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Lectures set to make first run Applications for media seminar available online From Staff Reports The Oklahoma Daily

Applications for tickets to the inaugural TEDx event at OU are now available for interested students and community members. TEDx is a local, self-organized event that tries to capture the creative energy

AT A GLANCE Conference speakers Ken Parker, co-founder of RiskMetrics group and CEO of NextThought

Reed Timmer, Discovery Channel storm-chaser and creator

Ghislain d’Humieres, OU Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art director

Kyle Harper, OU Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage director

of its larger counterpart, the Technology, Entertainment and Design — or TED — Conference, according to


a press release. The Jan. 27 event is invitation-only and those interested must apply for tickets by filling out forms

with questions that ask about a applicants’ interests. TEDx at OU will feature 15 speakers giving lectures under the theme title d “Astound.” So far, only four speakers have been announced, but more will be revealed as the conference gets closer, according to the event’s website. The original TED Conference began in 1984 to promote new ideas in the technology, entertainment

oudaily.coM Link: Apply for tickets and design areas. The conference now is open to all ideas, according to a press release. Tickets for the conference are $27 for students and $100 for anyone else. Only 300 people will be invited to the event.

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Queer Theory course returns Victoria Garten Campus Reporter

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Nathan Raglin, film and media studies senior, views artwork made by OU students during Monday’s opening reception for Society Debut. The exhibition, located in the Lightwell Gallery in the Fred Jones Jr. Memorial Art Center, was produced by the F-Stop Society, a photography and video student organization founded this year. The exhibition closes Friday.


Sooners place premium on compliance Technological advances make office’s job harder James Corley Sports Editor

It can be difficult to keep a university athletic department’s nose clean in this day and age, but OU’s compliance department says it is doing everything it can to keep Oklahoma out of trouble with the NCAA. OU self-reported 26 secondary violations to the collegiate athletic governing body from August 2010 to

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oudaily.coM PDFs: All correspondence between the university compliance office and the NCAA from August 2010 to October mid-October of this year, according to correspondence documents obtained by The Daily through an open records request. That number may seem high, but OU investigates 50 to 60 secondary violations a year on average, said Jason

Leonard, executive director of the OU athletics compliance department. Most of OU’s violations are incidental or unintentional, he said. The compliance department monitors all activity between the athletic department and prospective recruits and the activity of the university’s student-athletes to ensure no NCAA rules are violated, Leonard said. OU’s compliance department has nine full-time employees, three part-time graduate assistants and one

Norman residents share holiday spirit at shelter

Enrolling in more diverse classes expands cultural horizons. (Page 4)

Defense act aims to destroy liberty Bedlam loss distracted from oppressive legislation. (Page 4)



Trans-Siberian Orchestra hits OKC

OSU storming of the field endangers fans

Performance becomes fundraiser for local theater. (Page 3)

Rare Bedlam victory ends in typical results of mass celebration. (Page 5)

AT A GLANCE OU violations From August 2010 to October, the university selfreported 14 text message violations, four phone call violations, two offseason workout violations and six other violations, including defensive coordinator Brent Venables “liking” a recruit’s Facebook photo and defensive backs coach Willie Martinez posting on a recruit’s Facebook wall. Source: OU compliance department

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Oklahoma hoops’ revenue fall calls for price decrease

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Team drops price to lure fans O U ’s men’s basketball ticket revenue has dropped 14 percent from the 2008-2009 season to the 2010-2011 season, with the number of tickets sold falling by 33.9 percent. For the 2010-2011 season, OU sold 116,074 tickets, but in the 2008-2009 season, OU sold 175,630. To address the situation, the student season ticket price was reduced to $40 this year from $140 last year thanks to a sponsorship from The Reserve on Stinson. There are 1,400 seats reserved exclusively for

Course offered three times since ’09 establishment For Benjamin Mather, Queer Theory wasn’t a special interest or elective course taken for a fun break from the norm. Mather, interdisciplinary perspectives on the environment junior, said it was a change of world view and new outlook for his desired field of study. “It shouldn’t be seen as a special interest class, as so many women’s and gender studies classes are,” Mather said. “This information is widely relevant and it gives students an analytical lens to understand so many other fields of study.” The Queer Theory course was introduced by the OU Department of Women’s and Gender Studies in 2009 and has only been offered three times since, but Queer Theory instructor Richard Davis said he looks forward to the course becoming a regular fixture at OU. The class is an upper division credit, but it is not required to complete any degree program. However, Davis said the course continues to fill every semester it is offered, and he receives numerous inquiries from students wanting to take the course. “I think because people are very hungry for this information, and interested



