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ATTEMPTED KNIFE SUICIDE IN COURTROOM INJURES DEPUTY Defendant taken to hospital, remains in critical condition RICKY MARANON Daily Staff Writer

A man upset with the outcome of his court case stabbed himself and a sheriff’s deputy Thursday night. Troy Jefferson Leal, 43, had his probation revoked Thursday during a hearing at the Cleveland County Courthouse. Leal became upset with the outcome of the hearing, then pulled out a knife and began to cut his own throat in the courtroom. “Mr. Leal is a sex offender, and he has been

out on probation for a while,” Cleveland County Undersheriff Rhett Burnett said. “Today, Judge [William] Hetherington revoked his probation. When that happened, Leal began to become visibly upset and began to reach into his pocket.” Burnett said Leal was reaching in his pocket for an exacto knife. “[Cleveland County Sheriff ’s] Deputy Stephen Lucas saw Leal reach into his pocket and gave him a verbal warning,” Burnett said. “Leal ignored the threats, took out the knife and began to stab himself.” Burnett said Lucas jumped on Leal in an attempt to stop him from cutting his own throat. When he did, Leal cut Lucas down one arm and both hands, Burnett said. “After he was tasered in an attempt to get

him under control, we took the knife from him and put him in custody while we waited for an ambulance,” Burnett said. Cleveland County District Judge Tom Lucas, Deputy Lucas’ father, rushed from his courtroom to Hetherington’s courtroom when he heard about the incident. “I heard that Stephen had been stabbed, and so I came down to see if he was alright,” Judge Lucas said. “I’ve been told that Leal probably would have successfully taken TROY his life in the courtroom if Stephen LEAL hadn’t stepped in and pulled the knife away.” According to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Leal is a registered sex

offender. He was in court Thursday because he violated the law by having continuous contact with children while also viewing child pornography, Cleveland County Court documents stated. Burnett said additional charges will be filed for the Thursday incident. “If he was upset about having to go to jail before, he just got himself more time in jail tonight,” Burnett said. A spokeswoman for Norman Regional Hospital said Leal was in critical condition as of press time. Burnett said Lucas was treated at Norman Regional Hospital and was considering leaving the hospital Friday morning.

TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS DAY reminds struggling, recovering individuals they aren’t alone Student shares experience, offers encouragement MEREDITH MORIAK Managing Editor


Mina Farzad, international security studies and public administration junior, cut herself from age 13 to 19 and is participating in today’s national “To Write Love on Her Arms’ awareness day.

Low turnout at discussion emphasizes student apathy Panel notes more problems, feelings of helplessness TROY WEATHERFORD Daily Staff Writer

A four-person panel discussed how apathy can hinder activism Thursday night in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Less than 15 people showed up for the event. There are more problems in the world today, which is making people feel more helpless, said Suzette Grillot, an international and area studies professor. But Marissa Alberty, international and area studies senior, disagreed with Grillot. “I think there are not necessarily more problems, it’s just that we know about them more,” Alberty said. There’s still a major need for activism on college


campuses, said David Ray, dean of the Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College. College students are inheriting a world that’s been shamefully neglected by previous generations, Ray said. He said students need to “get fired up, get pissed off,” to start an atmosphere of activism on campus. Grillot stressed for activism to succeed at a university, it needs to be institutionalized so that people are encouraged to be active from the moment they become freshmen. To organize that new atmosphere of activism, students need to remember to plan events they would like to attend, Alberty said. Grillot used Thursday’s event as an example and noted the low turnout. “At least there’s more people in the audience than in the panel,” Grillot said.

Planning where and when she would next cut herself, which outfits would cover the wounds and which lies she would tell to excuse the cuts consumed Mina Farzad’s mind for six years. She was young, only 13, when she first ran razor blades from the family box cutter across her arms and ankles. “It really came out of nowhere,” she said. “I wasn’t in this horrible place and nothing new or awful had happened in my life.” She used it as a way to cope with pressure and stress. “I wanted people to think that I could handle everything,” Farzad said. “ ... I thought I could take control of my life and stuff, but I really couldn’t.” Now 20, the international security studies and public administration junior is one of thousands participating in “To Write Love on Her Arms” day. The purpose of today’s events is to reach out to individuals struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide, letting them know they aren’t alone. For Farzad, whenever something went wrong, cutting was her first response. “I just shut out any other option ... I was planning it and it was strategic,” she said. It was three years before anyone noticed the cuts. While shopping, her mother got a glimpse of the cuts behind the dressing room door. Her mother didn’t know how to react.

