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Election chairman hopes for increase in participation
Boren plans to cut funds
Polling stations make debut JOEL SHACKELFORD Campus Reporter
Polls open Tuesday and Wednesday for UOSA fall elections. The Interfraternity Council presidency and 34 seats in
Student Congress are up for election. The University College district has the most competition, with 14 students facing off for four seats, while the Architecture, Arts, Earth and Energy, and Physical Science districts have no one running. This year, students may vote at two polling stations
as well as online at elections.ou.edu, UOSA Election Chairman Cole Jackson said. The stations will be located outside Dale Hall on the South Oval and inside the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s food court. In case of bad weather, the South Oval station will move inside Dale Hall, Jackson said.
A referendum to allow Congress to alter districts without the approval of the Board of Regents also will be on the ballot. A ballot question concerning the creation of designated smoking areas will not appear on the ballot this election cycle because it was not submitted in time, Jackson said.
GO ANd dO Voting info WHEN: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and wednesday WHERE: • The south Oval near dale hall • Oklahoma Memorial Union food court
Budget decrease of 2 to 5 percent concerns colleges CHASE COOK
OU colleges may face another round of budget cuts next fiscal year as the university prepares its budget amid a stalled economy and uncertain state funding. President David Boren has asked budget managers to anticipate potential cuts of 2 to 5 percent, according to a letter from see CUTS paGe 2
Equality sought for all OU staff Committee on same-sex couple benefits to come CHASE COOK
“Fifteen percent of blood for the state comes from high schools and colleges, so the base goes down when students are out of classes during
The OU Staff Senate is forming a special committee to discuss the potential extension of benefits to same-sex couples. The committee will explore what protections OU can offer to same-sex couples because they are not protected under the federal Family Medical Leave Act, Senate Chairwoman Fran Stephens said. The act protects the rights of workers when they need to take time off to take care of family members and spouses. In Oklahoma, gay marriage is not recognized, and the federal government does not recognize same-sex marriages or civil unions, which means laws such as the Family Medical Leave Act do not protect samesex couples.
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University College freshman Rozlyn Locust talks with friends while donating blood during the Bedlam Blood Battle blood drive Monday in the OU ROTC Armory. The weeklong blood drive is a competition between OU and Oklahoma state and will accept donors from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. all week.
Bedlam battle comes to campus GO ANd dO donate blood TodaY To fridaY: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the OU ROTC Armory
11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oklahoma Memorial Union
TodaY: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., OU College of Law
fridaY: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by devon Energy hall
THUrsdaY: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Catlett Music Center
Source: Kelley McPhail, Oklahoma Blood Institute blood program consultant
Oklahoma Blood Institute brings week of donations to OU KATHLEEN EVANS
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The Sooners have moved their rivalry with the Oklahoma State Cowboys from the white lines and green grass of the football field to the brick walls and concrete floors of the OU ROTC Armory.
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The second annual Bedlam Blood Battle blood drive began Monday and will continue throughout the week to see which university can pick up the most pints. The blood drive comes at a fortunate time for the Oklahoma Blood Institute and usually generates enough blood to last the state throughout the holidays, Vice President of Donor Recruitment Todd Abner said.
Sooners march on without Whaley, Broyles
students’ knowledge of crime could increase from online sources. (Page 3)
sPorTs Coach’s resignation prompts questions Nicole Nelson is leaving OU soccer, but something doesn’t add up. (Page 5)
life & arTs
Bedlam blood drive brings out sooners
new music Tuesday reviews ‘weirdness’
Rare blood types are requested for weeklong drive. (oUdaily.com)
“depth & Current” album perfect for listening not singing. (Page 6)
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sophomore wide receiver Kenny stills (4) runs from the clutches of a Longhorn defender during the OU-Texas game. stills and OU’s receivers will be asked to step up without Broyles. (Page 5)
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Bob stoops’ phone records — These documents were requested to monitor the use of Bob stoops’ university-provided cell phone.
a non-identifying list of student athletes grades separated by sport — These documents were requested to determine how many athletes are academically ineligible.
list of all of the names of students in the President’s leadership Class — These documents were requested to gather contact information for students in the President’s Leadership Class.
