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The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City has been named one of the best academic medical research institutions in the country by The Scientist magazine. Rankings were released Tuesday, placing OU fourth out of 94 institutions on the list of the “Best Places to Work in Academia.” “To move into the top five institutions in such a short period of time is remarkable and a testament to the hard work of our faculty, students, campus leaders and the community, who are working together to expand our world-class research and treatment opportunities right here in Oklahoma,” said Joseph Ferretti, Ph.D., senior vice president and provost of the OU Health Sciences Center, in a press release. The list focused on collaboration, team building and unique funding opportunities as important work environment factors. OU jumped from 30th in 2007 to fourth in 2009. Princeton, the University of California – San Francisco, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and Emory University in Georgia were the others in the top five.
Measure would have allowed judges to sentence repeat offenders to jail time TROY WEATHERFORD Daily Staff Writer
On Tuesday night, the Norman City Council indefinitely postponed amending a proposed ordinance that would have allowed judges to sentence public intoxication offenders to up to 10 days of jail time. A person found in violation of the public intoxication ordinance can currently face a fine of up to $500. The change would have allowed judges more flexibility in their sentencing when dealing with repeat offenders. In Mayor Cindy Rosenthal’s absence, Councilmember Doug Cubberly led the meeting. He said that the amendment would return to committee and a public hearing would be held before AMENDMENT CONTINUES ON PAGE 2
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City Council members convene Tuesday evening in City Hall. The main topic of the evening was whether Norman should be allowed to increase the penalty of public intox charges.
Campus group provides safe environment for Halloween fun Safe Trick-or-Treat serves community for over 10 years KAITLYN BIVIN Daily Staff Writer
PRESENTATION TO DISCUSS TOPICS ON TOBACCO INDUSTRY “A Call to Action: Countering Tobacco Industry Tactics” will be presented by the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health Grand Rounds from noon to 1 p.m. today in the Oklahoma City College of Health Building, room 150. According to a press release, Alan Blum, M.D., director of the Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society at the University of Alabama, will discuss a number of topics. These are to include the realities of the tragic tobacco use pandemic, what health care and public health practitioners can do to fight this, public policy being a means for change, zero tolerance for secondhand tobacco smoke pollution in workplaces, the Institute of Medicine’s special report—“Our Health is at Stake,” the federal court decision finding tobacco companies guilty of racketeering being upheld on appeal, and the tobacco industry’s behavior today and tomorrow.
HOMECOMING 2009 EVENTS Organizations across campus have teamed up to compete this week in various homecoming activities, culminating in the pep rally at 9 p.m. Friday in McFarland Field House, followed by the Homecoming Parade at 3 p.m. Saturday and concluding with OU’s game against the Kansas State Wildcats. The theme for OU’s Homecoming Parade this year is “There’s Only One,” with the intention of embracing Sooner tradition and spirit, and celebrating Oklahoma’s rich history, according to a press release. The parade will be prior to the university’s face off against the Kansas State Wildcats for OU’s annual homecoming game. Millie Audas, an OU staff member currently serving as a special assistant to the president for international partnerships and as a faculty member in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, has been chosen to serve as parade marshal for OU’s annual Homecoming Parade, according to a press release. The Homecoming Parade will begin Saturday at the corner of Boyd Street and Elm Avenue and end at the intersection of Felgar Street and Jenkins Avenue. -Daily staff reports
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Kati Stone, University College freshman, gives six-year-old Marie Thille of Moore candy in Adams Center Tuesday night. The annual Safe Trick-orTreat provides children with a safe alternative to normal trick-or-treating.
Images of vampires, pumpkins, pirates and cowboys could be seen from the windows of Adams Center Tuesday, as children from the Norman area flooded OU’s campus for the annual Safe Trick-or-Treat event. Events included a carnival, organized by the Cate and Couch Centers, trick-or-treating throughout Adams Center, a spooky bus created by Traditions Square residents, and a haunted house. “This is our first year attending,” said Christie Stone, a parent. “[We came] because it provides a safe atmosphere for the kids.” Sponsored by the Housing Center Student Association, the Safe Trick-orTreat event has provided parents and children with an alternative to trickor-treating in their neighborhoods for more than 10 years, said Richard Day, director of Safe Trick-or-Treat and president of the Resident Student Association. “[Safe Trick-or-Treat] vastly predates me,” he said. “I have people working for me that did this as kids. It has been an evolving program.” For the past three years, Safe Trickor-Treat has been held on a Tuesday to avoid scheduling conflicts.
UOSA Superior Court to hear fall ballot disputes Monday Students for a Democratic Society confident they’ll make an impact RICKY MARANON Daily Staff Writer
The UOSA Superior Court has set a date to hear arguments from Oklahoma Students for a Democratic Society against the UOSA General Counsel. A hearing on the issues involving the UOSA Constitution surrounding the recall process for members of Student Congress and the number of signatures needed to put a referendum on a general election ballot will begin at 7 p.m. Monday in the Bell Courtroom of the OU School of Law, a UOSA secretary told The Daily Friday. The issues discussed will not affect the UOSA fall 2009 general election. “If the court rules in favor of the SDS before Oct. 27, then the ballots will have the initiatives on them,” Davis said in an earlier interview. “If the court rules in favor of the General Counsel, the referendums will not be on the ballot.” Oklahoma Students for a Democratic Society Spokesman Matt Bruenig said the group is ready for the court to hear its arguments. “We hope the court members will hear our arguments and see that we are following what is written in the Constitution,” he said. Bruenig said the group would be
representing themselves throughout the first part of the hearing, but they do have a UOSA Associate General Counselor ready if they need assistance. But Oklahoma Students for a Democratic Society believe the outcome of the Superior Court hearing should affect the upcoming general election. “While I understand that law students are very busy, it is unfortunate that the date was set so late into the year,” said Elizabeth Rucker, group member and international area studies sophomore. “I know that the General Counsel has said that the decision would need to be before Oct. 27, but I do not see any reason why we cannot work with the election chair and the UOSA to still ensure that the decisions of the court are reflected on the fall ballot. If the time period after the date is too short, they have the power to move the election date back.” Group members said the way the fall election is set up, the election’s operations would be affected if the court rules in favor of Oklahoma Students for a Democratic Society. “To have the decisions of the court not reflected on the fall ballot would create some serious problems,” said Lauren Brentnell, group member and psychology sophomore. “For instance, if they run the recall elections by district instead of university wide after the court has said that they must run CASE CONTINUES ON PAGE 2
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“We hold the event the week preceding Halloween so that students who are participating are not missing their plans,” Day said. “And kids can still trick or treat in their neighborhood.” Day is in his second year of directing the program, and views it as a way to give back to the community. “It’s a way to give back, and it’s something fun that people enjoy,” he said. “It has become a part of how OU interacts with the Norman community. On top of that, we give elementary-aged kids a safe environment to trick or treat in.” Day said there is no shortage of candy at the event and minimal expense to participants. “We pay for all of the candy,” Day said. “We have allergy-free candy, pre-made baskets for those who are handicapped and may not be able to get around. No one has to worry about getting enough candy.” For University College freshman Kira Kendrick, helping to organize Safe Trick-or-Treat has been a memorable experience. “[Being a part of Safe Trick-or-Treat] is already rewarding,” she said. “But as soon as the kids get here it will be even more rewarding.” Kendrick said the hard work pays off because of the holiday spirit found around Halloween. “Around Halloween everyone is in a good mood because it’s a holiday,” Kendrick said. “So, even though balancing between school and work is hard, it doesn’t feel like work.”
Student works to promote safer sex on campus Condoms, education part of message KAITLYN BIVIN Daily Staff Writer
“Free condoms” is not a phrase many would expect to hear in a conservative state, but for Alice Oliver, communications sophomore, it is her slogan. As a SafeSite for the Great American Condom Campaign, sponsored by Trojan Condoms, Oliver is responsible for passing out free condoms across campus and
spreading the message of safe sex, a movement that has always been close to her heart. “People are going to make choices in life,” Oliver said. “I wanted them to be protected and be safe [when it comes time to have sex].” Oliver said she learned about becoming a SafeSite from a mentor after volunteering with Planned Parenthood during high school. “I applied online after the position was recommended to me,” she said. “Twenty-three hundred students applied, CONDOMS CONTINUES ON PAGE 2
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Alice Oliver, communications sophomore, passes out condoms on the South Oval Monday afternoon. Oliver works with Advocateyourvoice.org, a grassroots movement to provide university students with free condoms. Oliver will be passing out 500 condoms to students around campus during the semester. VOL. 95, NO. 49
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them university wide, I do not see how the election results could be certified. The gap between Nov. 2 and the election date Nov. 11 is nine days. I do not see why the voting Web site could not be updated to reflect the court’s decisions in that time.”
the council decided on it again. “I would like us to take a little longer look at this,” Councilmember Hal Ezzell said. According to the ordinance, public intoxication occurs when someone is intoxicated or drinking an intoxicating beverage in public. A s s i s t a n t C i t y At t o r n e y Rebecca Frazier said that the current fine, ranging from $50 to $500, is not a strong enough deterrent to discourage public intoxication in some cases. Jail time, up to 10 days, would have primarily been used on repeat offenders, said Norman Police Chief Phil Cotten. “We’re talking about a small select group of people who are chronic or repeat offenders,” Cotten said. Cliff Chiles, owner of Bill’s
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Matt Bruenig, spokesman for the Oklahoma Students for a Democratic Society, speaks during a UOSA meeting at Adams Hall Sept. 29.
