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U2, BLACK EYED PEAS ROCK OKLAHOMA MEMORIAL STADIUM Students, alumni, Oklahoma residents swarm to see concert ASHLEY BERNTGEN Daily Staff Writer

The OU campus was engulfed in sound Sunday as rock band U2 and pop group Black Eyed Peas played to a large crowd at the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The concert was a part of U2’s 360 tour that includes a rotating, circular stage placed in the middle of the venue, which can only be held at large sports stadiums or comparable spaces. OU alumna Cassie Baldwin made the trip from Houston to see the concert and share the experience with her younger sister and economics senior Shelby Baldwin. Cassie Baldwin said seeing the Black Eyed Peas is an added bonus, but she was really looking forward to was seeing U2. “I thought it would be really neat to see such a big band play at our stadium,” Cassie said. Shelby was equally excited about the concert, but for different reasons. “I’m just excited to extend my OU-Texas weekend,” Shelby Baldwin said. For some, the opportunity to see U2 in concert fulfills a more personal interest. OU graduate student Brandon Norris and his wife Lori Norris, originally of Edmond, have been long-time fans of U2. They said part of the appeal to attend the concert was that they have never seen a U2 concert before. One of U2’s songs has a special significance to the couple, and it is the one they are most looking forward to hearing. Brandon said the couple listened to the song, “In a Little While” while they were dating.


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“U2 is one of the best big stadium rock bands. I don’t really want to miss out on it, and the stage is amazing.”



“I’ve always been a big U2 fan. They are one of the best. They don’t tour that often, and they’re just an incredible act.” -HENRY HOCH, ACCOUNTING SENIOR VOL. 95, NO. 42

2A Monday, October 19, 2009 Meredith Moriak, managing editor • phone: 325-3666 • fax: 325-6051


Check inside for a story about how one OU College of Medicine professor is contributing to modern eye disease research. PAGE 5A

New texting service for finding discounts available in Norman Tattle Text sends coupons directly to cell phones KATHLEEN EVANS Daily Staff Writer

An OU alumnus has brought a new marketing and money-saving strategy, called Tattle Text, to campus and the Norman area. Tattle Text is a system that allows people to receive coupons for their geographic region via text message after signing up for the service. The service was brought to Norman by OU alumnus Jimmy Wynn, who went to high school with the program creator, Kyle Bagley, an Oklahoma native and student at Full Sail University in Orlando, Fla. Bagley said Norman is a great place to launch Tattle Text because the campus is large but condensed. Bagley also said it is ideal because he has a lot of friends that work and live in Norman. To become part of Tattle Text, students should send a text message to 313131 with the name of their school, Wynn said. After that, a coupon is sent straight to the phone. “We tell businesses that we have a way to get to the pockets of all these students,”

Bagley said. “It’s a guarantee that they won’t the Raw, Subway, Raising Cane’s and Papa just throw [the coupon] away.” John’s. Wynn said he hoped that the company The idea for Tattle Text originated after will be a way to boost the business of local Bagley was in class and a friend received companies and to boost the economy of a text message from someone telling him Norman. about a great deal, Bagley said in a phone in“Most people do not carry coupons with terview. He thought it would be a great way them all the time and sometimes people are to promote deals. embarrassed to use them,” Wynn said. “Most Other than OU, Tattle Text currently people have their cell phones on them at works at three other universities – Full Sail all times and therefore can always use our University, University of Central Florida services.” and Florida International Tattle Text does not charge CURRENT DEAL University, according to the students to text them, but Tattle Text Web site. Free chip and drink combination standard carrier fees apply, Bagley said he plans to Bagley said. All the numbers with purchase of pita at Pita Pit develop the business in difare kept in a private data- How to get it: Text “OU” to 313131 ferent regions of the U.S. so base that only he can access, that students and businessso users do not have to worry about their es can learn about it from one another. privacy being invaded or their phones being Although Tattle Text only got started in spammed. September 2009, Bagley said that he is alAlso, students only have to text the num- ready seeing great returns. At FIU, Tattle Text ber once, Bagley said. From then on, they already has 1,000 students receiving text will continue to get text messages whenever messages, and businesses are seeing returns a new deal is being offered. at higher percentages than with normal adThe current deal for OU students is a vertising campaigns. free chip and drink combination with the “I am excited that all the work we have purchase of a pita at Pita Pit on Campus done is actually paying off,” Bagley said. Corner, Wynn said. He is working to the get “Businesses are actually interested. I want deals from other eating hotspots, such as In the big dogs wanting what we have to offer.”


Jimmy Wynn, OU alumnus and Tattle Text representative, stands outside of Pita Pit Sunday afternoon with his phone.

Dallas area commuter rail system disappoints fans heading to OU-Texas Hours of waiting causes many to miss part of the game RICKY MARANON Daily Staff Writer

DALLAS — Many OU and University of Texas fans spent much of the first half of the OU-Texas game stranded on Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s rail system. A Dallas Area Rapid Transit spokesman said a mechanical failure in one of the trains caused the delays in other trains. “It was horrible,” said Piper Reynolds, health and exercise sciences junior. “We thought getting on the train an hour and a half before the game was going to give us enough time to get there, but it wasn’t.” Reynolds said she experienced two problems while riding DART. “It was confusing at first for which train we

should get on,” she said. “Then when we got on the right train, it broke down.” Reynolds said she was stuck on the train for an hour and 15 minutes. “I was lucky enough to have a seat. My friends and I were all smooshed together,” she said. “The train would go a few yards and then stop.” Reynolds said when the train had reached the next available station, she and her friends decided to walk to the game. “The station we go off at was in a really bad neighborhood, but we decided to walk about two miles to the game,” she said. Reynolds said because of being stuck on DART she and her friends missed parts of the game, and when she arrived, her seats at the stadium were occupied. “We missed all the good parts and highlights,” Reynolds said. “We didn’t get to see Sam [Bradford] play, and when we reached our seats, we had to end up standing in the

