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New epilepsy drug reduces episodes, approved by FDA
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Trials give children new hope JaKe MorGan Staff Reporter
Clinical trials led by an OU pediatric neurologist have given hope for a new life to children who have severe epilepsy. D r. Yu -Tz e Ng , Presbyterian Health Foundation chair of child neurology and director of
epilepsy for OU Children’s P hy s i c i a n s , c o n d u c t e d the trials to test the effects of the anticonvulsant C l o b a z a m o n L e n n o xGastaut Syndrome, a severe form of childhood epilepsy that typically causes dangerous falls. “The results we’ve seen have been a lot higher than with other medications,” Ng said. “Typically, other FDA-approved medications decrease seizure frequency by 30 to 40 percent
on the average, but [clobazam] has been shown to reduce frequency up to 70 percent.” Following the clinical study, the FDA approved Clobazam earlier this fall for seizure treatment related to Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. Clobazam, a benzodiazepine, falls under the sleeping pill family and reduces epileptic episodes by working on inhibitor y GABA re c e p t o r s i n t h e b ra i n .
MORE ONLINE Visit OUDaily.com for more info on seizure symptoms and first aid Although the drug was just recently approved by the FDA, it has been in development since 2005. While Clobazam isn’t the perfect solution to LennoxGastaut Syndrome, it can dramatically change the
lives of patients, Ng said. “A few of my patients were having up to 50 seizures a day, falling all the time and missing school because of the episodes,” Ng said. “After treatment, these patients came close to experiencing very few or no seizures at all. For one or two of my patients, this no doubt saved their lives.” Clobazam is expected to be available for prescription in the next few months, Ng said.
Tulsa branch will work with local businesses KatHLeen eVanS Campus Reporter
Secrets do make friends at Starbucks
The OU Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth is opening a new branch at the OU-Tulsa campus and beginning work with Tulsa businesses in January. The CCEW has teams of students working with businesses to implement m a r k e t i n g s t ra t e g i e s see BRANCH paGe 2
Obama delays oil pipe project Potential pipeline may create jobs for Oklahomans LaUren DUFF
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Starbucks employee Katie Bush, University College sophomore, drizzles chocolate sauce on top of a Frappucino drink on Tuesday in the Oklahoma Memorial Union Starbucks store. Employees develop their own specialty “secret drinks” that don’t appear on the regular menu, a treat unknown to many customers.
Sooner turns ambassador for U.S. department Graduate becomes first engineering alumna at program BLaYKLee BUcHanan Campus Reporter
An engineering graduate student has been selected to serve as OU’s first student ambassador for the Department of Energy and the first representative from the Southwest region of the United States.
Christella Chavez, a West Point graduate, applied and was accepted as a doctoral student at OU in 2008 after the plant where she worked for 10 years closed. While pursuing her degree, Chavez applied for an internship with the National Nuclear Security Administration, a U.S. Department of Energy program, at the Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico for the summer. Chavez worked in New
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Mexico for 15 weeks doing doctoral research in telecommunications engineering disaster recovery. She helped build a computational model for assessing and rebuilding the telecommunications infrastructure if a major disaster interrupts operations. From there, she was encouraged to apply as a student ambassador for the Department of Energy. In August, Chavez was sent
to Washington, D.C. to tour headquarters and receive training for the position. Chavez said engineering is not the only discipline the Department of Energy is looking for in researchers or future employees and ambassadors. “I was surprised that people from all disciplines were there, including law, finance, bu s i n e s s, e ng i n e e r i ng, see ENERGY paGe 3
Oklahoma eyes rally against Jayhawks
Lack of media attention draws question about candidate. (page 4)
Fifteen student-athletes recruited to team during early signing. (page 5)
Same-sex couples need equality at ou
‘Twilight’ message targets teenagers
Committee to decide on beneﬁts for university employees. (page 4)
There is more to the saga than just vampires and werewolves. (page 8)
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Oklahoma’s oil industry will have to wait indefinitely on a decision from the federal government about a pipeline that would carry crude oil from Canada through the state. President Barack O bama’s administration agreed last week to delay the decision of the Keystone XL pipeline until after the 2012 election. Environmentalists are happy with the decision. Some believe the administration passed on an opportunity to provide jobs for Americans. Proposed by Canadian company TransCanada, the pipeline would provide crude oil from tar sands in Alberta, Canada to the U.S. According to TransCanada, if the administration passes the proposal, the 36inch wide pipeline will be built from Hardisty,
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Sophomore middle blocker Sallie McLaurin prepares to spike during OU’s 3-1 loss to Baylor on Saturday. The Sooners hope to end their four-game losing streak against Kansas tonight. (page 5)
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Branch: Center project seeks alumni for team Continued from page 1
Today around campus 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 chili bowl fundraiser sponsored by the School of Art and Art History will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Fred Jones Jr. Art Center’s Lightwell Gallery. Tickets for all-you-can-eat chili are $8 at the door or $15 for chili and a homemade bowl. All proceeds will support student scholarships and travel grants. Decorate a picture frame from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s first floor lobby. The Union Programming Board is sponsoring the free event. A Bible study by the Christians on Campus will take place from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. at the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Weitzenhoffer Room. The event is free. A music performance by student musicians will take place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s food court. A discussion held by the OU Diplomat in Residence will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Career Services Lobby. The discussion will cover the U.S. Department of State’s student programs. A fundraiser to support patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at Kappa Hall. Participants will make Christmas cards for the children. The event will feature a speaker and free food.
