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Student group rallies for higher wages Party Students for a Democratic Society calculated wages based on Norman living costs CHASE COOK The Oklahoma Daily

An OU student organization launched a campaign today to raise awareness of OU workers making less than the living wage, calculated using Penn State University’s living wage calculator. Students for a Democratic Society started the Living Wage

Campaign to open a dialogue with the university about workers making less than $13 an hour. “There are people on campus who are employed full-time, but aren’t making a living wage,” said Grant DeLozier, political science and geographic information science junior. “If you are working full-time at an institution or business, you shouldn’t be relying on aid from the government or other types of help to get by.” This doesn’t directly impact students, but the worker’s being underpaid are the ones doing the

dirty jobs, said Michael Howard, Students for a Democratic Society organizer and history and political science senior. DeLozier and Howard spearheaded the project after learning about Texas A&M’s living wage campaign and attending worker’s senate meetings. Supporters launched their campaign for living wages at Texas A&M in fall 2003 and petitioned for wage increases until June 21, 2005 when then-president Robert M. Gates — now serving as Secretary of Defense — announced a wage

increase from $6.57 an hour to $7.77 an hour, according to the initiative’s website. Penn State University’s calculation set Norman’s living wage for two adults and two children at $25.83 an hour. The living wage calculator computes this value as if only one family member was providing for a family of two adults working fulltime with two children. Students for a Democratic Society divided SEE WAGE PAGE 2

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Members of the Engineers Club model their float during the homecoming day parade Saturday afternoon. The parade was followed by the OU-Iowa State football game in which the Sooners shutout the Cyclones 52-0. Visit OUDaily.com to view a list of the complete homecoming winners.

Panel highlights water, sanitation shortages Developing countries lack of clean water, adequate sanitation becoming crisis ELIZABETH OBERG Contributing Writer

A panel of five jurors participated in OU’s WaTER Symposium to discuss key issues about solving the world’s major water problems on Friday. Estimating more than 2.6 billion people lack adequate sanitation, the World Health Organization also estimates more than 1.1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water. The WaTER Center’s mission is “to help solve drinking water and sanitation challenges for impoverished regions in developing countries through innovative

teaching and research initiatives,” according to its brochure. “The only way to tackle a tough problem is to jump in and take it on one thing at a time. It can be done but it’s going to take all of us to contribute to the cause,” said Randy Kolar, associative director of the WaTER Center. Most of the symposium focused on the five panelists addressing the issues of the global water and sanitation crisis and the work they do, along with discussing the lack of access to safe drinking water for developing countries, poor sanitation and poor hygiene. “Our job is to advocate and spread the word to the people about this problem,” said panelist Robert Adamski, vice president of Municipal Infrastructure Programs at Gannett Fleming.

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Diana Maritza Betancourt, who works for Water for the People in Honduras, said her work focuses on changing hygiene behavior in schools and at home. “I strongly believe what we are doing now is trying to make a generational change, they [the kids] will replicate these habits,” Betancourt said. “Changing hygiene behavior requires long term intervention and larger regional alliance.” Another panelist, Jean McCluskey, former UNICEF manager, said it is important to “listen, consult and understand. Give men, women and children their space to voice their opinions.” Each juror agreed that advocacy

What this means » A child dies approximately every 15 seconds because of lack of access to safe water and adequate sanitation. » The poorest people in underdeveloped countries often pay the highest cost for safe drinking water. » In the poorest countries in the world, one out of five children dies from a preventable water disease. » Only a limited amount of fresh water is available (about 3 percent relative to total amount).

promotes Honors College Chocolate provided at art museum to boost retention rates, provide information HILLARY MCLAIN The Oklahoma Daily

The Honors College will host a “Chocolate and Art” party 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art to boost the retention rate of the Honors College and inform honors students about spring enrollment. “It’s just to keep them aware that they need to be thinking about what they’re going to be taking next semester, how they are fulfilling their honors requirements, that sort of thing,” said Carolyn S. Morgan, associate professor of honors. “And we’ll give them chocolate.” Chocolate and Art is the first event of its kind for the Honors College, and it is directed at keeping sophomore and junior students on track with cum laude graduation requirements and improving the retention rate of the college. The Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College has the highest retention rate of any college on campus. As of spring 2009, 90 percent of all Honors College students graduate from OU in at least six years and 62 percent graduate with one level of cum laude, Morgan said. Cum laude is the honors designation of graduation that includes at least 18 hours of honors courses. There are three levels of cum laude. “What we would like to do is increase that 62 percent to, well, everyone who enters the college,” Morgan said. Morgan and Honors College Curriculum Director Melanie Wright have dubbed the event a “Keeping on Track Party” and will be handing out graduation information to honors students. To get into the honors college, a prospective high school student must apply and be accepted. Upperclassmen interested in joining must meet a requirement of a 3.4 grade point average with at least 15 credit hours. Chocolate will be featured from Oklahoma manufacturers like Bedré Fine Chocolate in Pauls Valley, The Candy Basket in Nor man, and La Baguette Bakery and Café, also in Norman. Chocolates will be placed on tables in the art gallery, and each table will feature a piece of information on colloquium courses, perspectives courses and honors courses outside of the college. The party is in the Sandy Bell Gallery of Fred Jones, where the Bruce Goff exhibit is being featured, and is open to all honors students.

