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65°/45° owl.ou.edu CAMPUS BRIEFS UOSA FALL GENERAL ELECTION The UOSA fall general election will take place Tuesday and Wednesday online at elections.ou.edu. Students will be able to vote on the recall of 17 Congress members, for college-based student representatives and on a constitutional question calling for an amendment redistricting several colleges. For more information and to view the candidate profiles, go to elections.ou.edu.
HUMAN RIGHTS WEEK FACILITATES LOCAL ACTIVISM Events hosted by organizations each day to educate students TROY WEATHERFORD Daily Staff Writer
This week, campus organizations are working together to host events designed to promote human rights and to prevent human rights abuses. UOSA, the Union Programming Board and the Student Activist Network are presenting the first Human Rights Week at OU today through Friday. “It is important to have something like this to bring people out of the woodwork and give them the opportunity to find a cause that they feel passionate about,” said Isaac Freeman, UOSA coordinator of international activism. ACTIVISM CONTINUES ON PAGE 2
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This week is OU’s Human Rights Week, which will be hosted by the University of Oklahoma Student Association, the Student Activist Network and the Union Programming Board.
Oil-drilling ship simulator gives experience
ACTIVISTS PROTEST ABORTION BILL AT STATE CAPITOL SOWER MAGAZINE WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED THIS MONTH Sower magazine, a publication of Student Media, will not be published this month due to low advertising sales. The winter issue and last issue of the semester will appear online at OUDaily.com Nov. 16 with feature articles on winter fashion, how to survive the holidays with family, how to make holiday dinners and offer advice on buying gifts.
Petroleum, geological engineers to benefit from new installation MARA NELSON Contributing Writer
OU TO PARTNER WITH KYOTO UNIVERSITY FOR SYMPOSIUM OU will partner with Kyoto University to present the International Symposium on Radar and Modeling Studies of the Atmosphere Tuesday through Friday in Kyoto, Japan. The symposium is being organized by OU’s College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences and Atmospheric Radar Research Center in collaboration with Kyoto University’s Disaster Prevention Research Institute and Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere. Information will be exchanged on a wide range of ongoing and future research at both institutions, including the latest weather radar and lidar technologies and assimilation of radar data into high-precision numerical prediction models. “This symposium represents one of several efforts to better link research and graduate study between OU and Kyoto University in the common areas of weather radar and numerical modeling research,” said John Snow, OU College of A&GS dean. “Kyoto has world-famous programs in these areas that are synergistic and complementary with similar programs at OU.”
LECTURE ON CURRENT TRENDS IN JOURNALISM Two Native American journalists from the Osage News in Pawhuska will speak about current trends in the journalism industry at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications. Shannon Shaw, interim editor of the Osage News, and Benny Polacca, a staff writer at the Osage News, will discuss current trends in journalism including layoffs and transitioning content online. Shaw is a former reporter from The Santa Fe New Mexican and a graduate of OU. Polacca is a former reporter from The Forum newspaper in Fargo, N.D., and a graduate of Arizona State University. The event is hosted by the OU chapter of the Native American Journalists Association. A mixer will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the first floor in the new wing of Gaylord Hall. The lecture and discussion will follow at 6 and will be held in Gaylord’s stateof-the-art auditorium. The public is invited to both events. -Daily staff reports
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Students and activists from across Oklahoma gather at the Capitol building in Oklahoma City Friday afternoon to protest the House Bill 1595. The bill will ban gender-based abortions and would require women who receive abortions to have personal information placed on a public, state-run Web site.
A new simulator, which will train OU students for life on an oil-drilling ship, is being installed in the ExxonMobil Lawrence G. Rawl Engineering Practice Facility. National Oilwell Varco constructed the simulator and donated it to OU. Four of these simulators exist in the U.S., and OU is the only university in the nation to have one. Final installations and tests are currently underway in preparation for drilling classes to begin in January, said Luanne Howk, College of Engineering facility coordinator. The simulator will function as if students were on a drill ship, said Chandra Rai, academic director of petroleum and geological engineering. “It is a digital machine where students can actually hear the sounds and feel the vibration,” Rai said. There are three drilling chairs and 12 SIMULATOR CONTINUES ON PAGE 2
Anti-abortion organization aims to explain position Group works to defend against misconceptions NATASHA GOODELL Daily Staff Writer
Members of Pro-Life Ambassadors will be passing out pamphlets and hosting a table in the Oklahoma Memorial Union throughout this week. They will also host speakers at 6 p.m. Thursday in the union’s Sooner Room to make people more aware of their opinions on the issues surrounding
abortion. “We firmly believe it is not a reproductive rights issue, it’s a human rights issue,” said Jared Haines, president of Pro-Life Ambassadors. “We think women have rights over their bodies but not by violating the rights of others.” The Pro-Life Ambassadors’ events are simultaneous with OU’s Human Rights Week, but Haines said they are not part of Human Rights Week nor is UOSA sponsoring the events. Haines, philosophy and economics junior, said the ambassadors
want to have civil conversations in order to discuss what people think and why. “We just wanted to have a time when we try to make people think more about the issue with a focus on the fetus being a human, with human life beginning at conception,” Haines said. He said they have about 20 to 30 students participating with the ambassadors’ efforts. He said they will also be chalking baby feet across campus as part of their attempt to raise awareness and make people think about the
topic. Jacquie Meyer, English senior, said she started participating with the Pro-Life Ambassadors last year when it first became a student organization. She said she will be handing out pamphlets on the South Oval that explain the anti-abortion position. “It explains what pro-life is and why it makes sense,” Meyer said. Meyer said the Pro-Life Ambassadors have created a Web site for the information that is PRO-LIFE CONTINUES ON PAGE 2
Gov. Henry appoints OU alumnus as new judge of state court William Hetherington to succeed retired judge RICKY MARANON Daily Staff Writer
Cleveland County District Court Judge William C. Hetherington received an appointment Friday to the State Court of Civil Appeals from Gov. Brad Henry. Hetherington graduated from OU in 1970 and earned his law degree from Oklahoma City University in 1979. He will succeed Judge Glenn Adams, who retired last September. “I am honored to be chosen,”
Hetherington said. “I want to thank everyone. I have great respect for Gov. Henry for putting his trust in the people who I work with, from the other judges in Cleveland me.” Hetherington said despite the County to every lawyer who has come in my courtroom. job change, he will comThe new job will be very mute from Norman to different from what I do Oklahoma City every day. now.” “I’ve spent most of my life Hetherington will be a living within three blocks of part of a three-judge panel the football stadium, and I that will mainly look at don’t plan on changing that briefs and hear appeals, he anytime soon,” he said. said. Hetherington said his “With the job I have new job will present him WILLIAM now, I do a lot of work in with new challenges he HETHERINGTON the trenches, and it can didn’t face in the Cleveland be very messy,” Hetherington said. County District Court. “I couldn’t be any more excited,” “The new job will require some Hetherington said. “But I will miss other things out of me that I didn’t
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do at my old post.” Henry said Hetherington’s experience made him a very qualified candidate for the position on the court of appeals. “William Hetherington has the intellect, integrity and temperament that will make him ideal for the Court of Civil Appeals,” Gov. Henry stated in a press release. “It is my pleasure to make this appointment to the bench.” Hetherington has been a district judge in Oklahoma’s 21st Judicial District since 1992. Before that, he served as a special district judge and was in a private practice. Hetherington said he will take his new post Nov. 19.