Condoms Continued from page 1 but only 1,000 were accepted.” Oliver said in order to become a SafeSite she had to prove that she had an outstanding repertoire with students and that she was acquainted with a variety of people to help spread the word about her cause. For New Jersey-born Oliver, coming to Oklahoma was quite a culture shock in terms of sex education. “I was surprised that abstinence-only education was the norm in Oklahoma because we don’t have that in New Jersey,” she said. According to a recent USA Today article, teen birthrates have risen in 26 states, including Oklahoma, which, alongside Texas and Mississippi, whose primary sex education is geared toward abstinence, has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country. Grassroots campaigns like the Great American Condom Campaign are geared toward these “at risk” states in order to spread the word of prevention that may not have reached students in these states. Oliver said it is proven in studies that
Restaurant Etc. and bartender for 27 years, thought the amendment was a bad idea. “By increasing the sentencing and adding the 10 days in jail I think you will increase drinking and driving,” he said. The jail time would have been imposed in less than 10 percent of public intoxication cases, Frazier said. Most people arrested for public intoxication are guilty of a more egregious offense, like urinating in public, fighting or disturbing the peace, Cotten said. Harold Heiper, a lawyer representing Cleveland County, said the inability of some arrested for public intoxication to make bond was one reason judges wanted a change in the ordinance. He said these individuals neglected to pay their fine after being released, resulting in an arrest warrant. If the ordinance allowed for a penalty of jail time, judges could
students taught in the abstinence-only edu“I think my greatest challenge will be cation environment are less likely to know handing them out in mass numbers,” Oliver how to protect themselves when the time to said. “If you just sit there and hand out conhave sex occurs. doms, chances are people won’t listen to you. As a member of several Christian organi- But my hope is ... I can pass out 55 condoms zations on campus, Oliver said she realized in one day, and at least a fourth of them are information about protection is needed. used; but if they choose to put them on their “Coming from the Northeast and meeting wall as a condom collection, I can’t help people who were raised in predominantly that. At least I’m giving them the option to Christian households with abbe safe.” stinence-only education has FREE CONDOMS? For organizations such made me want to reach out To get free condoms, e-mail as the Women’s Outreach to them and say, ‘Having sex Alice Oliver at email@example.com. Center, campaigns like isn’t horrible, but you need to Oliver’s are necessary for the be protected,’” Oliver said. “[I understand] it prevention of sexually transmitted diseases can be embarrassing to buy condoms. That’s (STDs). why I’m here as a SafeSite.” “Campaigns to provide access to condoms Oliver attributes much of her safe sex edu- are one important part in the prevention of cation to her upbringing. sexually transmitted diseases,” stated Kathy “My parents were big on what you need to Moxley, director of the Women’s Outreach know, abstinence is great, but be safe,” Oliver Center, in an e-mail. said. “My mom always said, ‘We always have Oliver remains passionate about the use extra change for soda and condoms.’” of condoms because of their versatility. As a SafeSite, Oliver is required to hand “Birth control can only protect against out 500 condoms per school year, but she pregnancy but condoms can protect against has taken on the ambitious task of handing STDs, AIDS and a slew of other things,” Oliver out 500 a semester, which can present many said. “I hope that students will have them in challenges. their arsenal to protect them against STDs
sentence them to serve time they often already serve due to inability to make bond, rather than pay an expensive fine, Heiper said. Frazier said that because Norman does not have 250,000 residents, it is not a court of record, and does not have the authority to require that someone seek alcohol treatment. She also said Norman does not have such a detoxification center. Councilmembers Ezzell and Carol Dillingham both expressed disappointment because Norman does not offer a detoxification center. “We certainly, certainly need a detox center in Norman,” Dillingham said. Dillingham said she had received multiple calls objecting to the amendment. “The fundamental problem is [that] alcoholism is a disease,” Ezzell said. “[The ordinance is] going to have no impact on those individuals.”
and unwanted pregnancies.” Oliver said she hopes her efforts will encourage students to have more protected sex and be more informed about the consequences of sex both good and bad. One of the major concerns before Oliver assumed the roll of SafeSite was how she would be portrayed in the community educating students about safe sex. “My parents weren’t too thrilled [when I first told them],” Oliver said. “They were apprehensive of how I would be looked upon. But my boyfriend was very supportive, which was nice. [Sex education] is something really important to me, so it’s nice to have support.” Friend Taylor Marlow, University College freshman, encourages Oliver’s decision to be a SafeSite. “I think it’s positive that she has found a cause that is important enough for her to try and make a difference,” Marlow said. Some met Oliver’s cause with confusion and humor. “My roommate was a little concerned about the 500 condoms being delivered to our apartment,” Oliver said. “She asked me if I was going to use all of them.”
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RELIGIOUS LEADERS DISCUSS NATIONAL ISSUES, SHARING BELIEFS Rabbi, reverend, imam agree on importance of seeing things through others’ eyes MEREDITH MORIAK Managing Editor
In a representation of the three Abrahamic traditions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — a Jewish rabbi, Christian reverend and Islamic imam met Tuesday evening to discuss various national issues and their respective religious beliefs. Some of the topics discussed by the religious experts included ideas on health care, homosexuality, creationism and war. On the issue of health care, Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield, an Orthodox Jew recognized by Newsweek as one of America’s most influential rabbis, said there are differences between a right to health care and the obligation to health care. “In any society which has the capacity to care for people medically and physically, those who are being cared for have obligations,” Hirschfield said. Imam Imad Enchassi, president and senior imam of the Islamic Society of Oklahoma City, said every person has a right to health care, but that it must be applied in a responsible way. “We have this notion that taking care of the poor and taking care of the needy, including those that are desperately needing health
care, is a right,” Enchassi said. The Rev. Robin Meyers, pastor at Mayflower Congregational Church in Oklahoma City, said health care should be available to all and a person’s wealth should not prohibit their medical well-being. “[Jesus] did two things, he taught and he healed,” Meyers said. “He simply extends compassion and that’s what we ought to do in society.” Meyers said he finds the national debate on health care strange in a country based on Christian principles and the many examples of healing seen in the New Testament. “Jesus didn’t ask if you were insured or who your provider is,” Meyers said. The speakers all discussed the importance of speaking with those of different faiths and learning to see things through different eyes. “Atheists are important, and it is important for us to be able to talk about why we do believe in God,” Meyers said. Enchassi said it is a duty of those of any faith to reach out to others, share beliefs and engage in discussion. “I am, as a Muslim, secure enough in my belief, that there is one true god, the lord of everything,” Enchassi said. “At the same time, I find that there are those with other beliefs, but that doesn’t stop us from reaching out to the others.” The event was hosted by the OU Religious Studies Program Outreach and co-sponsored by the OU Hillel Foundation and the OU Muslim Student Association.
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Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield, an Orthodox Jew, Rev. Robin Meyers, pastor at Mayflower Congregational Church in Oklahoma City and Imam Imad Enchassi, president and senior iman of the Islamic Society of Oklahoma City discussed Abrahamic traditions in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Meacham Auditorium Tuesday evening.
