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University and Kansas State University to benefit their engineering programs, according to a press release published on OU’s website on Oct. 22. Each school received around $70 from the gift. ARIANNA PICKARD This year, the funds permitted the doubling of Campus Reporter the number of incoming students at OU’s College of OU’s College of Engineering has received a $70 million Engineering in a summer camp to boost retention gift from an Oklahoma City company to support retention through math readiness, team projects and orientation scholarships and other methods of increasing the engi- to college life, according to the release. neering workforce. Dolese Bros. is Oklahoma’s largest supplier of The Oklahoma City-based Dolese Bros. Co. donated more than $200 million of its stock to OU, Oklahoma State SEE GIFT PAGE 2


Sooner works on portable phone charger Student working towards solving dead devices with Mobile Oasis charging MELODIE LETTKEMEN Campus Reporter


Be it a hectic school and work schedule or a dead phone, nothing can slow down entrepreneurship and supply chain management junior Brent Bowles. That’s why Bowles started working on a new device to keep phones charged and people connected even without an outlet. Bowles Ventures, his limited liability company, is putting the finishing touches on Mobile Oasis, a project involving phone chargers. Bowles hesitated to reveal all the details but said he is testing products currently and hopes to have a product on the market before the semester is over. “When you go to a football game, concert or anything like that, and your phone dies, what do you do?” he said. “Whether you’re working or connecting socially and you want to make plans after, you have no way to do that.” He’s currently working on a solution to that problem and trying to bring a product to market that’s going to be a little different. For the first month of this semester, Bowles began running surveys to get an idea of how Mobile Oasis might be received by students. “I wanted to find out if I’m the only one with [phone battery life] problems to make sure I’m not crazy,” he said. Some of his survey data showed that 86 percent of respondents wished they had a way to charge their phone away from home or the car and 90 percent wanted their phone charged more quickly, he said. Bowles credits his momentum with the time management skills he developed from his studies, recognizing how limited his time is with so much to do. “You think you realize what’s important,” he said. “Where you invest your time, that’s what classes provide. In the real world, it’s about getting things done. When you look at the greats, they were always about getting things done, even if it flopped.” Despite a lack of time, Bowles cannot slow down even with an array of odd jobs and an internship taking three days of his week, he said. And his projects are entirely self-funded, he said. Shaun McMahan, an engineering junior, lives with Bowles and sees firsthand how busy he is. “It seems like every day he gets home and either studies or sleeps,” McMahan said. “He is not home very often. He leaves at 7:30 a.m. and usually doesn’t get back till 7 p.m.” Bowles said he relies heavily on energy supplements to

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No new stolen car parts Bazaar to be held on Oval Outbreak of part thefts has subsided KELLY ROGERS

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No new thefts have been reported since Sooners were notified Friday morning about an outbreak of stolen catalytic converters from campus parking lots. These types of thefts have happened on campus before, but have been spread out and random, said OU Police Major Bruce Chan. Chan said he doesn’t know why so many car parts were stolen last week, but students should be aware of their surroundings and report any

suspicious behavior they see to avoid more thefts in the future. Chan said the emergency notifications many students are receiving via text message is a very useful tool to inform the student body, and is just one of the many tools OU provides to ensure the safety of their students. From Oct. 21 to Friday, five catalytic converters were reportedly stolen from cars parked in parking lots on and near the OU campus, according to a text alert from OUPD. A mass text from OU’s Emergency Communication System was sent Friday morning around 11 a.m. to notify students about the

outbreak of catalytic converter thefts. Catalytic converters contain precious metals that can be re-sold to scrap yards, said Ashley Spores, an employee at Performance Muffler. Spores said their employees have repaired two cars involved in last week’s thefts, belonging to an OU staff member and student. Both of these vehicles were Toyota 4Runners, a popular target for this kind of part theft because of how elevated they are, Spores said. “These cars have been targets of this kind of theft for years,” Spores said. “They’re