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Pro-life Continued from page 1 included in these pamphlets. “I care a lot about human life, and I have a desire for people to know and understand both sides of the issue,” Meyer said. “I think a lot of people misunderstand the pro-choice side, and a lot of people misunderstand the pro-life side.” Meyer said she thinks discussing how people get to their conclusions on the issue and understanding how each side gets to that point is really important. “I think dialogue is huge,” Meyer said. “I don’t really see the point in getting in screaming matches with people because I don’t think that really helps people.” Emma Hunsaker, University College freshman and supporter of abortion rights, said
Activism Continued from page 1 The events will begin with a lecture hosted by OU Hillel and presented by Carsten Schapkow, assistant professor of Jewish history, who specializes in German-Jewish history from the 18th to the 20th centuries. “Shedding Light on Human Rights in the Shadow of the Holocaust” will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday night in Meacham Auditorium, Freeman said. On Tuesday, Students for a Democratic Society will present “Make _____ not War” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the South Oval. They will present alternatives to war, said Freeman. Also on Tuesday, the women’s and gender studies department will present “Gendercide: a Panel Discussion about Women and Conflict Around the World” at 7 p.m. in Meacham Auditorium. OU professors Zermarie Deacon, Jill Irvine, Clemencia Rodriguez and Elyssa Faison as speakers. The campus group Facilitating African Rehabilitation will present the new Invisible Children film about the struggle between the Lord’s Resistance Army and the Ugandan Army from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Meacham Auditorium. The LRA slaughters families and forces
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she supports what the Pro-Life Ambassadors “The best approach to this is with as little are doing. bias as possible, just presenting the facts,” “I think that part of being pro-choice Foltyn said. “It shouldn’t be about trying to is being able to see both sides,” Hunsaker coerce someone into thinking one way or ansaid. “I think they have just as much of a other, which this demonstration will probaright as pro-choice people bly be doing, but I do know do in talking about their it’s really hard to do that.” “My true belief in this opinions.” Foltyn said there will unHunsaker said she knows issue is that it’s not about doubtedly be people who there are a lot of people who morals, it’s about politics misunderstand each side, misunderstand each side it’s just human nature. and the transaction of on this issue. “Living in America, so “I think it’s trying to look power between people.” much of the foundation is past all of the biases and made of having the choice getting down to how you -GABRIEL CAMPBELL, to do something and not would feel if you were put CHEMISTRY AND BOTANY JUNIOR about the government tellin the situation where these ing you to do something,” laws would affect you,” Hunsaker said. Foltyn said. “It’s kind of a violation, in some Taylor Foltyn, University College fresh- regards, to some of the founding ideas.” man and supporter of abortion rights, said Gabriel Campbell, chemistry and botany he thinks both views should be known. junior and supporter of abortion rights, said children into fighting for them, and the war is largely ignored, said Matthew Mead, FAR president. Advocates for Sexual Awareness and the OU Women’s Outreach Center will present “Take Back the Night,” a rally and march at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on the union’s East Lawn. Refreshments will be served before a Women’s and Gender Studies faculty member speaks about violence against women in Oklahoma. Survivors of sexual assault will also share their experiences. The march will begin at 9:45 p.m. around campus and along Boyd Street, according to Jennifer Cox, ASA treasurer and intern for the Women’s Outreach Center. An activism involvement fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in Beaird Lounge. Over 20 organizations are scheduled to attend, Freeman said. From 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, the Student Activist Network will host a panel discussion titled “How to be a Student Activist,” in the union’s Regents Room. The final event will be a benefit concert hosted by Amnesty International from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday night at Second Wind on Campus Corner. Freeman said a major goal of the week is to promote a more prominent activist culture in Norman. “In America we are very comfortable, and we have a high quality of life, but around the
he thinks it’s a good thing for people to have access to information about both sides of the issue. “People should be available to information that’s based on scientific thought and truth,” he said. “I think this has definitely become more of a political thing than a moral thing,” Campbell said. “I think it has been purposefully manipulated because it’s a way to gain power in politics.” Campbell said he thinks the way to eliminate this is for there to be less corruption and a change in perspective. “My true belief in this issue is that it’s not about morals, it’s about politics and the transaction of power between people,” Campbell said. “I don’t think it should be this way; I think the benefit of society, as a whole, should be more important than the motive of politicians.”
HUMAN RIGHTS WEEK EVENTS
Monday 5 to 6 p.m., Meacham Auditorium Lecture: “Search for Human Rights in the Shadow of the Holocaust”
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Tuesday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., South Oval “Make _____ Not War” 7 to 9 p.m., Meacham Auditorium Panel Discussion: Gendercide Wednesday 7 to 9 p.m., Meacham Auditorium Film: Invisible Children’s “The Rescue” 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., union East Lawn Rally and March: “Take Back the Night” Thursday 11 a.m. to 3p.m., Beaird Lounge Activism Involvement Fair 6 to 7:30 p.m., Regents Room, OMU Panel Discussion: “How to be a Student Activist” Friday 8 p.m. to midnight, Second Wind Amnesty International Human Rights Benefit Concert world … people are suffering from human rights abuses every day,” Freeman said.
high-definition monitors synced together for students to see the ship on which they are working. Rai said students have access to all the controls of the drilling well on the sides of the chair in which they are sitting. It is modeled after a drill ship currently located off the coast of southeast Asia. Students will be able to incorporate actual well log measurements from the ship, said Frances Freeman, petroleum and geological engineering student relations coordinator. Also, it can simulate weather conditions and time of day. For example, if it happens to be raining on the ship, the weather conditions will show up on the monitors. The students then have to judge their work around that condition, Rai said. The students will get hands-on training as if they are doing an internship during school. The simulator is a step toward the overall training concept of using other simulators in the near future, he said. “We are still brainstorming how it will best be used,” Rai said. The college is planning to hire a full-time instructor who has at least 25 to 30 years of experience in drilling to coordinate the course, Rai said.
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Norman parks, recreation facilities to undergo renovation Surveyed residents support small sales tax increase NICOLE HILL Contributing Writer
Norman’s parks are outdated and in need of major improvements and renovations, according to a consultant hired by the city. James Carillo, of the Texas-based Halff Associates Inc., recently told the City Council the renovation of existing parks should be a top priority and presented the Norman Parks and Recreation Master Plan. “The city wanted to develop a master plan for our entire Parks and Recreation System,” said Jud Foster, parks and recreation head. Foster said the plan was “long overdue,” as the city hadn’t had one done since the 1960s. And Norman residents were ready for a change to the city’s 55 neighborhoods and community parks. “This information primarily comes from citizen input ... either through surveys or public meetings or stakeholder groups,” Foster said. To gather this citizen input, the city went on a search for the right consulting firm. After receiving a number of responses, a citizen’s committee narrowed down the responses to six. Halff Associates was chosen. The list of “very high priority” items includes renovating some of the existing parks in the system, adding three to four miles of new hiking and biking trails, replacing or
renovating the Westwood pool, developing a new state-of-the-art recreation facility and developing Ruby Grant Park in northwest Norman. The estimated cost for these items runs between $28 and 49 million. Another six items rank as high priority goals, including sports area improvements to Griffin Park and Reaves Park, a competition pool adjacent to the proposed recreation center, tennis facilities at Westwood Park and continued improvements to neighborhood parks. These suggestions carry an estimated price tag of $15 to 24 million. At the council meeting, Carillo said most Norman residents surveyed said they would support a 1/2-cent sales tax to finance the improvements. Foster said should the plan be adopted, the next step would be to find funding. These goals would be more long-term than immediate, Foster said. “The whole purpose is to create a road map for us to follow for the next 10 years or so,” he said. He said the plan is designed to be flexible based on the community’s changing wants and desires. “The most important part of the process was the amount of community input and that it was community driven,” Foster said. “It represents the needs and wants of our community.” Chantal Hite said she brings her daughters to Reaves Park usually at least once a week. “Ever since [my daughter] was a baby,
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A rope ladder at the Reaves Park playground is one of the many examples of run-down equipment in Norman city parks. Local parks have been classified as in need of updates and improvements. we’d come swing,” Hite said. She said the family is pleased overall with the park but agreed some of the equipment showed wear and tear. Proposed urgent changes for Reaves Park, located at 2501 Jenkins Ave., include improvements to the existing softball field. She said she hopes any improvements or renovations won’t change the nature of the park itself.
“My kids love this park,” Hite said. The final draft of the plan is being completed and will be presented to the City Council at a meeting in late November or early December, Foster said. The recommendation of the Board of Parks and Recreation and the steering committee is for the council to adopt the plan.
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NATIONAL WEATHER FESTIVAL BRINGS FAMILIES, FUN IN THE SUN
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Children surrounded by their families help meteorologists launch a weather balloon during the National Weather Festival Saturday at the National Weather Center. There were three weather balloons launched Saturday, which children had the opportunity to help launch.
The UOSA Graduate Student Senate is expected to vote on amending OU’s non-discrimination clause at its meeting Nov. 22. Arni Alvarez, Senate Human Diversity Committee chairman, said his committee is ready to bring the bill to the floor by the next meeting. Alvarez said his committee added language to the bill passed by the UOSA Undergraduate Student Congress on Sept. 29 that added “sexual orientation and gender identity” to OU’s non-discrimination clause. He said his committee added “sexual expression and sexual identity” to the clause along with “sexual orientation and gender identity.” Susan Adams-Johnson, Graduate Student Senate chairwoman, said even though the bill was passed in the Undergraduate Student Congress in September, the Senate wanted to re-examine the bill for loop-holes. “This is an issue that we care about deeply and compassionately, and we wanted to make sure we got it right,” Adams-Johnson said. -Ricky Maranon/The Daily
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Individual’s actions should not lead to exclusion of many The massacre at Fort Hood, Texas has been traumatic for people around the country, and in the search for answers, some have looked to the background of the alleged shooter, particularly his Islamic religious beliefs. According to an article on news9.com, “There has been major concern for backlash against the Muslims across the nation, including the 12,000 who live in the Metro” because of Major Nidal Hasan’s actions. This backlash can already be seen. According to another news9.com, some have taken to the Internet, calling for Muslims to be banned from serving in the military. We think this type of reaction to the Fort Hood attack is wrong. The actions of one misguided man of one religion do not represent everybody who believes in that religion. This is especially the case when his actions may not have been based on his belief in that religion.