Shelter patrons carry trays of food Monday at Food and Shelter in Norman. The local shelter serves free lunch every day of the week except Sunday. (Page 7)

Winter weather and freezing temperatures are setting in and so too are the dangers of frozen pipes. To avoid burst or frozen pipes: • Do not expose pipes to outside temperatures. • Leave interior cupboard doors under sinks open. This allows heat to from the house to reach the pipes. • Let a thin, continuous, pencil-thick stream of water run from a faucet. The flow of water helps prevent the pipe from freezing. • Find your home’s water shut-off valve. If pipes burst as a result of freezing, shutting off the water could help prevent flooding. If pipes burst and the water cannot be shut off, contact the City of Norman Line Maintenance Division to turn the water off at the meter. T h e o f f i c e i s av a i l able from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact the division at 405329-0703 or 405-321-1600. Daily Staff Reports

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Occupy Norman efforts continue with student protesters

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Today around campus An exhibit of students’ photos will be on display all day at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s Lightwell Gallery. The display is a presentation from the F-Stop Society, a new student-art organization. The exhibit will be on display until Dec. 9. A young artist event will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom. The free event will feature the children’s book “When Clay Sings� by Byrd Baylor. Children ages 3 to 5 must be accompanied by an adult. A percussion concert will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Catlett Music Center’s Grayce B. Kerr Gothic Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. A seminar on financial aid for academic year 2012-2013 will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. at Wagner Hall, Room 245. A free holiday brass concert will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Catlett Music Center’s Grayce B. Kerr Gothic Hall.

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students out of a total of 12,000 available seats in Lloyd Noble Center, said Michael Houck, OU athletic media relations associate director. “Our fans are very important to the team,� men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger said. “I want to say students are our priority, and we will do everything we can to make sure everybody enjoys a good time.� The Reserve on Stinson Student Apartments also has agreed to offer a number of additional benefits. Students will be entered to win a $100 prize in each game, an iPad and a night of Pizza Hut pizza, according to “We want to create the connection with the community and an atmosphere, especially a family-friendly atmosphere with these offers,� said Christa McGraw, director of community marketing outreach for the OU






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athletic department. McGraw said OU wanted to improve the cost to foster the right environment for people to get involved. “We talked to many students and faculty members who reflected that

affordability was their biggest concern (for attending the basketball game),� she said. The Daily asked Kruger if the basketball team had plans to focus some of its promotional effor ts on

international students, who often have better exposure to basketball than football in their home countries. “Hopefully we will also reach out to the international students, but it takes time,� Kruger said.

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An Occupy Norman participant who asked to be called “Liza� (left center) and Grant Delozier, political science and geographical information studies senior (right), pass out fliers Monday on the South Oval. Delozier, who joined the Occupy movement in October, said he has joined the group in its camp out of Andrews Park. He helped lead members of the protest in a march from Andrews Park to Dale Hall on Monday to raise awareness for the Occupy Norman cause.

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The class looks at the queer theory body of literature that focuses on how sexuality is socially constructed within society, how that social construction creates structures of power and who benefits from that power, Davis said. While OU has jumped on board with this expanding field, students may not hear the words “queer theory� at other universities. Oklahoma State University offers a sexuality theory

in whether or not what they view as their sexuality or gender expression is represented on campus,� Davis said. “Not everyone on campus is straight, and not everyone is either male or female, and to have one class out of thousands on campus is something that people with different sexualities or different gender expressions are very hungry for.�

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course but only a minor in gender and women’s studies. “Dealing or talking with sexualities, with gender differences, gender expressions is something that a lot of people aren’t really comfortable with because it’s tied in with things like religion; it’s tied in with things like interpersonal relations, maintaining power and control, and with morality,� Davis said. Mather said the course helped him to challenge and understand the pattern of privilege and oppression in his own life and community,



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Cultural courses impactful Our View: Enroll in courses like Queer Theory to broaden your understanding and to prove to OU that such courses are essential.