aisle because a bunch of people assumed that we weren’t going to show up, so they moved into our seats.” UT fan Jeff DeSimone said, “[Getting to the game] would have been faster if we walked.” DeSimone was among those who rode DART’s green line, which recently began serving Fair Park, the site of the OU-Texas game and the Texas State Fair. Tom Mann, who lives in Tarrant County, Texas, vowed never to ride DART again after it took him more than two hours to travel the five miles from Victory Station, just north of downtown, to the game at the Cotton Bowl. Reynolds said next time she attends an OU-Texas game she’ll take a taxi or take her own car. “When I arrived at the stadium, the parking lot was not as crazy as I thought it would be,” Reynolds said. “It was even cheaper then I thought it would be. Next time, I’ll probably take a taxi because I heard that is a quick way

to get to the game.” A DART spokesman apologized to those who missed the game because of the train delays, and DART posted the following message Sunday on its Web site, “For lots of our customers months of planning and preparation by DART staff paid off with a smooth ride to the State Fair Saturday morning. But unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for many of you. We know you were disappointed, and we were too. Although trains were added and more staff and volunteers were in place in anticipation of the big crowds, we did not get many of you to the game on time. Post-game waiting was exceptionally long. We apologize to our customers who were inconvenienced. We are already working to give you a better experience at next year’s game. Thank you for riding DART.” —The Associated Press contributed to this report.

POLICE REPORTS The following is a list of arrests and citations, not convictions. The information is compiled from the Norman Police Department and the OU Police Department. All those listed are presumed innocent until proven guilty. PUBLIC INTOXICATION Kevin Michael Andrews, 21, Asp Avenue, Oct. 10 David John Wells, 39, 201 W. Daws St., Tuesday Dale Douglas Halbrook, 28, 400 Buchanan Ave., Thursday Derek Trevor Lanius, 26, 400 Buchanan Ave., Thursday Erwin Gumecindo Heredia, 24, 1219 Brookdale Drive, Saturday ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON Eliana Yakira Barbadillo, 18, 1400 Ed Noble Parkway, Wednesday, also domestic abuse in the presence of a minor TRESPASSING Gail Lon Corbly, 71, 5401 Huettner Drive, Tuesday Kathryn Kay Holburn, 18, 2200 Classen Blvd., Thursday Jacob Shon Pollock, 18, 2200 Classen Blvd., Thursday Garret Paul Watson, 18, 2200 Classen Blvd., Thursday

William Scott Wilson, 22, 2200 Classen Blvd., Thursday POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA Elizabeth Ann Hedrick, 42, 110 E. Acres St., Tuesday Robert Matthew Hiatt, 38, Benny Bruce Street, Thursday Ralph Edward Bales, 44, 1932 W. Lindsey St., Saturday MUNICIPAL WARRANT Brandon Tyler Johnson, 20, 4400 W. Main St., Wednesday Tyron Stephen Price, 34, 2400 E. Lindsey St., Wednesday James Howard Polk, 39, 4400 W. Main St., Friday Cardiea Ashier Belle, 18, 2600 W. Main St., Saturday Kenneth M. Heims, 36, 900 Halray Drive, Saturday Shawn Allen May, 40, 2400 36th Ave. N.W., Saturday ANIMAL CONTROL VIOLATION Derrick Sean Rich, 30, 3001 Pheasant Run Road, Oct. 11 PUBLIC DRUNKENESS Russell K. Garvin, 46, 901 N. Porter Ave., Wednesday, also possession of controlled dangerous substance within

1,000 feet of a school COUNTY WARRANT Jeremy Sterling Henshaw, 20, 302 S. Peters Ave., Thursday Brandon Ray Bracelin, 22, George Lynn Cross Drive, Saturday Steven Joseph Lozano, 24, 200 Hal Muldrow Drive, Saturday POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA Mark Loren Horton, 20, East Gray Street, Wednesday Preston Jay Snook, 25, 1500 24th Ave. N.W., Thursday, also possession of drug paraphernalia Martravius Sherion Brownlee, 34, 2600 W. Main St., Saturday, also unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking a controlled dangerous substance, acquiring proceeds from the sale of illegal drugs, possession of controlled dangerous substance and municipal warrant Angelo Tyrone Houston, 47, Caddell Street, Saturday, also unlawful possession of marijuana and interfering with an officer of the law

PETTY LARCENY Bobby Kiani, 29, 333 N. Interstate Drive E., Oct. 12 James Dean White, 22, 2300 W. Main St., Thursday Jessica Rose Peak, 23, 3499 W. Main St., Friday, also interfering with official process Karli Jo Cook, 26, 3301 W. Main St., Saturday

Josh Messel, 23, 333 N. Interstate Drive E., Saturday

instrumentation and making lewd or indecent proposals to a minor

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE Sheryl Ann Dillard, 52, 3000 S. Classen Blvd., Thursday, also driving under a suspended license

DOMESTIC ABUSE Stewart Cady, 53, 13610 Norris Circle, Friday

RAPE Gregory Lee Sasser, 20, 607 E. Main St., Friday, also rape by

OTHER WARRANT Melissa Kaye Mills, 32, 1932 W. Lindsey St., Saturday

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Bill Bishop Author of The Big Sort In his book, The Big Sort, Bishop shows how, despite the celebration of diversity in this country, Americans have over the past three decades been “sorting themselves” at the micro level of cities and neighborhoods into like-minded communities, resulting in growing political polarization. He helps us understand why growing divisions threaten the spirit of community in America.

6 p.m. — Reception 6:30 p.m. — Dinner October 20, 2009 Molly Shi Boren Ballroom Oklahoma Memorial Union Limited seating is available by reservation for OU students, faculty and staff. Please respond by calling the OU Office of Special Events at (405) 325-3784. For accommodations on the basis of disability, call the Office of Special Events at (405) 325-3784. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution.


Monday, October 19, 2009


Will Holland, opinion editor • phone: 325-7630 • fax: 325-6051

In response to Carson Painter’s Thursday column, “Nobel Prize has become hollowed, political award” YOU CAN COMMENT AT OUDAILY.COM

“At least President Obama didn’t start two wars and take away civil liberties like the previous one did. That’s more than enough to win a Nobel Peace Prize in my book. By the way, what did Yasser Arafat ever do to win a Nobel Peace Prize? Shake hands with the PM of Israel?


