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Junior wide receiver Ryan Broyles led the team to a 45-7 home victory over the Red Raiders during a record-breaking game.

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‘Blind Side’ mother stresses reaching out Leigh Anne Tuohy emphasizes helping others, changing lives Friday night in the Oklahoma Memorial Union RYAN GERBOSI The Oklahoma Daily

Leigh Anne Tuohy challenged her audience to take a chance and get out of their shell to help others Friday night. Tuohy spoke at the Delta Gamma Fraternity Lectureship in Values & Ethics in front of a standing-room only crowd in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom. “The greatest thing is to give help

without being asked for it,” Tuohy said. “If you got up this morning, got dressed, “Turn around and look because you will be and got to this room tonight, you are caamazed at the amount pable of changing a of people who could life,” Tuohy said. “All If someone as immensely really use your help.” Michael needed was talented as Michael Oher can fall hope, opportunity Tuohy and her husband, Sean, famously and love.” through the cracks, could you took in and adopted Delta Gamma hosts imagine who else is out there.” Michael Oher, who later a different speaker biplayed college footannually, according — LEIGH ANNE TUOHY, ball at the University to Christina Hanvey, INSPIRATION FOR “THE BLIND SIDE” o f Mi s s i s s i p p i a n d vocal music educacurrently plays for the tion senior and Delta Baltimore Ravens. Their story inspired the Gamma Lectureship director. best-selling book and movie, “The Blind Their first speaker was “Survivor” host Side.” Jeff Probst and in 2008 they hosted “Sports

Center” anchor Linda Cohn, Hanvey said. Hanvey said Delta Gamma got the idea for Tuohy to speak after discussing the movie “The Blind Side.” “We got together and we were talking about the movie, catching up as girls,” Hanvey said. “When we got to business, we liked Leigh Anne [Tuohy] and we’re ecstatic she’s here.” Tuohy said her appearances are in high demand around the country. “I turn down as many as I accept,” Tuohy said. “We make sure that the group is

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Junior wide receiver Ryan Broyles (85) catches his school record-breaking 32nd career touchdown Saturday at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The Norman native broke three program records and tied two in the 45-7 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders. He also broke the marks for most career receptions (229) and receptions in a season (94) with two games left this year. For complete coverage, see page 5.

Retailers to sell last cans of Four Loko Ban of alcoholic energy drink requires state to stop importing drink after Dec. 3 Four Loko will continue to be sold by wholesalers until their Dec. 3 shipments of the drink are gone. While the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission banned the alcoholic energy drink in early November, the ban does not require the state to discontinue shipments of Four Loko into Oklahoma until after the Dec. 3 date, according to a release made by the commission. The commission banned the drink after nine college students at Central Washington University

were hospitalized after consuming it at a party. The popular drink has b e e n b a n n e d i n O k l a h o ma, Washington, Michigan and Utah. “In light of the growing scientific evidence against alcohol energy drinks, and the Oct. 8 incident involving Four Loko in Roslyn, Washington, the ABLE Commission has empaneled a group of scientific experts to study the threats posed by pre-mixed, alcohol energy drinks combining ingredients such as caffeine, guarana, and taurine,” according AP PHOTO/ELAINE THOMPSON to a release. Beginning Dec. 3, shipments of Four Loko alcoholic energy drinks will be As of Nov. 8, the commission banned in Oklahoma, according to a release by the Oklahoma Alcoholic

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Boren calls for legal counsel to review protest policy President David Boren has directed OU legal counsel to review policies that may restrict free speech, according to a statement released Friday. This action comes after members of the Women’s and Gender Studies Student Association were denied the right to protest against Justice for All’s anti-abortion exhibit Wednesday and Thursday on the South Oval. The group was told they had not completed the correct paperwork for a protest. “Protests should be non-violent and should not disrupt classes or academic activities,” Boren David Boren said in the statement. Registered student organizations wanting to hold a peaceful protest must register with the Student Affairs office by filling out a “Facility Use Request” at least five days prior to the event, according to Title 6 of the Student Code. This is to accommodate competing demonstrations and prevent interference with educational activities, Boren said. Boren said he strongly supports freedom of speech and believes competitive ideas should be vigorously debated within a university. Once the review is complete, necessary policy revisions will be made. Justice For All’s anti-abortion exhibit was brought to campus by Pro-Life Ambassadors, an OU student organization. Justice For All aims to make abortion an unthinkable practice, according to its mission statement. — Daily staff reports

Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission. The drinks are seen in a Seattle convenience store Wednesday. A 23.5-ounce can has an alcohol content SEE BAN PAGE 2 comparable to four beers, according to the company’s website.

Boren’s salary half national average for executives Salary survey of top research college executives reports median pay of $760,644; president makes $387,923 A recent survey by the The Chronicle of Higher Education determined that the average pay for top executives at large research universities in 2008 was $760,744, nearly twice David Boren’s pay as OU president. According to OU’s 2008 budget, Boren received $361,553. He currently makes $380,585, according to the 2011 university budget.