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International Advisory Committee to host event SIMENG DAI

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Students will showcase their nationalities with apparel, jewelry, handmade items and native foods representing their cultures at an annual event 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday on the South Oval. The International Bazaar, held by the International Advisory Committee each fall, showcases the many nationalities on campus through culturally adorned booths and musical performances, said Hillary Medina, IAC president and international security studies senior. Items representing various cultures will be for sale, and there will also be a scavenger hunt, musical and cultural performances and kids’ activities, Medina said. Twenty-three international

organizations participate in the bazaar, making it the largest multicultural event of the fall semester, Medina said. “I would say hundreds of students come and go during the event over the course of the day,” Medina said. Mariam Ghassan Edwar, architectural engineering senior, participated in the Bazaar last year as the president of the Arab Student Association. Edwar, who is from Baghdad, Iraq, along with fellow association members, displayed traditional hats and scarves from their native countries in the Middle East, he said. The members sold about 20 items and provided free snacks to attract passing students. Eunji Lee, accounting junior, participated in the bazaar last year as the president of The United World Student Association. ”It was a great idea to integrate with the local community and the general body of the university,” Lee said.

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keep himself awake because he won’t even let fatigue stop him. “It’s a lot of long days and nights. I don’t usually go to bed until after midnight,� Bowles said. “Since I’m in school, I don’t have as much technical know-how, so sometimes it is slow-going.� Initially interested in political science, Bowles had not really considered entrepreneurship, he said. During his senior year of high school, Bowles attended E-Week, a program hosted by the Price College of Business’s Center for Entrepreneurship. The program focuses on introducing Oklahoma high school students to the world

of entrepreneurship and teach them business leaderships skills, according to the program’s website. For Bowles, it was a turning point. “[Entrepreneurship] was something I was interested in, I just didn’t totally realize it until that camp,� he said. Now into his junior year, Bowles feels he can make a difference w ith entrepreneurship. “I come from a family of teachers and educators, so the whole 9 to 5 job is something that’s expected, and that’s fine,� he said. “But I feel you can work for 40 years, get a watch, a ring and a plaque on the wall. But I don’t care if it has my name HEATHER BROWN/THE DAILY on it. I want something to Brent Bowles, entrepreneurship junior, demonstrates the use of of his change the status quo.� portable charger.

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CENSORED CENSORSHIP AT GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY Our View: The truth should never be censored.

