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August to bring change for grad entrance test Graduate Record Exam will reflect most significant changes in test’s 60-year history, spokesman says TREVOR SHOFNER The Oklahoma Daily

The Graduate Record Exam General Test will undergo a large revision in the test’s content, scoring and ease of use. The changes go into effect starting Aug. 1. The test is a computer based exam that some graduate programs require for admittance. It consists of three sections: verbal, quantitative and analytical writing. Thomas Ewing, director of government and external relations for Educational Testing Services, said that the new

revisions will be the most significant changes in the exam’s 60-year history. Major points of revision include improved user interface, the ability to skip questions, the ability to go back and change answers, an on-screen calculator for the math portion, analogy questions will be removed and more emphasis on reading comprehension, Ewing said. “We’re always looking to find and improve the way we measure a test taker’s knowledge and ability,” Ewing said. Ewing denies that possible score inflation was the reason for test revision. The test will no longer have its 200-800 point scale and replace it with a 130-170 point scale. Ewing said test changes stem from Graduate Record Exam

board suggestions. The board consists of college deans and admissions officers from the “top graduate programs across the country.” Ewing said Educational Testing Services hopes the new test format and grading scale will be “more informative for colleges and universities in distinguishing between candidates.” Alex Tesmer, a multi-disciplinary senior who took the Nov. 9 exam, said most admissions officers of graduate schools said the exam was a “formality” and that they were more interested in “recommendation letter, observation, personal essays and grade point averages.” SEE TEST PAGE 2

All can find success on Web, speaker says Award-winning blogger, author shares tips for self-made Internet success with OU students, guests EMILY HOPKINS The Oklahoma Daily

When Ree Drummond created the Pioneer Woman blog in 2006, she didn’t even know what a blog really was. “I thought it was just a free website,” she said. “I didn’t even know what to write about.” Drummond has figured it out now. The self-branded blogger and media sensation posts daily on her blog which features sections about her family, cooking, home-schooling and photography. In 2009 her blog was named Weblog of the Year at the Bloggies and her cookbook, “The Pioneer Woman Cooks,” was published. The Bartlesville native spoke about the progression of her blog’s development Wednesday in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom. Gaylord Ambassadors, a student representative organization for the journalism college, hosted the event. “She’s a good blend of the current trend of blogging, and since she has a cookbook and a novel coming out, she has a real tie to professional writing as well,” said Chris Borthick, Gaylord Ambassadors adviser. Public relations senior Kate Beard put forth the idea for her longtime family friend to make an appearance at OU. “She’s such a great blogger, cook and HELEN GRANT/THE DAILY

Ree Drummond speaks Wednesday afternoon in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Molly Shi Ballroom. Drummond answered questions and discussed the growth of her blog, books she’s written and her family’s life on the ranch.

Student-run charity organization to host Thanksgiving meal OU student-athlete Quinton Carter’s charity, the SOUL Organization, will host a Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 25 for students not going home. It will take place at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church, 419 S. University Blvd. Appetizers will be served at 3 p.m., and dinner will begin at 4 p.m. and will go until around 7 p.m. Following the dinner will be board games, arts and crafts, cupcake decorating, giveaways and the Dallas Cowboys game will be shown on the big screen. The menu for the night will include foods such as salad, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and assorted pies for dessert. Four hundred students are expected to be at the event. — Joseph Truesdell/The Daily

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CAC to form year-round volunteer crew to help with campus events Members will receive special perks, only have to fill out one form for all events JOSEPH TRUESDELL The Oklahoma Daily

The Campus Activities Council is forming a new volunteer group called CAC Crew in an effort to attract at least 100 volunteers for Winter Welcome Week in January. “They will be a group of students that we can pull from to be the volunteers for each event,” CAC chairwoman Valerie Hall said. Members of the crew will receive exclusive benefits for participating. One perk will be early admittance to certain events. “We will just invite them to things as the opportunity arises,” said Hall, public relations senior. “Maybe like a dinner one night, or

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they can participate on our dance marathon team. Small things that ONLINE AT OUDAILY.COM happen throughout the year.” » Link: Download the CAC Crew application Hall said the incentive for naming the group and giving perks had nothing to do with lack of nine events remaining for the volunteers. “We just wanted to do some- 2010-2011 school year, which inthing special for the volunteers,” cludes six in the spring and three she said. “We always have plenty yearlong events. “The CAC Crew is an excellent of people.” Another new element of CAC option for students who aren’t Crew that has changed from the quite sure which CAC events they previous volunteer set-up is that want to be a part of,” CAC adviser only one application is needed to Quy Nguyen said. participate in all of the events. The first round of applications “We used to have to fill out an for CAC Crew are due Friday. The application for every event, and application will still be available it became really tedious,” busi- later this semester. ness senior Morgan Ames said. “I “It is a great opportunity to get would always have to get on the involved with many of the events website to check due dates for that CAC puts on around campus every application.” throughout the year,” University Current applicants and volun- College freshman Meghan Gibson teers will be able to serve for the said.

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OU med school courses change New course admission requirements may cause students upset DHARA SHETH The Oklahoma Daily

Medical schools in the region are modifying their prerequisite course requirements. OU College of Medicine recently announced it will implement changes to its prerequisite course requirements for all applicants in 2011. Officials revised its curriculum for medical students starting in fall 2010. They then changed the prerequisites to match the new curriculum, Admissions Director Dotty Shaw said. The first change reduced the number of necessary English courses from three to two. At least one of the two courses should have a strong emphasis on writing. “OU was the only medical school in the country that requested three semesters, so we’re very happy about this change,” said Nancy Blass, Premedical Professions Advising coordinator. The second change amends OU College of Medicine’s upper division biology requirement. Previously, a wide variety of upper-division zoology classes were accepted. Now, the school has limited the acceptable courses to Genetics, Cell Biology and Molecular Biology. Students must take one of these courses in addition to Introduction to Zoology to fulfill the biology requirement. Genetics, Cell Biology and Molecular Biology are strongly encouraged for pre-med students in order to give them a competitive edge so they will perform well on the MCAT, so student complaints about this change are not anticipated, Blass said. The third change could potentially affect students the most. Applicants have previously needed to complete three semesters from one or more of a selection of departments on campus, including psychology, sociology, philosophy, humanities, anthropology and foreign languages. Foreign languages and

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TEST: Exam to be offered with limited discount Continued from page 1 Tesmer, who plans to go into occupational therapy, said she was unimpressed by the test and surprised by the outdated computer programming. She expects the test revisions will be “very helpful” and will make the exam “much easier.” Currently, OU does not offer a location to take the

exam. Oklahoma State University does have a test center, as do McAlester, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Woodward. Test takers can select the most convenient test site when they register for the exam. The cost of the test is regularly $160. However, E d u c a t i o n a l Te s t i n g Services is offering students who take the test between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30 a

Testing centers » McAlester: 918-420-5683 » Oklahoma City: 405-843-8378 » Stillwater: 405-744-5958 » Tulsa: 918-747-9333 » Woodward: 580-254-0187 50 percent discount. The test’s website offers free preparatory materials to any student registered for the exam. The free material

includes sample exams, test taking strategies and test tutorials. Students should contact their specific departments for questions about admissions and test requirements. Clay Wesley, projects and enrollment manager of the graduate college, said that the exam modifications are not something he has formally addressed yet, but plans to in the near future.