The approved application for professor Chad Kerksick’s creatine nitrate study — These documents were requested to gain further information on Kerksick’s recent research.
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Blood: Sooners optimistic about competition Continued from page 1
Today around campus A master class with David Hayes for OU School of Musicâ€™s violin students will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at Catlett Music Centerâ€™s Pitman Recital Hall. Watching the class is free, and seating is limited. A blood drive sponsored by The Oklahoma Blood Institute and Sooner Sports Properties will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the OU ROTC Armory. The blood drive is the Bedlam Blood Battle, a competition between OU and OSU to gather the most donations. A concert performed by the Tuba and Euphonium Studio will take place from noon to 12:30 p.m. at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Artâ€™s Sandy Bell Gallery. The concert is free and is part of the Tuesday Noon Concert series. A gallery tour by professor Jane Aebersold will take place from 2 to 2:30 p.m. in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Artâ€™s Eugene B. Adkins Gallery. The tour will focus on Native American pottery and other ceramics from the Adkins Collection. A seminar on properly sourcing papers will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. at Wagner Hall, Room 280. The seminar is free and part of the Student Success Series. A concert featuring the New Century Ensemble will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. at Catlett Music Centerâ€™s Sharp Concert Hall.
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Benefits: Current laws lack protection Continued from page 1 If a gay partner needed to take time off from work to take care of his loved one, he could be fired without these protections, Stephens said. This committee will discuss if there is anything the Senate could ask OU to do, she said. â€œIt is important to hear their voice and do what we can,â€? Stephens said. The decision to create the committee was made after Staff Senate member Sam Fellows brought up the lack of protection and a discussion of whether OU should do anything to protect the same-sex couples. Good employees who have worked at the university could be terminated if same-sex couples are not offered the same protections as other groups, Fellows said. â€œIt is a fair thing to do,â€? Fellows said. An email sent out to staff announcing the committee has received good response, Stephens said. The committee should be assembled by the end of this week, and its first meeting will be the end of November or the first week of December, she said.
December and January,â€? Abner said. â€œWe are trying to build that up and float until schools are back in session.â€? So far, OU is right on track with 60 to 70 donations in the first hour of the drive, Abner said. But many people donating said the Bedlam battle didnâ€™t factor into their decision to donate, and it is something they do for personal reasons. â€œIâ€™m studying to be a nurse, so I think itâ€™s a good
CUTs: Fixed costs may increase tuition rates Continued from page 1 his office sent to faculty and staff. These cuts would come in the form of reallocations, which is when the university moves money from the central budget to help pay for fixed-cost increases, said Chris Kuwitzky, associate vice president and chief financial officer. The university is facing an estimated $9 million increase of fixed costs. Fixed costs are unavoidable increases in health insurance, utilities and other things such as scholarship waivers, Kuwitzky said in an email. Anticipating budget cuts should give colleges enough time to make the best plans that have the least negative impact on students, Kuwitzky said. â€œWhat you want to do, obviously, is minimize impact to students,â€? Kuwitzky said. This academic year, students felt the impact of a 5-percent tuition increase as the university dealt with increased costs and decreases in state funding. Students were hit with a 4.5-percent tuition increase during academic year 2010-2011. The last four years of cuts
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havenâ€™t been kind to colleges and departments, which have lost about 12 percent of their budgets, according to the letter. These cuts have resulted in increased assignments and responsibilities for existing staff. The university wonâ€™t know what impact students, faculty and staff will feel from next yearâ€™s potential cuts for another six months, Kuwitzky said. Right now, everything is an estimation, and colleges and departments are being asked to plan ahead, he said.
Text â€œOBI4OUâ€? to 69302 to enter a drawing for an iPad 2, to sign up to donate or to get results about the competition.