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Today around campus » Teach for America’s general information meeting will take place 7 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial 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 take place 3 to 4 p.m. in the Union’s Heritage Room. » Miss OU 2010 Walking Rehearsal will take place 7 to 11 p.m. in the Union’s Meacham Auditorium.

Tuesday, Oct. 19 » Christians on Campus Bible Study will take place at noon in the Union’s Sooner Room. » MBA Admission Advice will be given out at 12:30 in the Union’s Governors Room. » Latin Dance Club will meet 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Union’s Sooner Room. » A seminar about breast health will take place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Union. » Grad School vs. Finding a Job is an informational session that will take place at 2 to 2:30 p.m. in the Union’s Governors Room.

Wednesday, Oct. 20 » A Graduate and Professional School Fair will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Union’s Ballroom. » Student Success Series will host a seminar titled Deciding on a Major or Career from 2 to 3 p.m. in Wagner Hall, Room 245, and the Housing Learning Center in Adams Tower. » The Other Film Club will host a meeting at 5 p.m. in the Union’s Meacham Auditorium. » Kanakuk and Friends will meet at 6 p.m. in the Union’s Heritage Room.

Thursday, Oct. 21 » OU Law will give law school admission advice at 12:30 p.m. in the Union’s Frontier Room. They will provide free pizza. » The OU Graduate College will talk about graduate school admissions at 2:30 p.m. in the Union’s Frontier Room.

the number in half to represent two providers, thus reaching their target goal of $13 an hour. The living wage number takes into account more factors than those used to determine if someone is living below the poverty threshold. To determine if someone’s wage is below poverty, the government only takes into consideration a very basic food budget. A living wage factors in food, child care, health insurance, housing, transportation, taxes and

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Continued from page 1 and sustainability were important factors in making a change. “Water holds the key to life on this planet,” OU Provost Nancy Megler said. According to the World Health Organization, 2 million people die every year due to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene. Also during the symposium, the jurors choose a recipient for the 2011 Water Prize. “We developed the prize to recognize someone whose work in this area is excellent and longstanding in developing countries,” Kolar said. This year the panel chose Ben Fawcett, an environmental health engineer, lecturer and researcher who has worked on emergency h u m a n i t a r i a n p ro j e c t s across Latin America, Asia and Africa and co-authored the book “The Last Taboo: Opening the Door on the Global Sanitation Crisis,” which addresses the hygienic states of developing countries. Nominating Fawcett was panelist James Mihelcic, civil and environmental engineering professor at the University of South Florida, who said he hopes to create a revolution by distributing

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“They are the last hired and the first fired. They are the ones affected most by the jobless recovery.” Howard said they aren’t asking to raise the pay for every worker, but are asking to raise the lowest wages so everyone has an opportunity to earn a living wage. Cur rently, the group is focused on informing students, faculty and staff about the initiative using the website: livingwage4ou. com. Other events may surface once the site is up and running and communications between the campaign and the university are established, Howard said.

OU’s living wages compared to Texas universities, for two adults and two children with one provider.

$25.83 $24.83 $26.27 $25.36 $24.75

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other basic necessities like clothing, according to a living wage and job gap study by Penn State’s Tracey L. Farrigan, former doctoral student, and professor Amy K. Glasmeier. Sean Baker, mechanical engineering junior, said he’s worried an increase in wages could lead to an increase in tuition. Howard said it may seem like a bad time to ask for increased wages during a harsh economy, but stated that now is the most important time. “The people we are talking about are the ones with multiple jobs,” Howard said.

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Fawcett’s book to campuses across the country and outside the U.S. “This book is the battle flag for global sanitation,” Mihelcic said. Awarded every odd-numbered year, the prize was first awarded in 2009 to Dr. Stephen P. Luby, who works for the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease

Research in Bangladesh. He is the head of the Programme on Infectious D i s e a s e s a n d Va c c i n e Sciences and the head of the Bangladesh Center for Disease Control. The winner of the prize is chosen by the jurors from one of the individuals each juror nominates. “The ripple effect of the

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Panel discusses Vatican’s future Speakers address the role students could play in church moving forward NATASHA GOODELL Contributing Writer