This mindset is a generalization based in prejudice. Not to mention the fact that many crazy people have used many different religions to justify taking innocent lives. People have killed in the name of Christianity, Islam, agnosticism, etc. And in each of those cases, the individual’s actions did not represent all of the other adherers to whatever religion happened to be used. Also, banning anybody from serving in the military based on religion is wrong. If someone is willing to bravely risk his or her life to defend this country, he or she should have the right to do so. After all, we are first and foremost Americans. We are diverse in background, beliefs and religions. That’s what makes this country so great. To exclude an entire group of people from participating in some aspect of our society based on the actions of an individual is and always will be wrong.
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A proposal to change the eligibility to run for UOSA president was not approved last week.
Enrolling through the new oZONE enrollment system is hard, to say the least.
Students will have more choices in this week’s UOSA elections because of an increased number of candidates.
Mass killings at Fort Hood and in Orlando shocked the nation last week. Maine voters struck down marriage for gay people last week.
Student activists are bringing issues like sexual assault and a discussion on abortion rights to the forefront through planned events and protests.
Christmas is more than a month away, but many businesses are already starting advertising campaigns that commercialize the holiday.
The Berlin Wall fell 20 years ago last week, marking a symbolic end to the Cold War.
Health care reform bill needs to get passed soon On Saturday, the House passed its version of a health care reform bill. The vote was 220-215, a relat i v e l y na r row margin for a body with 258 Democrats. Although this is a major step forward for Obama’s proposed health care reform, CHRIS things are still DEARNER looking grim for the Democrats. This week, Senate majority leader Harry Reid admitted that a health care bill may not come anywhere near to passage before 2010 – which is something of an understatement, considering that Lieberman has recently said he would not support cloture on the bill. The consequences of the health care reform debate stretching into the new year would be dire. Many of the same things that were said about the Clinton bill in 1993 – that it is too long and complicated, that it will cost too much, that it amounts to a government takeover of health care – are being said of both the Senate and the House versions of the bill. Drumming up fear about big
government in America is like shooting fish in a barrel. Giving the bill’s political opponents and the health care industry (who, since the introduction of a public option, has been vehemently opposed to the reform they once ostensibly supported) an entire December recess to pick apart the bill would drastically weaken public support, much like the famous “Harry and Lousie” ads contributed to the demise of the Clinton bill 16 years ago. The blue dog Democrats are also going to get more and more nervous as the midterm elections approach. The closer it gets to November 2010, the more dodgy the blue dogs are going to be about supporting anything as solidly liberal as health care reform. Mustering the Senate Democrats is already a Herculean task for Reid – come 2010, it may well be impossible. And the saddest part of this is without the passage of some sort of health care reform, the embattled Democrats with more conservative constituencies don’t stand a chance at re-election. Their bases will be disappointed and turn out in low numbers, the moderates will be upset that they haven’t done anything, and the conservatives won’t vote for them
anyway. The closer it gets to the December recess without the passage of health care reform, the more it looks like 1994, when the Clinton health care bill was finally killed by the Democrats losing their majority in both houses. The only real chance they have is to water down the bill enough to get the centrist Democrats on board soon. That very well may not be enough, given that Lieberman seems to be taking his talking points straight from the health care industry and has suddenly turned on the bill. Even if all 58 Democrats in the Senate and one of the independents supported health care, Reid would still be one very important vote short of being able to break a Republican filibuster. Thanks to the inability of the Democratic Party to act as a unit, and despite the passage of a bill in the House, the likelihood of any sort of comprehensive health care reform is looking as far away as ever. Unless something changes, and changes quickly, Democrats may have to wait another 16 years before they have this chance again.
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Dear Daily editor, I’m writing in response to Natasha Goodell’s article on Reproductive Rights Week, which featured tabling in the Union, an event each night last week and a protest at the state capitol Friday. As one of those quoted in the article (and a member of the Women’s and Gender Studies Student Association), I have to wonder why this article did not actually talk about the events planned for last week. Monday night there was a screening of “I Had an Abortion” in Beaird Lounge, Tuesday night featured the prominent scholar Dr. Carol Mason and there was a Reproductive Rights Town Hall meeting on Wednesday night. All these events were carefully targeted on women’s experiences, voices and needs in a direct response to House Bill 1595. Goodell’s article does not elaborate on this legislation, leaving the reader to wonder what all the activists are so upset about. House Bill 1595 has already passed our state legislature: it would require women to fill out (and doctors to submit) a lengthy questionnaire that includes information such as race, age, education-level, income, number of children, relationship to the father and payment method. This information would then be put on a publicly viewable database - which would cost taxpayers well over $300,000 to create and maintain over the next two years. Women’s and reproductive rights activists are concerned that this bill is a violation of women’s privacy and is designed to make the abortion process even more trying and time-consuming than it already is in our state. While Goodell’s article opens with a quote about how this is not necessarily a pro-life/pro-choice issue, she goes on to divide the article into “pro-choice” and “pro-life.” The students’ quotes in the “pro-life” section have little-to-nothing to do with HB 1595 or Reproductive Rights Week, which distracts the reader from the issue at hand. Furthermore, the article ends with the ominous “Why would anyone take the chance to murder?” - this is an emotionally-loaded, irrelevant statement in this discussion. Giving this quote the significance of the last word when it does not deal with the ostensible topic of the article is a slap in the face to all of us who have worked so hard to create a safe, intelligent and sensitive dialogue about reproductive rights. Respectfully yours, Elizabeth Rucker International and area studies/interdisciplinary perspectives on the environment sophomore
UOSA RIGHT IN RESPONSE TO OKLAHOMA STUDENTS FOR A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY To the editor: I am writing today to take issue with the claim that UOSA is attempting to stifle the reform efforts of the Oklahoma Students for a Democratic Society. This use of the word “stifle” suggests that UOSA is somehow being unreasonable in opposing the reforms suggested by the Oklahoma Students for a Democratic Society. While I can certainly understand and sympathize with the need to reform UOSA — a body that is pathologically ineffective, unrepresentative and generally incompetent — I cannot understand how anyone can see the efforts of the Oklahoma Students for a Democratic Society as anything but irrational. If there is a real need for reform, why is the Oklahoma Students for a Democratic Society relying upon legalistic loopholes to push its agenda? After all, if the student body felt as though its Student Congress representatives needed to be recalled en masse, then what would be the prudential reasoning that would drive the Oklahoma Students for a Democratic Society to submit a recall petition with a single name on it or to attempt to recall someone not of their district? The reason UOSA opposes these reforms is that they cut against the grain of how our student government is structured. There are appropriate channels through which to push for reform. Instead, they are abusing the system and attempting to get measures on the ballot so that they can rely upon voter apathy and ignorance to push through these ill-advised reforms. This is not democracy, it is demagoguery and imposition of the worst kind. UOSA is wise and right to be opposing the reforms suggested by the Oklahoma Students for a Democratic Society. And while it may be the only thing they have gotten right in recent years, The Daily is patently in error for attempting to suggest that opposition to the Oklahoma Students for a Democratic Society’s reforms is somehow illegitimate. Christiaan Mitchell Educational studies doctoral student
SALUTE TO OU’S HOSPITALITY My wife and I had the pleasure of enjoying the unexpected hospitality of the great citizens of Norman and the students of the University of Oklahoma last Saturday. We came down to tailgate with friends, tour the campus and root our Wildcats to victory (two out of three ain’t bad). Whether enjoying the parade, walking through Heisman Park, indulging in tailgate or waiting in line to find our seats, we were greeted and made to feel welcome. I intend to share this OU-style hospitality with visitors to Kansas State University’s football stadium. Thanks for an almost perfect weekend! Tom & Stacey Macy Junction City, Kan.