Students can enter to win an iPad 2 and can sign up to donate through texts and receive updates about who is in the lead. â€œLast year OSU pulled ahead by about 75 donors in the last few hours,â€? Abner said. â€œWe are going to see if
texting data results will encourage donors.â€? Donors have to be 16 years or older and meet certain weight and health requirements to donate, according to a donor pamphlet. Students can sign up online, through text messages or walk in to donate, Abner said. The blood drive will be available all week at various locations across campus. â€œâ€˜Feel good, give bloodâ€™ resonates with me,â€? sociology senior Lynde Gleason said. â€œItâ€™s not scary, but definitely eat something beforehand.â€?
Campus Brief faculty
Communications professor receives â€˜Outstanding Professorâ€™ title OU College of Arts and Sciences professor Amy Johnson was named the Kinney-Sugg Outstanding Professor for the year. Johnson is a communications professor who teaches research methods and relational communication and conflict. She prepares graduate students to be effective professors and also works with undergraduate students, as well as researching long-distance relationships and computermediated communication, friendships, stepfamilies and interpersonal arguments. The Kinney-Sugg Outstanding Professor Award was established by OU alumna Sandy Kinney and her husband. The award focuses on rewarding and retaining professors who have outstanding skills in teaching, according to a press release. â€œI was happily surprised my department thought to nominate me. I was appreciative when I won the award. Itâ€™s meaningful to work with grad students and undergrads. I love my job, and itâ€™s nice to be recognized,â€? Johnson said. A luncheon to honor Johnson will take place later in the semester, at which she will receive a plaque. The plaque will be added in a permanent display in Ellison Hall, home to the College of Arts and Sciences. Jalisa Green, Staff Reporter
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“Are you really saying that banning a luxury item like tobacco is similar to banning essential items like food and drink? In the words of Michelle Tanner, PUH-LEASE.” (braceyourself, Re: Students react to proposed tobacco ban)
Crime logs should go online Our View: The OU Police Department should post daily police reports online to increase accessibility.
easily accessible PDF format. The logs report every police, fire and medical call received, along with crime and arrest reports. A spokesman for the department said the proThe OU Police Department crime logs are availcess for hosting the reports online was simple. The able for public perusal anytime during business hours at OUPD’s main office on 2775 Monitor Ave. report-generating software already in use can be This beneficial resource helps Sooners make safer used to create a standard report with the necessary choices, but it could be more effective. information. A records clerk then saves the It’s important for citizens to have easy, report as a PDF, and an officer posts it to The Our View convenient access to these police reports. is the majority the website. It’s a matter of public safety. With a process this quick and simple, opinion of For example, when rumors spread about OUPD should easily be able to add reports The Daily’s 10-member a rise in sexual assaults, Sooners can check to its website. editorial board these reports to understand the level of As it is now, the department is in line danger and know how best to protect with the requirements of the Open Records themselves. Act. But as technology changes, these reRight now, the only way to access the reports is to quirements must also change. go in person to the OUPD office. But for the many And the responsibilities of the department to the students without cars, this can be an unreasonable community go beyond simply abiding by the letter hassle. Even for students with transportation, the of the law. inconvenience of such a long trip could dissuade The OUPD is responsible for providing the commany from taking advantage of this resource. munity with whatever resources it can that will help A copy of the logs could be kept in the satellite of- citizens make safer choices. fice in Cate Center, which was established to give In this case, it’s not only possible to offer expandstudents easier access to their police department. ed access to police records, it’s downright simple. But the best solution would be to list police reOU already publishes the Sooner Fire and Safety ports on the department’s website. This would Report in an online format and widely distributes vastly increase their accessibility, giving students, it to the campus community. Giving Sooners such faculty and community members the ability to ac- easy access to daily crime reports would expand cess the records from anywhere and at any time. the beneficial effects of such information and help The Norman Police Department has had such a everyone to stay safe. system in place for more than five years. The department’s website lists each day’s report in an Comment on this at OUDaily.com