Average pay for top executives at undergraduate and graduate colleges was $352,257, while the median pay at liberal arts colleges was $387,923. More than one in five chief executives at the 448 institutions surveyed topped $600,000, according to the analysis. Thirty presidents received more than $1 million in pay and benefits in 2008, according to the analysis. As recently as 2004, no college president had broken the sevenfigure threshold. Some presidents on the latest

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list head ultra-selective schools such as Columbia, Yale and Penn, as well as schools such as the University of Tulsa and Chapman University in Orange, Calif., while presidents of Harvard, Princeton and Johns Hopkins were all paid in the $800,000s. Public college presidents generally earn less than their private counterparts. Only one public university president topped $1 million in 2008 — Ohio State University president Gordon Gee, who brought in $1.5 million. The Chronicle survey, which

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covers the most recently available data, reported that several deals included deferred compensation or other unusual circumstances. Comparisons to past years aren’t possible because of changes in how data is reported to the Internal Revenue Service. Colleges were asked to report salaries by calendar year instead of by fiscal year as in the past, so most dollar amounts overlap with what was reported the previous year. Another change in this survey is that perks including first-class air travel, country club dues and

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housing are now included in reported pay. “Value is in the eyes of the beholder,” said Jeffrey Selingo, editor of the Chronicle. “Some boards think these presidents, even at small institutions, are worth it. On the flip side, the prestige of serving at other institutions is enough of a paycheck for some.” Presidential salaries make up a very small percentage of campus budgets and have virtually no SEE SALARY PAGE 2

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Today around campus » Bedlam Blood Battle, sponsored by Oklahoma Blood Institute as an official Bedlam sponsor, will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the ROTC Armory. » Student Success Series: Pre-Calculus Exam Q&A will take place 3 to 5 p.m. in Wagner Hall, Room 245. » “Race to Nowhere” showing and discussion panel will take place 4:30 to 7 p.m. in Rupel Jones Theatre. » Baptist Student Union Conversation Club will take place 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Alma Wilson Room.

Tuesday, Nov. 16 » Bedlam Blood Battle, sponsored by Oklahoma Blood Institute as an official Bedlam sponsor, will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the ROTC Armory. » LGBTQ Brown Bag Lunches will take place from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Union’s Presidents Room. » Christians on Campus Bible Study will take place from Noon to 12:45 p.m. in the Union’s Sooner Room. » Student Success Series: From a Major to a Career will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room 245 of Wagner Hall.

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Leigh Anne Tuohy signs early childhood education senior Katie Jackson’s copy of Tuohy’s book, “In a Heartbeat,” Friday evening in the Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom.

» School of Art & Art History Chili Bowl Scholarship Fundraiser will take place 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the School of Art’s Lightwell Gallery.

Thursday, Nov. 18 » Indian Youth Career fair will take place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Union’s second floor. » Student Success Series: CLEP & Advanced Standing will take place 3 to 4 p.m. in Wagner Hall, Room 245. » Bedlam Blood Battle, sponsored by Oklahoma Blood Institute as an official Bedlam sponsor, will take place 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the ROTC Armory. » Oxford professor Eugene Rogan will speak about “The Arab Experience of Democracy” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History’s Kerr Auditorium.

Friday, Nov. 19 » Bedlam Blood Battle, sponsored by Oklahoma Blood Institute as an official Bedlam sponsor, will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the ROTC Armory. » Schools of Dance and Music collaborative performance begins at 8 p.m. in the Catlett Music Center’s Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall. » UPB Movie Night will feature “The Other Guys” at 4, 7, 10 and 11:50 p.m. in Meacham Auditorium. » UPB Turkey Carnival will take place 6 to 9 p.m. in the Union’s Will Rogers Room.

Saturday, Nov. 20 » Zumba-thon for Diabetes will take place 3 to 5 p.m. inside the Huston Huffman Center for $10. » Sooner Saturday will take place 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on campus. » Student Association of Bangladesh will meet 5 to 11 p.m. in the Union’s Scholars Room. » Schools of Dance and Music collaborative performance begins at 9 p.m. in Catlett Music Center’s Sharp Concert Hall.

Sunday, Nov. 21 » Students for Ecclesia will meet 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Union’s Heritage and Weitzenhoffer rooms. » Society of Chinese Students & Scholars will meet 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Union’s Crimson Room. » Bangladesh Night will take place 7 to 11 p.m. in the Union’s Meacham Auditorium.

people must turn around and give other people a chance to do great things. “If someone as immensely talented as Michael Oher can fall through the cracks, could you imagine who else is out there,” Tuohy said. University College freshman Meggan Hinds said she was inspired by the speech. “She’s a really inspirational person,” Hinds said. “It’s that real kind of inspiration, not just that everything’s perfect.” Hinds hopes that OU students will be able to follow Tuohy’s message. “I have faith in people,” Hinds said. “It’s a really inspirational message.”

BAN: Experts investigate alcoholic energy drinks Continued from page 1 had not determined the date for the panel to present its finds and recommendations. Fo u r L o k o c o m e s i n several varieties, including fruit punch and blue raspberry. A 23.5-ounce can has an alcohol content

comparable to four beers, according to the company’s website. “I like them because I think it tastes better than normal beer and it takes less to get you dr unk,” pre-nursing junior Calvin Thomas said. “I am completely against banning it because what will banning one drink do when people can still mix energy drinks

with liquor?” Four Loko’s manufacturer, Phusion Projects has agreed to fund alcohol awareness programs as part of the agreement. In a statement, co-founder Jaisen Freeman said the company believes that mixing alcohol and caffeine is safe, but the company wanted “to be known for cooperation and collaboration, not

controversy.” “We were the first company to take this voluntary step,” he said. “And we think it shows that we are not turning a deaf ear to what’s going on: that a select few have chosen to abuse our products, drink them while underage or break the law and sell them to minors.” — AP

SALARY: President pay small part of budget Continued from page 1 impact on tuition increases, said David Warren, president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

» Bedlam Blood Battle, sponsored by Oklahoma Blood Institute as an official Bedlam sponsor, will take place 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the ROTC Armory. » Ree Drummond, Pioneer Woman blogger, will speak 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Union’s Molly Shi Ballroom.

making a difference and is truly involved.” Tuohy felt that Delta Gamma fit her criteria. “This lecture series they do is fabulous,” Tuohy said. “Their message transcends what we do, they want to give people a hand up and overcome obstacles.” Prior to the lecture, a reception was held in Tuohy’s honor at the Delta Gamma house. The reception included a book signing for Delta Gamma members and their guests and a performance by the sorority choir.

