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STREET CLOSES AFTER GAS LEAK Residents unclear on implication, given option to evacuate RICKY MARANON Daily Staff Writer
A section of Robinson Street closed due to a gas leak Thursday leaving some Norman residents concerned for their safety. The natural gas line running along Fay Avenue and crossing under Robinson Street broke Thursday evening when a contractor punctured the line, said Jim Bailey, Norman deputy fire chief. The contractor and his company were rerouting underground
utilities in preparation for a new overpass to be constructed on Robinson Street, he said. “We’re going to cinch each side of the pipe to make sure the leak stops, and once we get the leak under control, we will then put a patch on the hole,” Bailey said. Norman residents said no one had told them a leak had taken place until they saw coverage of it on local television stations. “I heard there might be a gas leak, but no one has told me anything that they are sure of,” said Larry Bartell, who lives on Dale Street. The area of Dale Street between Peters Avenue GAS LEAK CONTINUES ON PAGE 2
STAFF MEMBER FIRED AFTER BEING CHARGED WITH ARSON Susan Lauterbach was terminated from her position as coordinator of instructional labs and facility safety for the chemistry and biochemistry departments, OU spokesman Jay Doyle said. Lauterbach is charged with three counts of first-degree arson in relation to three fires she allegedly set in September. Doyle said Lauterbach was on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into her actions, but was fired when charges were actually filed Tuesday. Lauterbach is free after posting $5,000 bond, according to Cleveland County District Court documents. She is scheduled to have
a pre-hearing conference with members of the Cleveland County District Attorney’s office Dec. 1 at 1 p.m., according to court documents. Attorneys David Autry and Mike Scheitzach will represent Lauterbach. Lauterbach has been under a psychiatrist’s care since April 2008, Lauterbach’s attorneys stated in a filing with the Cleveland County District Court. She has been taking the antidepressant medication Celexa as well as Clonazepam, a drug used to treat panic and seizure disorders, according to the filing. -Daily staff reports -Information from the Food and Drug Administration was used in this report.
TWILIGHT HITS FEVER PITCH ‘Twilight’ course offered for December intersession
TRI-DELTS TEAM UP FOR TWILIGHT MOVIE PREMIERE
Class will examine context of phenomenon, effects on identity NATASHA GOODELL Daily Staff Writer
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Members of the Delta Delta Delta sorority, including one Daily multimedia reporter, gather Thursday evening before going to a screening of “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” at the Warren Theatre in Moore.
“Twilight,” the vampire phenomenon that has been sweeping the nation, is now a topic for a December intersession course called “Twilight and Youth Culture.” English instructor Ieva Zumbake-Larchey, who is teaching this intersession course, said the class will be examining this phenomenon to teach them about the preoccupations and aspirations of a certain segment of the generation. “Obviously ‘Twilight’ is too big to ignore,” Larchey said. “‘Twilight’ seems to be taking the obsession of the fans to a new level.” Larchey said she plans to structure this class to have secondary readings written by critics of popular culture and youth culture.
