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OU President David Boren and OSU President Burns Hargis are not in violation of the state ethics laws, and the Oklahoma Ethics Commission has not received a formal complaint from the Yes on SQ 744 group, the commission director said Monday. Marilyn Hughes, Oklahoma Ethics Commission executive director, cited an ethics
interpretation for a rule that afforded public officials the same free speech rights as citizens. The interpretation was originally submitted for the governor’s office, but Hughes implied it applied to the university presidents as well. “They are the presidents 24 hours a day,” Hughes said. “They are allowed to speak out for, or against, issues or candidates.” OU has not been contacted by anyone regarding the issue, university spokesman Chris Shilling said. Boren acted on his own time and did not use public funds while speaking about SQ 744, Shilling said. Yes on SQ 744 spokesman Walton Robinson defended the campaign’s lack of action.
Campaign officials have not contacted the commission yet because they are pursuing all possible courses of action, Robinson said. “The larger issue is abuse of taxpayer’s money,” Robinson said. The Yes on SQ 744 campaign accused Boren and Hargis of violating a state statute that rules public funds cannot be used to advocate for or against a ballot measure or candidate. The accusations started Friday, when Robinson sent a press release stating his group would be contacting the Oklahoma Ethics Commission. The campaign cited Boren’s press conference and an ad in the Tulsa World and The Oklahoman as violation examples.
The issue on the ballot State Question 744 is on this year’s ballot and will amend the Oklahoma Constitution to align Oklahoma’s common education budget with the regional average of per-pupil spending. Oklahoma spends $8,006 per-pupil, which is $1,408 less than the regional average, according to a 2008-2009 state investment report by the Oklahoma Department of Education.
Midterm early voting turnout increases Professors from 2006 races, election board reports research global Voters avoid lines at the polls, anticipate election day absences by voting up to 3 days early TREVOR SHOFNER The Oklahoma Daily
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Citizens cast early votes Friday afternoon at the Cleveland County Election Board, 641 E. Robinson St. More than 2,400 Cleveland County residents cast early ballots Friday, Saturday and Monday in the state’s midterm election.
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More than 2,400 Cleveland County residents cast their early ballots at the election board office, an increase in turnout from 2006’s midterm election. Registered voters had the opportunity to vote early from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. The election board offers these three days for every state and federal election to encourage voters who might not otherwise have the opportunity to vote on Tuesday, said Cleveland County Election Board employee Paula Roberts. “It’s best to avoid mid-morning or mid-afternoon,” Roberts said. “You want to avoid the 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. work rushes. It’s pretty easy to get in and out very fast this way if the voter’s familiar with the state questions.” The 2008 presidential election brought in about 3,000 early voters, and the election board expected less than half of that for this year’s midterm elections, she said. “Usually the people who vote early are the ones who are going to be out of town or live in a large precinct and don’t want to have to wait in long lines to vote,” Roberts said. No reasons are required, and those wishing to vote early must sign an oath at the election board office before receiving a ballot identical to those Election Day. “The voter is on the honor system,” Roberts said. “They just sign an oath saying they haven’t voted before and we check to make sure they’re registered.” Election board employees check the computers prior to the individual’s vote to detect potential fraud. “There have been several instances (of fraud), times when individuals have tried to vote early and then show up on Election Day to vote again or mail in an absentee ballot, but we catch them and turn them over to the District Attorney’s office,” Roberts said. The majority of the cases of attempted voter fraud turn out be “elderly people who just forgot,” he said. For early voting, the ballots are collected and secured each night when voting ends by the sheriff to ensure no tampering occurs. Oklahoma has a unified voting system, so the State Election Board rules require all counties to offer the early voting option. Each county has a bipartisan county board that oversees election night.
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Institute receives $3 million grant to study microbial response to environmental changes DHARA SHETH The Oklahoma Daily
OU researchers observing and analyzing ecosystem responses to global change received a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The OU Institute for Environmental Genomics has partnered with researchers from Michigan State University, the University of Florida and the Georgia Institute of Technology to study microbial changes at two sites, said Jizhong Zhou, Institute for Environmental Genomics director. “We will use metagenomic technology such as high-throughput sequencing and gene chips to look at how communities change,” said Zhou, microbiology professor. The researchers will use mathematic tools to simulate and predict changes in the future, focusing on two sites — one in Oklahoma and one in Alaska. “We have been performing global warming experiments in Oklahoma for 12 years,” said Yiqi Luo, OU ecologist and professor of botany and microbiology. The researchers simulate global warming by hanging heaters 1.5 meters above the ecosystems, raising the temperature by 3 to 4 degrees. “This experiment has found that global warming affects plants in a global community,” Luo said. Humans release 10 billion tons of carbon dioxide, otherwise known as greenhouse gases, into the atmosphere, which causes global warming. Scientists predict global temperature will increase by 7 degrees, so the Institute for Environmental G e n o m i c s ’s p r o j e c t s a i m a t SEE RESEARCH PAGE 2
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Abortion posters spark debates Large photo display prompts anti-abortion, abortion-rights advocates to voice opinions HILLARY MCLAIN The Oklahoma Daily
Today around campus » Brown bag lunch series hosted by Life After College will offer a seminar on Pathways to Health Professions from noon to 1 p.m. in the Union’s Governors Room. » A Study Abroad social will take place 4 to 6 p.m. in the Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom. » OU Improv Club will meet 7 to 9 p.m. in the Union’s Frontier Room. » Christians on Campus will host a Bible study noon to 1 p.m. in the Union’s Traditions Room.