Obama may not have had a chance to do everything he envisioned yet but he’s well on his way and I think that’s pretty amazing considering the foreign policy mistakes of the previous administration.” -Cambrian


Dallas should prioritize keeping Red River rivalry football game Several OU and University of Texas fans did not make it to the OU-Texas football game in time for kickoff Saturday thanks to delays on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) rail system (see page 2 for details). Also, several exits off Central Expressway, a road many fans use to get to the game, were closed because of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure that was also taking place Saturday morning. This caused delays in getting to the game for some of the OU and Texas faithful as well. Following the game’s conclusion, crowds were forced to wait several minutes just to exit the Cotton Bowl due to inefficiently small exits at the stadium. Once many of these people got

out, they were greeted by excessively long lines to ride the DART rail back to their hotels in downtown Dallas. While we realize these kinds of inconvenient delays are sometimes inevitable at large events, like the OU-Texas game and the State Fair of Texas, we question whether the City of Dallas is doing its part to make sure they are minimized. Sure, the Cotton Bowl was recently renovated, but the renovation obviously did not make the stadium fully capable of comfortably accommodating close to 100,000 people. And although the City of Dallas is only one of several cities involved in DART, the city does have a definite stake in the rail service’s success on a weekend when thousands of people flock to Dallas, expecting an

easy way of getting around via mass transit. Like we said, some of the delays cannot be helped. But we hope Dallas learns from the trouble some of its visitors experienced last weekend. We would hate to see the OUTexas game move away from the Cotton Bowl in favor of the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington or a home-and-home system. If either of these happened, we think the OU-Texas weekend experience and tradition would be lost, and that would be a tragedy. But we fear it could happen if Dallas does not put additional effort into accommodating its visitors and keeping the game where it belongs, in the Big D.

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Within the last week, two outdoor concerts, U2 and the Eli Young Band, have been audible from campus.

Part of Asp Avenue and a portion of the Huff parking lot will be closed for a few more days while the U2 stage is being taken down.

We are halfway through the fall semester.

We have more than a month until the next break from school, the Thanksgiving holiday.

Traveling to and from Dallas for the OU-Texas football game was relatively easy thanks to no construction on Interstate 35.

The “balloon child” incident represents another possible instance of parents exploiting their children for fame.

OU’s defense played extremely well on Saturday, despite OU’s loss to Texas.

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Utilize all available academic resources Sometimes the greatest enemy to achieving success in college is you. I’m not writing about those individuals who had no other reason to come to college than to drink lots of beer, go to lots of parties and drink lots of beer. I’m writing about those honest-to-goodness CHRISTOPHER students, who genWILLIAMS uinely have goals of learning and preparing for a career. Sometimes we don’t succeed because we don’t allow others to help us. College alone can be overwhelming. There are tests to study for, assignments to figure out, formulas to remember and a forest worth of articles to read during any given week. This is more than enough without having to think about jobs, families and other responsibilities. Some people can handle everything and still have time to volunteer and teach an aerobics class at the YMCA without breaking a sweat, which, by the way, is impressive. Impressive and really, really annoying. I am not one of those people. I can barely handle three different tasks a day before I go Michael Douglas in the movie, “Falling Down.” For the rest of us, all the work and pressure of college can cause us to fall into a cycle of depression, procrastination and a whole list of other things that are an absolute detriment to our successes. The worst of all might be that little

guy or girl inside of your head that says you are not good enough and you cannot do whatever it is that you are trying to do. Don’t listen to ‘em. If you have been able to make it this far, you can make it to whatever end you desire. I am no psychology major, but for me, when I was an undergraduate (and occasionally even in grad school), sometimes I saw what others were doing around me, and I didn’t feel like I measured up. Maybe I didn’t think my major was as important. Maybe I thought my classmates were just innately smarter. Since I’ve been a student, despite the fact that my history has shown that I do good work, I would still have periods of self doubt that caused me to regress into a shell. And this shell kept me to myself, unwilling to come out and ask for help. It is only when I put on “self doubt-canceling headphones” that I allowed myself to swallow my pride and ask others for help. One thing I h av e n o t i c e d from some students is a reluctance to fully utilize the breadth of academic resources available to them. OU is full of people and resources that are in place strictly to help you succeed as a student. Most professors did not decide to teach as a way to get rich.

Unless I missed a class period, the professors in the regional and city planning department don’t lecture wearing top hats, monocles and suits made from $100 bills. The evaluation of their success as instructors is not money, but how well their students are prepared. This means they want to help you. Utilize office hours. But it doesn’t stop with office hours. Tutoring is available for nearly every major and class on campus. If you don’t understand where all the hydrogen goes during the esterification mechanism, get a chemistry tutor. If you cannot figure how to rearrange that formula to solve for the unknown, take a trip to the Mathematics Help Center. And if you do not know whether it’s okay to start a sentence with a conjunction, visit the writing center. As far as me and putting on those doubt-canceling headphones, really, that’s like taking a short cut through the library to get to the Union. If you need help, ask for it. Please, don’t let yourself get in the way.

Chris Williams is a regional and city planning graduate student.


