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62°/50° owl.ou.edu CAMPUS BRIEFS FORMER OU SOFTBALL PLAYER DIES IN ACCIDENT Former OU softball player Mariee Mena, who was flung from a motorcycle Friday night during an accident, died Tuesday. According to a press release from Norman Police Capt. Leonard Judy, Mena was a passenger on a motorcycle being driven by Brandon Ribelin, MARIEE 37, that collided MENA with a sedan at the intersection of Alameda Street and Crestland Drive at approximately 9:17 p.m. When the collision occurred, Mena and Ribelin were ejected from the bike, Judy stated. Both were taken to Norman Regional Hospital with serious injuries, where Mena later died. “The Sooner softball sisterhood is heavy-hearted and grieving over the loss of one of our own in Mariee Mena,” said OU head softball coach Patty Gasso. “Mariee had a beautiful smile and infectious laugh that always lit up the stadium. She was a blue-collar athlete and one of the fiercest competitors to ever play in a Sooner uniform. Mariee had a fighting spirit both on and off the field, and she worked diligently to make herself better, as well as those around her.” Mena earned USA Softball and NFCA National Player of the Week honors Feb. 27, 2007, after leading OU at the Palm Springs Tournament, hitting .692 with eight runs batted in and a 1.231 slugging percentage. Born Aug. 22, 1983, Mena is survived by her parents, Adam and Isela Mena, and three siblings. A fund has been setup to assist the Mena family with the cost of medical expenses and funeral arrangements. For more information on donating to the Mariee Mena Memorial Fund, visit SoonerSports.com. Judy stated the crash remains under investigation, but it appears neither Ribelin nor Mena were wearing helmets. The funeral for Mena will be held at 2 p.m. at Journeychurch.tv north campus. —Ricky Maranon/The Daily
OU DEAN TO STEP DOWN College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences dean John Snow announced today he will step down from his position June 30. “After sixteen years as dean, first of the College of Geosciences and now of the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, it is time for me to relinquish my position as dean and transition to regular faculty status,” Snow stated in a press release. “I have very much enjoyed being dean and take great pride in the accomplishments of the College’s academic and research programs during my tenure. The construction of the National Weather Center facility as the anchor of the University Research Campus is the high point of my professional career.”“I look forward to teaching again and working corroboratively with both private sector weather companies and national weather services around the globe to improve weather and climate prediction capabilities for all countries.” OU will be conducting a nationally advertised search to identify the next dean of the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences. —Daily staff reports
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Decision on health care legislation approaching Pushed reform most likely to impact graduating students CAITLIN HARRISON Daily Staff Writer
Washington legislators are making the final push this week on the health care overhaul, and students — especially those about to graduate — will likely be one of the groups impacted most, an OU political science professor said. Young adults typically have the least health coverage of anyone, and could reap potential benefits from a bill that requires everyone to
have insurance, Michael Givel, political science professor, stated in an e-mail. Givel said legislators are looking at two types of health care reform: A version from the U.S. House of Representatives and one from the U.S. Senate. The House version includes the public option that would compete with insurance companies, while the Senate version does not, particularly due to the influence of Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., and the Senate Finance Committee chairman. But both proposals would require that all Americans have health insurance with possible tax penalties if they do not, Givel said. “So from the point of view of more universal health coverage, all proposals in Congress would
benefit students,” Givel said. “The problem, though, is the ability to pay for required coverage, which everyone would be required to do.” But nothing is set in stone yet. Givel said the House and Senate are still debating on how to pay for the plan, with the House proposing a tax on the rich and the Senate proposing a higher tax on insurance plans. Dr. Boyd Shook, an Oklahoma City physician who attended a Doctors for America conference Monday at the White House, said it is almost certain the health reform bill will include a provision that will prohibit insurance companies LEGISLATION CONTINUES ON PAGE 2
OU WORKS TO PREVENT TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT OU, local police to crack down on knockoffs CHARLES WARD Assistant Managing Editor
OU will be teaming with local law enforcement agencies for the remainder of this football season to crack down on the illegal use of OU’s trademarks on T-shirts, hats and the like, university officials said at a seminar Thursday at OUPD’s headquarters. The upcoming sweeps will target not only stores, but also those people coming to Norman on football game days to sell counterfeit products in makeshift stands and even out of vehicles, said Renata Hays, director of licensing for OU’s athletic department. She said first-time violators would receive warnings, along with demands to remove the items in question, but she also said OU would consider seizing items and pursuing civil and criminal actions against repeat offenders. No one announced a specific time for the sweeps. Instead, the timing will depend on OU receiving enough reports of sales of counterfeit items to justify creating a team of OU and law enforcement personnel to make door-to-door demands, said Anil Gollahalli, OU’s chief legal counsel. He also said key times for counterfeiting enforcement are during football season, as holidays approach and as the basketball seasons approach March Madness. OU offered the training seminar to members of both OUPD and Norman Police. A representative from Oklahoma State University also attended. “It won’t be [OU officials] on the stand when the [district attorney] prosecutes it,” Gollahalli said. “It will be [law enforcement officers] on the stand, and simply pointing to [OU officials] and saying ‘Well, they told me it was counterfeit,’ isn’t going to have a whole lot of stroke.” Hays said officers participating in the sweeps will receive overtime pay, likely from the Collegiate Licensing Company, a national
company OU works with to enforce its trademark rights nationally. People and companies violating OU’s trademark not only deprive the university of money, but also prevent OU’s licensees from getting the full value of the rights for which they pay OU, as well as mislead customers hoping their purchase will provide funds to OU, Gollahalli said. Counterfeit goods are also often of inferior quality and their manufacturing can contribute to human rights violations, he said. “For us, it’s sort of a moral issue, it’s a financial issue, and so that’s why we’re undertaking this process,” he said. OU licenses more than 500 companies to make products using OU trademarks, and uses the Collegiate Licensing Company as a clearinghouse to deal with those vendors, Hays said. The clearinghouse uses holograms with serial numbers, along with stickers, tags and labels to mark products as officially-licensed from OU, Hays said. The clearinghouse also enforces trademark rights for OU at events outside Oklahoma, such as OUTexas, bowl games and NCAA tournaments. It seized about 10,000 pieces of counterfeit merchandise each year, Hays said. She didn’t know how many of those pieces were OU related, but did say OU ranks 10th in the country among universities in licensing revenues, with more than $3 million brought
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in to OU each year. “ I d o s e e i t f re q u e nt l y i n Norman,” Hays said of counterfeit OU goods in a post-seminar interview. “I’ve seen it on numerous occasions. In fact, some of these items [we brought] for [training purposes] were from stores here in Norman that were selling things that shouldn’t be.” OU’s standard licensing deal allows the university to claim 10 percent of the wholesale value of
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Renata Hays, director of licensing, displays a counterfeit hat Wednesday afternoon at the OU Police Department headquarters. the goods as a royalty, Hays said. However, local and small-time vendors pay smaller amounts, she said. Internal groups using OU’s trademarks, such as a student organization creating clothes for its own use, need permission from OU to do so but do not pay licensing fees, Hays said. Rachel Blue, a trademark attorney with the Tulsa office of McAfee and Taft, said OU is affected by two types of unlicensed goods: counterfeit goods and goods that infringe on OU’s trademarks. Counterfeit goods use marks identical, or almost identical, to trademarks the university owns, such as the interlocking OU or the Sooner Schooner, she said. People or companies involved in counterfeiting are subject not just to demands to stop using the symbols, but also to civil lawsuits and criminal charges, Gollahalli said. Infringement, however, involves a mark that “is so similar to a registered mark that when it’s used on goods and services that are related to the trademark owners’ goods and services, it might cause confusion in the public,” Blue said. OU can demand an end to the sale of goods that infringe on its trademarks, and pursue violators
in civil court, but infringement is not criminal, Blue said. For example, some T-shirts produced by the Smack company infringe on OU’s trademarks, she said. These shirts use colors similar to OU’s crimson and cream color scheme, along with other imagery the buying public might associate with OU, such as highlighting the letters “O” and “U” in the design, Blue said. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit found the combination of OU’s colors, plus some reference to a university, enough to rule Smack infringed on OU’s trademarks, Blue said. “Smack was very careful not to actually use any of the universities registered trademarks,” she said. Gollahalli said abuse of OU’s trademarks goes up when the university’s teams are successful on the field, which means OU’s struggles on the football field likely means counterfeiting will be less of an issue this season. “There are actually [counterfeiters] that sort of rove the country, looking for programs, and they’ll hit bowl games, they’ll hit large games and we’re not going to attract as many of those.” he said.