out. We don’t believe any adviser should have the authority to so It’s Oct. 16, 4:36 p.m. Grambling State University journalism se- much control over a publication that is written and put together nior David Lankster, Sr., sends out the first of a series of tweets that by students for students — it’s called a student newspaper for a reason. would spark the Gramblinite controversy, a situation lined with Let’s recap the puzzle pieces we have so far: online editor suspicion, censorship and moral injustice. Lankster tweets certain pictures and ends up getting fired, voices You may have heard of Gramblinite’s football team, but that editor Kimberly Monroe gets involved in a school rally organized isn’t the only thing from the university stealing headlines across by the school’s Student Government Association president and the U.S. these last couple of weeks. Like OU has The Oklahoma gets suspended for participation, and Peters is entitled to Daily, Grambling State has a school newspaper called The do what she wants with the paper. Gramblinite. The Our View On Oct. 16, Lankster started chronologically tweeting The Gramblinite’s online editor was originally fired, and is the majority opinion of pictures he and the sports editor were able to get of the the voices opinion, also known as the opinion editor, was The Daily’s athletic facilities’ physical conditions, including tiles that temporarily suspended. What did they do to deserve these nine-member were missing, mold on the walls and the beat-up workout actions, you might ask? It wasn’t for inappropriate articles editorial board equipment. filled with libel. It wasn’t for making up false identities The issue was one that few, if anyone outside of the to incorporate in their articles and columns. No. It was a I feel like everything football team, knew about. The pictures triggered the stampede, form of intimidation and punishment for doing what journalists that’s done in the but it wasn’t the only thing stirring up a storm between the studo, what these two students did — report the truth. dark will come to dents and the administration. A rally was organized in an effort This public university is located in Grambling, La. These stuthe light.” to call on the administration to come forward with a clear story dents’ story caught our attention when we heard they were fired and suspended for working in the best interest of their fellow stu- of what was going on, because students knew something wasn’t DAVID LANKSTER SR., JOURNALISM SENIOR AT dents. Because their motives were to clear the confusion on cam- right. GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY pus regarding what was going on with the school’s football pro“People across campus were trying to get an idea of what was gram and athletic department’s poor facility conditions, they got going on with the football team when there was no practice on in trouble by their adviser. Wednesday and commotion on Thursday,” Lankster Sr. said. The newspaper’s adviser, Wanda Peters, The first article published about the school issue was published is in charge of the student publicaby the Shreveport Times. According to Lankster, the article tion. While students work hard to published inaccurately quoted the school’s SGA president on put together a finished product the matter, and the SGA president was furious. each week, no page makes it to the “The SGA president came to the newsroom late Wednesday printer without going through her while we were trying to get the paper out, and he said, ‘this first. She has the ultimate power is not what I said,’” Lankster said. to approve or not approve the He claimed the administration was putting out a differcontent that fills each page, and ent story, one that didn’t reflect the truth, but, rather, one if she doesn’t like something, that sugar-coated the football team’s circumstances and she’ll advise the edireasonings for not attending practices or games. tors to take it


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Grambling State University students speak at a College Media Association conference session Friday, Oct. 25, to speak to other college newspapers about the controversy at their school.


I learned from this experience that I should’ve spoken sooner.” KIMBERLY MONROE, GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY GRADUATE

This is where Monroe approached muddy waters. Her involvement with the rally landed her in Peter’s office shortly after, where she was told she would be temporarily suspended. But Monroe wasn’t just temporarily suspended for participating in the rally, she also had caused tension between her and Peters when she decided to run an article written by the SGA president himself. “The SGA president came in (the newsroom) upset and had his USB, saying, ‘this needs to be printed,’” Monroe said. She said the SGA president wrote a letter correcting the mistakes the media had made, and since she had room to publish it on her page, she was more than happy to run it. The weekly newspaper’s print editions are printed every Thursday. That Thursday, however, no one was reading the SGA president’s note — it never made it to print. “Thursday evening, he called and was like, ‘Kim, did you see the paper?’” Monroe said. “So I picked up a paper, and I saw that (Peters) had replaced his portion with an AP story, an editorial roundup.” While something like this should’ve been expected, it is ridiculous that this is a common occurrence at this school newspaper in the first place. The adviser, who also is a professor, has clearly never taken an ethics class before — she deliberately swapped the stories because of her disapproval of it running and a hidden agenda. Not only is that poor journalism, that is pure censorship, violating the students’ First Amendment rights and hindering the truth from being exposed. A student-run newspaper needs to be controlled by students, not a biased adviser. Advisers should be there to offer advice and support the nature of the news organization, not censor content. Here at The Daily, our adviser sits in our editorial meetings and offers suggestions, brainstorming to help us to create the best product each day. These students haven’t worked with another adviser, so until this issue gained national coverage, they hadn’t realized it wasn’t the most functional way of running a newspaper. “We’ve grown under this woman, we’ve never worked for