The group then moved to the Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom for Tuohy’s lecture. Tuohy joked about her son, Michael, and his initial desire to attend OU. “Michael came in and said ‘I think I want to go to college,’ and I said ‘what sport,’” Tuohy said. “Michael said ‘football,’ so I said ‘where at?’ And he said ‘the University of Oklahoma.’” Ultimately, the distance between the Tuohy’s home in Tennessee and the OU campus kept Oher from becoming a Sooner, Tuohy said. Tuohy emphasized that

Documentary to examine effects of high demands on students The College of Education is sponsoring a screening of the new documentary “Race to Nowhere” tonight in an effort to raise awareness about issues in education. The documentary examines the “achievement-obsessed” culture of the U.S., profiling students plagued by stress and academic commitment, teachers worried about the quality of education their students receive and employers concerned about the deficient skill sets and lack of inspiration in the upcoming generations. The film cites the high demands society places on students as detrimental to creativity and inspiration. The panel discussion following the showing will feature Neil Houser of the College of Education, Heather Sparks of Taft Middle School, sociology professor Joe Meinhart of Oklahoma City University and Tyler Couch, a student at Norman North High School. The film is a “farreaching, in-depth profile of childhood and education, which underscores the urgency with which adults must address this looming crisis,” according to a press release. The showing will take place at 4:30 p.m. tonight in the Rupel Jones Theater and will be followed by a panel discussion at 6 p.m. about the film and education. — Trevor Shofner/The Daily

Still, public confidence in higher education erodes when tuition and presidential pay are both rising, said Patrick Callan, president of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. The highest-paid

executive in the Chronicle survey was Bernard Lander, an Orthodox Jewish rabbi and sociologist who founded Touro College in New York in 1970, who received a compensation package of nearly $4.8 million. He died in February at the age of 94.

In a statement, the college said $4.2 million of that was retroactive pay and benefits awarded after an outside consultant determined Lander had been “severely underpaid.” — AP


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Statues honor Sooner football coaching greats

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Statues of former OU football coaches Charles Burnham “Bud” Wilkinson (left) and Benjamin Gilbert “Bennie” Owens (right) were unveiled Saturday afternoon before current coach Bob Stoops clinched his 125th career win against Texas Tech University. The statues are the first of four honoring OU’s football coaches that have more than 100 wins. Statues of Barry Switzer and Stoops are expected to be unveiled during the 2011 season. The statue of Wilkinson shows him wearing football pants, a University of Oklahoma T-shirt and a whistle around his neck while holding a football in both hands. Owen’s statue depicts him in a suit and Homburg hat with his right sleeve tucked inside his front jacket pocket. Owen coached the Sooners to a 122-54-16 record from 1905-26. Wilkinson coached from 1947-63 and went 145-29-4. Switzer compiled a 157-29-4 career record from 1973-89. Since becoming OU’s coach in 1999, Stoops’ teams are 125-31. The statues are located on Jenkins Avenue in front of the Bud Wilkinson House and across from the Barry Switzer Center.

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Growing membership, large donation allows University Women’s Association to scholarship numbers The University Women’s Association will award five $1,500 scholarships in May for the 2011-12 school year, two more than they did for the current academic year. “It’s a way that we can give more and more scholarships in a time when 80 percent of people go into debt to receive an education,” said Jann Knotts, association president. “So this is something I wanted to focus on as president.” The association, founded in 1949, consists of university staff and faculty women, the wives of staff and faculty members and female alumni. Due to an increase in membership and a sizable donation from member Mildred Cella, the group was able to increase the number of scholarships they give out, group member Wanita Goins said. Scholarship funding comes from the interest off the foundation’s principal account, the $25 membership fee and their annual fundraiser. The group traditionally awards scholarships to colleges that provide space for one of their four annual member events, Goins said. Because the College of Architecture

hosted the associations first event of the year on Sunday, one of the scholarships will be reserved for an architecture student. “They’re working real hard on raising money for scholarships and, as far as I know, none of our students have ever gotten one from them, so this event will open up a closer relationship with them,” said Charles Graham, College of Architecture dean. Three of the scholarships will go to students in the College of Fine Arts and one will go to a student in the College of Engineering. While the scholarships have no specific grade requirement, the deans of the colleges are to recommend students based on academic achievement, financial need and “high personal conduct,” Goins said. The organization serves as a fellowship opportunity for women in the OU community and aims to “furnish them organized opportunities for profitable association and to further the interests of the University.” Recipients will be announced in April. — Trevor Shofner/The Daily

GIS Day Geocache Contest Win an Apple iPad! Celebrate International GIS Day - a day of education about geographic information science! Sponsored by the Geoinformatics Program, Center for Spatial Analysis and Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Date: Tuesday, November 16th through Thursday, November 18th during the hours 8:00 am to 5:00 pm only Eligibility: Any OU student (students employed by CSA/ Geoinformatics not eligible) What is geocaching? It’s a high tech scavenger hunt using GPS units How to Play? Go to the Oklahoma Memorial Union and check out a GPS unit with valid student ID from 10 am to 2 pm on Tuesday, November 17th or Thursday, November 19th. We’ll even give you a quick lesson! You can also use your own GPS or GPS enabled cell phone 1. Find your way to three locations on campus using the latitude / longitude coordinates and hints below Location #1 - N 35 12.442 W97 26.630 (Hint: Just a shot away from Price Hall) Question: What are the 5 components of a geographic information system? Location #2 - N 35 12.601 W97 26.603 (Hint: South East of Tut’s Tomb) Question: OU has new degree programs and a new student organization in what field of study? Location #3 - N 35 12.559 W97 26.720 (Hint: Be on the right side of the law when looking at the flag) Question: What is the estimated percentage of government information that has a geospatial component? 2. When you are near the location look around for the hidden geocache container – the containers will be clearly marked 3. Follow directions in the container to answer 3 questions. Directions for two caches require entering a nearby building to get information and answer the question - these caches can only be completed during business hours 8 am to 5 pm 4. Enter the drawing to win an Apple iPad by submitting your answers on paper at our table in the Union T/TH 10-2 or by email geoinfo@nwc.ou.edu or online at http://csa.ou.edu/geocash/ . All entries must include name, phone and email address in addition to 3 answers as on the form below. Entries must be received by midnight Thursday November 18th. Winners will be notified Friday, November 19th. For more information or accommodations on the basis of disability contact geoinfo@nwc.ou.edu or 325-4871