Wednesday, Nov. 9 A seminar on healthy eating hosted by the Health Sciences Center’s Nutritional Services will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. at Wagner Hall, Room 245. The seminar is part of the Student Success Series.
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for local technologies, according to its website. The group has been a part of the Norman campus since 2006. “We want to make sure the impact that CCEW can have is felt statewide,” programs director Val Myers said. “We’re incredibly excited because there is so much talent up in Tulsa.” OU-Tulsa President Gerry Clancy said he has seen CCEW in action through his son, who worked with the Norman group as an undergraduate. “I was amazed at what the students accomplished,” Clancy said in an email. “CCEW will provide the Tulsa region the same thing with a great resource for taking innovations and putting them into action.”
The team announced the expansion Wednesday at a kick-off reception in Tulsa and already has received a lot of interest from students, faculty and staff, Myers said. For the first semester, the program will be small with just one team of a few students. Coordinators are still talking with inventors to decide what project to work on during its inaugural semester. “We will be looking for inventors committed to … making sure their technologies will have a big impact on the community and even the world at large,” Myers said. The group will be working in a space called The Shed, an industrial-type building revamped for students, Myers said. She and the director of the Norman program will oversee operations the first semester. The Norman group has
three levels of staff, including fellows and team leaders, Myers said. Fellows are OU alumni who were previous interns and work full-time at the center. Team leaders are former interns and current students who take the lead on a project. Because OU-Tulsa does not have people who meet these descriptions, the center is calling on OU alumni and previous CCEW interns living in Tulsa to volunteer to fill both roles in the evenings. OU alumna Taylor Krebs Po t t e r c u r re nt l y w o rk s for ConocoPhillips in Bartlesville and is one of the students serving as a mentor. She graduated from OU in 2011 with degrees in economics and international studies. “CCEW was by far one of my best experiences at OU,” Krebs Potter said. “I am
excited to have the opportunity to give back right after graduating. A lot of young alums think they can’t give back because they don’t have funds or aren’t in the position to do it.” Working as a team leader gives her the opportunity to not only serve as a mentor and spread the CCEW experience but also to get back into learning about new technologies herself, Krebs Potter said. The OU-Tulsa campus differs from Norman because it mainly houses graduate programs, and the students have developed niches, Myers said. OU-Tulsa students and faculty also have a lot of expertise in medical areas, such as health interventions and mental illnesses, and can provide a unique perspective on projects, Clancy said.
pipe: Locals disagree about potential benefits Continued from page 1 Alberta to Nederland, Texas. The pipe extension would pass through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. The State Department plans to investigate alternative routes since the delay in decision.. Local experts and leaders are mixed in their reaction to the president’s decision. “I think the general impression is that it is positive, except for the people who are concerned about the environmental impact,” said Suresh Sharma, director of Natural Gas Engineering and Management at OU’s Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering. Sharma is surprised by objection to the project and said the history of the oil industry shows a minimal number of accidents caused by pipelines in the country. “Technology has developed very much in the past few years, and the companies who are developing these pipelines are very careful,” Sharma said. Keystone-Cushing, a pipeline from Steele City, Neb., to Cushing, Okla., enables crude oil to be transported to the city for refining. Cody Bannister, spokesma n f o r t h e O k l a h o ma Independent Petroleum Association, said the pipeline could benefit Oklahoma. “The Keystone XL pipeline is going to bring more crude oil into Cushing,” Bannister said. He added that due to the southern spur that will run from Cushing to the Gulf of Mexico, crude oil building up in Cushing would be
alleviated. “Right now, the drawback is that all of the oil has to leave Cushing, and there is currently no take away process,” Bannister said. Though Bannister does not think oil prices would decrease if the pipeline is built, he thinks this would be a good opportunity to work with companies outside of potentially hostile nations. States along the pipeline route could receive $5.2 billion in property taxes and see more than 20,000 manufacturing and construction jobs generated during the line’s lifetime, according to
TransCanada. Environmentalist groups across the country fear potential oil spills from the pipeline. Vicki Rose, chairwoman of the Oklahoma City Cimarron Group, part of national environmentalist group Sierra Club, said she fears potential leaks could contaminate Midwest water aquifers. “When the pipeline is built, there will be spills in just a matter of time. There have already been 12 to 13 spills from the Cushing pipeline,” Rose said. The U.S. State Department hosted a hearing in Midwest
City on Sept. 30 to address environmental impact. Rose added that this hearing was a chance for Oklahoma environmentalists to tell the Obama administration of threats this pipeline could have on Oklahoma’s water, land and air. “The opposition is saying that we need jobs, but we need to develop jobs in clean energy. We don’t need to be processing two tons of oil sands to make one barrel,” Rose said. Regardless of her position, Rose said she thinks the pipeline will be approved in a matter of a few years.