Today around campus » Indian Youth Career fair will take place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s second floor. » Student Success Series: CLEP & Advanced Standing will take place 3 to 4 p.m. in Wagner Hall, Room 245. » Bedlam Blood Battle, sponsored by Oklahoma Blood Institute as an official Bedlam sponsor, will take place 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the ROTC Armory. » OU College Republicans will be meeting to discuss the recent political elections from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Union’s Governor’s Room. » The OU hockey team will play Liberty University at 7 p.m. at the Blazers Ice Centre, 8000 S. I-35 OKC. Student admission is $5. » The OU men’s basketball team will play Texas Southern at 7 p.m. at Lloyd Noble Center.

BLOG: Posting becomes daily habit, lifestyle Continued from page 1 photographer,” Beard told the crowd of more than 100 people. “I’m honored to get to share her with you.” Drummond jokingly described her story as “Sex and the City” meets “Green Acres,” though she noted that hers really isn’t that different than anyone else’s. “My story is no more special, exciting or funny than the next person’s,” she said.

“I just found a creative way to tell it.” Despite her gradual success, Drummond stressed she didn’t set out to “brand” herself or to even keep up a blog at all. “It started out as a way to keep in touch with my mother and to post photos of my kids,” she said. “But then I started posting food and recipes and photography of the food, and it became more of a lifestyle website.”

Friday, Nov. 19 » Bedlam Blood Battle, sponsored by Oklahoma Blood Institute as an official Bedlam sponsor, will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the ROTC Armory. » Schools of Dance and Music collaborative performance begins at 8 p.m. in the Sharp Concert Hall inside the Catlett Music Center. » UPB Movie Night will feature “The Other Guys” at 4, 7, 10 and 11:50 p.m. in the Meacham Auditorium. » UPB Turkey Carnival will take place 6 to 9 p.m. in the Union’s Will Rogers Room. » The Huston Huffman Center will host a free dodgeball tournament for all students, faculty and staff at 6 p.m. » The OU hockey team will play Iowa State University at 7 p.m. at the Blazers Ice Centre, 8000 S. Interstate 35 in Oklahoma City. Student admission is $5. » The OU women’s basketball team will host Western Illinois at 7 p.m. at Lloyd Noble Center.

The most important aspect of blogging is to work at it daily, she said. People interested in starting one of their own will inevitably discover what to write about, even if they have no clue in the beginning. “You can’t do it weekly,” she said. “That’s not often enough. You really get to know yourself as a writer when you write daily, even if it’s just a quick paragraph about something you observe on campus.”

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» Oxford professor Eugene Rogan will speak about “The Arab Experience of Democracy” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Sam Nobel Museum of Natural History’s Kerr Auditorium.

What started out as a oneor two-week long project turned into a passion and a habit that she couldn’t shake if she tried. “I like the medium of blogging,” Drummond said. “I like that you can have a thought or an idea and execute it that day and publish it that night and have feedback immediately. In a way, it’s also intimate. I feel close to the people who read my blog and want to share things with them.”

anthropology classes will no longer count towards this requirement. Students applying next year may have trouble if they have already taken anthropology or foreign language classes to use towards this requirement. Most students have at least two of the necessary semesters accounted for through their art and non-western culture general education requirements, OU Pre-Med Club President Ashley Bunce said. “These changes are not that big of a deal,” said Bunce, zoology biomedical sciences senior. “No one has said anything

or had a problem about it because everyone is so happy you don’t have to have a third English.” Texas medical and dental schools are amending their math prerequisite course requirements. Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine have dropped their calculus requirement and replaced with a statistics requirement instead, while University of Texas at Houston dropped its math requirements altogether, Blass said. The remaining Texas schools still require Calculus I for Business, Life and Social Sciences or Calculus and Analytic Geometry I. Ultimately, students should check with their advisers to ensure their classes count towards their requirements, Bunce said.

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

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Nov. 18, 1986 Blood drive collects 120 pints after first day In its first day, the annual Naval ROTC blood drive collected 120 pints of blood. Students felt a strong sense of civic duty and took pride in the fact that they were helping to save lives. The ROTC midshipmen worked one hour shifts helping out at the blood drive. When it closed on Wednesday, the blood drive collected ended up collecting 419 pints, 19 more pints than expected. *Source: The Oklahoma Daily archives

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Graduate student Alex Tyler shows off the gate he designed and built Wednesday afternoon at Food and Shelter for Friends' office. Tyler and three other graduate students designed and built the gates to be donated to the shelter.

Sooners build gates for shelter Architecture student designs will help increase local homeless shelter’s security, volunteers say DANNY HATCH

The OU Landscape and Architecture program recently designed and built gates for Food and Shelter for Friends, a homeless shelter and kitchen in downtown Norman. Once the project is accredited in the spring, the gates will be installed at the shelter. “They told us that they needed something to provide security,” graduate student Leslie Novotny said. “They have about six apartments out back where they home homeless people with children, and they need security at night. What they have now is not adequate.” Instructor Shane Friese and the four students in the program presented three student-made gates to Food for Shelter’s board of directors. Led by Friese, Novotny and three other graduate students designed and built the gates, which will be installed in the spring. Novotny and fellow graduate student Cynthia DavisStevens collaborated on a set of gates, while graduate students Michelle Simmons and Alex Tyler built and designed their own.

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OU is ranked No. 3 for the social networking websites Facebook and Twitter compared to all other universities in the nation. Fan Page List, an independent company designed to enhance social networking for users, created the rankings. “I think it’s great from a soundboard perspective,” university spokesman Chris Shilling said. “They’re beneficial to me because they let you know what’s going on on campus. They’re not just from the university standpoint, but they also retweet or update things that followers or other people have said.” Of the top 20 schools, three other Big 12 schools were listed. Texas A&M University was ranked No. 1, Texas Tech University was ranked No. 6 and the University of Nebraska was ranked No. 14. The Web Communications Department, created in 2007, maintains OU’s Facebook and Twitter pages. The group created the networking pages in May 2009. They were created after the university found that there was “a need for centralized ownership of the OU home page and some web standards for the ou.edu domain,” said Amanda Toohey, Web Communications Content Management System Migrations manager. Other current projects and collaborations in the works for the department include CQ5 content management system, a campus-wide calendar, a campus map, the OU home page, OU search, oZONE portal, video production and web guidelines, Toohey said. The department hopes to make Facebook and Twitter become a part of the emergency communications response plan, if ever needed, Shilling said.

