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Support for domestic violence victims Groups organize events to promote Domestic Violence Awareness Month KAITLYN UNDERWOOD Campus Reporter
In a nation where one in four women experience some form of relationship violence, OU organizations are holding events this month to raise awareness about domestic violence and resources available for victims. One in four teenagers will experience some form of relationship violence, meaning many students coming to OU will have personally dealt with the issue, said Melanie Adams, programming coordinator for the Women’s Outreach Center. “We want to make sure that everyone on our campus knows that we care about the issue, we have support and we have resources available,” Adams said.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so Women’s Outreach Center employees and members of OU’s Alpha Chi Omega sorority are holding events this month to encourage discussion and education about the issue. Education is critical to helping people know the signs of domestic violence and understand that no one ever deserves to be mistreated, said Kelsey Bivins, chapter president of OU’s Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Domestic violence awareness is the sorority’s national philanthropy. Starting a conversation about the issue is also essential to raising awareness of domestic violence, Adams said. Simply talking about the issue with friends is a first step to raising awareness. “This is something that we talk about, it’s no longer a silent issue,” she said. Discussing domestic violence brings down the stigma and
AT A GLANCE Domestic violence victim resources OU Police Department: call 911 from a campus phone or 405-325-1911 from a non-campus phone. Women’s Outreach Center: call 405-325-4929 or visit the center’s website. OU Counseling and Testing Services: call 405-3252911 OU Counseling Psychology Clinic: call 405-325-2914
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Speaking up for fair trade textile industry Students Against Sweatshops asks OU to join Workers’ Rights Consortium BENNETT HALL Campus Reporter
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Top: Students prepare for the Sooner 5K by lining up to warm up on Asp Ave. Friday night. Left: Alex Rudolph and Victoria Bakkeby, University College freshmen do stretches to warm up for the Sooner 5K Friday night. Soonerthon, the offical philanthropy of OU’s Campus Activities Council, raised $196,034.62 last year for the Children’s Hospital Foundation in Oklahoma City and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital system.
Soonerthon runners glow all night Soonerthon raises money for children’s hospital KATRINA WARD Campus Reporter
Runners in neon outfits were reminded to “keep glowing” as they ran the Soonerthon 5K on Friday to benefit children’s health care in Oklahoma. Soonerthon’s glow 5K was full of dancing, neon outfits, glow sticks, colorful tutus and sweat. Chloe Magee, meteorology and geographic information studies
junior, volunteered to help people at the event get excited about raising money for children’s health care. “It’s very cool to see what can happen when you get people together in groups like this,” Magee said. All the proceeds of the event benefited the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, an international non-profit organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals, medical research and community awareness of children’s health issues. The money raised at the event will stay in Oklahoma to help pay for the
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care and research of children in the state, said Jessica Freeman, public relations sophomore and director of programming for Soonerthon. Soonerthon is the official philanthropy of OU’s Campus Activities Council, according to the website. Last year, CAC members raised $196,034.62 for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Children’s Hospital Foundation in Oklahoma City. The total amount of money raised at all the Soonerthon events this year will be revealed March 8, Freeman said.
In their native Spanish, two workers and activists from the Dominican Republic explained that fair trade labor practices are not only more humane, they’re universally attainable in the garment industry. Yenny Perez and Maritza Vargas spoke on campus on Friday as part of their tour around the country to advocate for more favorable labor practices and working conditions in garment factories in developing countries around the world. Their goal is to spread the word about benefits afforded by companies and organizations that join the Worker’s Rights Consortium, a fair labor practices regulatory agency. Perez and Vargas work at Alta Gracia, a fair trade apparel company based in the Dominican Republic that now makes up over half of the apparel in OU’s University Bookstore, due to the campaign efforts of mem“Alta Gracia is bers of OU’s Alta Gracia rooted in decades of Coalition over the past [worker] solidarity.” several semesters. The Alta Gracia AMY KESSEL, Coalition, which recon- REPRESENTATIVE FOR STUDENTsolidated as Students RUN LABOR ADVOCACY A g a i n s t S w e a t s h o p s ORGANIZATION UNITED STATES this semester, has been AGAINST SWEATSHOPS spreading awareness about the more humane standards of fair trade garment companies like Alta Gracia. Alta Gracia is a model example of those standards because it offers its workers higher wages, a democratic relationship with the managerial officers, and exemplary safety standards and health benefits, said Amy Kessel, a representative for student-run labor advocacy organization United Students Against Sweatshops who is traveling with Perez and Vargas on their campaign. “Alta Gracia is rooted in decades of [worker] solidarity,” she said. Alta Gracia workers are allowed to join labor unions without fear of repercussions from their bosses, which is not the case in many garment factories that do not tolerate interference from the lower rungs of the company, Maritza said. She said that aside from influencing conditions inside the factory, the workers are fairly provided for at home. Their pay, which is three times higher than many other garment factory wages, allows them to not only feed and clothe their families, but to allow their kids to become educated and consider pursuing higher education.