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“When do you get intimate?” This question formed the headline of an article in this month’s issue of Sower magazine. The article was subtitled “Sower takes a look into when OU students feel the time is right,” and it focused on the results of a poll in which students answered questions about how many dates they typically wait before having sex. According to the article, the most frequent answers (16 percent each) were “the third date” and “screw dating, I just hook up!” Thirteen percent of students alleged that one should wait to have sex until marriage. The article did not report where the other TREVOR 55 percent of polled students stand on the question. CLARK The article ended with this statement: “… there is no correct answer to the question. How many dates to wait really just depends on when you feel ready to begin having sex.” I was very interested to find out what my fellow students think about the question of waiting, but the subjective analysis that wrapped up those thoughts dismayed me. And I was also dismayed at one freshman who was quoted as saying, “If a girl is hot, then I’ll be happy to have sex with her with no commitments.” I find myself clashing with these thoughts based on the foundations of logic and my Christian world view. What prevents there from being a correct answer to the question? This moral relativism is espoused, but not supported in the article. In fact, in the very next statement a standard is given: It “depends on when you feel ready to begin having sex.” But I thought there was no correct answer. Furthermore, even if those closing remarks only appear to be contradictory, I still do not understand why knowing how long to wait depends on when one “feels ready.” We wouldn’t justify other moral decisions based on our feelings. For example, it would be absurd to say “the question of when it’s okay to lie to someone really just depends on when you feel ready.” Although I take issue with the article, I do find it interesting that there seems to be an unstated acknowledgement that it is important to ask these sorts of questions about sex. Intercourse is viewed as something unique, something desirable. I find similar attitudes present in my own world view, except that Christianity provides a warrant for why it is important to have discussions like this as well as providing depth to the uniqueness and potential goodness of sex. The Bible teaches that sex is part of a creation that God termed “good.” It is part of an original commission to “multiply.” The Song of Songs depicts in detail the sweet sensuality of intercourse between a man and his beloved wife. The book of Proverbs encourages young men to “rejoice in the wife of your youth.” In the New Testament, marriage (which includes the sexual dimension) is viewed as a picture of Christ’s relationship to the Church. Paul says in First Corinthians that a husband and wife have rights over each other’s bodies and encourages them not to “deprive themselves” of each other for an extended period of time. The Bible does not affirm sexual promiscuity (though it speaks a lot about healing for those who live that lifestyle). Instead, it encourages people to delight in sex within the context of marriage. To some (roughly 87 percent of students surveyed), these restrictions seem unnecessary. We may claim that defying these standards really doesn’t hurt anyone if you do it in a mature way. But what gives us confidence that people would not be better off waiting? Andrea Unrau, a classics senior, was quoted in the article as saying that it is important to wait until marriage because of the Biblical mandate. It’s pragmatic. “A great way to know if you have a great guy,” she said, is to see if he will wait until marriage. If a potential mate can wait during a dating period, it may be easier to trust them as a person of fidelity once the rings are on. C.S. Lewis likened sex without the commitment of marriage to chewing food without swallowing. I am glad that Sower magazine presents the varying views of OU students on the subject of sex, but I think the relativistic approach advocated in the article slights students. Such an approach discourages them from looking for absolute answers that, if true, form the basis for building rewarding relationships. Trevor Clark is a religious studies and professional writing sophomore.


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Monday, October 19, 2009


NEW RESEARCH TO PREVENT EYE DISEASES OU professionals team up to study nanoparticles that could thwart blindness JARED RADER Daily Staff Writer

Blindness and other eye diseases could be prevented using nanoparticles, a professor from the OU College of Medicine and a team of researchers have discovered. James McGinnis has been testing nanoparticles, called Nanoceria, on the vision of rats with good results. McGinnis, professor of cell biology and ophthalmology at the OU College of Medicine and the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute, has been working with scientists from the OU Health Sciences Center and the University of Central Florida to study the nanoparticles. McGinnis stated in an e-mail Nanoceria could reverse the condition of a blind person as long as the visual cells of the person’s eye were still present. He said OU has a patent on the use of Nanoceria, and he has a goal of bringing the Nanoceria to clinical testing in humans within three years.

“We think the Nanoceria will work as well in humans as they do in our animal models,” McGinnis stated in an e-mail. He said he and his team are working to generate data so the FDA will approve human testing. McGinnis said Nanoceria is made up of cerium oxide nanoparticles that reinforce the normal defenses of the eye against toxic molecules. The Nanoceria have the ability to destroy these toxic molecules, which are produced in response to mutations, chemicals and diseases. “We think that most degenerative diseases proceed through a common node – an increase in [reactive oxygen species] – and that this node represents an ‘Achilles’ heel’ for these diseases,” McGinnis said. He said if the reactive oxygen species were destroyed, then all degenerative events, such as blindness, would not occur. McGinnis and his team published the results of a study with rodents in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. The results show a single injection of less than a billionth of a gram of Nanoceria completely protected photoreceptor cells of the eye and preserved vision. McGinnis also said recent data using a mouse model demonstrated Nanoceria

prevented symptoms similar to those found in humans with eye diseases. Federal stimulus money recently boosted funding for McGinnis’ research. The National Institute of Health, the National Eye Institute, the National Science Fou n d at i o n , t h e Foundation Fighting Blindness, and the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Te chnology also PHOTO PROVIDED provided funding. The Research to James F. McGinnis, professor of cell biology and opthalmology, works at Prevent Blindness or- the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute in Oklahoma City. ganization awarded “Because blindness is such a devastatMcGinnis the Senior Scientific Investigator ing disease, and because I thought basic reAward in 2009. search would especially benefit people with McGinnis said he became interested in inherited retinal degeneration, I changed the eye research because of the benefits it could focus of my research to degenerative eye dishave on the millions of people affected with ease,” McGinnis said. vision-impairing diseases.

Medical school enrollment predicted to increase STEPHEN BEAM Contributing Writer

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories addressing health care reform. Students concerned about getting into medical school and how the proposed federal health care plan may affect their admission, can breathe a little easier. The American Association of Medical Colleges predicts a five-year increase in first-year medical school enrollment until the year 2013, with a projected total of about 19,946 students. Health care professionals do not anticipate a drastic change in first-year medical school enrollment through the proposed changes in health care from the Barack Obama administration. However, they do see a greater need for general physicians over those with specialties due to a variety of factors, including the increasing number of physicians retiring from the profession. This leaves a void, which in turn leaves a smaller number of physicians to care for a growing population. “ There definitely is a shortage of

physicians around the country, and in the proposals Congress is considering right now, there is some additional funding to increase that number,” said Craig Jones, chairman of the Oklahoma Hospital Association. Jones said the 1990s strategy of the medical profession to limit the number of medical school graduates has backfired because of the aging population. He points out that with a shortage of physicians and the aging population, there is clearly going to have to be an increase in enrollment. According to the American Medical Association, there are 2.4 physicians to care for every 1,000 persons today. Jones said this is a situation that needs to be improved. A way to solve the problem is to supplement the number of non-physician types of health professionals. These non-physician professionals are nurses, nurses’ aides, and physician assistants. Jones stressed there have to be new ways for non-physician health care workers to perform the tasks physicians once took on because the colleges cannot churn out the graduates soon enough.