» The shelter expects 750 people at the Thanksgiving meal. » For more info on volunteering go to www.foodandshelterinc. org or call 405-360-4954, ext. 106. “We were just trying to find somewhere to help out,” Friese said. “This was just kind of an inspiring place. The College of Architecture is really behind anything that can reach out to the community, and it’s great for the students to get that exposure.” Bill George, volunteer coordinator and social services assistant at the shelter, was pleased with the project. “At this location, we have a community kitchen. We serve breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday, between 100 and 150 people per day,” he said. “Volunteers are essential to completing our mission. Norman is an exceptionally generous community.” Student volunteers are always welcome, George said.

Mary Fallin appoints 3 staffers to posts for her administration OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov.-elect Mary Fallin says she’s filling policy, legal and communications posts for her incoming administration. Fallin announced the appointment Wednesday of Katie Altshuler as the administration’s policy director. Altshuler most recently worked for outgoing state House Speaker Chris Benge and has worked has the staff director for the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee. Fallin says Judy Copeland will be her general counsel. Copeland held the same position under the state’s last Republican governor, Frank Keating. Copeland has been an assistant U.S. attorney since 2004 and previously has worked as an assistant district attorney and an assistant attorney general. Alex Weintz will serve as Fallin’s communications director. — AP

IN REMEMBRANCE

The OU Community Gratefully Remembers the Late “Wick” Cary Jr., Class of 1954, for His $11 Million Bequest to the University Mr. Cary’s gifts will advance OU’s stature as a pacesetter for American public higher education. They are designated to benefit the interests he expressed in his lifetime and those that will contribute most to the advancement of the University, including geology, and new faculty lines in OU’s International Programs Center, the Institute for America’s Constitutional Heritage, and the Honors College.

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Don’t stop press for Facebook FDA warnings The first principle of journalism, as defined by media experts Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, is “to provide people with the information they need to be free and self-governing.” All else should be secondary to this principle. When it comes to newspapers, which present relevant news of the day, stories are prioritized based on timeliness, relevance and impact. The most important news goes on the front page, and news of lesser impact to readers is placed further inside. The light and fluffy pieces should especially be in the deepest recesses of the paper. With this in mind, we were surprised to see our state’s premier newspaper report on its Wednesday front page that an OU student may have to make some decisions about which persons she must choose to “unfriend” on Facebook because she has reached the 5,000 Facebook friend limit. The story appeared below the newspaper fold, next to a story about the Oklahoma Southern Baptist Convention and above a national story about President Barack Obama giving a soldier the Medal of Honor. Why was the Facebook friend limit story considered worthy of page 1 treatment? If it’s because late night host Jimmy Kimmel declared Wednesday as “National UnFriend Day,” then The Oklahoman ought to be ashamed. Was there really nothing more important going on in the state that citizens ought to know about before being informed that an OU student can’t add any more friends? Looking through the paper, we noticed a few stories that could have replaced the Facebook story. There was one

about a draft budget for the State Department of Education that included a $295 million increase in funding for public schools. After a campaign season that involved much talk of a weak state budget and starving state agencies, this is definitely information that could have been given front page placement over social media matters. The Facebook story could just as easily have gone in the State section, alongside the lighter stories, such as the University of Central Oklahoma photo essay about the ROTC program holding a fundraiser. It’s not easy for us to sit back and criticize The Oklahoman. The Oklahoma Daily can’t boast cutting-edge journalism and we don’t always have the most impactful stories on page 1. But we’re a much different paper than The Oklahoman. For one, we have a very specific community we aim to serve — the OU campus. We do our best to give students the important campus news, and sometimes the most relevant news of the day is that a blogger spoke at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The Oklahoman, on the other hand, serves the entire state, and boasts a circulation of more than 100,000. Our circulation is roughly 10 percent of that. It doesn’t serve the democratic ideals of this state and its citizens to inform them that, if they happen to be one of the 5,000 Facebook friends of journalism junior Chinh Doan, they run the risk of being “unfriended.”

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Let’s be Big 12 charity champs When it comes to football, there is no doubt we want to We e m b a r r a s s e d o u r STAFF COLUMN LUMN win. With only a few games left in the season and the Big selves OU-Texas weekend, 12 Championship still up for grabs, we all feel the pres- and though the scoreboard sure to beat Oklahoma State, ranked 10 in the BCS, but said we won that day, we Mariah in why stop there? still suffered a major loss. Najmuddin This week we have the opportunity to beat them in However, we are now premore ways than one. sented with an opportunity to redeem ourselves. The call Right now, there is an ongoing blood-battle between for us to give is here once again and hopefully this time OU and OSU, literally. The Oklahoma Blood Institute is we can band together and not only beat OSU in football, hosting its Bedlam Blood drive this week. In an effort to but in the blood drive as well. increase donations, facilities are located on both the OSU This competition is not only great for boosting school and OU campuses to make it easier for spirit by uniting us against our rivals, but it students to donate blood. will help many people as well. If saving lives isn’t enough, giving For every pint of blood donated, three If saving lives isn’t blood this week is just another way we lives can be saved. We all know that giving enough, giving blood can best the Cowboys On Nov. 27 in blood can be a time-consuming process, this week is just another but you can set up an appointment in adStillwater. Competitive philanthropy is not an vance any time this week on the Oklahoma way we can best the entirely new concept on our campus. In Blood Institute website. Cowboys down in September, we waged war against the There really is no excuse to not give Stillwater.” Texas Longhorns in another way. blood if you can. The hours are flexible and The month leading up to the Red it’s going toward two great causes: saving River Rivalry, each school’s respective bands took part lives and beating OSU off the field. in raising money for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter who doAssociation, which researches for possible cures for Lou nates the most blood, but that we donated blood. Gehrig’s disease. The fact that we can prove OU is the better Oklahoma The Longhorn band raised $30,135.01 — nearly $20,000 school in all aspects is just an added incentive. more than The Pride, according to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association website. Though we are — Mariah Najmuddin, comforted by the fact we beat Texas in football, we University College freshman should feel some regret that we could not beat them in every possible way. Comment on this column at OUDaily.com

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Calorie restriction science: How to live forever, or something like that Go out on a limb with me. The human body is a machine. Like all machines, it depreciates with use. As machines depreciate, their remaining usable time decreases. As we use our body, its — and our — remaining life span decreases. Here’s where it gets tricky: Because the body is a machine that depreciates with use, if you “use” the body less it will last longer. Don’t buy it? Try it. “Use” in this case is defined as running fuel through the machine, i.e. running calories through the body. Reduce the calories and you extend the lifespan. It’s a bit of an odd idea (eat less to live longer) but there is some science behind it. As early as 1935, a Cornell University study saw food-restricted lab rats living twice as long as their