Graduate Student Senate dissects flaws of proposed UOSA reforms Referendum would merge two legislative groups into one RICKY MARANON Daily Staff Writer
The chairwoman of the Graduate Student Senate told the Undergraduate Student Congress Tuesday that changes proposed by Oklahoma Students for a Democratic Society are dangerous to the needs of graduate students. If the UOSA Superior Court rules in favor of Oklahoma Students for a Democratic Society’s ballot initiatives next week and they are passed by a vote of the student body in a campus-wide election either this fall or next spring, the Graduate Student Senate will have to merge with the Undergraduate Student Congress. “The [Oklahoma Students for a Democratic Society] proposals are not good for any of us in the long run,” said Susan Adams Johnson, Graduate Student Senate chairwoman. “We
do some things that are special for graduate students, and if we have to merge into another body then we won’t be able to effectively serve our graduate students.” Johnson said she has talked to many organizations across the country that have praised OU for the Graduate Student Senate’s work on attaining grants, a job Johnson said is exclusive to the Graduate Student Senate. “If we move into a unicameral form of government, it will be harder for us to move legislation through that benefits graduates,” Johnson said. “The system we have in place is a good system. Also, we are graduate students, and we have families and jobs on top of our studies. It just isn’t convenient for us to meet when undergraduates meet.” Johnson said mixing graduate legislative items with undergraduate ones would be detrimental to all students. “I think there is room for improvement, but improvement this dramatic would be a disservice to many students,” Johnson said. “We can’t have graduate stuff like grant applications that are timely caught up in things
that affect undergraduates.” But Oklahoma Students for a Democratic Society spokesman Matt Bruenig said Johnson’s view of the society’s proposals is inaccurate. “If you actually look at what we are proposing, the Graduate Student Senate will get to keep their special powers of sponsoring travel and giving out grants,” Bruenig said. “To say that we are trying to take power and representation away from graduate students is not true.” Bruenig said the only thing that would change is that the Graduate Student Senate and the Undergraduate Student Congress would be merged into an academic legislating body. “Under the proposed changes, graduates may also seek seats in the [proposed] Student Organization Congress,” Bruenig said. “We are actually giving them more power in the long run that would better serve graduate students.” But because of the UOSA Superior Court case on the ballot initiatives, which
begins Monday, Oklahoma Students for a Democratic Society’s ballot referendums may not be voted upon in the upcoming general election. “If the court rules in favor of the [Oklahoma Students for a Democratic Society] before Oct. 27, then the ballots will have the initiatives on them,” UOSA General Counsel Mike Davis said in an Oct. 20 story in The Oklahoma Daily. “If the court rules in favor of the General Counsel, the referendums will not be on the ballot.” Davis said Tuesday was the deadline for OU IT to put names and referendums in the computer program that will operate the upcoming election ballot casting. Johnson said it didn’t matter when the referendums would come up, UOSA needed to be ready. “I have a feeling that if we don’t see the referendums voted on this fall then we will see them in the spring,” Johnson said. “I came here to tell you that our ability to serve students will be greatly harmed, and I’m asking you to get out and vote.”
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“An interesting article, but the author never really presents any points counter to his argument. While many of the potential problems that are raised about the complications of sex are quite valid, I’d also say they are symptoms of emotional immaturity. If you can’t focus on your current
partner because you’ve had other partners in the past, or your suspicions ruin your relationships, perhaps the solution doesn’t have to do with sex at all and just requires a little growing up.” -dargus
Real-world programs would benefit students A few universities have been making waves recently due to the work their students have done to free wrongly convicted people from incarceration. Last week, two men who had been convicted of murder in Texas were released from prison thanks to the efforts of University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas at Arlington students, according to The Daily Texan, UT’s student newspaper. And The New York Times reported Saturday students involved with Northwestern University’s Medill Innocence Project are facing off with local prosecutors about a possible case of a wrongfully convicted man. The Medill Innocence Project is a product of Northwestern’s journalism school, and during its 10 years in existence, 11 wrongfully convicted prisoners have been set free thanks to the students working on the project, the Times story said. We think these universities are setting great examples for college students. Some of our fellow students might believe they can’t make a real-world difference, such as helping to free wrongfully convicted prisoners. But as the UT, UTA and Northwestern students prove, we can. Some of our fellow students certainly are making a difference. Many students intern at real-world
companies, where they are put to work doing important things in their chosen industry. Also, several students volunteer their time to help local charities or those in need. These efforts are great, but we want to encourage more. One way OU can help is by setting up more programs that allow students to take the lead and make a difference outside of campus. Imagine if OU had a program like the Medill Innocence Project. This would be a great opportunity for many students across several fields of study, including law, journalism, sociology and criminology, to name a few. But fostering interdisciplinary connections is not all a program like this would do. It could, and we dare say would, help alleviate the stress on Oklahoma’s prison system, which already suffers from overcrowding and under funding. This is just one suggestion of a program we would like to see at OU. We are sure there are many more that would benefit students if a program like this was implemented. But if these programs never do begin here, we want to encourage students to continue looking for opportunities to make an impact in the world. Keep looking for internships and volunteering opportunities because they will ultimately help you and the world beyond OU.
Obama administration not handling criticism well Politicians. Even the word evokes a certain disdain for many Americans, conjuring images of big-spending, scandal-welcoming, wide-grinning, power-hungry, narcissistic egotism. The game of politics is a dangerous one in any nation. In the U.S., particularly in the age of the Internet, politicians live and die by perception. To be seen as astute, smart and avant garde makes you interesting (albeit JON often politically worthless). MALONE But the way you approach criticism is equally analyzed. From the lowest county elected position to the President of the United States, the way you respond and interact with those who find your ideas unsavory and insufficient can often have an important role in legacy. Invoking the pounding George W. Bush’s perception took during his years in office is almost too easy. From his twang to “nucular” to international strategies and even to his “compassionate conservatism” of expanding government and federal deficit, Bush and some of his administration’s policies were and are blasted consistently across most major media outlets. Armchair quarterbacking from the blogosphere to the pulpit of the academic classroom is very easy to do, be it with Landry Jones or any political official. But the situation cuts both ways politically. When the opposition gains office, by definition they open themselves to the very scrutiny which they applied to those who came before. I honestly see this as one of the wonderful aspects of a democratic republic, in that no one is above question in policy. But recent events have been troubling in the current administration’s understanding of this. During the fall, the heated debate over health care and other economic issues relevant to legislation has only grown. With it, especially the public option, government-run health system overhaul currently being bounced around in Congress, has come opposition from those against an increase in government meddling. Fox News, interestingly enough, has become front and center in the political conversation because the administration has publicly denounced the cable network. Why? In a recent Time magazine article by Michael Scherer, he explains the reasoning and gives an example from the White House Director of Communications, Anita Dunn. According to Scherer, “At the White House, [Dunn] has become a devoted consumer of conservative-media reports and a fierce critic of Fox News, leading the Administration’s effort to block officials, including Obama, from appearing on the network. ‘It’s opinion journalism masquerading as news,’” Dunn asserts, attempting to undermine any kind of legitimacy within the network. This attempt to freeze Fox out of access to the
administration has not been without response on multiple levels. As for the network itself, the same article mentioned above asserts that Fox “counters that the White House criticism unfairly conflates the network’s reporters and its pundits, like Glenn Beck, whom he likens to ‘the op-ed page of a newspaper.’” The problem with openly and aggressively attacking an organization like Fox News is that you alienate a large demographic of the voting population (as Fox has, according to huffingtonpost. com, “[claimed] the top 10 cable news programs” in the third quarter of 2009). Even if much of the opinion aspect of Fox News seems right-leaning, informative news programs as well as opinion programs on it consistently rate extremely high in the news media. More than southern conservatives are watching it. Even if the Obama administration is willing to accept the ramifications of its Fox freeze, another issue has surfaced: the ongoing battle between the White House and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. I would naturally assume that there would be some disagreement between the commercial sector and the liberal administration; however, as Politico.com reported last week, the White House is including the Chamber in its “all-fronts push … to cut the legs out from under its toughest critics.” I understand efforts to undermine Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck’s arguments, in that they represent a much further-right group than what Obama’s administration will ever compromise with. However, as the same article cites, the problem may lie in attacking the Chamber of Commerce: “The campaign Web sites of moderate Democrats from across the country are filled with endorsements from the Chamber of Commerce.” The article (as well as several other recent stories) also quotes several moderate Congressional Democrats who question the tactics of strongarming a cable news network and the business industry. The tenuous majority which President Obama currently enjoys in Washington and his hopes for his health care reform and economic agenda ride on the coattails of such Democrats. As such, feuding with a cable news source and the business sector of the U.S. to the point of attacking both publicly might not be the best idea right now. True, it isn’t anything new to have a list of enemies or to blacklist a certain group. But this could also set a dangerous precedent in the public’s eyes for how the new president handles ideas which are opposite to his own. In the process, Obama seems to be toeing a very thin line right now, especially in light of his falling job approval ratings. On the one hand, he seeks to strengthen Democratic influence and control in Washington. On the other, his promises to work with those who disagree with his ideas remain drifting in the air from an autumn ago. Jon Malone is an English education graduate student.