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Would you go to an arena football game played by already have plenty of sexually immoral franchises all over women? If that doesn’t sound compelling to you, then let Oklahoma. A quick Google search of “Oklahoma City strip us rephrase: Would you go to an arena football game played clubs” yields several adult entertainment clubs that turn by young, pretty women in nothing but their underwear? women’s bodies into a profit mechanism. There are also If your answer is yes, your wish might come true — if three Hooter’s restaurants in the city — another successOklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett doesn’t stop this from ful franchise that makes big bucks out of hiring flirty, wellbecoming a reality, that is. endowed waitresses who must wear tight, white tank-tops. Last week, the Lingerie Football League made headlines Is Cornett going to go on a righteous crusade against when Cornett said he staunchly opposed the expansion of these franchises too? Probably not. the league into Oklahoma. After hundreds of hits on NewsOK.com’s stories on the If you didn’t know, the league was created after the suc- subject, a poll was placed on the articles, asking readers, “Is cess of the “Lingerie Bowl,” an event that has been avail- lingerie football good or bad for Oklahoma City?” able on pay-per-view during the Super As of Sunday evening, after 16,942 votes, Bowl halftime show since 2004. It features support for lingerie football topped out at It appears women in revealing lingerie, shoulder pads about 71 percent. Oklahomans support It appears Oklahomans support lingerie and hockey masks, and has now become a women’s 7-on-7 American football league. football as much as they support banning lingerie football When asked why he wouldn’t allow such Sharia law from being used in state courts. as much as they a team to play in an Oklahoma City convenWhile the sport obviously exploits women support banning tion center, Cornett said there were “too as well as its targeted audience in a despicable many problems to list,” and wouldn’t give fashion, if the Oklahoma City Council votes Sharia law from a specific answer. being used in state against an Oklahoma City franchise simply on With team names such as the “Dallas moral grounds, it will be a loss for the free excourts.” Desire,” “San Diego Seduction” and “Los pression guaranteed in our country. Angeles Temptation,” it’s not hard to guess “Oklahomans should be provided the opwhat problems Cornett has with the franchise coming to portunity to choose for themselves and not dictated to,” Oklahoma. Even its founder, Mitchell Mortaza, told The Mortaza told The Oklahoman. “I thought our plans were Orlando Weekly that its target audience is “mostly beer- for expansion into Oklahoma City, not North Korea.” drinking college students aged 21 and up.” After all, as league officials have pointed out, a Satanic After much media attention for his initial comments, church was allowed to hold an exorcism parody at the Cornett made it clear that he doesn’t have the power to ban Oklahoma City Civic Center on Oct. 21 — so why not linsuch a decision, but in an Oklahoma City Council vote, he gerie football? would oppose the league’s expansion. Are the two things morally reprehensible? They are to We understand why the mayor would have misgivings for some. exposing Oklahoma to a sport played by women in lingerie: Are the two allowed under the First Amendment? Yes, It’s not exactly family friendly. Some feel it objectifies and and the Oklahoma City Council should keep this in mind. exploits women, while others say it simply uses sex to sell. The problem with our mayor’s reasoning is we Comment on this column at OUDaily.com

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UOSA must reach out to be relevant For those who were not invited by a student to join a organizations. Facebook group asking for your vote — or if you’re not a This could be accomGUEST COLUMN LUMN frequent Daily reader or simply not the most attentive OU plished by delegating the student — I want to be the first to inform you that there newly elected members of Mubeen n is a student group on campus known as the University the Undergraduate Student Shakir of Oklahoma Student Association, and last week it held Congress to attend other elections. organizations’ meetings as Tuesday and Wednesday, several candidates ran for seats representatives of UOSA, asking for suggestions and actuin the Undergraduate Student Congress — many of them ally hearing the voices of students. unopposed. The winners of these races will move on to repNearly every Friday, the Union Programming Board atresent the numerous majors and interests of the student tracts hundreds of students to its “Movie Night.” Student body, and be our voice in UOSA. Congress could team up with UPB and turn Friday nights In addition, these members will ultimately approve the into a joint venture that could include an informational sesbudget for the numerous student groups on campus. But sion or a short town hall meeting. Students could enjoy a besides these two purposes, I really have no fun evening as well as learn about UOSA. earthly idea what function UOSA serves. Simply holding “Best Day Ever” and enSimply holding Perhaps it’s my own woeful ignorance, but couraging people to vote will not elicit a con“Best Day Ever” unfortunately, the sad truth lies in the fact that cern for student government. a majority of our student body doesn’t know Congress meetings should become more and encouraging what UOSA does, nor cares. The six out of 11 transparent to the general public, and nonpeople to vote uncontested district races last week only subUOSA members should be avidly encourwill not elicit a stantiate this fact. aged to attend. concern for student How can it be that the student group that The disconnect between student governserves as our liaison to OU President David ment and the rest of the campus is the fault government.” Boren and the administration is the student of both sides. Students — including myself group that the campus knows least about? — need to investigate, question and ultimately find out UOSA is not a worthless organization. It has contributed more about UOSA. UOSA needs to realize that its efforts to positively to our campus and will continue to do so. The connect with the rest of the campus are obviously not good problem lies in the fact that UOSA fails in achieving rel- enough. evance for most students. People don’t get involved or inFor UOSA to be considered a legitimate organization in formed about student government simply because they be- the eyes of students, the relationship between UOSA and lieve it has no influence upon their daily life at OU. However, the student body demands a change. if you are a part of any organization on campus, UOSA has tremendous impact on you. — Mubeen Shakir, To remove the pervasive belief that Student Congress University College freshman serves as simply a resume-padding institution for its members, UOSA needs to reach out to OU students and its many Comment on this column at OUDaily.com