The Vatican has endured negative national press in recent years. Students and panelists discussed current issues and ways the church hopes to move forward at a panel discussion, “The Vatican and the World in 2010,” Friday. Charles Kimball, director of OU’s religious studies program, said he thinks the church can serve as a model to the rest of the world to look past others’ religions. “Christians and Muslims together make up ... over 40 percent of the world’s population, and these two large religious communities have traveled along often difficult, circuitous and pretty bumpy roads together for the last 1400 years,” Kimball said. He was pleased when Pope Benedict XVI, who he said faces major challenges as a leader in the Christian world, spoke up against the pastor in Florida who threatened to burn Qurans. “I’m quite sure that there are many people in various parts of the predominantly Muslim world who could care less whether or not they actually burned the Qurans, but are taking just that incident to paint a picture of Christians as, ‘Here’s what Christians really do, here’s what they really want,’” Kimball said. Bart Conner, OU graduate and 1984 Olympic gymnastics champion, said he thinks students are interested in helping underdeveloped countries through the Vatican. “We have to set our sights beyond our borders if we are going to thrive and see

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The Rev. Jim Goins, Francis Rooney and Charles Kimball speak at “The Vatican and the World in 2010” meeting Friday afternoon.

“We have to set our sights beyond our borders if we are going to thrive and see our world on a bigger scale.” — BART CONNER, OU GRADUATE AND 1984 OLYMPIC GYMNASTICS CHAMPION our world on a bigger scale,” Conner said. “I’m sensing that there is a broad group of students that have much more interest in global issues that is only going to expand as the world becomes smaller.” Conner also asked the panel what they thought students’ role in a larger global family could be and what role the church could play. “We can take someone from Norman and send them to Haiti, so our system of parishes actually enables us to do just that, to prod young people into the wider world,” said the Rev. Jim Goins of St. Thomas More University Parish in Norman.

Goins said they could connect young people in Oklahoma to parishes all around the world to work on disadvantages in various countries. Worldwide, the Vatican has 1.2 billion followers “and it engages in relations with governments, leaders and peoples all around the world,” said Suzette Grillot, associate director of the International Programs Center and professor of international and area studies. Francis Rooney, former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, said the mission of the Holy See — which is viewed as the central government of the Catholic Church — is a

unique and essential one. “The fact that [the Holy See has] no territory makes them a particular useful instrument for the United States,” Rooney said. “Without a territorial agenda, we can work with the Holy See to advance the kind of issues we are both interested in that affect human rights, freedom, things like that.” Goins said the Vatican’s concern over recent public issues has encouraged him, because it shows the church’s endurance. But he said he thinks the Vatican has not given enough priority to issues that still pertain to many. “On a local level, that’s very concerning,” Goins said. “I think I would urge the Vatican to take seriously the decline of the family, the shifting sexual ethics of the western world, the sexual scandals; spend more time, more energy on that and perhaps less on lesser issues.”

Saturday’s bicycle ride raised $18k for charities, refugees Twenty-six bike teams participated in Saturday’s Ride for Refuge, raising a total of $18,000. Over a hundred men and women grabbed their bikes and took to the streets in an effort to raise money for Ride for Refuge, an organization that raises money to support refugees and victims of human trafficking, according to rideforrefuge.org. This was Ride for Refuge’s inaugural year in Oklahoma City. The program began in Canada in 2004 and has two participating locations in the United States, said Brian McAtee, First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City’s minister of global peoples. The event came to the United States last year in Chicago, Ill. and Grand Rapids, Mich., according to rideforrefuge.org. “Oklahoma City is the first sunbelt ride location,” McAtee said. Oklahoma City’s goal this year was $25,000, and the event raised $18,000, according to rideforrefuge.org. Women and men of all ages rode for donors and in support of Ride for Refuge. “Ride for Refuge is for everyday, normal folks who have an old bike and want to use it to raise money for something they are passionate about,” McAtee said. Money collected by riders is split between Ride for Refuge and the churches and non-profit organizations that sponsor each cyclist. The event was sponsored by First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Eco7, International Teams and Blue Sea Philanthropy. — Sabrina Prosser/The Daily

Other RIDES on Saturday In Vancouver, British Columbia, 276 riders raised a total of $78,000 In Markham, Ontario, 298 riders raised a total of

$35,000

In Hamilton, Ontario, 311 riders raised a total of $51,000 In Oklahoma City, 104 riders raised a total of $18,000 *Source: rideforrefuge.org