Wednesday, Nov. 3 » Brown bag lunch series hosted by Life After College will offer a seminar on Adventures in the Peace Corps from noon to 1 p.m. in the Union’s Sooner Room. » Intensive Salsa Training will take place 6 to 9 p.m. in the Union’s Traditions Room. » The Society of Portuguese Speakers will meet 6 to 9 p.m. in the Union’s Presidents Room. » OU Cousins Advisory Board will meet 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Union’s Alma Wilson Room. » Oklahoma Undergraduate India Society’s Garba Night will take place 7 to 10 p.m. in the Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom.
Thursday, Nov. 4 » Sexual Assault 101 will be take place 9 to 11 a.m. in the Union’s Presidents Room. » Brown bag lunch series hosted by Life After College will offer a seminar on How to Get the Job You Want from noon to 1 p.m. in the Union’s Sooner Room. » Career Services: How to Find an Internship will meet 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Union’s Crimson Room.
Students and Justice For All volunteers debated abortion rights Monday on the South Oval’s lawn in response to large posters depicting fetuses and anti-abortion text. Justice For All volunteers, invited by the OU Pro-Life Ambassadors student group, arrived on campus at 7 a.m. Monday to assemble the posters that asked questions like “When are we human?” and “What is genocide?” Conversations and debates took place near the exhibit during the afternoon, with both Justice For All volunteers and abortion-rights advocates engaging passers-by in debates. “My first reaction was that it’s very hard to look at, but we need the full truth,” said Lindsay Rodman, exhibit volunteer. The Justice For All volunteers took polls and guided students through the photos, while sharing their views on abortion. “I don’t pay $12,000 a year to walk by that,” said Molly Oakley-Rattler, women’s and gender studies senior. “I don’t think anyone should have to walk by that.” Oakley-Rattler took part in a protest against the Justice For All displays, along with more than 30 students, supported by the Women’s and Gender Studies Association. Students who did not agree with the display’s message blew kazoos to show their opposition. Advocates of abortion rights carried posters criticizing the images and handed out candy and condoms. “We want to give the opportunity to share perspective,” said Maureen McKinley, group intern. “Our main goal is to start dialogue.” Student members of Pro-Life Ambassadors also took part in the discussion. The group also set up a poll, asking passers-by whether they thought abortion should remain legal.
Continued from page 1 understanding how microorganisms regulate the carbon cycle, Luo said. The first thing Zhou and his lab plan on doing with this $3 million grant is employing the highthroughput sequencing technology to observe microorganism diversity in
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order to understand the effects of global warming on diversity. Then, they will set up lab experiments to study how warming affects microorganism functionality. They also will monitor how plants respond to global warming in the field. Zhou’s lab invented the original GeoChip, an advanced technique used to
detect microbial genes. This device enables Zhou and members of his lab to detect which microorganisms are in the ecosystem and what their roles are. “We will use the information gathered from the sequencing to develop the next generation of the GeoChip to monitor the responses of the community under different conditions,”
Zhou said. Zhou and Luo worked together to write the proposal to the Department of Energy a couple of years ago when a competition for carbon cycle research was created. In addition to their research, the professors focus on training the next generation of scientists to apply for grants.
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Golfer leaves school unexpectedly Amid a wave of confusion and controversy, notably the discovery of three beers in her fridge — a violation of policy — sophomore star golfer Dawn Barlow ended her OU golf and academic career. “Let me get one thing straight,” Barlow said, “I didn’t quit. There was a personality conflict between the coach and I and the situation dictated that I should just leave.”