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Reports of protest denial exaggerated An official protest by a student organization, filed with Student Life, may have been shut down by bureaucratic troubles on Wednesday and Thursday, but that didn’t stop several students from spontaneously gathering and holding a gleeful, noisy, festive celebration of the Fetus Fair’s visit to our campus. Complete with gaudy, colorful decorations, abundant noisemakers, rowdy music, and shouting people, it was a grand old time for all. Traditionally, when traveling carnivals or funfairs left town in Europe, people gathered for one last parade

or musical celebration. I think we can classify the musical events of Wednesday and Thursday as belonging to that tradition. Just as our visitors finished packing their truck, two uniformed OUPD officers arrived to ask the assembled musicians to quiet down in response to a noise complaint from one of the surrounding campus buildings. The officers behaved very professionally and gave a satisfactory explanation for needing to strike a balance between free speech and a habitable learning environment.

I for one would like to thank the OUPD for fulfilling their obligations in an authoritative rather than authoritarian manner, and the two officers in particular for drawing the festivities to a timely conclusion. I believe we saw true community policing at work on Thursday, which accomplished its sometimes discordant goals of promoting civil order and protecting free expression without creating any resentment. — Tommy Scheurich neuroscience and music composition senior

Considering how important video games are to this generation, it’s a bit disconSTAFF COLUMN N certing that more students didn’t turn their attention Steven Zoeller ler toward Washington earlier this month, where the Supreme Court is now deliberating a case that could have dire consequences for the industry. The case, entitled Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association, concerns a California law passed in 2005 that bans the sale of violent games to anyone under 18 years old. Supporters of the ban claim that violent games create and encourage violent youth. Challengers call evidence of the link inconclusive and say the ban is an unnecessary violation of free expression. While protecting minors is a noble goal, the ambiguities in the law and implications for free speech are too risky. For the sake of the industry and those who have any appreciation for it, the Supreme Court must rule in favor of the Entertainment Merchants Association. Currently, video games are rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) to determine for which age group they’re appropriate. While submission is voluntary, most retailers require a rating before a game is put on the shelves, and those rated “M” for mature are generally sold only to those over 17 years old. There have been issues before, but the system has been effective overall. Should the California law be instated, the ESRB would be marginalized and replaced with a recklessly ambiguous system. The ESRB has six ratings, each determined by comprehensive review. However, under the California law, games would merely be labeled either “violent” or “nonviolent.” The California law defines a violent game “in which the range of options available to a player includes killing, maiming, dismembering, or sexually assaulting an image of a human being.” Pondering this doctrine, several games surely come to mind—financial mainstays like “Call of Duty,” “God of War,” “Grand Theft Auto,” “Gears of War,” “Resident Evil and Halo. All rated “M” anyway, so no problem, right? It becomes clear just how ambiguous these guidelines are when applied to less graphic games with the same effect. In the popular game “World of Warcraft,” there’s minimal blood and the characters are styled in a cartoonish manner. Yet, can you not “kill” a human in that game? Just like that, I could ban one of the most popular online games ever, which is rated “T” for “teen,” nonetheless. When applied across the board, even games rated “E” for “everyone” could be classified as ban-worthy violent. One of the more humorous — or scary — aspects of the case is that the California defense cites social science research that suggests even “Super Mario Brothers” is a violent game. For those not familiar with “Super Mario Brothers,” it’s a game about two plumbers in overalls saving a princess from giant turtles. It’s about as violent as Mickey Mouse cartoons. If such games, once rated “T” and “E,” are redefined in terms of violence, gamers everywhere would be in disarray. Granted, this is all under the California law, but so far 11 states have filed briefs with the court in support of it, and even if the text weren’t copied verbatim, to localize games to several different states would be a nightmare for game developers. Not to mention all that lovely tax money we’d be paying people to scrutinize video games for violent content. Wasn’t that something the ESRB did for free? Beyond its ambiguity, the law also puts itself squarely on the slippery slope of censorship. As Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg asked during oral arguments: “Why are video games special? Or does [the] principle extend to all deviant, violent material in whatever form?” It was a good question. If violence in literature were banned, consider how many classics would be lost, regardless of cultural value. Although some games are simply violent for the sake of being violent, games like “Heavy Rain” and “Call of Duty” actually do have underlying messages and, god forbid, honest emotion. There should be a way to separate games that are artistically relevant from those that are obscene, as opposed to lumping them all together and banning them en masse. 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Receiving records broken Saturday Career receptions 1. Ryan Broyles (2008-) — 229 2. Mark Clayton (2001-04) — 221 3. Juaquin Iglesias (2005-08) — 202 Season receptions 1. Ryan Broyles (2010) — 94 2. Ryan Broyles (2009) — 89 3. Mark Clayton (2003) — 83 Career touchdown receptions 1. Ryan Broyles (2008-) — 32 2. Mark Clayton (2001-04) — 31 3. Jermaine Gresham (2006-09) — 26 *Source: OU Athletic Department