“All of the proposals for the most part are seeking to cover 94 to 97 percent of Americans, although that would be ramped up over four to six years, but clearly you are going to have more investment in both physicians, nurses and allied health professionals to accomplish that,” Jones said. The tendency to go into specialty care over primary care is a trend Norman physician Dr. Chris Seik sees continuing as long as Medicare pays more money to the specialized areas of medicine. He also said that as long as the medical profession is financially lucrative, it should always have its share of employees. “It is still a pretty good job and enrollment should not be affected by the proposed plans,” Seik said. Seik said the only change he sees is if the physicians become government employees, then the enrollment numbers could change. The figures “seem to ebb and flow” with certain trends, but probably will not change with President Obama’s proposed plan. He said he thinks the perceived prestige in a certain job is a bigger factor in affecting enrollment figures.

“It changes more to perception than to policy. If they decide engineering is more lucrative, then they go that way,” Seik said. Another factor of an increasing enrollment in medical schools is the need to supplement the training staff, which would need to grow and improve along with the larger numbers students. “Training staffs are slow to change, with a lot of the medical school training is subsidized in the state,” Seik said. He said schools garner some money off Medicare, but the bulk of the funding comes from the university itself. Jones said he thinks help is on the way with the proposed health care plan. “The key is do you have enough funds to increase the faculty and to increase the clinical sites,” he said. The biggest problem in providing enough staffing for health care is not the lack of interest of people wanting to break into the profession, but the lack of faculty and clinical sites to provide the proper training. “It will be better, but maybe not enough for what they need,” Jones said.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

HUMANITARIAN GROUP HOSTS TAILGATE FOR CAUSE Organization raises money during concert to support African tribe KARLIE TIPTON Daily Staff Writer

As the sounds of music and the smells of barbeque and beer filled the air on campus Sunday night, it was obvious that something monumental was happening. U2 and the Black Eyed Peas performed the first concert at Owen Field since 1997. But just across the street, a small group of students were trying to make something big happen. In an effort to end the cycle of poverty and discrimination against a tribe called the Botwa in the African nation, the founders of the organization Backpacks for Berundi hosted an oncampus tailgate Sunday before the concert. “In Berundi, there was a genocide just like in Rwanda but not many people know about it,” said Sarah Shook, anthropology senior. “The Botwa tribe was almost completely wiped out.” The group is not just hoping to raise awareness, however. “We are trying to raise enough money to fund 40 secondary students from the Botwa including housing, uniforms, electricity, food and everything else,” Shook said. “They have only had five people graduate from a university so we are hoping this will be a stepping stone for them so they will go to a university and then raise up the status of their own tribe.” This can be expensive for a group of people that have so little to begin with, as the Botwa’s average income is about $90 a year. “It costs about a $100 a month per student,” said Kelsey Mulder, meteorology senior. The alliterative group raised money during the concert in several different ways.

“We are selling T-shirts for $10 and raffle tickets for $1 to win an iPod nano,” Mulder said. “The shirts were donate to us by a church and the iPod was donated by OU IT [so] we only paid for the chips and drinks out of pocket.” Since the group is small and manages to keep their own expenses down, this helps them to get more money directly to the Botwa tribe. “Every dollar we raise goes strait to the students and the school,” Shook said. Unlike large organizations, the group can even tell donors the exact person who will be distributing the money they raise to the African students. “[Sarah’s] brother is actually distributing the money,” Mulder said. “He is the one who has been traveling back and fourth from here to Africa.” The passion that the group members share was apparently quite infectious, as they were able to draw some passers-by away from the sounds of the stadium to their quaint booth. “I just decided to come over here and support them, and maybe buy some raffle tickets,” said Kathryn Jackson, University College freshman. Still others were drawn by the cause the group championed. “I think it’s important as Westerners to know what’s going on in the developing world,” said John Stuart, a 2007 graduate. Stuart said he also believes that nations like Berundi deserve more than our attention, which he explained as he purchased his raffle tickets. “As a country with so many resources, it’s our responsibility to use them,” he said. Although this was Backpacks for Berundi’s first official fundraiser, the group looks forward to growing as a student organization and welcomes anyone to join them at its bi-weekly meetings.

Some students opt to stay in Norman for OU-Texas Students who didn’t go to Dallas found ways to have fun TROY WEATHERFORD Daily Staff Writer

While many OU students watched the Sooners fall 16-13 to Texas in Dallas Saturday, some students found other ways to spend their time. Every Saturday morning, Kwasi Amoah, zoology senior, practices the drums at Lighthouse Chapel International Church in Oklahoma City. This weekend simply being OU-Texas weekend wasn’t going to change his plans. “Serving my God is a priority, so of course

going to church takes precedent over the game,” Amoah said. He said he has never been to the Cotton Bowl, but he has been to OU football games, and he likes football. Jordan Blount, University College freshman, stayed in Norman to shoot a short film with a group of friends in Bizzel Memorial Library, he said. Blount said he is definitely a football fan. “Everyone had been saying that they’d probably lose anyway,” Blount said. Other students have been to OU-Texas before and chose not to go this year. Nick Leach, psychology junior, went last year, but said that a number of factors contributed to

his decision to stay in Norman and watch the game on television. “It was really expensive for one thing, and obviously there weren’t that high of hopes to win with the way we’ve been playing this year,” he said. “Regardless, it would have been fun.” Leach was happy with his decision to stay in Norman and save money. “The fact that we lost was a justification for not having gone,” he said. Heidi Hansen, nursing junior, watched the game at her house with a small group of friends. She says she feels burnt-out from football and is happy with her decision to not go to Dallas.