“We will examine “Twilight” as a product and a producer,” she said. Larchey said the class will read these outside sources and examine “Twilight” in the context and dialogue with other cultural phenomena to see how it compares and what it can teach people. “Hopefully they will go away realizing that ‘Twilight’ isn’t just a romantic story, but it’s a powerful influence that can affect the way people see themselves,” she said. Larchey said she hopes the students will realize the kinds of things they see in the media impact all of our perceptions of ourselves. “For example, part of the class will talk about the way gender is portrayed in ‘Twilight.’ Bella’s perception of herself and the happiness of her life is really dependent on her romantic relationship and her love for Edward,” she said. “If you internalize this, you may start thinking a romantic relationship is the No. 1 priority that determines the quality of your life.” TWILIGHT CONTINUES ON PAGE 2
New OU architecture building reaches milestone Sports bridge cultural Gould Hall project stays safe, sucdivide between students cessful halfway through construction Differences go beyond simply names, rules MATTHEW MOZEK Daily Staff Writer
Foreign exchange student Lorris Miglioretti is blown away by what he calls “the show” of OU football. “It’s quite a show. It’s pretty impressive. It’s, for me, the American way,” said Miglioretti, a first-year student from France. Miglioretti, a student at the OU College of Law, moved to the U.S. three months ago. Soccer’s never been of great interest to him, but Miglioretti said it is the most popular sport in France and quite possibly all of Europe. Rugby has gained a lot of popularity in France within the last year, he said. Tennis is very popular as well, he said. Miglioretti said he started playing tennis at a young age and grew up idolizing tennis star Roger Federer. Miglioretti also said he was surprised by the lack of enthusiasm for tennis in the U.S. Although tennis is a big part of the sports scene in France, he said he believes sports in general are a bigger part of the culture
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in America. Sports are not a part of the college experience in France, he added. Athletics and education are entirely separate entities. Juan Pablo Valdiva Pizarro, a first-year foreign exchange student from Peru, also came to the U.S. three months ago. Pizarro said soccer is unquestionably the most popular sport in Peru. Pizarro said he has played soccer his entire life and was not surprised by its unpopularity in America. However, he did say the feeling is a lot like a baseball player having to move to Peru because baseball is nonexistent in his country, he said. Pizarro also said he shares the same affinity for the college football atmosphere. “I’ve been to a couple of the [football] games,” Pablo said. “It’s crazy. It’s a huge show with the band and the cheerleaders and all the people there. I love it.” Ivan Calderoni moved to the U.S. a couple of years ago, spent most of his life in Mexico and said he was first introduced to American football when he came to America. Soccer used to be his favorite sport growing
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Construction workers and project team members joined faculty, staff and students from the College of Architecture on the South Oval Thursday afternoon to celebrate hitting the halfway point of construction on Gould Hall. During a topping-out ceremony, which signifies the final beam being placed on a building, an American flag, an evergreen tree and a broom accompanied the final beam. The flag means the building was made by Americans with American materials, said Kirk Mammen, manager of the project for FlintCo, Inc., the general contractor for the Gould Hall. The tree signifies growth and the broom stand for a clean sweep of construction, with no injuries. “Topping out is an important milestone in the life of a project,” said Charles Graham, dean of the College of Architecture. Mammen said construction on the project has gone smoothly and the building is expected to be completed Jan. 6, 2011. “Construction has gone well despite an unusually wet late summer and early fall,” Mammen said. Due to the rain, workers lost about a month of building time but are only a week behind schedule, Mammen said. The Gould Hall renovation began in January and presented interesting challenges like most older buildings do, Mammen said. Approximately 25,000 additional square feet were added to the existing building, bringing the total square footage to approximately 135,000, Mammen said. The building was originally constructed in 1950 MEREDITH MORIAK/THE DAILY and began housing the OU College of Architecture Bystanders watch as an American flag, a beam and an evergreen in 1989, Graham said.
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A firefighter yells for civilians and reporters to stay away from the natural gas line break Thursday afternoon on Robinson Street.
and Fay Avenue is one of the areas closest to the leak. “I saw the fire truck, but I’m not sure what is going on,” said Rose Benda, also a resident of Dale Street. “I’m not sure if I should evacuate or not. No one has given me any answers.” While being interviewed, Norman firefighters told Benda and Bartell to return to their homes for their safety, and if they felt it necessary, they could evacuate the area. “I don’t understand how they can give me the option to evacuate if they put a truck and a ‘Road Closed’ sign up as my closest exit,” Benda said. Norman firefighters eventually moved the sign and truck for residents to evacuate, if they felt it
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Larchey said “Twilight” is only one media form students will see that affects or helps their construction of their identities. The class is full, with 30 students signed on for the class. Gentry Johnson, University college freshman, said she likes “Twilight” because it is a new concept. “‘The Twilight Saga’ gives an alternative to the traditional love story,” Johnson said. “It’s interesting and very appealing to teenage girls.” Johnson said she has midnight tickets for “New Moon,” which opened this morning, along with her entire sorority. Boomer Butler, health and exercise sciences sophomore, said he thinks “Twilight” is just another fad. “I’m not going to the midnight premiere of ‘Twilight,’ but 60 percent of my female friends have tickets,” Butler said. This course is three credit hours and is being offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day from Dec. 21 to Jan. 14.