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National Primate Research Center at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. After 20 years, half of the monkeys on a regular diet had died while 80 percent of those on calorie restriction were still living. The calorie-restricted monkeys also had less risk of diabetes, cancer, brain atrophy and — interestingly — even less muscle loss. The Calorie Restriction Society International was established in 1994 to promote calorie restriction and advance research in this area. Members of the society have been shown to have better blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart function than age matched members of the general population. Most notably, the National Institute of Aging has recently completed the

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Comprehensive Assessment of Long-Term Effects of Reducing Intake of Energy (CALERIE) to study the effects of calorie restriction in human volunteers who were willing to reduce their caloric intake by 25 percent. Preliminary results showed that they had less body fat and better glucose metabolism. S o, w ill you tr y it? Weigh the pros and cons. Personally, giving up the Classic Italian at Quizno’s, which weighs in at a whopping 1,700 calories, might not be worth the return. I won’t know unless I try though. I wish you luck if you join me. — Jay Kumar, microbiology sophomore

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on cigarette packs go too far Smoking — it’s bad for STAFF COLUMN MN you. No duh, right? From anti-smoking adBuck vertisements to the many Roberson news stories on its deadly effects, most of us have heard so many statistics on the effects of cigarettes that they’ve begun to blur together into one big massive conclusion: smoking hurts your body. Yet there is still a significant portion of the American populace that continues to smoke despite the warnings, and though the numbers are down, it remains an issue of concern. In an attempt to curb the numbers further, the Food and Drug Administration and the Health and Human Services Department have announced plans to require all cigarette packs to have larger, updated warning labels. These labels are designed not with the boxed small-print warnings we’ve all grown to know and love, but instead take up half the cover of the pack and consist of a single-sentence warning paired with a picture, some of which are rather graphic, others notably less so. This wouldn’t be a radical move by any means; several countries already have similar warning labels, some of which are more graphic than the proposed U.S. designs. And, judging by the pre-release reception the images have gotten, they should be quite effective. According to the FDA heads in charge, this is a big step. “We are at an unprecedented time in our nation’s history to protect the public’s health from tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable, premature death in the United States,” said Howard K. Koh, FDA assistant secretary for health. “It will take renewed commitment from every sector of society to end the tobacco epidemic.” Wait, epidemic? Is it just me, or does this sound biased? Granted, it’s biased against an industry that has exploited people the world over, but cigarettes aren’t smallpox. It may become an addiction, but initially it’s a choice. Many people are under-informed, yes, but I don’t believe that requiring a company to use half of the advertising space on its own product to give people a negative emotional reaction is right. For goodness sake, we’re in America — land of the free, home of the brave — and one of the few places on Earth where people still retain the liberty to be stupid when they want. I may not smoke, but I’m stupid in other ways. Take McDonald’s — I don’t see a sign that says, “This place can kill you” anywhere, but as Morgan Spurlock demonstrated in his documentary “Supersize Me,” eating McDonald’s every day can be nearly fatal after just a month. So why no signs? Because We have a the public doesn’t hate the fastgenerational food industry like it hates the grudge against tobacco industry. We have a generational grudge against the the one-time giant in lobbying one-time giant in lobbying and advertising, so we’re fine with and advertising, trampling its rights. so we’re fine If McDonald’s was required to have pictures of corpses on with trampling their wrappers its executives its rights.” would throw a fit, and the public would agree. No such agreement in regards to cigarette companies. You can hardly find mention of their protestations, and what you do find reads like they’ve been blown off by the reporter. We claim to be about freedom, but if the general public supports limitations on freedom, no one says a word. This is an infringement on the rights of cigarette companies. It’s their package. A warning is one thing, but this goes beyond warning. Our government shouldn’t be using what amounts to propaganda in the advertising space of a private company. Now, don’t get me wrong — I’m all for propaganda if it’s done right. Smokey the Bear and McGruff the Crime Dog are great characters, and educate the public in a way that flat facts can’t compare. The government has a duty to warn its citizens of dangers to themselves and others, and at times this responsibility will cross over individual freedoms. But this doesn’t give it the right to dictate such expansive control over the packaging of a product sold in the U.S. Smoking is stupid, but so is too much government control. The Fed needs to let us think for ourselves and not control industry so strongly, even if it hurts us. Even the most despicable must be given freedom, for if one is affected, all are affected. Thomas Jefferson may have said it best: “It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.” As lovers of freedom, we shouldn’t stand for such blatant flaunting of rights, be it for big businesses or smalltown farmers. We’re Americans, and we don’t put up with it. — Buck Roberson, University College freshman

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Guinea sets state of emergency C O N A K R Y, G u i n e a — Guinea’s military declared a state of emergency Wednesday, restricting civilian movement and giving the army permission to deploy in areas as security forces target members of the Peul ethnic group following a tense presidential election. The decree read on state TV by the head of the country’s armed forces said the law would be in effect until Guinea’s Supreme Court rules on whether to validate the election results. Politician Cellou Dalein Diallo, who is contesting the results, lost to a candidate from the Malinke ethnic group. A Peul, Diallo is overwhelmingly backed by members of his own ethnicity, just as his opponent was backed by his. Since the announcement of the results, angry Peul youths have burned tires, barricaded roads and pillaged the homes of Malinke neighbors. The mostly Malinke police in Guinea reacted with force taking over troubled neighborhoods that now look like ghost towns. At least six people have

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Egypt officials free jailed blogger An Egyptian blogger jailed for four years for writings deemed insulting to Islam and for calling President Hosni Mubarak “a symbol of tyranny” has been released, his brother said. Abdel Kareem Nabil was the first blogger in Egypt convicted specifically for his writings. He was released Monday after being held 10 days beyond the end of his sentence without explanation, said his brother, Abdel Rahman. ___

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A Guinean man speaks with police investigating the shooting of a man who died from a gunshot to the neck Wednesday in Conakry, Guinea. A state of emergency has been declared two days after it was announced that Alpha Conde had won Guinea’s tense presidential election. Conde received 53.5 per cent of the 2.89 million ballots cast. His opponent, Cellou Dalein Diallo, got 47.5 per cent of the votes. been killed since results were announced Monday night. Doctors say a majority of those taken to the main municipal hospital in Conakry came in with bullet wounds, even though the Fossepel is not supposed to be armed.

The government decree now explicitly gives the army, who carry automatic weapons, the right to enter civilian areas to ensure that the state of emergency is respected, said Mohamed Kasse, a government spokesman.