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better to win on top of that. [The career touchdowns record] was just one of those things that I marked and I looked at even as a freshman. It was one of yan Broyles made OU’s last home those numbers that I wanted to chase, and it came game of the season something spe- my way.” cial — something many Sooner fans For the former Norman High standout who grew may never see again in their lifetimes. up watching the other great Bob Stoops Era receivThe junior wide receiver tied or snapped ers, his familiarity with the players he’s now bested five records in Saturday’s 45-7 blowout win made Saturday’s record-breaking performance over Texas Tech, solidifying himself as one even more meaningful. of the best receivers in OU history by sur“It means so much to me,” he said. “It’s always passing or matching former Sooner great been one of those things that I wanted to meet: the Mark Clayton (2001-04) in all but one expectations of being a wide out at Oklahoma.” category. His special talent has not gone unnoticed, coach On the second play of the game, Bob Stoops said, also noting he has never seen a sophomore quarterback Landry player quite like Broyles. Jones connected with Broyles “I’ve said everything you can say about Ryan,” for a 15-yard catch, moving Stoops said. “He’s a great player. He just has a knack him into sole possession of for adjusting to the football like nobody I’ve ever OU’s career record for re- seen, and he’s got the surest hands of anyone I’ve ceptions. Broyles entered ever been around. He can do it all, and he’s a special the game tied with Clayton’s player for sure.” 221 career receptions. Of all who appreciate Broyles’ playmaking ability, But he was just beginning. none can be more pleased than Wilson, who made By the end of the first the call to give Broyles a shot at half, Broyles also broke his a touchdown even though the ... he’s got the own single-season recepSooners were leading 38-7. tions record after catching “I thought he needed one surest hands of five balls for a season total of touchdown for that career deal, anyone I’ve ever 91. By the end of the game, so that was kind of nice that he been around. He got to do that at our house in Broyles had added three more to extend his record to 94, surcan do it all, and front of the fans,” Wilson said. passing his 2009 mark of 89. “If I was pushing the envelope he’s a special Entering the game, Broyles by throwing that fade route on player for sure.” had 29 career receiving touchthe goal line, I was doing that for downs, just two short of Clayton’s him because of how much I ap— BOB STOOPS, record (31). preciate him.” FOOTBALL COACH Even though Broyles didn’t have After all Broyles has accoma touchdown by the end of the first plished in his Sooner career, quarter, he grabbed a pair in the there’s just one thing he lacks: career receiving second to tie Clayton atop the Sooner re- yards. He lacks just 239 yards to break Clayton’s cord book. He was just one end zone dance program-record 3,241 yards. shy of becoming a Sooner legend, and he If Broyles chooses to forego the NFL Draft and redidn’t have to wait long. turn for his senior season, he would have another Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson di- full year to break every record and extend his numaled Broyles’ number with just under six bers to near unreachable numbers. minutes left in the third quarter for touchThat thought, he said, was an enticing one and down No. 3, the 32nd of his career. would unanimously enshrine him as the greatest The Norman native’s 119 yards Saturday receiver in OU football history. marked his eighth 100-yard game this season “I feel like if I stay here — or when I do stay here and the 15th of his career, tying Clayton’s pro- — that’s going to happen,” Broyles said. “I’m just gram records for both. going to continue to catch the balls that come my Broyles’ pursuit of Sooner history all culmi- way and make things happen.” nated in one electrifying performance Saturday. When he stays here? “It’s a good feeling,” Broyles said. “It feels even “Yes, when I stay here,” Broyles said. The Oklahoma Daily

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rest of the season. “Adrian has been an amazing leader for us,” Stoops said. “The players love him, as do the coaches. He brought a lot of spirit and energy to the team, and we just feel really sad for him.” Sophomore Casey Walker and freshman Daniel Noble have both missed multiple games with injuries, but Stoops said Walker will begin practicing again Monday with the hope that he can help fill the void left by Taylor. After receiving criticism for the Texas A&M loss, the coaching staff responded with new formations and different strategies, showing less of the bubble screen play that had become the team’s go-to attack. In the first drive alone, OU showcased an option-pitch play and a couple of direct snaps to senior running back DeMarco Murray. The Sooners also implemented freshman running back Roy Finch in some pre-snap mo-

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There wasn’t much for OU players and coaches to complain about after the Sooners’ 45-7 win over Texas Tech on Saturday in Norman. Besides a touchdown given up on the first drive and a missed field goal in the third quarter, OU didn’t make many mistakes. “I was overall pleased with the performance,” coach Bob Stoops said. “We played realNEIL MCGLOHON/THE DAILY ly sharp and took care of the Juniors defensive end Frank Alexander (84), linebacker Austin Box (12) and linebacker Travis Lewis football.” (28) bring down Texas Tech senior quarterback Taylor Potts during Saturday’s game. OU won 45-7. OU scored on its opening drive, then the Red Raiders immediately responded with a touchdown of their own, wrinkles on things, but they giving the game the feel of a weren’t necessarily new potential shootout. plays,” Wilson said. “Some But after Tech’s initial of it is just variations on PASSING GAME: A+ score, the Sooners forced formations.” Sophomore quarterback Landry Jones had no interceptions and them to punt once, turn the The Sooners will finish the five touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Ryan Broyles caught eight ball over on downs twice and regular season with two road passes for 119 yards and three touchdowns. throw an interception in the games against Big 12 South Red Raiders’ next four opponents and still RUNNING GAME: A possessions. have a chance to win We got some new stuff that we The running back trio of seniors DeMarco Murray and Mossis Meanwhile, OU the division. tried out, and we took some shots Madu and freshman Roy Finch combined for 30 carries and 225 scored on its first five OU is second in the yards, with Finch scoring the only rushing touchdown. drives to put the game Big 12 South, one game downfield to try to loosen the out of reach early, pullbehind the Oklahoma defense up on us. It was exciting DEFENSIVE LINE/LINEBACKERS: B ing ahead 31-7 before State Cowboys, who to see us do those things.” finally being forced to OU sacked Tech quarterback Taylor Potts three times. However, the Sooners play two punt for the first time. the Sooners gave up 93 yards to running back Baron Batch. weeks from now. — LANDRY JONES, “Defensively, after The Sooners are SOPHOMORE QUARTERBACK our first drive, we restill trying to look at DEFENSIVE BACKS: A ally settled down and things one game at a The secondary only allowed 144 yards passing to Texas Tech. played well,” Stoops said. tions and got him the ball in time, knowing all the potenSenior safety Jonathan Nelson intercepted a pass, and fellow “We got pressure on the space. tial scenarios for winning the senior saftey Quinton Carter had 17 tackles in the game. quarterback and had good “We were just mixing it up division could be nullified by coverage — all the things you a little bit,” sophomore quar- a loss to Baylor on Saturday, SPECIAL TEAMS: C need to do well defensively.” terback Landry Jones said. Stoops said. Sophomore kicker Tress Way punted well, averaging 47 yards The defense did suffer a Offensive coordinator “For us, it’s all about next per kick, but his kickoffs usually landed around the 10 yard line. loss, however, when senior Kevin Wilson said many of week at Baylor,” Stoops said. Junior kicker Jimmy Stevens was 1-for-2 on field goals, making defensive tackle Adrian the new things the offense “That’s all that matters.” a 34-yarder but missing from 36. Taylor went down in the third did were already in the Kickoff against Baylor is quarter with a torn Achilles playbook. scheduled for 7 p.m. in Waco, — Aaron Colen/The Daily tendon. Taylor will miss the “There were some new Texas, on ESPN2.