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All OU employees deserve Wage gap real living wage, good conditions reason behind There’s a powerful scene in the movie “Fight Club” in Living Wage Calculator. which Tyler Durden, the leader of an underground moveTo address this problem, Students for a Democratic Society ment, and his followers kidnap the police chief who is trying has launched a living wage campaign and created a website, to shut them down. livingwage4ou.com, where it will anonymously share the sto“Look, the people you are after are the people you depend ries of people who work full time for the university but don’t on,” Durden says. “We cook your meals, we haul your trash, earn enough to support the basic needs of their families. we connect your calls, we drive your ambulances, we guard One member of Students for a Democratic Society providyou while you sleep.” ed The Daily with some stories the organization has heard The people Durden is talking about are some of the lowest from employees: wage earners in the U.S., disillusioned with a world that treats • A custodian on campus makes $8 per hour, and due to his them as the lowest members of society. low wages, is unable to afford health insurance for his child. While we don’t have to worry about them starting an insur• A worker on campus said his employer has censured rection like they do in “Fight Club,” there’s one thing that rings him in the past simply because he showed up in a picture in very true about Durden’s statement: we depend on them. a news story. He fears he can be fired at any time after that These workers do all the encounter. He thinks the atdirty work no one else wants will employment policy is to do. Because we depend on “bullshit.” These workers do all the dirty work no one else these individuals, shouldn’t • Multiple custodians and wants to do. Because we depend on these we make sure they can at least Facilities Management emindividuals, shouldn’t we make sure they can at earn enough to afford basic ployees said managers inleast earn enough to afford basic living conditions structed them never to talk living conditions for themselves and their families? to others about their workfor themselves and their families?” The term for this kind of ing conditions, and that they pay is “living wage,” which should refer any questions means a person working a full-time job is able to pay for shel- people asked of them to their managers, risking termination ter, food, health care and transportation. of employment if they don’t. There are some employees at OU whom we depend on that This is inexcusable. make less than a living wage. These workers have practically Some have argued that raising the wages of these workers no voice because the university has as much control over could increase tuition and fees because the university is a them as possible. not-for-profit institution. However, it doesn’t have to be this In the preface of the OU Staff Handbook is a sentence ex- way. plaining that OU can fire any employee for any or no reason Consider the high pay for administrative employees and at all. This has silenced some of the lowest-paid workers, such even OU President David Boren. The Chronicle for Higher as custodians, Facilities Management workers and food ser- Education reports that Boren received a package of about vice employees, who are worried that if they complain, they $631,000 during the 2008-2009 academic year. could lose their jobs. While we know Boren puts much of what he receives back Today, however, one student group is standing up for these into the university, couldn’t a portion of that — and a small workers and giving them a voice, arguing that the universi- portion of other administrators’ wages — go toward these ty ought to increase their living wage and treat them more workers who have families to support? humanely. We applaud the efforts of Students for a Democratic Members of Students for a Democratic Society have talked Society for bringing this issue to light and encourage all stuwith some of the lowest wage earners on campus, who make dents to demand the university give employees the wages only $8 per hour. they deserve. To support a family of four, these workers would need to make about $13 per hour, according to Penn State University’s Comment on this column at OUDaily.com

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Breast cancer awareness month overshadows other deadly diseases To capitalize on National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, several events have appeared on the student calendar encouraging us to tackle one of America’s most hated diseases. As students respond by participating in said events, the community has good reason to be proud. However, there also is some cause for shame. While spreading awareness for breast cancer is a noble goal, it also is singleminded. Many activists are unaware that, as we raise glorious amounts of cash for breast cancer research, patients of different cancers are ignored as a result. Prostate cancer affects more people. Pancreatic cancer — in a close race with liver cancer — is infinitely more painful and more likely to kill its victims. Lung cancer, of course, is king. It’s estimated to kill more Americans than every cancer mentioned in this article combined. It alone accounts for a quarter of all cancer-related deaths and has a five-year survival rate of about 14 percent. Compare this to the fiveyear survival rates for breast cancer, which are mostly in the high eighties. Despite being less severe, breast cancer often receives priority over other types of cancer awareness. This is

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probably because it’s more marketable — livers, lungs or breasts, pick the most appealing — but it’s still counter-productive to the ultimate goal of ending cancer in general. While less widespread than prostate or lung cancer, breast cancer dwarfs both in fundraising, mostly due to the large amount of breast cancer-specific coalitions. For example, one-third of the top-rated charities by Charity Watch were dedicated solely to breast cancer, while most others were devoted to generic cancer. A generic cancer organization itself, the National Cancer Institute appropriated just less than $300 million to lung cancer research last year, yet breast cancer research received more than twice as much. The statistics go on and on. Does this seem appropriate considering lung cancer kills four times as many people as breast cancer does? Furthermore, breast cancer has seemingly developed its very own economy. The Oklahoma Memorial Union sells cookies for proceeds, the “boobies” bracelets are

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a hit, numerous marathons have been organized and the pink ribbon is instantly recognizable. It has a wellpublicized month of raising awareness. Conversely, how many people know what color the ribbon is for any other type of cancer? The campus missed Prostate Cancer Awareness Month back in September. We hopefully won’t make the same mistake when lung cancer and pancreatic cancer compete for attention with their own movements this November.

