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House discusses changes to party bus law Representative seeks to eliminate loophole for drivers who transport drinking minors CHASE COOK The Oklahoma Daily
An interim hearing Tuesday will discuss whether it should be a crime to transport minors drinking alcohol, “knowingly” or not. “Knowingly is an escape clause,” said Rep. Wallace Collins, D-Norman. “All the driver has to do is say, ‘I didn’t know what was going on.’” The current law, Senate Bill 1762 Section 1. A, states “it shall be unlawful ... to knowingly transport a minor or minors, under the age
of 21, who are in possession of or consuming alcoholic beverages.” Collins said the bill has good intentions, but the word “knowingly” provides a loophole for vehicle owners and drivers. He plans to remove that word, and to make it illegal for alcohol to be present on the bus when minors are riding. “We don’t even allow minors into a bar or bar area of a restaurant,” Collins said. “I find it ridiculous that we would allow, or not take action on, minors being on these party buses where drinking is taking place.” If passed, party bus and limousine drivers will have to crack down on underage passengers. Matt Howard, Rockstar party
bus driver, said he supports Collins and that his company already practices safety for the bus driver and the passengers. He said the company operates a zero tolerance policy on the presence of alcohol with minors by checking identification and prohibiting open containers during prom events. “It’s the responsibility of the bus driver to make sure minors aren’t drinking on the bus,” Howard said. Sen. Debbe Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City, authored the bill after high school students rented a party bus and drank while riding to the prom, according to a February press release from the
What’s next? The interim hearing has been assigned to the House Public Safety Committee and will be held 9:30 a.m. at the state Capitol, Room 432A. Senate. Her goal was to crack down on party bus companies turning a blind-eye on underage drinking. Collins said he originally made two changes to the bill. One amendment made it illegal for alcohol to be present on the bus when minors were riding, and the other removing the word
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“knowingly.” Currently, it is legal for adults to drink on the bus in the presence of minors. When the bill went back to the Senate after Collins’ changes where made, Leftwich removed them from the bill. When it was sent back to Collins, it wasn’t amendable again. The hearing is a forum for those affected by the bill — such as the liquor industry and party bus companies — and the general public to provide input on Collins’ intended changes. Collins said he wants to get information from all sides, and depending on what comes out of the meeting, he will attempt to change the law next year.
Therapy targets cancer cells OU professor develops new treatment using heat energy, oxygen to destroy affected cells ROHAID ALI The Oklahoma Daily
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Sooner mascot Boomer celebrates with fans after the OU football team defeated the Longhorns, 28-20, in Dallas. The Sooners built a 21-7 lead in the first half, and then weathered Texas’ attack to hold on for the victory. OU now heads into a bye week with a 5-0 record and ranked No. 6 in the nation. For complete game coverage, see page 7.
Students find supportive network in siblings The five Bober siblings have found individual identities while still remaining a close-knit family KATHLEEN EVANS The Oklahoma Daily
Five current OU students were Sooner born and bred, but pay out-of-state tuition. Kacy Bober and her siblings — Makenna, and triplets Callie, Corrie and Colin — grew up in a Sooner household in Oklahoma before moving to Katy, Texas, for their father’s work. Their whole family, including their mother, aunts, uncles and cousins, are all Sooners. “All five of us have always worked while in school to help with books or tuition or anything else we wanted to do,” Kacy said. “It’s hard having five people in school at the same time, but OU’s been really, really generous toward us.” This semester, they received the Sooner Heritage scholarship, a scholarship OU
awards to about 2,500 students in financial on your own, but you had your sister or your need each year, according to OU Financial brother.” Services. Even as the only boy, Colin said he never Despite the financial challenges of having felt left out or picked on. five people in school at the “We all get along really well,” he same time, the Bobers said said, laughing. “Of course if we had It’s nice to always dirt on each other, we’d use it.” they enjoy going to school tohave someone gether because it provides a His first day at OU, Colin, busisupport system. ness senior and one of the triplets, to hang out with “Our whole family went to said he got lost on campus but ranand have that OU,” said Kacy, the oldest and domly ran into two of his siblings, support system.” who helped him find his way and current business graduate student. “Our parents were always ate lunch with him. He’s also had — KACY BOBER, open to us going anywhere we to get his car jumped before, and wanted. They always secretly having four people to rely on really BUSINESS wanted us to come here, of GRADUATE STUDENT helped out. course.” Callie, human rela“It’s nice to always have sometions senior, said she did have thoughts about one to hang out with and have that support going to another university but couldn’t resist system,” Kacy said. “Even with [general educacoming to OU. tion] classes, we help each other out because “I think it helps because you always have your comfort zone,” said Makenna, a firstyear law student. “It wasn’t just you going out SEE FAMILY PAGE 2