Football report card: OU-Texas Tech

Career receiving yards for senior DeMarco Murray, surpassing Quentin Griffin’s running back record

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Passing yards for sophomore quarterback Landry Jones, just nine yards shy of Texas Tech’s total offensive yards

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Points scored by the Sooners in the first quarter, the most OU has scored against Texas Tech in the opening period

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OU topples first ranked team this season Team holds off Iowa State comebacks, grabs marquee win, clinches 3rd in Big 12 GREG FEWELL The Oklahoma Daily

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Junior hitter Caitlin Higgins attacks at the net against Iowa State defenders Saturday in McCasland Field House. The Sooners beat the No. 14 Cyclones 3-1 for the program’s first win over a ranked opponent this season.

The Sooner volleyball team took sole possession of third place in the Big 12 by beating the No. 14 Iowa State Cyclones 3-1 Saturday at McCasland Field House. OU had not beaten a ranked team all season. The Sooners were shut out by the Cyclones on the road Sept. 25 and also lost matches at home against ranked foes Texas and Nebraska. Even though the team is having one of the best seasons in program history, OU has been searching for a signature win for 2010. The Sooners found it Saturday. A combination of preparation and a little added aggression proved to be just what the team needed to finally pull off an upset victory. “This was a great win for us,” junior hitter Caitlin Higgins said. “We’d actually been tied for third with them, so we had been looking at them for a while and scouting their tendencies. We played with a lot of fire, and it feels really

good.” It was clear early that the match would be a battle. The teams were neck and neck all the way in the first set. OU had a chance to finish it, but Iowa State came out on top 28-26 to take a 1-0 advantage. Fortunately for the Sooners, it was the only highlight of the match for Iowa State. The Sooners got out to a 12-9 lead in the second set before the Cyclones rallied back to within one. From that point, OU took control and never looked back. Sophomore hitter Morgan Reynolds started things off with a kill to take a two-point lead. Senior middle blocker Sarah Freudenrich and junior hitter Suzy Boulavsky followed up with a huge double-block, and suddenly OU had all of the momentum. Reynolds got two more kills in the set and Freudenrich added two blocks to lead the Sooners past Iowa State 25-21. The Sooners went into the intermission tied with the Cyclones, 1-1. Coming out of the locker rooms, OU clearly had the momentum. After falling behind 0-1, Reynolds got another kill to jumpstart things, and the Sooners quickly jumped ahead 3-1. Iowa

State made a comeback midway through the match to make things interesting, but the Sooners — led by stellar play by Higgins and Boulavsky — came out on top 25-20 to take a 2-1 lead. Going into the fourth set, it was clear that the Sooners were controlling the tempo of the match. “As the match went on, we just started being more aggressive and focusing on the things we could do offensively,” Higgins said. “That took away a lot of the things they had been doing and made us a lot more successful.” The last set was the hardest for the Sooners to finish. The team rode the momentum from the previous set out to a 21-17 lead, but Iowa State came back to within one. The match could have gone either way, but Freudenrich got a kill to spark the Sooners. They finished off the Cyclones 2523, finally finding a marquee win for this season. OU does not have much time to celebrate, though. The team will be back in action against No. 5 Nebraska on Wednesday in Lincoln, Neb. — home of the nation’s longest sell-out streak in women’s collegiate sports. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

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Season ends with 12 wins, 2nd most in history Second NCAA tournament appearance yields 4-0 loss for Sooners; program has yet to win opening round TOBI NEIDY The Oklahoma Daily

OU soccer fell to the Washington Huskies 4-0 in the first match of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night in Portland, Ore. The Sooners finished the season 12-8-3, the second-most wins ever earned in the program’s history (13 in 2005). In the program’s second-ever appearance in the tournament, the Sooners couldn’t maintain their composure after falling to an early 1-0 deficit in the third minute with a goal

by UW’s Sarah Martinez. Martinez, junior forward out of Des Moines, Wash., finished the game with two goals for the Huskies, collecting the second off of a header in the 24th minute. Freshman midfielder Lindsay Elston and senior defender Hannah Greig were credited with assists on each of Martinez’s goals, respectively. UW freshman forward Allie Beahan scored the third goal of the game to give the Huskies a 3-0 lead before halftime. With less than 10 minutes left in the match, UW freshman forward Annie Sittauer collected her third goal of the season to put the finishing touches on the rout of a Sooner team that lost the Big 12 Conference trophy to a tough No. 6 Oklahoma State team in penalty kicks (5-4) last weekend

in San Antonio. OU midfielder Dria Hampton collected the most opportunities to put the Sooners on board, finishing the game with six shots, including three on goal. The Huskies finished the game with a 23-12 shot advantage and a 9-0 corner kick edge. OU’s all-time leading scorer, senior forward Whitney Palmer, was silenced during the match, finishing with no shots for the Sooner offense. With the loss, the Sooners are still searching for the program’s first win in NCAA postseason action, falling to 0-2 in appearances in the national tournament. The Sooners dropped a 1-0 decision against Tennessee in the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2003.