up, but has since become enamored with football and said it is now his favorite sport. Calderoni, University College freshman, said the change in preference is due to the lack of soccer in the U.S. He frequently watches the NFL’s New England Patriots on television and does all he can to attend every OU football home game, he said. Calderoni also attended his first
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MOVIE PREMIERE FACTS Warren Theatre in Moore said it put tickets on sale for the midnight showing of “New Moon” Sept. 21. The tickets sold out in all 14 auditoriums shortly after they went on sale. Hollywood Theater in Norman said it opened three of its auditoriums for the midnight showing of “New Moon” and as of about two weeks ago, all 735 seats were sold out.
Milestone Continued from page 1 “You will see a brand new facade around the entire building,” Mammen said. “The existing wings will look brand new and the added square footage will bring the building closer to the [South] Oval.” Classes occasionally visit the construction site where students are able to offer their prospective and participate in hands-on learning,
necessary. Benda said she told firefighters she would stay home, but firefighters told her not to cook anything or do any activities that required an open flame. “We asked people in the area not to cook because there is natural gas lingering in the air,” Bailey said. “We just want to be sure that nothing sets off the gas that is in the air.” “I turned off everything that had a pilot light,” Benda said. “It looks like I may have to find something else to eat for dinner tonight.” “The rupture was significant enough for the police and fire departments to deem it a possible hazard,” said Shawn O’Leary, director of public works for the city of Norman. O’Leary said the gas pipe was “fairly large.” -Charles Ward contributed to this report.
basketball game this past weekend when the Sooner women played Georgia and said it was quite a “show.” “I used to have no interest in basketball, whatsoever, and a couple of my friends from [OU], they took me to the basketball game that women play and it actually was fun,” Calderoni said. “I didn’t know the rules. I know [you’ve] got to make it in the basket, but ... I didn’t know the rules and I enjoyed it.” Calderoni said he looks forward to attending more OU basketball games in the future. Mammen said. Graham said he is looking forward to the completion of Gould Hall and housing all five divisions of the college in one building, something that has never been done before. Currently, the architecture, construction science and interior design divisions are located north of campus on Main Street, while the landscape architecture and regional planning divisions are located in Carnegie Hall on the main campus.
BODY IDENTIFIED BY POLICE Norman Police have identified the body found in the truck of a burned car on Nov 15. The body has been identified as Julian Ramirez Cazarez, 46, of Oklahoma City, Norman Police spokeswoman MPO Jennifer Newell stated in a press release. Cazarez was reported missing to the Oklahoma City Police Department Nov. 16.
CAMPUS NOTES TODAY CENTER FOR INQUIRY Dan Barker will speak about “How to be Good Without God” at 6 p.m. in Dale Hall, room 200.
SATURDAY FLUTE FAIR The Oklahoma Flute Society will host its Flute Fair at 8:30 a.m. in Catlett Music Center.
SUNDAY ISRAELI FILM SERIES The group will feature a showing of “The Bubble,” a foreign film about Israel. The screening is at 5 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Meacham Auditorium.