While less widespread than prostate or lung cancer, breast cancer dwarfs both in fundraising, mostly due to the large amount of breast cancer-specific coalitions.” I’m not the first person to complain about the disproportionate awareness concerning breast cancer: In 2007, the National Prostate Cancer Coalition released a report highlighting disparities in federal funding, research and even media coverage between breast cancer and prostate cancer. One particularly

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disturbing detail in the report was that for every seven drugs on the market that treated breast cancer, there was only one for prostate cancer. News coverage for breast cancer also was 2.6 times more prevalent. If one thing is made clear by these disparities, it’s that breast cancer victims aren’t the only ones who deserve our support. While breast cancer is still a terrible disease that requires attention, that shouldn’t come at the expense of patients suffering from even worse ailments. They are entitled to the same level of awareness, if not more than, breast cancer patients receive. None of this makes National Breast Cancer Aw a r e n e s s M o n t h n o t worth participating in, but it does raise the bar for future awareness months for different types of cancer. Feel free to freak out for the remainder of October — just be ready to match that effort once November comes around. A pair of lungs might not be quite as marketable as a pair of breasts, but they’re infinitely underappreciated. — Steven Zoeller, University College freshman

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During President Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, he popularized the phrase “It’s the economy, stupid.” The point of this phrase was to emphasize that, all of the irrelevant, marginal issues aside, the performance of the economy is the central engine that drives everything else, especially politics. I think a similar wake up call might benefit those who are concerned about inequality, poverty and social injustice. It’s not poor education that primarily causes these social ills. It’s not low taxes that primarily causes them either. It’s the wages, stupid. In the past 15 years, the STAFF COLUMN MN percentage of national income paid to the botMatt Bruenig nig tom 80 percent of wage earners has decreased 9.5 percent. In the same time period, the percentage of national income being paid to the top 1 percent of Americans has increased by 8.5 percent. Additionally, the latest census found that the income gap between the rich and the poor is the highest ever recorded. Perhaps contributing to this fact, in the last 40 years, the minimum wage when adjusted for inflation has declined by more than 28 percent. The poor are getting poorer, their wages are declining and inequality is increasing. This creates a whole cocktail of problems that most are probably familiar with by now. Poverty often leads to addiction, crime and violence, as well as low and unstable standards of living. Beyond that, rising inequality in income negatively impacts social programs funded through regressive taxes, such as Social Security. The recent Social Security Trustees’ Report provided data that showed rising income inequality has caused nearly half of the projected Social Security shortfall. So, we know inequality and poverty are increasing, but what does anybody propose to do about it? This is where the real disappointment begins. College students, even some attending this university, are often among the group of people that pretend to care about these issues, and think that something should be done about The poor are getting them. But what most of poorer, their wages them end up doing in are declining response is pointless at best. and inequality is Take Teach for America increasing. This for example. College stucreates a whole dents from across the cocktail of problems country sign up to waste their time for two years that most are probably making fruitless attempts familiar with by now. at closing the education Poverty often leads gap. I say fruitless because the program makes to addiction, crime no effort to actually solve and violence, as well the problem. as low and unstable We know that schools standards of living.” in low-income communities are underfunded because the tax base of the area is poor. We know that students from low-income families have a harder time excelling in school due to unstable households, neighborhood effects and other poverty-related causes. The cause of the education gap then is not largely bad instructors in the schools. It is not because the school does not have enough charitable 22-year-old teachers right out of college. It’s the wages, stupid. If we improve the wages of the poor parents, we increase taxable income in poor areas and we decrease poverty-related distractions. This approach would not just help improve the education of those living in poor areas and households, but would also likely contribute to solving other problems caused by poverty as well. That’s right: reducing poverty might actually be a good way to solve poverty-related problems. While that seems obvious enough, you would not be able to tell by the droves of students dedicating themselves to programs like Teach for America that encourages people to sloppily contend with the consequences of poverty instead of working to eradicate poverty itself. If people are really serious about combating poverty, inequality and social injustice, then they need to keep wages a top priority. Work on a living wage campaign or help organize a union and address the root problem. — Matt Bruenig, philosophy senior

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Coriander Café — a small Vietnamese restaurant located on Campus Corner — quietly opened its doors on Sept. 2 and has quickly become a quaint, cozy oasis of sophisticated Vietnamese comfort food. Occupying the building that previously housed the now-defunct Monique’s Corner, the new Asian eatery offers much-needed alternative options in the loaded Campus Corner food market: fresh, healthy plates prepared with expertise and a refined edge. Though many bistros in the area offer an array of Asian dishes — Tea Café, In The Raw, Pho Winner — Coriander Café sets itself apart by offering a limited menu of four entrees for you to put your own variation on. Options include rice bowls, noodle salads, lettuce wraps and the signature bánh mì — a Vietnamese sandwich — that Coriander Café keeps traditional with its base of bright cilantro, tangy pickled daikon and carrots, crisp cucumbers and the rich duo of pâté and creamy aioli. The baguette was a del i g ht, b o t h s u b s t a nt i a l and refreshing. The flavors played off each other brilliantly, simultaneously combining into the perfect medley of hearty Vietnamese flavors while still shining in their own right as the light bite of the cucumber and cilantro moved to the smooth zest

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Jeremiah Caldwell and Chris Le prepare an entrée at Coriander Café in Norman. Coriander Café opened in early September and offers Vietnamese cuisine. of the aioli. The lettuce wraps were equally impressive. The lettuce was bright and crisp, and the rice noodles were cooked to just the right consistency and proved to be the perfect vessel for your choice of equally impressive meats. The restaurant offers a full, diverse selection of Asian-inspired meats, including roast pork, beef short ribs and spicy hoisin tofu for those opting out of animal products.