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Today around campus A graduation gear-up will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Beaird Lounge of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Students can purchase their cap and gown, order graduation announcements, have their portrait taken and learn about their future role as alumni. A free concert will be held at noon in the Oklahoma Memorial Union food court. Connor McBryde will perform as a part of the Mid Day Music program. A free screening of â€œCodebreakerâ€? will be shown at 7 p.m. in Meacham Auditorium. The documentary tells about the life of Alan Turing, who was prosecuted for his sexuality following his WWII victories. A flute concert from musician Valerie Watts will take place at 8 p.m. in the Pitman Recital Hall in Catlett Music Center. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for students.
Tuesday, Oct. 8 A graduation gear-up opportunity will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Beaird Lounge of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Students can purchase their cap and gown, order graduation announcements, have their portrait taken and learn about their future role as alumni. A free concert by professor Mark Lucas will take place at noon in the Sandy Bell Gallery in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. A free workshop about plagiarism will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Lissa and Cy Wagner Hall, Room 280. A football competition will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the OU inter-mural fields at 300 Stinson St. No registration is required. A bingo night will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Beaird Lounge of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Do you want to see your organizationâ€™s campus event here? Visit OUDaily.com/events/submit to add your entry.
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Not only are Alta Graciaâ€™s workers provided for at work and in their homes, theyâ€™re empowered in their communities, Maritza said. She has witnessed the culture of her town change as the women have been slowly liberated by their more dignified positions at the factory. Alta Gracia is not just a brand but also a concept, with workerâ€™s rights as its foundation, Maritza said. With her and her fellow workers as proof, it is possible for a company to thrive while operating as accountably and offering as competitive of prices as Alta Gracia does, Perez said. But Perez said that while Alta Gracia is an exemplary company, it is still stringently monitored by the Workerâ€™s Rights Consortium, which she sees as important to the factoryâ€™s ethic of transparency. Kessel, Perez and Vargasâ€™ testimonials support
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Yenny and Maritza, from Alta Gracia, sit with a translator to help discuss raising awareness to help stop sweatshops.
Sooners Against Sweatshopsâ€™ latest efforts to convince the university to join the Workerâ€™s Rights Consortium and thus support higher standards of labor fairness and compensation in apparel factories to the standards
that the Alta Gracia factory has achieved. Those who attended the event signed a letter addressed to President David Boren requesting that the university make the necessary arrangements to join the
Workerâ€™s Rights Consortium and adhere to more strict labor rights guidelines. They plan to present that letter to him as a group on Monday, Sooners Against Sweatshops co-president Leah Kennedy said.
no more silence: Support for abuse victims Continued from page 1 encourages people to let others know when theyâ€™re victims, Adams said. â€œSilence is a weapon,â€? she said. If students have friends in a domestic violence situation, itâ€™s important to be supportive, Adams said. Itâ€™s also important to understand that domestic violence does not affect only women, Adams said. Men are also victims and advocates for domestic violence awareness. â€œItâ€™s not just a womenâ€™s issue, itâ€™s everyoneâ€™s issue,â€? Adams said. Victims of domestic violence can use the Womenâ€™s Outreach Center as a resource for support and further assistance, Adams said. Packets of supportive literature are available at the center, located on the second floor of the Oklahoma Me m o r i a l U n i o n , Ad a m s s a i d . Womenâ€™s Outreach Center employees also can help students get in contact with counseling resources. â€œWe have Goddard on campus and counseling if they really wanted to take some time and work through those issues and the impact it has had on them,â€? Adams said. â€œWe definitely would be instrumental in getting them in touch with that resource.â€? OU Police Department Lt. Bruce Chan said students with friends who
GO AND DO Domestic Violence Awareness Month events Monday: â€œWhite Ribbon Campaignâ€? on the South Oval to recognize men who support domestic violence victims, sponsored by the Womenâ€™s Outreach Center. Tuesday: â€œHave a Pie at Alpha Chiâ€? 8-11 p.m. at the Alpha Chi Omega House, 1115 College Avenue, Norman, OK 73072, to raise money for the Oklahoma City YMCA, Womenâ€™s Outreach Center and Alpha Chi Omega Foundation. Wednesday: â€œPlant Seeds of Loveâ€? on the South Oval by taking cups, filled with seeds and soil, with positive relationship messages on them. The seed cups are handed out by Womenâ€™s Outreach Center employees who will also be available to provide information about healthy relationships. Oct. 17: â€œSnaps and Snickerdoodlesâ€? at CafĂŠ Plaid to spread the Womenâ€™s Outreach Centerâ€™s initiative by sharing poems or other encouraging messages. Oct. 30: Womenâ€™s Outreach Center employees will tie relationship messages to ribbons and hang them from trees on the South Oval to wrap up Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
are victims of domestic violence should encourage the victims to report the violence to the police. â€œI would encourage friends to make a police report and seek assistance, because that opens up a lot of other resources,â€? Chan said. Having a police report on file allows officers to direct victims to other outlets for assistance, he said.
