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Law students receive lecture from chief justice of US Chief Justice John Roberts encourages students to spend more time thinking CHARLES WARD Assistant Managing Editor

Law students need to spend more time thinking about the topics they study, and worry less about writing or typing every word their professors say, the Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts said to answer a question that was asked following his delivery of the Henry Family Lecture Tuesday at the OU College of Law. Roberts’ speech at the College of Law was the eighth annual Henry lecture, Robert

Henry said in his introductory remarks. Henry is the chief justice for the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and cousin of Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry. His family sponsors the lecture series. “ You got into law school at Oklahoma because you are bright minds,” Roberts said. “And yet, when you enter a law school class, everybody becomes a stenographer. You’re either typing away, or writing notes, trying to get down every idea ... law students don’t spend enough JOHN ROBERTS time thinking.” During the question-and-answer period, Roberts said he also is trying to increase salaries for federal judges. He said the salaries of judges are low when compared to

the salaries of attorneys in the private sector, which makes it difficult to recruit top legal professionals to the judiciary. In 2008, federal bankruptcy and magistrate judges made $151,984, while the chief justice of the United States earned $217,400 salary, according to a July 28, 2008 Senate report on pay for legislative, judicial and executive branch officials. An entry-level salary for an associate at a top U.S. law firm ranges from $140,000 to $160,000, according to a Jan. 24 New York Times article. Partners at those same firms can make more than $1 million annually, according to a Jan. 2, 2008 article on Roberts said the pay disparity between the

private and public sector made it particularly difficult to recruit top minority candidates to the federal judiciary, since many of those attorneys are not only supporting their immediate families, but members of their extended family as well. Roberts also fielded a question regarding the pool from which potential Supreme Court justices are chosen. All currently sitting Supreme Court justices, including Roberts, served on U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals immediately before being tapped to serve on the Supreme Court. He said that could be a good thing, because Circuit Court justices have experience writing opinions and other things Supreme CHIEF JUSTICE CONTINUES ON PAGE 2

STUDENTS FIND WAYS TO PRACTICE RELIGIONS IN NEW SETTING Religious diversity part of international students’ experiences, upbringing NATASHA GOODELL Daily Staff Writer

In the confines of her dorm room, with a picture of Buddha above her bed, Somealea Phoung prays each night. “I feel fresh [when I pray],” said Phoung, a first-year international student who plans to major in international and area studies and economics. “I feel like I’m going to have luck. There is a passion inside of me and I don’t do it only for myself, but also for my family as well.” Coming from Cambodia, where 95 percent of the people practice Buddhism, Phoung said she has had a hard time finding a place to do so in America. “I really want to visit the Buddhist temple [in California] because I miss the feeling of listening to the monks and praying there,” she said. “And if I have the chance, I will go, for sure.” Phoung said she has met Christians before, the ones who volunteer in Cambodia to teach English. “Even though [Christianity] is different, they have the same target,” she said. “They want to help people and educate people to live in a happy way.” Phoung said she thinks destiny and knowledge go together sometimes, and her destiny is to be in this country. “For me, some people from Christianity make me hate religion,” Phoung said. “Buddhism is a free religion, but Christianity seems to me to be kind of an obligation.” She said she has found God to be the first one in Christians’ hearts, even before their parents. “It doesn’t work like that in Buddhism ...” Phoung said. “In Buddhism we think our parents [are] the first God and Buddha is second.”


Somealea Phoung, a first-year international student from Cambodia, has decorated her dorm room with pictures that symbolize and remind her of the Buddhist religion. Phoung plans on majoring in international and area studies and economics. Phoung said she doesn’t think about not being at the temple. “To me, to be a good Buddhist doesn’t mean I go to the temple every day,” she said. “I just have it in my heart and follow his philosophy.” Other international and exchange students at OU also have to adjust to religion in a different culture, but for some, it’s an enlightening experience. Saleh Alabdullah, a first-year international student studying English, said he is from Kuwait and practices Islam. “Religion here is fine with me,” Alabdullah

said. “I’m happy that I am actually learning about Christianity and different religious beliefs here because there isn’t a lot of learning about different religions in my own country.” Alabdullah said he knows a lot, but not a lot about religious beliefs. “In the movies, everything is a lot different,” Alabdullah said. “When you experience it, it’s a lot different than what we see in the movies.” Samantha Wong, a first-semester international student studying entrepreneurship and finance, is from Hong Kong, an

international city that has freedom of religion, she said. “For me, I’m used to seeing different religions,” Wong said. “I am a Jehovah’s Witness and I don’t face any difficulty here because my religion works the same way here as it does there.” Wong said the main religion in Hong Kong has been Buddhism, but said there are three mainstream religions there now: Buddhism, Christianity and Catholicism. “They are all very popular,” she said. RELIGIONS CONTINUES ON PAGE 2

UOSA passes True Democracy Act Philanthropy network appeals to women Act addresses recall process, signature requirements RICKY MARANON Daily Staff Writer

The UOSA Undergraduate Student Congress passed the True Democracy Act of 2009, which addresses how members of UOSA can be recalled and how many signatures are required on a petition to put an initiative on a general election ballot. Congress took up the issues as suggested by the UOSA Superior Court’s Nov. 11 opinions in cases regarding Matt Bruenig’s cases against the UOSA General Counsel Michael Davis.