To encourage this broader understanding, OU requires a non-western civilization course as part of the general education requirements. But diversity isn’t just about understanding the cultures of other countries. It’s about understanding the cultures, OU’s Queer Theory course, which has been ofhistories and perspectives of your fellow citizens. fered intermittently since 2009, highlights one So, next time you have a general education revery important thing: the need for diversity in quirement to fill or a free space in your schedule for education. It’s likely that your history education skipped the an interesting class, try enrolling in Queer Theory. It’s only through student interest and incontributions of GLBT Americans entirely volvement that the administration can The Our View and only included other groups, including is the majority judge the value of a course. women and racial minorities, in the context opinion of And it’s not just this one course. Try of their own social movements. Basically, The Daily’s U.S. history curricula is the story of wealthy, a course in Islamic studies such as The 10-member educated white men and their exploits. Quran, a course offered by the religious editorial board And there are compelling arguments for studies department. Or what about Intro keeping it simple on the high school level to African and African American Studies, — after all, even that history is not being taught Native Peoples of North America or Gender and well if the consistently poor scores on the National Interpersonal Communication? The possibilities Assessment of Educational Progress exam are any- are wide open, and each of these courses needs thing to judge by. But by the time students reach fuller enrollment to emphasize its worth. college, they no longer have an excuse for such a Enrolling in these courses is a statement that restricted understanding of American culture. these subjects are necessary and beneficial, and America is a melting pot — it’s a cliche for a reathat they should continue to be offered. Only by fillson. Our worst cultural controversies arise when ing seats can students urge the university to offer the interests of these different subcultures clash. more diverse, interesting classes that expose them But many times it seems these groups are simply to cultures they might not otherwise have a chance talking at cross-purposes. to understand. How many social controversies are the result of When you look through the offered courses and actually conflicting interests, and how many could see the diversity of cultures represented, you can be avoided with a little education? Maybe there’s be sure of one thing: This is America. How much do no obvious answer to that question, but it does you know about it? seem obvious that a little effort to understand each other wouldn’t go to waste. Comment on this at


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his year, several hundred New Yorkers chose to they also will embrace the OPINION COLUMNIST spend their Thanksgiving in Zuccotti Park, behind positive feelings people have a double-layer of steel barricades and under the about it. I think that’s been watchful eye of New York Police Department surveillance typical of the Occupy movetowers. I was with them. ment from the beginning. It’s Zuccotti Park has undergone several transformations the very welcoming; it critiques past three months. On Sept. 17, the small park became the society but it doesn’t crisite of a modest protest. Later that month, videos of NYPD tique people. It doesn’t trash officers assaulting protesters broadened public support for people’s feelings. ... There Zac Smith the demonstrations. By November, Zuccotti Park had beisn’t that elitist sense of, ‘We come the hub of the Occupy Wall Street movement, from know more than you,’ that which thousands of people worked to coordinate protest ac- happens with some other tions and to dispense free services to the public. leftist groups.” “When the tents were up, the services that were being The largest-scale operation of the day was the preparation given out here were far better than the City of New York and distribution of free food to the public. Occupiers distribcould ever have provided,” said Alex Borders, a protester uted 3,000 meals, at least 500 of which went to the homeless, who also works with counseling organization NYC Youth kitchen coordinator Saman Waquad said. The food was reAlternatives. “The economic needs of the disadvantaged of portedly prepared using facilities donated by a group of antiNew York were being met in this park. ... We had people who Mubarak Egyptian restaurateurs. hadn’t received real medical care in their whole lives coming Only one confrontation with police occurred on into our tent and receiving their first flu shot.” Thanksgiving when, at 1:56 p.m., dozens of NYPD offiProtester Ken Presting describes the princers swarmed into the park in response to cipal function of operations at Zuccotti Park one protester’s playing a hand drum. The “[The Occupy as outreach to the public and to the homeNYPD’s handling of the incident was ludimovement is] very less in particular. “We provided services that crously confrontational and provocative, were accessible to the homeless under any welcoming; it critiques and escalation was only prevented by the conditions,” Presting said. “No one was exof most protesters. society but it doesn’t restraint cluded. Even the people who were danger“That situation was dealt with in a critique people.” ous, we did our best to accommodate.” pretty calm way by the people here,” said On Nov. 15, the scene at Zuccotti Park Tobocman following the incident. “It was a SETH TOBOCMAN, changed again, as the NYPD staged a late confrontation, but not a confrontation that OCCUPY WALL STREET night raid in which all tents and other matespun out of control.” PROTESTER rials in the park were disassembled and cartAnother strange episode occurred when ed away in dump trucks. The NYPD preventa man arrived with a bag of used clothing ed journalists from observing the raid, and The Guardian to donate to the occupiers. Due to the ban on large conreported that a CBS News helicopter was grounded to pretainers, he was turned away by security personnel and invent aerial viewing of the operation. New York City Mayor stead tossed the clothing in handfuls over the barricades. Michael Bloomberg said in the Huffington Post that these The selectivity with which the NYPD enforces these rules measures were taken “to protect members of the press.” at Zuccotti Park was illustrated by the fact that, three miles Since the raid, regulations have been implemented to pre- away, Black Friday shoppers were allowed to erect tents on vent Zuccotti Park from functioning as a hub for protesters. the sidewalk in front of Macy’s, free of interference. Tents, tarps and “large containers” are no longer permitted Among the newer participants in Occupy Wall Street’s volin the park. All activity in the park is continuously monitored unteer services program is Matthew Cheverez, 24. Cheverez by the NYPD, and entrance to the park is permitted only via reports having been intermittently homeless for five-and-agates manned by private security. half years and has recently obtained stable housing with the “When the tents were up, there was a sense that you achelp of Occupy Wall Street coordinators. Cheverez also plans tually could live on the street in New York and be happy, to begin studies for his GED certificate soon. be productive and contribute to the culture,” Presting said. “I was invited [to Zuccotti Park] by a friend,” Cheverez “This place was friendlier and more pleasant when it was full said. “I was kind of skeptical at the beginning, because I of tents and not surrounded by barricades.” wasn’t too sure about protesting ... But once I got to be part On Thanksgiving, Zuccotti Park returned to something of it, it opened my perspective ... Now I help assist people like what it had been before the raid, as protesters gathered who are in exactly the same situation as me — people who to sing, tell stories and forget for a moment their continuare homeless, people who are also in need, as I am.” ing standoff with the authorities. There were numerous Though tension is high in Zuccotti Park, it is apparent that impromptu musical performances. A particular highlight the Occupy Wall Street movement is adapting in response was the music of the 99 Cent String Band, a bluegrass group to these pressures. This Thanksgiving, protesters demonthat comes from Brooklyn but sounds like the backwoods of strated an undimmed determination to recreate New York’s Kentucky. alienating and predatory capitalist system as a system that “It’s a great community event,” said artist Seth Tobocman, serves the needs of all people and does not consider wealth who has visited the Zuccotti Park occupation regularly since a prerequisite for humane treatment. September. “I think there’s a sense here that, while people will critique the standard narrative about Thanksgiving, Zac Smith is a journalism junior.