oZONE to improve financial aid processes for students Changes in fund disbursement made to better serve students LARA SAAVEDRA Daily Staff Writer
Improvements in OU’s financial aid services will ease student frustrations about fund disbursement after full Web integrations in January, said a financial aid director. When the bursar’s office becomes fully integrated with the new Web portal, oZONE, on Jan. 4, students should have an easier time accessing their financial aid, said Caryn Pacheco, a financial aid director, in an e-mail. “Financial Aid was the first information available through this portal, but more will be added as the system implementation continues and future enhancements occur,” Pacheco said.
Compared with last year, more than 6,000 additional FAFSA applications have been submitted. “The staff has continued to work very hard to process financial aid and communicate results to more students than ever,” Pacheco said. “In spite of these challenges, this has been a very successful financial aid disbursement overall. As with any disbursement anyy year, there are still files that we are working hard to process, but we feel that we have met the challenges and have mostly been successful.” Two students expressed mixed feelings about their interactions with the bursar’s office. “I think the bursar is pretty efficient,” said Caitlyn Wright, women’s and gender studies senior.
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Lindsey Pease, letters junior, however, said the new system has been more of a headache than anything else. “I have had a run-around with financial aid,” Pease said. “Things that should have been taken care of by financial aid [haven’t been]. I’ve really had to check up on them.” Pacheco said the upcoming improvements w will allow financial aid disbursements to respond to real-time enrollment changes, instead of requiring students to wait for an overnight update. “We are also continuously working to add and refine questions and answers to our Ask the Sooners database,” Pacheco said. “Together these are two powerful resources that students should access when they want additional information about financial aid.”
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Business students gain experience, help charities IBC students develop businesses, give back to community JACQUELINE JOHNSRUD Daily Staff Writer
Michael F. Price College of Business students are learning how to gain real-world business experience while helping charities as part of the First Fidelity Integrated Business Core, also known as IBC. “The IBC is a set of four classes in which students design, develop, advertise, market and sell a product, whose profits then go to a
philanthropy of their choice,” said Michelle Grunsted, director of IBC and legal studies professor. She said the IBC helps students visualize and participate in developing a business from scratch and gain real hands-on experience. Philanthropy and giving back to the community are major components of the IBC and allow students to see how much their contributions and time can help those in need. Each group has created their own product to promote and sell. All proceeds will be donated to a charity, and students will also donate volunteer hours to a charity.
GULPLAHOMA INSULATED MUG COMPANY The Gulplahoma Insulated Mug Company will sell 34ounce dual insulated mugs, said Matt Senemar, president of the Gulplahoma Insulated Mug Company and finance and economics senior. The stainless steel collar around the middle of each mug will say “There’s Only One Oklahoma,” he said. Insulated Mugs will be for sale on the South Oval, at the Oklahoma Memorial Union, the Price College of Business and on game days for $20, Senemar said. Proceeds will be going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. “We will grant a child’s wish and see that it is followed through from start to finish,” Senemar said.
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The Crimson Cupany will be selling color changing cups. “They’re 17 ounces and start out frost-colored and change to red as you put a cold liquid in it,” said Creigh Hawkins, The Crimson Cupany president and entrepreneurship junior. Students can purchase these cups on campus, during game days and through the company’s Web site, Hawkins said. Proceeds will be going to Mary Abbott Children’s House, an organization that helps abused and neglected children through court proceedings. “Our profits will be going towards helping them with their operations,” Hawkins said. The Crimson Cupany will also be donating volunteer hours to WildCare, an organization that takes in orphaned and abandoned animals and works to release them back into the wild, said Hawkins. Cups can be purchased individually for $5, six for $25 or six for $20 for students.
DryBC is an IBC company that will be selling blankets. “One side of the blanket is fleece, and the other is waterproof nylon that is both water and wind resistant,” said Amy Henderson, vice president of marketing for DryBC and marketing junior. “The blanket will be $35 and will be sold on game days, on Campus Corner, Lindsey Street and the South Oval.” Profits will be going to Middle Earth, a child care development center. “Middle Earth is looking to expand its facilities and our money will help them build a new building,” Henderson said. Volunteer hours will also be donated to the Roy Williams Safety Net Foundation and the Oklahoma Blood Institute.
SOONER SHADES Sooner Shades will begin selling sunglasses on campus and donating all proceeds to Ally’s House. “Beginning next week, Sooner Shades will be for sale at different spots on campus and at football games,” said Lydia Boyce, Sooner Shades committee member and marketing and advertising junior. Red and white with “Boomer Sooner” written on the rims, these
Book sale gives priority to students, staff Money earned will benefit library and expand collections
coming to the sale, and they might want something that no one did last year,” Doescher said. She said the leftover books this year would probably be saved again for next year’s sale. Neil French has worked at the library over 20 TROY WEATHERFORD Daily Staff Writer years and has been to most of the sales during that time. He said the sale is good for everyone The OU community will have first dibs at the involved. library book sale Friday, before book dealers and “The customers get a good deal and the library others receive their chance to scavenge, a library gets money to buy books,” French said. spokesperson said. Money earned at the sale will be added to the The sale will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the library’s fund to purchase more books. Doescher OU community, and will be open to the public said the library typically makes between $2,500 from 1 to 4 p.m., said Starla and $5,000 from the sale. Doescher, head of library BOOK SALE INFO This will be the second year acquisitions. that students, faculty and staff $2 hardbacks Regardless of weather condihave been given preference $1 paperbacks tions, the sale will be held at the over the public, Doescher said. 50-cent journals and magazines southwest corner of the Bizzell The change came as a result of 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: student, faculty book dealers showing up early Memorial Library, she said. Books of all genres will be and staff book sale and buying up books, she said. available, but academic books 1 to 4 p.m.: sale open to the public “It’s really meant for OU stuwill be especially common. dents and faculty to get good Hardbacks will be $2, paperbacks will be $1 and deals on books,” Doescher said. journals and magazines will be 50 cents, she The library received many positive comments said. from students and faculty about the change, she The books at the sale have been donated to said. the library, but were not added to the library col“I’m looking for some classic Lovecraft,” said lection, Doescher said. Matt Middleton, English literature sophomore. The books from last year’s sale that were not “I’d love to find some of that there.” sold have also been added to this year’s sale, Doescher said the sale is an excellent opporDoescher said. tunity to find books that wouldn’t be at a new “We figure there are always new people bookstore.
sunglasses will show true OU pride. “Ally’s house is an organization in Oklahoma City that takes care of families who have children with cancer,” said Jillian Kirkconnell, Sooner Shades president and finance and supply chain junior. All profits will be going to help families in need. IBC is more than just learning how to run a business, Kirkconnell said, but it is a chance to learn how college students can make a difference in the lives of a family.