Focus on victims, not football
hen Penn State coach Joe Paterno was fired after developing a culture of OPINION COLUMNIST the revelation that he knew about former assis- acceptance. tant coach Jerry Sandusky’s alleged sexual abuse Turning cars over because of young boys, the Nittany Lions revolted. you think someone who alThousands of students screamed and protested in the legedly covered up this scanstreets, according to Reuters. They rioted, tore down light dal was unfairly fired does poles and overturned a news van. They blew vuvuzelas and nothing. It does not help get toilet-papered trees, according to The New York Times. Paterno back. It does not Their reaction was wildly inappropriate. help the scandal go away, Kate McPherson I can understand the students’ frustrations. If I woke up nor does it help the victims email@example.com one morning to find that Bob Stoops and President David heal emotionally. It is an act Boren had been fired, I’d probably be a little of mindless peeved. violence that only hurts. “I don’t know if However, circumstances change dramaticalThe students who held a candlelight vigil ly when alleged child abuse enters the picture. firing Paterno was for the victims Friday night are taking steps in the right call, but the right direction. The peaceful event united Football is important. Being an OU student from Texas, I certainly understand the sport is students, faculty and alumni in demanding I do know Penn more a religion than a game. My extended famthat an event as horrific as these allegations State students’ ily, which has roots in central Pennsylvania, never happen again. has made sure I am aware of Paterno’s long, reactions were out Speakers at the vigil didn’t deify Sandusky historic career at Penn State. or Paterno. Rather, they spoke of new beginof line.” But aren’t innocent people more important nings and of remembering what happened so than either of these things? it never happens again, according to Reuters. The boys Sandusky is alleged to have abused did nothThis positive event shows it’s possible for students to be ing wrong. They didn’t asked to be molested in showers or regretful that the scandal happened yet respectful toward otherwise harassed, and they didn’t ask for the controversy victims and their families. Students who mock the victims surrounding the firings. and blame them for the firings of the coaches prevent Penn I don’t know if firing Paterno was the right call, but I do State from moving forward. More importantly, they prevent know Penn State students’ reactions were out of line. the victims from moving forward. The riots were exceptionally insensitive to the alleged vicPenn State supporters and football fans worldwide must tims and their families. An anonymous sister of one of the stop rioting and complaining about the firings. Instead, they boys told Harrisburg’s Patriot News she was upset people should focus their attention on healing the Penn State comwere focusing on football rather than the victims. munity and creating a society in which victims are support“Every class I go to, I get sick to my stomach,” the sister ed not ridiculed. said. “People are making jokes about [the victims].” It’s time for Penn State students to stop rioting and start Kate McPherson is a journalism sophomore.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Smoking ban undermines legal freedoms There are only two matters of public concern regarding tobacco use: air pollution and littering. I believe the present policy on the OU campus, in which smokers must indulge their pleasures outside and away from building entrances, is adequate to protect nonsmokers from the effects of the first. Enough trash receptacles and strict enforcement of littering rules, perhaps combined with signs and bulletins discouraging litter, should take care of the second. I know it is tempting, particularly for those with a genuine concern for people’s health, to use the force of law to prohibit unhealthy behaviors. However, I would point to the disastrous effects of both the Volstead Act in the 1920s and the current war on drugs as vivid illustrations of the negative effects of legal prohibitions. The Volstead Act banned alcohol and gave rise to a nation of lawbreakers and organized crime. The war on drugs, by oppressing those who choose to decide for themselves what to use as medicine, has directly resulted in crime, corruption and the deaths of tens of thousands killed
by Mexican drug cartels. You are no doubt familiar with the idea that “ignorance of the law is no excuse.” Inherent in this idea is an assumption of competence — that is, that ordinary people are assumed to be legally competent to make decisions about their lives. As painful as it may be for those concerned about health effects, the prohibition of any non-tortious human behavior ignores this assumption and undermines not only our liberties, but our entire legal system. In this regard, I feel obliged to assert that the use of tobacco is a constitutional right protected by the Ninth and 14th Amendments to the Constitution of the U.S. Also, since the OU campus, at least outdoors, is a public space supported by state and federal funds, a total ban on tobacco use on campus would be a violation of the rights of smokers — a notion I would very much enjoy testing in the courts. Robert T. Murphy, OneCard office — retired