“Erasing or replacing [the language of the UOSA Constitution] is not something this Court is willing or able to do,” UOSA Superior Court Justice Clint Claypole stated in the court’s decision. “The remedy for any problems ... is not in the hands of this Court, but in the hands of the members of the UOSA.” The act contains two bills: one amending the UOSA Constitution and one amending the UOSA Code. “We have had some loopholes that have been exploited and abused by some members of the student body,” UOSA Student Congress Vice Chairman Matt Gress said. The first bill of the True Democracy Act UOSA CONTINUES ON PAGE 2


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Day long public symposium to formally open network CAITLIN HARRISON Daily Staff Writer

OU may see an increase in financial donations made by women with the creation of a new philanthropy network. The OU Women’s Philanthropy Network will formally open Thursday as part of a public symposium. It has taken three years to get the network off the ground, and was designed to tune in women to the pulse of OU and its needs, Jill Quintana Hughes, director of OU Regional Development, stated in an e-mail. “Because women typically determine or guide the family’s contributions to their communities and state, the initiative is designed to involve more women with OU — as classroom guest speakers, volunteer board members and leaders in a variety of university efforts — so they will eventually consider sharing more of their time and resources with OU,” she stated. The collective income and prestige of women are rising, according to the Women’s Philanthropy Institute. The percentage of women in the workforce has nearly doubled in the last 50 years. Income by females has increased by more than 60 percent over the


last 30 years, while income by the males has hardly increased. The IRS also reported in 2004 that 43 percent of the U.S.’s top wealth holders were women. Top wealth holders are defined as individuals with assets of $1.5 million or more, according to the institute. In a generation, women have gained much power and amassed much wealth. Many have served on the OU Board of Regents and the OU Foundation Board of Trustees, Tripp Hall, vice president of development, stated in an e-mail. More than 11,000 women have made major gifts of $25,000 or greater in OU’s history, he stated. “The national trends tell us more women are getting involved with their alma maters than in the past,” Hall said. “Our goal is to encourage both women and men to engage in the life of the university by offering their time, energy, talent and resources to areas of interest to them.” President David Boren said in a statement on the network’s Web site that women have always been university supporters, dating back to 1927 when Alice Hurley Mackey helped facilitate OU’s nationally-ranked Western History Collections. “Molly and I are delighted with the new Women in Philanthropy initiative, which will celebrate the contributions of our women donors and educate and inspire WOMEN CONTINUES ON PAGE 2

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Court justices do. However, since the justices all have similar legal backgrounds, that may “narrow the Court’s perspective.” Sandra Day O’Connor was the most recent judge to ascend to the Supreme Court from somewhere other than a U.S. Circuit Court, Roberts said. Her biography on the Supreme Court’s Web site stated she served on the Arizona Court of Appeals prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court. Roberts also faced a question about oral arguments in cases. Oral arguments are not a right for parties with cases in front of the Oklahoma Supreme Court, and are only granted at the court’s discretion, according to the rules of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Roberts said he did not want to address oral arguments in other court systems, but he said oral argument was vital to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision-making. Cases are “not usually” won with oral argument, but he said it’s also not rare for it to happen. “It’s a very important part of our process, and I’d hate to see it diminished,” he said. Roberts’ lecture focused on Abraham Lincoln’s five appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court: Nathan Clifford, Noah Swayne, Samuel Miller, David Davis and Salmon Chase. Chase filled the chief justice slot left by the death of Roger Taney. “Back then, [chief justice] was considered a desirable position,” Roberts said. He said one of the most important accomplishments of Lincoln’s appointments was restoring the Court’s stature following both the Dred Scott decision and the Civil War. Dred Scott v. Sanford held that African-Americans could not be U.S. citizens and invalidated the Missouri Compromise, a legislative plan designed to limit slavery, Roberts said. “The Dred Scott decision deeply tarnished the Court’s reputation,” he said. Roberts’ lecture concluded the College of Law’s Centennial celebrations, Coats said. The college opened in 1909.