Iraq’s president declared Wednesday that he will not sign off on the hanging of Tariq Aziz, joining the Vatican and others in objecting to the death sentence for a man who for years was the international face of Saddam Hussein’s regime. President Jalal Talabani’s statement sets up a showdown between those seeking maximum punishment for key figures of the ousted regime and groups calling for reconciliation. However, Talabani’s opposition does not mean Aziz, 74, will escape the noose. The Iraqi constitution says death sentences must be ratified by the president before they can be carried out. But there are mechanisms to bypass the president — such as an act of parliament or the approval of one of Talabani’s deputies. ___

Kasse said a state of emergency means there can be no gatherings of people, or rallies. He said Guineans are allowed to go to work, but can only go one at a time. — AP

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Brazil’s VP stable after heart attack Vice President Jose Alencar taken to hospital after suffering heart attack Thursday evening SAO PAULO — Brazil’s vice president was removed from an intensive care unit and was in stable condition a day after he suffered a heart attack, officials said Friday. Jose Alencar was taken to a wing specializing in heart care at midday, according to a statement from the Sirio Libanes hospital in Sao Paulo. Alencar is technically Brazil’s head of state while President Luiz Inacio Lula da

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Silva is attending an economic summit in South Korea. A spokeswoman with the president’s office in Brasilia said that Alencar was alert and remained the acting president. She spoke on condition of anonymity, saying she was not authorized to be quoted by name. Alencar suffered the hear t attack Thursday evening. The vice president has been fighting abdominal cancer since 1997.

New evidence discovered Tuesday suggests an accumulation of sewage gases may have caused the weekend explosion at a seaside resort that killed five Canadian tourists and two Mexican workers, officials said Tuesday. Investigators said they discovered a ruptured sewer line near the area where the blast erupted under the floor of a lounge area at the Grand Riviera Princess resort. But officials said it was too early to determine the definitive cause of the explosion at the 676-room hotel in Playa del Carmen. — AP

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nov. 18 - nov. 21 thursday, nov. 18 Bruce Goff: A Creative Mind Exhibition | on display now through Jan.2 at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Intramural Update | 3 on 3 basketball entries today. For more information, visit recservices.ou.edu or call Jonathan Dewhirst, (405) 325-3053. Student Success Series: CLEP & Advance Standing | 3:30 p.m. in Wagner Hall 245. Presented by University College! Men’s Basketball: OU Vs. Texas Southern | 7 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center. Visit soonersports.com for ticket information.

friday, nov. 19 cont’d. Film Screening: “Philip Johnson: A Diary of an Eccentric Architect” | 7 p.m. in the Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. This film depicts Philip Johnson at work and the importance of the architectural act (the actual construction) and how his buildings interact with their environments. Entertaining, engaging and informative, Eccentric Architect shows the human side of Johnson and how his extraordinary life shaped his rich architectural legacy (55 min., 1996, directed by Barbara Wolf ). Women’s Basketball: OU Vs. Western Illinois | 7 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center. Visit soonersports.com for ticket information. Sutton Series: Bartok Sonata & Carmina Burana | 8 p.m. in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students, faculty/staff and senior adults. Please call the Box Office at (405) 325-4101 for more information.

friday, nov. 19 FREE Movie: “The Other Guys” | 4, 7, 10 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. in Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union. Presented by the Union Programming Board and Campus Activities Council Film Series. Movie Night at the Museum: “Cats and Dogs II, the Revenge of Kitty Galore” | 5:30-9 p.m. at the Same Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. Bring your pillow and a blanket for this cool family movie night in the museum’s Great Hall. Galleries open from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Movie begins at 7:00. Evening museum admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors ages 65 and up, $3 for children ages 6 to 17 and free for children ages 5 and under. Cost includes both museum and movie admission. Museum members and OU students receive a $1 discount. Turkey Shoot | 7-9 p.m. in the food court, Oklahoma Memorial Union. Come and enjoy our inflatable shooting gallery, turkey bowling, Thanksgiving-themed food and other games. Presented by the Union Programming Board, there’s ALWAYS SOMETHING at the union, www. ou.edu/upb. Art After Hours: Daniel Ridgway Knight’s Early Morning on the Oize, 1913 | 6 p.m. in the Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Daniel Ridgway Knight was an American artist who moved to France in 1872. By 1874, Knight had decided to specialize, almost exclusively, on French peasant women at home and in the open air of the fields.

saturday, nov. 20 Women’s Volleyball: OU Vs. Kansas State | 3 p.m. at the McCasland Field House. Visit soonersports.com for ticket information. Sutton Series: Bartok Sonata & Carmina Burana | 8 p.m. in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students, faculty/staff and senior adults. Please call the Box Office at (405) 325-4101 for more information. sunday, nov. 21 Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Family Days | Explore art in the museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, and enjoy a variety of hands-on art activities for the entire family. Admission to the museum is free on Family Days, 1-4 p.m. Sutton Series: Bartok Sonata & Carmina Burana | 3 p.m. in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students, faculty/staff and senior adults. Please call the Box Office at (405) 325-4101 for more information. This University in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This includes but is not limited to admissions, employment, financial aid and educational services. For accommodations on the basis of disability, please contact the sponsoring department of any program or event.


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Students seek relaxation through nature Hiking brings students closer to great outdoors, offers stress relief through exploration MARGO BASSE The Oklahoma Daily

Henry David Thoreau was on to something when he said, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life.” College students spend hours upon hours hitting the books, surfing the Internet, sleeping or doing nothing at all — but the outdoors can be a totally foreign concept. An easy, accessible way to get closer to nature can be found in hiking — an activity that may seem intimidating at first, but is a viable option for anyone with the right materials, said Kent Frates, co-author of the recently published reference guide “Oklahoma Hiking Trails.” Frates, who used to be publisher and editor of Sports Source magazine, has been hiking for nearly 30 years, but the activity began as a casual hobby. “The good thing about hiking is that you can make it whatever you want,” Frates said. “If you want to make it a nice stroll in the woods or if you want to see if you can hike all the way up the Winding Stair Mountain’s 15 miles, you can do that.” A good pair of boots is essential for any beginning hiker, Frates said, and it’s important to make sure to break them in before any real hiking. This prevents any blistering that may occur while on the trail. One of the great advantages to hiking is the cost, Frates said, which college kids are always mindful of when taking on a new activity. Besides the cost of boots and a cheap backpack, it’s free. Some of the local trails Frates recommends are the Ouachita Mountains, Sharon’s Garden in the Wichita Mountains, Black Mesa in the panhandle or for those looking for something close by — Lake Thunderbird, which is within Norman’s city limits. Nathan Moore, a history and international security studies junior, was first introduced to hiking by his mom, who was a park ranger at Glacier National Park during her college years. From a young age, Moore has been climbing mountain ranges across the country and has even gone hiking with OU through the honors program, Outdoor Adventure. “When I’m at school, I’m trying to do 10 things at once,” Moore said. “Hiking is a good mind-clearing activity. It slows everything down.” Both Moore and Frates agree that autumn is a prime time for hiking. The temperature is mild, the weather is less fickle and bugs and snakes are much less likely to be a problem. While the trails may be ready and waiting to be hiked,

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Anna Holdridge, zoology junior, hikes at the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is about an hour and a half southwest of Norman and offers numerous of hiking and rock-climbing opportunities across its 59,020 acres of land. before venturing off it’s important to always remember the bare essentials. When increasing outdoor activity, like hiking and backpacking, food and water supplies should not be overlooked. Professor Allen Knehans, the chair of the department of nutritional sciences, emphasizes the importance of staying hydrated and energized while hiking. “For the hiker, I would say water [is] a first priority,” Knehans said. “The fact that they’re almost certainly being more active than in a typical day — there’s more sweat, losing fluids.” Knehans also recommends bringing along an orange or a banana with the rest of a packed meal for the potassium and electrolytes the body needs. Hiking provides opportunities to increase friendships and one’s experiences with nature, Moore said. “I like climbing mountains because it’s a great opportunity to get to know the people you’re hiking with,” he said. “And you gain an appreciation for an environment that you don’t know.”