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Ill. prosecutors seek journalism students’ grades CHICAGO — A Northwestern grades when we should be talking University professor and journal- about whether there’s an innocent ism students, who spent three years man in prison?” said Evan Benn, a investigating the case of a man con- former Protess student mentioned victed in the 1978 killing of a secu- in the state’s subpoena. None of rity guard, believe they have evi- the students has been individually dence that shows prosecutors put subpoenaed. the wrong man behind bars. But in The prosecutor’s office — led the quest to prove his by A n i t a A l v a re z , innocence, they may “It’s been framed who last year was have to defend them- as a witch hunt or a elected Cook County selves, too. state’s attorney on a Cook County pros- fishing expedition, reputation for toughecutors have out- and it’s not. We’re ness — said it’s just raged the university engaging in a being thorough and and the journalism wants to determine community by issu- discovery process if students may have ing subpoenas to pro- as we would in any skewed their findings fessor David Protess criminal to get a good grade. seeking his students’ “It’s been framed grades, his syllabus investigation.” as a witch hunt or a and their private efishing expedition, mails. Prosecutors SALLY DALY, and it’s not,” said Sally claim since the team SPOKESWOMAN FOR Daly, spokeswoman was made up of stu- ALVAREZ for Alvarez. “We’re endents, they may have gaging in a discovery been under pressure process as we would to prove the case to get a good in any criminal investigation.” grade. Northwestern’s lawyers have It’s a first for Protess and his filed a motion to quash the subinvestigative reporting students, poenas, and the judge may act who have helped free 11 innocent on that Tuesday, when a hearing men from prison, including death is set to hear arguments about row, since 1996. Their work also whether there should be a new is credited with prompting then- trial in the case. In the prosGov. George Ryan to empty the ecution’s response, they argue state’s death row in 2003, re-ignit- that Protess and his students ing a national debate on the death aren’t journalists and therefore penalty. aren’t protected by reporters’ “Why are we talking about our privilege.
Northwestern University professor David Protess, founder of the Medill Innocence Project, talks with journalism students at a reporting strategy session in Evanston, Ill. Cook County prosecutors have outraged the university and the journalism community by issuing subpoenas for Protess’ syllabus along with the grades and private e-mails of his students who spent three years investigating a convicted man they believe is innocent. John Lavine, dean of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, considers that argument chilling. “I don’t think the prosecution in a criminal case ... or the defense ever ought to be able to say we decide who is a journalist,” Lavine said. “They should never have that
right.” Protess and his students spent three academic years investigating the case of Anthony McKinney, a suburban Chicago man serving a life sentence for killing a security guard in 1978. After interviewing witnesses and inspecting documents, they’re convinced that
Lawmakers eye tax breaks amid shortfall OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma gives three months of the fiscal year that began on away billions of dollars in tax revenue July 1. through hundreds of exemptions, credits The shortfall is forecast to deepen in the and deductions that some lawmakers say coming months as revenue remains static the state may no longer be able to afford as it and new tax cuts approved by state lawmakslips deeper into a revenue shortfall. ers kick in, said David Blatt, director of policy Tax breaks have been granted to manufac- for the Oklahoma Policy Institute. turers, farmers and ranchers, oil and gas proTax cuts scheduled to take effect next year ducers and a variety of other groups over the include the final phase of repealing the state years as lawmakers work estate tax, which disapto encourage economic “Passing tax law is like pears in 2010, as well as activity. making sausage — there’s another increase in the But officials say some deduction for no science to it. There is standard of those tax breaks could Oklahomans who do not be suspended and others no policy foundation for itemize their income taxes, eliminated to keep revenue these tax exemptions. It’s Blatt said. The standard flowing for public education deduction currently costs and safety programs and to pure politics.” $685.5 million a year, acstate agencies that provide cording to the Oklahoma health care to the poor and REP. RICHARD MORRISSETTE, Tax Commission. D-OKLAHOMA CITY meals to the elderly. In addition, seniors will “Passing tax law is like have broader eligibility to making sausage — there’s no science to it,” deduct their retirement income. said Rep. Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma “Tax cuts are still phasing in,” he said. City. “There is no policy foundation for these “With some foresight the Legislature could tax exemptions. It’s pure politics.” have looked at the tax cuts that are still schedThe state imposes sales taxes on basic ne- uled to take effect.” cessities like food, but tickets to professional In addition, the Republican-controlled sporting events — a luxury for many people — Legislature has reduced the state income are exempt from sales taxes, Morrissette said. tax from a top rate of 6.65 percent to 5.5 per“There’s something really wrong with cent in recent years. Another cut in the top that,” Morrissette said. “We’re at a crossroads. income tax rate, to 5.25 percent, will take We need to protect people over multilateral effect once revenue is projected to grow corporations.” by more than 4 percent over the previous State financial officials have reduced year. monthly budget allocations to state agencies Blatt’s organization estimates the income by 5 percent due to a revenue shortfall caused tax cut will have a revenue impact of more by low energy prices and a slowing economy than $100 million and will be triggered in that has pushed tax revenues $388.3 million 2011. below estimated collections during the first Blatt said the budget shortfall could total
STATE BRIEFS 2 DIE IN BIPLANE CRASH NEAR ALTUS, OKLA., AIRPORT ALTUS — An official at the Altus airport says at least two people have died in the crash of a biplane near the airport. The names of the victims were not immediately released after the crash late Sunday morning about 1.5 miles west of the airport. Altus-Quartz Mountain Regional Airport supervisor Daniel Adams said more than one person was aboard the plane when it crashed about 11:20 a.m., but he didn’t specify how many. Adams said, however, that there were no survivors. Adams said officials from Altus, Jackson County and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol were on the scene Sunday afternoon.
2 SLAIN IN ATTACK AT HOME IN TULSA, OKLA. TULSA — Police say two people are dead after armed intruders entered a home in northeast Tulsa and fired several shots.
Police Capt. Karen Tipler said an unspecified number of people forced their way into the home, where four people were present. “Some folks came in, banged
on the door and after three attempts finally came inside, yelled at everybody to get on the ground,” Tipler said. —AP
up to $700 million for the fiscal year that ends June 30, a 14 percent decline in revenue from the previous year. Revenue will be $1.5 billion less than about three years ago — a 25 percent drop in tax collections. The Tax Commission’s Tax Expenditure Report for 2007-2008 lists more than 300 state tax exemptions, credits and deductions and estimates the amount of state revenue that would have been collected during a fiscal year if the tax breaks did not exist. A sales and use tax exemption for various forms of manufacturing activity deprives the state of more than $1.6 billion in tax revenue
McKinney had nothing to do with the murder. Several witnesses told the students that they implicated McKinney in the murder only after they were beaten by police. Northwestern’s legal clinic filed a petition seeking a new trial. —AP
a year, according to the report. An exemption granted to wholesalers who sell items to retailers for resale accounts for another $1.5 billion. An exemption on the sale of advertising accounts for $46.8 million in lost revenue, and an exemption on agricultural sales, including the sale of livestock, machinery and animal feed, totals $63.9 million in lost collections. In addition, 535 companies have participated in the state’s Quality Jobs Program, which provides financial incentives for relocating or expanding operations in the state if the company creates new, well-paying jobs and offers their employees health insurance, according to the Department of Commerce. —AP