Legislation Continued from page 1 from dropping patients for pre-existing conditions or getting sick. “That seems to be 90 percent of the Congress and the American public agree with [including a provision],” Shook said. Shook said the public option and the mandate that employers provide insurance for all employees would help lower the cost of the plan, but both are still up for debate this week. “Those are two items that will be talked about a lot over the next few days,” he said. “The feeling of virtually all of the speakers [Monday] is that we’ll have a bill completed definitely by Thanksgiving.” Givel said most of the private health care industry back reform that requires patients to purchase insurance. James Sheffield, political science professor, said health care reform will likely impact students or recent graduates more than current students, many of whom are still covered on their parents’ insurance, because the bill would require everyone to have insurance. “Unless there’s some sort of provision that makes it easier and less expensive for university health services to offer a wider array of health services to students, I’m not sure there’s going to
be that large an impact [on students],” Sheffield said. “The possibility that university health centers are going to be able to do more than they normally do is minimal.” Sheffield said the reform could cause students to encounter potential problems in the future. “Cost of health care [is] going to continue to rise regardless of whether or not this bill passes,” Sheffield said. “I think students are going to find the cost of their health care is not going to be stable. As taxpayers down the road, this service is going to entail some sort of tax increase.” Givel said there is no easy solution, as the proposals in Congress, particularly the public option, leave the likelihood for private health insurance companies to raise premiums, set high co-pays, raise deductibles and cut back on services provided. With the nonpublic option, health costs could still rise much higher than anticipated. Another potential issue, Givel said, is that not everyone will sign up for health coverage even if it is required. This is evident in Massachusetts’ current universal health care program, which mandates the same thing. “This is not a done deal,” Sheffield said. “To get the bill, it’s going to take a fairly monumental effort on part of the president and Congress.”
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GUEST SPEAKER LECTURES ON WARFARE AND INSURGENCY TACTICS US must change way it looks at modern warfare, according to speaker
CAMPUS BRIEFS THORPE TO PRESENT LECTURE Jack Thorpe, former principal chief of the Sac and Fox Nation, will speak at 7 tonight at the Moore-Lindsay Historic House, 508 N. Peters Ave., in honor of his father, Jim Thorpe, who is widely known as a legendary athlete and representative of the Sac and Fox Nation. Jack Thorpe’s presentation is part of a 10-week exhibit and lecture series titled “Other Traditions: Football in Early Oklahoma” at the Moore-Lindsay Historic House.
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Warfare, especially Hugo Chavez ’s methods in S outh America, has changed to a more mental, messy strategy the world has to be prepared for, a retired army colonel said Wednesday. Max Manwaring is a research professor with the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College. He gave his lecture titled, “Guns, Gangs, God, and Ganja: The New Global Insurgency Phenomenon,” to a group of students Wednesday in the Scholars Room of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. The lecture was part of John Fishel’s Presidential Dream Course on Small Wars – Low Intensity Conflict. Fishel is an emeritus professor at the National Defense University and a lecturer at OU’s School of International and Area Studies, according to the school’s Web site. Manwaring focused on the concept of modern warfare by using Venezuela as a “concrete example.” He said Chavez, Venezuela’s president, plans to take over Latin America by first taking over the minds of countries’ citizens. “What I would like to stress here
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Dr. Max Manwaring gives a lecture Wednesday night in the Scholars Room of the Oklahoma Memorial Union titled, “Guns, Gangs, God and Ganja.” is that this is not strictly a military effort, but also very much a psychological and political effort as well,” Manwaring said. Rather than just focusing on conquering geographical areas, Manwaring said, Chavez and other terrorist leaders are firstly focusing on gaining “human territory” in other countries. “ These are his ter ms, not mine,” Manwaring said with a laugh after outlining what Chavez’s plans are to gain control of Latin America. Chavez’s overall method is carried out in six phases that gradually build up to the final takeover of another country, Manwaring
said. Although Venezuela is still in the early phases, people need to be concerned about the implications should Venezuela actually carry out these phases. “[The U.S.] does not know how to go from military to politicalpsychological,” Manwaring said. “We don’t understand the power of dreams, the power of words, the power of ideas.” To be more effective in stopping Venezuelan efforts, Manwaring said he thinks that leaders need to be taught about the new conflict until they fully understand. Also, the U.S. needs to unite citizens in the way they think about Venezuela.
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TODAY PSYCHOLOGY CLUB The Psychology Club will provide information for students about mental health awareness from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the South Oval for National Mental Health Awareness Week. CAREER SERVICES Career Services will be accept-
versity and private sector researchers, will hold an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Three Partners Place is located on the University Research Campus at 201 David L. Boren Blvd. Light refreshments will be served and the public is welcome.
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RESEARCH CAMPUS HOSTS OPEN HOUSE FOR HOME
A new exhibit, “Drawing the Motmot: An Artist’s View of Tropical Nature,” opens Saturday at the Sam Noble Museum and runs though Jan. 18. This exhibit features the artwork done by Oklahoma nature artist Debby Kaspari of her rainforest expeditions across Central and South America. “I wanted this to be more than just an art exhibit,” Kaspari stated in a press release. “I wanted to share the environment as I see and feel it. I wanted to bring a visitor into the rainforest and give them the chance to connect with it, through artwork and media.” The exhibit of Kaspari’s work will feature sketches and paintings done while in the rainforest, and will also feature audio and video elements provided by Kaspari from her time in the rainforests.
Three Partners Place, a recently completed research building that houses uni-
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NUTRITIONIST TO SPEAK AT COUCH RESTAURANTS A nutritionist will teach students habits of healthy eating at Couch Restaurants today. The demonstration by nutritionist Mary Payne Moran is at 11 a.m., and will focus on eating healthy in a dorm or apartment, a press release stated. She will teach students how to make romaine salad, guacamole and salsa.
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POLICE REPORTS ing walk-ins from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union for all students wanting help with resumes, cover letter and job search strategies. The Construction Science Career Fair will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Union. PARADIGM The OU Baptist Collegiate Ministry will host Paradigm at 8 p.m. in the Union’s Meacham Auditorium. OU LAB THEATRE “A Piece of my Heart” will be shown from 8 to 9:30
p.m. in the Old Science Hall Lab Theatre.
FRIDAY TRANSFER STUDENT ADVISORY BOARD Applications to join the board are due at 5 p.m. All transfer students are eligible. For an application, visit Studentlife.ou.edu. OU LAB THEATRE “A Piece of my Heart” will be shown from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Old Science Hall Lab Theatre.
The following is a list of arrests and citations, not convictions. The information is compiled by the Norman Police Department and the OU Police Department. All those listed are presumed innocent until proven guilty. MUNICIPAL WARRANT Kerrie Dawn Bickley, 32, 333 N. Interstate Drive E., Tuesday Erin Grace Durbin, 26, 201 W. Gray St., Tuesday Johnny Lee Montgomery, 51, 1200 E. Alameda St., Tuesday, also county warrant John Arthur Williams, 47, 314 Chalmette Drive, Tuesday
MOLESTING PROPERTY Donald Patrick Burrows, 45, 1430 24th Ave. S.W., Tuesday, also trespassing
217 Bull Run Ave., Monday Christopher Lynn Williams, 23, 2000 24th Ave., Tuesday
PETTY LARCENY Regina Easter Brook, 18, 906 W. Main St., Tuesday
DRIVING WITH AN EXPIRED LICENSE Lonnie Sutton, 47, 6107 SR-9, Saturday
COUNTY WARRANT Zachary Caleb Goudy, 18, 2000 24th Ave., Tuesday Rigo R. Mireles, 27, 3001 Pheasant Run Road, Tuesday
PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS Jimmy Lee Wasio, 20, 2000 24th Ave., Tuesday, also possession of a controlled dangerous substance within 1,000 feet of a school or church and carrying concealed weapon
PUBLIC INTOXICATION Thomas David Horton, 47, 217 Bull Run Ave., Monday Melynda Michelle Rider, 36,
POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA Zachary Scott Wendt, 21, 323 W. Boyd St., Tuesday
THIS WEEKEND AT YOUR UNIVERSITY Thursday, Oct. 8 Miss University of Oklahoma 2010: Application Deadline | The Miss OU Pageant is accepting contestant applications now through Oct. 9 for the Miss OU 2010 Pageant on Oct. 20, 2009. Prospective contestants must either have completed a full semester at OU and be currently enrolled full-time or be an Oklahoma resident and currently enrolled full-time. Visit www.ou.edu/missou for more information or email mg@Ou.edu.