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“I think it helps raise awareness about the choices people are making,” said Zac Trosper, University College freshman. Protesters organized a documentary screening of “The Assassination of Dr. Tiller” Monday night. A “pro-choice picnic” will take place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today on the South Oval’s lawn. However, some students think attempts to start a dialogue between the two sides of the debate were largely ineffective. “We’re arguing legalities; they are arguing morality,” said Nina Fiorucci, University College freshman and abortionrights advocate. “It’s not very constructive.” Representatives from Norman’s Eden Clinic offered support to women who had abortions. The clinic’s display featured small fetus molds during different stages of pregnancy. Justice For All last visited OU in 2008 and will return today, Nov. 10 and 11.
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The application period for Graduate Student Senate chair closed at noon Monday, with three people applying. The position opened after former chairman Silas DeBoer resigned Oct. 12 due to financial reasons. Vice Chairwoman Kiersten Sandfoss is unable to fill the position because she is out of the state with an illness. Because of GSS bylaws, only graduate students who have served at least one full semester in the Senate were able to apply, GSS Secretary Esther White said. The executive committee will send the applicants names to the senators so they can prepare questions, White said. The candidates will give a five-minute speech at Sunday’s Senate meeting, but will not campaign, White said.
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A student votes at the poll table Monday on the South Oval. Abortion-rights advocates set up visuals of fetuses to support their anti-abortion position.
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OUR VIEW STATE QUESTION BREAKDOWN
The Nov. 2 election includes 11 state questions. The Daily has outlined each question in previous editions and formed its opinion. The following list is a brief summary of each. For more detail on each question, visit OUDaily.com
Today is the day voters will decide the direction of our state and nation for the next few years. There is much at stake, and we hope you have studied the issues and fill out your ballots with confidence. To recap on our endorsements for the top jobs, our choices are Democrat Jari Askins and Democrat Kenneth Corn for governor and lieutenant governor respectively. Askins has the political flexibility necessary for the job and has an Oklahoma-centered focus, whereas her opponent, Republican U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin focused too much on winning support with anti-Washington sentiment. On the state’s budget crisis, Askins would implement a two-year budget cycle so legislators can prioritize the budget in the most sensible way possible. She is the best candidate for reforming prison laws regarding non-violent drug offenders and examining unnecessary tax breaks for businesses, while also enriching investment and job creation. Corn would stand behind Askins on all of these issues, with a focus on improving public education in order to foster growth of higher paying jobs. Having Askins and Corn as the heads of our state would balance out the power of our Republican-dominated legislatures. Whatever your choice, we hope to see you at the polls.
SQ 744 — We say: NO
all elected offices. It will keep new ideas and leadership flowing in and reduce incumbent influence.
SQ 748 — We say: NO Adds two members to the Apportionment Commission, which allocates districts when the Legislature cannot come to a consensus.
influence of lawyers on the commission.
SQ 754 — We say: NO It prohibits lawmakers from using predetermined formulas or expenditures of other states or any entity in determining appropriations of funds.
SQ 755 — We say: NO
It would amend the state constitution, mandating funding for common education be raised to the regional average. With no funding mechanism, state agencies could receive significant cuts, or taxes would have to be raised.
SQ 750 — We say: YES
It would outlaw the use of Sharia Law in state courts.
Sets the number of signatures needed to place initiatives or referendums on a ballot to a percentage of voters based on the last gubernatorial election.
SQ 756 — We say: NO
SQ 746 — We say: YES
SQ 751 — We say: NO
It aims to prevent voter fraud by requiring all voters to present a valid state-issued ID at polling places.
Mandates all official state actions be conducted in English.
SQ 747 — We say: YES It would set term limits statewide for
SQ 752 — We say: YES Adds two members to the Judicial Nominating Commission, to weaken the
It’s a response to the federal health care law, and would amend the state constitution to allow citizens and businesses a way to opt out.
SQ 757 — We say: YES Increases the amount of money taken from surplus revenue and put into the state’s savings account in order to cushion the impact of budget crises on the state.