POLICE REPORTS The following is a list of arrests and citations, not convictions. The information given is compiled from the Norman Police Department and the OU Police Department. All those listed are presumed innocent until proven guilty. DOG AT LARGE Curtis James Bryan, 33, West Robinson Street, Nov. 10, also vicious dog and owning, keeping or harboring a barking dog FURNISHING TOBACCO TO A MINOR Joseph Taylor Henson, 24, 506 N. Porter Ave., Wednesday
Chandra Mouli Mudumba, 27, 1920 Atchinson Drive, Wednesday John Paul Sandison, 46, 1200 W. Lindsey St., Wednesday COUNTY WARRANT Jack Bradley Jones, 33, 333 N. Interstate Drive East, Wednesday PUBLIC INTOXICATION Christopher James Leader, 30, 311 E. Main St., Wednesday POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA Adam Scott Russell, 24, 1800 E. Imhoff Road, Wednesday
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Game Essentials: What: OU (6-4, 4-2 Big 12) at Texas Tech (6-4, 3-3 Big 12) When: Saturday, 11:30 a.m. Location: Lubbock, Texas Venue: Jones AT&T Stadium TV: FSN
Quick Facts: • OU leads the all-time series, 12-4, including a 4-2 advantage in Lubbock. Texas Tech has won the last two meetings in Lubbock. • Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach was OU’s offensive coordinator in 1999, Bob Stoops’ first year in Norman. • The losing team in this series has not scored less than 21 points in any of the last four games.
Keys to the Game: • 1) Who can get to the quarterback? Believe it or not, as dominant as OU’s defense has been this season, Texas Tech’s defensive linemen have kept pace with the Sooners in terms of sacks. Both teams rank first in the Big 12 and second in the country with an average of 3.30 sacks per game. Defensive ends Brandon Sharpe (10.5 sacks) and Daniel Howard (7.5) will be coming after Landry Jones, and we’ve seen what can happen if pursuers are able to get to him. The Sooners could snap their Lubbock losing streak if they can put the heavy pressure on first-year starter, junior quarterback Taylor Potts.
• 2) On the road again. The Sooners have thus far posted the abysmal road record of 1-4. It’s cause for concern then that OU will play away from ZACH BUTLER/THE DAILY Norman again this weekend, especially since the Sooners have Junior defensive end Jeremy Beal (44) tackles former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell during last season’s game against the lost the last two games they played in Lubbock. Inexcusable Red Raiders Nov. 22, 2008, in Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. things like an excess of penalties can absolutely kill a team away from home. Last week against Texas A&M, OU commit• Junior running back DeMarco Murray on playing on the ted 11 penalties totaling 102 yards. The Red Raiders already They said it: road in Lubbock: “We know the past two times we’ve been • Bob Stoops on the team’s performance on the road vs. at rank sixth in the nation with 462.30 yards per game. It will likely home: “You have to look at everything. The opponent probably down there we’ve lost. Last year we beat them here at home, be a long trip back to Norman if the Sooners give their oppomakes a difference, the style of defenses you’re going against, but it’s always a crazy time when playing down in Lubbock. nent 100 unearned yards this weekend. the number of turnovers you get. Whether you’re at home or Their fans are pretty crazy.” • 3) New look. on the road it all goes together. There are a lot of differences.” OU will sport its new Nike Pro Combat uniforms this week, • Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson on why the scoring is OU will win if: The offense puts up the numbers it does in and perhaps that’s just the thing it needs for a new approach in down in the league: “Last year was the first year of the spread. Lubbock. The uniforms are supposedly more efficient and sig- Last year you had some more talented players playing with Norman, avoiding the terrible mistakes and stats we’ve nificantly lighter than the current ones. Faster and more agile, [Sam] Bradford, [Jermaine] Gresham and those guys. With seen away from home. the Sooners may play like the record-breaking offense of last graduation we lost some good guys so I’m sure that’s a little year, perhaps even duplicating the 65-21 nuking OU laid on bit a part of it. To me, I think, other than turnovers, our lack of Texas Tech will win if: Mike Leach and Co. can somethe then-No. 2 Red Raiders last season in Norman. Or maybe a production has been with the increased number of penalties how again force the Sooners into the sloppy play. uniform is just a uniform. we seem to have that get us in first-and-twenty.”