Concert on the Lawn: The Outflow Band | 7 p.m. on the West Lawn of the Lloyd Noble Center.
Intramural Update | Punt, Pass & Kick today at 4 p.m. at the IM fields. Horsehoes entries also today! For more information visit recservices.ou.edu or call Jonathan Dewhirst, (405) 325-3053.
Sutton Concert Series: OU Opera, Die Flederamus | 8 p.m. in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center.
Free Concert: Great Lake Swimmers | 8 p.m. in Meacham Auditorium, second floor of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Presented by the Campus activities Council Concert Series and the Union Programming Board.
Mid-Day Music | noon in the Oklahoma Memorial Union Food Court featuring Joanna Rus. Presented by the Union Programming Board.
Sooners in the Land of Enchantment: Curatorial Perspective | 6 p.m. in the Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Presented by Mark White, Eugene B. Adkins Curator, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.
Student Success Series: What’s Your Learning Style? | 5 p.m. in Wagner Hall 245. Presented by University College.
Softball: OU vs. Seminole State | 6 p.m. at OU Stadium. Visit soonersports.com for ticket information.
Astronomy Lecture Series: The Solar System | 7 p.m. at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. Presented by Susan Postawko, Meteorology.
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Sutton Concert Series: OU Opera, Die Flederamus | 8 p.m. in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students, faculty/staff and senior adults. Please call the Box Office at (405) 325-4101 for more information.
UOSA Tailgate | 11 p.m. on the Southwest corner of Lindsey Street and Asp Avenue. Free food, music, games and EA sports will be on hand to demo games! Presented by the University of Oklahoma Student Association and Housing and Food Services.
Friday, Oct. 9 Guess-The-Score | 11:30 a.m. in the union food court. Think you know Sooner Football? Prove it at the Union Programming Board’s pre-game predictions for a chance to win great prizes. Play every Friday during football season to earn points and increase your chances of winning. There’s ALWAYS SOMETHING at the union! Mid-Day Music | noon in the Oklahoma Memorial Union Food Court featuring Kyle Reid. Presented by the Union Programming Board.
Sooner Football: OU vs. Baylor | 2:30 p.m. in the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Visit soonersports.com for ticket information. Sutton Concert Series: OU Opera, Die Flederamus | 8 p.m. in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center.
Sunday, Oct. 11 Sutton Concert Series: OU Opera, Die Flederamus | 3 p.m. in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center.
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High school survey shows youths need to get better informed The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs recently commissioned an Atlanta-based company to conduct a telephone survey in which 1,000 public high school students from Oklahoma were asked 10 questions from the U.S. citizenship test (see page 6 for details and to take the 10 question quiz for yourself ). The questions included impossible brain benders like, “What ocean is on the east coast of the United States?” and, “Who was the first President of the United States?” When we discussed the quiz in our daily meeting Wednesday, we laughed at how easy all of the questions seemed. We stopped laughing, however, when we heard the results. Of the 1,000 students surveyed, none got as many as eight of the questions correct, and only six managed to answer seven of the 10 questions correctly. To become a U.S. citizen, someone must answer six of the questions right. By these standards, less than 5 percent of Oklahoma public high school students would qualify to be citizens of this country. This is shocking to us, and it makes us question the state of our state’s public education system. In Oklahoma, students can graduate by taking one semester of government class. Perhaps this doesn’t sound that bad, but when less than half of a sampling of students can answer the question, “What are the two major political parties in the United States?” correctly, it starts to look really bad. Maybe we’re wrong, but this doesn’t sound like tough stuff. Honestly, only 23 percent of Oklahoma public high schoolers know that George Washington was the first president? This obviously proves the need for an improved public education system, but we also think it shows that our generation needs to make itself better informed about our government, even if we have to do it on our own. We are the leaders of the future, whether we like it or not. And because of this, we need to realize that we have a responsibility to get informed. We’ll do our part if you do yours.
Be intelligent about buying pricey goods during recession While this year has been brutal on the pocketbooks of many Americans, some people aren’t holding back. Retail sales may be dismal, but some unusually highpriced items are finding profits. The general notion is, as economic hardship conIAN tinues, more people stop buying FULLINGTON expensive goods. The truth of the matter is the opposite, as certain popular luxury items appear to be recession proof. In some cases, sales have actually increased during this recession. It b e g s t h e q u e s t i o n , h av e Americans learned anything from this economic downturn? Although retail and food service sales may be stagnant, apparel sales are rising. Specifically, premium clothing sales continue to grow. Premium, or designer jeans sales continue to push through the recession, and in some cases, there are profits to be found. During 2008, premium denim sales rose 17 percent, according to the marketing research firm NPD Group.
Rising sales are not just a fashion trend. Apple Inc. announced significant profits for the fiscal year 2008, and specifically, the sales of the iPhone and iPod increased dramatically. iPod sales grew 3 percent to roughly $22.7 million, and iPhone sales rose 88 percent during the final quarter of 2008. Clearly, consumers are still spending money on these luxury goods. Where does all the money come from? Unemployment is still rising and wages are still stagnant. One way to pay for these expensive items is to clean out one’s savings account. Despite the notion of saving money during a recession, some people continue to spend. Some choose to save for a while, then “binge spend” on one big item. After all, new clothes or a new iPod make us feel much better, at least for a while. In normal times, we spend much more casually, purchasing several small items, frequently.
However, a recession forces us to reconsider our spending, and we feel inclined to save. Eventually we get sick of saving up, so we purchase something to make us feel better, but it happens to be an iPhone or a new pair of jeans. Just like a person cracks under a diet, we crack under a tough budget. In the end, we’re right back where we started. One of the reasons we’re in the middle of this prolonged recession is our willingness to spend now, rather than save for the future. This isn’t a soapbox complaining about people buying expensive items when they shouldn’t. Pay attention to the things you’re buying and when you buy them. This isn’t to say, stop spending during a recession. Spend wisely, purchase things you can reuse and avoid impulse spending. Buy the new pair of jeans when you can afford it, and don’t just tack it on to a credit card bill. If we’re going to pull out of this recession for good, we need to be much smarter about the way we save and spend our money – not just during a recession, but during good times as well. Ian Fullington is an economics and finance junior.