“I had a lot of homework and my friends aren’t 21,” Hansen said. “I didn’t want to get drunk by myself.” Jay Minton, University College freshman, watched the game in Couch Cafeteria. He says there was free pizza and about 25-40 people were there. His decision to stay in Norman was simple. “If I’d had tickets, I definitely would have gone,” he said. Minton said he is happy with that decision. “I feel good about staying because I was able to work [Friday] night and I accomplished some things I probably wouldn’t have gotten done,” he said.

Boy-in-balloon was hoax, charges expected to be filed


Richard Heene, left, leads his sons Falcon, center, and Ryo out of their home in Fort Collins,, Colo., early on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009.




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FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The story that a little boy had floated away in a giant helium balloon was a hoax concocted to land a reality television show, authorities said Sunday, and the boy’s parents will likely face felony charges. The stunt two weeks in the planning was a marketing ploy by Richard and Mayumi Heene, who met in acting school in Hollywood and have appeared on the ABC reality show “Wife Swap,” Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden said. The Heenes have reportedly been working on a reality TV deal in Los Angeles. Investigators are examining the possibility of other conspirators, “including the possibility that even some of the media outlets may have had some knowledge about this,” Alderden said. Documents show that a media outlet has agreed to pay money to the Heenes with regards to the balloon incident, Alderden said. He didn’t name the media outlet, but said it was a show that blurs “the line between entertainment and news.” It wasn’t clear whether the deal was signed before or after the alleged hoax, or whether that media outlet was a possible conspirator. Alderden did not name an outlet or provide any details. “Let’s call it (my statement) short of speculation that a media outlet was in on the hoax, but let’s not discount the possibility,” he said. Six-year-old Falcon Heene may not have even been hiding in the rafters of the family’s garage during the intense five-hour search for him Thursday, Alderden said. “For all we know he may have been two blocks down the road playing on

the swing in the city park,” the sheriff said. The stunt temporarily shut down Denver International Airport and caused the National Guard to scramble two helicopters in an attempt to rescue the boy, who was believed to be inside the flying-saucer shaped homemade balloon that hurtled more than 50 miles across two counties. The drama played out on live television to millions of viewers worldwide. When the balloon landed without the boy in it, officials thought he had fallen out and began a grim search for his body. In fact, the balloon — which was held together with duct tape — would not have been able to launch with the 37-pound-boy inside, Colorado State University physics professor Brian Jones has determined. The parents weren’t under arrest, the sheriff said. He said he expected to recommend charges of conspiracy, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, making a false report to authorities and attempting to influence a public servant. Federal charges were also possible. The most serious charges are felonies and carry a maximum sentence of six years in prison and a $500,000 fine. Alderden said they would be seeking restitution for the costs, though he didn’t have an estimate. The cost for just the two military helicopters was about $14,500. Richard and Mayumi Heene were shopping for snacks at Wal-Mart with their three sons as Alderden told reporters that the whole thing was a hoax. Richard Heene told The Associated

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Press he was “seeking counsel.” “This thing has become so convoluted,” Heene said as tears welled in his eyes. He said his wife was holding together better than he was. The couple’s attorney, David Lane, issued a statement later Sunday saying the Heenes were willing to voluntarily turn themselves in to face charges. Lane said he advised the family against making public statements. The sheriff said all three of the Heenes’ sons knew of the hoax, but likely won’t face charges because of their ages. The oldest son is 10. One of the boys told investigators he saw his brother get in the balloon’s box before it launched. Heene, 48, a storm chaser and inventor, has described himself as an amateur scientist, but Alderden said Heene has only a high school education. “He may be nutty, but he’s not a professor,” Alderden said. Alderden said that during the drama, the family’s actions led them to believe the story was genuine. But during an interview on CNN Thursday night, Alderden said investigators had an “aha” moment when Falcon turned to his dad and said what sounded like “you had said we did this for a show” when asked why he didn’t come out of his hiding place. On Friday, Falcon got sick during two separate TV interviews when asked again why he hid. Alderden said they didn’t question the family Friday because they wanted to keep the family’s cooperation by maintaining the appearance that they believed their story.



OU football’s bad luck continues... >> 1. Bradford gets hurt, again

The absolute last thing the Sooners wanted to happen against the Longhorns was to be without the services of Heisman-winner Sam Bradford, but on the OU’s ninth offensive play of the game the reality of being without its offensive leader set in when he was found once again grabbing his shoulder in pain. In the Sooners’ only full offensive drive with Bradford in the game, they drove down the field and put up the first three points of the game. Bradford completed two of six passes for 77 yards, all of which went to junior running back DeMarco Murray. Without Bradford, OU was not able to move the ball with much success against the Longhorns’ tough defense. Outside of the offense’s sole touchdown drive in the third quarter, the Sooners did not run a single play in Texas territory in the second half. OU is a better team with Bradford under center, and his absence was noticeable Saturday. -Jono Greco/The Daily

Sam Bradford exits the field after sustaining an injury during Saturday’s game against the Texas Longhorns.

2. Colt McCoy’s game saving tackle



After making the mistake of throwing an interception late in the game, McCoy made a headsup play by tackling senior defensive back Brian Jackson, who had a clear path to the end zone. If he did not make that tackle, Jackson would have sprinted in for a touchdown and given the Sooners a 20-16 lead. The tackle itself was not the impressive part of the play, but rather McCoy’s ability to recognize he was the last line of defense and step up when his team needed him to make a big play. Granted when you connect McCoy to a big plays you do not think of him playing defense, but in this situation he was clutch. McCoy may have taken himself out of the Heisman run with his poor performance Saturday, but he kept his team in the run for the national championship with that tackle. -Jono Greco/The Daily


Colt McCoy tackles Brian Jackson (2), during the OU-Texas game on Saturday afternoon in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

« VOLLEYBALL OU beat No. 19 Baylor at home this Saturday. Page 3B.

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Well, that didn’t take long. After four frustrating weeks of waiting for Heismanwinner Sam Bradford’s return, it took just nine plays into his second game back for him to find his familiar place on the sideline.