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Contestants to compete for causes, cash Male pageant competitors bond during rehearsals Victoria Garten Campus Reporter
Only one will be crowned Mr. Black OU as seven contestants prepare to dazzle the crowd Wednesday in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center. The pageant, which began in 2009, will include an opening number, short video and introduction of participants, active wear, talent portion, formal wear and questionand-answer. A panel of judges has interviewed the contestants prior to the pageant stage performance. Reigning Mr. Black OU Matthew Griffin, a current Daily staff member, handselected each of the competitors based upon his knowledge of their leadership experience and capabilities. “Our closed practices and group chats have really brought us together. Everybody knows everyone else’s introduction; we say it in our head before they say it,” engineering sophomore Frank Kogbey said. The contestants have had daily practices two weeks leading up to the pageant to refine their talents and stage presence as well as develop their group opening number choreography. Not only will contestants have a stage performance, but each contestant has developed a platform that if they win, will be implemented and brought to the OU community. However, all of them said they plan to further their ideas and implement their platforms beyond the pageant. Journalism and broadcasting sophomore Darius Alford said his nephews were honored when he told them his education platform was developed based on his high expectations for the boys to continue their education and lead successful lives. “The pageant has inspired me to be more knowledgeable about things and sympathetic to people,” Alford said. “It made me get out there and present my platform to people and stress the importance of kids getting their education.”
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AT A GLANCE Meet the seven Mr. Black OU candidates Gerald Green II
Major: Management Information Systems Junior Talent: Dance and Lyrical Movement Platform: AIM: Altering Intermediate Mindset
Major: Modern dance performance senior Talent: Dance Platform: Shake It Off and Snatch It Up
Green’s goal is to meet with grade-school children of divorced parents to give them a mentorship program by collaborating with other Black Student Associations. Green said he was inspired to do this platform by the effects of divorce on his own family. “I want them to not fall victim to the train of having corrupt emotions, because so many of them grow up thinking that they have to become divorced themselves,” Green said.
Major: Mechanical engineering sophomore Talent: Monologue called “Miseducated Black Men” Platform: ER-Education Reform
Major: Journalism and broadcasting sophomore Talent: Smoky Robinson’s “A Black American” poem Platform: REACH Reaching Education Among Constant Houses
Leggins was inspired by his friendship with his cousin who fell behind in school and said he is using the pageant to further his passion in education. “We were like brothers, we were so close but we never got to do certain things because he lacked in education and I always said that if I was in a position to do something about education I would,” Leggins said.
Alford’s platform focuses on the importance of inspiring high school students to further their education. “I’m very passionate about it-I have two nephews and I want them to be very successful in life and get a good education so when I see other kids I want them to be successful too,” Alford said.
Major: Petroleum engineering sophomore Talent: Traditional Dance and Storytelling based on Ghanaian Culture Platform: All of the Light Lending a Helping Hand
Major: University College freshman Talent: Singing Platform: Bronze vs. Brains
Kogbey’s platform gets students involved with giving to the poor in their community, but donating the necessities for those in need. “I wanted to do this considering my background. I grew up in Ghana, I got a lot of help from people. It’s time for me to give back to society,” Kogbey said.
Janes plans to implement his platform by having seminars and mentorship programs between the university’s studentathletes and young student athletes working toward being a collegiate athlete. “I myself was an student-athlete and I have witnessed young, talented athletes that did not care about their grades as much, therefore hindering their success rate when their talent fades or is ended,” Janes said.
Felton Knighton Major: Zoology sophomore Talent: Violin to hip-hop Music Platform: Investreal mentorship for the next generation Knighton hopes to inspire young people to continue their education. His mother inspired him to continue his own education and he wants to instill this in others.