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In 2010, 40,000 individuals will die from breast cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. One OU professor says he may have a device to target cancer cells more accurately, pending FDA approval. When dealing with isolated cancer cells, Dr. Chuanbin Mao said the shotgun approach of chemotherapy is inadequate because it affects other parts of body besides cancerous cells. Photothermal therapy, the treatment he developed, sends gold nanorods into cancerous cells. Once many have made it inside the cells, a neoinfrared laser targets the cancerous cells with the gold nanorods to initiate the heating process. Gold can convert the light energy from the laser into heat energy, destroying the cancer cells by burning them from the inside, said Mao, chemistry professor. Scientists have known that gold has optical properties that allow it to convert light energy into heat energy since 1854. Gold is superior to copper and silver when it comes to these optical qualities, said Penghe Quio, a Ph.D. candidate from China. It has never been used for the treatment of breast cancer. The other method Mao is researching is photodynamic therapy, which uses a drug to kill the cancer cell by converting normal oxygen into a lethal variety. “The drug we are using is known as a photosynthesizer,” Mao said. “Once it is activated by the neoinfrared light, it converts the oxygen into singlet oxygens; these are fatal to the cancerous cells.” Photodynamic therapy is in clinical trials around the world, but Mao’s lab is the first to use phages as “carriers” for this drug. A phage is a SEE RESEARCH PAGE 2
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Today around campus Âť Graduation Gear-Up will take place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Unionâ€™s Beaird Lounge. Âť Ballroom dance class will take place 2 to 10 p.m. in the Unionâ€™s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom. Âť Pre-Medical Profession Club will meet 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Unionâ€™s Weitzenhoffer Room.
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some of us have taken those classes.â€? Three of them, Makenna, Callie and Colin, live together at a house, a kind of focal point for the family. â€œ[Kacy and Corrie] live apart, but they still come over to the house like 24/7, even for only 10 minutes to say hi and then bye,â€? Callie said. All five of them are active in extracurricular activities, such as Panhellenic A s s o c i a t i o n a n d O U â€™s Association of Disabled Students, Kacy said. â€œWeâ€™re all super, super busy, but we try to have dinner together at the house,â€? Kacy said. â€œWe always go to football games together.â€? Even being around the family so often, Corrie, health and exercise sciences and psychology senior, said she doesnâ€™t feel any pressure to live with them and still manages to be her own person. â€œIâ€™m a very independent soul,â€? Corrie said. â€œThatâ€™s the
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Left to right: Callie, human relations senior; Corrie, health and exercise sciences senior; Colin, business administration senior; Makenna, first-year law student; and Kacy Bober, business graduate student, stand together Sept. 27 on campus. All five members of the Bober family attend OU.
only way to describe me. I wanted to go out on my own and see what it was like.â€? After graduation, some of the Bobers plan on staying at OU. Colin said he hopes to attend OU law school next year. Callie graduates
in December and is not sure what she wants to do. Corrie said she wants to attend graduate school for athletic training but that OU doesnâ€™t have a program for it, so she will have to go somewhere else away from her
family for the first time. â€œI have too much OU pride. I donâ€™t really want to cheer for another school,â€? she said. â€œBeing apart from them [my siblings] is going to be weird, but I think it will be a good experience.â€?
Âť Graduation Gear-Up will take place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Unionâ€™s Beaird Lounge. Âť Race for the Cure registration will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Union. Âť Christians on Campus Bible Study will take place noon to 12:45 p.m. in the Unionâ€™s Sooner Room.
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Âť Interviewing to Get the Job will take place 1:30 to 2 p.m. in the Unionâ€™s Associates Room. Âť Student Success Series will host a session on managing reading assignments 3 to 4 p.m. in Wagner Hall, Room 245.