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Expanding drug treatment: Is US ready to step up? NEW YORK — Based on the “It’s easy to talk a good game rhetoric, America’s war on drugs about more treatment and helping seems poised to shift into a more people,” said Scott Burns, execuenlightened phase where treat- tive director of the National District ment of addicts gains favor over Attorneys Association. “But it imprisonment of low-level offend- smashes head on into reality when ers. Questions abound, however, they don’t put their money where about the nation’s readiness to turn their mouth is.” the talk into reality. Money aside, the treatment field The economic case faces multiple chalfor expanding treat- “Fifty percent of lenges. At many proment, especially amid clients who enter grams, counselors — a recession, seems often former addicts treatment comc l e a r. Stu d y a f t e r themselves — are study concludes that plete it successfully low-paid and turntreating addicts, even — that means we’re over is high. Many in lengthy residenstates have yet to tial programs, costs losing half. We can impose effective sysmarkedly less than do better.” tems for evaluating incarcerating them, programs, a crucial so budget-strapped RAQUEL JEFFERS, issue in a field where s t at e s c o u l d s av e DIRECTOR OF NEW success is relative and millions. relapses inevitable. JERSEY’S DIVISION OF The unmet need for ADDICTION SERVICES “Fifty percent of climore treatment also ents who enter treatis vast. According to ment complete it sucfederal data, 7.6 million Americans cessfully — that means we’re losing needed treatment for illicit drug half,” said Raquel Jeffers, director of use in 2008, and only 1.2 million — New Jersey’s Division of Addiction or 16 percent — received it. Services. “We can do better.” But the prospect of savings on The appointment of treatment prison and court costs hasn’t pro- expert Tom McLellan as deputy duced a surge of new fiscal support director of the White House Office for treatment. California’s latest of National Drug Control Policy crisis budget, for example, strips all in April was seen as part of a shift but a small fraction of state funding of priorities for the drug czar’s away from a successful diversion office. and treatment program that voters McLellan said he sees greater approved in 2000. openness to expanding treatment
Garnett Wilson, third from left, leading a group counseling session at the Fortune Society, a nonprofit support center in New York. Wilson served prison time for armed robbery in the 1980s and now at 61 has two decades of drug counseling under his belt. but also deep misunderstanding or ignorance about scientific advances in the field and the need to integrate it into the health care system. Most Americans, he suggested, have an image of drug treatment formed from the movies — “cartoon treatment” involving emotional group encounters — and are unaware of a new wave of medications and other therapies that haven’t gained wide use despite proven effectiveness. “For the first time, it can truly
be said that we know what to do — we know the things that work,” he said. “But do we have the economic and political willingness to put them into place? If we do, we’ll see results.” McLellan, insisting he’s not “a wild-eyed liberal,” said expanding treatment wouldn’t negate the war on drugs. “Law enforcement is necessary, but it’s not sufficient,” he said. “You need effective preventive services, addiction and mental health services integrated with the rest of
medicine. You shouldn’t have to go to some squalid little place across the railroad tracks.” By federal count, there are more than 13,640 treatment programs nationwide, ranging from worldclass to dubious and mostly operating apart from the mainstream health-care industry. Dr. H. Westley Clark, director of the federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, said his agency wants states to develop better measurements of programs’ performance. “The data shows treatment saves money — $1 spent to $4 or $7 saved,” Clark said. “If you’re an altruist, making treatment available is a good thing. If you’re a narcissist, it’s a good thing — you’d pay less in taxes.” Treatment advocates are closely watching Congress, hoping the pending health care overhaul will expand insurance coverage for substance abuse programs. Recent federal data indicates that 37 percent of those seeking treatment don’t get it because they can’t pay for it — and many land in prison. The work force in drug treatment is, for the most part, modestly paid, with counselors often earning less than the $40,000 per year that it costs to keep an inmate in prison in many states. —AP
After immigrant killed in New York, others tell of abuse PATCHOGUE, N.Y. — The high school buddies who trolled the streets looking for Hispanics to attack called it “beaner hopping.” “Jose, Kevin and I started popping, and Jose punched him so hard he knocked him out,” Anthony Hartford told police, according to prosecutors. Hartford said he didn’t do it often: “Maybe only once a week.” There had been other high-profile attacks on a growing Hispanic population on eastern Long Island before Ecuadorean immigrant Marcelo Lucero was stabbed to death a year ago Sunday on a street corner. But it wasn’t until the seven teens accused in the killing told police of the attacks — and Hispanic residents who had been long silent about hate crimes came forward to confirm the stories — that officials began to realize
what they were dealing with. The year since the Lucero slaying has put a national spotlight on race relations and has seen the U.S. Justice Department launch a probe of hate crimes and police response to them. A national civil rights group released a study that found “a pervasive climate of fear in the Latino community” in Suffolk County. On Saturday, dozens of people, including Lucero’s mother, brother and sister, held a candlelight vigil where he died, singing, holding hands, and praying there wouldn’t be another such killing. Many victims said they had always been reluctant to contact police, fearing they would be asked about their immigration status. Just weeks after presiding at a funeral for Lucero, a preacher invited Hispanic crime victims to share their experiences. Dozens
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 or plead guilty. MINOR IN POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL Zachary A. Allman, 19, 1601 E. Imhoff Road, Friday COUNTY WARRANT Kevin Joel Dean, 37, 121 Collier Drive, Friday James Allen Arnold, 25, 621 Sunrise St., Thursday Reginald Bernard Henderson, 49, 401 12th Ave., Thursday Tomas Lara, 21, North Flood Avenue, Thursday Kelley Paul Anderson, 29, 909 24th Ave. S.W., also malicious injury or destruction to government property, resisting an executive officer, domestic abuse and county warrant Norman V. Donwerth, 43, 1818 W. Main St., Saturday, also unlawful possession of a concealed weapon, resisting an executive officer, obstructing an officer, making threats or assaulting an officer DISTURBING THE PEACE Angela Harrison, 38, 526 Dee Anne Drive, Thursday, also trespassing
Augustine Tweh Wiah, 19, 2200 Classen Blvd., Saturday MUNICIPAL WARRANT Tanyon Joe Roy Helzer, 19, 2900 Oak Tree Ave., Friday David Anderson Hostetter, 23, 201 W. Gray St., Tuesday, also interference with official process Brandon James Chadwick, 25, Havenbrook Street, Thursday Robert James Clark, 45, 920 24th Ave. S.W., Thursday Kenneth Antwone Cole, 29, 398 E. Tonhawa St., Thursday Maria Kathryn Farichild, 47, 222 S. University Blvd., Thursday Matthew Todd Gabrels, 44, 222 S. University Blvd., Thursday, also county warrant Quentin Jerome Williams, 29, 2800 Dewey Ave., Thursday Jade Jeffrey Carter, 22, 2011 W. Lindsey St., Saturday Patrick Michael Cody, 41, 209 Chalmette Drive, Saturday, also interference with official process PUBLIC INTOXICATION Michael Anthony Nakanashi, 41, 201 W. Gray St., Friday Bruce Lee Redbird, 35, 222 S. University Blvd., Thursday John Donnell Shaw, 28, 129 S. Pickard Ave., Wednesday Martin Carrillo, 22, East State Highway 9, Saturday Jospeh Martin Kuhn, 21, 1111
Wylie Road, Saturday, also municipal and county warrants Maria Nichole Portilloz, 20, 901 N. Porter Ave., Friday Ricky Gene Toho, 33, 901 24th Ave. S.W., Saturday, also municipal warrant DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE Charles Conan Atwell, 30, Elm Avenue, Wednesday AGGRAVATED DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE Kevin Lee Bliss, 44, West Gray Street, Wednesday PETTY LARCENY Jenny Marie Warner, 24, 2110 24th Ave. N.W., Wednesday POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA Joseph Zacharia Babb, 19, 1507 Morren Drive, Saturday, also unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia Matthew Dewayne Dawson, 20, 1201 E. Lindsey St., Saturday FALSE IMPERSONATION John Donnell Shaw, 28, 1818 W. Main St., Saturday, also unlawful receiving/possessing a concealed weapon DOMESTIC ABUSE Amelia Nicole Wooden, 33, 300 Hal Muldrow Drive, Saturday
“It was a bunch of people relieved that someone was listening. They just wanted some sort of witness that their story was worth telling.” REV. DWIGHT LEE WOLTER came forward. “It was a bunch of people relieved that someone was listening,” the Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter said. “They just wanted some sort of witness that their story was worth telling.” Many were unable to identify attackers, but prosecutors gleaned enough evidence to file charges in eight other attacks against the teens accused in the Lucero killing. Not all were crime victims. One man came to the church with his telephone answering machine wrapped in plastic, Wolter said. He had received threatening phone calls from his landlord, peppered with anti-Hispanic slurs, and wanted advice on making it stop. Foster Maer, an attorney for Manhattanbased LatinoJustice, which called for the
Justice Deaprtment investigation, said the Lucero killing “raised everybody’s awareness of how bad it is.” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer said officers don’t ask victims whether they’re illegal immigrants and said the probe would exonerate the department. Dormer assigned a Hispanic officer to command a local precinct after the killing. Lucero, 37, came to the United States when he was 21 and worked at a dry cleaner. He was walking with a friend shortly before midnight near the Patchogue train station when they were confronted by a mob of teens. His friend ran away, but Lucero was surrounded, prosecutors say. —AP
TODAY CAREER SERVICES Career Services will host job search strategies for engineering majors at 11:30 a.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Crimson room. Career Services will have walk-in hours at 1:30 p.m. in the union.
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Christians on Campus will host a Bible study at noon in the union’s Sooner room. CAREER SERVICES Career Services will host job search strategies for arts and sciences majors at 12:30 p.m. in the union’s Crimson room. LECTURE A lecture on “Looking Back on the Czech EU Presidency” will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the union’s Regents room.