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Continued from page 1 www.christiansoncampus.cc psychology, library science, geospatial, political science ... literally all disciplines!” Chavez said. And there are many opportunities for all students, she said. There are more than 3,000 students at the Los Alamos lab alone, and eight labs across the country. This doesn’t include power energy sources and headquarter offices in Washington, D.C. Chavez has won the approval of many professors such as Pramode Verma, adviser and director of telecommunications and professor in the OU School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Tulsa. “[Chavez] brings a rich and diversified real-life experience, having held positions with the U.S. military, Texas Instruments, Raytheon and the Ford Motor Company,” Verma said. “Chriss is a natural leader, a team player and enthusiastic about her work at [OU].” Upon graduating with her doctorate, Chavez said she plans to work for the Department of Energy. “[The research last summer] was a life-changing experience,” she said.
Frazier hopes to help children lose weight and avoid illnesses such as diabetes through his platform, encouraging the children to “shake off the pounds” and snatch up a toned body. “I believe you are what you eat. My aunt passed away from diabetes. I believe through regular exercise and a healthy diet we can prevent people from dying from these preventable diseases,” Frazier said.
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“Plan for what impact this is going to have, PLAN WELL, and by all means, inform us of this plan.” (braceyourself, Re: Boren warns faculty, staff more budget cuts likely next year)
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GLBT workers deserve same benefits Our View: OU must extend spousal benefits to employees in same-sex relationships.
employees. In the business world, 57 percent of Fortune 500 companies offer health care benefits to same-sex The OU Staff Senate is organizing a committee to couples, according to the Human Rights Campaign. consider whether OU should extend medical leave That’s because these companies know the way to benefits to same-sex couples, The Daily reported attract and keep valuable employees is to offer comTuesday. It’s about time. petitive benefits — and that employees in same-sex Under current federal and state law, relationships are no less valuable. same-sex couples in Oklahoma are afforded Employee benefits can amount to more The Our View none of the benefits or protections that are than 25 percent of total compensation, acis the majority guaranteed to different-sex couples. But cording to the Employee Benefit Research opinion of universities and businesses can add such Institute. Depriving same-sex couples of The Daily’s benefits under their private policies. these benefits amounts to a policy of un10-member Currently, no public university in editorial board equal pay for equal work. Oklahoma provides benefits to sameBut this committee is considering only sex couples, according to the American one benefit: the extension of medical leave Association of University Professors. OU has a rewhen a partner is ill. Without this protection, emsponsibility to lead the state in changing this disployees could be fired for taking time off to care for a graceful statistic. same-sex partner. But this is not the only important Nationally, more than 150 of the 530 public unibenefit denied to same-sex couples. versities in the country provide benefits to same-sex Bereavement leave, sick leave for a partner’s chilcouples, according to the American Civil Liberties dren and access to health insurance are just a few Union. Clearly, it’s not an unreasonable burden of many benefits currently only offered to legally on these schools to provide equal rights to their married “spouses.” Because the federal government
and most states, including Oklahoma, refuse to recognize even legally married same-sex couples, these employees must rely on the generosity of their employers. Members of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered community have been waiting long enough. This idea is not progressive. This policy would not be a favor — it would be a long overdue establishment of equal rights and protection for valuable gay, lesbian and bisexual employees. Yes, this is Oklahoma, and it’s easy to marvel at such a step being taken here. But let’s go a step farther. Let’s recognize this proposal is common sense and absolutely necessary. Let’s get it done so everyone can focus on the next step. So, Staff Senate, support this push. And President David Boren, make it a priority to act on this issue as soon as possible. Then get to work extending the rest of the vital rights so OU can stop treating many of its valuable employees like second-class citizens. This is the first step of many. We hope Sooners are willing to go the distance.