Wednesday, Oct. 6 Âť â€œFinancial Planning,â€? presented by Edward Jones, will take place noon to 12:30 p.m. in the Unionâ€™s Heritage Room. Âť Christians on Campus will host a Bible Study from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. in the Unionâ€™s Sooner Room. Âť Student Success Series will host a time management session 2 to 3 p.m. in Adams Towerâ€™s Housing Learning Center. Âť Career Services will host â€œInterviewing to Get the Jobâ€? from 3:30 to 4 p.m. in the Unionâ€™s Heritage Room. Âť Movie Night with the Society of Portuguese Speakers will take place 6 to 8 p.m. in the Unionâ€™s Meacham Auditorium. Âť OU Salsa Club will host a four-week salsa training session 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Unionâ€™s Frontier Room.
microorganism whose size is in the nanometer range. â€œWe are able to manipulate the gene ne sequence within the phage to present nt different proteins on the surface. Once ce we figure out which proteins bind best est to the breast cancer cells, we conju-gate the proteins onto the photosynthesizer drug or gold nanorods,â€? Mao said. These unique proteins will allow w the nanorods or photosynthesizer drugs to bind only to the cancerous cells. The normal cells will not be affected, he said. â€œWe know we will destroy cancer cells once we see a scattering affect on the imaging
systems,â€? said Gopal Abbineni, a Ph.D. candidate in Maoâ€™s lab. â€œGold nanorods and photosynthesizer drugs have properties that allow us to track them as they make their way through a body.â€? throu Abbineni said there is currently no drug A on the market which can offer both imaging and treatment therapy for breast agi cancer. can Maoâ€™s team said they predict phototthermal will be approved by the FDA for clinical trials in less than 10 years. He has received $3.2 million in ggrants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and other foundations to continue research with both approaches since joining OU in 2005, said Naveen Gandra, a postdoctoral fellow in Maoâ€™s lab.
Breast cancer awareness Âť More than 1 in 4 cancers in women are breast cancers Âť There are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. Âť The ratio of female to male breast cancer diagnoses is 100 to 1 *Sources: American Cancer Society, breastcancer.org, Susan G. Komen for the Cure
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Âť Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art will host a studentopening party featuring Bruce Goff: â€œA Creative Mindâ€? from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the art museum. Âť The Student Film Production Club will meet at 8 p.m. in the Film Video Studies Student Lounge.
Thursday, Oct. 7 Âť Career Services will host a business etiquette seminar 1:30 to 2 p.m. in the Unionâ€™s Governors Room. Âť Student Success Series will host â€œTips for Talking to Your Professorâ€? from 3 to 4 p.m. in Wagner Hall, Room 245. Âť The Baptist Student Union will host Paradigm from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Unionâ€™s Meacham Auditorium. Âť EPIC Bible Study will take place 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Unionâ€™s Louise Houchin Room.
Friday, Oct. 8 Âť The Unionâ€™s Movie Night will feature â€œEclipseâ€? at 4, 7, 10 and 11:50 p.m. in the Unionâ€™s Meacham Auditorium.