“More of the older people are Buddhist, but the younger ones are Christian or Catholic.” Wong said she thinks it’s probably more difficult for Muslim students to adjust to religion here rather than those who are Buddhist. “Maybe once a month [Buddhists] will go to the temple,” Wong said. “But they put their own idol in their house and worship it so they worship in a way that they don’t actually need a temple.” Wong said her family is Buddhist and her father can perform all of his customs at home. “Once a year he goes to Tibet just to visit


those living like Buddhists,” she said. Wong said her family is very strange because her father is Buddhist, she and her sister are Christian and her mother is in-between the two, seeing good in both sides. Ana Garcia, a first-semester exchange student studying childhood education, is from Spain, where the dominant religion is Catholicism, she said. “I don’t practice Catholicism,” Garcia said. “It’s more or less the same though because we are all Christian, but here it’s more Baptists.” Garcia said she has found young people here to be different from young people in Spain, as far as religion is concerned.



Continued from page 1 would only allow members in a given district to recall their own members. Another portion of the constitutional amendment changes the number of signatures required on a ballot to 10 percent of the total number of eligible voters in the district in question. Graduate Student Senate still must approve the measure before it can be voted on by the student body. “Under these proposals, you have to be in the district of the person you recall,” Gress said. The second bill would create new requirements for how someone may submit a petition to place a referendum on an election ballot. The bill would set clear requirements and standards for proposing a petition for recall and constitutional initiatives. The new requirements include a 90-day limit on the collection of signatures, five days given to the UOSA General Counsel to approve the petition and require clear language in the ballot question proposed by the initiative petition. This requirement would mean a student who votes “yes” on an issue would be voting for a measure, and a student voting “no” would be voting against it. Because the new requirements for petitions are amending the UOSA Code, the bill will become law if passed by the Graduate Student Senate and signed by UOSA President Katie Fox, said Spencer Pittman, Undergraduate Student Congress spokesman.

Women Continued from page 1 new generations to follow their example of generosity,” Boren stated on the Web site. Thursday’s day long symposium in the Oklahoma Memorial Union is open to both

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“I’ve seen here that most of the young people believe in God and go to church on Sundays and study the Bible, and we don’t have that in Spain with the young people,” she said. “In Spain, the young people don’t believe in God.” Garcia said the elders go to church, but the younger generation does not. “In Spain, the government doesn’t have a specific religion,” Garcia said. “The majority of people are Catholic, but they don’t say they are Catholic. They give money to the churches and recognize the religion, though.”

According to a UOSA post-election report, Oklahoma Students for a Democratic Society violated UOSA election rules while campaigning for their candidates in the UOSA fall 2009 general election. The allegations are found in the UOSA post-election report sent out by UOSA fall 2009 Election Chairman Jeff Riles. In the report, Riles stated there were numerous infractions committed by Oklahoma Students for a Democratic Society while campaigns were underway earlier this month and during late October. “In summary, SDS has demonstrated a clear disregard for the rules,” Riles stated. “The group should be prosecuted accordingly and should face sanctions against chalking in the future.” Many of the violations pertain to chalking. Riles stated many candidates up for election complained the group chalked over their campaign advertisements. The group also violated chalking rules by chalking within 50 feet of a polling location and by chalking on a vertical surface, Riles stated. Other student groups not associated with the UOSA election also complained about chalking over their activity advertisements.

women and men, and will include keynote speakers Boren, women’s head basketball coach Sherri Coale and Angela White from Indiana University’s philanthropy institute. Sandy Kinney, a 1969 OU alumna who will speak at the symposium, stated in an e-mail she supports OU because she believes it is the right thing to do.

Riles stated the group “Ask about baby feet” was possibly mocked by Oklahoma Students for a Democratic Society. “SDS also has consistently violated the student code by producing unmarked chalkings,” Riles stated. “The ‘ask about bear feet’ chalking are self-identified in one case but not all cases. The group even chalked over some of the baby feet on the South Oval and over the top of another chalking about a hockey event. This type of chalking shall not be tolerated.” Riles also stated the chalked message that stated “recall the BUMS” was approved by Student Affairs. The issue, however, has been turned over to Student Affairs. “The Students for a Democratic Society are not candidates, but rather a student organization,” Kiel Ward, UOSA election board member and University College district representative, stated in the report. “The election board has determined that it does not have jurisdiction over this matter against student organizations and instead has turned over this complaint to the office of Student Affairs.” -Ricky Maranon/The Daily

“I am excited about the upcoming symposium and look forward to meeting outstanding women who share my commitment to our great university,” Kinney said. Hughes said OU expects more than 200 people to attend the symposium. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the Office of Development at 325-3701.