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Is Ron Paul a viable Republican candidate? America can’t elect someone as president if he doesn’t exist
‘Nonexistent’ president could get America back on its feet
ongressman Ron Paul is beloved for his promotion of Austrian economics and his steadfast defense of our civil liberties from government encroachment. Unlike many other politicians, he has a reputation for actually following through on his promises and consistently voting in favor of non-aggressive foreign policy. I imagine this all sounds peachy. Indeed, my libertarian friends have made him sound too good to be true. But that’s exactly why I don’t think Paul is a viable candidate for president of the U.S.: I do not think he is a real, physical being. I submit that the entity known as Paul is not, in fact, real, but the product of a mass hallucination on a heretofore unimaginable scale. He does not exist as part of the external world, but only in the mind. I understand many people will disagree. They will call me crazy. But the fact is that belief in Paul as an immaterial, mind-dependent entity is actually better supported by the evidence than belief in him as an actual, living person. Take, for example, his treatment at the hands of the media. Too often, he is relegated to obscure time slots on TV or overlooked during serious analysis of the 2012 Republican presidential candidates. In some newspaper headlines, “Ron Paul is not a he is even skipped over when polls are mentioned. Conventional wisdom says the media is giving viable candidate Paul the cold shoulder, unfairly ignoring him bebecause he does cause his ideas aren’t mainstream enough. But not actually exist. think, isn’t journalism supposed to be fair and perceptive? On the view that Paul doesn’t exist, the meAs evidence, I dia’s treatment of him, or lack thereof, makes perfect submit the stunning sense. But, you might say, what about the debates? This is lack of media a valid question. Paul certainly seems to take up physiattention he has cal space on stage with his fellow Republican candidates. So how does my Paul-myth theory acreceived.” count for that? Again, I advance what I think is the most plausible explanation — Americans who watch the debates simply imagine Paul is participating. There just happens to always be a spare, untaken podium. I think this is supported by the fact that the moderators rarely, if ever, acknowledge Paul. For example, in the TV portion of Saturday’s CBS debate, the otherwise convincing figment got a mere 89 seconds of speaking time. So why do some Americans seem to believe in Paul while others don’t? This is indeed a puzzling riddle, but I think I can explain it: Paul is a vivid projection of the kind of candidate Americans wish was running for president. Indeed, the Washington establishment is so dissatisfying to many Americans that they have fallen to hallucination. Paul, with his principled stances and his let’s-get-towork attitude, appears as the illusory oasis to the man dying of thirst in a desert. In summary, Ron Paul is not a viable candidate because he does not actually exist. As evidence, I submit the stunning lack of media attention he has received — no real person would ever be so blatantly snubbed by journalists. As much as it pains me to say it, even Rick Perry is a better choice for the Republican nomination because at least Perry takes up physical space. Again, I understand many people will disagree with the theory I’ve laid out. They will laugh and call me crazy. But tell me, who’s crazier: me, or my opponent, Jason Lee Byas, who wants to elect a nonexistent man to the White House? Checkmate, libertarians.
am willing to concede Steven Zoeller’s startling revelation that Ron Paul does not exist. He raises a good point in finding no other way to explain the media’s scarce coverage of the supposed candidate. However, this does not weaken my support for the hypothetical Paul in the slightest. In fact, it strengthens that support. We’ve had a minimal presence from some past presidents, most notably Calvin Coolidge, legendary for his introversion. But this is an entirely unprecedented opportunity. Imagine the benefits of not even having a president at all. Zoeller correctly notes supporters’ perception of the hypothetical Paul as having expansive knowledge of Austrian economics. Perhaps that wisdom is projected onto the character because those supporters know that having a president literally incapable of acting would aid the economy. That way, we could be sure that prices will not be distorted by government intervention. Artificially prosperous banks and industries — which need to fail for the economy to return to reality — will not be bailed out. Countless resources of the market will not be misallocated in stimulus projects by a centralized authority that cannot possibly have access to all of the dispersed information necessary to run an economy. I’d love to see those giant corporations that live by legal plunder through state subsidies try to make backroom deals with the nonexistent Paul. His silence to their pleas would be the greatest mark of integrity by a public official in U.S. history. As we begin to hear eerily familiar suggestions of a preemptive strike on a nation supposedly developing weapons of mass destruction and whose name begins with “Ira,” politicians from both major parties seem ready to roll. Leaving the office of Commander-in-Chief vacant may be the only way to cling to peace in at least part of the Middle East. Also, by electing a nonexistent man to office, we can be certain that powers of dubious constitutionality granted to the executive branch by post-9/11 legislation will not be abused as they have been under President George Bush and President Barack Obama. We can protect our civil liberties best by leaving the state headless. Let alone that, with the budget in its current state, and the ever-rising death toll from gangs that thrive off of a drug trade pushed into the black market by prohibition, an empty seat in the Oval Office is clearly preferable. With no one there to prosecute America’s longest unconstitutional war, we’d all be able to rest much safer. You know, the idea of not having a president really shouldn’t be so radical. After all, one of the most powerful things about human beings is how we’re able to bring about great change self-directed, through voluntarily chosen associations and without strict commands barked from some higher authority. The image of a president-less America is not chaos — as if that term cannot describe the wars at home and abroad on concepts like drugs, poverty and terror — but order, arising from power, released and decentralized, returned to individuals in such a glorious, leaderless wake. So, if Zoeller is right that Paul doesn’t exist, all the better. Because that’s just what America needs. I only suggest that we take it further, drafting characters from the Marvel and DC Comics universes to other high positions in public office. Sen. Batman will never be beholden to special interests. Gov. Thor, though a man deeply motivated by religion in his personal life, will never work to force his way of life on you. Let me close with the wise words of some graffiti made popular by the Internet: “Vote for nobody. Nobody will keep election promises. Nobody will listen to your concerns. Nobody will help the poor and unemployed. Nobody ... cares. If nobody is elected, things will be better for everyone. Nobody tells the truth.” Vote for nobody. Vote for Ron Paul.