Several legal options offer alternatives to peer-to-peer networks Recently OU announced that it would be limiting the use of and access to peerto-peer networks over Internet connections provided by the university. These programs, like K a z a a a n d L i m e w i re, work by allowing users to share files across the Web and are mostly used to traffic music, videos CARSON and computer software, much of which is illegally PAINTER obtained and shared. While some have claimed that they offer the ability to legally share files, the fact remains that peer-to-peer networks are vastly used to obtain free versions of otherwise non-free things. The illegal copying and sharing of copyrighted materials is blight upon our creative population and has gotten so out of hand that companies like music labels are suing people all over the country in an
attempt to curb Internet piracy. This piracy has been a detrimental factor when it comes to making a profit. Peer-to-peer sharing offer things like convenience, speed and an utter lack of having to pay for anything. The fact remains, however, that much of what it is used for is completely illegal, and by using peer-to-peer programs to share our pirated products, we are discouraging artists from producing new works because, let’s face it, most of them do it for the money. But, my friends, what people seem to be missing is that there are tons of completely legal options out there that offer the chance to obtain your favorite media products easily, efficiently, and if not for free, at a very reasonable price. So you can’t get your free music from Limewire anymore? Why not try Pandora, the music genome project? Pandora is a free radio outlet that can play any style of music, allows users to make their own radio channels, and then narrows the music down to specific tastes
until it only plays music a particular listener likes. Pandora even has an iPhone application now. Speaking of Apple, why not get an iTunes account? Sure you have to pay a bit for each song, but all in all, it’s a pretty good deal, and you don’t even have to leave your room. So you can’t get your free movies from Kazaa anymore? Why not log onto Hulu? This Web site is at the head of its field when it comes to online television. Hulu has everything from the latest episodes of Family Guy to a movie about giant spiders taking over the Earth shot with a handheld camera and an obvious budget of about $4. And all of this can be viewed for the price of watching a few commercials. But if commercials are just too much for you, you can always hop on board the Netflix train. Netflix, which just made a deal with S ony and is soon to be hosted on a PlayStation 3 near you, is one of the largest movie rental companies in the world, and
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PULITZER PRIZE WINNER LECTURES IN HONOR OF CARL ALBERT CENTER Jack N. Rakove’s lecture series sheds light on James Madison’s political thinking NATASHA GOODELL Daily Staff Writer
Students and faculty at OU came together Tuesday night in honor of the Carl Albert Center and its 14th Julian J. Rothbaum Distinguished Lecture in Representative Government. Jack N. Rakove, the W.R. Coe Professor of History and American Studies at Stanford University and Pulitzer Prize winner in history, was honored dinner where he answered questions about his three-part lecture on “James Madison: A Politician Thinking.” The lecture series, sponsored by the Carl Albert Center, began Tuesday and will continue until Thursday. Matthew Gress, political science and history senior, said he listened to some of Rakove’s lectures online and he said he found him to be very knowledgeable. Gress said he thinks the lecturer speaking about James Madison is very important if Americans are to understand who they really are today. “We have to understand the roots of American society,” Gress said. Gress said, at the very least, Rakove would explain
Madison’s contributions to the republican ideology during the Carl Albert Center and what it’s doing is very special to the making of the new republic. him, particularly because he was at its founding. “Just getting to know more behind the man, James “Dad [Julian Rothbaum] would have been 96 this year Madison, is going to be fascinating,” Gress said. and as I think about it, this is our 14th lecture series,” Joel Rakove answered questions from the audience about his Jankowsky, a speaker at this event said. lecture that day, focused on the conRothbaum was a successful busicepts of religion in the constitution, UPCOMING LECTURES nessman, leader in Oklahoma civic the right to privacy in the constitution affairs, an important supporter of the Listen in on the second and third lectures in a series OUand a lifelong friend of Speaker and how political leaders thought by Jack N. Rakove in the James Madison: A Politican Carl Albert, according to the event’s about issues then in comparison to the way the government addresses Thinking series. program. Wednesday: The Principal Task of Modern Legislation issues today. “What I want you to come away Cindy Rosenthal, director of the Thursday: Wherever the Real Power Lies with is how much Dad really loved Carl Albert Center, said this is an op- All lectures will be given at 3:30 p.m. in the Mary this university,” Jankowsky said. “He portunity for students to hear from Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium at the Fred Jones Jr. valued it highly. He didn’t want his great political thinkers around the Museum of Art. name on buildings, but he wanted country. to support people, he wanted to sup“We try to find some of the preport all of you and this university.” miere political scientists to speak on campus,” Rosenthal The Rothbaum family contributed to the Carl Albert said. Center at OU. Jackie Slater, staff assistant for the OU Western History The Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Collections, said she came to this event two years ago when Center is a nonpartisan institution devoted to teaching and she was a student at OU. research related to the United States Congress and strength“I think it’s a good opportunity for people to hear a differ- ening representative democracy through engaged and inent viewpoint,” Slater said. formed citizens, according to the event’s program. Joel Jankowsky, son of Julian Rothbaum, said celebrating
Head of infectious disease center lectures on mission for safe water Stephen Luby aims to secure safe water supply, hygiene in third-world countries MATTHEW MOZEK The Oklahoma Daily
Unsafe water supplies are leading to increased health concerns for people in “poor” countries, the first winner of the OU International Water Prize said Tuesday night at the Thurman J. White Forum Building. Stephen Luby, program head of infectious diseases and vaccine sciences for the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh, said the center’s mission is to do work for poor Bangladeshis and the poor throughout the world. “What they try to do is identify problems that are commonly faced with water sanitation and hygiene and work to understand how those can be implemented,” said Luby in an interview after his lecture. With the centre operating in “high need” communities, like Bangladesh, across the world,
Luby said he works in an environment where 40 percent of the people make less than $1 a day, and 80 percent of the people make less than $2 a day. Luby also said he aims to secure safe water supply in “high need” communities because an estimated 5,000 children have died each year since September 11, 2001 due to diarrhea disease and malnutrition directly resulting from unsafe water supplies. “We try to come up with solutions that work and are sustainable in resource-strained countries. It’s a challenge,” Luby said. Luby said he stresses the importance of hand washing and applying feasible water purification techniques including chemical disinfectant, water purification and solar water disinfection. Luby also said that in wealthy countries, research includes a lot of cosmetic things like reducing baldness and lifestyle enrichment or consumer products. This kind of research is marketdriven and makes money, unlike working with the poorest
two billion people in the world. Those people have a “low profile,” he said. “If you look generally at research, 90 percent is done in wealthy countries, but if you look at ill health and child death, 90 percent of it is in poorer countries,” Luby said. “They’re not the elite. There is not a lot of serious attention to solving these problems,” Luby said. “There’s lip service, but there’s not serious attention to it when you look at human suffering.” Luby said Bangladesh is a big interest country because it is the eighth most populous country in the world, but it is poor and a third-world country. Taking everyone in the U.S. living east of the Mississippi and moving him or her into an area the size of Wisconsin is a prime example of the congestion in Bangladesh, he said. Luby said he does work with Bangladeshi citizens, but he does more work with young Bangladeshi researchers who then go into the country. He said
this is more productive because they know the culture and the people. “I’m a little bit of a distraction, like, ‘Who’s the tall white guy who speaks Bengali?’” Luby said. “[Going into the community] can be interesting and revealing for me, but not very productive for the team.’” Luby also said working with the local people and local researchers to teach the skills to address their issues is the most rewarding aspect of his job. “ I ’ m re a l l y e x c i t e d t h e University of Oklahoma is focusing attention on issues with water in low-income countries. This is an area that isn’t getting very much attention,” Luby said. “What this allows us to do is get more people excited and interested in the area and the issues.” Luby said he has been working to provide those in need with safe water supply because he said he believes safe water is not a privilege, but a right. Daily Projects Editor Hailey Branson contributed to this story.