Âť This day in OU history
Oct. 4, 1989 Gibbs teaches on Bedlam 101 In the week before the OU-OSU game, head football coach Gary Gibbs presented his first installment of â€œBedlam Football History 101.â€? Gibbs went over the strategies from previous years and claimed the upcoming face-off would be a game to remember. OU went on to win the game 37-15 in front of a crowd of 74,160 people, beating OSU for the 13th year in a row. Gibbs coached at OU until 1994 and is now an assistant coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. *Source: The Oklahoma Daily archives
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WORLD NEWS BRIEFS 1. Havana
Cuba may free more political prisoners into exile, activist says Cuba’s government has contacted about a dozen islanders jailed for crimes against the shadowy state-security apparatus and asked if they would be willing to accept freedom in return for leaving their homeland, a leading human rights activist said. Agents from the Ministry of the Interior have visited about 12 political prisoners in their cells in recent days and offered them the chance to go free as long as they accept exile, said Elizardo Sanchez, head of the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation. Sanchez said Saturday that he received the information from relatives of some of the prisoners who had been offered the deal. ___
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Police name suspects in dual car bombings at nation’s capital Police in Nigeria have named two suspects in the dual car bombings that struck the nation’s capital Friday. A statement issued Sunday by Nigeria’s police force identifies the suspects as Ben Jessy and Chima Orlu. The dual car bombings killed at least 12 people in Nigeria’s capital of Abuja. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, a militant group operating in the country’s oil-rich southern delta, claimed responsibility for the attack. ___
Building wall topples; kills 8 A four-story building under construction in China’s northwest collapsed, killing at least eight people, state media said Sunday. Eight workers were killed and three others were injured when the residential building toppled Saturday in Xi’an, the capital of northwestern Shaanxi province, the Xinhua News Agency said. A community official said substandard construction material may have caused the collapse, Xinhua reported. It said police were searching for two contractors who fled the scene. — AP
3 colonels investigated after police protest ends in deaths Thursday’s police revolt causes at least 5 deaths, injures nearly 200 people QUITO, Ecuador — Three police colonels were under criminal investigation Saturday for failing to prevent a massive protest by their subordinates against President Rafael Correa that spun out of control, claiming at least five lives. The three are being investigated for negligence, rebellion and attempted assassination, said Prosecutor Gonzalo Marco Freire. Ordered arrested on Friday, they were released Saturday on their own recognizance by a judge who barred them from leaving the country. F re i re s a i d t h e t h re e “should have known what their subordinates were doing.” The police colonels are Quito’s metropolitan police chief; the provincial police commander; and the head of the barracks where Correa was roughed up and tear gassed when he went to confront angry police. Under the state of siege declared during Thursday’s unrest, their 24-hour detention could have been extended indefinitely. The state of siege expires today, but could be renewed. Correa contends the daylong revolt by hundreds of police over benefit cuts, which turned violent and ended with him being spirited out of a hospital in a shootout between loyal troops and rebels, amounted to a coup attempt. However, no one ever stepped forward Thursday to
People carry the casket containing the remains of Juan Pablo Bolanos — a student killed during a police revolt — during his funeral service Saturday in Quito, Ecuador. Thursday’s police revolt caused at least five deaths, injured nearly 200 people and briefly paralyzed the nation.
identify themselves as leading the revolt. And, though several hundred soldiers briefly shut down Ecuador’s two main airpor ts, the military high command remained loyal. In his weekly television address Saturday, Correa said authorities intercepted radio transmission during the insurrection in which “kill Correa, kill the president” is heard. Correa said one of the fatalities of Thursday’s violence was a police officer who was escorting the SUV in which the president was spirited out of a hospital where he’d been trapped all day by rebel cops. Images the government provided of the vehicle on Friday show it was hit by five bullets, four on the hood and one that damaged the windshield.
On Saturday, Correa attended the funeral of a student killed during the rescue mission. He declared himself “destroyed” by the loss of life, but he said he considered the outcome “a political victory for the government.” Correa, a 47-year-old leftist economist and ally of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, reiterated during his television address his promise that “there will be neither forgiveness nor forgetting” for Thursday’s events, the most serious and only violent challenge to his nearly four-year-presidency. Correa has brought unusual political stability to Ecuador, a traditionally volatile Andean nation of 14 million that saw eight presidents in the decade before he won the November 2006 election. — AP
Ecuador President Rafael Correa, speaks during his weekly broadcast at the government palace Saturday in Quito, Ecuador. Correa called Thursday’s violent protest, which ended with him being escorted out of a hospital during a shootout between loyal troops and rebels, a coup attempt.