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learning experience. “I don’t like something like this to happen, but I think he’s the type of kid who LINCOLN, Neb. – Landry Jones played can grow and learn and keep moving in like a freshman Saturday evening. a good way,” Wilson said. “He’s going to In the Sooners’ 10-3 loss, Jones looked need to.” uncomfortable in the pocket and threw Sophomore wide receiver Ryan Broyles ill-advised passes, resulting in five inter- said despite Saturday’s performance, ceptions. He completed 26 of 58 passes people should not stop supporting Jones for 245 yards with the five interceptions, because he is a young quarterback. and Saturday’s game was the first game “I know you guys are going to jump where he did not throw a touchdown on Landry for doing that,” pass. Broyles said. “He’s a young “You can’t have turnquarterback, and he’s still overs and expect to win learning it.” the game like that,” Junior Gerald McCoy, • 26-58 passing Jones said. “Ideally, defensive tackle and team w h e n y o u t h ro w 5 8 co-captain, said he would • 245 total yards passes, you’re going to advise Jones to keep a short want to complete more • Five interceptions memor y because these than I did and take care kinds of games happen to of the ball better than I • 0-3 fourth downs everyone. did, too,” “People just have off • No touchdowns The five intercepgames,” McCoy said. “We tions were among the lost as a team, so don’t get • 4.2 yards per pass multiple factors that down on yourself. Keep limited OU to just three working hard, and put this points, the lowest point one behind you.” total during the Bob But this is a hard game for the Sooners Stoops Era and the first time since 1998 that the Sooners’ offense did not score a to swallow, especially since the defense played well. touchdown in a game. The defense gave up just 180 yards “Offensively, we moved the ball quite Saturday, the second time this season the frequently, but then didn’t produce points,” head coach Bob Stoops said. defense has given up less than 200 yards “We didn’t execute well enough, or they in a game. “Just got to look each other in the eye executed better than we did in the red and say, ‘Man, we came up just a little zone.” Prior to the game, Jones had thrown short for you,’” Jones said. “You all played a total of six interceptions, and in eight a great game.” Jones will have a week to fix any metotal games – six starts and two backup games – he has thrown 11 interceptions. chanical and mental problems before The interception total is the most for Texas A&M rolls into Norman for a Big 12 a quarterback since quarterback Paul South showdown. “It’s just one of those things where Thompson threw 11 interceptions during I was just a little off tonight with my the 2006 season. Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson throws,” Jones said. “I wasn’t as accurate said this kind of game can be used as a as I need to be.”
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Redshirt freshman quarterback Landry Jones (12) warms up by throwing passes before the game saturday evening. Landry completed 26 of 58 passes in the 10-3 loss to the Cornhuskers.
Missing the mark JAMES CORLEY Daily Staff Writer
LINCOLN, Neb. – OU let another game slip right through its fingers Saturday in its 10-3 loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Sooners failed to convert five fourth downs in Nebraska territory into points, two missed conversions and three missed field goals. Tress Way, who in his first attempt since replacing Jimmy Stevens as starting place kicker, missed his first attempt wide right from 46 yards early in the opening quarter. Later in the quarter, Way’s 45-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Because of Way’s troubles in the first quarter, OU head coach Bob Stoops elected to try on fourth-and-inches from Nebraska’s 20 yard line. Running back DeMarco Murray was stopped for a loss on the conversion attempt, leaving the Sooners without any points to show from a promising drive. “We had the ball, I think, the first three possessions inside the 50 to start the game and ended up with nothing,” Stoops said. “Zero points.” In the third quarter, OU had an identical fourth-and-one opportunity from just inside Nebraska’s red zone, but left tackle Trent Williams jumped offside to push the Sooners back five yards. To add further to his disastrous evening, Way missed the ensuing 42-yard field goal attempt wide left. Way finished 1-for-4, scoring OU’s only points with a 28yard field goal. With just under nine minutes left in the game, OU had another chance to convert a fourth down deep in Nebraska’s territory, but Sooner quarterback Landry Jones’ pass to wide receiver Adron Tennell was overthrown. For the first time in 11 seasons, OU failed to score a touchdown. The last time the Sooners were held out of the end zone was in a 28-0 loss to Texas A&M in 1998, the last year John Blake was OU’s head coach. “You’ve got to credit them,” Stoops said. “On third or fourth down, we had our opportunity, and they made plays, they covered us or pressured us or whatever it was to get out of it.” The Huskers only turned the ball over once. OU defensive tackle Gerald McCoy recovered a fumble by Nebraska running back Roy Helu, Jr. at the Sooners’ own 10 yard line, but OU failed to convert the opportunity into points. Jones threw five interceptions in the game, two of which Nebraska turned into points. “Obviously I didn’t take care of the ball enough for us to win tonight,” Jones said. The only touchdown of the game came after Jones was intercepted by cornerback Prince Amukamara and returned to OU’s goal line, setting up a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ryan Hill. In the third quarter, Nebraska safety Matt O’Hanlon grabbed the first of his three interceptions and returned it into Sooner territory, setting up a 28-yard field goal by Alex Henery. “[Their] team played a hard-fought game and really played well and had an excellent game defensively,” Stoops said. “Overall, just made the plays that they need to win the game.”
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Sooner volleyball serves up another Big 12 victory JAMES CORLEY Daily Staff Writer
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Sophomore Suzy Boulavsky spikes the ball over the net during the Oct. 17 match against Baylor. Boulavsky set a personal record Saturday against Kansas with four service aces. The Sooners won 3-0.
five total blocks and a .412 hitting clip. Because of Ekwerewku’s strong presence at the net, the Sooners were able to outblock KU 8-2. S ophomore setter Br ianne Barker was a perfect 7-for-7 in her attacks, matching her career high with seven kills. She also added 26 assists, two block assists and a solo block. Senior outside hitter Bridget Laplante and freshman defensive specialist María Fernanda had 10 digs each, and Laplante also had four kills. Sophomore right side Suzy Boulavsky had a career-high four service aces and added seven kills. Caitlin Higgins, sophomore outside hitter, also had seven kills and a service ace. Ju n i o r S a r a h F re u d e n r i c h rounded out the Sooners’ scoring with five kills. O U ( 1 7 - 7 , 1 0 - 5 ) t rav e l s t o Columbia to face Missouri at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The Sooner volleyball team put together a dominating performance over the Kansas Jayhawks Saturday in Norman, beating KU in three sets [25-17, 25-16, 25-13]. “It was an awesome perform a n c e,” O U c o a c h S a n t i a g o Restrepo said. “We played very well as a team and played very composed. We played hard throughout the match, and it was just a great overall performance.” OU held the Jayhawks to a .097 attack percentage in the match, the ninth time Oklahoma’s defense has held its opponent under .100 this season. Kansas committed 26 service and attack errors in the match, allowing the Sooners to control the momentum the entire match. OU had a .341 team attack percentage. Redshirt junior Francie Ekwerekwu had a huge afternoon for the Sooners, totaling nine kills,
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Staff Pick Results (24) Oklahoma vs. Nebraska (9) LSU vs. (2) Alabama (16) Ohio State vs. (11) Penn State Kansas vs. Kansas State Tulsa vs. Houston UCONN vs. (4) Cincinnati (1) Florida vs. Vanderbilt Louisville vs. West Virginia
The Daily Consensus James Roth
Ohio State Kansas Houston Cincinnati Florida Louisville Alabama
Penn State Kansas Houston Cincinnati Florida W. Virginia Alabama
Penn State KSU Houston Cincinnati Florida W. Virginia Alabama
Penn State KSU Houston Cincinnati Florida W. Virginia Alabama
Penn State Kansas Houston Cincinnati Florida W. Virginia Alabama
Alabama Ohio State Kansas Houston Cincinnati Florida W. Virginia OU
Ohio State KSU Houston Cincinnati Florida W. Virginia Alabama
OU Alabama Penn State KSU Houston Cincinnati Florida W. Virginia
OSU soccer claims Big 12 Championship SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Oklahoma State defender Carson Michalowski headed in a corner kick from Colleen Dougherty in the 53rd minute Sunday,and the Cowgirls defeated Texas A&M 1-0 to win the Big 12 Conference women’s soccer championship. The fifth-seeded Cowgirls (15-7-0, 8-50) earned the automatic bid into the NCAA tournament, which starts Friday. The second-seeded Aggies (14-6-2, 8-32) will learn their fate Monday when the
selections are announced at 7 p.m. Texas A&M entered the Big 12 tournament ranked 20th nationally. It’s the first time the Cowgirls have won the Big 12 tournament since 2003. It’s the 10th shutout of the season for Oklahoma State and its freshman goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, which is a single-season school record. The Aggies were victorious in 2004 and 2005. They were the runner-up in 2007.