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If and when you vote If and when you go to the STAFF COLUMN UMN polls today, you will be confronted with two choices for oss each of the public positions Tucker Cross that need to be filled in this election. The vast majority of the candidate choices will present two options: Democrat or Republican. For many people, this is simple enough; either you vote one or the other, and then you are done. After you’re done, you go home and wait another two years for the even more obnoxious campaigning that will reign down upon you during a presidential election year. Many make it even easier for themselves by simply checking “D” or “R” for everything. That way you can simply vote down the line for “your” party. The more observant poll attendee will also notice that, every now and then, a “D” or an “R” might be missing, instead replaced by a quaint “I.” Yes, the Independents. They are not united by any common political theory or cause. The only thing that holds them in common, in fact, is that they are not common. To be fair though, they hold one other common trait: they all count their blessings for managing to make it to the ballot. Being an Independent in the U.S. is not easy, but it’s even more difficult in Oklahoma. Anyone brave enough to run for office in this state as an Independent knows that they are in for an uphill battle. Many of them are faced with the prospect of having no party funding or support, and because of this they must entirely rely on their own initiative if they ever wish to sit in public office. Even stranger about Oklahoma, however, is the fact that there is never a third party on our ballots. A large number of states now have third parties on their ballots. This third party is usually the Libertarian party. But because of the demands of Oklahoma’s arduous ballot laws, the chance of actually getting a third party on the ballot requires an almost Superman-like ability to garner petitions. Whether you like them or not, third parties are good. They give Americans an alternative to the two-party system with which more and more of us are growing increasingly disgusted. Some of the Independents running in this state are actually Libertarians, but since their party is not able to be placed on the ballot, they must settle for the obscure “I,” which leaves many scratching their heads. Although there is not terribly much to do about this issue this election season, please keep an eye out for proposals to ease ballot laws. A place to start would be to vote yes on State Question 750. This measure would make the formula for determining the number of petitioners required to get an initiative or referendum on the ballot much more uniform. It’s not exactly the solution that is needed, but it could prove to set a good foundation for further legislation A strong third party could prod the Rs and Ds to defend their positions at a higher intellectual level, rather than simply parroting the latest fad in political campaign advertisements. If the Ds and Rs cannot manage to provide such a forum, voters could more clearly show their disapproval of their parties by voting for “the other guy”. Some fear that this would only result in the taking of votes of one side for the benefit of the other (i.e. the Ralph Nader incident), but without the independents, the Ds and Rs will remain relatively entrenched in emotions, demagoguery and rhetoric. And why should they change? Their behavior must be working, because they keep getting reelected. Let’s ruffle some feathers today! Who’s with me? — Tucker Cross, letters senior
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Transparency needed concerning Boren’s comments on SQ 744 As detailed in the story that the The Daily ran on Monday, the use of university resources has become an issue in ethics complaints filed against President David Boren and other college and university presidents throughout the state. Boren has appeared in several print ads in The Daily Oklahoman and the Tulsa World against State Question 744 with his title “President, University of Oklahoma” prominently displayed beneath his picture. Walton Robinson, the Communications Director for the Yes On 744 campaign, believes that this is evidence that “there is a coordinated campaign within higher education to fight 744.” He also points to State Ethics Commission Rule 257-101-3, which prohibits the use of public funds, property, time and personnel to influence state elections. However, the university has repeatedly stressed that Boren has expressed his personal opinions on his
However, he also acknowledged, “Public Affairs designed the layout for this letter as they do all letters pertaining to the OU budget issues.” Regardless of the budgetary impact of SQ 744, the president should not have used university staff to design and prepare a print ad to campaign against the initiative. Boren could have written a letter to the editor like anyone else. And the editorial staff probably would have published something they received from the university president. He could have also submitted his handwritten notes and paid the advertising section to design and prepare the ad. In fact, that’s probably what he should have done. The problem is that he didn’t. After Nick Hathaway cracked down on faculty and staff for the use of university networks and e-mail systems during the 2008 political season, Boren wrote “no one should presume to speak on behalf of the university in a
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way that would imply that the university, as an institution, is supporting a political candidate, party or cause.” He went on to say, “taxpayer-funded public property should not be used to raise funds for a particular political candidate, party, or partisan cause.” Personally, I appreciate everything that Boren does for the university. And I agree with him that SQ 744 is probably a bad idea. However, proper form still needs to be followed. And, as he noted at the law school on Monday, the rule of law and the integrity of the election process is of vital importance to our democratic society. — Nicholas Harrison, law and business graduate
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You make an impact at the polls Just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past STAFF COLUMN month or so, I’ll say it: today is Election Day. Today is your chance to make your voice Kate McPherson on heard, to impact the future, and all of those other voting clichés used to get out the vote. They might be clichés, but they’re true. Voting is probably the most important thing you can do this month. This midterm election sees 19 Senate seats, 111 House seats and 24 governorships up for grabs. It seems that Republicans are poised to claim a majority in the House; for better or for worse, this will change the way this country is run. Oklahoma will elect its first female governor. Huge questions concerning education, language and law are on the Oklahoma ballot. So why did 18 percent of potential voters ages 18-29 tell Rock The Vote that they were not registered to vote? Registering to vote is easy; it takes about five minutes and the ability to spell your name. That’s not the problem; voter apathy is. Of those same respondents, 22 percent told Rock The Vote that they were not likely to vote in this election. Yet 83 percent said that they believe young people have the power to change things in this country, and 49 percent said they believe America is moving in the wrong direction. You can’t have it both ways. You can’t want to change things and then stay home. You can’t think America is falling to pieces and refuse to pick those shattered pieces up. If you’re unhappy, vote. If you want to impact your future in any way, vote. If you want to go through life disengaged from your community, don’t vote.