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The UOSA Undergraduate Student Congress motioned to make its’ meetings more open to outside voices. Under the new rules, students may sign up to address Student Congress for three minutes if they sign up by 5 p.m. the Monday before every meeting in the Conoco Student Leadership Center of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. A student or a group may address the Congress without permission if there are extenuating circumstances determined by the Congress Chair. “Currently, there is no way for people to address us,” said Shayna Daitch, humanities district, international securities studies and Judeo studies junior. “Under these new rules, people can come and freely and address us as a body with any concern they may have.” Daitch said the incident in which Oklahoma Students for Democratic Society parliamentary interrupted the Student Congress meeting on Sept. 22 sparked the legislation. Originally, the bill would have allowed students and organizations to address the Congress without permission, but an amendment proposed by Rachel Tyrell, University College district sophomore, was approved in the session that added the Monday night deadline except for extenuating circumstances. Five members voted against adding the amendment. “Having people put their names down is a barricade to allowing students to express themselves,” Daitch said. -Ricky Maranon/The Daily
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Hotel owner tells Hispanic workers to change names TAOS, N.M. — Larry Whitten marched into this northern New Mexico town in late July on a mission: resurrect a failing hotel. The tough-talking former Marine immediately laid down some new rules. Among them, he forbade the Hispanic workers at the run-down, Southwestern adobe-style hotel from speaking Spanish in his presence (he thought they’d be talking about him), and ordered some to Anglicize their names. No more Martin (Mahr-TEEN). It was plain-old Martin. No more Marcos. Now it would be Mark. Whitten’s management style had worked for him as he’s turned around other distressed hotels he bought in recent years across the country. The 63-year-old Texan, however, wasn’t prepared for what followed. His rules and his firing of several Hispanic employees angered his employees and many in this liberal enclave of 5,000 residents at the base of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, where the most alternative of lifestyles can find a home and where Spanish language, culture and traditions have a long and revered history. “I came into this landmine of Anglos versus Spanish versus Mexicans versus Indians versus everybody up here. I’m just doing what I’ve always done,” he says. Former workers, their relatives and some town residents picketed across the street from the hotel. “I do feel he’s a racist, but he’s a racist out of ignorance. He doesn’t know that what he’s doing is wrong,” says protester Juanito Burns Jr., who identified himself as prime minister of an activist group called Los Brown Berets de Nuevo Mexico. The Virginia-born Whitten had spent 40 years in the hotel business, turning around more than 20 hotels in Texas, Oklahoma, Florida and South Carolina, before moving with his wife to Taos from Abilene, Texas. He
had visited Taos before, and liked its beauty. When Whitten saw that the Paragon Inn was up for sale, he jumped at it. The hotel sits along narrow, two-lane Paseo del Pueblo, where souped-up lowriders radiate a just-waxed gleam in the soft sunshine as they cruise past centuries-old adobe buildings. One recent afternoon, a woman slowly rode her fat-tire bicycle along a cracked sidewalk, oversized purple butterfly wings on her back and a breeze blowing her long, blonde dreadlocks. The community includes Taos Pueblo, an American Indian dwelling inhabited for over 1,000 years, and an adobe Catholic church made famous in a Georgia O’Keeffe painting. After he arrived, Whitten met with the employees. He says he immediately noticed that they were hostile to his management style and worried they might start talking about him in Spanish. “Because of that, I asked the people in my presence to speak only English because I do not understand Spanish,” Whitten says. “I’ve been working 24 years in Texas and we have a lot of Spanish people there. I’ve never had to ask anyone to speak only English in front of me because I’ve never had a reason to.” Some employees were fired, Whitten says, because they were hostile and insubordinate. He says they called him “a white [N-word].” Fired hotel manager Kathy Archuleta says the workers initially tried to adjust to his style. “We had already gone through four or five owners before him, so we knew what to expect,” Archuleta says. “I told [the workers] we needed to give him a chance.” Then Whitten told some employees he was changing their Spanish first names. Whitten says it’s a routine practice at his hotels to change first names of employees who work the front desk phones or deal directly with guests if their names are difficult to understand or pronounce.
NATIONAL GROUP JOINS SEARCH FOR MISSING FAMILY EUFAULA — A national group that helps look for missing children is joining the search for a missing family from the Eufaula area. Six-year-old Madyson Jamison, her father Bobby and mother Sherilynn have been missing since Oct. 7. Latimer County Sheriff Israel Beauchamp says the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is offering its help. The center has placed Madyson Jamison’s photo and information about her on its Web site. A media representative for the center, which is based near Washington D.C. in Alexandria, Va., said the photos are rotated throughout the day, but information can be pulled up by conducting a search on the Web site. The family’s pickup truck was found Oct. 17 after hunters reported it had been sitting by the side of the road for some time with a small dog inside. A large amount of cash was found inside the truck.
“It has nothing to do with racism. I’m not doing it for any reason other than for the satisfaction of my guests, because people calling from all over America don’t know the Spanish accents or the Spanish culture or Spanish anything,” Whitten says. Martin Gutierrez, another fired employee, says he felt disrespected when he was told to use the unaccented Martin as his name. He says he told Whitten that Spanish was spoken in New Mexico before English. “He told me he didn’t care what I thought because this was his business,” Gutierrez says. “I don’t have to change my name and language or heritage,” he says. “I’m professional the way I am.” After the firings, the New Mexico chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens, a national civil rights group, sent Whitten a letter, raising concerns about treatment of Hispanic workers. Whitten says he sent them a letter and posted messages on the hotel marquee, alleging that the group referred to him with a racial slur. LULAC denied the charge. The messages and comments he made in interviews with local media, including referring to townsfolk as “mountain people” and “potheads who escaped society,” further enflamed tensions. Taos Mayor Darren Cordova says Whitten wasn’t doing anything illegal. But he says Whitten failed to better familiarize himself with the town and its culture before deciding to buy the hotel for $2 million. “Taos is so unique that you would not do anything in Taos that you would do elsewhere,” he says. Whitten grew subdued as a two-hour interview with The Associated Press progressed. He said he was sorry for the misunderstanding and insisted he has never been against any culture. “What kind of fool or idiot or poor businessman would I be to orchestrate this whole crazy thing that’s costed me a lot of time,
An Oct. 1 photo shows Kathy Archuleta, a former employee of the Whitten Inn, on the historic village adobe plaza in Taos, N.M. Archuleta worked for hotel owner Larry Whitten, who has caused a stir in the small northern New Mexico town after he purchased the hotel in the community and Anglicized the Spanish first names of some employees, asked Hispanic employees to not speak Spanish in his presence and fired several Hispanic employees. money and aggravation?” Whitten said. Whitten should have dealt with the situation differently, especially in a majority Hispanic town, said 71-year-old Taos artist Ken O’Neil, while sipping his afternoon coffee on the town’s historic plaza. “To make demands like he did just seems over the top,” he says. “Nobody won here. It’s not always about winning. Sometimes, it’s about what you learn.” —AP
ONE DEAD IN LOGAN COUNTY SHOOTING GUTHRIE — One person is dead and another is being questioned following a shooting in rural Logan County near Guthrie. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown says the sheriff’s office asked for help following the shooting just after midnight Tuesday. Brown says 23-year-old Elmer Cronister was shot in the head and killed at a home about five miles east of Guthrie. Brown says at daybreak an OSBI airplane pilot flying in the area searching for 20-year-old Robert Schleve spotted Schleve and agents arrested him on unrelated warrants from Logan County. Agents did not say what those warrants are for. OSBI agent John Loffi says investigators are trying to determine what happened and the shooting “could be accidental.” —AP
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Volleyball goes for win No. 2 over Buffaloes JAMES CORLEY Daily Staff Writer
The Sooner volleyball team (13-7, 6-5) return to Norman to host the Colorado Buffaloes at 7 tonight in McCasland Field House. OU should have no problem delivering a great game against the Buffaloes. When the two teams met in Boulder Sept. 26, the Sooners easily swept Colorado 25-17, 25-16 and 25-14. This game shouldn’t be much different since the Buffaloes (6-14, 1-10) have won just one game since their last meeting with OU. The Sooners finished a five-game stretch against ranked opponents during which Suzy Boulavsky, sophomore right side, stepped into a big role for OU. She averaged 11.8 kills, 9.4 digs and 1.5 blocks per match over the last five games,
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STUDENT AND MENTOR MEET SATURDAY Bob Stoops
Career head coach record: 113-27
Career head coach record: 141-71-1
Seasons as head coach at OU: 11 (1999-present) National Championships: 1
Seasons as head coach at KSU: 18 (1989-2005, 2009-present) National Championships: 0
Big 12 Championships: 6
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You see the protégé coach facing off against his old mentor all the time in the National Football League, and that concept heads down to Norman Saturday.. OU head coach Bob Stoops and his team will welcome the Kansas State Wildcats Saturday for the sixth installment of Stoops versus legendary Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder. Snyder had been out of the Wildcats’ head coach position for three seasons before reclaiming the job he held for 17 seasons. In his first season back, he has led Kansas State to a 5-3 overall record and 3-1 conference record, which is the best record in the Big 12 North. Stoops worked under Snyder from 1989 to 1995. During that time he held the positions of defensive backs coach and co-defensive coordinator. Stoops said he was not surprised when Snyder left Kansas State in 2005, and Stoops is happy that Snyder has found success during his second go-around.