Over the past three years, OUPD has received 23 reports of forcible sex offenses on campus and two reports of aggravated assault, according to the 2013 Sooner Safety and Fire Report. There were a total of 32 reports of forcible sex offenses both on and off campus and 10 total reports of aggravated assault, according to the report.
Students can learn about Middle Eastern architecture, landscaping Tuesday
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A public reception, film screening and formal dinner will be held Tuesday to teach the OU community about Middle Eastern architecture and landscaping. The event, sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Architecture and Culture, will kick off with the reception at 5:30 p.m. in Gaylord Hall before the movie. Students interested in architecture can talk to faculty from the College of Architecture, as well as famous architects from other universities who will attend, at the reception, said Khosrow Bozorgi, professor of architecture and urban design and director of the CMEAC.
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More pension changes sought Republicans seek to create 401k-style plans for new hires OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) â€” Republican leaders in Oklahoma who have made major changes in recent years to the stateâ€™s pension systems say they arenâ€™t finished with their work and plan to push next year to put an end to the traditional pension for new state workers. Switching to a 401k-style retirement account for newly hired state employees, long a top goal of many fiscal conservatives, has been endorsed by the governor and legislative leaders in the House and Senate, although a battle undoubtedly will ensue with resistance from rank-and-file state workers. Gov. Mary Fallin has endorsed a switch for state workers out of a traditional pension system, but isnâ€™t yet married to any single proposal and wants to make sure any change keeps the stateâ€™s financial obligation to current pensioners, said her spokesman, Alex Weintz. â€œI think there are multiple routes to meaningful pension reform,â€? Weintz said. â€œWe want to pick one that will be successful.â€? The head of the Oklahoma Public Employees Association, Sterling Zearley, said heâ€™s not opposed to discussing the idea of a pension change, but not without a commitment from the Legislature to increase pay for state workers. â€œUntil we address state employee pay, it doesnâ€™t matter what retirement system weâ€™re in,â€? Zearley said. â€œSalaries are low, and
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Oklahoma state Rep. Mark McCullough, R-Sapulpa, left, speaks on the floor of the House in Oklahoma City, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. Rep. Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa, is at right. The House and Senate gave final passage to changes to Oklahomaâ€™s civil justice system as Republican leaders hoped to wrap up a five-day special session to overhaul the stateâ€™s tort laws.
it doesnâ€™t matter what kind of pension you have if your salaries are so low, because that affects how much goes into their retirement.â€? Zearley said he was eager to see the results of a market-based pay study commissioned by Fallin, who said she wouldnâ€™t endorse state worker pay hikes until it was completed. But he said he was open to changes from a traditional pension
â€œUntil we address state employee pay, it doesnâ€™t matter what retirement system weâ€™re in.â€? Sterling Zearley, head of the Oklahoma public employees association
system, as long as current retirees are protected. â€œIâ€™m not opposed to looking at the concept, but Iâ€™d have to see how it would be structured,â€? Zearley said. Th e p ro p o s e d s w i t c h
would not apply to pension systems for firefighters, police and troopers, which are different because of the nature of those professions, and teachers also wonâ€™t be included in the proposal
being put together by Rep. Randy McDaniel, a point man for House leaders on pension negotiations. McDaniel, R-Oklahoma City, a financial adviser and stock broker, said he proposes a shift to a 401k-style retirement account for state workers in which the state would match employee contributions in a range from 6 to 7 percent. A system like that, which would
utilize the infrastructure already in place for the SoonerSave retirement system for state workers, would realize savings for the state that would then be redirected by statute to continue shoring up the unfunded liability of the existing pension system. Among the key changes already enacted to the stateâ€™s pensions was a bill pushed by McDaniel in 2011 that prohibited automatic cost of living adjustments, or COLAs, for retirees without funding. That change alone immediately dropped the unfunded liability of the stateâ€™s seven pension systems by $5.5 billion, from $16.1 billion in 2010 to $10.6 billion in 2011. But that number trended back up to $11.6 billion in 2012, a sign McDaniel said suggests more work is needed. â€œ That â€™s a billion dollars. Thatâ€™s real money,â€? McDaniel said. â€œNo one can say that we donâ€™t have a problem.â€? McDaniel also is looking to close the asset-to-liability shortfall of some of the stateâ€™s pension systems through other changes, including a change to the pension for state troopers that allow retirees to continue to receive COLAs based on pay raises given to active duty personnel. He said he also wants to ensure some of the recent changes to the stateâ€™s pension system are safeguarded in the future through a proposed constitutional amendment that would require a super-majority of the Legislature to change them. Those proposals would be included in separate bills, McDaniel said. The Associated Press