Steven Zoeller is a journalism sophomore.
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Senior right side Suzy Boulavsky (2) prepares to spike the ball against Baylor during OUâ€™s 3-1 loss to the Bears on Saturday at McCasland Field House. After losing four straight, the Sooners dropped out of the polls for the first time this season but hope to end the streak with a road win Wednesday against Kansas.
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Four straight losses have sent the OU volleyball team tumbling out of the rankings for the first time this season. The Sooners started the season No. 16 but find themselves in new territory â€” going into a match unranked. On Wednesday, the Sooners travel to Lawrence to take on the Kansas Jayhawks to try to snap their longest losing streak since dropping four straight to close the 2009 season.
In Oklahomaâ€™s 3-1 loss to Baylor on Saturday, OU had a chance to win every set, but breakdowns in crunch time prevented the Sooners from seizing the opportunity. â€œAt the end of every set, when itâ€™s tight at 21-21 or 22-22, we just have to come through better,â€? OU coach Santiago Restrepo said. â€œThose are the things that we have to buckle up and have to do better.â€? Restrepo said it would take a fullteam effort to be better when the sets get close. â€œIn every aspect of it, we have to be better at the end of every single set,â€? Restrepo said. OU again struggled in defending the slide, which allowed Baylor middle blocker Briana Tolbert to
rack up 19 kills in the match. The OU offense also was stymied, hitting only .192 in the match. During the Soonersâ€™ four-game losing streak, OU has hit .207, well below its season average of .244. The usually upbeat and positive Restrepo said the current losing streak is weighing on him as a coach because he knows just how good his team can be. â€œObviously (Iâ€™m) not feeling very well because we are better than what weâ€™re showing,â€? Restrepo said. â€œItâ€™s my responsibility. I am to blame for it, so I have to find ways to get it done.â€? Kansas comes into Wednesdayâ€™s match off a 3-1 win against Texas Tech on Saturday in Lubbock. The
Jayhawks have had it rough in Big 12 play so far, going 2-11, but they have been competitive lately, taking Missouri and Texas A&M to four sets and Texas to five. In Saturdayâ€™s win against the Red Raiders, the Jayhawks rallied after losing the first set to win the next three sets and take the match. OU rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Jayhawks on Oct. 15 in Norman, but Restrepo said the Sooners must avoid falling behind on the road. â€œWe have to play the first set like there is no other set to play ever,â€? Restrepo said. â€œWe have to come out with a very high intensity at 0-0 and try to establish what weâ€™re all about.â€?
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2011 record: 14-12 (2-11) Last game: Beat to Texas Tech, 3-1, Saturday in Lubbock Last game vs. OU: Lost to the Sooners, 3-2, Oct. 15 in Norman Key players: Senior OH Allison Mayfield (4.16 kills per set, 2.10
Nine Sooners were named to the 61-member Academic All-Big 12 team, the conference announced Tuesday. Senior right side Suzy Boulavsky was one of only two members with a 4.0 GPA. Boulavsky also was named to the CoSIDA All-District 7 Academic first team last week. First team members who scored a 3.2 or higher GPA for the Sooners also included seniors Brianne Barker, Kylie Cowan, and Caitlin Higgins, junior Morgan Reynolds, and sophomores Sallie McLaurin and Eden Williams.
digs per set), sophomore MB Caroline Jarmoc (2.87 kills per set, 1.24 blocks per set), junior MB Tayler Tolefree (1.99 kills per set, 1.19 blocks per set), senior setter Nicole Tate (8.58 assists per set), sophomore DS Brianne Riley (4.27 digs per set)
Restrepoâ€™s take: â€œThey are very good blockers, but they are also very good defenders. So are we. We also have very good defenders. We just have to make sure we respond to the challenge.â€?
Senior Carlee Roethlisberger and sophomore Mindy Gowen made the second team, which requires a GPA between 3.0 and 3.19. A 3.0 GPA for the previous two semesters or cumulative is required to be selected to the academic team, as well as participation in 60 percent of their teamâ€™s scheduled contests. Seniors who have played for at least two seasons and meet all other requirements are not required to meet the participation requirement.