“So when he did, I figured, good for him and he’s onto other things,” Stoops said. “But then life changes. For him he just felt the need to come back and he’s healthy and he’s able to do it. He’s doing a great job as usual. I’m sure he’s enjoying it.” Stoops said he credits Snyder for what he has been able to achieve during his tenure as the Sooners’ head coach. “Coach Snyder gave me a break and gave me a full-time job at Kansas State when he came into the program,” Stoops said. “Just being a part of that process for seven years just really grows you as a coach. I don’t know how to quantify how much, but he’s certainly had a major influence.”
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Since becoming OU’s head coach, Stoops and Snyder have met up five times. Stoops holds a 4-1 series lead, and all four victories have come during the regular season. Snyder’s lone victory against his former coordinator was in the 2003 Big 12 Championship game. The Wildcats won 35-7, and broke up the Sooners’ bid for a perfect season. With the Big 12 North being labeled as the weaker division, the Kansas State has a legitimate shot of facing the Big 12 South champion in Arlington, Texas, for the 2009 Big 12 Championship. “Here they are back leading the North,” Stoops said. “They’re doing an excellent job. What you’d expect to see from Coach Snyder’s teams is offensively very physical football.” The Wildcats’ success after being a usual write-off victory for many teams in recent years is not too shocking now that Snyder has reclaimed the reins. “Those guys are just playing great football,” junior defensive back Dominique Franks said. “I can’t really just say it’s because of culture or anything like that, but all I can say is they are already ahead of the North.”
SOONER FOOTBALL PRACTICE NOTEBOOK Second half start was key to victory over Kansas Head coach Bob Stoops said the back-to-back touchdown drives to start the third quarter was the key to getting the offense going and beating the Kansas Jayhawks Saturday. The Sooners were leading Kansas 14-6 entering the third quarter, and the two quick touchdown drives gave OU a comfortable 28-6 lead going into the fourth quarter. “The biggest part of the game really was getting back-to-back drives to start the second half to give us a good lead and to separate ourselves a little bit,” Stoops said. That was the first time with redshirt freshman quarterback Landry Jones playing since Sept. 19 against Tulsa that the Sooners had scored touchdowns on consecutive possessions. Against the Golden Hurricane Jones led OU’s offense to six straight possessions that ended in touchdowns.
Stoops impressed with Jones’ leadership ability Head coach Bob Stoops said he likes the way Jones has stepped up as a team leader since Heismanwinner quarterback Sam Bradford suffered his first injury in the season opener. “As soon as Sam was down in BYU [Jones] was on,” Stoops said. “It was maybe a little surprising how natural it was for him. He didn’t blink a bit, and players sense that, and they were right with him right off the bat.” Jones will be OU’s starting quarterback for the remainder of the 2009 season, and in his four starts so far this season he has posted a 3-1 record.
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Murray has been practicing this week Head coach Bob Stoops said junior running back DeMarco Murray practiced with the team both Monday and Tuesday during practice, but his status for Saturday’s home game against Kansas State is still uncertain. “He practiced [Monday], and I anticipate him practicing through the week,” Stoops said. “It just gets down to later in the week if he’s back to full speed.” Murray did not play Saturday in OU’s 35-13 victory over Kansas, and the Sooners’ running game gained just 85 yards on 31 attempts, which comes out to 2.7 yards per attempt.
Way replaces Stevens in kicking game Head coach Bob Stoops said sophomore kicker Jimmy Stevens has been replaced by redshirt freshman kicker Tress Way in field goal and extra point situations. “I just don’t think Jimmy has been nearly as consistent as he needs to be,” Stoops said. “Tress has shown me enough in practice he’s been much better than he was a year ago. He deserves that opportunity.” Way made all extra point attempts while not attempting a field goal, and averaged 40.3 yards on six punts. Before being pulled Stevens made eight of 12 field goals this season, but missed a key field goal against the No. 3 Texas Longhorns. -Jono Greco/The Daily
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PALIN PAID $1.25M FOR BOOK BY TIME SHE LEFT OFFICE ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin reported Tuesday that she has received at least $1.25 million for her hugely anticipated upcoming memoir “Going Rogue.” A disclosure statement released Tuesday discusses Palin’s finances from Jan. 1 to July 27, when she resigned as Alaska governor. Palin says she received the money from publisher HarperCollins for the book. The document only provides a partial picture of the book deal because it doesn’t cover the three months she has been out of office. Palin doesn’t elaborate on her book compensation, describing the $1.25 million figure only as a “retainer” that appears to be a reference to her lucrative advance. Her personal spokeswoman, Meghan Stapleton, declined to provide more details of the book deal. “The Governor has complied with Alaska disclosure law by her filing,” she said in an email Tuesday. “Now, as a private citizen, her business dealings, including her publishing agreement, are confidential.” It’s likely Palin will make more money when it’s all said and done. “Going Rogue” catapulted to No. 1 on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com after HarperCollins announced in late September it had moved up the release date of 1.5 million copies from spring to Nov. 17. Palin will appear on “The Oprah Winfrey
Show” the day before the release of her book, which is currently listed at No. 6 on Amazon. com and No. 11 on Barnes & Noble.com. Palin has mostly been out of the public eye while working with the ghostwriter of her memoir. Since resigning, she’s made only a few public appearances including a September speech before investors in Hong Kong. She also attended the welcome-home ceremony in Fairbanks for soldiers, including her son Track, and appeared at a gun rights event in Anchorage. She’s maintained a larger presence on Facebook, posting occasional messages to almost 950,000 fans, the latest posted Monday night announcing her support of conservative candidates in New Jersey and Virginia. In the disclosure filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, Palin also reported collecting $73,000 as governor in 2009 as well as $6,370.80 in per diem during her final months in office. Her annual salary as governor was $125,000. The documents also spell out the long list of gifts that Palin received in the final months of her term, including one from former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani that would make any baseball fan jealous: $4,250 worth of tickets to a Yankees game for Palin, her husband and their daughter Willow. Other gifts listed include a $550 knife set made with snowmobile parts, women’s hunting gear
valued at $469.95 and travel and lodging to many locations. In the same time period, Palin’s husband Todd earned nearly $34,100 working as a production operator for oil giant BP PLC in Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay oil field — a job he quit in September. The disclosure says he also made about $32,260 in the family’s commercial fishing business, $3,500 in snowmobile race winnings and a $3,252 snowmobile discount from racing sponsor Arctic Cat. Palin listed her attorney among debts of more than $1,000, noting “legal fees to fight false allegations while governor.” Palin has said her family racked up more than $500,000 in legal fees stemming from multiple ethics complaints filed against her, almost all of which were dismissed. The disclosure lists checks totaling $5,750 that Palin has received from individuals from outside Alaska, including two dating from her time last year as the running mate of Republican presidential nominee John McCain. “Checks have not been cashed,” a handwritten note says in the disclosure. “They’ve either been, or will be, returned via volunteers assisting with mail and communications.” It’s unclear what Palin meant by the word retainer to describe her upfront book payment. Trena Keating, a literary agent in New York, didn’t want to speculate on Palin’s arrangement, but said book advances generally
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin waves goodbye to supporters after giving her resignation speech during a ceremony in Fairbanks, Alaska on July 26. Palin received $1.25 million as a retainer for her upcoming book “Going Rogue. from publisher HarperCollins. are broken down into multiple payments, usually upon signing, upon delivery of an acceptable manuscript and upon publishing, with a wide spectrum of variations possible. — AP
EX-FRAT MEMBERS PLEAD GUILTY IN NY HAZING DEATH GENESEO, N.Y. — Two former members of a banned college fraternity at a western New York campus admitted Tuesday they plied a student with so much beer, champagne and vodka during a three-day hazing that the young man died of alcohol poisoning. Arman Partamian, 19, a biology sophomore from New York City, was found dead March 1 after drinking excessively to gain membership in the off-campus fraternity at State University of New York in Geneseo. His blood-alcohol level was 0.55 percent, nearly seven times the legal limit for driving. Fellow student Alex Stucki, 21, who was later expelled, and Devin McClain, 22, who lost his job at a college cafeteria, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, a felony. Stucki, of Rochester, also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor tampering with evidence for removing a pledge T-shirt from Partamian after discovering his body in an upstairs bedroom at the frat house. In return, the two were sentenced to four months of weekends in jail. Stucki must complete 500 hours of community service and McClain must complete 250. If convicted after a trial, the pair could have drawn up to four years in prison. Livingston County prosecutor Thomas Moran said he agreed to the plea deal because the defendants’ showed remorse and because Partamian’s parents wanted to be spared the anguish of a trial. As part of the plea deal, the prosecution dropped a misdemeanor hazing charge. “The four months of weekends, is it light? It probably is,” Moran said. “But take everything into the totality of the circumstances — the parents’ wishes, the fact both defendants are branded for a lifetime (as felons) — mitigates what I think might be perceived as a little light