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OU, THUNDER TEAMS TO OFFER SCHOLARSHIP Scholarship, free game tickets available to only incoming in-state freshman





Throughout the school year, the Oklahoma City Thunder will award five incoming freshman with a $1,000 scholarship to OU and four tickets to a Thunder home game in April. OU spokesman Jay Doyle said the scholarship is only available to in-state incoming freshman applying for the first time. Transfer students are not eligible. “The Oklahoma City Thunder primarily markets to in-state residents,” Thunder spokeswoman Regan Lynn stated in an e-mail. “While current students are important, because the scholarship was in need of limitation and because of the Thunder’s target market, the OU/Thunder scholarship committee decided to only offer the scholarship to incoming


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freshmen.” The Oklahoma City Thunder and OU started an agreement with one another last year, Doyle said. “When this year came around, we wanted to see how everyone could benefit from this agreement,” Doyle said. “The Thunder wanted to give back to the community and this scholarship ties into the demographic they were looking to help.” Scholarship applicants will be evaluated on both their OU/Thunder scholarship application and their OU admission application, Lynn stated. “The scholarship committee is made up of both parties (Thunder and OU),” Doyle said. “The Thunder wants to give back to the state, even though we have students from other states wanting to attend the university. Both sides get together and decide who they want to represent with the scholarship.” Along with the scholarship, recipients also receive four tickets to an Oklahoma City Thunder home game. Students are required to attend the April 4 home game. “Each OU/Thunder scholarship recipient will be honored at pre-designated home Oklahoma City Thunder games,”

Lynn stated. The OU/Thunder scholarship has been advertised to prospective applicants through the OU main home page as well as a monthly e-newsletter to high school seniors, said Craig Hayes, director of Prospective Student Services. “Our recruiters have individually contacted currently admitted high school seniors to ensure they were aware of the application being available,” Hayes said. Some currently enrolled students have mistakenly applied for the scholarship, Doyle said. “We have had a couple of people apply by accident, but the good thing is that this scholarship was designed for high school students who are already going through this long process of applying to the university, so the scholarship application was only designed to take five or 10 minutes to apply,” he said. According to the OU/Thunder scholarship Web site, the first scholarship due date is Sunday, and the winner will be announced Nov. 29. The other application due dates are Jan. 10, Feb. 5, March 7 and March 14. One winner will be picked from each application pool. Students can apply at

Trilingual professor encourages students to be exposed to cultures Former exchange student continues relationship with OU Spanish professor SUMMAYAH ANWAR Daily Staff Writer

Growing up in France, student-teacher Marie-Anne Baissac never thought she’d be teaching French or Spanish at a U.S. university. But she is. Fluent in French, Spanish and English, Baissac teaches beginning Spanish and French classes to students at OU. “I never imagined that I’d be teaching French or Spanish at a U.S. university,” she said. “I have not formally studied Spanish, unlike French, so I learn new things about the language while teaching that I did not learn when I was a student.” Baissac began learning Spanish when she was 14 and continued to study it until she graduated from high school. “In France, we take languages very seriously,” she said. She began studying English at age

12 and was speaking three languages throughout high school. Then, when she came to OU in 2001 as part of an exchange program, she enrolled in an upper-level Spanish conversation class. “It went really well,” she said. “The professor who taught that class had become kind of like a host grandmother to me now.” Since returning to OU in 2004 to attend graduate school and specialize in secondgeneration Maghrebian literature, she has continued her relationship with her professor, María de Jesús Páez de Ruiz. Ruiz said she is proud of Baissac and honored to have taught her during her time as an exchange student. “Marie-Anne was an outstanding student, always ready to participate with a beautiful smile and a positive attitude that help to maintain a wonderful atmosphere in the class,” Ruiz said. “I am very happy for the opportunity of seeing Marie-Anne again when she came to the graduate school and as a teaching assistant.

POLICE REPORTS The following is a list of arrests and citations, not convictions. The information given is compiled from the Norman Police Department and the OU Police Department. All those listed are presumed innocent until proven guilty. COUNTY WARRANT Constance Lee Bills, 53, 2158 W. Brooks St., Monday

Comanche Street, Monday Timothy Scott Grant, 24, East Boyd Street, Monday Keith Anthony Jackson, 19, North Cockrel Avenue, Monday DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE Ricky Lee Hyde, 47, 2158 W. Brooks St., Monday DRIVING UNDER A SUSPENDED LICENSE Gaylond Ray Wilson, 50, East Lindsey Street, Monday, also driving with no insurance verification

MUNICIPAL WARRANT James Christian Coker, 28, East




CHRISTIANS ON CAMPUS Christians on Campus will host a Bible study at 12:30 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

CAREER SERVICES Career Services will be help students with resumes, cover letters and job searching strategies from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the union. Career Services will host a session on “How to Find a Federal Government Job” from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the union’s Crimson Room.