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Some fail to ask right questions when interpreting the Bible As we approach the time of year that celebrates the Catholic Church’s erroneous claim that the son of God was born of parthenogenesis, I find myself putting questions to the credulous beliefs of my Christian friends more frequently. Before you Christians out there start rounding up your torches and pitchforks to have me burnt at the stake, let me offer a defense for my presumptuous questioning by explaining that I have actually read the Bible. And I would recommend TRAVIS GROGAN it. It’s a pretty good book. Turning back to my theological discussions, I have to say that there is one thing that I find more frustrating than almost anything else when talking to Christians. Every time I bring things like “logic” and “reason” into the conversation, I always receive some version of the same response: “It’s all about interpretation.” Every time I hear this phrase, or its conversational counterparts, I always experience an instantaneous and excruciating migraine. I guess it’s the Christian deep inside me, buried under all that agnosticism that has kept me from smashing my own head in with a crucifix just to make the pain stop. So I ask all you Christians out there to take a minute and answer four basic questions for me, so I can interpret the Bible as well as you. Is God omnipotent? Is God omniscient? Is the Bible meant to be interpreted literally
or metaphorically? How do you decide which passages are OK to ignore? Almost every Christian I’ve talked to, even those who go to the exact same church, have very different answers to these very basic questions. And for good reason. They raise very troubling questions about this “God” character. Let’s assume that God is the creator of the Earth, universe and all reality for a moment. Growing up, I was led to believe that God is supposed to be a pretty nice guy. Which begs the question: Why would a nice guy create evil? I understand the argument that in our reality you must have evil in order to have good, like the concept of yin and yang. But to make this argument is to miss the point entirely. If God is truly all-powerful, then he could create a reality in which good can exist independent of evil. So either God is not all-powerful, or he wanted evil to exist. I hear many voices out there shouting about the Garden of Eden as I write this. However, omnipotence by definition entails omniscience. Meaning God knew that the snake would sucker Eve, and Adam would fall victim to her female cajolery and eat the forbidden fruit. Phrasing it differently, God rigged the game. He knew what the outcome would be (he did create Adam and Eve), and he set the dominoes up, only to knock them down. I would also think that a creature with
omniscience would not feel the need to prove himself by gambling. If you think that God is really that great of a guy, try reading the story of Job. God decided to allow Job’s life to be decimated in order to win a bet with the devil. Does that sound like the work of a benevolent and omniscient God? Where the hell was the golden rule in all of this? Should Job give Lucifer permission to destroy everything that God supposedly loves if Job is given the chance? Some people argue that I shouldn’t interpret stories, especially from the Old Testament, literally. The problem is that The Good Book tells me I ought to interpret passages literally. “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you” (Deuteronomy 4:2). Words like that incline me to think that God literally wants me to stone adulterers to death in order to purge the evil from our midst. But maybe I should interpret things a bit more metaphorically. I should flip to the New Testament and listen to Jesus. He said, “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned” (John 15:6). Wait, so I should be burning people who don’t believe in Christianity? Jesus Christ.
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But wait, there are still my favorite Christians. These are the ones that will admit that fallible men wrote, and rewrote the Bible over and over again as they were burning the literature and the people that discussed things like math, physics, architecture and all the other tools of the devil. These people will say that some passages can be disregarded because they were written by corrupt men as opposed to God’s disciples. However, I have yet to hear a single person give a coherent explanation as to how they differentiate between the words of God and deceitful men. There is evidence out there to support the corruption of certain passages, but nobody cares about discovering that things like the “virgin birth” were probably changed to make Christianity more popular with the potential converts of the competing religions of the day. Instead, people rationalize. They pick what they want to believe and find passages in the Bible, or more commonly, some guy with a church, to support it. I don’t blame them. Having sex and wearing a wool and silk coat is more fun than killing people that plant two crops in the same field. But I’ve decided to be a nice guy about it. I won’t tell you all “I told you so” if the rest of you end up on the bus ride to Hell with me. Travis Grogan is a political science senior.
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Insurgents breached base during Afghan battle KABUL — Insurgents fought their way inside an American base in Afghanistan last weekend in a rare security breach before they were driven back under heavy fire during the deadliest battle for U.S. troops in more than a year, a U.S. official said Wednesday. The bold assault raised serious questions about the security of thinly manned outposts spread across the troubled nation’s volatile border region with Pakistan, and reflects growing insurgent resolve. It comes as pressure is building on the Obama administration to decide a way forward in the conflict. Wednesday marked the eighth anniversary of the U.S. invasion that ousted the Taliban for harboring Osama bin Laden after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on Washington D.C. and New York. Saturday’s nearly six-hour battle in mountainous Kamdesh district, near the eastern border with Pakistan, left eight American and three Afghan soldiers dead — one of the heaviest U.S. losses of life in a single battle since the war began. NATO says around 100 insurgents were also killed. Most U.S. installations in Iraq and Afghanistan are heavily guarded with rings of razor wire, huge sand-filled barriers, blast walls and security cameras. It is rare — almost unheard of — for insurgents to breach such defenses and get inside. Maj. T.G. Taylor, an American public affairs officer, said it was unclear how the attackers penetrated the base or how many there were. He stressed he was not in Kamdesh at the time and his information was based on preliminary reports.
Italian soldiers carry the coffins of six Italian soldiers killed following a suicide car bomb attack on their convoy on Sept.17, to be loaded on a plane after a last service before being sent back home, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 19.The bombing that killed 10 Afghans and six Italian soldiers on one of Kabul’s main roadways Thursday prompted Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to call for a “transition strategy” to allow the Afghan government to do more for its own security and decrease international troop levels. Taylor said 24 Americans and 10 Afghan soldiers were wounded during the fighting. Large portions of the base burned down, probably from incoming rocket and machine gun fire, he said. The evening before the attack, insurgents comprised mostly of local Nuristani fighters began warning villagers “that something was going to go down and asked
them to evacuate,” Taylor told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from nearby Jalalabad. It’s unclear whether civilians fled, but local police units abandoned the village — nearly all except the police chief who was later captured and executed. In Washington, the Pentagon said the remote outpost was slated to close as part of a consolidation of
far-flung bases. “The Taliban was trying to claim credit for driving us out of this combat outpost,” Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said, but the decision was already made. “We need to focus our resources on those areas where they can have the biggest impact on population centers,” Morrell said. The assault began around dawn
Saturday. Some 200 fighters bombarded a joint U.S.-Afghan army outpost with small arms, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar shells. Fire came from three sides simultaneously — including a local mosque they took over, buildings in the village, and high ground above the outpost. —AP
Disappearance of Iranian scientist creates mystery TEHRAN, Iran — The disappearance of an Iranian nuclear scientist on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in June is raising questions about whether he defected and gave the West information on Iran’s nuclear program. Iran’s foreign minister on Wednesday accused the United States of involvement in the disappearance of Shahram Amiri, who reportedly worked at a university linked to the elite Revolutionary Guard military corps. In a sign of the sensitivities surrounding Amiri, Iranian officials have not even publicly identified Amiri as a nuclear scientist, referring to him only as an Iranian citizen. Amiri’s wife has said he was researching medical uses of nuclear technology at a university and was not involved in the broader nuclear program. Iran’s foreign minister took the unusual step of complaining to the head of the United Nations last week about the disappearance, at the same time raising the case of a former defense minister who vanished in Turkey in 2007, also believed by many to have defected. Amiri vanished several months before the September revelation of a uranium enrichment facility near the city of Qom, which the United States and its allies accuse Iran of building secretly. The timing has led experts to question whether Amiri may have given the West information on it or other parts of Iran’s nuclear program. The discovery of that facility was a coup for Western intelligence. Iran denied trying to hide the site, insisting it was not yet required to declare it to the U.N. nuclear watchdog. Still, it was put on the defensive as it entered landmark nuclear negotiations with the U.S. and other world powers last week, talks that have somewhat eased rising tensions between the two sides. U.S. officials have said multiple streams of intelligence — particularly spy satellites — were used to reveal the Qom site and its function, but they have not specified whether the sources included Iranians on the ground. The United States and its allies accuse Iran of secretly seeking to develop nuclear weapons, a claim Iran denies, saying its program is