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resident Barack OPINION COLUMNIST Obama: I read your letter, published on Thursday in The Daily and other student papers, with great interest. You express concern over the economic Zac Smith prospects of young email@example.com Americans, and you preside over a country which, according to CIA surveys, suffers from a greater degree of class inequality than many developing African nations and former Soviet satellites. For most Americans born into the lower economic stratum of society, life outside of that stratum will be forever unattainable. You criticize Wall Street organizations for their “failure to adapt,” precipitating the current financial crisis for which the American worker must foot the bill. Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup were among the key Wall Street contributors to the crisis; as you’ll recall, they were also among your largest campaign contributors in 2008. Goldman Sachs associates provided you with more than $1 million during the run-up to the election, according to records released by the Federal Election Commission and collated by the Center for Responsive Politics. Then, after you assumed office, you appointed former Goldman Sachs Co-Head of Finance Gary Gensler as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and former Goldman Sachs Vice Chairman Robert Hormats as Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs. Former Goldman Sachs Vice President Mark Patterson also became your administration’s treasury chief of staff. Your discomfort with Wall Street’s failure to respond to public needs hasn’t prevented you either from accepting enormous sums of Wall Street money or appointing former Wall Street executives to high positions in your administration. You emphasize that you are just like us, that you share our concerns about debt and the affordability of college. You are devoted to making certain that we all have a fair opportunity to obtain an education. Oddly, this hasn’t stopped your administration from supporting regimes that deprive millions of people of education and other basic rights. Last year, your administration sold $60 billion worth of military aircraft to the Saudi Arabian government in what Al-Jazeera reported as the single largest U.S. arms sale in history. The dismal state of human rights under the Saudi monarchy is wellknown; in 2010, the U.S. State Department admitted that the Saudi government subjected its citizens to “torture and physical abuse ... arbitrary arrest and incommunicado detention ... [and] restrictions on civil liberties such as freedoms of speech.” Saudi women are subject to a level of officially-sanctioned dehumanization virtually unknown in similarly developed nations. Though the Saudi state educational system is relatively well-funded, its curricula are packed with stultifying religious dogma and Saudi women are often compelled by government-sanctioned societal conventions to avoid pursuing higher education. Thirty percent of Saudi women are illiterate, according to CIA figures. Despite the deep concern you evince about the accessibility of education and other human rights, you choose to strengthen autocratic regimes that intellectually as well as physically impoverish millions of people. Then again, the Saudi public won’t be voting in next year’s presidential election. At home, your administration has overseen an enormous upward migration of wealth and a slashing of social programs, ostensibly to repay the debts created by your Wall Street campaign donors. At present, 50 million Americans cannot afford health insurance, let alone a four-year stint in college. The impoverishment of American workers combined with an absence of socialized medical care results in about 45,000 deaths per year, according to Harvard Medical School research. And the palliative you offer, in the face of the suffering and inequality facilitated by your administration, is a scheme to improve student loan interest rates. To borrow a phrase from journalist Ulrike Meinhof, I do not wish to insult you, but neither do I wish the public to be insulted by letters like yours that appeared in The Daily. Zac Smith is a journalism junior.
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Tuesday, Nov Tuesday Nov. 15 15, 22011 Donâ€™t get discouraged in the year ahead if opportunities where you work donâ€™t come as easily to you as you would like. The important thing is to keep trying to improve yourself. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -Whereas sometimes it is smart not to reveal your plans prematurely, today it might be wise to let others know where youâ€™re heading. Get them working with you, not against you. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- In order to get others to readily forgive any infractions you have made, you need to hope youâ€™ve been merciful with them in the past.