Experts predict vibrant fall Okla. can see more red, orange, yellow OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) â€” Cooler nights, shorter days and lots of rainfall. Those are the ingredients that climatologists and foresters say are likely to create a spectacularly colorful fall foliage season in Oklahoma. The brilliant orange and red hues that adorn hardwood trees in autumn usually peak in the state in late October and early November. But visitors to southeastern Oklahomaâ€™s Talimena Scenic Byway, one of the stateâ€™s most traveled fall foliage drives that stretches from Talihina, Okla., to Mena, Ark., reported a light scattering of yellow last week in the trees of the Ouachita National Forest. â€œIt should be happening very soon,â€? said Keli Clark, marketing coordinator for Oklahoma State Parks. Clark said leaf peeping makes autumn one of the stateâ€™s busiest tourist seasons, rivaling spring and summer travel. â€œPeople love to go out and look at the foliage. Itâ€™s just beautiful,â€? she said. A growing season with ample moisture followed by a sunny autumn marked by warm days and cool but frostless nights provides the best weather conditions for development of the brightest fall colors, according to the United States National Arboretum. And the elements needed for vibrant autumn foliage in Oklahoma are starting to add up. The National Weather Service said temperatures dipped into the 40s across the state for the first time this season Sunday morning. Lows dipped into the 30s in the far western Oklahoma Panhandle. â€œWeâ€™ll continue to remain close to seasonal temperatures,â€? meteorologist
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Ryan Barnes of the National Weather Service in Norman said Sunday. Increasingly shorter days mean that leaves are receiving less sunlight than they did during the hot summer months, causing the production of chlorophyll, which gives the leaves their green pigment, to become sluggish. And abundant rainfall the state has received this year assures that the leaves are primed for a vivid autumn display. With more than two months left in the year, 2013 is already the fourth wettest year on record in central Oklahoma, Barnes said. As of Sunday, a little more than 48 inches of rainfall had been recorded, with some areas of the state receiving even more. The record rainfall total of 56.95 inches was set in 2007. State Forester George Geissler said 2013 has the potential to be one of Oklahomaâ€™s better years for color changes, especially in eastern Oklahoma where
the state shares a long forested border with Arkansas. â€œBut you do have trees changing color all over the state of Oklahoma,â€? Geissler said. â€œWhen you get to this time of the year, itâ€™s not so much the cold but itâ€™s that the days are getting short and youâ€™re getting less light.â€? Aside from the Talimena Drive, the Beaverâ€™s Bend and Robberâ€™s Cave areas of southeastern Oklahoma are tourist destinations during the fall, Clark said. In northeastern Oklahoma, areas around Grand Lake and the Illinois River are popular. But Clark said the northwestern part of the state, including the Great Salt Plains region, will be the first to experience natureâ€™s autumn displays. Various hardwood, locust, cottonwood, post oak, hackberry and willow trees in the area create a stunning canopy of radiant reds, yellows and oranges. â€œWestern Oklahoma can be just as beautiful,â€? she said. The Associated Press
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n America, the word Christian doesn’t always mean you adhere to the teachings and example of Jesus. Sometimes being a Christian means that you have “repented of your sins” and “accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior.” Other times, it means being baptized and taking part in other rituals in a Christian community. And for others, it means that you are not gay, not having sex outside of marriage, not getting drunk on the weekends, not gambling, not cussing or God forbid, not doing Yoga — I John Putnam personally blame Mark Driscoll for that last one. Johnputnam@ou.edu In actuality, “Christ-ian” only has one meaning: to be a “follower” of Christ. The suffix “ian” literally means to “adhere to” or “follow”. What isn’t being said at many churches is that Christianity is not just about faith in doctrine or ritualism, but modeling our actions after the things Jesus did and did not do. After last winter’s tragic shooting at Sandy Hook elementary, I anticipated discussion over Christ’s perspective on weapons. In a state that prides itself on being the “buckle of the Bible belt,” it was bound to come up somewhere. Surprisingly, it rarely did. Many Christians joined the conversation, but few asked the question, “What would Christ think about guns?” Yes, “What Would Jesus Do” is super clichéd, but that is the key question for an adherent of Christ’s teachings and example. So — what would Jesus think about guns? The answer is clearly presented in all four Gospels: Jesus was a complete pacifist in every situation throughout his life. It can be heard in the Sermon on the Mount when Jesus tells his followers to turn the other cheek and love their enemies. It is shown in his compassion when he protects an adulteress from an authoritarian religious gang. However, the strongest example