CAREER SERVICES Career Services will help with resumes, cover letters and job searching strategies from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the union. CAMPUS CRUSADE FOR CHRIST Campus Crusade for Christ will meet at 9 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium’s Santee Lounge.

LANGUAGE PRESENTATION The OU and OSU Departments of Modern Languages will jointly present a Germanlanguage lecture on the history of the Berlin Wall at 6 p.m. in 206 Dale Hall.

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My husband and I consider her as part of our family. We call her ‘nuestra nietecita francesa’ (our French granddaughter).” Baissac said there are a few differences between the Spanish she learned in France and the Spanish she teaches to students at OU. “There are some minor differences, some words and certain conjugates, between the Latin American Spanish being taught in the U.S. and the Spain Spanish that I learned in France,” she said. “The main thing is the accent though.” Baissac said she encourages students to be exposed to native cultures and native speakers as much as possible. Stephanie Diaz, pre-dental hygiene junior and a fluent Spanish speaker, said she is considering taking French next semester. “I took French in high school for four years,” Diaz said. “I’m going to see if I want to take it this coming semester. There are a lot of similarities between Spanish and French so it shouldn’t be that hard.”


French teacher Marie-Anne Baissac stands in front of a French flag in the Kaufman Hall foreign language offices Tuesday. Baissac started her career at OU as a foreign exchange student.


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In response to Tuesday’s news story, “Entrepreneur shares experience with Fair Trade at lecture” YOU CAN COMMENT AT OUDAILY.COM


“Good for him, it’s time we treat all commodities fairly. Even if things end up costing more, we don’t have the right to cheap stuff off the backs of others.” -TheJeff


DUI checkpoints a waste of resources In the interest of public safety, it is necessary to keep the drunken drivers off the roads. However, we believe it could be done better. Currently, the checkpoints work like this: We drive by a checkpoint, we wait, and wait, and wait, while the police check on people driving ahead of us; then it’s our turn, the officer inquires on our sobriety, and, assuming we’re sober, lets us go. The Norman Police Department announced this week that it will set up checkpoints throughout the city this weekend, receiving special funding from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office. We are receiving money from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office earmarked specifically for more checkpoints. Their goal is hopefully more checkpoints will scare drinkers from driving. But, it really just tends to scare drinkers from driving on larger roads. These checkpoints are an intrusion. They make us wait while we could be doing more productive things. They waste our time, which is growing more precious as finals loom ever closer. These checkpoints also seem to be arbitrarily placed.

Instead of placing them near the bars, downtown or by Campus Corner, they are put in somewhat random locations. This is an egregious waste of money and resources. It could be more efficiently used to achieve the same end. Instead of more checkpoints, we could have more police officers patrolling near Campus Corner, or Main Street, where there are more bars. Officers could frequent these areas more on the weekends, and less during the week when only the most dedicated alcoholics drink. In the middle of an economic crisis, we should be more careful with our money. We understand alcoholism is a problem on university campuses and should be fought. College students often overindulge, and have health consequences as a result. But instead of unnecessarily hassling students, the local police could use information at hand to do their job more efficiently. We should follow Occam’s razor and not make it needlessly difficult. We should keep it easy and use the resources we have.


The Norman Police Department announced this week that it will be setting up checkpoints this weekend to curb drunken driving.

Letter to Student Media Dear faculty and staff of OU Student Media,

Please be assured that our executive council and judicial board are taking appropriate measures to The Beta Kappa chapter of the Sigma Chi discipline those who were involved and will not Fraternity offers its sincerest apologies for taking make light of the situation. We fully understand The Oklahoma Daily newspapers on Sept. 30. The that our actions do not portray how OU and our actions taken that day by a group of members were fraternity expect members to act. unacceptable and by no means represent the beWe genuinely regret our actions, and we would havior that Sigma Chi strives to maintain. like to assure you that we shall never resort to such We regret the inconvenience and disrespect you unethical means in the future. incurred that day. We understand that a simple sorry should not be sufficient, but we hope you Sincerely, accept our apology and our future efforts to make amends. The men of Sigma Chi