I sampled the sesame ginger beef and lemongrass chicken, both of which accomplished what many restaurants fail to when preparing their meats — spicing and seasoning the meats to just the point of accentuating the natural beauty of the product w i t h o u t ov e r p o w e r i n g it. Both had the slightest bite of sweetness paired with the bold, earthy quality of the beef and chicken respectively. As inspired as the main

entrées were, the appetizers and desserts hardly proved to be a let down. Especially remarkable were the egg rolls — neither oily nor heavy — which boasted a flaky shell and warm pork and veggie filling that popped when paired with the expertly balanced sweet chili sauce. The bright, air y interior of the café only helps complement the light fare for a truly refreshing experience. Modern, clean lines build the sleek atmosphere,

while gentle light from the minimalist fixtures brings a relaxed edge. It’s uncomplicated and unfussy, just like the menu. With a bright mood, crisp and tasty dishes and bites that are filling, refreshing and affordable (entrée prices hover around $7), Coriander Café should prove to be a student hotspot with significant staying power.

If you go WHAT: Coriander Café HOURS: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday WHERE: 323 White St., Campus Corner INFO: Visit their website at www.coriandercafe.com 405-801-3958

— Joshua Boydston, psychology junior

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The delightfully weird sheen of Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Show” hasn’t dulled with age, and nearly 40 years after its London premiere, the show marches on with its tuneful melodies and brazen humor — impervious to self-parody or good taste. The Lyric Theatre production, now on stage through Oct. 30, embraces the show’s inherent campiness with conviction and delivers a theatrical experience that should please “Rocky” virgins and veterans alike. Whether or not the audience will cooperate — “Rocky Horror” is unique for the fact that those in the seats can affect the enjoyment of the show almost as much as those on the stage — depends on the night one attends. So, despite a so-so audience Friday night that was wildly inconsistent with its level of participation, the impressive, mostly local cast soldiered on. None of the actors showed any sign of distraction despite the fact that one could never be certain whether or not the names Brad and Janet would be met with the corresponding shout-backs “asshole” and “slut” in thunderous unison or by that one person who has seen the

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show more than the rest of the audience combined. And yes, there was that person there. There’s always that person there. Locals Matthew Alvin Brown and OU alumna Parish Mechling star as Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, the clean-cut couple of squares who stumble upon a world of diabolical genetic engineering and uninhibited sexual freedom at the transplanted Transylvanian castle of Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter (New York City actor Russell Saylor). Frank ‘N’ Furter is on the verge of unveiling his latest creation — the physically perfect pleasure machine Rocky (Billy Noble) — and Brad and Janet’s request for a telephone in the wake of a broken-down car is soon forgotten amid the dance of “The Time Warp” and Frank ‘N’ Furter’s claim that he “Can Make You a Man.” Brow n and Mechling squeeze plenty of awkwardness out of their hapless characters, slowly making the transition into less inhibited people, but retaining the white bread smarminess

that makes Brad and Janet such an unlikable pair of protagonists. Sean Eckart commands the stage as Riff Raff, Frank ‘N’ Furter’s right-hand man, and shows vocal prowess and stage presence that would’ve made him an excellent choice for the role of Frank himself. In a double role as Riff Raff’s sister Magenta and the show-opening usherette, Alex Hall matched Eckart for charisma and vocal talent — the two’s scenes together were the highlights of the show. Scenic design by Lee McIntosh and costumes by Jeffrey Meek hew faithfully to the show’s glam gothic style. Like many productions in professional theaters, Lyric’s “Rocky Horror” does not allow the use of outside props, so leave the rice, water pistols and toast — unbuttered or otherwise — at home. As an alternative, the theater provides a participation bag for the extra cost of $5 for which you’ll receive a chintzy flashlight, latex gloves which are woefully inadequate for snapping, a few squares of toilet paper, a party hat and noisemaker, a bell, a few playing cards and a cheap feather boa. Using pre-approved props

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Victory vaults Sooners to top of BCS OU defeats Iowa State for 12th straight time, earns 13th shutout since 1999 CLARK FOY The Oklahoma Daily

The Sooners’ 52-0 rout of Iowa State helped the team secure its No. 1 ranking in the first BCS poll, which was released Sunday night. O U ( 6 - 0 , 2 - 0 Bi g 1 2 ) jumped to No. 3 in the AP and Coaches’ polls after shutting out the Cyclones on Saturday in Norman. The team went into last week’s bye working to improve its consistency and focusing on limiting big plays, junior defensive end Frank Alexander said. “Coach (Brent Venables) said we couldn’t allow big plays — no passes over 25 yards and no runs over 15,” Alexander said. “So we took that in and everybody bit down and invested in the week, and we came out on top and didn’t allow any big plays.” Along with playing consistently through four quarters, the Sooners rewrote the