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Housing and Food, give us more options In Thursday’s article about food prices at money at their own discretion, resourceXcetera, a convience store in Walker Center, ful students could save about $800 per Housing and Food Services Director Dave semester. Annis said the store’s items are priced Another thing Housing and Food ought higher than at off-campus competitors to to change or completely do away with is balance the department’s budget. the weekly meal exchange cycle. He said the store must compensate for Students could be better served if they the loss of revenue that has resulted from were given a set number of meals per seallowing students to use meal points at mester that match the maximum number other locations, most recently at conces- of meals each plan ideally offers. sion stands during home football games at Resident advisers and upperclassmen the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. have this option. Why can’t they do it for This may mean fewer students use their freshmen? points at Xcetera, which is the store’s main If a student with six meal exchanges source of revenue because a week wants to take one meal point is worth one his family out to Couch dollar. Restaurants during A 110-pound girl Thus the prices are highParent’s Weekend, there’s probably isn’t going to er than at most off-campus a good chance he or she stores. could use the majority eat the same amount We understand the logic of the exchanges for that as a 220-pound former of Xcetera’s dilemma, but week. football player. And it raises many other quesT h e s t u d e nt w o u l d because they’re not tions about Housing and then have to use 10 meal Food Services meal options points if he or she wished eating the same, they for students. to dine at the cafeteria shouldn’t be paying the Consider the fact that again that week, which same.” every freshman living on can be daunting to a stucampus is required to purdent looking to conserve chase an expensive meal his or her points. plan. They are $1,771 per semester. Meal points are confusing in other ways Each plan costs the same and only differs as well. in how many meal exchanges and meal At the end of the semester, everyone with points are allotted to the students. a meal plan will either be out of points or A 110-pound girl probably isn’t going to scrambling to spend them, because, aceat the same amount as a 220-pound for- cording to its website, Housing and Food mer football player. And because they’re doesn’t allow points to roll over from senot eating the same, they shouldn’t be pay- mester to semester. ing the same. However, we’re skeptical about this beFreshmen shouldn’t be forced to buy cause points have rolled over every year a costly meal plan. They should have a we’ve been here. choice. If they’re going to change their mind and As upperclassmen, we know a student decide points can roll over in November, can survive spending less money each students should be notified at the beginsemester. ning of the semester and in contracts. Housing’s plan has students paying In Thursday’s article, Annis said things about $450 a month, and many students are the way they are, because “at the time, pay their entire housing and food bill at the you are responding to what students are beginning of the semester. asking for. You’re trying to give them as This means students likely pay quite a bit many options as you can.” of money for a plan that is hard for many to Well, these are just a few things we’ve use in its entirety. noticed that students want and could be Editors at The Daily typically spend be- changed. tween $200 to $300 a month on food at grocery stores and restaurants. Comment on this editorial at If freshmen were allowed to spend OUDaily.com
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Web tapping creates risk Wiretapping. The word has gained a bad reputation over the past few years, specifically in relation to the Patriot Act. Despite its already low standing within American vocabulary, the word is now likely to garner not only distrust but also disgust. As reported last week, the government is now seeking not only to tap phones, but everything from e-mail to Skype. What the Obama administration has proposed is a mandate that all forms of communication — yes, this includes Facebook — have the capability of being wiretapped if given the order. The federal government cites increased use of the Internet for communications by suspected criminals and terrorists, which hinders the government’s ability to track and listen in on them. If the government gets its way, this would enable them to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages. If you’re like me, you’re a bit tentative at the thought that at any point the government could follow you online were they to perceive
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you as a threat. Thus it’s a question of security over privacy. Wiretapping the Internet would entail weakening the encryption of certain sites, which simply means less protection of online information. This would weaken security for all kinds of information on the Internet. The very fact that the government can intercept and decrypt messages means that the door is more open to hackers to do so as well. As it happens, Internet purchases are among the many communications encrypted — not the sort of information most people want out there. It sounds like we will end up treating one form of criminal activity with an invitation for another. What worries me most is the fact that there are rogue groups of hackers in China apparently taking on the western world’s share of cyberspace. Multiple times, federal sites, from NASA to the Pentagon, have been
assaulted, with varying levels of success. However, their attack hasn’t been restricted to the government. Large American corporations have been hacked by these bands of Chinese, most notably Google. Yes, that’s right, one of the top Internet-based companies in the world, with presumably some of the best security, was hacked. Beyond this, there have been occasions when the hackers may have done reconnaissance for the C h i n e s e g ov e r n m e n t , which is a national security risk. Do we really want holes in our security that leave us more open to exploitation by these predatory hackers? Requiring all forms of communication to be susceptible to tapping may be a step forward in tracking potential criminals and terrorists, but it looks like two steps back in our own security. — Buck Roberson, University College freshman