Letter from the editor The Oklahoma Daily ran a special ad-free section Sept. 30. The section covered the five year anniversary of then-OU freshman Blake Hammontree’s death, what, if any, changes had been made to OU’s alcohol policy, the policy’s effectiveness and how the Sigma Chi fraternity has tried to move forward after this tragic event. This section had been in the works since late August, and multiple Daily staff members dedicated extra time to gathering the information presented in the section. Knowing the section would touch on a few soft spots, we also took extra care in reporting the stories and trying to provide the most accurate and fair information. Unfortunately, students’ access to this information was limited after a few members of Sigma Chi decided to take more than 1,000

copies of The Daily from our racks. We were angry at first, but who wouldn’t be after spending so much time and energy? But The Daily is an organization made up entirely of students. We aren’t immune to making mistakes and I’ll be the first to admit that. And while we take pride in what we do here, we must apply the same understanding to other campus groups, including Sigma Chi. Sigma Chi has apologized and we sincerely accept that apology. We don’t harbor any ill feelings toward Sigma Chi and hope The Daily, Sigma Chi and other organizations can use this as a learning opportunity. — Jamie Hughes is editor-in-chief of The Oklahoma Daily and a political science junior.

‘Gotcha’ program oversteps library’s responsibility Editor’s note: This column refers to Monday’s news story, “‘Gotcha’ program to be expanded to all campus libraries.” To read that article, visit I have been pleading with my mother ever since I left home to come to college with me and monitor every decision I make to ensure that I am being responsible. Every time I ask, she brings up that time I claimed to have walked the dog (I didn’t!) and turns me down. Fortunately, Bizzell Library’s new “Gotcha!” policy eliminates the need for mothers on this campus. According to OU Libraries spokeswoman Sarah Robbins in an article HENRY published Monday, “When a student MARTIN leaves their valuables — whether it be a computer or a backpack — alone for more than five minutes or so, an employee or security personnel will pick up the item and take it to the circulation desk for safekeeping.” Apparently it is now OU’s job to go on responsibility patrol. Robbins says that the primary reason for the policy is that “we want to teach students to be responsible with their items in the library.” Is it irresponsible of me to consider the circumstances and conclude that I am willing to accept the risk of having my backpack stolen while I track down a book from the stacks? The second explanation for the program is that “it is better that library personnel take the item where it can easily be picked up by the owner than someone actually stealing the item and it never been seen again.” Gee, the only thing I can think of that would be better than that is for no one to take my stuff, like what’s happened the last three years I’ve used the library. Obviously I realize that there is a chance my things could get stolen while I make a quick trip to the bathroom. The chances of Bizzell employees being assigned the worst cleanup job of their lives if I don’t use the men’s room seem a lot higher, though. These “Gotcha!” slips, printed on undoubtedly annoying, brightly colored paper, say “Gotcha! Can you afford the loss of your property? Next time, it may not be the University Police Department or a staff member that finds your property left unattended. Security is everybody’s business.” Incredibly, this is no joke. Hey OU: The security of my laptop is not “everybody’s business,” thank you very much. What’s next? Students in Walker Center come back to find their rooms completely empty - tough luck, guys. Your door was unlocked. Good thing it wasn’t the bad guys ... this time! A man comes home from work on his lunch break and finds that the papers he needs for his afternoon meeting are missing - sorry, bro. That key you leave in the petunias? Way too obvious. Thank me later - security is everybody’s business. Can I afford the loss of my property? About as much as I can afford to have some overbearing library assistant unplug my laptop when I am in the middle of a research paper. Quick, what’s the only difference between that library worker and a nefarious campus criminal? Only the evil villain would steal my stuff in a non-“Gotcha!” library. I get it. According to OU Police reports, over $12,000 in electronics was stolen between Sept. 3 and Oct. 3. Obviously, this is a problem that they would like to reduce. Other campuses have found less invasive ways to send the same message. According to the University of Chicago’s student newspaper, their program stated that “Officers on patrol who discover unattended valuables will place ‘GOTCHA’ stickers on them to make the owners aware of the need for crime prevention.” While I still find this practice to be somewhat offensive, it is a far cry from physically relocating items belonging to irresponsible citizens like me. OU’s “Gotcha!” program irrationally assumes that there could never be any possible reason for one to leave his or her belongings temporarily unattended. Further, it egregiously decides that the best way to teach me a well-deserved lesson is by actually stealing students’ things. A word of advice, OU: Treat this column as a friendly “Gotcha!” and revise the plan before it affects the bad guys. Remember, stupid ideas are everybody’s business. Henry Martin is a history senior.

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«VOLLEYBALL Go online tonight for a recap of the Sooners match.