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own time and at his own expense. Notwithstanding these claims, there are still some issues which remain unresolved. On October 21st, Boren purchased a half-page ad in The Daily describing the adverse effects that SQ 744 would have on the university’s budget. There was a small line at the bottom of the ad indicating that it was “Paid for by David L. Boren” and OU Press Secretary Chris Schilling confirmed that Boren had indeed paid for the ad personally. However, initially, it was not entirely clear who designed and prepared the ad itself. The advertising section of The Daily was not involved. And a request seeking disclosure of any university employees who might have been involved was turned down on Friday. Responding to a media inquiry on Monday, Schilling said, “President Boren wrote and paid for the placement of the advertisement.”
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I hear many people claim that they will start voting when the candidate selection gets better. This has to be one of the most ridiculous excuses not to vote out there. If you’re waiting for a perfect politician, it’s going to be a while until you get your glamorous “I Voted” sticker. Furthermore, whether or not you vote, one of those candidates will be elected. Even if you don’t think either is ideal, you probably think one is less evil than the other. Vote for that person. When you vote, you don’t have to fill out every box. If You can’t have it both you have no idea who any of ways. You can’t want the candidates for insurance commissioner are, don’t vote to change things and for either. then stay home. You It’s important to be an incan’t think America is formed voter; look up informafalling to pieces and tion before you go. Even if you stand in line with Wikipedia refuse to pick those print-outs and only vote in one shattered pieces up.” race, it counts. However, don’t just vote because The Daily is telling you to. Vote because you care about something. Vote because you don’t agree with someone. Vote because you do agree with someone. Vote because it’s your civic duty. Whatever your reason is, just get out and vote today. — Kate McPherson, University College freshman
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SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) Don’t go along with the group if what they want to do violates your principles or high standards, regardless of the peer pressure some may place on you. Stand by your high-mindedness.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - You need to guarantee that you won’t spoil the fun for everybody else when getting together with friends should someone be in attendance whom you don’t like, or you had better opt not to join in.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) - Instead of being the disruptor within the household, contribute to the tranquility of the family. Selfish demands will cause kinfolk to rebel or behave similarly.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - It’s OK that challenges can hold some kind of special appeal for you at times, but don’t deliberately create confrontation just for the fun of it. The consequences could be costly.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - Because you have such a strong personality, it is generally best for you to avoid bossy types of people. You’ll have little appreciation for being told what to do, when or how to do it.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) Unfortunately, it could backfire if you attempt to outdo one of your companions who’s just about perfect at doing everything. It is likely to be s/he who ends up taking you to task.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) Be certain that, when taking on a partner, your counterpart will have as much to offer as you do. If your deal lacks parity, there won’t be any benefits for you to share.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - You can take bets that reckless or impulsive spending will take you to task tomorrow if you can’t help yourself today when you purchase something expensive you really can’t resist.
PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) Don’t make the same mistake again by seeking the advice of someone who advised you poorly previously. Try to think for yourself, but if you can’t find the answer, be careful to whom you go. ARIES (March 21-April 19) - Unless you first complete what you started yesterday, you could find yourself in a heck of a quandary when it upsets everything you try to do today. Clean up your mess.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) There’s a strong possibility that a situation on which you and your mate hold opposing opinions could arise and become a major impasse if you’re not careful. Don’t let it out of the box. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - You may have been deluding yourself for quite a while into believing that something that has been left unattended will eventually disappear. Sadly, that devil may pop up again.