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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Donâ€™t expect those who havenâ€™t been supportive of your positions in the past to suddenly be so today. Be prepared to proceed without them. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- A negative attitude will not only make matters worse for you today, but it is likely to be extremely annoying to your associates as well. Try to change your outlook. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Donâ€™t get drawn into putting good money after bad again; youâ€™ve made this mistake in the past. If something didnâ€™t work before, why would you think it would now? ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Be careful about entering into a partnership arrangement with someone who owes more than he or she can handle. The responsibility for this personâ€™s debts could easily shift to you.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- How you phrase things can either make you or break you today. The wrong choice of words could quickly anger someone who would otherwise be a supporter. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Be the first one to generously ante up your fair share of costs for an outing with friends today. Holding back to see what others are giving could seem like youâ€™re being cheap. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- The cost of success could be a bit more expensive than youâ€™re prepared to pay. Before getting involved in something that is too opulent for your taste, check with someone who has been there. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Your very nature is adventurous and courageous, yet today small doubts could intimidate you from moving forward on something youâ€™ve never tried. Get back in character. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Your tolerance for people who tend to be takers rather than givers will be at a very low ebb. If youâ€™re forced to work with them today, cross words could be exchanged. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Get into character today, and be as diplomatic as you can. Without meaning to, you could make others think youâ€™re competing against them instead of working with them.
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It can be difficult sometimes to follow each and every complex compliance rule laid out by the NCAA, The Daily’s James Corley explains.
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Sooners could catch a break Jordan Jenson Sports Reporter
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Sophomore running back Roy Finch (22) rushes against Texas A&M during the Sooners’ 41-25 win against the Aggies on Nov. 5 in Norman. Finch rushed 26 times for 99 yards and a touchdown against A&M, OU’s first game without injured junior running back Dominique Whaley.
in college football, ranking third in total offense with nearly 375 yards per game. The offense as a whole must find new ways to get other players involved. Wrinkles — like using redshirt freshman quarterback Blake Bell in short-yardage situations — can go a long way for the OU offense, currently ranked fourth in the nation (545 yards per game). In the last three games of the season, the Sooner offense has a chance to
generate even more yardage against opposing defenses. Fortunately for an offense with two major injuries, the defenses OU will play are statistically some of the worst they have seen all season. On Saturday, when the Sooners travel to Waco to play Baylor, OU will go up against the 111th-ranked defense in the country. I n O U ’s h o m e f i n a l e against Iowa State, the Sooners will face off against the 90th-best defense. As for the Dec. 3 matchup
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his year, Nicole Nelson led the Sooners to their first consecutive Big 12 tournaments since 2005-06. She took OU to its first Big 12 conference championship game in program history. She was the 2010 Co-Big 12 Coach of the Year. These accomplishments don’t sound like a coach ready to make a move, but the former OU soccer coach resigned Saturday. The fourth-year skipper issued her resignation, saying “it was in the university’s best interest to look for other leadership.” But after having one of the most prolific seasons under her direction in 2010, where the Sooners finished with a 12-8-3 record and beat ranked Texas and Texas A&M in the conference tournament, and rebuilding this season with several new faces in the program, the move just doesn’t sound typical for a coach who enjoyed more success in the past four years than her predecessor. Nelson barely stayed as long as the typical college student, and she kept improving each year after winning just three games during her first season. So now the real questions have to be asked. Was she forced to resign because OU lost five more games this season than in 2010 and stumbled through
Football Briefs Bye Week
Sooner players embarrassed by Texas Tech loss
Upcoming matchups favorable for hobbled Oklahoma offense With three games left in the regular season, the Sooners have to move on without Dominique Whaley and Ryan Broyles, and the leaders in rushing and receiving leave big holes in OU’s offense in the wake of their injuries. Throughout the college football season, injuries are almost always guaranteed to occur. Some teams are able to escape with only minor injuries or players are able to play through the pain or miss only a game or two. But when two of the best playmakers go down for the season, panic can arise among a fan base about their team’s chances for success. However, the road ahead of OU’s offense doesn’t have to be a bumpy one. Much like Roy Finch has done in place of Whaley, the Sooner receivers are more than capable of stepping up in Broyles’ absence. While sophomores Kenny Stills and Jaz Reynolds have proven themselves this season, Trey Franks and Dejuan Miller have new opportunities to make big contributions for the offense. There should be some concern as to how Landry Jones will handle losing what is clearly his go-to receiver. But without Broyles, he should still find himself able to spread the ball around. Jones is one of the most productive quarterbacks
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Former OU soccer coach Nicole Nelson claps during OU’s 5-0 win against Alabama-Birmingham on Aug. 19 in Norman. Nelson announced her resignation Saturday.