Capel returns to Virginia OU hits the road to play coach Jeff Capel’s former team in Virginia CLARK FOY Daily Staff Writer
Coach Jeff Capel returns to Richmond, Va. to take on his former team, the Virginia Commonwealth Rams, this Saturday for the Sooners’ third game of the regular season. The Sooners (2-0) are coming off of a sloppy performance against the three-point-happy Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks, where the Sooners committed eight turnovers in the first five minutes. The entire game was much closer than most anticipated, especially the first half when OU struggled. The Sooners shot 24 percent up until three minutes left in the half, and ended the game with 13 turnovers. A s e x p e c t e d , s o p h o m o re W i l l i e Warren has led the team in scoring this
season and averages 19.5 points per game, while freshman Tiny Gallon leads the team in rebounding, grabbing 12.5 boards a game. Other Sooners putting up points are freshman guard Steven Pledger, who added eight in the last game and senior Tony Crocker, who added 13 of his own. The Rams (1-1) are coming off of a loss to the Western Michigan Broncos. Two sophomore guards, Bradford Burgess and Jay Gavin, average 13 and 11 points per game respectively and lead the team in scoring. Junior 6-foot-11-inch forward Larry Sanders leads the team with 6.5 rebounds a game. OU played VCU last year in Oklahoma City, where OU took the 11-point win 81-70. Tipoff will be at 7:30 p.m. in Virginia. The Sooners continue their road play until returning home Dec. 2 when they host the Arkansas Razorbacks.
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The Sooners hit the mats at home Sunday to take on Arizona State. Where: McCasland Field House When: 2 p.m.
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Football players: Break out of your stereotype The Associated Press released a report Nov. 18 showing OU’s football program is ranked the lowest in graduation rates in the Big 12, at 45 percent. The ranking period coincides with Bob Stoops’ first four years as head coach. There is no discrediting that playing football in college is no simple task. It’s a sport that takes over their lives; they eat, breathe and sleep football (the cliché has merit in their case). And we have to present a qualifying statement: 45 percent of the football players did graduate. We’re well aware the football player stereotype is absolutely unfair in the obvious case of the majority. But we can’t shrug off the fact that a majority of the team take might be taking advantage of the opportunity for free education they are receiving. These low numbers reveal more than just a deficit on the football players’ part. It exposes a sad truth about our university. Since when did a university become something other than an institution of education? For any department on a university campus, the priority should never fall short of academia. And we feel that the low rate of graduation for football players is indicative of a priority shortfall. To the football players who fall into the stereotype, we hope for your sake that you break out of it. Not only are you devaluing our university’s name as a prestigious academic institution, you’re hindering your chances of success. Sure, it could be your dream to be an NFL player. But being realistic never hurt; we hope you realize that whether you are the best football player your university has ever seen, one unexpected injury can end your
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Defensive end David King (90) tries to excite the crowd before the Sooners’ football game against Texas A&M on Saturday evening in the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. career (and we all know that injuries are all too prevalent, as seen this season). So, please, take advantage of your education. It’s not just free – it’s an education most students would love to get for free or at least for a lower cost. There’s nothing more beneficial than knowledge. And that lasts forever.