on the jail time.” Another student, Daniel Wech, 21, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty last month to unlawfully dealing with a child for allowing alcohol to be served to Partamian. He was sentenced to three months of weekends in jail. Investigators say Partamian was one of three pledges who drank heavily for two days at the fraternity, known as the Orange Knights, and at another location in the village where some club members live. They resumed drinking the afternoon of Feb. 28 and Partamian was helped to bed late at night by Stucki after he passed out. “I’m extremely sorry. ... I never thought that would happen,” Stucki told the judge. Stucki’s lawyer, Lawrence Andolina, told reporters afterward: “He feels terrible. He lost a friend.” McClain also apologized and offered his condolences to the family. The prosecutor said the two probably learned their lesson. “Obviously, no one intended Arman to die,” Moran said. “This was people drinking and not thinking, and we need to get the message across that out-of-control drinking can lead to tragic, tragic circumstances.” The fraternity, also called the Pigs, was banished from campus in 1996 after two students were hospitalized for drinking. It has since been dissolved. Nearly 5,600 students are enrolled at the school in Geneseo, 35 miles south of Rochester. — AP
Big brewers battle it out to make best light beer MILWAUKEE — How low can beer makers go? Having conquered the beer-belly set, some of the nation’s biggest brewers are trying to win over the six-pack-ab crowd with ultra-low-calorie suds. The question is: Are drinkers willing to sacrifice flavor and a bit of the buzz? And: How long before beer gets turned back into water? Most regular American beers, such as Budweiser, have about 150 calories and 5 percent alcohol, while most light beers contain around 100 calories and 4 percent alcohol. The new brews, MillerCoors’ Miller Genuine Draft 64 and Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Select 55, are well below that. Their calorie counts are in their names, and they both contain less than 3 percent alcohol. Guzzling a whole MGD 64 or Select 55 is like taking a few swigs of a Bud. Mindy Rotellini, a 25-year-old graphic designer from St. Louis who watches her calories, reaches for MGD 64 from time to time, even though the brew is “kind of watery” and it’s tough to feel the alcohol. “I just have to drink more, and then it’s going to equal the amount of calories in a regular beer, so why not just drink a regular beer?” she says. Chris Bethel switched to Select 55 because it is low-cal. He says he likes the light taste and doesn’t mind the reduced alcohol. “I’m not a college kid trying to get wasted,” says the 36-year-old network engineer in the Columbus, Ohio, area. Both drinkers speak to an unavoidable tradeoff: To cut calories, beer companies reduce the amount of malted barley and other grains that are fermented during the brewing process. That, in turn, reduces the amount of alcohol in the brew. The result is a beer more like its main ingredient, water. “You start producing something that could taste very, very
thin,” says Thomas Shellhammer, professor of fermentation science at Oregon State University. “That would be the challenge for the brewer, to produce something that still tastes like beer.” (As for nonalcoholic beers, some have more flavor than others, but overall they tend to have more calories than the super-low-cal brews. The top-selling brand, O’Doul’s, made by Anheuser-Busch, has about 70 calories and is thintasting.) Light beers account for about half of the $99 billion-ayear beer market in the U.S., according to the Beverage Information Group, a market research firm. But the market for super-low-calorie is probably small, says Eric Schmidt, manager of information services. MillerCoors says MGD 64 (slogan: “As light as it gets”) has sold twice as much in its first year as Miller Genuine Draft Light, which it replaced a year ago. It would not release specific figures. After a few weeks of testing Select 55 in 15 markets, Anheuser-Busch decided to expand into a dozen more starting this month. The company isn’t sure yet whether demand for the beer is big enough for it to go national. MGD 64 is 2.8 percent alcohol. Select 55 is 2.4 percent. David Mitchell has been drinking MGD 64 since its release and says he prefers its taste to that of Coors Light, his previous beer of choice. “It’s almost like drinking a glass of water, but it has the beer taste,” says the 41-year-old from Gilbert, Ariz. But some hardcore dieters aren’t interested. Beer connoisseur John LeMasney used to review craft beers on his site Beercritic.wordpress.com but gave that up after gaining 50 pounds in a year. He has cut back on his drinking to lose weight. But he refuses to try the new low-cal
TODAY CAREER SERVICES Career Services will be hosting the “Lunch and Learn: How to Shine at Your First Job/ Internship” from noon to 12:30 p.m. today in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Heritage Room. Career Services will provide students with resumes, cover letter and job search help from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the union. Career Services will hold a career fair for journalism students from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the union. CHRISTIANS ON CAMPUS Christians on Campus will host a
Bottles of Miller Genuine Draft 64 are seen on a shelf at a grocery store, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, in Des Moines, Iowa. The nation’s top brewers are trying to win over drinkers who want to swap beer guts for six-pack abs by putting new beers on a diet. beers. “I’d rather spend 200 calories and get something I really enjoy,” he says. — AP
POLICE REPORT Bible study from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. in the union’s Sooner Room. ROTHBAUM LECTURE The Rothbaum lecture, with speaker Professor Jack Rakove of Stanford University, will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. SEDS The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space will meet from 6 to 6:40 p.m. in the union’s Sooner Room. CAMPUS CRUSADE FOR CHRIST Campus Crusade for Christ will
meet from 9 to 10 p.m. today in the Santee Lounge on the fifth floor of the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
THURSDAY CAREER SERVICES Career Services will provide students with resumes, cover letter and job search help from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the union. Career Services will present “Grad School vs. Finding a Job” from 2 to 2:30 p.m. in the union’s Crimson Room. Career Services will host “NILeaders09,” which is leadership training and career advice
for engineers, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the union’s Scholars Room. ROTHBAUM LECTURE The Rothbaum lecture, with speaker Professor Jack Rakove of Stanford University, will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES FORUM Students returning from study abroad will share their experiences at the “Opportunities Forum” from 5 to 7 p.m. in Dale Hall room 200.
The following is a list of arrests and citations, not convictions. The information given is compiled from the Norman Police Department and the OU Police Department. All those listed are presumed innocent until proven guilty. POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA Daniel Wayne Coplin, 51, 1900 Renaissance Drive, Sunday, also possession of drug paraphernalia MUNICIPAL WARRANT Glenn D. Mann, 24, 15600 E. State Highway 9, Monday
ASSAULT AND BATTERY Thomas Edward Pitts, 32, 1800 E. Lindsey St., Sunday MOLESTING PROPERTY Budh Singh, 54, 1800 E. Lindsey St., Sunday COUNTY WARRANT Cory Dwayne Whitson, 33, 920 E. Lindsey St., Monday POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA Michael Joseph Younce, 27, 403 E. Brooks St., Monday
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FRIGHTENING FLICKS » “HALLOWEEN” (1978)
Linda Blair performing in the 1973 film “The Exorcist.”
Michael Myers of “Halloween” is a classic horror icon that embodies the origins of the “stalker” and “slasher” film trends of the ‘80‘’s and ‘90‘’s. “Halloween” is a spellb i n d i n g t h r i l l e r, ma d e with precision and craftsmanship. Carpenter ’s effective use of point-of-view shots and foregrounds in his composition establish
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“Halloween’s” uncompromising terror. The film also owes much of its success to John Carpenter’s original score, consisting of a chilling piano melody. It is a film that does not require elaborate special effects or buckets of blood to scare the bejeezus out of its audience. Even after 30 years, the original Halloween remains one of the most terrifying films ever made. PHOTO PROVIDED
“THE EXORCIST” (1973) From its startling images to Linda Blair’s ferociously unsett l i n g performance, it is not hard to see why “ T h e Exorcist” LARON has been CHAPMAN hailed as “the scariest movie of all time.” Viewers do not so much watch the film, but rather,
experience it. The film challenges its audience to examine the dark regions of a possessed human soul. What sets “The Exorcist” apart from any other horror film is its astonishing use of special effects. The film also features a complex story and a relentless power of the performances. While very disturbing and graphic, “ The Exorcist” is an American horror classic that forces its viewers to confront the fears buried within the human spirit.
Scene from the documentary-style film, “Paranormal Activity.”