She wasn’t aware of cutting. “[Her reaction] came out as anger but I knew she was just scared,” Farzad said. “I knew she wasn’t actually angry at me.” Farzad said her mother removed every sharp object from the house and sent her to multiple therapists and psychologists. The 16-year-old never felt comfortable with any of them. “In the realm of psychology, cutting was never looked at as an independent problem,” she said. “It was always looked at as a symptom of something else, so I felt like the whole time I was there ... they were looking for a diagnosis.” Eventually, Farzad was diagnosed with clinical depression and spent seven months taking Zoloft, an antidepressant. “It was awful. I was like a total zombie. I didn’t have feelings, I didn’t care and I was indifferent to everything,” she said. The diagnosis didn’t make sense to Farzad. She was involved with extracurricular activities, appointed to many leadership positions and making good grades. Unhappy with the medicine, she talked with her mother, who also battles clinical depression, and they agreed to discontinue her use of Zoloft. “[My mother] understood what it’s like to feel like you can’t control anything that’s around you,” she said. At 16, her frequency of cutting slowed, but was replaced by another destructive habit: smoking. “I was smoking all the time and not cutting,” she said. “Yes, smoking technically is worse for you ... but I saw it as a socially acceptable way of cutting. Everybody was smoking so they never asked me why I LOVE CONTINUES ON PAGE 2

Bike policy enforced, violations will be impounded Improperly parked bicycles to be confiscated at home football games KATHLEEN EVANS Daily Staff Writer

The OU Police Department and OU Physical Plant will impound bicycles improperly parked around the stadium during home football games. Game attendees need to park bicycles in proper bicycle racks instead of attaching them to poles, trees, fences or other items, Lt. Bruce Chan, OUPD spokesman, said. The policy is not new, but it is now being strongly enforced, Chan said. For the first few football games, OUPD did not confiscate improperly-parked bicycles but instead left warning notices. OUPD started confiscating bicycles Oct. 31, the night of the football game against Kansas State University, Chan said. “Because improperly secured bicycles can damage campus property and also present safety concerns, we remove bicycles that are improperly secured to … any item that is not a bike rack,” Amanda Hearn, spokesperson for the OU Physical Plant, stated in an e-mail. During the Oct. 31 game, the Physical Plant impounded 14 bicycles from the stadium area, Hearn said. LAUREN HARNED/THE DAILY Lona Bridge, a Norman resident and football Those who leave bikes chained to objects other than a bike rack, POLICY CONTINUES ON PAGE 2


such as fences or trees, will have their locks cut and their bikes confiscated by the OUPD and taken to the Physical Plant. VOL. 95, NO. 61

2 Friday, November 13, 2009 Meredith Moriak, managing editor • phone: 325-3666 • fax: 325-6051

Policy Continued from page 1 season ticket holder, said she and her husband were the owners of two of those 14 bicycles. “My poor old husband, 65 years old, rode his bicycle because the doctor did not want him to walk that far [to the game],” Bridge said. Bridge and her husband have been parking their bike in the same place for years, she said, and they did not get any warning before their bikes were confiscated. OUPD did, however, leave a note explaining what happened and where they could go to get their bicycles. “The note was not secure,” Bridge said. “It could have easily disappeared. We are not students, so we had no clue. “We never got a warning [about not parking there], or we wouldn’t have done it.” Bridge got the bicycles from the Physical Plant but did not get any compensation for the lock that OUPD cut off her bicycle. Melanie Mason, microbiology sophomore, had a similar experience when she attached her bicycle to a telephone pole near a stadium gate during the Kansas State game. When she walked by the area again, she noticed that her bicycle was not there and assumed it had been stolen, Mason said. “It was not there, and I panicked,” Mason said. “I thought it had been stolen. I did not even think to look for a note.” After talking to a police officer, Mason went to the Physical Plant after halftime but was not told if her bike was there, she said. She did, though, get her bicycle returned after about 30 minutes. “I did not even get a ticket or anything,” Mason said. “They just freaked me out and cut my bike lock, so I could not ride my bike to school for a few days. Currently, there is no fee to reclaim a bicycle, and people should call the Physical Plant at the end of games to collect their bicycle, Hearn said.

TO RECLAIM A BICYCLE Call Physical Plant Customer Service at 325-3060. The Physical Plant is located off of Felgar Street.