Military should not ban minorities The recent shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, have left many people wary of Muslims and those of Middle Eastern descent and wondering whether they should be allowed to serve in the U.S. armed forces. For anyone who has forgotten the story or missed the news, on Nov. 5, JELANI Major Nidal Malik SIMS Hasan allegedly killed 13 people and wounded 31 at Fort Hood. He w a s a b o u t t o b e s e nt t o Afghanistan. The massacre was not only a shock because it was one of the deadliest on a military base in history, but also because the attack came from the inside and happened on American soil. It is logical to wonder whether it is safe to have Muslims and people of Middle Eastern descent in the U.S. military. Sept. 11, 2001 spawned prejudice and fear of people in these groups. Our media has painted them as the enemy and shown us the horrors of what some in the communities have done. And everyone knows the best way for an enemy to cripple its opponent is from the inside. However, it would not be right to bar Muslims from the military, considering the many minorities and people that served in our military during times when they too were unpopular. During the time of the Civil War, blacks were still far from free and looked at as three-fourths of a person by the U.S. government. Yet, as the Civil War began, onefifth of the northern regiments was black. About 25,000 black soldiers altogether fought on both sides during the war. Blacks, who were thought to be
unintelligent and worthless, were technically the last people the Union and Confederate armies would pick to fight for them. But, they needed soldiers, and blacks stepped into these roles and served faithfully. Some Japanese people also deserve mention for their service in the U.S. military during World War II. A f t e r t h e b o m b i n g o f Pe a r l H a r b o r, Ja p a n e s e p e o p l e i n America received the finger of blame and were thrown into internment camps as America feared that they would attack the country from the inside. However, just as blacks served during the Civil War, Japanese people also served faithfully in the military. The 442nd regiment combat team (known simply as the “442”), a mixture of mainland Japanese and Japanese people living in Hawaii, became the most decorated regiment in the war. The re giment earned 9,500 purple hearts, seven Presidential Distinguished Unit awards and 1 8 , 0 0 0 i n d i v i d u a l aw a rd s f o r bravery. Still, when Japanese people returned home to the states, they faced discrimination from the Americans they had fought for, often finding their homes sold, pillaged and heavily vandalized. Furthermore, many of them were not properly recognized for their efforts until many years later. Just like the Japanese, blacks w h o ha d c o n s i s t e nt l y s e r v e d America for years received terrible treatment and second-class citizenship for years despite their devoted service. Blacks and Japanese people were some of the last anyone would expect the U.S. military to trust, and still, they served their country with honor and passion despite prejudice and mistreatment. A s re p o r t e d by t h e U. S.
Department of Defense, there were 3,409 Muslims on active duty in April 2008. However the number may be much higher given the military’s intensified recruitment of Muslims and people of Arab and Middle Eastern descent. Some also hid their affiliation with Islam to avoid discrimination, which has also made numbers inaccurate. Again, some may wonder if anyone out of this large number of Muslims in our army has enlisted for the purpose of doing harm to our country. However, in Hasan’s case, he was showing warnings and giving hints of his potential change in loyalty for many months before he allegedly carried out the shooting at Fort Hood. While the military should not discriminate against Muslims, it should watch for reports or signs that could lead to situations like Fort Hood and act accordingly. Paying attention to the signs and carefully monitoring all soldiers, whether Muslim or not, is a better solution than barring specific peoples from the armed forces. Despite the Fort Hood incident, Muslims and people of Middle Eastern descent should not be prohibited from joining the military. Many people of different races and nationalities have served in the military when they were not popular, such as blacks and the Japanese. Furthermore, many Muslims have served and are serving our country faithfully at this time. Although we, as a country, must be careful and conscious of our safety, we cannot address these concerns with fear and discrimination that would only hurt our country in the long run.
Jelani Sims is a religious studies and professional writing junior.