conference play this year? Is there another job that stole Nelson away from the crimson and cream? Was there something else that made her bolt for the hills? Either way, the Sooners are without a head coach for the time being and head into the offseason trying to put together the lost pieces that kept them from going to the NCAA tournament this year. An Oklahoma native herself, Nelson seemed like the perfect fit for an upcoming OU team that was forcing itself into the limelight of a tough Big 12 conference. With updated facilities, contributing to drawing the program’s first televised games this season, the Sooners continued to show
signs that the program was on the rise. And by graduating just five seniors this year, Nelson would have several top player back in action for the 2012 season, coupled with several newcomers who gained invaluable experience this year. Nelson even said “the future is bright” for this Sooner team in an interview just five days before delivering the news of her intended departure. So why leave now? That’s the question that Nelson leaves with unanswered. Tobi Neidy is a multidisciplinary studies senior. You can follow her on Twitter at @TobiAnn.
in Stillwater against OSU — the one that likely will decide both teams’ fates — OU will be playing against the 101stranked defense. While the Cowboys have created the most turnovers in the nation (31), they have allowed 442.2 yards per game. If Oklahoma can hold on to the football, its scoring opportunities should increase greatly. The loss of star players such as Broyles and Whaley is usually something teams are unable to come back from. In a day and age where
injuries occur on a more frequent basis, the “coach speak” of being a play away from a win or a title has more truth to it than ever. With the defenses the Sooners will see the rest of the year, these injuries do not necessarily spell the end of their title hopes. Instead, the opponents could provide an opportunity to show the depth OU has at its disposal, allowing players to create the big plays it had become accustomed to with Broyles.
Many Sooner players used the time off Saturday to watch college football on TV, but not every player enjoyed what he saw. Sophomore linebacker Tony Jefferson said he watched the first part of Oklahoma State’s 66-6 throttling of Texas Tech, the team that ended OU’s home win streak and may have derailed the Sooners’ national title hopes. “ That was dreadful watching that,” he said. “I was embarrassed. But now that’s over.” Sophomore wide receiver Kenny Stills said he stopped watching the game when a Texas Tech player muffed a kick return, leading to an easy touchdown for OSU’s special teams. “It’s embarrassing for us to have lost to a team that lost like that,” Stills said. “I feel like every team has a breakdown. We came out and lost, and [Texas Tech] came out and lost. Oklahoma State’s a good team.” James Corley, Sports Editor
More Online Sophomore linebacker Tony Jefferson thinks Landry Jones should regrow his mustache, but Jones’ fiancée, OU women’s basketball’s Whitney Hand, doesn’t.
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Teen depression focus of novel Local journalist, Oklahoma native and author M. Scott Carter sits outside Gaylord Hall with a copy of his novel, “Stealing Kevin’s Heart,” on Monday. The book was released Oct. 12 and is Carter’s first novel.
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Depth & Current “Depth & Current” (Nice People)
Weird. Depth & Current’s new album is weird. But weird can be a good thing. Depth & Current turns its weirdness into a uniqueness that makes its music interesting. I found that the new album made great background music for almost any activity. Studying became less terrible. Walking became less boring. Reading became less full of life-sucking silence. “Depth & Current” will not be an album you will want to sing along to. The lyrics are nearly indiscernible, so just listen mindlessly. The band is currently streaming its album online at depthandcurrent.com. Depth & Current will be releasing its self-titled album Dec. 8 with a CD release show at Opolis. Megan Deaton is a journalism sophomore.