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OKLAHOMA OUT OF AP POLL, STANFORD IN NEW YORK — Over the past decade, Oklahoma has rarely been out of the AP Top 25, and Stanford has rarely been in. On Sunday, the Sooners and Cardinal sort of swapped places. Oklahoma dropped out of the college football poll for the first time since 2005, and No. 25 Stanford moved into the rankings for the first time since 2001. The first six spots were held by major college football’s six unbeaten teams, with Florida, Texas and Alabama making up the top three for the second consecutive week. Florida received 39 firstplace votes, Texas received 10 and Alabama 11. TCU moved up two spots to No. 4, bumping No. 5 Cincinnati and No. 6 Boise State back a spot. The Horned Frogs have their highest ranking since Oct. 15, 1956, when they were also No. 4. The top six in the BCS standings were the same as the AP Top 25, except Alabama was second in the BCS standings and Texas was in third. Oklahoma had managed to stay in the rankings this season while losing three close games without star quarterback Sam Bradford, but Saturday’s 10-3 loss at Nebraska dropped the Sooners to 5-4 and out of the media poll. Since 2000, the ‘05 season
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops watches the replay of an interception against his team in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Nebraska, in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday. Matt O’Hanlon had three of Nebraska’s five interceptions against Landry Jones, and Nebraska squeezed enough production out of their struggling offense to upset No. 20 Oklahoma 10-3. had been the only one in which Oklahoma spent any time unranked. The Sooners lost two games early and were out of the rankings from mid-September until the final poll. Oklahoma won
its bowl game and finished 8-4 that season. Notre Dame and California also dropped out after losses. The rest of the top 10 is Georgia Tech at No. 7, followed by
Pittsburgh, LSU and Ohio State. Iowa dropped seven spots to No. 15 after losing for the first time this season, a 17-10 upset at home by Northwestern. The Hawkeyes fell out of the national championship
race but are still in control of their Big Ten title hopes. Iowa and Ohio State play in Columbus Saturday with a trip to the Rose Bowl on the line. Stanford (6-3) moved into the rankings after knocking off Oregon 51-42 to become bowl eligible. “We were confident. There was definitely no fear going into this game,” Stanford running back Toby Gerhart said. The Cardinal finished the 2001 season ranked but haven’t been since. That was also the last season Stanford played in a bowl. Oregon fell seven spots to No. 14. No. 24 Clemson also made it into the Top 25 for the first time this season. The Tigers (6-3) beat Florida State 40-24 to take control of the ACC’s Atlantic division race. South Florida moved back into the rankings during an off week. Southern California starts the second 10, followed by Miami and Houston. Utah, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Penn State and Virginia Tech are 16-20. The Nittany Lions dropped eight spots after a 24-7 loss at home to Ohio State. Joining the three new teams in the final five were No. 21 Wisconsin and No. 22 BYU. —AP
Nebraska still in a quarterback quandary LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska’s 10-3 win over Oklahoma created more questions than answers about the Cornhuskers’ offense. Fortunately, the defense has been giving the offense time to try to figure things out. The Huskers (6-3, 3-2 Big 12) hoped to have their quarterback situation resolved when freshman Cody Green made his second straight start against the Sooners on Saturday night. But the Huskers mustered only 19 total yards with no first downs on their first five possessions. Green went out, and Zac Lee came back in after having been on the bench since the 9-7 loss to Iowa State on Oct. 24. Now offensive coordinator Shawn Watson must decide if he wants to continue to rush the development of Green, the quarterback of the future, or go the safe route and stick with Lee, the steady hand. Lee did nothing against Oklahoma to ignite an offense that has produced just four touchdowns in four games. Yet, other than making a bad pitch on an option play, he was relatively error-free. “Zac’s a veteran, and he understood what we needed to do,” Watson said. “We wanted to keep running the ball. He did a good job getting us in the right plays.” Roy Helu Jr. was the Huskers’ only weapon against an OU defense that came in ranked third nationally against the run. Helu picked up 138 yards on 20 carries, but almost half his total came on a 63-yard burst in the second quarter. That one run also accounted for more than one-third of Nebraska’s 180 total yards. Nebraska goes into this week ranked no higher than 61st in any of the major offensive
categories. that inter“Zac’s a veteran, and he under- defense Green, who led cepted Landry Jones Nebraska to a 20-10 stood what we needed to do. We five times and held win at Baylor a week wanted to keep running the ball. Oklahoma to 80 yards earlier, had trouble rushing. He did a good job getting us in getting started against Safety Matt Oklahoma’s fast de- the right plays.” O’Hanlon had three fense. He operated out interceptions to go with of the shotgun, carrying SHAWN WATSON, OFFENSIVE a team-leading 12 tacksix times for 8 yards. He COORDINATOR les. Cornerback Prince completed 2 of 5 passes Amakamura and linefor 4 yards. On the ones backer Phillip Dillard he missed, he missed badly. also picked off Jones. Jared Crick followed “Cody got nervous in the service,” Watson his 13-tackle performance against Baylor said. “It’s OK. He’s got a great future. The with eight more stops against OU. lights were pretty bright out there. Zac came Nebraska sacked Jones twice, using a fourin and managed the game, which is what we man rush most of the game to allow for more needed to do. We needed to settle down and flexibility in pass coverage. Defensive coordisettle him [Green] down.” nator Carl Pelini said he encouraged his pass Lee took snaps from under center and mostly handed off to Helu and Dontrayevous Robinson. Lee was just 5-of-9 passing for 35 yards, including a 1-yard pass to Ryan Hill for the game’s only touchdown. Though Nebraska was unranked and Oklahoma was No. 20, there was a big-game feel. The Huskers and Sooners don’t meet every year because of the Big 12 scheduling format, but they are still regarded as two of college football’s great rivals. Some 22 key figures from the rivalry’s heyday in the 1970s and ‘80s attended, and the game had big implications for Nebraska in the Big 12 North race. “It’s an emotional game. I got caught up in it, I guess,” Green said. “They just needed another tempo with Zac. We got a ‘W.’ I’m not complaining.” The ‘W’ came courtesy of a Nebraska
No. 18 Oklahoma State cruises past Iowa State 34-8 AMES, Iowa — Oklahoma State needed a bounce-back performance, and Keith Toston helped the Cowboys deliver one. Toston ran for a careerhigh 206 yards and three touchdowns, Zac Robinson threw a touchdown pass and No. 18 Oklahoma State came back strong from its drubbing by Texas with a 34-8 victory over Iowa State on Saturday. Oklahoma State (7-2, 4-1 Big 12) controlled the game with solid play on both sides of the ball and reached seven victories for the fourth straight season, the first time in school history that has happened. “ We ’v e a l w a y s b e e n able to bounce back, and that’s just how our team is,” Robinson said. “We’ve faced a lot of adversity this season, I mean, more than anybody ever expected. And to see us bounce back again from a tough loss last week to a great win today, it’s just a tribute to the leadership we have and guys just stepping up.” Toston, who carried 25 times, scored on runs of 2 and 17 yards as Oklahoma State built a 27-0 lead, then topped off his big day with a 1-yard TD plunge in the fourth quarter. That came three plays after he broke
loose on a 69-yard scamper to the ISU 2 for the longest run of his career. A 6-foot, 214-pound senior, Toston became the Cowboys’ main back when Kendall Hunter was sidelined by a sprained right ankle in the second week of the season. He twice had topped 100 yards, but had never approached the number he put up against the Cyclones. His previous career best was 148 yards against Missouri State last year. Hunter, the Big 12’s leading rusher last season, saw his most extensive action since getting hurt and showed some of his old elusiveness while carrying nine times for 47 yards. The Cowboys rolled up a season-high 331 yards on the ground. “It’s great to see all our backs and the offensive line play so well,” Robinson said. “We felt good about our running matchup today and did a good job using that to our advantage.” After throwing four interceptions in the 41-14 loss to Texas, Robinson was on the mark in this one and replaced his coach, Mike Gundy, as Oklahoma State’s career passing leader. —AP
defenders to aggressively break on balls that could be intercepted. “We gave them the license to go get the ball,” he said. Oklahoma generated 325 yards, the first opponent in eight games to get more than 300, but the Sooners got inside the Huskers’ 20 only once. The Huskers have allowed a total of 22 points the last three games and are second nationally behind Florida in scoring defense (10.3 ppg). “We’ve had other games where we’ve played this well,” Pelini said. “But we finished today. We didn’t have any lapses. What they got on us, they earned. In college football, if you can play that way, you’re going to do pretty well.” —AP
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TEXTING ETTIQUETTE » In this day and age, texting has become one of the principle sources of communication clicked around the world. Whether you’re at work, in class or at the gym, texting is the one source of communication that seems always to be available. But when does textingbecome more than just CHRISTY a quick way to exchange SHULER information? When does it cause problems? Having experienced some problems myself and checked with hordes of friends, I have discovered that there are, in fact, actual social rules for how one should be texting. In other words, texting now has its own form
of etiquette. If you have ever been totally clueless as to why a friend or girlfriend was offended by a simple text you thought to be completely harmless, it might be time to apply these little rules to your texting lifestyle. First off, each person’s rules seem to vary based on what they find annoying or offensive. That’s inevitable. However, there are certain laws that appear to reign supreme in everyone’s book. Here are a few:
and exclamation points usually indicate anger. However, what about when you text a friend to say that you are sorry but will be unable to attend her party, and receive an “Oh, ok” in response? You think, is she angry? Upset? Does she even really care? Automatic text softeners should be used when your response is ambiguous. Text softeners include things such as an emoticon or LOL, they let the respondant know you are light hearted and not offended.