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, third right, and diplomats representing the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany, pose for photographers, prior to presenting Iran’s package of proposals for new talks with the West, in a gathering in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Sept. 9. intended only to produce electricity. Little is known about Amiri, and his fate remains a mystery after more than four months. Iran has asked Saudi Arabia for information on his whereabouts but has received no reply, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hasan Qashqavi said earlier this week. Amiri’s relatives have demonstrated several times outside the Saudi Embassy in Tehran demanding information. The Iranians “may be concerned that the Americans were involved in luring him away,” said Meir Javedanfar, an Iranian-born analyst based for the Middle East think tank, meepas. He raised the possibility Amiri was willingly offering information to the West, despite Iranian claims he was arrested in Saudi Arabia. “There’s the possibility he was taken away in a limousine rather than being shoved in the back of a car, meaning that he could have been a walk-in,” said Javedanfar, who is
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based in Israel. Amiri worked as a researcher at Tehran’s Malek Ashtar University, according to Iran’s state-run English language channel Press TV. The university has been cited by the U.N. in the past as a nuclear research site and is widely thought to be run by the Revolutionary Guard. One Iranian news Web site claimed Amiri had worked at the Qom facility and had defected in Saudi Arabia. The Web site, Jahannews, which is connected to Iranian conservatives, gave no source for the report. Amiri traveled to Saudi Arabia on May 31 for Omra, an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, his wife told the unofficial news agency
ISNA. The last she heard from him was on June 3, when he called her from the holy city of Medina. She said he told her that during his arrival in Saudi Arabia, he had been questioned extensively by police at the airport — “more than any other passenger,” according to ISNA, which did not give the wife’s name. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki raised the level of interest Wednesday, saying that Amiri had been arrested and accused the United States of a role. “We’ve obtained documents about U.S. involvement over Shahram Amiri’s disappearance,” Mottaki said, according to the semiofficial Fars news agency. “We hold Saudi Arabia responsible for Shahram Amiri’s situation and consider the U.S. to be involved in his arrest,” Mottaki said, quoted by the official IRNA news agency. “We regard Saudi government as responsible for Amiri’s condition and according to some documents available for us, we consider that the US is responsible for his detention.” ISNA, an Iranian student news agency, said Mottaki addressed reports that Amiri was on the staff of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, saying “these are speculations discussed by western media and we pursue his case as an Iranian national.” There was no immediate comment from Saudi officials. In D.C., State Department spokesman Ian C. Kelly said he had no information about the matter. “The case is not familiar to us,” Kelly said. The Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat, which is owned by Saudi businessmen, reported last week that Mottaki made a formal complaint to U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon about the disappearances of Amiri and several other Iranians in recent years, some of whom it feared may have provided nuclear information to the West. —AP
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STATE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS STRUGGLING WITH BASIC CIVICS Civics not required in End-of-Instruction testing for Okla. high school students
commissioned Atlanta-based Strategic knowledge needs to be a priority. Vision LLC to conduct the survey. “They are the voters, and it is important “We don’t give it enough time and atten- for them to know what they are voting on,” tion,” said Norman High School social stud- she said. “There are a lot of them that don’t ies teacher Sandy Bahan. “We teach them have a clue.” all the basics — about the C u r t i s Mayflower and Thanksgiving “They are the voters, and it is M a r t i n , but that usually stops in the important for them to know what University fifth grade.” freshthey are voting on. There are a lot College Bahan said the reason civman, said he ics is neglected in classrooms of them that don’t have a clue.” w a s n ’ t s u ris because it’s not tested by prised about the results of the state. -SANDY BAHAN, NORMAN HIGH SCHOOL the survey. Oklahoma requires high SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER “It accurateschool students to pass ly reflects my End-of-Instruction tests in classmates,” said Martin, who attended Fort English, science, history and math. “It’s up to the district whether or not kids Towson High School in Southern Oklahoma. know it, and it’s up to the individual teacher “I think out of my high school ... 5 percent would know all 10 questions.” how much time they spend on it,” she said. Bahan said Norman High School registers Martin said teachers don’t necessarily about 200 new voters a year, and basic civic have an invested interest in civic education.
LARA SAAVEDRA Daily Staff Writer
Oklahoma high school students failed to meet basic civic standards with only 2.8 percent of students passing a civics test, according to a recent survey. One thousand students took part in a telephone survey where they were asked 10 questions randomly selected from the U.S. naturalization test. Questions ranged from “How many Justices are on Supreme Court?” to “Who was the first President of the United States?” Immigrants who seek citizenship in the U.S. must pass an English language and a 10-question civics test. A passing score for the civics portion is six out of 10 correct. The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
“They’re teaching to the tests,” Martin said. “As long as you can pass a test they don’t care. As long as you pass the test they get funding.” David Greyson, University College freshman, said knowing about the way government works is what you need in order to be an active citizen. “If you don’t know that stuff, you might as well not vote because you just don’t even know what it means,” said Greyson, who attended Heritage Hall, a private school in Oklahoma City. “I never grew up around people who didn’t know that stuff.” Little or no funding has been made available to Oklahoma high schools, and until the state makes civic education a priority, Bahan said she sees little or no progress on students’ basic civic knowledge. “Their vote has a great deal of influence,” she said. “They need to pay attention and start caring.”
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QUIZ YOURSELF: HOW WELL DO YOU REALLY KNOW YOUR GOVERNMENT?
•What is the supreme law of the land?
•What do we call the first 10 amendments to the Constitution?
•The Bill of Rights
•What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?
•The Senate and the House
•How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
• Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
• What ocean is on the east coast of the United States?
•What are the two major political parties in the United States?
•Democratic and Republican
•We elect a U.S. senator for how many years?
•Who was the first President of the United States?
• Who is in charge of the executive branch?
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Maria Fernanda, freshman defensive specialist, passes the ball Wednesday during the game against Iowa State. The sooners lost 3-1.
OU falls to Iowa State JAMES CORLEY Daily Staff Writer
OU’s drought of wins against ranked opponents continues. The Sooner volleyball team lost a tough defensive battle against No. 14 Iowa State in four sets Wednesday. [23-25, 25-22, 10-25, 21-25] “We played cautiously,” OU coach Santiago Restrepo said. “When you play like that you aren’t able to accomplish much.” Iowa State leads the Big 12 in digs, and the Sooners are right behind at second, setting up a game that featured 162 digs between the teams. “We are both good on defense,” freshman María Fernanda said. “We had to be more aggressive and more focused.” Iowa State opened the first set by scoring four unanswered points and built an 8-3 lead over OU, but the Sooners’ defense helped them climb back to tie the game 16-16. OU’s 12 attack errors in the set eventually got the best of them, and Iowa State won 25-23. In the second set, the Sooners responded by taking a 4-1 early lead. The Sooners led by as many as five, but ISU rallied back to tie 2020. OU finished strong and won 25-22. The Sooners led the defensive battle 52 digs to 46 after the second set. “We had to start switching it up between hard shots, tip shots and placing the ball in different parts of the court,” junior Francie
Ekwerekwu said. “We also had to adjust to their hitters.” OU came back from the break sluggish, continuing a trend of poor third set play. “It was a major hiccup that was really, in my opinion, unacceptable,” Ekwerekwu said. “You can’t come out not ready to play in the third set and get down as bad as we were. We lost a lot of communication, confidence and our normal Oklahoma swag.” The Sooners committed nine more errors and had a -.097 attack percentage in the set. “We’re going to have to do a better job of resetting our focus and acting like it’s game one again,” Ekwerekwu said. “We’ve got to do better whenever we come out of the locker room.” The Cyclones took an early 10-3 lead in the fourth set. The Sooners inched back to within three at 19-22, but Iowa State closed the match with a 25-21 win. Fernanda led OU in digs with 20, followed by Bridget Laplante and Brianne Barker with 16 each to give the Sooners 80 as a team. Barker added 39 assists for her 11th doubledouble of the season. OU committed 36 errors and had a .068 attack percentage. “We need to be able to have the whole team playing well,” Restrepo said. “When we don’t play well as a team, this is the end result.” The Sooners (11-5, 4-3) will play their third ranked opponent in a row Saturday against No. 2 Texas at 12 p.m. in Austin.