of pacifism is when he is being arrested at the end of each Gospel account. When one of his disciples cuts off the ear of a man from the arresting party, Jesus heals the man’s ear and warns his disciples that, “those who live by the sword die by the sword.” To put that in modern terms, those who live by guns die by guns. While this doesn’t mean Christians must oppose the “right to bear arms” for others, it does mean that we have an example of pacifism to uphold from Christ himself, and it certainly should be a part of the conversation. Despite the fact that pacifism was extremely important to Jesus, it’s not something that’s often talked about in “‘Murica,” where we love our flag and our guns as much as we “love” our Jesus. Complete pacifism isn’t being taught enough in Christian circles because southern society is violent and materialistic. We can’t handle the fact that Jesus called us to a lifestyle that required never using weapons; giving away our wealth and possessions; loving our enemies; inviting people to gatherings who cannot repay us; and caring for prisoners – yes, criminals – like we do the hungry, thirsty, naked, and sick. This Christianity looks very different from the “Christianity” found in churches scattered across the southern United States. In most ways, this Christianity is incompatible with our way of living in this part of the country — because our lifestyle is completely incompatible with Jesus.
nless you live under a rock, you’ve probably noticed that environmental awareness has become increasingly popular in recent years. Whether it’s through recycling or turning off the lights before leaving a room, countless Americans are doing their part to help save Mother Earth. I wholly approve of this movement, but for all our efforts in producing and disposing goods in an eco-friendly manner, there seems to be a dearth of conCorbin Brown sideration for the human element. That element lies in Brown.firstname.lastname@example.org Africa. Whether we like it or not, our phones may contain the conflict minerals used to fund brutal militant groups in and around the Congo. Efforts to raise public awareness of these minerals have already been made in Washington. The Dodd-Frank Act, passed in 2010, requires companies to track and disclose the conflict minerals used in their production processes. When this rule goes into effect in 2014, it will provide consumers with a greater opportunity toward geopolitical awareness. Any new regulations, however, will only prove effective when paired with a public effort toward reducing the use of conflict minerals in the products we purchase. That they are found in, among other things, cell phones, video game consoles and computers will do little to help this effort. In the face of an organized movement against the use of conflict minerals, producers will be forced to either find similarly priced alternatives, spend significant amounts to ensure that none of their inputs came from militant regimes or go under. Some groups have already begun protesting the Dodd-Frank rule. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable and the National Association of Manufacturers filed a lawsuit against the Securities and Exchange Commission to prevent its enforcement. Fortunately, they appear to be in the (vocal) minority as a number of other companies have publicly opposed this lawsuit. Stability and the preservation of fundamental human rights must remain the chief objectives of our governCHRIS JAMES/THE DAILY ment. Equating the movement against conflict minerals with those over minimum wage, universal healthcare or any other relatively trivial matter will only lessen the first’s perceived importance. This movement is already struggling under the weight of corporate and consumer interest. In order for it to build up momentum and be successful, it must remain unburdened by the peripheral desires of First World workers. In response to all those who decry this as yet another example of gratuitous governmental regulation, I quote the 2012 film “Lincoln,” in which the title character says, “The fate of human dignity is in our hands.” Consider, for a moment, the Chicago slaughterhouses of the early twentieth century. Were the regulations that improved safety conditions there gratuitous? The situation in the Congo is much worse than anything the Chicago slaughterhouses of the early 1900s were capable of producing. We must call for the prohibition of conflict minerals in our products, not just as Americans, but as human beings intent on creating a world where our money does not fund blood-thirsty regimes in Africa. Being environmentally aware is important, but Mother Nature is not mining the minerals used in our electronics. Let those, who are so inclined, put their efforts toward environmental sustainability. Those who have yet to determine what movement, if any, they will support more fervently must consider the plight of many in the Congo. I do not wish to inflate the impact our efforts may have. The atrocious conditions these Congolese face will not be eliminated through a movement against conflict minerals. Progress will be incremental. I know of no nation that has had its social, political and economic conditions radically improve overnight. Despite this cold, hard truth, inaction is not the more favorable route. We must begin somewhere. By banning the use of conflict minerals, we can help mitigate the adversity the Congolese face and, if you’ll excuse my self-aggrandizing, continue the American tradition of helping those in need.