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Stealing Kevin’s Heart M. Scott Carter (RoadRunner Press)
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eing a teenager can be hard enough for most people. The mood swings, body issues and rebellious urges can drive teens (and their parents) insane. Author M. Scott Carter takes this even further in his debut novel “Stealing Kevin’s Heart,” by adding grief into the mix. Alex Anderson has it all. Athletic and good-looking, he takes nerdy, less socially acceptable Kevin Rubenstein under his wing, and they are best friends for life. But everything changes when Kevin is killed and Alex finds himself trying to figure out what his life will look like without his best
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friend. Plagued with guilt, Alex spirals into a suicidal depression. His worried parents decide to send him to a camp for troubled kids, where he meets a girl, and through a series of events comes to grips with reality. The storyline seems simple at first. It has all the elements that are essential
to a teen romance novel. Troubled teen meets girl. Girl helps boy. Girl and boy overcome their issues with love. However, Carter makes an excellent decision by straying from this equation, and putting his own spin on a typical teen romance. I’ll be honest and say that at one point, it became so
suspenseful that I committed a reader’s ultimate sin, and skipped ahead to the ending, before going back and reading the rest. The dialogue in the novel may have been a bit forced at times, but overall I enjoyed Carter’s writing style. The conversational style made it easy to believe that Alex himself was narrating the story.
Oklahoma readers might particularly enjoy the book as it is set in Oklahoma, incorporating the towns of Stillwater and Tulsa into the storyline. Carter himself is a born and raised Oklahoman, and now works as a journalist in Oklahoma City.
perform Beethoven’s “Ah! Perfido” and Stamatis will perform Bruch’s “ Violin Concerto in g minor, first movement.” The OU Symphony
Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Shames, will perform selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” Sydney Allen, Life & Arts Reporter
Megan Deaton is a journalism sophomore.
Entertainment briefs school of art
Chili bowl to cook up cash for artists traveling abroad The OU School of Art and Art History will be hosting the annual Arts Alliances Chili Bowl from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16. The event will be held in the Lightwell Gallery located on the second floor of the School of Art and Art History building. Both undergraduate and graduate students are involved, whether they are part of the Art History Association and having a bake sale during the event or the Print Club, which will have a table with printed T-shirts for sale, said Jennifer Gourley, administrative assistant for the school. The proceeds that are collected at this event will go toward student travel scholarships, Gourley said. “The Arts Alliances Chili Bowl has sent both
GO AND DO Eat some chili WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday WHERE: Lightwell Gallery, School of Art and Art History PRICE: $8 for chili, $15 for chili and take-home bowl
undergraduates and graduates to study art or exhibit their own work across the country, and internationally in countries including Mexico, Canada, Italy, France, Estonia, Finland and Germany,” Gourley said. The ceramic bowls at the event were handcrafted by the members of The Red Clay Association over several months. Students, faculty, staff and community members will make homemade chili in 40 slow cookers, Gourley said. Lauren Duff, Life & Arts Reporter
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OU concert series features winning student musicians A gala concert this weekend will feature performances by both the OU Symphony Orchestra and student winners of the OU Concerto Competition. The Sutton Concert Series, presented by the OU School of Music, will host the two acts at 8 p.m. Saturday in Catlett Music Center ’s Sharp Concert Hall. The following arethe student winners of the 2011 OU School of Music Concerto Competition: • percussion performance senior Christopher Dorst • piano performance and microbiology senior Weijia Zhou • vocal performance graduate student Corinne Stevens • v i o l i n p e r f o r ma n c e doctoral student Katrin
Stamatis Dorst will perform John Beal’s “Affirmation,” Zhou will perform Mendelssohn’s “Piano Concerto No. 1, first movement,” Stevens will
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