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Hidden eatery serves authentic Italian dishes A new Italian restaurant has sprung up in Norman and is so tasty, it could easily give Victoria’s Pasta Shop — the college student favorite — a run for its money. Italian food is plentiful in Norman, but Gaberino’s Homestyle Italian Restaurant may give its patrons an idea of what Italian food actually tastes like. Gaberino’s started cooking Italian favorites on Nov. 4 for its grand opening. This new eatery inhabits a space in the Redbud Plaza strip mall located near Sam’s Club. The biggest downside for the restaurant is that it’s hidden away in this strip mall, and cannot be seen from the road. Once found, the restaurant is a treasure trove of goodies. The space it occupies is rather small, and only about 20 tables have been placed inside. This succeeds in making Gaberino’s a quaint and intimate choice for lunch or dinner. Tables in the eatery are STAFF COLUMN MN adorned with red-checkered tablecloths and flowers in Carmen vases. The most unique aspect Forman of the décor has to be the light fixtures — light bulbs above each of the tables are encased in large jam jars that bathe the tables in a soft glow. The tasty aroma that assaults patrons when they walk through the front door is an accurate depiction of how delicious the food tastes. Instead of opting for serving interesting new dishes, Gaberino’s has chosen instead to offer excellent classic Italian entrées. Gaberino’s offers customers their choice of classic pastas, such as lasagna, spaghetti, fettuccine and chicken Parmesan, or one can choose to make his or her own pizza with toppings that range from pepperoni and Italian sausage to red bell peppers and mushrooms.

If you go WHAT: Gaberino’s Homestyle Italian Restaurant WHERE: 283 34th Ave. SW, Norman HOURS: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily PHONE: 405-310-2229

I created my own pizza, and the result pleased both my stomach and my eyes. The marinara sauce contained a hint of spice and plenty of flavor to enlighten my taste buds. I also sampled the fettuccine, and the combination of the rich and creamy sauce along with the homemade noodles made for a delicious meal. As for the garlic bread that came with the pasta, it featured enough garlic and butter to give the bread a delightful taste, but did not leave one’s mouth able to repel a vampire. My one regret for the restaurant can easily be summed up by the fact that I had no room for desert. The eatery’s Italian cream cake tantalized me as waiters carried it to other tables. Affordability is another selling point for Gaberino’s — a meal can range from about $5 to $10. Be forewarned — those looking for alcohol may be disappointed, because Gaberino’s currently only offers domestic beers, but said it will soon carry wine and high-point beers. CARMEN FORMAN/THE DAILY

— Carmen Forman, University College freshman

A pizza sits on one of the red-checkered tablecloth-covered tables inside Gaberino’s Homestyle Italian Restaurant. Gaberino’s opened Nov. 4 in the Redbud Plaza strip mall at 283 34th Ave. SW.

VIDEO GAME REVIEW

‘Force Unleashed II’ full of unsatisfying elements In recent years, “Star Wars” games have been rather hit-or-miss. The better ones usually focus on the expanded universe beyond the movies, but most of the games try to cash in on the latest movie or TV show (see the current “Clone Wars” series). The first “Force Unleashed” was far from a perfect game: repetitive combat, unsatisfying button-mashing boss sequences, poor targeting and glitches hindered a great new story and environment from the “Star Wars” universe. That story carried the first game; its sequel, “Force Unleashed II,” has almost the same gameplay problems, but without as good of a story to prop it up. After apparently being killed at the end of the first game while saving the Rebel Alliance’s leadership, Starkiller, the main character, wakes up at the cloning facility on Kamino. Darth Vader claims that this Starkiller is a flawed clone of the original,

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but after having memories of Juno Eclipse, the first game’s love interest, Starkiller escapes Kamino to attempt to save leaders of the Rebellion, find Juno and determine if he is real or a clone. The ending of the first game was satisfying, so this entire story seems unnecessary and crammed into the series’ continuity. Plus, it’s absurd, even by “Star Wars” standards. (Spoiler: Why would Vader want to clone someone who nearly killed him in the last game?) The game itself is short, which is good in regards to keeping the action from becoming repetitive, but the story takes a back seat to the actual gameplay. On its own merits, the very idea of being able to shoot things with lightning or grab and push things at will is interesting, at least

for the first couple of levels. Ultimately, the combat does become rather repetitive — either slash the lightsaber away at the numerous Stormtroopers or use various Force powers to take them down. There is a good deal of novelty to be had from these powers, but it ends well before the game does, and that’s not a good thing for a six-hour game. In some ways, the game could have benefited from slowing down a bit and adding more to the narrative elements, as well as including some puzzles or other mental tasks. The difficulty tends to fluctuate at times depending on what comes at you. There are some enemies that provide a challenge, but it becomes more tedious than satisfying in most cases, especially with the boss fights. The big strength that “Force Unleashed II” does have going for it is the mechanics behind the game. The Havok physics engine comes out in full force, and watching a Stormtrooper fly

off into the distance flailing his arms in terror is good for a laugh. The soundtrack is the typical John Williams score heard in all “Star Wars” media, but the quality lives up to the standards the series has set. And the visuals are appealing to the eye, from the environments to Starkiller’s powers, but even those get tiresome eventually. All in all, “Force Unleashed II” isn’t much beyond a generic beat-’emup game with “Star Wars” elements. The concept may be strong in the force, but I find its lack of proper execution disturbing. — AJ Lansdale, professional writing senior

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