. Palmer scored the Sooners’ only goal in the 26th minute of the match. Colorado leads the alltime series against the

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OU VS. RANKED OPPONENTS Two of the Sooners’ remaining three games are against nationally-ranked opponents: No. 10 Texas A&M on the road No. 7 Oklahoma State at home. The last time a Sooner team beat a nationallyranked opponent was a 3-2 win over then-No. 13-ranked Texas A&M in Norman last season. The win snapped an 11game losing streak against ranked teams.

Sooners win Owasso tournament The OU women’s golf team took first place at the Dale McNamara Invitational Wednesday in Owasso. The Sooners led after the opening round for the third straight tournament this season, tied for first with UNLV. However, by the end of the second round, OU sat alone atop the 16-team field with an eight-stroke lead. Senior Erin Mueller finished in first place individually over the field of 90 competitors. Mueller shot a tournament record and personal-best 67 (-5) on Monday and kept rolling through the next two rounds. Sophomore Taylor Schmidt shot a careerlow Tuesday with a 70. Schmidt also collected five birdies and recorded the tournament’s secondlowest score of the day. —Jenni Cochran/The Daily

Sooners to watch » Senior forward Whitney Palmer — Last season, Palmer was the only Sooner to score against both Nebraska and Colorado in the regular season. While the Sooners fell 5-2 and 5-1 against the teams respectively, Palmer collected her 12th, 13th and 14th goals of the season against these Big 12 teams. Look for Palmer to continue to step up for the Sooners and be a factor this weekend offensively. » Sophomore forward Caitlin Mooney — This transfer out of Maryland has proven herself as a leader on the Sooner offensive unit this season. After starting 13 of the Sooners’ past 14 games, Mooney has already eclipsed her performance as a Terrapin, notching five goals and one assist as a Sooner. Look for Mooney to continue to outplay defensive units against the top teams of the Big 12 conference because of her postseason experience in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen last year with Maryland.


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Runner strives to break records, win conference RJ YOUNG The Oklahoma Daily

Three years ago, Molly Ferguson gave up racing altogether. Now, in her third year at OU, she works out up to 20 hours a week as a member of the OU women’s cross country team.

LOVING THE RUN At 2:10 p.m. Oct. 7, Molly Ferguson was running late getting to the John Jacobs Track and Field Complex. She had just left a class where her professor was enamored with the sound of his own voice and lost track of time. Ferguson, a junior international business major and a French minor, can’t afford to tune out her professor or leave class early. She had to bite the bullet and get to practice just a little later than usual. On a usual day by 2:00 p.m., Ferguson and the OU women’s cross country team would be at work on the track running painful intervals that number into the teens. And she would love it. “I love to run,” Ferguson said. “I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t. I almost feel depressed if I don’t run. It’s like a natural high I get. If I’m having a rough day and I go out to run, whether it be a work out or just 35 minutes at an easy pace, I feel so much better afterwards. It allows me to clear my head. It’s my way to escape.” And Ferguson definitely runs — sometimes twice a day and usually almost 100 miles a week. Last week, Ferguson ran a workout that would leave a lesser human being begging for mercy: 16x400 meters at a 75-second pace with one minute’s rest in between quarter-mile intervals, one of her favorite workouts. Her other favorite is “hills,” running 1,000 meters uphill eight times with one minute’s rest in between sprints. “I love the workouts. I love the feeling of accomplishing something,” Ferguson said. “I love pushing by my teammates.”

BECOMING A LEADER As her teammates push her to improve, she pushes back. Ferguson, a walk-on, is in the midst of her second season on the OU women’s cross country team. Without a single senior to guide it, Ferguson has emerged as the team’s leader. On Sept. 4 at the Hurricane Cross Country Festival in Tulsa, Ferguson finished first among her teammates and fifth overall on the two-mile course with a time of 11:11. At the same meet last season, Ferguson finished 17th overall with a time of 11:47. Just two weeks later, Ferguson recorded a personal best of 22:22 on the four-mile course, finishing 14th overall at the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, crossing the finish

line first among her teammates for the second straight meet of the season. Her previous best time in the four mile was 23:11 at the Midwest Regional in 2009. She hopes to break 22 minutes at the Chili Pepper Invitational Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.

HIGH SCHOOL ACCOMPLISHMENT Winning among her teammates and finishing among the top competitors at races isn’t anything new for Ferguson. While at Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City, Ferguson was a member of four cross country state championship teams, won individual All-State honors in 2006, the 1,600-meter state championship in 2007, the 2008 3,200-meter state championship and was a senior on the 2008 Class 4A track and field state championship team. However, after receiving so many accolades in high school and making a habit of winning, Ferguson did not get a lot of interest from elite college track and field programs and didn’t receive even one Division-1A scholarship offer. “I had scholarship offers from UCO, and Newman University was interested in me, but I didn’t want to go to those schools,” Ferguson said. Admittedly, while in high school, Ferguson didn’t know the extent of her talent. “I didn’t think about the big picture,” she said. “I had a different mindset in terms of running. I didn’t think of it as anything I would continue to do after high school. It was just fun.”