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The Sooners managed to pull out a 72-61 win against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks despite a careless first half where OU shot 34 percent from the field and committed nine turnovers. The Warhawks started off red hot from downtown and communicated right off the bat that they were in love with the three-ball. However, they eventually cooled off as the Sooners held them at 4-11 for the half. The Sooners played a sloppy game, head coach Jeff Capel said. For the game, they committed 13 turnovers and shot 6-17 from the arc after a 1-7 first half start. “A win is a win, it wasn’t pretty,” Capel said. “We didn’t come out with the energy that we need to come out with. It took us getting down and getting punched in the mouth for us to start finally punching back.” “It’s a great lesson for our guys because we played early in that game like we practiced yesterday,”Capel said. Sophomore guard Willie Warren had himself a game with 24 points and four assists, further proving why he is a National Player of the Year candidate. Warren was one of the few Sooners who were on their game the entire night. Junior guard Cade Davis came off the bench and gave the team a huge lift, Capel said. He was talking and showed great leadership while hitting a several key shots and finishing with nine points in

28 minutes. Freshman center Tiny Gallon put up good numbers again, but looked a little tired and needs to work on his conditioning, said Capel. He had just 3 points tonight but grabbed 10 rebounds. Senior guard/forward Tony Crocker had his biggest game of the season with 13 points and three boards. Crocker had a great night after only putting up four points Saturday against Mount St. Mary’s. He saw a lot of his 34 minutes in at forward, covering some of the bigger guys for the Warhawks. “It’s a confidence builder going into the next game knowing what you can do,” Crocker said. “It just helps out your confidence really and gets you going and that way you can bring more energy and help out the team.” Freshman guard Steven Pledger put up eight points after a 21-point performance on Saturday. And while he didn’t play like he did this past weekend, Capel had a lot of good things to say about him. “He’s still going to shoot it and we need him to shoot it,” Capel said. “But the thing I love is that you can coach him. HJe doesn’t sulk, doesn’t drop his head. He had 16 minutes tonight and he was just as happy as can be about that. We need a team full of guys like that.” The Sooners wait to play their next home game against a tough Arkansas team Dec. 2. The team will continue season play with a road matchup at Virginia Commonwealth Saturday.


Defensive specialist Maria Fernanda hits the ball during the women’s volleyball game against Colorado Oct. 28. The Sooners won the match 3-0.

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Freshman guard Tommy Mason-Griffin (11) dribbles the ball down the court during the Sooner men’s basketball game against Louisiana-Monroe Tuesday evening in Lloyd Noble Center. OU won the game 72-61.

Belichick underestimated Manning New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick may not have understood just how good Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback Peyton Manning is until Sunday. Peyton is the man —no pun intended with his last name — and he very well may be the best quarterback and team leader the league has ever seen. Manning is especially MJ good when put in a comeCASIANO back situation. Therefore, when Brady and Co. are up six points in the fourth quarter on 4th-andtwo with 2:08 minutes left at their own 27-yard line, it’s probably not the best decision to go for it. Sure, if the pass wasn’t bobbled from Brady: ballgame. It would’ve sealed the deal. But an average punt would’ve set the Colts at about their own 30-yard line, which would make for a difficult 70-yard drive. That of course compared to the Colts taking over at the Patriots’ 29-yard line with around 2:00 remaining. “The same thing I said after the game,”

Belichick said at his regular Monday news conference. “I thought it was our best chance to win. I thought we needed to make that one play and then we could basically run out the clock. We weren’t able to make it.” I have news for Belichick: even OU quarterback Landry Jones could’ve led a 29-yard scoring drive. And, as previously stated, it was the most dangerous team in the league taking over the ball. Not to mention the success the Colts have had all season, and in games past with the Patriots. The Colts had won three out of the last four games against the Patriots. With that said, Belichick should understand the delivery Manning brings when put in a clutch situation. Even former Belichick players Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi went as far to say it was Belichick’s worst coaching decision and it boils their blood. Quite obviously this play will live in infamy, but there’s no doubt in mind that Belichick will learn from this mistake and continue the Patriots’ success this season, ultimately taking them deep into the playoffs. MJ Casiano is a broadcast and electronic media junior.

The OU volleyball team returns to Norman for the final two home games of the season, hosting Texas A&M Wednesday. The Sooners (18-8, 11-6) swept the Aggies (14-10, 7-9) last month in College Station, Texas and have won five of their last six matches, four of which have been sweeps. OU has to win two of its final three games to reach 20 wins for the third time in coach Santiago Restrepo’s six years at OU. With a win over Texas A&M, Restrepo would also grab his 100th win as the head coach at OU. The Sooners received 13 votes in the latest national poll rankings and have a good chance to break into the top 25 if they down No. 2 Texas in Norman Nov. 25 or No. 8 Iowa State on the road the following Nov. 28. OU had more players on the All-Big 12 Academic first team announced this week than any other school. The eight receiving honors were sophomores Danielle Alva, Brianne Barker, Suzy Boulavsky and Caitlin Higgins, juniors Chrissy Disarro, Francie Ekwerekwu and Sarah Freudenrich, and senior Bridget Laplante. To qualify, student-athletes had to maintain a 3.2 or better grade-point average cumulatively over the previous two semesters and must have participated in at least 60 percent of their team’s scheduled matches. Wednesday’s match is also student night. There will be 50 -cent hot dogs and Cokes for all students. The entertainment also will not end after the women finish playing. Following the match, the Matt Boggs Band, led by former OU student Matt Boggs, will perform live. The match will begin at 7 p.m. in McCasland Field House.