John Putnam is a public relations and human relations senior.
Corbin Brown is a University College freshman.
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he sound of bass and the smell of marijuana hung in the air as thousands of music lovers gathered this weekend for Austin City Limits Music Festival 2013. The festival showcased Austin’s finest, from food to art. Megan Deaton The three-day event firstname.lastname@example.org tured well-known headliners like The Cure and Kings of Leon, but also gave small bands a chance to earn fans. The weekend began with sunny skies and hot temperatures that had some concertgoers hiding out under umbrellas waiting for bands to start. With thousands of people in attendance, fans had to arrive early to get close to their favorite bands. Kristin Wall, a University of Texas graduate, said this was her first time at the festival. “Big festivals like this are great, but I’ve really liked seeing some of the less well-known bands,” Wall said. “There’s definitely a more intimate feel.” Wall said the Vintage Trouble concert was her favorite performance of the weekend, but she also enjoyed the variety of art at the festival. “It’s really awesome that they’ve brought in all these vendors from the Austin area,” Wall said. “It’s like getting to shop in the city without ever leaving the festival.” Gardan Wille, a native German who now lives in Austin, agreed. “The food has been one of my favorite things,” Wille said. “There are so many different things to try in such a small area.” Small tents were filled with jewelry, clothing and a variety of other colorful products. In the spirit of environmentally friendly festivals, the vendors emphasized handmade and sustainable goods. The grounds also featured a Samsung Galaxy setup, offering free services like henna tattooing and a massive beer hall. Some dedicated fans forewent the food and art to camp out in front of stages. “I haven’t eaten all day,” Leah Thigpen, a University of Texas at San Antonio student, said. “I’m a little lightheaded because I was sitting in front of the Honda stage all day waiting for Kendrick Lamar to perform. It was totally worth the wait though.” Indeed, the Kendrick Lamar show was one of the most crowded shows of the weekend. Fans packed in so tight that people who wanted to leave the show had to crowd surf to
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Rock group MUSE plays for tens of thousands of concert goers at the Austin City Limits music festival Friday. The band was so loud they blew the speakers out twice during their set.
get out. “That was the craziest show I’ve ever been to,” Katie Elliot, a Southern Methodist University student, said. “I was actually scared I was going to get trampled when people in the back kept pushing everyone forward.” Eight stages, including a stage for children, were placed across the festival grounds. The Austin Parks Foundation holds the festival every year in Zilker Park, an area just outside downtown Austin. Some people had a hard time choosing which artists to see, as multiple artists were playing on different stages at any given time. “It’s all about compromise,” Elliot said. “You really have to ask yourself, ‘What do I want to see the most?’ and then
commit to it.” Commitment was certainly important, as the three days of constant standing in the heat — often mixed with alcohol or other substances — caused severe dehydration in some cases. “The only advice I have would be to drink lots of water, especially if you’re going to be drinking alcohol,” Wall said. “It would really suck to pay over $200 for a ticket, only to pass out on the first day.” Wille’s advice was a little different. “Don’t come sober,” Wille said. Megan Deaton is a journalism senior.
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ustin City Limits rocked festival-goers from around the nation (and world) this past weekend. For the music lovers among us who missed the party, The Daily has compiled a list of the most memorable performances from the renowned music festival.
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Local Natives: The indie band sounded better than its recordings and had me crying tears of joy in no time. The band played songs from its newest album, as well as its hit “Sun Hands.”
Arctic Monkeys: The Brits certainly worked their charm on the crowd as members of the audience swooned under the influence of their pop rock sounds. The band kept its set high energy and opened with “Do I Wanna Know?”, a single from its newest album.
MUSE: If anyone knows how to put on a spectacular show, it’s MUSE. The lights and effects were amazing, not to mention lead singer Matthew Bellamy’s enchanting voice that sounds like a Broadway singer turned rock star. The concert was easily in the top three performances of the weekend.