Sooner Wrestling Update M.J. CASIANO Daily Staff Writer
After going 16-4 in 2009, a seven-year best, and signing a top-three ranked recruiting class in the offseason, the OU wrestlers will return to the season with a No. 17 ranking from Wrestling International Newsmagazine. Also ranked from the Big 12 is No. 2 Iowa State, No. 8 Nebraska, No. 10 Missouri, and Oklahoma State sharing OU’s No. 17 ranking. OU returns eight starters and six NCAA qualifiers. Additionally, five ranked wrestlers return within their weight classes including brothers No. 7 Kyle Terry and No. 10 Chad Terry at 149 and 157 pounds, respectively. Jeff James is ranked No. 8 at 174, Eric Lapotsky is No. 6 at 197 and No. 18 Nathan Fernandez at heavyweight. “It is an honor for our team and ranked
wrestlers, especially those ranked in the top eight,” head coach Jack Spates said. “We can confidently say that our team is committed to exceeding these expectations. We have been working hard and dreaming very big this offseason and we look forward to a successful year.” The wrestling squad will have its first action in the Red/White scrimmage November 5, at 7 p.m. CT in Norman.
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Junior running back DeMarco Murray (7) runs the ball past BYU during the game Sept. 5.
Where to go from here? JAMES ROTH Daily Staff Writer
If someone were to say that five weeks into the college football season OU would be 2-2 heading into conference play, that person would be laughed at. It may be a shock, but the Sooners right now are a .500 team and hopes of a national championship are very slim. Players and coaches know what they have to do; they need to get back on track. OU now heads into conference play where it looks to regroup this week against Baylor. The Sooners recognized the mistakes they made against Miami last week and look to correct them with solid play this week. â€œWe are not used to playing like that,â€? linebacker Travis Lewis said. â€œWe are not used to lowering our standards and last week was our worst defensive performance of the season.â€? OU has a good chance to get a win this week against Baylor. Currently, Baylorâ€™s starting quarterback Robert Griffin is out with injury. On the other hand, the Sooners could possibly get back their starting quarterback and Heisman trophy winner Sam Bradford this week. Bradfordâ€™s return would be a huge morale
boost for the team and would be a beneficial for Bradford to get one game in before the taking on Texas Oct. 17. For the Sooners to get back on track they need someone to step up on the offensive end. With the injury to wide receiver Ryan Broyles, other up and coming receivers such as Brandon Caleb will have to make big plays through the air to balance out the running game. Just as importantly the Sooners need to get back on track on the defensive side of the ball. Missed tackles and not getting third down stops hurt OU against Miami last week and was why they lost the game. The Sooners will have to correct those mistakes against Baylor. â€œIf you put your head down (when tackling) you are going to miss a guy,â€? said defensive coordinator Brent Venables. â€œWe have to be better next game.â€? Even though the Sooners are 2-2 on the season they are 0-0 in Big 12 play, and even though a national championship might be out of the picture there is still something to play for. This week the Sooners need to get back on track with solid overall play against Baylor, and then prepare for their toughest opponent in the Big 12, Texas.
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OU has had one of the most successful programs in the nation over the years since 2000, when the Sooners captured their last national championship. In this decade, no FCS team has won more games than the Sooners. With a record of 104-21, fans of 90 percent of other teams in the country would be envious of the prosperity Sooner fans have enjoyed. However, continued success brings increased expectations. After years of BCS bowls and double-digit winning seasons, it becomes something of a right in the eyes of the fans. Anything less is failure. Perennial winners are AARON judged on a higher standard. COLEN So what does this mean for OU? Fans have already grown weary during this stretch of four straight BCS bowl game losses, even though most teams would kill for the opportunity to be in four BCS games, two of which were national title games. This year, the Sooners sit at 2-2. Both of the teamsâ€™ games that could be considered legitimate tests resulted in OU losses. OUâ€™s failures have been shocking and very public, with one of them happening in the first game at the new Texas Stadium, and the other happening during prime time in front of a national audience.
Despite the unconvincing optimism from players and coaches about the prospects for the rest of the season, barring a miracle the Sooners most likely will not win the Big 12, which means there will be no BCS bowl. For Sooner fans, this is a taste of the reality that most fans in America experience. Crushing injuries. Multiple losses. And for the first time in years, a lowering of expectations. Every fan base needs to be humbled periodically. OU fans have gotten spoiled to the point that some of them will call for the firing of the coaching staff after an 11-win season. So spoiled that having the Heisman trophy winner and the conference title is not enough to satisfy them. The pain of a simply â€œgoodâ€? season as opposed to the usual â€œgreatâ€? ones should serve as a reminder to fans how difficult it is to win 10 games in college football, and especially in the Big 12. Hopefully it will remind them that going to the Fiesta Bowl is a privilege and an honor, not an annual right. I donâ€™t like seeing the Sooners lose any more than the next OU student, but pride always comes before the fall. And a dose of humility might be just what the program, and especially the fans, need. Aaron Colen is a journalism senior.
SOONER FOOTBALL SOUNDBITES: Head coach Bob Stoops on junior defensive end Jeremy Beal. Beal has record three sacks in each of his last two games.
â€œHeâ€™s just really been incredible really all four games. Heâ€™s been one of our players of the game maybe three of the four times. He continues to play great. [Heâ€™s] really steady and physical in getting to the quarterback. Heâ€™s one of the more special ones.â€? Defensive backs coach Bobby Jack Wright on Baylorâ€™s backup quarterbacks senior Blake Szymanski and freshman Nick Florence. Starting quarterback sophomore Robert Griffin III is out for the season with a torn ACL.
â€œThey donâ€™t run like [Griffin] does, but theyâ€™re still pretty active, pretty versatile and agile. Theyâ€™ll pull the ball down and run with it. The difference
is when Robert Griffin would pull it like if heâ€™s back to throw it, he pulls it down to scramble out, he is Olympic track speed. Heâ€™s 15 yards down the field before you can blink.â€? -Jono Greco/The Daily
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POT LEGALIZATION GAINS MOMENTUM IN CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO — Marijuana advocates are gathering signatures to get as many as three pot-legalization measures on the ballot in 2010 in California, setting up what could be a groundbreaking clash with the federal government over U.S. drug policy. At least one poll shows voters would support lifting the pot prohibition, which would make the state of 40 million the first in the nation to legalize marijuana. Such action would also send the state into a headlong conflict with the U.S. government while raising questions about how federal law enforcement could enforce its drug laws in the face of a massive government-sanctioned pot industry. The state already has a thriving marijuana trade, thanks to a firstof-its-kind 1996 ballot measure that allowed people to smoke pot for medical purposes. But full legalization could turn medical marijuana dispensaries into all-purpose pot stores, and the open sale of joints could become commonplace on mom-and-pop liquor store counters in liberal locales like Oakland and Santa Cruz. Under federal law, marijuana is illegal, period. After overseeing a series of raids that destroyed more than 300,000 marijuana plants in
Members of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department J.P. Sesak, left, and Danny Bears prepare to hook approximately 300 pounds of marijuana plants to a CHP helicopter at a marijuana garden in a remote area of El Dorado county, Calif. California’s Sierra Nevada foothills this summer, federal drug czar Gil Kerlikowske proclaimed, “Legalization is not in the president’s vocabulary, and it’s not in mine.” The U.S. Supreme Court also has ruled that federal law enforcement
agents have the right to crack down even on marijuana users and distributors who are in compliance with California’s medical marijuana law. But some legal scholars and policy analysts say the government will not be able to require California to
help in enforcing the federal marijuana ban if the state legalizes the drug. Without assistance from the state’s legions of narcotics officers, they say, federal agents could do little to curb marijuana in California.