SOONER FOOTBALL PRACTICE NOTEBOOK Murray confident he should return for the 2010 season Junior running back DeMarco Murray said he has not made a final decision on his future as a Sooner, but he is confident he will be wearing the crimson and cream next season. “Something that my family and I will look into,” Murray said. “I’m pretty sure I’ll be back here next year.” In three years at OU, Murray has rushed for 2,358 yards with 32 touchdowns and has caught 78 passes for 924 yards.

Simmons and Caleb expected to play against Texas Tech Saturday Head coach Bob Stoops said senior offensive lineman Brian Simmons and junior wide receiver

Brandon Caleb will play Saturday in Lubbock, Texas, against Texas Tech. “[Simmons] practiced yesterday,” Stoops said. “So he is set to play this week, provided everything goes as it should this week.” Simmons injured his right leg against Baylor, and has not played in the Sooners’ last five games. During that time the offensive line has thinned down to seven healthy players, but his return should give the offensive line depth and experience since he will be one of two seniors starting on the line. Caleb suffered an ankle injury Oct. 31 against Kansas State and has missed two games because of it. He has been practicing the past two weeks, and should be ready for Saturday’s game. –Jono Greco/The Daily

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« MUSIC Read a re vie w for the “Glee” soundtrack in Thursday’s Life & Arts.

» “DARK REIGN: THE LIST — SPIDER-MAN” The conclusion of “The List” story arc sees Norman Osborn finally reach the last item on his diabolical to-do list : kill SpiderMan. As we all know, Osborn (a.k.a “The OSI G r e e n AKEN’OVA Goblin”) ha s b e e n trying to kill Spider-Man since the Green Goblin’s first appearance in the early ‘60s and, of course, has always failed, so this isn’t anything new. Everybody knows that Marvel will never kill off its trademark character, Spider-Man. With all superhero comics, the heroes never die, and even if they do, they always come back. Just look at Superman, the original Green Lantern, Ha l Jo rd a n , a n d (e v e n though he isn’t back from his death just yet) Batman. Despite know ing the l i k e l y o u t c o m e b e f o re even picking up the comic, whenever Osborn attempts to kill Spider-Man it always makes a great

read. This one brings out great talent (superstar artist Adam Kubert draws) and as usual the Green Goblin will probably do something to traumatize our hero as he’s done in the past, e.g killing Gwen Stacy, paralyzing Flash Thompson and so on. I f y o u ’ re l o o k i n g f o r what is probably going to be an action-packed finale to a well-written series buy this.

“DR. HORRIBLE #1” The origin story of the tragic hero Dr. Horrible from last year’s Internet p h e n o m e n o n “ D r. Hor r ible’s Sing-AlongBlog” hits stands today. Joss Whedon fans can stop trying to watch “Dollhouse” and rejoice. The series is a one-shot that explores what drove Dr. Horrible to a life of crime and like the above comic, it features a battle between a compelling protagonist (Horrible) and a grade A jerk (Captain Hammer). It also features a wide array of characters you’ll remember from the webseries like Penny, Moist and many others. Obviously this book is for fans of the series and of Whedon, so if you didn’t watch the series or hated

The Daily’s Osi Aken’Ova reviews three of this week’s new comic books.

it, you probably shouldn’t plan on picking this up.

“PUNISHER #11” After being sliced to pieces by Dark Wolverine at the end of his “List” one-shot, Frank Castle’s re ma i n s a re re c ov e re d by the Moloids and ManThing, and put together to form Franken-Castle. That’s about all I know about this issue, but even this brief plot summary suggests that we’re in for the biggest “W TF” moment of any Punisher comic book – including the MAX imprint. I have no idea where the writers of the Punishers are going with this and don’t think it ’s a great idea. But I will admit that it seems very interesting and I have to give them credit for killing the character in one of the best one-shots I’ve read this year. I’ l l p ro b a b l y e n d u p picking this issue up because it’s drawn by original “The Walking Dead” a r t i s t To n y Mo o re a n d written by “Ghost Rider” writer Rick Remender (and, if I’m being honest, out of ser ious sense of curiosity). Osi Aken’Ova is a film and video studies senior. PHOTO PROVIDED

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