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“The speech of man is a magnificent and impressive thing when it surges along like a golden river, with thoughts and words pouring out in rich abundance.” It is doubtful whether any of our modern partisans of Strunk and White would dare say such heresy; they would prefer something wrong and unoriginal, like “Words are best when they are few.” Instead, this was set down by the great Renaissance thinker Desiderius Erasmus, as the first sentence of “De Copia,” a whole book on how to write abundantly. Why has our attitude changed so much since then? Why is it that, rather than teaching how to actually write well, the style manuals of today seem obsessed GERARD with reducing the number of words and KEISER the length of sentences? It is as if they believed reading was some sort of torture, and so writers should exhaust their powers to spare their audience as much of it as possible, or that words were the very essence of all that is wrong with the world, obliging conscientious writers to strenuously limit themselves. And Erasmus was certainly not writing an unqualified endorsement of silly padding. First, this style is not just about having a great quantity of words; the real goal is to have an immense variety of expression. And he endlessly cautions against taking the “abundant style” to an extreme, or becoming one of those who “display their jabbering in one variation after another, each worse than the last, as if they had entered a competition with themselves to speak just as barbarously as it is possible to speak.” At the same time, he praises the “laconic brevity” for having its own sort of elegance. However, there are times when a profuse, repetitive wealth of words can be quite beneficial. For one thing, when done properly, it is beautiful. Erasmus graciously supplies us with a famous passage of over 10 dozen variations on “Your letter pleased me greatly.” Imagine if people actually wrote, “When I received your most gracious letter, boundless happiness occupied every recess of my soul,” or “Your communication poured vials of joy on my head.” It is true that this sounds ridiculous, but is it actually bad, or do we just not like to express ourselves so freely due to cultural restraints? If youths were in the habit of composing sonnets for their ladies, then probably such examples would be more highly looked upon. Such a style may also be easier on the reader. It lengthens the space in which the idea is expressed, letting it be more properly digested and absorbed into the mind, rather than hurriedly gulping down a series of dehydrated aphorisms, which then expand within you and cause discomfort. But wouldn’t it be more efficient to write with fewer words? If that is the way you want it, many things could be more efficient. Workers could set up cots at their jobs. Communication could be replaced with texting. Many of our nutrients could be injected into the blood. It would all be so efficient! And if what we want from writing is efficiency, we can go much further than what we have now. Instead of this long, inefficient waste of paper, we could have something like this: Erasmus wrote “De Copia.” Style manuals = brevity. Not just abundance. Abundance = good. Abundance = easier. Inefficient, but who cares? Abundance = memory. Try it at home! In certain ways, abundance may actually be more efficient. The modern theories will have you saying everything only once, with no redundancy. However, “repetition is the mother of learning,” so reading the same thing expressed several times in different ways could actually help you to remember better, which is definitely more efficient than reading something and then forgetting it. The diversity of expression will also help to hold things in memory, and while perhaps an excess could distract from the meaning, the phrase will remain in the mind to be recalled and considered later. Certainly this does not mean abundance is the only style worth having; the world is filled with phrases and sentences that are glorious in their brevity. But, in the world of sentence fragments and blog posts, one should remember that paucity is not final word. Gerard Keiser is a classical languages sophomore.
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Friday, Nov. 20, 2009 SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -Friends and associates who listen closely will know instantly that your opinions are coming from the bottom of your heart. Don’t hold back if you have something important to discuss. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- There’s no reason to be alarmed if someone close to you appears to be poking his or her nose in your financial affairs. This person has some profitable possibilities to present to you. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- There’s a strong possibility that an appealing member of the opposite gender could enter your life. He or she could be the right one. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Desire is a more powerful force than you might imagine. If there is something you want, your ingenuity may be able to acquire it. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -You might not attempt to do so consciously, but when you make an entrance, you may show off your charisma in such a powerful and favorable manner that everyone will take note. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- People are drawn to you, so it’s a good time to set your sights higher than usual while you have their support. You may accomplish some things that you couldn’t previously.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -It’s important to you that people think you are a fair person, and you’ll do all that you can to make it your image. Those to whom you show this concern will, in return, be equally so with you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Even though you might play a minor role, you will be involved in an arrangement with another that could prove exceptionally rewarding -- all because you’re in the right spot at the right time. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Getting involved with an energetic friend will make you a more happy-go-lucky person. A little fun will do you good. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Instead of watching TV in your leisure hours, pursue an endeavor that requires imagination and an artistic touch. You’re endowed with both, and it will refurbish your being. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- If you don’t waffle at the first sign of opposition, everything you undertake will work out wonderfully. Keep a positive frame of mind, and move forward with joy and victory in mind. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -When shopping for a big-ticket item, check out as many stores as time permits. There’s a great deal waiting for you, but you’ll have to track it down in order to enjoy its benefits.