• Wanda Peters is still the newspaper’s adviser for the time being and Lankster said that probably won’t change. At the CMA Conference, however, it was suggested the students at The Gramblinite take more control of their product and

another publication,” Lankster said. “So we’re thinking this is the way to go. After you do your personal round of edits, put it on the page and after the copy editors, then it’s Ms. Peter’s turn.” Monroe and Lankster spoke in a session at this fall’s College Media Association conference held in New Orleans that several members of The Daily’s editorial board attended over the weekend. In order to be fair, we attempted to get in touch with Peters several times, leaving messages and calling during the last week. She has yet to reply. Lankster and Monroe found the conference to be eye-opening after seeing and hearing other student editors’ responses during the session. Student editors from college papers across the country attended the conference. Now that the two have been exposed to the procedures other newspapers work with, they’re consider making some changes to how their own school newspapers run. As of Tuesday, Monroe decided that, regardless of the recent issues at the paper, she is going back to work there and will continue to do her job. Lankster said he most likely will continue to work at the paper as well. Both students said even if they knew they would have to go through these rings of fire, they would do it all over again. The pictures made the administration upset, but the conditions needed to be known about. The SGA president’s words needed to be accurately portrayed, and people deserve to know the truth. “There’s no censoring the truth, and I think Ms. Peters overstepped her boundaries,” Lankster said. We applaud Monroe and Lankster for their desire to expose the truth, regardless of the consequences. No one should ever be afraid to speak up, whether you are a student or out in the real world. It is pathetic that censorship is taking place in college newspapers, but this story encourages us to prevent that here at The Daily and encourage other college newspapers to continue informing the public with the truth.

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“Spectrum : The Art of Culture, Fashion and Dance” isn’t going to be an average fashion show. Matthew Griffin, event coordinator and senior advertising major, described it as an intertwinement of varying entertainment. The event is in conjunction with the “Libertad de Expresión” exhibit at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. “You’re going to see the best of the best of a lot of people there,” Griffin said. “Spectrum,” which will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, is the second annual fashion show on campus. The event serves as a fundraiser for the OU School of Dance. Stephanie Shelton, marketing coordinator and junior dance major, said the dance department doesn’t receive as much aid as most programs, and so this fashion show is a way for the students to earn for themselves. It’s also meant to create awareness of how intense the dance program is and what it’s capable of, she said. The event is run by the students for the students. Shelton said most of the people involved are OU students, including the models, and perhaps the only teachers involved are Mary Margaret Holt, Director of the School of Dance, and



Life & Arts Reporter


“Untitled” by Mario Carreño is part of the “Libertad de Expresión” exhibit in conjunction with the “Spectrum: The Art of Culture, Fashion and Dance” fashion show.

GO AND DO “Spectrum” fashion show When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday Where: Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Price: $10

Derrick Minter, Assistant Director and liaison sponsor for the event. The majority of the outfits on display will be from local stores on Campus Corner such as Shoetopia, Threads, Blush and Queen

of Harts Kilmyn Graf, model coordinator and M.F.A. 3rd year graduate at the OU School of Dance, said. They even managed to get a contract with Dillard’s from the Sooner Mall. Perhaps what will set this show apart from the previous one is how it is being approached. Shelton said they are now more aware of how to promote the event. Being a marketing coordinator, she has to constantly monitor social media platforms, ticket sales and other event details. Griffin said even though the first fashion show was successful, this show is doing a better job bringing

in different merchandise across Norman. The word “Spectrum” means an array of color, so the point of the show is to bring in diversity and add a sense of richness to the event, he said. This is clearly visible in the variety of entertainment lined up for the night ranging from a performance by a sorority/fraternity step team to a choreographed dance routine to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” that acts as a smooth transition to the Halloween party at the museum as well.

Even if you do not know what “steampunk” exactly is, chances are you have probably indulged in a work related to it. “Steampunk” is defined as a sub-genre where steam power is still widely used, but with elements of either science fiction, fantasy or technological developments included. No w , s t u d e n t s c a n take part in various GO AND DO events celebrating everyOctipodiCon thing steampunk. This Friday through Sunday, 2013 OctopodiCon 2013 will When: Friday through take place at the Embassy Sunday Suites right here at 2501 Conference Dr. Where: Embassy O U ’s o w n A i r s h i p Suites C r i m s o n St e a m e r s, a group that seeks to “unite Price: $50 for weekend and support Steampunk enthusiasts,” is taking an incredible interest in the event. “A few students were really into Victorian sci-fi and steampunk, so they started an ‘airship,’” Dalynda Evans, president of the Steamers, said. “They would get together to have tea, go to thrift stores, and other DIY crafts on costumes. Just last week, we had a crafting project where we made ‘steampunk pumpkins’ for Halloween.” OctopodiCon was created by Noddy Brothers of the Metropolitan Library System and OU English professor Bev Hale.