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Are genetically engineered salmon a good catch? Recently, an Advisory Committee of the US Food and Drug Administration convened to discuss the authorization of genetically engineered salmon. If passed, this will mark a milestone as the first genetically engineered animal approved for human consumption. The new salmon, named AquaAdvantage and produced by Massachusetts firm AquaBountiful, will be a hybrid of Atlantic salmon, Chinook Pacific salmon and Ocean Pout, an eel like fish with the ability to live in cold waters. These genetic variants allow the salmon to grow yearround, causing the fish to reach maturity in half the time of wild salmon. Furthermore, the FDA and other watchdog groups agree that the genetiSTAFF COLUMN UMN cally engineered salmon is safe for humans to eat. Andrew Cook ook In order to analyze the potential advantages and consequences, it is necessary to understand the different variants of AquaAdvantage. To begin creating the new salmon, engineers first create a fish with two sets of chromosomes, a diploid. Then, by inserting pieces of DNA into the diploid, they are able to create a female triploid that is infertile and safe for consumption. So, what then is the problem? If you are still scratching your head, it is because you, like me, know very little of the health and environmental consequences of breeding these fish. Even scarier, the FDA seems to know little more than we do. The first problem is the study itself. Conducted by AquaBountiful, and sealed as classified information by the FDA until September, the test studied only six, yes six, triploid fish. If millions of triploid AquaAdvantage salmon are to be harvested each year, should we not look at a larger sample first? Even Nielsen knows to survey more than six people. Next, what happens if these salmon escape into natural
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breeding grounds such as Alaska and British Columbia? To be fair, AquaBountiful has made large improvements to containment technology, making the chance of exposure next to nothing. That said, wasn’t the chance of BP’s oilrig exploding or the housing bubble bursting next to nothing? With a genetic advantage over wild salmon, AquaAdvantage poses the threat of taking away already scarce food and resources from wild salmon. The sterility of triploid AquaAdvantage helps this problem; if they escape, they will eventually die out. According to Kiera Butler, Associate Editor of Mother Jones, even with the fail safe of sterility though, there is up to a 5 percent chance that the salmon would remain diploids, able to reproduce rapidly in an uncontrolled environment. Lastly, the FDA is unsure whether they will force AquaAdvantage to be labeled when sold in stores. Since AquaAdvantage looks and tastes like natural salmon, consumers will be unable to know if they are buying a potentially harmful product. That brings us back to the greatest issue with AquaAdvantage salmon: We just do not know. It is true that progress is necessary if we are to feed an everincreasing population. It is also true that genetic engineering through selective breeding is the foundation of food production, but this is the first time that scientists have merged the DNA of two animals that would never mate in nature. Since this is a fundamental shift, it is important to analyze the data and discuss the potential outcomes for more than a ELAINE THOMPSON/AP few FDA meetings. Until we know the outcome of tampering King salmon, also known as chinook, sit on ice at the Pike Place with nature, the evidence will remain fishy. Fish Market Sept. 20, in Seattle. U.S. government food regulators
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New ‘Guitar Hero’ entry fails to shake up formula After finally giving their cash cow a welldeserved break from constant milking this past year, Activision and Neversoft return to the music game genre with a somewhat new, more narratively focused direction, but “Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock” isn’t a complete departure from the old formula. The best place to begin with the game is the preposterously amusing Quest Mode. The game opens with a cutscene of The Beast doing battle with and imprisoning the “Demigod of Rock” (voiced by KISS’s Gene STAFF COLUMN MN Simmons, who also narrates the game), and only the eight AJ Lansdale le default characters in the game can liberate him. Each of these characters have a power that aids in playing songs, such as a minimum multiplier of 2x or a shield that keeps a missed note from ending a streak. About halfway through the quest, the entirety of Rush’s twenty-minute monolith “2112” must be played, split into seven separate songs. The members of Rush themselves narrate the cutscenes between each part and the animation is done incredibly well, resulting in what is easily the best part of the game. Eventually, the heroes team up to battle The Beast to a trio of Megadeth songs: “Holy Wars
... The Punishment Due,” “This Day We Fight” and “Sudden Death,” a song that frontman Dave Mustaine wrote for the game. The various powers make for a nice change of pace and also work in quickplay, and every song but “Sudden Death,” “2112” and the very final tier after “The Beast” is unlocked at the start, making it easier to pick up and play. But aside from the powers, the game works the same as “Guitar Hero 5” mechanically. While the story mode itself has improved, the soundtrack — the core of any music game — is very hit-and-miss. While there are certainly some amazing songs, like “2112,” Black Sabbath’s “Children of the Grave” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” there are some songs that don’t fit with the general theme of the game (Bush’s “Machinehead”) and some that don’t deserve to be called rock at all — including a Fall Out Boy song automatically diminishes any “rock” credibility. Many of the game’s other songs, such as Jethro Tull’s “Aqualung,” Styx’s “Renegade,” and Avenged Sevenfold’s “Bat Country,” are already on other “Guitar Hero” or “Rock Band” games, or can be downloaded for other games. Ultimately, with a soundtrack as middling as this, the game has to be innovative enough
“Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock” features a new gameplay option that gives characters special powers. The game was released on Sept. 28 for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii.