Love Continued from page 1 smoked.” She quit smoking a little more than a year ago and had to deal with everything she had been pushing away since age 13. She started by setting things right in her personal life and at home. She told her father, who lives in a different state, about the six years of cutting and addressed some family tensions with him. “[I realized] I could handle whatever was coming my way and if I really sat down and tried to deal with it; I wouldn’t have to resort to anything else. I wouldn’t have to smoke, I wouldn’t have to cut,” Farzad said. Now, there are isolated moments when Farzad is tempted to cut, but she tries to turn to her mother and close friends for support. “I’ve never relapsed in the sense that all of a sudden for two weeks, I’m doing it all MICHELLE GRAY/THE DAILY the time,” Farzad said. “But on isolated inci- To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit organization created in an attempt to provide hope to dents, maybe once or twice a year, that has individuals dealing with issues such as self-injury, depression and suicide. happened.” Since she quit cutting, she has encoun- warning signs of cutters, but encourages peo- really know how to cope with things the way tered a variety of people in recovery. Girls, ple to be there for friends when they are I do now, when I’m 20.” After six years of injury, Farzad considguys, cheerleaders, band kids and athletes, going through busy, stressful times. Self-harm like Farzad’s is recognized as ers herself a stronger person with selfamong others, use cutting as a way to deal an issue for college students and individu- confidence. with problems, she said. “I don’t think people that meet me now “There’s not a face to it, you can’t associ- als dealing with injury should seek counselate it with anything,” she said. “Everyone has ing, Deann Gattis, a licensed psychologist at would ever assume that was something I Goddard Health Center, said in an e-mail. went through,” she said. “In the end, it really that one thing they can’t deal with.” Looking at her past, Farzad said, “I didn’t made me a stronger person.” Farzad said there aren’t necessarily

Dad’s Day, Family Weekend allow opportunities for bonding Activities available to students, families CASEY PARVIN Daily Staff Writer

Multiple opportunities for free food and family bonding will be available on campus today and Saturday during the Campus Activities Council’s annual Dad’s Day and Family Weekend. “This is our opportunity to show parents everything that is going on around campus,” said Shane Hampton, Dad’s Day and Family Weekend executive chairman.

Even if a student’s family is not able to visit this weekend, Hampton urges them to attend events with friends. “We want to encourage both bonding with your personal family as well as your OU family,” Hampton said. D a d ’s D a y a n d Fa m i l y Weekend is held in conjunction with other campus events to expand the number of activities going on throughout the weekend. “There is not an actual Family Weekend event on Friday because the Union Programming Board is putting on a family fair,” Hampton said.

The Parents’ Association is sponsoring the Official Drive-In Watch Party at 6 p.m. Saturday at Gaylord Hall, Hampton said. Free food will be served. Free food also will be served at 10 a.m. Sunday in the Oklahoma Me m o r i a l U n i o n ’s B e a i rd Lounge. Throughout the weekend, there will be about 30 volunteers assisting with planned activities, Hampton said. “This is the first year that the event has combined the titles Dad’s Day and Family Weekend,” Hampton said. “For the past two years, it’s been Family Weekend, but before that it was always

called Dad’s Day.” The Dad’s Day and Family Weekend Executive Committee has been meeting since April. “We started with brainstorming and team building,” Hampton said. “We came up with a road trip theme because we felt that lots of people have that experience with their families.” Rachelle Chapman, Dad’s Day and Family Weekend executive staff member, said she is proud of the work she has done with the event’s publicity team. “My family is coming into town, so they can see all the hard work I put into this weekend,” Chapman said.

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Confiscation Look both ways before of bikes not crossing street on campus necessary Like many college towns, Norman has a lot of residents who ride bikes. And a lot of these people are students, who either can’t afford to drive an automobile or are trying to be more environmentally friendly. While OUPD has done a lot to promote bicycle safety on campus, including providing a bike registration service for students and faculty members, we think one of its recent measures relating to on-campus biking isn’t friendly to students who choose to ride rather than walk or drive. This measure is the OU Physical Plant and OUPD’s decision to cut locks off bikes parked on campus somewhere other than a bike rack during home football games (see page 1 for details). Once the lock has been cut, the department will confiscate the bicycle and take it to the Physical Plant, where it can be claimed later. We are certainly not in favor of littering on campus or campus vandalism, but we wonder what negative impacts a bike has when it is parked next to a tree or trash can. If it seriously impedes someone from walking or damages a tree, we may have a different view. But from what we’ve observed, there aren’t enough instances of this happening to warrant this measure, especially when the people who fall victim to it receive no explanation as to where their bikes went. They may be left to assume that their bikes were stolen, when in reality, they are just sitting at the Physical Plant. We understand OUPD is simply employing the same principle used when illegally parked cars are impounded. But a car is much larger than a bike, and therefore has a better chance of getting in the way. A slim bike rarely hurts anyone. If OU administrators feel illegally parked bikes are a problem during home games, they should purchase and install additional bike racks. This would encourage biking, while diminishing the occurrences of bikes parked in places other than in bike racks. UOSA is working to make this happen, but help from the administration couldn’t hurt.