Oklahoma Hiking Ouachita Mountains Located in west central Arkansas, southeastern Oklahoma and northeast Texas. For more info, visit: www.fs.fed.us/r8/ouachita/ Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge Located in southwestern Oklahoma. For more info, visit: wichitamountains.fws.gov Black Mesa State Park Located in the panhandle of Oklahoma. For more info, visit: travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.631 Lake Thunderbird Located in Norman For more info, visit: travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.4386

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THE NEW-AGE BATHROOM Thanks to recent design trends, nothing sets people more at ease about sanitation than clean lines and stainless steel. The fifth floor bathrooms in the newly constructed Devon Energy Hall are a work of modern art. I feel like I should only use that bathroom to powder my nose or pretend that I am in an action movie. This building feels like computer-y science-y things go on, and I think the technology inspires the janitors to get all mechanical with their cleaning.

THE GALLERY BATHROOM The Physical Sciences Center bathroom has become an artistic outlet for some students. Many people have decided to take the high road and voice their political, social and random thoughts on the stall walls. With anything from debates on the movement of socialism in the United States to a depiction of an obese walrus defecating, this bathroom contains a wide range of unheard genius.

BY CAITLIN TURNER AND COLE PRIDDY PHOTOS BY MATT CARNEY THE FEAR-FACTOR BATHROOM Some of the worst and oldest bathrooms on campus have to be the Bizzell Memorial Library bathrooms below the great reading room. These disgusting restrooms come complete with rickety, oversized stall doors and urinals that reach to the ground so you can go ahead and pee all over your shoes. Even the smell of urine on the floor or the noise from the ancient pipe system is not enough to distract from the fact that these bathrooms are surely haunted.

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THE HORROR-MOVIE BATHROOM Bad things happen in bathrooms, and not just those associated with bodily fluids. Girls are constantly murdered or mutilated in bathrooms, at least in scary movies, and we all know those are based on true stories, so, be scared. Copeland Hall is home to a particularly spooky restroom with an ominous sign that reads, “This is a single occupancy bathroom. Two people go in and only one comes out alive.” OK, I made that last part up, but consider yourself warned!

THE HOME-AWAY-FROM-HOME BATHROOM After a long day of trudging around campus, nothing sounds better than a cozy bathroom stall located next to the vice president of Student Affairs office in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. The buttercream-colored walls and soft lighting smooth away all of that pent up pee anxiety. Sometimes I think I hear classical music playing, as if I am somewhere real fancy, like Panera Bread. Next time you need a taste of home, head to this little hideaway and settle in.

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Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010 SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - If you do very little but expect a whole lot back in return, you’re in for a major disappointment. Unfortunately, your rewards will be commensurate to the work you put out.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - It’s a case of the body being willing but the spirit being weak that makes you less industrious than you normal. Don’t wait until you’re totally out of time before you have any get up and go.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -You’ll come off better working with small groups right now, so be careful where you go. Don’t inadvertently get yourself involved with large crowds.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - This might be one of those days when you’ll have your head screwed on backward -- you’ll end up catering to the unworthy while doing next to nothing for those who deserve more. Reverse that.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - If you’re getting together with a group for a specific purpose, you must be careful not to invite anyone who wouldn’t naturally fit in, because the wrong type could upset the applecart. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) - Gauge your audience carefully, so that you don’t bring up a subject matter you know could be offensive to someone within the group. Be smart enough to keep it under wraps. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) - It will be wise in the long run to leave well enough alone when it comes to business or financial situations that are running smoothly at present. Don’t take any chances. ARIES (March 21-April 19) - If you’re not careful, you could allow a shallow person to cloud your judgment of an individual who has done nothing wrong. Be your own person and think for yourself.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) - Even if material conditions favor you, it would be a mistake to take your luck for granted. You still have to put forth the necessary effort to take advantage of Dame Fortune’s offerings. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - The facts are likely to be totally worthless if you’re not attentive when information is being given to you to be passed on to others. Be sure to pay attention! VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - Do not allow yourself to be pushed or tricked into a position in which you must underwrite the spending of an acquaintance who is known for being a bad credit risk. Be strong enough to say no. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Both you and a close friend might hold equally strong positions that are on the opposite sides of the fence. Ask yourself if it is worth it to stand your ground at the expense of losing a pal.

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TOMORROW ›› Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin has changed the culture of Bear football

James Corley, sports editor dailysports@ou.edu • phone: 405-325-3666

VOLLEYBALL BRIEFS

Baseball team gets 14 early recruits The OU baseball team received 14 national letters of intent in the early signing period, coach Sunny Golloway announced Wednesday. Four of the signees were already selected in the MLB Draft, including three who were selected last season. Overall, 12 of the 14 recruits were rated as prospects for the 2011 draft by Perfect Game Crosschecker. “We are very excited about this recruiting class,� Golloway said. “Just like others in recent years, we feel like it’s a strong class that can help us immediately. The coaching staff did another great job in landing a group of players that is full of character and talent that will continue our Sooner baseball tradition.� Seven were high school players, and seven come from junior colleges. Nine of the recruits are pitchers.

Softball to play tough 2011 schedule The OU softball team’s schedule, released Wednesday, includes 15 NCAA Tournament teams from a year with six of the final eight at the 2010 Women’s College World Series. “Each year, it’s our goal to put together a very competitive and challenging schedule,� coach Patty Gasso said. “We embrace the opportunity to compete against the best in the country, and we understand how important it is for our team’s development.� The schedule includes 19 home games, including conference matchups against Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Baylor, Texas A&M and Iowa State.