Bradford re-injured his right throwing shoulder during the Sooners’ second offensive drive of their 16-13 loss to the No. 3 Texas Longhorns, and neither he nor head coach Bob Stoops have specified the extent of the injury or the amount of time Bradford might miss. In a press release Sunday, Stoops said an announcement about Bradford’s status will not be made until at least Thursday.


Quarterback Sam Bradford (12) holds his shoulder after sustaining an injury during the first quarter of the Sooners’ game against the University of Texas Saturday afternoon at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.


Bradford said it has been frustrating to go through what he has gone through because of his injuries this season. “It’s extremely frustrating,” Bradford said. “I miss three games, and then come out and start this one, hurt my shoulder and not be able to finish is really hard to put into words.” What is even worse for Sooner fans is that the image of the team’s doctors and trainers huddled over Bradford lying on the field may be the last image of him in the crimson and cream. Bradford has not ruled out the possibility of returning for his senior season, but all signs point to him entering the 2010 National Football League Draft. “I don’t know, maybe,” Bradford said Oct. 13 with a grin about coming back for a senior season. But returning for a senior season may not be the wisest decision Bradford could make. If he does decide to come back either later this season or next season, he will be risking injuring his shoulder for a third time and his future in the NFL, in both success and monetary terms. If this were the last time No. 14 donned an OU uniform, then the only response can be one of extreme gratitude. Bradford has done just about everything his coaches, the team and OU’s fan base could ask of him. He has won countless awards, two Big 12 Championships, one OU-Texas matchup, three Bowl Championship Series games berths – including one BCS National Championship berth – and every game he has played at Owen Field. When his statue is erected in Heisman Park, those who will walk by it can look up and say he was arguably the greatest OU quarterback to step on the field. So if this is the end, all that can be said is thank you, Sam. Thanks for leaving it all on the field and for all of the memories you have given past, present and future generations of Sooners.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Volleyball clinches Big 12 win JAMES CORLEY Daily Staff Writer

The OU volleyball team picked up its first win at home over a ranked opponent in a while Saturday, two days shy of two years since the Sooners’ win over No. 14 Kansas State Oct. 19, 2007. Before a crowd of only 290, the Sooners rallied to take down No. 19 Baylor in five sets [25-13, 2125, 25-17, 19-25, 15-12]. The game started an hour after the OU-Texas kickoff, so attendance was thinned considerably, but the team grabbed their first marquee victory of the season. Sophomore Suzy Boulavsky had a career day for the Sooners, setting a career mark 21 kills and nabbing her first career doubledouble by adding a career-high 20 digs. Boulavsky had just one attack error in 44 attempts for an astonishing .455 attack percentage. Junior Sarah Freudenrich also set a new career mark, four block solos as part of her nine total blocks. The four block solos also set a school individual five-set record.

Sophomore setter Brianne Barker notched her 13th doubledouble this season with 52 assists and 11 digs. T h e S o o n e r d e f e n s e o u tperformed Baylor, grabbing 93 digs against the Bears’ 76. The Sooners, who are best in the Big 12 in digs per set, were led by freshman María Fernanda, who matched her career-best 27 digs. Junior Francie Ekwerekwu had 11 kills, two block solos and two block assists to help OU out-block Baylor, the third-best blocking team in the league, 14-9. The Sooners’ eight block solos as a team were the most in school history since switching to the 25point rally scoring system. The outstanding team performance and big victory could give OU solid momentum for the final month of regular competition. The Sooners’ next opponent, Texas A&M, jumped in the most recent rankings at No. 22. OU’s streak of ranked opponents is extended to five in a row, the most in school history. OU travels to College Station t o f a c e t h e A g g i e s at 7 p. m. Wednesday.


Soccer picks up two losses this weekend TOBI NEIDY Daily Staff Writer


Junior middle blocker Franci Ekwerekwu blocks a hit Saturday during the game against Baylor.

OU soccer came up short against Big 12 opponents Kansas and Missouri this weekend in Norman. The Sooners lost to Kansas 1-2 Friday after the Jayhawks scored two unanswered goals following an early lead for the Sooners. On Sunday, Missouri handed the Sooners a tough 0-1 loss in double over time. OU had an early lead Friday night with help from junior Whitney Palmer. Palmer scored the first goal of the match during the 37th minute, her 15th for the season. But the Sooners couldn’t rally after KU’s Whitney Berry responded in the 39th minute to tie the game. Kansas broke the tie with the winning goal by Emily Cressy in the 73rd minute. The Jayhawks held a 13-5 shot on goal advantage. OU’s defense was led by freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire and her season high 11 saves during the contest. Offense was led by freshman Dria Hampton with three shots on goal. Whitney Palmer was also honored Friday evening after breaking OU’s single season record for goals scored last weekend against Nebraska. The record [13] was previously held by Logan Womack in 2001. Sunday’s game against Missouri ended with a loss for the Sooners in double overtime. After 90 minutes of play, the Sooners and the Tigers remained deadlocked at 0-0. Missouri’s Michelle Collins scored the winning goal in the 100th minute to edge the Sooners in their second home game for the weekend. Missouri came into Sunday’s game undefeated in conference. With the OU loss, Missouri still remains perfect in the Big 12. The Sooners are now 7-9-1 for the season, 2-6 for Big 12 action and ranked 9th in the conference.