Electric Guest: This band isn’t very well known, but not for long. A sizeable crowd gathered to see the funky group perform songs from its only album, “Mondo.” The band also gave concertgoers a sneak preview of songs from its upcoming record.
Portugal. The Man: The Portland-based band had some of the most dedicated fans that all sang along to every song. Its performance was flawless, with classics like “So American” and tracks from a new album, “Evil Friends.”
Kendrick Lamar: The rapper has grown in fame quickly over the last year, and the size of the crowd certainly showed it. I had never been to a concert where I literally could not move my arms because we were packed in so tight. The crowd exploded when Lamar came on stage and played crowd favorites like “Backseat Freestyle” and “m.A.A.d. City.”
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On Friday night, Brooke Hamilton saw one of her dreams a t a r m’s l e n g t h a n d reached out and grabbed it. That dream was being crowned Miss OU and earning the chance to represent the university at the Miss Oklahoma Pageant in 2014. Former winners Alicia Clifton and Sarah Ve rd e t t e h o s t e d t h e pageant in a completel y p a c k e d Me a c ha m Auditorium as 20 lovely contestants competHeather Brown/The Daily ed in talent, swimwear, History senior Brooke Hamilton is evening wear and interview portions through- crowned Miss OU 2014. out the night. The honors they were competing for included scholarships, prizes and the main prize of representing the University of Oklahoma at the Miss Oklahoma pageant held annually in June. Many students and friends of the competitors cheered from the crowd as the ladies lit up the stage. University college freshman Henry Herren shared his thoughts on the evening’s event. “I’m really excited to see the girls from our college competing and looking so beautiful,” Herren said.
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any thought the Sooners’ matchup against TCU this weekend would be a close one, and after a shaky Oklahoma second half, the fourth quarter was a nail-biter for Sooner fans. Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0 Big 12), hung on to beat the Horned Frogs (2-3, 0-2 Big 12) 20-17 Saturday night. The season may be close to half over, but we still learn things about this Sooner team every week. Here’s the top five takeaways from Oklahoma’s victory over TCU.
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A TALE OF TWO HALVES The first half showcased a dominant Oklahoma team. Defensively, the Sooners did not allow a TCU first down until midway through the third quarter. Offensively, Oklahoma looked solid. Junior quarterback Blake Bell was sacked a few times, but with the way the defense was playing, the 13 points Oklahoma scored in the first half seemed to be plenty. In the second half, the offense could not get a drive going. It couldn’t get a single first down in the third quarter. At the same time, TCU’s halftime adjustments proved to be too much for the defense, and TCU mounted a comeback. The Horned Frogs never pulled ahead of the Sooners, but they spent a good part of the fourth quarter within striking distance. The game wasn’t over until Bell hammered out a run for a first down after trading scores with TCU. That gave Oklahoma enough breathing room to take a knee in the victory formation.
Oklahoma lead the Horned Frogs 13-10 to start the fourth quarter, and the score stayed there for most of the quarter. With about five minutes left in the game, senior running back Brennan Clay got the ball, made a cut and took off down field. After 76 yards, he ended up in the endzone and extended Oklahoma’s lead to 10 points. The offense had sputtered in the second half, and Clay’s run ignited the Sooners in a slow fourth quarter. TCU answered Clay’s score with a touchdown of their own, but Clay’s run proved to be the turning point and deciding factor in the win.
INJURY UPDATE Senior linebacker Corey Nelson went down in the third quarter with an apparent shoulder injury and did not return. Coach Bob Stoops confirmed Sunday night that Nelson partially tore his pectoral muscle. He will have surgery Tuesday and will likely miss the rest of the season. Senior defensive back Julian Wilson also went down with an injury. He was helped off the field and did not put any weight on his injured leg. Stoops did not comment on Wilson’s status.
GROWING PAINS Bell has been an outstanding quarterback for OU so far this season. Though he came in with game-time experience, he had yet to start a game in his college career. When he stepped in for redshirt freshman Trevor Knight, Bell remained calm and made relatively smart decisions. On Saturday, we saw the start of suspect decision making from Bell. He was sacked three times because he stayed in the pocket for far too long. He has yet to throw an interception, but he has to feel the pressure better than he did against TCU. He made good use of his legs for the majority of the game and even picked up a few key first downs, but he needs to be more aware in the pocket to truly succeed.
CLOSE CALL In seasons past, Oklahoma has lacked the mental and physical toughness to win close games. So far this season, that is not the case. TCU is a tough football team, and with the exception of a few plays, the Horned Frogs could easily be undefeated right now. The Sooners’ mental stamina helped them keep calm and pull out a win this weekend. The same thing can be said about Oklahoma’s win over Notre Dame last week. The game was close at times, but OU stayed calm to pull out the win. This shows serious growth of the Sooners and could end up being the deciding factor in tough games against Baylor and Oklahoma State down the road.