school record book a bit, too. Senior running back DeMarco Murray broke the OU all-time career touchdown record of 57 — set by 1969 Heisman-winner Steve Owens. Murray’s third touchdown put him over Owens’ mark with 58 for his career. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Landry Jones also had a career night: 334 yards, three touchdowns and no turnovers. His 88.2 completion percentage (30-of-34) is the highest ever of an OU quarterback. Ju n i o r re c e i v e r Rya n Broyles broke his own single-game reception record (15). He had 13 receptions in the first half, tying his former single-game record of 13 from last season’s Sun Bowl. Broyles finished with 182 yards and one touchdown. “It was a special night for all of us,” Jones said. “I was really proud of DeMarco and Ryan. The DeMarco one was really special, just thinking about all the great running backs we’ve had here at Oklahoma, and our team NEIL MCGLOHON/THE DAILY wouldn’t be the same with- Junior wide receiver Ryan Broyles (85) stiff arms senior defensive back David Sims (1) during the OU-Iowa State football game out him.” Saturday night at the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The Sooners defeated the Cyclones 52-0.

Finch debuts strong in blowout win

LANDRY JONES: A+ The redshirt sophomore hit 30 of 34 targets for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns. Oh, and no turnovers. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Highly touted running back sees the field for first time in Sooner jersey after sustaining preseason ankle injury AARON COLEN The Oklahoma Daily

Freshman running back Roy Finch made his highly anticipated debut Saturday in OU’s 52-0 win against Iowa State — and he did not disappoint. The Niceville, Fla., native got his first collegiate carry in the second quarter, a five-yard gain. He then got two more, first for 13 yards and then for 17, showing everyone what they had only heard about Finch previously. “You can see why we want him on the field,” coach Bob Stoops said. “Along with the rest of the freshman class that everybody’s been talking about, they have a chance to be really good. Finch finished the game with 93 yards on 16 carries, second on the team only to senior running back DeMarco Murray, who said he was impressed with the freshman’s debut. “He did great,” Murray said. “He’s a home run hitter, and there is no telling what he’s going to do whenever he gets the ball, and we definitely need that.” Although he had some carries at the goal line on several occasions, Finch didn’t officially score a touchdown. He is convinced otherwise on one of his carries, though, where he stretched toward the end zone but was ruled down. “It was a touchdown,” Finch said. “They didn’t give it to me, but it was a touchdown.” Finch said he battled some nerves on his early carries, despite the fact that the game wasn’t on the line when he entered it. “After my second or third carry, I really started to feel it,” Finch said. “When you go out there, you’re nervous and your legs are jittery. But after the third carry, I just started to settle down and it felt just like high school.” Finch was injured during a preseason scrimmage a week before the opening game, suffering a stress fracture to his left ankle that kept him out of the first five games of his freshman year. “I broke a run, and then I tried to cut when I should have just kept running straight to outrun the guy,” Finch said.

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RUNNING BACKS: A Senior DeMarco Murray rushed for more than 100 yards and scored three touchdowns to break Steve Owens’ touchdown record. Freshman fullback Trey Millard got himself a rushing touchdown and freshmen Brennan Clay and Roy Finch made significant contributions. One fumble by Madu, who had 46 yards on just four carries, keeps this from being a max grade. RECEIVERS: A+ Nine OU players got involved in the passing game Saturday. Junior wide receiver Ryan Broyles set the single-game receptions record in the first half and ended with 15 catches, 182 yards and a touchdown. True freshmen Kenny Stills and Trey Franks showed flashes of brilliance as well.

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Freshman running back Roy Finch (22) carries the ball Saturday against the Iowa State Cyclones. OU won 52-0. Finch ran for 93 yards on 16 carries, which was second on the team.

“But it didn’t happen that way, and he tackled me from behind and landed on my ankle.” The injury derailed what, by his coaches’ and teammates’ accounts, was a great preseason camp for Finch. “It was pretty frustrating,” Finch said. “But thanks to my trainers and thanks to my coaches and my teammates really just being a positive influence, I made it through this.” Finch said it was difficult at times watching the rest of his recruiting class come in and contribute while he was sidelined, but he tried to keep a positive attitude. “It was all about patience,” Finch said. “I was really happy for all of the freshman out there making plays. I didn’t really get discouraged or get down a lot, I just waited for my time to come and I waited my turn and it came.”