Smith receives region coaching honor OU cross country coach Martin Smith was named the 2010 Midwest Region Cross Country Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Wednesday. Under Smith, the No. 6 OU men won their first Midwest Regional title in program history this season. Smith, in his sixth year at OU, won the Big Ten Cross Country Coach of the Year award six times before joining the Sooners. — Daily staff reports

FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK

Team using mix of defensive packages OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables has tried a variety of things on defense this year. In the past, the Sooners have gone with a traditional 4-3 package on defense with four down linemen and three linebackers. However, this season they have moved several players — such as senior defensive end Jeremy Beal and sophomore linebackerturned-end Ronnell Lewis — around in several places. The emergence of freshman Tony Jefferson as a nickel back has helped the nickel package be used more often. “Injuries have affected that a bit, and you’d always love another cover guy,� Venables said. “I think if you look at where we were a year ago, we’re not quite as experienced having that one extra guy that can get involved that way.� Venables has also implemented a 3-4 package often in the past several weeks and will likely do the same this weekend against Baylor. “It’s been productive for us,� he said. “What you’re trying to get out of it is creating pressure, creating turnovers, playing well on third down; it’s been productive.�

Huskers win final meeting In last regular-season meeting, Nebraska finishes Sooners in three GREG FEWELL The Oklahoma Daily

OU came up short of No. 5 Nebraska on Wednesday in Lincoln, Neb. The Huskers handed OU its ninth loss of the year by beating the Sooners in three sets (-22, -23, -14). The teams traded points in the first set after junior hitter Suzy Boulavsky got a quick kill on the first serve of the match. OU established a lead when Boulavsky got two more kills off back-to-back assists from junior setter Brianne Barker. But that first set was as close as the Sooners would come to winning a set, and the Huskers won the match after carrying a three-point lead to the end. Boulavsky and freshman middle blocker Sallie McLaurin kept OU in contention early in the second, but Nebraska built a 17-14 lead and rode the momentum to surge ahead 22-17. The Sooners, though, got back-to-back kills from junior hitter Caitlin Higgins and capitalized on several Nebraska errors to draw within two. Nebraska was too much in the end, though, and took the match 25-23.

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Sophomore hitter Morgan Reynolds (8), freshman middle blocker Sallie McLaurin (14) and junior hitter Suzy Boulavsky (2) set their defensive scheme against Texas on Oct. 13. OU lost 3-1.

After the break, Nebraska seized a chance to put the match away in the third set, using a pair of aces and several Sooner errors to take a 7-2 lead. After an 8-3 run, Nebraska took a commanding 19-9 lead, enough for the Huskers to grab win No. 25 this season and stay undefeated at NU Coliseum this season. This was the last regularseason meeting of the teams before Nebraska leaves for the Big Ten.

Media break helping focus, Broyles says Even though junior wide receiver Ryan Broyles broke three records against Texas Tech Saturday, neither he nor the Sooners have been as productive in their last two road games — both losses. This week, the Sooner coaching staff limited media interviews to just five players and a few coaches. It was a big shift from the usual procedure that allowed 15 or more players to be available to the media after practice. Broyles said the team is trying its best to focus this week by having the players keep to themselves as they head into the first of two road games to close out the regular season. “The media is going to talk, friends and family are going to say things, but the only thing you can control is the locker room, and that’s what we’re going to do,� Broyles said. “That’s definitely what we’re going to have to do: stay in tunnel vision, keep our eye on the prize, work hard in practice, study hard and things will work out.�

Quarterback matchup named notable The Davey O’Brien Foundation named the matchup between sophomore quarterbacks Landry Jones of OU and Robert Griffin III of Baylor a notable game to watch Saturday.

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Pickens reveling in No. 12 Cowboys’ success Oklahoma State two games away from reaching first Big 12 title game

competing against Texas, which is the top program dollar-wise. They’re over $100 million athletic budget and we’re $50 million,” OKLAHOMA CITY — Seeing Oklahoma Pickens said. “That’s pretty tough.” State in the unusual position of being the faThe next project is building an indoor vorite this late in the season makes self-made practice facility, since Oklahoma State is the billionaire T. Boone Pickens only Big 12 school without smile. one. For the first time, the It’s been a season of mileCowboys lead the Big 12 stones for Oklahoma State, » OU will face Oklahoma South with two games to including its first wins at State in the Bedlam football play and has the chance to Texas and Texas Tech since game at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 in appear in its first conference 1944. Stillwater. The game will be championship game and With a win Saturday at aired on ABC. BCS bowl game. Kansas, OSU would match a Back in 2003, Pickens doschool record with 10 wins, nated $20 million to a stadium renovation reaching it for the first time in the regular project at the Stillwater university. He came season. back in 2006 to donate $165 million, along After that comes a showdown with OU in with a pledge to turn it into $300 million the Nov. 27 Bedlam rivalry with a spot in the through investments. In return, the school Big 12 championship game on the line. named the stadium after Pickens. “You never get a home run if you don’t get Pickens said the continuing support of the up to bat. I can tell you that we’re up to bat program is crucial since Oklahoma State is now,” Pickens said. “We’re at the plate and trying to make up for years of having a much we’ve got a chance to make it an unbelievsmaller budget for athletics. Until his dona- able year for OSU. If we don’t make it, we’ll tion, the Cowboys also were training in infe- be back next year.” ERIC GAY/AP rior facilities. Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert (4) returns a kickoff against Texas on Saturday in Austin. The “That’s so important because you’re — AP Cowboys beat Texas 33-16 and now lead the Big 12 South for the first time.

Looking ahead

NBA

Durant leads Thunder over Rockets

BRIEF

Oklahoma City commits season-low 9 turnovers in 17-point victory

OKLAHOMA CITY — The chairman of the Lingerie Football League says there will be no Oklahoma City team. The league consists of teams featuring women playing tackle football while wearing halter style tops and tight shorts under their football gear. The Lingerie Football League had said it hoped to have a franchise in Oklahoma City before its season begins in August. Mayor Mick Cornett immediately spoke against the idea of the team playing in either the Oklahoma City Arena or the Cox Convention Center. The city council would have to approve any lease agreement involving those city-owned arenas. Cornett’s “blatant negative” statements, along with the mayor’s influence over the council, means the league has chosen to stop considering an Oklahoma City expansion franchise, League chairman Mitchell Mortaza said.