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Sooners improve Big 12 record with Iowa State win Five-set thriller tests Oklahoma Demetrius Kearney Volleyball Beat Reporter
The Oklahoma volleyball team prevailed against a tough Iowa State squad, winning the thriller in five sets to improve their conference record to 2-1. The Sooners gave the Cyclones all they could handle as the match extended to five sets with the Sooners eventually winning a dogfight in the fifth set to emerge victorious. Head Coach Santiago Restrepo was extremely pleased with his team’s performance against a very good Cyclones team. “I never expect home g a m e s t o g o f i v e s e t s,” Restrepo said. “The match was extremely close. It was an up and down game against a very good team. We just happened to win the fifth set. We did what we were supposed to. We’re trying to win every match. We went out there and got the job done.” The Sooners got off to a strong start, winning the first set and gaining early momentum, which would prove to be key as the match progressed. However, the Cyclones came back re-energized and focused for the second set. They forced the Sooners to remain composed and disciplined by playing solid defense and attacking the Sooners offensively, eventually winning the set 25-17. With the crowd cheering them on, and the match
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Two former Sooner gymnasts place at World Championships Former OU gymnasts, Jake Dalton and Steven Legendre, each walked away with a Silver Medal at World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium this weekend. Dalton scored a 15.600 on his floor routine, which earned him his first individual World Championship medal and the first U.S. men’s floor medal since 2003. Legendre competed on floor and placed fifth but finished the competition strong, Jake getting a second place finish on vault. Dalton He averaged 15.249 after two vaults to earn his first individual medal at Worlds. "I'm so proud of both Steve and Jake," said OU head coach Mark Williams on Saturday. "Jake performed an awesome floor routine with a stuck landing on the dismount. Him being second and Steve being fifth in the world is a great day for Oklahoma gymnastics and the USA Team." In total, the U.S. men’s and women’s teams walked away with 12 medals. Staff Reports
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OU senior outside hitter Keila Rodriguez hits the ball over Iowa State sophomore right side hitter Mackenzie Bigbee and senior middle blocker Tenisha Matlock Saturday in McCasland Field House. OU beat Iowa State 3-2.
tied at one set apiece, the Sooners responded, putting together an excellent team performance in the third set. Suppressing the Iowa State front court with a ferocious offensive attack led by senior middle blocker Sallie McLaurin, sophomore middle blocker Kierra Holst, and senior outside hitter Keila Rodriguez. The Cyclones would counter once again with an all around team resurgence in the fourth set, edging the Sooners 25-17 to force a fifth and final set. The Sooners refused to back down. In front of a rowdy home crowd, the Sooners played an excellent
set of volleyball to close out the match, sending the Cyclones home with a loss. Though it was a thrilling match, the Sooners would have loved to close it out earlier. Team captain Sallie McLaurin stressed the importance of maintaining momentum between sets. “We definitely have to keep our energy level up,” said McLaurin. “We’re constantly talking about maintaining the same intensity and keeping our energy level high. Whenever we start getting quiet, that’s when a lot of points go their way.” Senior outside hitter Keila Rodriguez has been an electric spark for the Sooners,
embracing the role of being an impact player when the team needed her most. Rodriguez finished with 19 kills and 12 digs, helping propel the Sooners to victory. “I come out every game hoping to do my b est,” Rodriguez said. “We were all really determined to get this win, and we just played as hard as we could until we got it.” Th e S o o n e r s h o p e t o carry this momentum into Lawrence, Kan., when they face the Kansas Jayhawks at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9. Demetrius Kearney firstname.lastname@example.org
Sooners open season on the Oklahoma River this weekend The Oklahoma rowing team opened up its season on the Oklahoma River Saturday. The Sooners started the day racing in the collegiate eight. The Oklahoma A boat took third place with a time of 15:00.015. In the same race, the Oklahoma B boat placed 11th out of 20. "We raced with great effort and intensity today," head coach Leeanne Crain said in a press release. "I'm pleased with the Leeanne progress we're making early in the season Crain and excited to watch the development of this very talented group of athletes as we prepare for our championship season this spring." Oklahoma also competed in the women’s collegiate four event, racing three boats, two of which placed in the top 10. The last event OU competed in was the women’s novice eight where OU finished eighth. The team also competed in night sprints with Oklahoma A and B boats, finishing second and third, respectively. Staff Reports
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