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cleaners 46 Wife who survived Henry VIII 48 Follow as a consequence 51 Certain enveloping glow 52 Rare baseball event 57 Cheap lodging 59 Give up, as one’s rights 60 Tend to a dull pencil again 61 Mid-sail 62 Versified salute 63 “Do you understand?” 64 Calendar periods DOWN 1 Planets, per poets 2 Beautiful and graceful girl 3 “___ go bragh!” 4 Ladder level 5 Low sock 6 Serving perfectly, in tennis 7 Present at birth 8 Sooty dirt 9 Fish-eating eagle 10 Bread or booze type 11 Be useful to 12 Bad ___ Brown of song 13 ___ Mawr 16 Lowest of
decks 20 EST word 23 Tree type common in Hawaii 24 Vanish gradually 25 Word with “elbow” or “rumpus” 26 Liability 27 Bird’s beak 28 Elated 31 Inebriated one’s utterance 32 Ribosome component 33 Word on a dipstick 34 Amusement park thrill 35 Suffix with “narc” 36 Storage unit 38 Secluded habitat 39 Word suggesting a name
change 43 Place for peaks and valleys 45 Wiggle room 46 Whimpered 47 Was mentioned, as a name 48 Spew lava 49 Certain JapaneseAmerican 50 Tuckered out 51 Hendrix hairdo 52 Moved quickly 53 Spread in a spread 54 Maggie Simpson’s sister 55 State with confidence 56 Thumbs-up votes 58 Witchlike character
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Matt & Kim â€œSidewalksâ€? Fader Released: Today 5.8/10
childlike state that gave the band its original spark. â€” Joshua Boydston, psychology junior
Itâ€™s been a hot year for the playground set; the bouncy, hopscotch swagger of Sleigh Bells and Willow Smith has blown up on the Internet and radio alike, enveloping listeners with elementary school electro anthems. But this subset of music made its first splash in 2009 with the surprise smash single â€œDaylight,â€? courtesy of Brooklyn duo Matt & Kim on its sophomore album â€œGrand.â€? The sunny piano loop and simple, but smartly constructed melody of that single painted a wild canvas of childlike wonder and quickly intoxicated a public always clamoring for another taste of youth. But while the follow-up to â€œGrandâ€? is still shooting to be young at heart, it lands somewhere closer to puberty. The awkward sincerity of â€œNortheastâ€? and the uneven squiggle and symphony of â€œGood for Greatâ€? feel halfbaked and unsure. The unconvincing rebelliousness of â€œRed Paintâ€? certainly completes the picture of the confused and insecure teenager. Another â€œDaylightâ€? is not to be found, although it would be silly to expect the still-fresh duo to immediately capture that magic again. â€œCamerasâ€? â€” the leadoff single â€” does its best to fill the slot and salvages an otherwise gray situation. Built upon that same frame of concrete smashing percussion and sliding synth samples, it pops with rumpus room xylophone rattles and swanky brass swings into a pulsating playground anthem. M o s t l y , â€œS i d e w a l k sâ€? feels rushed, scribbled and afraid to full regress into the
Taylor Swift â€œSpeak Nowâ€? Big Machine Released: Oct. 25 8.3/10 Judgment regrettably, inevitably follows any success story, but Taylor Swift shows she still has something to prove as a 20-year-old success story, as she straddles the fence between the many external forces â€” clichĂŠ versus originality, pop versus country and childhood versus adulthood â€” that she addresses in her latest release, â€œSpeak Now.â€? Released almost a full two years since her last album, â€œSpeak Nowâ€? is the older, more reliable sister to 2008â€™s angsty, teenage â€œFearless.â€? But while the awardwinning latter album was about exploring self-identity through relationships, â€œSpeak Nowâ€? finds Swift exploring the external forces of her life. Each song is tailored (pun very intended) as a personal confession to someone else, from the soul mate in â€œMineâ€? to the former love getting hitched in â€œSpeak Now,â€? which especially plays up Swiftâ€™s talent to paint a story for her fans. The smartly produced music knows what to do to elicit repeat listens, a resident formula of Swiftâ€™s Big Machine Records. Most of the music builds up until the hooky, gloppy choruses hit hard, as most bridges slow the choruses with pianos before returning to fast tempo, as is the case in the feel-good cutesiness of â€œMine.â€? But the lyrical substance is obviously the shining star on the record. Her lyrics are why she can make her heartbreaking, dreamy, dreamy seven-minute â€œDear Johnâ€? actually work for Top 40 radio. But of course, whatâ€™s a Ta y l o r S w i f t album without a little t r u e con-
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fession? Swift herself has admitted she writes her songs from an autobiographical point of view. She introduced the country-fied, sonic ballad â€œInnocentâ€? at the MTV Video Music Awards addressed to Kanye West, maturely and decidedly putting the whole 2009 awards debacle behind the both of them: â€œItâ€™s OK and life is a tough crowd / 32 and still growing up now / who you are is not what you did / youâ€™re still an innocent.â€? With its squirmingly personal subject matter, the â€œTeardropsâ€?/â€œForever and Alwaysâ€? song of the album also rings out the dirty laundry between the â€œtoo youngâ€? Swift and John Mayer, who will probably â€œadd [her] name to the long list of traitors who donâ€™t understand.