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Angst abounds in No More Heroes to release first studio album in Norman new ‘Twilight’ flick ASHLEY BERNTGEN Daily Staff Writer
The “Twilight” series is a powerful metaphor for relationships, all right — consider it a parable on the danger of unhealthy psychological attachments. Which relationship is that, you ask? Pick one. Trouble DUSTY SOMERS is, I don’t t h i n k anyone involved with the preternaturally popular franchise based on the novels by Stephenie Meyer gets that. In “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” moody high schooler Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart, “Adventureland”) is rejected by the love of her life, vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson, “Little Ashes”), when he and his family must leave small-town Forks, Wash., for mysterious reasons. Bella’s world crashes, and she is wracked with gutwrenching nightmares and haunted by a cheesy CGI pixie dust version of Edward. Fortunately, she finds comfort in the brawny arms of her friend Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner, “Cheaper by the Dozen 2”), but as quickly as she’s launched herself into another world-encompassing relationship, he rebuffs her advances, citing a terrible secret. Cue round two of the hollow-eyed depression, screaming fits and a general series of angsty histrionics. There’s such a great model of relationship dynamics here — whether she’s on Team Edward or Team Jacob right now, the impressionable tween “Twilight” fan is going to be on Team Codependency in a few years. Soon enough, Bella discovers there are werewolves (some of the worst CGI in a major film in some time) lurking in Forks who are sworn enemies of the vampires, but have a treaty in place that prevents chaos and bloodshed. But fortunately for Bella’s fragile little heartstrings, both Edward and Jacob are soon back in her presence on their
figurative knees, looking to get back in her life. Director Chris Weitz already ran one franchise into the ground with “The Golden Compass,” which had a planned series of sequels until Weitz’s film flopped hard. It appears he’s trying to repeat the feat with his tone-deaf, all-over-the-place incompetent entry into the series, but it’ll hardly matter with “Twilight’s” built-in audience. (He won’t be back, as “30 Days of Night” director David Slade helmed the next entry, “Eclipse.”) Weitz opts for super slow motion every time there’s a whiff of action, and his direction to his actors seems to consist of advising them to speak haltingly with a blank stare on their faces — this two-hour-plus film could’ve easily wrapped in under 90 minutes if these people would stop pausing so much and just spit it out. Stewart, who’s a capable actress, gets buried under the crushing stupidity and fickleness of her character, while Pattinson, who’s considering giving up acting after the “Twilight” series, would do well to pull the trigger on that plan — impeccable brooding does not an actor make. Lautner, who’s topless in “New Moon” so much, it seems he thought he was making a movie set on the beach, gives a bluntly onenote performance, but is a serviceable piece of beefcake, at least according to the bevy of teenage squeals that accompanied his every appearance at the advance screening I attended. Elsewhere in the film, the fabulous Michael Sheen (“The Damned United”) slums it up as the leader of vampire tribunal the Volturi, and Dakota Fanning (“Push”) makes a mercifully brief appearance as Jane, one of the Volturi guards. “New Moon” plods along with no sense of pace, fueled by the hormonally-charged script by Melissa Rosenberg that likes to draw a comparison between its tale and “Romeo and Juliet.” Sure, and Rob Pattinson is the spitting image of Bela Lugosi.
No More Heroes will perform and release its new album, “Surrounded by the Broken” at 9 tonight at Coach’s Brewhouse, 110 W. Main St. No More Heroes is a rock band that was formed in Oklahoma City in the summer of 2007 by vocalist Corley Moore and lead guitarist Travis Nichols. Moore said the dynamic was simple. “He wrote music, I wrote words,” he said. The band’s lineup eventually came to include current bassist Caleb Kerr and drummer Kris Ballenger. No More Heroes has been working on its songwriting since the release of its garage album, and believes the new
studio album exhibits the growth of the band. Moore said the members have been learning the dynamics of songs and learning what they think makes a good song. This is the third time No More Heroes will be playing at Coach’s Brewhouse. Moore said he expects the venue to be part of what will make the night special. “We had so much fun playing there the first time, it’s become one of our haunts”, Moore said. After the show Friday and release of “Surrounded by the Broken,” Moore said the band is focusing on garnering fans.
“[We want to] play shows, get in front of people, and pick up fans,” Moore said.
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