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CAST TAKES A CLEVER STAB AT MURDER A n e v e n i n g w i t h a t r i o o f ne’er-do-well who decides to killers is time well-spent in marry the mother of his long“ Mu rd e re r s,” a p i t c h - b l a c k time girlfriend. Mom’s about to c o m e d y b y die, and only a spouse can inJeffrey Hatcher herit her substantial net worth n o w o n s t a g e without the government taking a t C a r p e n t e r a healthy slice. Next we get Luc y Stickler Square Theatre i n O k l a h o m a (Linda McDonald), an aging reCity. tiree whose husband gets a shot F o r t h o s e in the arm of energy when a forw h o s e e n o mer flame waltzes into town, c o m i c p o t e n - much to Lucy’s chagrin. DUSTY And finishing up is Minka tial in murder, SOMERS the title should Lupino (Kris Schinske), a perky be enough of a retirement community adminturn-off, but audiences that pre- istrator who finds the complex fer their humor charred around filled with distasteful folks, aside from her the edges will favorite mystery be delighted by this wickedly novelist who has entertaining just moved in. and occasionThe show is “Murderers” ally moving set simple and ausof stories. tere, yet totally Carpenter Square Theatre, engaging. A cast of just 400 W. Sheridan Ave. in “Murderers” three begins the Oklahoma City show by giving succeeds as a away the ending f o r m o f a l t e rNow playing through Nov. 7 — all of them native theater almost entirely have bumped Tickets: $18 for adults, because of its somebody off in $5 student rush on day of the Riddle Key, superb cast, who show must build and Florida retirepaint the scenment community they reside ery with their words and fill in in. The pleasure is in the details though, as each the supporting characters with one recounts their tale in turn. facial expressions and characFi r s t i s G e ra l d Ha l v e r s o n terized voices. It’s like sitting (Joe DiBello), a pudgy, balding down for story time with three


supreme storytellers. Minimalist set design by director Shawn Hicks and Caleb Schnackenberg doesn’t give the actors much of a crutch to lean on — but they certainly don’t need it. Costume design by Charlotte Rose is appropriate and to the point, outfitting each character in their uniform of murder. The three stories, which share small connections but are mostly self-sufficient, each have a different tone — Gerald’s is ironically fatalistic, Lucy’s is alternately vengeful and heartbreaking and Minka’s is just plain silly. Each one works in its own right, but it seems Lucy’s story, which by far carries the most emotional impact, should come at the end instead of before intermission. Much of that is due to McDonald’s brilliant turn as a woman scorned — among three great performances, she still stands head and shoulders above. “Murderers” is a sharp piece of work and benefits from its alternative form as a series of stories. Its flair for the darkly comic thrives in the imagination of the audience even more than it likely would’ve simply being acted out on stage.

“Murderers” cast Joe DiBello, Kris Schinske and Linda McDonald.


Dusty Somers is a journalism senior.

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TEXAS TAKES DOWN SOONERS IN RED RIVER RIVALRY After leading the Longhorns for the first half of the game, the Sooners fell to Texas, 16-13, Saturday afternoon at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.



Wide reciever Adron Tennell (80) runs the ball down the field during Saturday’s game against the Texas Longhorns in Dallas.

Sophomore wide receiver Ryan Broyles runs the ball into the the end zone for the Sooners’ only touchdown against the Texas Longhorns during Saturday’s game in Dallas at the Cotton Bowl.


An OU cheerleader cheers on the Sooners during the game against the Texas Longhorns Saturday afternoon in Dallas.


The OU football team enters the Cotton Bowl prior to kickoff against the Texas Longhorns Saturday afternoon in Dallas.




Redshirt freshman quarterback Landry Jones prepares to throw away the ball during Saturday’s game against the Texas Longhorns in Dallas.


Junior running back DeMarco Murray gets tackled by two Longhorn players during the Sooners’ game against the University of Texas Saturday afternoon. The Sooners fell to the Longhorns 16-13.

Bad seasons inevitable for any football team, including Sooners There have been few times in my career at The Oklahoma Daily when I’ve felt my job was pretty pointless. Saturday was one of them. For the past three years, I’ve used this space of the paper to break down OU football games. Sometimes, I feel it’s my job to criticize the team. Other times, I feel like they should be praised. And often, I’ve felt called to be a voice of reason in a STEVEN state that is passionate, but JONES also literally crazy, about their college football. But after Saturday’s 16-13 loss to No. 3 Texas, I felt, for the first time, at a loss for words. It’s not like there was nothing to remark on from Saturday. The injury to junior quarterback Sam Bradford, the turnovers, the lack of rushing yards, the great defensive game plan and the inspiring performance from the defensive players- these are topics to discuss. However, for the first time in my career, it

seems pointless. Because I’ve come to realize different plays, they could be undefeated as much as “Sooner Magic” does exist, there and sitting atop the national polls. Instead, are seasons when it’s nowhere to be found. they’re at .500, and ranked No. 25. It’s going In fact, it seems something the complete to be one of those years. opposite of that magic surrounds this year’s Something that is both unique and territeam. ble about college football is that once you reFor many students at cruit players for each seaOU, this season is a first. son, that’s the end of any Injuries can do that. This With the Sooners now changes for your team. 3-3, they’re officially out team has a championshipIf this were a profesof the national title hunt, caliber defense, and with sional football team, and a conference cham- Bradford and Gresham in when senior tight end pionship seems like a long Jermaine Gresham was shot. For seniors who have the lineup, they likely would lost for the season, they watched this team win have been able to overcome likely would have traded three straight Big 12 titles, some of their offensive for a top tight end. When that may be tough to take. deficiencies. But OU doesn’t the offensive line showed But people who have some struggles, they been longtime fans of have Bradford or Gresham. would have signed a vetany team realize there are eran free agent. But the simply seasons like this. Your team won’t Sooners can’t do that; they’re stuck with the compete for championships every year. current roster. OU has lost its three games this season It’s easy to talk about how close the by a combined five points. Each loss came Sooners are to being undefeated, but there against a ranked team away from home, and are reasons OU has yet to beat a ranked team. if the Sooners could go back and replay five This offensive line, like many expected, has

shown its youth and inexperience. They simply haven’t shown they can consistently open holes or protect the quarterback against top opponents. The receivers, while showing flashes of greatness, have continued to be an average group, save sophomore wide receiver Ryan Broyles. Combine that with the injuries to Bradford, Gresham and Broyles, and it may be surprising this team kept the score close against BYU, Miami and Texas. Injuries can do that. This team has a championship-caliber defense, and with Bradford and Gresham in the lineup, they likely would have been able to overcome some of their offensive deficiencies. But OU doesn’t have Bradford or Gresham. So trying to explain and analyze each OU loss this year would mostly be done in vain. This team has talent, and will win some games, but when OU fans look back on the 2009 season, they’ll simply remember they had some bad luck. It’s just one of those years. Steven Jones is a language arts education senior.

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