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Chances are, you were unaware that there was a day devoted to user-friendly design. But every year on the second Thursday of November, more than 40 countries around the globe promote the science of “making life easy.” Yesterday was World Usability Day and as such, it would seem appropriate to reflect on some good (and bad) designs from some of OU’s new campus initiatives. I k n o w w h a t y o u ’ re t h i n k i n g : oZONE. Sure, there are obvious usability issues with the site, but several Facebook DAVID groups and newspaper articles have HARNISH more than covered it. Instead, let’s examine a couple of innovations that aim to increase safety at pedestrian crossings. You may have noticed the new pedestrian crosswalk signals at intersections on Boyd (by Campus Corner) and Lindsey (by the dorms). Although the change seems to promote a safer crossing environment by using visual and auditory cues, the system poses a couple of dangerous problems upon closer investigation. When it is safe to cross, a voice says, “walk sign is on.” To the distracted or visually impaired, this vague statement could result in a hazardous situation. The statement is preceded by a sound to communicate crossing direction (i.e. two beeps for north-south and a chirp for east-west) but this is still not easily discernable. Pedestrians who rely solely on their ears could easily step into oncoming traffic mistakenly thinking the “walk sign is on” statement was intended for them. One possible solution to this problem would be to change the message to something more informative like “traffic on Boyd Street is stopping … now crossing Boyd Street.” Additional improved crosswalks can be seen along Elm Street just east of Catlett Music Center. These crossings feature sensors that trigger flashing lights in the road and on crossing signs when a pedestrian enters the roadway. The fact that these lights capture driver attention is great, but what about the unlit crosswalk along the same road? Consider this scenario: A driver is northbound on Elm and has just passed the three-way stop at Brooks. The lights in front of Catlett begin to flash which directs the driver’s attention further up the road and away from a pedestrian in the crosswalk in front of Goddard. This issue of situational awareness could be avoided if the same lit warning system was installed throughout Elm Street (and perhaps standardized throughout campus). These are just a few examples of good ideas that can be misused due to bad designs. When implementing a change, it is important to consider all the impacts it could have on the end user. So the next time you cross the street, remember to use all of your senses and look both ways. Drew Harnish is an industrial engineering graduate student. He is also the president of the OU Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, a multidisciplinary organization that promotes and advances the understanding of the human factors involved in the design, manufacture and use of machines, systems, environments and devices of all kinds.


The three-way stop located on Elm Street and Brooks Street. According to Harnish, drivers heading north on Elm could get distracted by the newly-installed flashing crosswalks farther down the street.


A student crosses the street in the crosswalk on the intersection of Lindsey Street where it intersects with the South Oval. New signals here aim to provide directions to pedestrians.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR FRUSTRATION WITH STUDENT GOVERNMENT To the editor: I’m afraid that I’m going to have to take issue with John Jennings’ recent column about UOSA published by The Oklahoma Daily on election day. I do not disagree with the idea that some student leaders are trying to make significant changes on campus. However, unfortunately, there are a large number of people in student government who never speak at a single meeting or author a single resolution. For some, it really is less about making a difference on campus than it is about holding a succession of increasingly important officer positions to round out their resumes. And, these people leave UOSA having never really picked a fight with the administration or

tried to change anything. I have never understood that. I’ve always thought that, if you sought a leadership position, you should have a shopping list of at least 10 major things on campus that you would change tomorrow if you could. And, I’m really concerned when student leaders try to project this image that everything is kosher and that nothing needs to be done differently, when they’re satisfied that the most student government can do is add sidewalks, bike racks and condom machines. There are a lot of things that need to be changed. For starters, why is OU spending millions to buy an old monastery in Italy when academic programs are being cut? Why do student leaders accept the assertion that dead week will not come up again for five years? Why isn’t sexual orientation included in OU’s non-discrimination statement?

Why doesn’t OU have a code of professional conduct and a formal professional misconduct system? Why is student information sold to credit card companies for $10 million, and where does this money go? Why isn’t there a night program at the law school? Why isn’t there any input in campus planning and capital expenditures? Why is there no transparency in the university foundation or in various presidential initiatives? Why isn’t there a graduate student union? Why don’t OU’s stakeholders have a say in big decisions through a university community council? These are all important issues that need to be addressed by student government. Yet, for some reason, everyone seems content with the “power” to dole out money to student organizations and pick out the color of recycling bins on campus. I would encourage student leaders not to buy

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into this mindset. Stop pretending that everything is perfect. Acknowledge that there is a lot more that can be done. Start recruiting people to get involved in student government rather than keeping elections a secret or imposing new qualifications to run. Be more open to change. And, if the election is fouled up, don’t be afraid to fire the election chair, extend the deadline and publicize the election process. Don’t be content with things as they are. You need to set your sights higher and insist upon a seat at the table where the big decisions are made. The idea of “shared governance” is a mainstream concept at most prominent research institutions in the United States. It’s time we had that here. Nicholas Harrison JD/MBA student

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POLICE REPORTS The following is a list of arrests and citations, not convictions. The information given is compiled from the Norman Police Department and the OU Police Department. All those listed are presumed innocent until proven guilty. DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE Marvin O. Browning, 52, 1839 W. Main St. Debra Gay Rollins, 51, 127 N. Porter Ave.