DEFENSIVE LINE: AFour sacks, only 59 rushing yards allowed and constant pressure on Iowa State’s quarterbacks bodes well. However, it did struggle a few times wrapping Arnaud up in the backfield. LINEBACKERS: A The limited rushing performance by Iowa State can be attributed to the linebackers as well. Junior Austin Box made his return to the field Saturday. Also, Iowa State was limited to three yards per play and was shut down. Junior Travis Lewis led the team in tackles with 14, and redshirt freshman Tom Wort was in the backfield all day. DEFENSIVE BACKS: A Arnaud’s longest pass was for 28 yards. True freshmen Aaron Colvin and Tony Jefferson continue to impress, and Colvin — along with senior Jonathan Nelson — was in the top four tacklers on the day. The secondary only allowed 124 passing yards. Had they managed to get an interception, this would have been a max grade as well. — Clark Foy/The Daily

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Sooners down Jayhawks to hold 3rd place Team maintained Big 12 standings position with crucial win over Kansas GREG FEWELL The Oklahoma Daily

After dropping a crucial game against the Texas Longhorns on Wednesday, the Sooners faced a mustw i n o n Sat u rd ay n i g ht against the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kan. If the team felt any added pressure from the match, they didn’t show it as they put together what might have been their best performance of the year so far. The Sooners beat Kansas in three straight sets (-22, -12, -20). The Sooners posted not only a season best but a school record .390 hitting percentage.

The team picked a good night to have their recordsetting performance since a loss would have relegated them to barely holding on to fourth place in the conference. Following the win, though, the Sooners remain tied with Iowa State for third with a 6-3 conference record. The Sooners are only one game behind Texas, and the team still plays Iowa State and Texas once more this year. If the Sooners take care of business the rest of the season, they can still pass the Longhorns and Cyclones to finish second in the Big 12. And if the Sooners play like they did against Kansas, they should be able to do it. Freshman middle blocker Sallie McLaurin and outside hitter Suzy Boulavsky

both had double-digit kills (10 and 11) without committing a single attack error. The two could not have had the outstanding performances they did without an entire team effort, though. “It was an unbelievable night with everyone stepping up,” OU coach Santiago Restrepo said. “We clicked on all cylinders and never looked back against a very good Kansas team.” Junior setter Brianne Barker had 35 assists while sophomore defensive specialist María Fernanda led the team with 12 digs. The OU volleyball team returns home at 7 p.m. Wednesday to face the Texas A&M Aggies. The Aggies, 3-6 in conference, have struggled this season NEIL MCGLOHON/THE DAILY and are on a five-game losJunior outside hitter Caitlin Higgins (10) returns the ball during the OU-Texas volleyball match last ing streak.

Wednesday. The Longhorns defeated the Sooners 3-1.

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OU concludes fall season with 2-0 loss against former Sooners Team drops finale to professional team featuring former Sooner softball players TOBI NEIDY The Oklahoma Daily

OU softball’s fall season ended with a 2-0 loss to the National Pro Fastpitch All-Star Game Friday night. The Sooners concluded their schedule with a 7-1 record. While most of the softball fall schedule is primarily for exhibition action against local junior colleges, Friday night’s season finale gave the Sooners a chance to stand up against world-class pitching by former Olympian Cat Osterman, as well as face top offensive production by members of the only professional softball league in the U.S. Two familiar faces for the OU program guarded the right side of the field throughout the contest. Former AllAmericans Samantha Ricketts and Amber Flores defended first and second base respectively for the All-Stars in a homecoming game for both team members. Ricketts, a 2009 OU graduate, now plays professionally with the Akron Racers, and Flores was selected to play for the USSSA Pride last spring. Samantha’s younger sister, Keilani Ricketts, started on the

mound for the Sooners on Friday. Keilani, sophomore southpaw out of San Jose, Calif., was the ace for the Sooner pitching staff with 29 complete games and 14 shutouts last year. Keilani finished the night allowing one hit to Osterman while fanning six through four complete innings. The Sooners brought in sophomore Michelle Gascoigne in the fifth. Gascoigne’s first pitch almost left the park, but Sooner right fielder Haley Nix caught the ball after finding the wall in right field. OU brought in junior Allee Allen in the top of the sixth inning. The Sooners fought their way out of a runner on third to keep the score an even 0-0. Junior Kirsten Allen, no relation to Allee, came in to finish out the seventh inning for OU, but it was right at the end that the All-Stars took control. Francesa Enea, former Florida Gator and younger sister of former OU star Christina Enea, hit a homer off of Allen that cleared the OU Softball Complex out of left field. Megan Willis later scored on a triple by Shanel Scott to bring up Flores with runners in scoring position. Still looking for her first out of the inning, Kirsten Allen needed the glove of a diving Anderson to rob Flores of a base hit. The Sooners ended the inning, but the damage had already been done with the All-Stars up 2-0.

Sweet Revenge In 2009, two-time National Player of the Year Danielle Lawrie blanked the Sooners in the final two games of the Washington Super Regional to advance to the Women’s College World Series. Lawrie struck out a season-high 17 batters in the 4-0 win over the Sooners in the elimination game. Allee Allen, when facing Lawrie at the plate Friday, struck out Lawrie on a rise ball and received a jubilant ovation from the Sooner faithful in the sixth inning. —Tobi Neidy/The Daily

Sophomore catcher Jessica Shults walked to get on base for the Sooners in the bottom of the seventh. Shults advanced to second off of a fielder’s choice, the closest the Sooners got to scoring during the contest. The OU pitching staff combined for eight strikeouts and a single walk while allowing two runs on seven hits for the contest.

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