to merit a purchase. While the powers are a nice change, they could easily rub some players the wrong way. Aside from that, it’s just another “Guitar Hero” game. It’s worth a rental if you’re interested in some of the songs, but if you’re really wanting to buy a
new music game, wait for “Rock Band 3” to come out at the end of the month, and try your hand at the “Pro” instruments. — AJ Lansdale, professional writing senior
Making music not essential to musician status I took piano lessons for six years, was in choir for nine years and spent one really terrible year as a percussionist in the middle school band. In the end, I was too tone deaf to sing, too bored to practice and — let’s be real — too cool to carry my instrument on the bus every morning. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have what it takes to be a musician. Subtract the whole “must be able to create musical noise” aspect from the job description, and I pretty much could refer to myself as the artist formerly known as Caitlin Turner.
Exhibit A: Hair I recently acquired a well-respected hairstyle known on this side of the pond as bangs (opposite side of the pond calls it fringe, idiots). It doesn’t matter if you are Zooey Deschanel or Karen O — bangs are a girls ticket to irrefutable coolness. They look great on stage while you flip your head around like a bee is attacking your face, or in a music video with a little sweat added to them so that they stick to your forehead in a disheveled, yet attractive way.
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I am not planning on making a dress out of Beanie Babies anytime soon, but I do know a Caitlin thing or two about putting an outfit together Turner that says three parts thrift store, two parts local designer and one part Hot Topic, but no one needs to know. I often spend hours in my room designing clothing choices that would only be appropriate to wear on a Bonnaroo stage. Sometimes I look in the mirror and think, What is this ensemble missing? Bass guitar.” I have at least three solid tattoo ideas, and all of them have both a high visibility and a high regret-ability level.
Exhibit C: Attitude As a Leo, my desire to be in the spotlight at all times is downright nauseating. Combine that with my natural talent of forcing people to like me, and you’ve got yourself the next Tina Turner/Amy Winehouse/Dolly Parton — minus the spousal
abuse, drug abuse and boobs. I just don’t have the stomach for any of that stuff — literally. Also, I have spent many years surrounded by musicians. Most of the guys I dated were in some way musically inclined — even my elementary school boyfriend turned out to be a musical theater major and trust me, I knew that he was going to be a musical theater major well before he did, if you know what I mean.
Exhibit D: Interviewing skills Most important question: “Who are you listening to right now?” My answer: one band that no one had ever heard of and has no way of ever hearing, one band from Oklahoma (repping till I die) and one throwback to my grandparents’ childhood just to show versatile of a listener I am. — Caitlin Turner, letters senior
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Senior running back DeMarco Murray (7) avoids the Texas defense during the OU-Texas football game Saturday afternoon in Dallas. The Sooners defeated the Longhorns, 28-20. year, we lost these kind of games,” senior defensive end Jeremy Beal said. “But I think a lot of the guys from last year learned from it, and the older guys have led the team to win these games.” Stoops made sure to emphasize that the teams OU has played this season are by no means pushovers, giving more credibility to the Sooners’ start. “Four of the five teams
we’ve beaten were bowl teams a year ago,” Stoops said. OU’s last two games have displayed the importance of taking advantage of the opposition’s mistakes to win close games. Against Cincinnati, late turnovers by the rallying Bearcats allowed the Sooners to hold on for a two-point win. Saturday, the Longhorn’s failure to recover a late fumble by redshirt sophomore
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Coach Bob Stoops said the Sooners are making their games closer than they need to be, but at 5-0, there are definitely worse problems to have. “I can’t see 5-0 as a bad thing,” senior linebacker Travis Lewis said. “I’ll take a win by three, by one or by 20. It doesn’t matter.” OU defeated then-No. 21 Texas on Saturday in the Cotton Bowl by a 28-20 margin, making it the fourth game the Sooners have won this season by only one score. The lone exception is the 47-17 win over Florida State in the second game of the year. The good thing for the Sooners in 2010 is their fortune in these close games has been completely the opposite of what it was last year. In 2009, OU’s first four losses came by a total of 12 points, with one-point losses to Brigham Young and Miami, a three-point loss to Texas and a seven-point loss to Nebraska. In most games last year, when the Sooners won, they won big; and when they couldn’t win big, they usually lost. That pattern resulted in a five-loss season marred by wildly inconsistent performances. “L ooking back at last
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quarterback Landry Jones, coupled with a turnover by Texas on a botched punt return, allowed OU to hold on for the win. Stoops said he knows the critics will always have something to say, no matter how his team plays. But this year’s criticisms don’t seem to bother him too much. “It’s what you want, to be criticized for winning,” Stoops said. “We’re back to OU football.”