“Friday the 13th is great! Friday is my favorite day of the week, and 13 is my favorite number, so it’s a perfect day.” —MIKAELA PERRY, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE FRESHMAN

“I’m terrified of jinxing things so I constantly knock on wood.” —EMILY BLOUNT, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE FRESHMAN

“I don’t walk under ladders, and I definitely don’t walk under the clock tower.” —JESSICA HENRY, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE FRESHMAN

MUNICIPAL WARRANT Cameron Deshun Cole, 25, 200 Vicksburg Ave. Brian Earl Nelson, 22, 2200 W. Brooks St., also county warrant Robert Danial Owen, 27, 2401 E. Imhoff Road PETTY LARCENY David Christopher Coon, 18, 3499 W. Main St. Jeffery M. Gent, 31, 3499 W. Main St. POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE David Clayton Carl Duncan, 19, 1616 E. Alameda St.

“I won’t walk under the clock tower. I want to get out of here in four years!” —MICHELLE SCHULLER, HEALTH AND EXERCISE SCIENCES SENIOR

“I broke a mirror once and I’m terrified I’ll have seven years of bad luck.” —MEGAN VAN EATON, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE FRESHMAN

OUR COMMITMENT TO ACCURACY The Daily has a long-standing commitment to serve readers by providing accurate coverage and analysis. Errors are corrected as they are identified. Readers should bring errors to the attention of the editorial board for further investigation. A campus brief in Thursday’s edition of The Daily about a geocaching, GPS scavenger hunt incorrectly stated the booth to check out GPS systems will be open Nov. 17 to Nov. 19. The booth will only be open Nov. 17 and

Nov. 19, not all three days. Also, the program was also incorrectly identified as Geoinformantics instead of Geoinformatics. In Wednesday’s edition of The Daily a story about human trafficking incorrectly stated, “Every year in Oklahoma, 2 million children are sold and forced to work.” This information was inaccurate. Every year, there are 2 million children, globally, who are victims of human trafficking.

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and Dad’s Day, is at 8 p.m. in Holmberg Hall.

STUDENT FILM PRODUCTION CLUB SFPC is hosting a screen writing workshop at 4 p.m. in Old Science Hall.


GERMAN CLUB To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the German Club will have an ‘80s themed party at 6:30 p.m. in Dale Hall Tower. CAMPUS ACTIVITIES COUNCIL University Sing, part of CAC Family Weekend

CAMPUS ACTIVITIES COUNCIL University Sing, part of CAC Family Weekend and Dad’s Day is at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Holmberg Hall.

SUNDAY WINTER WIND CONCERT The Performing Arts Studio will have a concert at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Studio.

COUNTY WARRANT Ronnie Mack Jackson, 37, Biloxi Drive Carlota Maria Lopez, 27, 1320 E. Lindsey St. OUTRAGING PUBLIC DECENCY James Angelo Phanouvong, 28, 100 Olde Brook Court HARMFUL DECEPTION Maria Nichole Portilloz, 20, 1251 E. Alameda St. Joseph Wayne Wiley, 31, 1251 E. Alameda St. DISTURBING THE PEACE Leigha Jo Tuell, 23, 2021 E. Alameda St. PUBLIC INTOXICATION David Wright, 44, 822 N. Porter Ave.

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Sooners look to rebound at home ERIC DAMA Daily Staff Writer

Game Essentials: What: Texas A&M (5-4, 2-3 Big 12) vs. OU (5-4, 3-2 Big 12) When: Saturday, 6:00 p.m. Location: Norman, Okla. Venue: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium TV: FSN

Quick Facts: • OU leads the all-time series, 17-10, including an 11-2 advantage in Norman. • The last time OU entered a game unranked was the 2005 Holiday Bowl, in which the Sooners beat Oregon, 17-14. • OU has won its last six games against the Aggies, having won the previous two by a combined score of 108-42.