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sophomore Aaryn Ellenberg and junior Whitney including four from the within the state: Jacob Hand in OUâ€™s 117-55 route of Sacramento State. Evans (Broken Arrow), Taylor Hawkins (Carl Kedric Kitchens, Sports Reporter Albert), Carson McPherson (Ardmore) and Colt Pickens (Yukon). OU also secured three of the best players from Baseball Texas â€” Kolbey Carpenter (West, Waco), Ralph Jr. (New Braunfels) and Hunter Haley Sooners ink 15 student-athletes Garza (Central Heights, Nacogdoches) â€” among eight total from south of the Red River. during early signing period The Sooners also snagged the No. 3 recruit from The Sooner baseball program received 15 naKansas, Justin Burba (Wichita Campus), and two tional letters of intent for the 2013 incoming class, OU coach Sunny Golloway announced Tuesday. players from California. Oklahoma inked 11 high school players, Daily staff reports
Harden earns seasonâ€™s inaugural weekly Big 12 freshman honors Oklahoma freshmen guard DaShawn Harden was named this seasonâ€™s first Big 12 Freshman of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. Harden scored 15 points in 22 minutes in her collegiate debut against Sacramento State on Sunday. She had a game-high six steals and shot 50 percent from the field. Harden was OUâ€™s third-leading scorer behind
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Bye weeks can be a football teamâ€™s best friend or its worst enemy. They have the potential to either revive a team or slow it down. With the loss of senior All-American receiver Ryan Broyles and the most important stretch of the season at hand, OU coaches and players said Saturdayâ€™s bye could not have come at a better time. â€œYou never know when a good time for a bye week is, but it was probably a good week for us with Ryanâ€™s injury,â€? co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said. â€œIt gave us a little extra time to kind of gather ourselves a little bit and get used to playing without him in there.â€? Greg Fewell, Assistant Sports Editor
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With the Sooners ranked No. 5 in Sundayâ€™s BCS poll and Oklahoma State holding at No. 2, the hype of the Dec. 3 Bedlam matchup is ramping up. After Stanford and Boise Stateâ€™s losses during the weekend, OU has an outside chance at making an appearance in the national championship, but the Sooners will need a strong showing against the No. 2 team in the country to have a real shot. H o w e v e r, w i t h t w o games left in November, including a road game against the No. 22 Baylor Bears, the Sooners say they cannot afford to look past anyone to Bedlam. â€œItâ€™s all about how you react in this month, in November,â€? co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said. â€œWe all know weâ€™ve got a game in December, but that isnâ€™t going to mean anything if we donâ€™t take care of what weâ€™ve got to do in November.â€? OU found out the hard way what can happen when it is not completely focused on the game at hand during a loss at home to Texas Tech. Junior center B en Habern said the players on the team know to take every game seriously. â€œMost of the guys know about (the BCS standings), but I think we just know that we have a tough road test this week against Baylor,â€? Habern said. â€œTheyâ€™re playing well. We just want to take it one game at a time and focus on what we need to improve every day. Weâ€™re focused on Baylor right now, and thatâ€™s it.â€? Greg Fewell, Assistant Sports Editor
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Every day, students, faculty and staff stop by Starbucks to get their caffeine fix for the day, but what many don’t know is there is a whole other menu remains unseen. What many don’t know is that any costumer is capable of asking for a different blend or mix for any concoction their pallet desires. These items are known as Starbucks’ “secret drinks,” and at the Oklahoma Memorial Union, Starbucks manager Rhonda Milia said she likes to make secret, off-the-menu items. Milia said she heard rumors of a lavender tea and decided that she would figure out what the secret ingredients were. “We heard about it and wanted to find out how to make it but couldn’t figure out why it never came out looking purple,” Milia said. “It had to
be soy!” Sure enough, Milia said substituting soy for water turned the Passion Tea Lemonade into a delicious lavender tea. Employee Emily English said her favorite beverage was a spin off of the Passion Tea Lemonade as well. “My favorite is the Passion Tea Lemonade with coconut and strawberry flavoring,” English said. Another secret Starbucks favorite is the Crunch Berry Frappuccino. This consists of a Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino with hazelnut flavoring. Other secret items include a Zebra Mocha and a Chocolate Dalmation. A Zebra Mocha is a combination of white chocolate and chocolate mocha, and a Chocolate Dalmation is white chocolate mocha with java chips and chocolate chips sprinkled in. The Three C’s drink consists of a Cinnamon Dolce Latte with caramel and chocolate mocha syrup. Another drink is the Nutella, which is
a Caffe Misto with a shot of both chocolate and hazelnut syrups, along with a drop of caramel. Employee Chris Kaeser, who has been working at the Union Starbucks since its
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the options are venti, grande and tall. But there is actually a “short” size. A “short” is a step down from the tall cup. “I don’t see why people, primarily girls, order the shorts,” Kaeser said. “If it’s for the calories, they are actually getting more whip cream than drink in a short; might as well upgrade to a tall.”