LANDRY JONES: B+ The redshirt sophomore was composed in his second Red River Rivalry. He didn’t turn the ball over — not any times that counted, anyway — and spread the ball around to his other receivers when junior wide receiver Ryan Broyles was covered. However, the almost-fumble could have changed the whole game, so he doesn’t get an A. SOONERS’ FIRST HALF: A The Sooners rolled on both sides of the ball in the first half. OU ran 57 offensive plays and the defense held Texas to several three-and-out possessions and just seven points. SOONERS’ SECOND HALF: D OU only gained 14 net rushing yards after halftime and allowed Texas to score 13 second-half points. The sudden stop of offensive production by the Sooners let the Longhorns make it a game. — James Corley/The Daily
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The Sooners continue to struggle with finishing games this season, and Saturday’s 28-20 win over Texas was no exception. The first half was lopsided in OU’s favor. The Sooners ran 57 offensive plays to Texas’ 27 and led the Longhorns at the half, 21-7. Overall, the Sooner offense benefited from its up-tempo, no huddle style that gave the ‘Horns little time to make adjustments. The story was different in the second half. OU’s offense put up zero points in the third quarter, but the defense held Texas to just three points despite several Longhorn opportunities. However, the fourth quarter was the Sooners’ worst this season statistically. Texas put up 10 points after the Sooners’ last touchdown. Had it not been for several key penalties against Texas or a lucky bounce sending a Jones fumble out of bounds, the Sooners could have been staring at a loss. The feeling of worry in the closing minutes of games is nothing new to the Sooners. Through five games this season, OU has been outscored 51-17 in the fourth quarter. In their first game of the season, the Sooners seemed to have the Utah State Aggies locked up, leading 21-10 after halftime. Instead, the Aggies scored 14 points in the third, and OU only won 31-24. Following that close call, the game against Florida State Seminoles stands as the lone exception to OU’s
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fourth-quarter troubles. The ‘Noles only scored 10 points in the fourth because they got a last-minute touchdown in garbage minutes. When Air Force came to Norman and were down 27-10 at the end of the third quarter, the Sooners let the Falcons score 14 points in the fourth quarter to pull within three points. In Ohio, where OU was a
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Texas cornerback Aaron Williams (4) sacks redshirt sophomore quarterback Landry Jones (12) and strips the ball from Jones’ hand during the OU-Texas football game Saturday in Dallas. The Sooners recovered the fumble and held on to win 28-20.
double-digit favorite over the 1-2 Cincinnati Bearcats, the Sooners were ahead 24-12 at the end of the third, but Cincinnati responded with 10 unanswered points and quickly made it a 24-22 game. Had it not been for a fumble by Bearcat receiver D.J. Woods on a punt return, the Sooners could have been looking at an even more desperate situation. After three similar struggles, OU was no longer a stranger to trouble in the fourth quarter by game time Saturday — another
game, another second half meltdown. And then, like clockwork, the Sooners got a break. At a point in the game where Texas seemed in complete control, U T’s Aaron Williams fumbled a punt return and OU recovered. The Sooners still got the win. They still remain unbeaten at 5-0. When does OU’s luck run out, if at all? Only time will tell. — Clark Foy, journalism senior
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Junior linebacker Travis Lewis celebrates with the OU-Texas trophy after the Sooners’ victory Saturday evening. The Sooners won 28-20.