Keys to the Game: • 1) Von Miller

Nebraska’s highly-touted defense was so dominating last week you’d have thought OU’s offense left the game at halftime to beat traffic. It isn’t good news then that tomorrow the Sooners will have to protect Landry Jones from junior defensive end/linebacker Von Miller, who has recorded an NCAA-leading 15.5 sacks on the season, as well as 39 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles. No need to elaborate on why this is key. (For more information, see: 10/31/09 loss at Nebraska)

• 2) Open up the playbook. Or find one.

This isn’t so much key to tomorrow’s game as it is key to the rest of the season. OU’s offense regularly looks as if it’s being replayed on TiVo given the frequency with which the same three or four plays are cycled through the calls. If I can figure out that the offense runs a variation of the same three plays the entire game, it’s a safe bet that opposing teams’ defensive coordinators have caught on by now.

• 3) Keep up the D. OU’s defense has been outstanding this season, and especially the past few weeks—the defense currently ranks in the top 10 nationally in five defensive categories. But it’s worth noting that the Aggies rank fourth in the country in total offense (477.6 yards per game) and ninth in scoring offense (35.6 ppg). As long as the defense continues its recent play, there’s no reason to believe Texas A&M will put up those kinds of numbers Saturday.


Running Back DeMarco Murray (7) runs the ball during last season’s game against Texas A&M, which took place on Nov. 8, in College Station. The Sooners won the game by an overwhelming margin 66-28.

They said it: • Bob Stoops on the team’s motivation through the rest of the season: “We need to challenge the other players that regardless of their experience, they are here and need to play well, practice well and embrace the challenge. We need to play well, we are expected to play well and that is what we need to do. We need to invest in the week and get ourselves in a position to play well.” • Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson on the offense staying on track: “I wouldn’t say we’re off track, but I don’t think we’re on going as fast or as clean as you want to go. You can talk about all the things that have happened to us, but in every game the key thing for me, offensively, going back to last year, is turnovers.” • Sophomore defensive end Frank Alexander on

helping the younger players: “Just like Saturday, when Auston [English] went down, I had to step in again like the same situation from last year so that’s basically what I try to get them to see. You can’t think about what’s going on right now, you always have to stay positive and you never know what situation you might be in.”

OU will win if: It can avoid the offensive catastrophe put on display last week in Lincoln. Texas A&M will win if: Von Miller and Co. can replicate the stone wall that was the Cornhuskers front seven last week enough to make any points the Aggies can muster against OU matter.




The men kick off the regular season this weekend against Mt. Saint Mary at 1 p.m. Saturday in Lloyd Noble Center. This is the second chance for fans to get to see the men in action this season. OU played its first exhibition game Nov. 3 against British Columbia where the Sooners slaughtered their opponent 93-53. Sooner fans will also get another glimpse of the freshman talent on the Sooner squad. All-Americans Tiny Gallon and Tommy Mason-Griffin started last exhibition game and are expected by many to make a large impact this year.

The Sooners kick off their season tonight against Mercer at 7 p.m. in Lloyd Noble Center. Projected starters for OU in their regular season opener include senior center Abi Olajuwon, junior forward Amanda Thompson, senior forward Nyeshia Stevenson, junior guard Danielle Robinson and freshman guard Whitney Hand. For tonight’s promotion, the first 1,000 fans who enter Lloyd Noble Center will receive a voucher for a free Coca-Cola product and the official team schedule magnet. Posters and schedule cards will also be available.

OU will send ten runners to the NCAA Midwest Regional this weekend in Springfield, Mo. The men enter the meet ranked second in the Midwest Region. The men’s 10,000 meter race will begin at noon. The women kick off the 6,000 meter race at 1:15 p.m. Sooner head coach Martin Smith reiterated how much this means to OU. “I feel that this weekend is the next opportunity for our program to take an important step to the national level,” Smith said.

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Do college basketball exhibition games actually tell fans anything about the team?

YES I’m a believer in the college basketball exhibition games because it gives the players and coaches a chance to get back in a rhythm after a long off season and face actual opponents (not your teammates in different color mesh net jerseys). Most fans don’t attend every practice during the summer or every workout session during preseason, which is usually why exhibition game benefits are overlooked. It’s a preseason evaluTOBI ation for the team, with NEIDY plenty of room for improvement. Most sports, football being the obvious exception, have exhibition games for one reason: to see how the team has progressed in the offseason, and basketball is no exception. Of course, more Division I schools are undermatched by some NAIA teams, but the point for exhibition games is not to see how far you can blow out your opposition; it is an opportunity for coaches to see how well the techniques were taught over the summer. Plus they can appraise their overall team, the players and different plays in the playbook without having to put their win-loss record on the line. And what about the freshman all-star who hasn’t seen any opponents since his or her last high school game? Will the team be able to compete? Exhibition games allow the opportunity for coaches to see a glimpse of that. Sure, there will be harder opponents later on in the schedule, but establishing a rhythm and a set pattern on offense and defense with new players is important to a successful season. All coaches want their teams to peak going into the NCAA tournament; exhibition games are just a jumping off point without the worry of getting too beaten up on the scoreboard in the process. A tempo and positive atmosphere can be established with successful wins during the exhibition trials. And an exhibition win isn’t just calculated by the points on the board;