“PARANORMAL ACTIVITY” (2009)
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Many may claim it is too soon to declare “Paranormal Activity” one of the scariest films of all time. However, the lingering impact this supernatural thriller leaves on its audience is both unnerving and unforgettable. Shot documentar ystyle, the film plays with the audiences’ fear of being scared. As Hitchcock would
say, the film “plays its audience like an organ.” The film is essentially a lesson in how to build tension, a quality lacking in the typical gore-athons produced over the last decade. While comparisons to “The Blair Witch Project” (1999) are inevitable, the film works on its own terms as an inventive and stylish thriller that will haunt audiences long after the credits roll. Laron Chapman is a fiim and video studies sophomore.
HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS AROUND NORMAN Halloween has snuck up once again. Still haven’t made plans for Saturday? Here’s a quick list of a few things to do. ULTIMATE TERRORS 2009 6:30 p.m. to midnight Friday & Saturday Belle Isle Center 1741 Belle Isle Blvd. in Oklahoma City Tickets start at $10 Experience one of Oklahoma City’s newest haunted houses. Participants who dare to enter will learn about the terrifying history of the Skull family as they tour the family’s manor and factory. The tour ends in an exciting 3D event. Tickets are available at ticketstorm.com and at the window. Visit ultimateterrors.com for more details.
311 S. Klein Ave. in Oklahoma City Admission is $10 A masquerade ball will include emerging artists at the Oklahoma City Farmers Market this weekend as a fundraiser for the co-op Rampage Artist. The event will have seven themed stages featuring the Psychopompadours and DJ Ostara and will be awarding a prize to the most elaborate costume. Participants must be 18 to enter. For more information visit rampageartist.com HALLOWEEN GLOW BOWLING 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday & Saturday Sooner Bowling Center 550 24th Ave. N.W. in Norman games are $22 or $5 per person Looking for something local and more low-key? Sooner Bowling Center for glow bowling that lasts until 2 a.m. Call 405-360-3634 for more details.
B R I C K TO W N ’ S H A U N T E D ATTRACTIONS 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday & Saturday Bricktown 101 E. California Ave. in Oklahoma City Many haunted attractions will be accessible in Bricktown. The events will have two major components beginning with the tour of the haunted warehouse in Bricktown and ending with a 3D rollercoaster ride. Tickets for the warehouse and rollercoaster event are available at ticketstorm.com and at the window starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are sold per attraction, but combo-packs are available for a discounted price. Call 405-236-4143 for more details. PSYCHOPOMP – SEVEN GATES OF HELL 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday Oklahoma City Farmers Market
“ROCKY HORROR” IN NORMAN 10 p.m. Saturday Sooner Theatre 101 E. Main St. in Norman Tickets are $10 “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” has entertained fans over the years and now it will be playing at Sooner Theatre in Norman. The film will be accompanied by cast members and will encourage audience participation. Viewers should prepare for an exciting night with the cult classic. Tickets are available at The Standing Buffalo Indian Art Gallery and Gifts across from Sooner Theatre. Call 405-818-7238 for more information. -Christy Shuler/The Daily
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Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009 SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Do not deliberately place yourself in a difficult situation, but if you find yourself in one, you’ll handle everything with grace and ease. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- This is one of those days when everything is an opportunity for you. More fortunate than usual, you’ll turn the worst type of situation into a winner. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- An excellent alliance or partnership can be formed for a material purpose if you get linked up with someone who believes he or she is lucky. A positive attitude makes things happen. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- A good outlook will do wonders for you right now concerning most anything you want. If that’s your mindset, now is the time to deal with a critical matter. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -Know that you won’t be battling alone in a competitive situation that everyone is fighting over. A behind-the-scenes booster will cover your back and is likely to turn the tide your way. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Now is the day to attempt to clear up a disturbing social matter. You’ll have great luck turning out the situation exactly as you wish.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- The possibilities for fulfilling an ambitious career matter are better than usual. Take it upon yourself to do everything you believe you can accomplish, and good things should happen. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- You’re the type of person who likes to include other people in whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish -- and if they successfully help you out, you won’t hesitate to credit them. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Take a serious look at any financial or investment proposal brought to you. If things look feasible and you have the money, give serious consideration to becoming part of the deal. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Don’t be afraid to think big because size serves to awaken your potential. If you believe something is worth taking a risk and you’re capable of doing it, get moving without any hesitation. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Be hopeful and expectant concerning the outcome of events that could enhance your material security or add to your resources. Dame Fortune is likely to make a nice contribution to your holdings. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Your easygoing disposition can handle sticky situations that would overpower others, so don’t hesitate to walk into one that others might consider too hot to handle. You’ll do fine.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
STUDENT FILMMAKERS WORK TO COMPLETE TRILOGY ON NO BUDGET DUSTY SOMERS Daily Staff Writer
Ryan Lawson is angry, and it’s all because of clowns. Pacing back and forth, he suddenly begins mercilessly thrashing an inflatable clown pushed up against the wall. His friend, Jack Patchell, dressed top to bottom in a matching blue pajama set, is standing near the door way, looking concerned. Patchell is trying to reason with his friend, calm him down. He’s giving an impassioned plea for him to just let it go when the two can’t take it anymore and burst into laughter. Welcome to the production of a student film. Writers, directors, co-stars: the same two guys. Location: a cluttered garage with posters of films and scantily clad models on the wall. Budget: what budget? “[Making a film] is tough, but it’s fun,” said Lawson, a graduate of the film and video studies program. “If you can make movies at this level, you can only imagine what you can do when you get to the next level.” Lawson and Patchell, a film and video studies senior, are currently shooting the second in a trilogy of clown revenge films. The idea was spawned out of necessity — the first time around, they only had a single day to conceive, shoot and edit a short film as part of a Student Film Production Club 24-hour film blitz. Now, they’ll have more time to tell the stor y of a pair of friends who accidentally wrong a clown and are tortured as a result. Parts two and three are being filmed simultaneously. “You get ideas at 24-hour film festivals that can’t be fully developed,” Lawson said. “Art just can’t happen in 24 hours.” Not that a revenge story involving clowns is the most artful subject, Lawson is quick to admit. “On the surface, it’s really shallow, but I like to think about it as the injustices of society,” he said, noting how people in masks or costume are often regarded as less than human. The inconsequential nature of the subject doesn’t bother Patchell, who sees making a film as a learning experience and a steppingstone to eventual greater things, he said. “What we use to kill the clowns could one day be used to kill soldiers in a very moving war epic,” Patchell said. In many respects, the production is a two-man show, with Lawson and Patchell doing most of the work behind and in front of the camera. Still, up to 20 people will be involved at some point in production, and
that means making a no-budget film is a learning experience in people skills as much as lighting or composition technique, Patchell said. “When you’re making a movie with no money, everyone is there as a favor to you,” Patchell said. “[You’re at] the bottom of the power structure.” Still, finding help isn’t too difficult thanks to the Student Film Production Club, which is open to students of all majors and has helped break down barriers between different disciplines, Patchell said. Bethany Magley, a film and video studies sophomore and member of the club, was there on set to help in any way she could, whether unpacking sound equipment or setting up lights. Still, the movie centers on Lawson and Patchell, or rather, outlandish parodies of them. “This movie’s like an extreme version of us,” Patchell said. Patchell tends toward the realistic and dramatic, while Lawson likes the surreal and whimsical, Lawson said. The film tries to incorporate both those sensibilities, he said. The current scene requires each to play to his strengths — Lawson is uninhibited and Patchell is just trying to be reasonable. The two rehearse their conflict, each making notes on his script. Lawson is preparing a rant on how an all-clown society is imminent. Patchell is running through an anecdote about how some peoples consider clowns to be deities. They coach one another and themselves. “I’ve got to get in the right mindframe to do this right,” Patchell said. Lawson advises him to play it natural. “You’re tired,” Lawson said. “Try not to act. Just treat me like me.” The scene will culminate in Lawson taking an ax to the inflatable clown’s head, so everything has to be right. Lawson and Patchell hope to have their film completed by mid-November. They’ll show it at a future 24-hour film blitz to demonstrate the further work that can be generated from a short-term idea. Each film helps make the subsequent one better, Lawson said. As the two prepare to start rolling the camera, Lawson remembers something. He runs back inside the house, emerging a few moments later with a plastic spray bottle. He feverishly douses himself with water, creating the illusion of a sweaty fury. “Makeup!” Patchell said, pointing to Lawson’s impromptu addition. “ The future of Oklahoma’s film industry right here.”
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Jack Patchell films Ryan Lawson during production of their student film.
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Ryan Lawson performing during a scene in his student film.
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Ryan Lawson, Jack Patchell and Bethany Magley working on a camera during production of student film.
Published on Oct 28, 2009