â€? The title trackâ€™s playful lyrical content â€” a wedding crash to plead the groom leave with her instead especially deserves, and effortlessly gets, repeat listens. Sw i f t g e nt l y s i n g s o f dreaming to steal back the groom in the same G-major key as most of her songs amid playful guitar picks and hand claps. And even better, sheâ€™s moved from 2 a.m. confessions and blue eyes to 2:30 a.m. and green eyes instead, respectively on string-laden â€œBack to Decemberâ€? (a possible ode to her short romance with â€œtan-skinned, big smiledâ€? Taylor Lautner) and â€œFearlessâ€? retread â€œSparks Fly.â€? Much like her career in both pop and country, Swift straddles the fence between taking the high road and trading jabs with her enemies on the high-octane songs â€œMeanâ€? and â€œBetter than Revenge.â€? Swift â€™s spitfire anger shines through on the latter as she sings about how much revenge sheâ€™ll get on a girl â€œwhoâ€™s better known for the things she does on the mattress,â€? and gets back at the haters on â€œMean,â€? sharply putting more emphasis on â€œYouâ€? than â€œIâ€? until the chorus, when she announces that she will â€œBe big enough so you canâ€™t hit me / And all youâ€™re gonna be is mean / Why you gotta be so mean?â€? The 66-minute album gets knee-deep in clichĂŠs around the second half with â€œHaunted,â€? â€œEnchantedâ€? and â€œLong Live,â€? but the difference between these songs and just another hollow pop starletâ€™s albums is that Swift writes with honesty and maturity. Her childhood is markedly behind her (â€œI just realized everything I had is someday gonna be gone,â€? she says on â€œNever Grow Upâ€?), but Swift has easily and fearlessly begun the transition to adulthood with â€œSpeak Now,â€? and hopefully wonâ€™t make too many missteps in
the next few years. â€” Alex Ewald, journalism sophomore
Skating Polly â€œTaking Over the Worldâ€? Self-released Releases: Friday 6.8/10 If youâ€™ve gotten sick of Taylor Swiftâ€™s relationship problems or Ke$haâ€™s obsession with being a hot mess, Skating Pollyâ€™s debut album, â€œTaking Over the World,â€? is a perfect antidote. The adolescent riot-grrrl duo from Oklahoma City shows strong potential on its first album, which evokes the angst of grunge while including childlike lyrics about rainbows, dolls and living on Mars. It clocks in at just under 30 minutes; each song is a quick, compact burst of energetic rock â€˜nâ€™ roll. The two singers trade off singing lead, with the other usually providing some kind of background vocals. Both members of the band have a distinctive vocal style. Kelli Mayo, the younger of the two, definitely sounds like more of a child, but she uses this as an asset rather than trying to hide it. In the chorus of â€œIra,â€? a song about a cool best friend, Mayo sounds like a pissed-off little kid, which is actually powerful. Peyton Suitorâ€™s voice is more mature and more conventional, and she has adopted a sort of grungy wail. â€œTaking Over the Worldâ€? doesnâ€™t include any songs that could really be classified as love songs, perhaps with the exception of â€œNumber 4,â€? a sweet little number about going on a trip with someone. The total contrast to â€œNumber 4â€? is the album closer, â€œWhen Weâ€™ re Apa r t,â€? w h i c h i s about how being apart from someone is much better than being with them. The anti-romance is refreshing. In fact, Skating Polly covers a range of topics in their 14 tracks, like â€œSammy Was a Psycho,â€? which is about a crazy person who has imaginary pets, or â€œI Am Sam,â€? which expresses a desire to be super-cool while paying homage to other musicians. The instrumental parts leave something to be desired, but for a band in this vein, too much intricacy isnâ€™t exactly expected. They switch from guitar to piano fairly frequently, and incorporate vocal rhythms and other noises into songs, which distracts from the somewhat rudimentary quality of their playing. The album stands on its own merits, despite the ages of the band members. It is remarkable that a pair
of pubescent girls displays the ambition, talent and confidence to venture into a scene that is dominated by adult males. But novelty should never outshine quality, and fortunately it does not on â€œTaking Over the World.â€? Skating Polly could be the future of rock â€˜nâ€™ roll, or they could burn out before they
can legally drink. Either way, this debut album is light, exciting, angsty and anything but predictable. Skating Polly will release â€œTaking Over the Worldâ€? at an album release show 7:30 p.m. Friday at Guestroom Records in Norman. â€” Annika Larson, professional writing junior
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Tight end productivity opens up offense Juniors Ratterree, Hanna giving Sooners additional dimension that was missing last year, opens up new formations AARON COLEN The Oklahoma Daily
Junior wide receiver Ryan Broyles had a record-setting night against Colorado, but what might be more important for the Sooners is what the tight ends did — and have done this season. Given Broyles’ games this season, his performance wasn’t a huge surprise. It is surprising, and in stark contrast to last season, how productive OU’s tight ends have been this year, becoming more frequent targets for sophomore quarterback Landry Jones. Last season, the Sooners’ tight ends combined for 21 receptions and 233 yards, scoring no touchdowns. Through eight games in 2010, junior tight end Trent Ratterree has 173 yards receiving — more than he had all season in 2009 — and junior tight end James Hanna has five touchdown catches. Against Colorado, Ratteree caught three passes for 89 yards, and Hanna caught a seven-yard touchdown pass, his fourth straight game with a touchdown reception. “It was good to see those guys get involved in the offense,” sophomore quarterback