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Wrestling: How does the squad looks after its Red/White scrimmage last night? | Football: Jalen Saunders had a career game against Texas Tech.


High expectations remain for season Seven conference games left on OU schedule DEMETRIUS KEARNEY Volleyball Beat Reporter

The volleyball team is gearing up to face the Kansas State Wildcats after an impressive performance against the West Virginia Mountaineers. It ended in a three set sweep, extending the Sooners current winning streak to four. The Sooners’ dominant performance against the Mountaineers extended their winning streak and boosted them into a threeway tie for second in the Big 12 with a conference record of 6-2. The Sooners have been playing excellent volleyball lately, and as a result, they have an opportunity to dethrone the defending conference and national champ i o n Te x a s L o ng h o r n s. However, they must travel to Manhattan, Kan., for their second meeting with Wildcats. Their first match was at home in Norman on Oct. 12, and the Sooners won a tough four-set match. The win over Kansas State also would be the start of their four-game winning streak. The Sooners played great team volleyball in the first match, recording a team hitting percentage of .237 compared to the Wildcats .135. The Sooners also had three players tallying double digits in kills.

help from her teammates, most notably senior outside hitter Keila Rodriguez and freshman middle blocker Madison Ward. The increase in overall team production has been one of the biggest factors in the Sooners success. “Everyone has been getting involved, and I think that’s the biggest difference from preseason to now,” McLaurin said. “Julia (Doyle) has been doing an excellent job of setting us up to make plays and some of our younger players like Madison have really stepped up and made plays, which has been great.” Sophomore middle blocker Kierra Holst also has elevated her game as the season has progressed and has become a compliment to McLaurin in the front CHRIS JAMES/THE DAILY court. The Sooners will be depending on her to remain Redshirt freshman offensive hitter Madison Ward hits the ball against Texas Tech. The Sooners won, and are currently 6-2 in the Big 12. consistent as they make a They are about to open up the second half of conference play and hope to play even better than they did at the beginning of the season. run as the season winds d o w n . H o w e v e r, H o l s t following the dominating “Ending the first half of conference with a knows that the team can’t win over the Mountaineers. get comfortable because of AT A GLANCE However, he feels that they win is great, but we can’t get comfortable. their recent success. OU vs. Kansas still have work to do if they We all have to concentrate and fight harder “Ending the first half of State want accomplish their ul- to finish strong, and that starts with getting conference with a win is timate goals of winning a great, but we can’t get comThe game is at 7 p.m. a win against Kansas State. ” conference title and makfortable,” Holst said. “We in Manhattan, Kan., but ing a run in the NCAA all have to concentrate and will be televised on Fox KIERRA HOLST, tournament. fight harder to finish strong Sports Midwest. SOPHOMORE MIDDLE BLOCKER “With the second half and that starts with getting Source: of conference coming up, tough and talented team. dominant performance a win against Kansas State.” we are hoping to do better We have been playing very against Kansas State in than a 6-2 record,” Restrepo well, but every match is dif- their first meeting. The Allsaid. “We have to main- ferent. We are going to take American had 15 kills and Demetrius Kearney Head Coach Santiago tain the energy and contin- it one match at a time and six blocks in the win, while Restrepo has been ver y ue to keep building, and it hope to continue winning.” recording a hitting percentpleased with his team’s starts with Kansas State on S enior middle block- age of .414 — a match high. performance, especially Wednesday. They are a very er Sallie McLaurin had a McLaurin also received

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