3. TAKE TIME INTO CONSIDERATION. 1. LENGTHY TEXTS DESERVE A SOMEWHAT LENGTHY RESPONSE. It is a situation that we have all encountered. You have just spent a good two or three minutes crafting a well thought-out text for a friend, and you’re taken aback and slightly appalled when the response you receive is a simple “Ok.” Perhaps some people prefer the “ l e s s i s m o re” mentality or are simply short of words. Personally, I find that when someone has invested enough time to give you a lengthy text, the least you can do is provide a response of no fewer than three words.
2. CONSIDER HOW YOUR TO N E I S B E I N G INTERPRETED.
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The tone of one’s text seems t o b e a r e c u rring instigator in arguments. How do you know if a text is meant to be sarcastic, funny or rude? Well, there is the obvious, that all caps
Waiting a week to respond to a text is usually considered quite rude. On the other hand, it should be noted that harassing a friend with texts can be equally rude, particularly during hours when the average person would be sleeping.
4. TEXTING DOES NOT REPLACE A PHONE CALL. It has become a phenomenon: the postdate text rather than a call. While it has become commonplace to text a girlfriend or boyfriend throughout the day, a text, no matter how sweet the message, does not replace actual voice-to-voice contact. Texts throughout the day mean “I’m thinking of you,” but all texts and no talk does not equal a relationship. O ne should never text a breakup message. This is a tricky one because it is just so easy. Why not just send the “We’re Thru” text and end it at that? Answer: it’s rude. Yes, we’ve all done it or thought about it at one point or another. However, no matter how simple it makes the awkward breakup conversation, we all know better. The laws of etiquette here are no different than they were 50 years ago. Do the breakup in a respectful manner, please.
5. IS TEXT SLANG OKAY? To abbreviate or not to abbreviate. Is it an excellent time-saver or just plain confusing? I’ve heard a lot of mixed messages on this issue. While it may be easy to complain about others’ use of text slang, you cannot deny the temptation to integrate
the occasional “Meet me 4 dinner” when you are in a hurry. So the matter becomes tricky. I say, use in moderation. If you’re feeling compelled to abbreviate, do so. Just don’t let it become a “C U L8R Allig8R” habit.
6. TEXTS LASTING LONGER THAN TEN MINUTES SHOULD RESULT IN A PHONE CALL. Okay, it’s not really a matter of etiquette, but rather common sense. If the conversation is lasting forever, take your phone away from your thumb, and put it to your ear. Why waste any more time or money when you can just call them?
7. DO NOT FORGET THE FRIEND YOU ARE ACTUALLY SPEAKING WITH. This rule of etiquette applies not to the person you’re texting, but the one standing right next to you as you text. You may think of it as a simple matter of multitasking. Perhaps you can carry on two conversations at once. However, the laws of etiquette maintain that the person there physically deserves your attention more than the one in cyberspace. Also, beware of the text mix-up. This is another one we’ve all done before. “OMG Kathy is annoying. Doesn’t she ever just shut up?” You go to deliver the message and see “Sending: Kathy.” Technically, it is considered rude to speak about someone behind their back. However, should you choose to, at least double-check the recipient’s name before hitting send.
8. DO NOT TEXT UNDER THE INFLUENCE. There are certain situations where let’s just say, you are not in your right frame of mind. These situations can tend to lead to a text that can cause problems once you are in your proper frame of mind. Text etiquette would suggest that in these situations, you turn your phone over to someone for safe-keeping. There’s nothing worse than accidentally sending a mature text intended for a friend to your little sister. Trust me, I know. Christy Shuler is a professional writing senior.
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Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- It’s one of those days when you will have to put your full weight behind any goal you hope to accomplish; unless you are committed to going all out, it’s extremely likely you won’t make it. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Too much pessimism or indifference about your life will cause you to be unrealistic about potential accomplishments. Honestly size up each and every situation. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Forgo inclinations to count how much money you’re going to make before these earnings become an actuality. If you bank on funds you do not have, you could get in trouble real fast. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- There’s a good chance you could be swayed by the opinions or thoughts of others. Be certain that these know-it-alls are dispensing worthy wares. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -Self-inflicted problems will stem from thinking others owe you compensation for what you do for them. Conversely, you won’t believe you owe them anything for what they do for you. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- When you’re involved in a competitive situation, it’s hard to settle for anything but first place. So try not to get down on yourself if you finish second.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -Keep your career objectives and how you plan to reach them to yourself; a competitor may be listening and will use your words to bring you down. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- If you can pull off big plans on your own, go that route without telling others because you may be the only person impressed by what you hope to accomplish. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Those sizable gains you’re anticipating might go directly from your pocket into someone else’s -- unless you handle your financial matters astutely and with great care. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -Bank on personal knowledge rather than the advice of well-intentioned associates who have never gone through what you’re experiencing. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- If you only look out for your interests and ignore associates who are trying just as hard to accomplish the same collective aim, you may win; but you’ll lose their support forevermore. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Don’t assume friendly forces will ride to the rescue if you get caught in a tight situation. Play it safe, because it isn’t likely anyone will be around to fish you out.
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HEADLINE HUMOR 24-hour Film Blitz The Daily’s Joshua Boydston takes a humorous look at headlines from numerous sources in the past week 1) “PALIN BOOK TOUR BEGINS ON NOV. 18” Should give her plenty of time to read it. 2 ) “ W E E Z E R COLLABORATES WITH KENNY G” Apparently Michael Bolton wasn’t available.
3) “CAT IN IOWA HAS SWINE FLU” Some people just really love their cats.
4) “INDIE-POPPERS GIRLS RELEASE XXX VERSION OF MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘LUST FOR LIFE’” Sufjan Stevens to score Ron Jeremy project. 5) “RESEARCHERS FIT NM CALF WITH PROSTHETIC LEGS” Kirstie Alley is off the wagon again.
10) “JACK WHITE TURNS DOWN SLASH COLLABORATION” He’s just more of a Motley Crüe guy. 11) “METHOD MAN FACING FOUR YEARS IN PRISON OVER TAX EVASION” IRS Aint Nuthing ta F’ Wit. 12) “MAN APPEARS ALIVE AT OWN FUNERAL IN BRAZIL” Quick thinking cousin destroys the brain with shovel. 13) “HALLOWEEN DUI BLITZ IN UTAH RESULTS IN 124 ARRESTS” Arresting man dressed as Nick Nolte’s mug shot almost too ironic. 14) “CREED DEBUT AT #2 WITH ‘FULL CIRCLE’” This is 2009, right? 15) “SONY TO ADAPT RISK FOR BIG SCREEN” Director’s Cut runs at 72 hours.
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Ezra Gentle, Daniel Koenig, Michael West and Kyle Stephenson acting during the 24-hour Film Blitz.
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6) “TOWN MAKES IT ILLEGAL TO OWN MORE THAN THREE CATS” Great, now where will all of our aunts live? 7 ) “A C C U S E D SEACREST STALKER ORDERED TO STAY AWAY” Find actual famous persons to stalk. 8) “‘30 ROCK’ SCORES Z E R O R AT I N G I N GERMAN DEBUT” Baywatch re-reruns dominate timeslot. 9) “MARIO LOPEZ TO HOST MISS AMERICA PAGEANT” Mr. Belding finds dollar bill lodged in seat cushion.
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The group “Throw Us a Bone” filming during the 24-hour Film Blitz.
OUDAILY.COM » See video footage from the 24-hour film blitz online at oudaily.com