“Even though that federal ban is still in place and the federal government can enforce it, it doesn’t mean the states have to follow suit,” said Robert Mikos, a Vanderbilt University law professor who recently published a paper about the issue. Nothing can stop federal antidrug agents from making marijuana arrests, even if Californians legalize pot, he said. However, the U.S. government cannot pass a law requiring local and state police, sheriff’s departments or state narcotics enforcers to help. That is significant, because nearly all arrests for marijuana crimes are made at the state level. Of more than 847,000 marijuana-related arrests in 2008, for example, just over 6,300 suspects were booked by federal law enforcement, or fewer than 1 percent. State marijuana bans have allowed the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to focus on big cases, said Rosalie Pacula, director of drug policy research at the Rand Corp. “It’s only something the feds are going to be concerned about if you’re growing tons of pot,” Pacula said. For anything less, she said, “they don’t have the resources to waste on it.” —AP
More Americans growing food on small ‘hobby farms’ GEM, Ind. — Most evenings, Gary Mithoefer can be found at the end of a long gravel driveway off a busy highway, tending two garden plots filled with white sweet potatoes, squash, cabbages and a dozen other vegetables still thriving in early fall. The 62-year-old, who gardens after his workday ends at his state highway job, is one of a growing number of Americans rolling up their sleeves and digging into the dirt to raise crops or livestock on a small scale. The produce and meat raised by these small farms, sometimes called “hobby” or “lifestyle” farms, provides much of the food found at the nation’s farmers’ markets and roadside stands, said Maria I. Marshall, an associate professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University. Many of the farms raise specialized crops and practice organic or sustainable farming. Mithoefer, who sells whatever produce his family doesn’t eat, freeze or can at a Saturday
farmer’s market, said he loves working out- a growing number of small farms also are doors with a nephew who helps him till, sprouting across the nation. plant, weed and harvest plots covering about February’s census report found that the a half-acre just east of Indianapolis along U.S. number of farms under 50 acres soared 40, the famed National Road. nearly 15 percent between 2002 and 2007 to The Greenfield, Ind., resident about 853,000 nationwide. Farms recently sat in the fall sunshine “We do it for the under 10 acres grew even more, near his fields vigorously washing with their numbers rising about buckets of cucumbers, squash, enjoyment.” 30 percent to 232,000. turnips and beets for the farmer’s Nearly 300,000 new farms market as the air hummed with GARY MITHOEFER began production since the last the din of cicadas and crickets. census in 2002, and they tended “We do it for the enjoyment,” Mithoefer to have fewer acres, lower sales and youngsaid as he scrubbed dirt from a cucumber. er operators who also work off-farm, said “We make some on it — it doesn’t lose Ginger Harris, a demographer with National money. We try to be reasonable with our Agricultural Statistics Service, a branch of the prices and give the customer a good qual- USDA. ity product for a reasonable price. Not much Although the census numbers show a goes to waste.” growing interest in small farms, she said The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s farmers weren’t asked their motives for startmost recent farm census shows that while ing their farms or why farming isn’t their prithe nation’s largest farms keep getting larger, mary occupation.
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“We don’t know if they do something else because they can’t make enough money with their farms, and they would like to be a full-time farmer, or it really is just a hobby,” Harris said. Denise Beno Anderson started her 5-acre chicken and vegetable farm in central Ohio in 2003 with her husband. They divorced this year, and Anderson now runs the operation with the help of a cousin and her 17-year-old son, Peter, who works as a farmhand. Anderson said she moved from Columbus, Ohio, about an hour to the south, to the small town of Mount Gilead in part because she wanted to start a farm like the one she grew up on. “I had my taste of the city, and I got tired of the sirens and the helicopters and the traffic and the smells, and I felt more comfortable in a rural setting,” she said. “I had to get back out to my rural roots.” —AP
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CONTEMPORARY EXHIBIT COMES TO MAIN STREET ASHLEY BERNTGEN Daily Staff Writer
Art fans can see three artists at one exhibit as Mainsite Contemporary Art welcomes its newest gallery this week. The exhibit will feature the works of George Oswalt, Garrison Buxton and Melanie Seward at an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Oswalt said he is a painter who finds inspiration from images in his own life experiences. He said he designs his paintings in such a way that the viewer is able to relate to the experience from which he drew his inspiration. He said his latest paintings are a departure from his precious work in that they are more vibrant and confrontational. “These new paintings are about the seen and unseen,” Oswalt said. “The paintings are performances; figures in vivid color zones becoming metaphors of time and space, each painting represents significant turning points in life.” Garrison Buxton, a printmaker and creator of large -scale installations, said his work is an external expression of his own inner religious experiences, and his works often use religious imagery. One of the goals of Buxton’s work is to give the viewer free reign over interpretation, but to also experience his personal reality. “As a visual artist, I exhibit art and design, as well as tour both nationally and internationally, organizing and producing events where visual art, music, dance and performance come together in an energetic explosion,” Buxton said. Photographer Melanie Seward is the third artist of the exhibition. She works with established photography methods to create her images.
Visual work by George Oswalt. His painting can be seen through Dec. 5 at Mainsite Contemporary Art in Norman. “I love natural light,” Seward said. “The way light surrounds an object and continually alters its appearance throughout the cycle of a day always fascinates me. Seward said it is this technique of manipulating light and
contrasting humans with nature that gives his photographs a pensive, almost eerie quality. The exhibition on display through Dec. 5 at Mainsite Contemporary Art, 122 E. Main St. in Norman.
‘DIE FLEDERMAUS’ The School of Music’s OU Opera Theatre, in collaboration with the School of Dance, opened its production of Johann Strauss’ operetta “Die Fledermaus” with a special matinee Wednesday. The show’s run continues tonight at 8 p.m. in Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center, 540 Parrington Oval in Norman.
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Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009 LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -What makes you such a winner is your ability to optimistically take in stride a challenging development and turn it into an outstanding opportunity.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You’re smart enough to know that if you join forces with another, you can enhance your purposes. Partnering with a friend will work out exactly as you had hoped.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Keeping your objectives to yourself will enhance your abilities to develop them at your pace and to accomplish things in your way. Don’t weaken your position by discussing it with others.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Financial trends could be subjected to change, but fortunately, what occurs will provide the opportunity to offset an investment that hasn’t gone well.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Be fearless about devoting your talents to something big. Enterprises or projects that are grand in scope will turn out quite lucky for you. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Somehow, you’ll know that personal gain might not come from standard means, alerting you to an opportunity to accomplish something quite large. You’ll find it. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Don’t hesitate to use new and unique methods about something on which you’re optimistic. Having a positive attitude about your abilities and talents will take you where you want to go. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Even endeavors not conducted along conventional lines can work out surprisingly well. Once you make the call, be positive about everything turning out well.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- A bright idea that pops into your head all the time will get your juices flowing, but don’t sit on it. Put it into action right away; it will prove your excitement wasn’t in vain. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Instinctively, you’ll know that shifting conditions are inclined to work out well for you in the long run, so it isn’t likely that a negative situation will upset you. You’ll be right, and it’ll be a great day. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -Discuss a problem with a friend when the opportunity arises. By opening up, you will discover a crystal-clear way to find a long-desired solution. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- If opportunity knocks, welcome it with open arms. Chances are it will offer several fortunate ways to multiply your material interests and financial holdings.
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WEEKEND UPDATE »
Making weekend plans? The Daily’s Life & Arts staff put together a list of some of our favorite things happening this weekend.
Musician Kyle Reid will perform at noon Friday in the Oklahoma Memorial Union food court, 900 Asp Ave. in Norman.
▲ CONCERT Grammy Award-winner Asleep at the Wheel will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Sooner Theatre, 101 E. Main St. in Norman.
The Great Lake Swimmers will play at 8 p.m. Friday in Meacham Auditorium on the second floor of the Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave. in Norman.
▲ “WHEEL OF FORTUNE” “Wheel of Fortune’s” Wheelmobile is seeking contestants for the famous TV show from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Kickapoo Casino, 25230 E. Highway 62 in Harrah.