it is evaluated by the coaches and how well they believe the team played all around. Now they can target the weaknesses in practice. Now they can figure out who might be the new outside shooter or point guard. Now they can see who was taking care of business in the weight room. Just think if they could do the same in football. Teams and coaches always have the BCS breathing down their necks from the first snap, but college basketball can utilize the exhibition games to their advantage. Exhibition games may not tell the entire picture of a season, but they have a lot more to tell than at first glance of the usually lopsided scoreboard. Tobi Neidy is a public relations senior.

NO Exhibition season in college basketball is an exciting time for everyone involved. For larger teams like OU, it is exciting to actually be able to face outside competition. For smaller programs like British Columbia, it is a chance to play against the highest-level teams, and while there is usually no expectation of winning, it provides valuable experience. With that said, these exhibitions do very little to predict what will happen in the regular season. The OU women beating a small private school by 40 doesn’t give any indication of success against Big 12 competition. Exhibitions are glorified scrimmages


Freshman guard Whitney Hand (25) dribbles the ball toward the net during the women’s exhibition game against OCU on Tuesday evening in Lloyd Noble Center.

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against different colored jerseys. They serve as a showcase to the fans of the new players, and give freshmen a small taste of what the big stage looks like. But it still isn’t the same. Large Division-1 programs like OU schedule lower-division teams during preseason, and they are able to win the games by sheer physical talent, not necessarily skill or efficiency. I attended the OU men’s basketball team’s AARON only exhibition game COLEN against British Columbia, and despite the wide margin on the scoreboard, the Sooners looked very sloppy and out of sync at times. Against a top-25 team, mistakes equal losses. This is not so during exhibition. By this point in the year, players aren’t full in condition yet. They haven’t developed the smoothest chemistry with one another. In many cases, teams probably aren’t familiar with their full playbooks. Coaches also take risks in the preseason that they would not take during the regular season. They experiment with unconventional lineups and offensive sets, and those factors add more variables to make it difficult to draw a parallel between preseason and regular season performance. Both of the OU basketball teams dominated in their preseason games. But with the huge changes to both teams, they could both come out struggling in the regular season, especially early on. Adjusting to losing Blake Griffin or Courtney Paris isn’t easy. It will take some time for both the basketball teams to find their identities and rhythm. So don’t put too much stock into what you see from them in early November. Aaron Colen is a journalism junior.

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SMALL PRODUCTION MAKES A BIG IMPACT OU’s University Theatre productions drama senior Alexandra Gonzales, drama ensure plenty of quality live theater junior Ross Johnson, Drury University throughout the semester, but threatening alum Sarah Fenner King, drama sophoto slip under the radar is more Madison Niederhauser, drama an “unofficial” OU pro- alumus Amy Pastoor and drama senior duction that rivals the David Zamudio populate the town with best that the university their portrayals of professors, police officers, medical officials, religious leaders, has to offer. Sponsored by small the family, the perpetrators and ordinary local production compa- citizens. “The Laramie Project” maintains a raw ny Under the Umbrella, a group of OU students sense of power throughout, and it’s often DUSTY a n d g r a d s ( a n d o n e due to the unrehearsed and unpolished SOMERS from Drury University in nature of the dialogue. Culled from real Springfield, Mo.) presents life, the words the actors speak maintain “The Laramie Project,” that reality, filled with unnatural phrasand it’s sure to be a highlight of theater on ing and awkward constructions. After all, what do you say when brutality has invadcampus this year. Directed by OU School of Drama ed your heretofore peaceful community? alumna Jillian Robertson, “The Laramie Eloquence falls by the wayside quickly. Watching “The Laramie Project” is a unique theProject” is like experiencater piece by Moisés DETAILS ing a finely tuned docuKaufman and New Yorkmentary where the cambased company The INFO: PHOTO PROVIDED era captured its subjects Ross Johnson, Nicholas Bartell and Alexandra Gonzales performing iin “The Laramie Project.” Tectonic Theater Project. “The Laramie Project” at their most bare and Drawing on transcripts 8 p.m. vulnerable. of interviews conducted Tonight through Sunday The excellent cast creby members of the comE. Frank Gilson Studio Theatre ates strong characterizapany, journal entries and Old Science Hall tions that define each of excerpts of official docuTickets: $5 at the door their many roles clearly. m e n t s, “ T h e L a r a m i e Particularly moving are Project” tells the story Niederhauser as a hospital of the fractured town of Laramie, Wy. after the hate crime murder administrator who must relay Shepard’s of gay college student Matthew Shepard in condition to the media and the world, and Zamudio as Shepard’s father, Dennis. 1998. The cramped E. Frank Gilson Studio Eight cast members play a wide variety of roles as short vignettes paint a picture Theatre in Old Science Hall feels a bit of a town where almost everyone knows constraining even for a tightly-knit show everyone and the acquaintances can be like this, but director Robertson makes good use of the space and its every corner. “one degree removed at most.” After Shepard’s nearly lifeless body is A scene involving various religious leaddiscovered tied to a fence in a remote part ers encircling the theater and illuminated of town, the citizens must grapple with the only by flashlight is a brilliant little piece community’s identity. Some are in denial of stagecraft. University Theatre’s big-name produc— Laramie isn’t the kind of town where these things happen — and some are re- tions get most of the attention, but “The evaluating their opinions — it did happen Laramie Project” is perhaps the strongest there, and pretending it didn’t won’t re- piece of theater I’ve seen at OU this year. Don’t let it slip past you. verse the truth. Drama alumnus Nicholas Bartell, PHOTO PROVIDED drama sophomore Anna Fearheiley, Dusty Somers is a journalism senior. Sarah Fenner King with (l to r in the background) Madison Niederhauser, Anna Fearheiley, Ross