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Bella Swan played by Kristen Stewart and Edward Cullen played by Robert Pattinson star in this week’s “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” which premieres Thursday at midnight. The film focuses on the romance between a vampire (Pattinson) and a human (Stewart) and was adapted from the book by Stephanie Meyer.
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ultiplexes Life & Arts Columnist around the world are sure to be jam-packed with loyal fans in honor of the premiere of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1,” the fourth installment of the popular “Twilight” series, Friday. Laron Chapman Fans of the franchise will Laron.M.Chapmanemail@example.com arrive in droves to camp outside the theater, waiting for an ungodly number of hours just to say they were the first to witness the next phase of the love triangle between the smitten Bella Swan and her dreamy supernatural boyfriends. As a modest admirer, I am somewhat baffled by “Twilight’s” wide-spread, multi-generational appeal. That the franchise would allure a starry-eyed 14-year-old girl goes without saying. However, the influx of middle-age women indulging in the same glossy, teeny-bopper practices, stimulates a wide range of ethical questions. Oh, their poor husbands. It is clear Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling vampire series does not simply function as an excuse to showcase starstudded eye candy but offers something deeper at its core. If you take away the supernatural elements, the “Twilight” films are essentially cautionary tales for teenage girls about the dangers of premarital sex and teenage pregnancy. A kind of “you can look, but you can’t touch” approach, if you will. Meyer is evoking the adolescent experience, dishing out lessons of purity and celibacy in a sexualized environment. Many of the characters are broadly drawn, lacking depth and maturity. This makes it difficult to see them as anything
other than archetypes or symbolic stand-ins for the narrative’s overarching message. Take the hunky Jacob, for example. He’s painted in an overly idealized fashion, rarely wearing a T-shirt and possessing all the superficial qualities of a teenage heartthrob. Not much insight is conveyed about his inner turmoil. He is merely a blissful distraction from Bella’s struggle toward purity and self-righteousness. Admittedly, Bella’s psychological struggle between submission and anxiety is effectively rendered. She is enchanted by the eerie, sensitive and enigmatic charms of Edward, her groom-to-be. There is a palpable tension between them, curiously suppressed in favor of more traditional, conservative values. While these hallmark-quality morals are smoothly integrated into the narrative, Meyer’s devoted fans soak them up without question. This is not to suggest that such values are
not noble or important. However, with the influence and appeal of so many liberal, salacious icons such as Lady GaGa, Katy Perry and Ke$ha they seem to reflect the concerns of a different generation. Has our social climate gravitated toward these principles? It is a topic worth exploring. Still, the “Twilight” phenomenon has made a considerable impression on American pop culture, offering portraits of teenage romance, supernatural escapism and thrilling popcorn entertainment. As Bella and Edward enter an exciting new chapter of their relationship, drama, action and heartbreak will likely ensue, among a handful of other juicy surprises. It will be interesting to reflect on this cultural phenomenon 10 years from now to see what its lasting legacy is. My money is on Jacob’s perfect abs, but I’ve been wrong before. Laron Chapman is a film and media studies senior.
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Enter to 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: Monday, November 14th through Wednesday, November 16th 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 Monday, November 14th or Wednesday, November 16th. We’ll even give you a quick lesson! You can also use your own GPS or GPS enabled cell phone Monday, November 14th through Wednesday, November 16th 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. -Find your way to three locations on campus using the latitude and longitude coordinates and hints below. -When you are near the location look around for the hidden geocache container – the containers will be clearly marked. -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 -Enter the drawing to win an Apple iPad by submitting your answers on paper at our table in the Union M/W 10-2 or by email email@example.com . 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 Wednesday November 16th. Winners will be notified Friday, November 18th.
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OU recruiter while they are on campus.” Buettner said she expects over 4,000 students and parents to be present for the event, making it the largest Sooner Saturday ever. Students can register through Thursday. In addition to campus tours, prospective students also will be able to speak
with faculty and staff about their degree programs and majors, in addition to a few new special events. “We are excited to have the College of Architecture back on campus, who are planning a fun-filled day for guests,” Buettner said. “Not to mention the History of Science, who has extended an invitation to all Sooner Saturday guests to
join them for their Dream Course Speaker Series featuring Jeff ‘Swampy’ Marsh, the creator of ‘Phineas and Ferb.’” Current OU students can volunteer to participate in Sooner Saturday, by promoting their respective colleges. Megan Deaton, Life & Arts Reporter