RETURNING TO THE SPORT After graduating high school, Ferguson decided to quit running competitively altogether, but found she still enjoyed the act of running. During her freshman year, she joined a running club at OU and found out the truth about herself: She missed racing. “My sophomore year, I decided I missed running, I missed competing,” she said. “I decided to contact the [OU track and field] coaches and got on the team.” After she joined the team, it didn’t take long for her to hit her stride. “My whole first year running here, I [broke my personal record] a lot,” Ferguson said. “I improved my mile time by thirty seconds.” She doesn’t think the year she took off from competing hurt her; in fact, she thinks it helped reaffirm her love for the sport. “I like how it’s panned out,” Ferguson said. “It’s all worked out for the best. If I hadn’t had that year break from running, I don’t think I would have really realized how much I love running. I needed that


Junior Molly Ferguson poses at the John Jacobs Track and Field complex. Ferguson is a walk-on runner from Bishop McGuiness High School in Oklahoma City. She recorded a personal best time of 22:22 on a four-mile run in a competition at Stillwater, but hopes to break 22 minutes in Arkansas. reflection period.” Ferguson attributes the drop in her times and sudden improvement in her performance to the OU Track and Field environment. “It’s exciting to be a part of that. I like the competitive level that we’re at,” Ferguson said. “I like the camaraderie. I like seeing how I can challenge myself every day. I like seeing what I can do. I never challenged myself like this in high school.” Ferguson’s high school personal best in the mile was 5:24. Since joining the OU women’s track team, she has dropped that time to 4:55 and wants to lower that figure during the 2011 outdoor season. “I want to break 4:50,” Ferguson said. She credits her mother for getting her

this far in her running. “In high school, she made me go at 6:30 a.m. every summer to run with the team,” Ferguson said. “And she saw I had the potential to be good and encouraged me to stick with it.” Ferguson is slowly learning exactly what she is capable of and what her team is capable of winning in the future. The goal she and the OU women’s cross country team have set for themselves is to win the Big 12 Conference cross country meet. Last season, the Sooners finished dead last, and the best OU has ever finished at the meet is sixth. “ We ’ r e r e a l l y y o u n g r i g h t n o w ,” Ferguson said. “We’ve got the potential to be really good.”

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OU nursing injuries, preparing for Iowa State Wright on Alexander Slow recovery from a high ankle sprain earlier this season isn’t the only reason junior defensive end Frank Alexander won’t be starting this weekend. “There are other guys out there that have been just as productive, so you have to earn your way on the field Frank Alexander plain and simple,” assistant defensive coordinator Bobby Jack Wright said. Alexander was scheduled to start against Iowa State on Saturday opposite senior defensive end Jeremy Beal. However, the coaching staff decided he will not be starting against the Cyclones. Alexander has made strides in his improvement and well-being, Wright said. “The only way to get a high ankle sprain well is to stay off of it and we don’t have that luxury of staying off of it,” Wright said. “He’s had an injury that he’s had to deal with and he’s working through it.”

Gundy on Finch Coaches voiced concern about freshman running back Roy Finch being game ready for Saturday’s matchup against Iowa State. “He hasn’t played one game,” running backs coach Cale Gundy said. “He hasn’t been out there practicing. There’s more to it than just getting Roy Finch out there and getting the ball in your hands and running down the field.” The Niceville, Fla. native missed the first six games of the season after a training camp ankle injury. “We have alignments, we have depths, we have footwork, we have a lot of reads, a lot of pass protection, so there are a lot of things that we have to make sure he’s ready to do,” Gundy said. “If he’s ready, he’s ready. If he’s not, he’s not.” Finch’s health does not concern Gundy. “Physically, he can run as good as anybody,” he said.

Wright on Arnaund Containing Iowa State quarterback Austen Arnaud is the defensive focal point Saturday, said defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright. The dual-threat Arnaud leads the Cyclones in passing with 958 passing yards and an eight to seven touchdown-interception ratio. While Bobby Jack Wright his rushing productivity is down from last season, Arnaud managed more than 500 yards and eight touchdowns last season on the ground. “They’re a better football team than in the past and he’s the best improvement probably and he’s doing a good job throwing the football,” Wright said. “He’s a good player for them and he’s probably made the biggest difference in how much improvement that they’ve had, so you have to be able to deal with him in the run game as well as in the passing game.” —Clark Foy/The Daily

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