Landry Jones said. “Ratterree had a big night, Hanna had a touchdown; they’re playing great football right now, and we need to get the ball into their hands more often to let them make plays for us.” It bodes well for OU that the tight end position is productive this year. Former Sooner and current Cincinnati Bengal Jermaine Gresham was the second-leading receiver on the team for the Sam Bradford-led offense that put up NCAA record-breaking numbers in 2008 en route to the national championship game. Coach Bob Stoops said some of the big plays by the tight ends were made possible by the Sooners’ rushing attack. “A lot of those plays are products of the run game,” Stoops said. “We have a tight end in there and we’re running it, then all of a sudden you fake it and he’s behind the defensive backs.” Jones has been more comfortable this year with his receivers, helping him share the wealth with the tight ends, Hanna said. “Landry has more confidence spreading the ball around to his receivers,” Hanna said. “And we’ve just had one more year to develop. It has given [offensive coordinator] Kevin Wilson more confidence in us.” Even though the spike in production from the tight ends has been significant, Hanna said it isn’t based on a conscious effort to
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Junior tight end Trent Ratterree (47) runs down field for 47 yards during Saturday’s OU-Colorado game. Ratterree finished with 89 yards as the Sooners beat the Buffaloes 43-10.
involve them more; it came naturally. “I think it just happened,” Hanna said. “It’s good to be versatile and have different things to do on offense, and we’re just part of that.” That versatility is what the Sooners will be counting on, because as the season continues, they expect Broyles to see plenty of
double coverage and will need to have other weapons and formations to count on. “We’ll be able to have a couple of tight ends or fullbacks in, and it just opens up the different formations we can do, which will make it harder for the defense to keep up,” Hanna said.
Sooners must take home confidence on the road Against the Colorado Buffaloes, the Sooners’ ofSTAFF COLUMN UMN fense put on an aerial showing that would have made RJ Youngg the Blue Angels proud by setting program records for passing and receiving. So if the Sooners are capable of clobbering opponents in record-breaking fashion at Owen Field, why do they lack the intestinal fortitude to play as if their national title hopes are on the line away from Norman, where championship teams are defined? On Saturday, the combined efforts of sophomore quarterback Landry Jones and true freshman quarterback Drew Allen broke the previous record for passing yards in a game with 488, surpassing the previous mark of 468 set by Sam Bradford. Jones completed 32-of-46 attempts through the air for 453 passing yards, the second-highest individual single-game performance in OU history. Jones was helped considerably by the talents of junior wide receiver Ryan Broyles, the recipient of nine of Jones’ precision passes, including one 81-yard bomb. Broyles became the new OU single-game record holder for receiving yards in a game with 208 and three touchdowns. He leads the nation in receptions per game with 9.8. As Broyles got going, so did senior allpurpose running back DeMarco Murray. He
recorded a career-high 10 catches for 73 yards, nine of which he caught in the first half. The rest of Murray’s score line: 11 carries for 40 yards, a kick return of 21 yards and a touchdown. Murray is a walking, talking, touchdownscoring example of the evolution of the tail back position in college and professional football. His skill set allows him to catch out of the back field and line up as a slot as a receiver, often forcing opposing line backers to cover him in space. Opposing defensive coordinators spell Murray’s last name “H-AV-O-C.” OU’s two junior tight ends, Trent Ratterree and James Hanna, each set personal receiving records. Ratterree caught three passes for a career-high 89 yards, and Hanna caught one touchdown ball for seven yards to extend his streak to four straight games with a score. All told, the Sooners put 372 more yards than their Buffalo counterpart, along with 300 more yards through the air and 19 more first downs. Colorado didn’t have a prayer. But along with the records comes the question of why the Sooners can only strap it on and stick it to teams in Norman. In their only two games away from home this season, the Sooners are 1-1 with their one win coming on a neutral site against a
Texas team who hasn’t been this bad since Bill Clinton was impeached for “not having sexual relations with that woman.” OU has already proven it can be beaten away from home with its sobering loss as the No. 1-ranked team in the country to a Missouri team that was soundly beaten by Nebraska on Saturday. If the Sooners expect to compete for the Big 12 Championship, they cannot afford another loss this season. With three of their next four games
taking place away from the fortress that is Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, the pressure is on the Sooners to prove they can win in a hostile environment when it counts. It is important for Sooners to remember now — more than ever — that home victories win fans, but road victories win championships. — RJ Young, journalism grad student