OKL AHOMA CIT Y — Kevin Durant scored 24 points in only three quarters, Russell Westbrook had 21 points and 12 assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Houston Rockets 1 1 6 - 9 9 o n We d n e s d a y night. Luis Scola had 26 points and Kevin Martin scored 19 for Houston, but both of them also stayed on the sideline in the final period with the Rockets way behind and in the second leg of a back-to-back. Aaron Brooks missed his

sixth straight game and Yao Ming his fifth straight for Houston, while Oklahoma City’s Jeff Green sat out for the fifth time in six games. All three have sprained left ankles. The Thunder never trailed after responding to Scola’s opening basket with a 10-0 run, then put the game away late in the third quarter. The Rockets pulled to 75-69 on Martin’s layup midway through the third, but Houston went more than 4 minutes without another basket to fall behind by 15. Eric Maynor’s 3-pointer from the right wing made it 89-74 with

1:31 left in the period. Maynor buried another 3-pointer in early in the fourth quarter to make it 99-82, and Oklahoma City would eventually lead by 20. O f O k l a h o m a C i t y ’s first six victories, only one came by double digits — an 11-point victory against Chicago on opening night. Three of the wins were decided by two points or less. This time, Durant wasn’t needed for any late-game drama. Oklahoma City committed a season-low nine turnovers — including one for purposely letting the shot clock run out in the

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final seconds — and easily snapped Houston’s streak of five games without allowing an opponent to score more than 100 points. Courtney Lee’s 3-pointer tied it at 30 early in the second quarter, but Oklahoma City scored 13 of the next 15 points to take control. James Harden hit two free throws and a 3-pointer, then Durant finished it off with a floater in the lane. That 11-point margin was still intact when Westbrook was fouled with less than a second left in the first half and hit three free throws to make it 64-53 at halftime. — AP

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BASKETBALL

COLUMN

Sooners hope for third win

Men’s basketball season about team chemistry not wins

Men’s hoops relying on sophomores to win during Thursday’s game JORDAN MARKS The Oklahoma Daily

The Sooners look to continue their success against the Texas Southern Tigers at 7 tonight at Lloyd Noble Center. After an overtime win Monday over North Carolina Central, OU (2-0) will face TSU (0-2) in what the team hopes to be another notch in the win column as they gear up for the Maui Invitational and perennial powerhouse Kentucky next week. The Sooners lead the overall series 3-0 against the Tigers, and OU also has only lost two of its last 81 nonconference home games. The Sooners are optimistic about this game and expect to win at home before a five-game road stint. OU will rely on sophomores Andrew Fitzgerald and Steven Pledger. These two underclassmen lead the team in scoring, averaging 22 points and 13.5 points per game, respectively. Also, leading assist man Nick Thompson, junior

MERRILL JONES/THE DAILY

Freshman guard Calvin Newell Jr. (11) and freshman forward Barry Honoré (31) chase a loose ball during Monday’s OU-North Carolina Central game. The Sooners won in overtime, 71-63. forward, will look to continue using his court vision to distribute the rock around to his teammates. The Sooners will have to increase their shooting performance if they do not want to have another scare like

the overtime thriller against North Carolina Central that should not have been so close. A win would build the Sooners’ confidence as they prepare their first real test next week.

KEYS TO WINNING

» Shoot over 45 percent from the three-point line and 50 percent from the field » Out rebound TSU by 12 » Force 10 turnovers per half

COLUMN

Big 12 realignment problematic As we head into the final weeks of the Big 12 being the host conference of 12 teams, let’s review how it got straightjacked by Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany for two premier Division-1A programs in Colorado and Nebraska. This is important to remember and rehash because it could happen again. The Big 12 conference would have us all believe this season should be celebrated in the tradition of college football pageantry, but I just don’t see it that way. To start, it should be noted that this past June Texas used its leverage of being invited to join the SEC and Pac-10 against Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe for its own selfish ends. Turns out the folks at Texas actually took Conference

The Big 12 conference would have us all believe this season should be celebrated in the tradition of college football pageantry, but I just don’t see it that way.” Commissioner Dan Beebe and his plan of increasing the Big 12’s annual revenue from ten million a year to seventeen million a year seriously. What’s more is Beebe was able to spit his game to Bill Powers and the rest of the University of Texas, convincing them to stay in a conference that has now lost all credibility contingent on granting Texas rights to its

own TV network. Texas turned down Larry Scott and the Pac-10’s invitation to join them on the sunny west coast and committed itself to the Big 12, but only after Beebe showed them the money. Also during the month of June, not long after Texas’ coup, Texas A&M announced it would be staying in the Big 12, too. At least we know about you now, Aggies. Missouri also threw itself at the Big Ten like a girl looking for a new prom date, looking for someone as Beyonce would say to “upgrade her.” When Delany turned her down for a better looking woman dressed in Big Red, she went back to the Big 12, claiming that it was the only one for her. I’ve seen her type before. We all have. Floozy. Baylor immediately went

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to lobbying the rest of Texas to stay together, to form some kind of pseudo-unity among the Big 12 South schools, when it should have been lobbying the Pac10 if it was going to lobby for a move in the first place. With former judge Ken Starr acting as President of Baylor University, I expected more in the realm of Machiavellian principles from the Baptist Bible thumpers. But then again, what do you expect from a university that endorsed Dan Beebe as conference commissioner?

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Men’s college basketball has finally started, STAFF COLUMN LUMN albeit rather quietly in Norman. Aaron Colen olen Whether the football team is undefeated or winless, it will probably always garner more attention on this campus. But in contrast to last year, when the buzz about high-profile recruits and curiousity about how Willie Warren would play without Blake Griffin drew eyes toward Lloyd Noble Center, there’s a lack of fanfare this season for the Jeff Capel-led Sooners’ 2010-11 season. Last year turned out to be an abysmal failure of a season by almost any measure. Warren was injured and seemed disinterested the entire year; in hindsight his mind was probably in the NBA while his body remained in a crimson and cream jersey. Tiny Gallon, the supposed heir apparent to Blake Griffin, never got into shape and didn’t seem to buy into what the team needed from him. He left early for the NBA and was drafted in the second round. Tommy Mason-Griffin had a promising freshman season but left OU after only one year for the NBA draft, despite not even being ranked in the top 100 prospects. He did not get drafted or signed by a team. What’s left is a team that bears little resemblance to last season’s, although that’s probably a good thing. An aura of poor chemistry and bad attitudes surrounded the 200910 team wherever it went. What’s important There are few expectations is how this young of on-the-court success for this season. team plays The Sooners were picked to together. Do they finish 11th in the conference mesh? Do they like by coaches. each other? Do Senior guard Cade Davis is the most experienced returnthey always play ing player, and while he was hard?” a vocal and emotional leader last year, he is best suited as a role player on the court. The other two returning contributors are sophomore guard Steven Pledger and sophomore forward Andrew Fitzgerald, who showed the same combination of talent and immaturity last season as did Gallon, Warren and Mason-Griffin. Hopefully a year of life experience, a humbling season and the change in teammates will serve them well. But this team is not without new talent. Among all the new players are two highly-ranked prospects in freshmen guards Cameron Clark and T.J. Taylor, who have a chance to be the duo that shapes the future of OU basketball in their careers. But the most important thing to look for this season will not be what the Sooners’ record is. I can tell you right now, it probably won’t be anything to write home about. What’s important is how this young team plays together. Do they mesh? Do they like each other? Do they always play hard? Because if they do those things, even if this season does not yield many wins, they have enough talent to build something great over the next two or three years. Last season, Capel assembled what looked to be a disjointed group of talented, underachieving individuals. The key this year will be putting a cohesive unit on the floor, and the wins will come later. — Aaron Colen, journalism senior

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