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THE THREE MUSKETEERS The OU School of Drama and University Theatre will present the adventures of “The Three Musketeers” starting at 8 p.m. Friday in Weitzenhoffer Theatre, 563 Elm Ave. The Show will continue its run at 8 p.m. Nov. 14 and 19-21. Matinees open at 3 p.m., Nov. 15, 21-22. “The Three Musketeers” tells of the renowned adventures of D’Artangnan and his three fellow musketeers, Anthos, Porthos and Aramis, as they fight for king and country. Tickets are $22 adult, $18 seniors/OU faculty and staff and $14 students with ID and can be purchased through the Fine Arts College Ticket Service at (405) 325-4101 or at the box office at Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd. -Daily staff reports

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Editor’s Note: Drink of the Week is a regular feature in The Oklahoma Daily a n d O U D ai l y . com. The Daily, however does not encourag e underage or irresponsible drinking ASHLEY BERNTGEN

Of all the alcoholic beverages out there, it seems like Guinness is one of the most divisive. You either love it or you hate it, and there’s no in-between. I’ve heard Guinness compared to motor oil and called “a meal in a glass.� There also seems to be this misconception that because

The Daily’s Ashley Berntgen chooses Guinness beer as this week’s Drink of the Week

Guinness is quite a heavy beer, it is very high in alcohol. The first kind of Guinness brewed was Guinness Extra Stout, which is a kind of porter from the West Indies. Porters are characterized by a rich, malty taste and are often aged in barrels. Today, we mostly see Guinness Draught, which is a bit weaker in taste and alcohol content than the Stout. One of the things that makes Guinness stand out from other beers is its smooth and creamy texture. This is due to the beer being brewed with nitrogen and very low levels of carbon dioxide. When drinking Guinness, I believe there is certain etiquette involved. First of all, insist on a proper pour.

I’ve left pints of Guinness undrunk because they were poured wrong. Guinness Draught should be poured into a tulip-shaped pint glass. The glass should be filled 3/4 of the way until it settles, then be topped off with a thick, dome shaped head. According to Guinness, this process should take 119.53 seconds. Time the bartender, I dare you. Secondly, don’t order a Guinness mixed with a lighter beer. Blends such as a Black and Tan or Half and Half, which are half Guinness, half lager or pale ale, have become popular in the United States. Go big or go home. Plus, you’re totally compromising the tastes of two distinct beers. Now for the best part :

nutritional facts. S t u d i e s h av e s h o w n t h a t Guinness Draught can be good for the heart due to antioxidants that decrease cholesterol build up on artery walls. The best news is Guinness is brewed without wheat, which means there is no gluten and, FYI, gluten = beer belly. I have actually convinced myself that Guinness is “healthy beer.� Is this an oxymoron? I don’t know. You be the judge. But keep in the mind this Guinness slogan of the 1920s that was coined after market research showed that Guinness drinkers felt good after drinking a pint: “Guinness is Good for You.�

Ashley Berntgen is a public relations senior.

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