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OPINION COLUMNIST understand the disappointed reaction to our loss in Stillwater. However, I don’t understand why, for many students, it was the most upsetting occurrence in the last couple of weeks. Something Jason Byas much worse than losing a football game — or even losing an entire season (or the football program itself ) — was within inches of happening, and no one seemed to care. The usual gang of “moderates” from both “sides” of the political establishment crafted and tried to push through certain particularly horrific provisions in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, an annual bill that specifies the Department of Defense’s expenditures. These provisions, intended as a tool for fighting the endless Global War on Terror, would have allowed the military to detain literally anyone, including American citizens, without those pesky things such as due process or fair trial. What basis would the military have to have, under those provisions, to send me or you to Guantanamo Bay? Just to “suspect” the person in question of being involved with al-Qaida. I am not, of course, suggesting that if this bill were passed, large numbers of random Americans with no actual link to al-Qaida would be suddenly kidnapped by the military and never released, without appeal. However, the bill would have, had it passed as originally written, made that hypothetical situation 100percent legal. Luckily, an amendment removed that portion of the bill (though it was passed “What do I by a troublingly low margin). suggest? You What still should be cause for however, is the lack of should make an outrage, public outcry. effort to become The 24-hour news channels, more aware of for example, were far more concerned with Herman Cain’s the political affairs. With this lack of coverforces that age, so followed a lack of public have a very real awareness. The sheer depravity of impact on your modern American apathy is daily lives.” staggering. What do I suggest? You should make an effort to become more aware of the political forces that have a very real impact on your daily lives. Especially focus your pursuit of knowledge on those voices least likely to be heard. For example, I would highly recommend going to the Ron Paul rally at the state capitol in Oklahoma City on Dec. 17. Not only because I support the candidate, but most importantly, because the guest speaker will be Adam Kokesh. Adam Kokesh is a Marine veteran of the Second Gulf War whose personal experiences have made him one of the most fervent anti-war activists in America today. His evaluations of what he saw don’t fit within the dominant paradigm of our military presence as a benign, peace-restoring force in the world. Taking the individual effort to go and hear those with dissenting opinions such as Kokesh is astronomically more important than other methods of activism that we tend to celebrate such as the electoral process itself. Just voting within the given field of options is generally going to do nothing or worse. Of course, as libertarian historian Tom Woods once noted, no one likes being told that he needs to “go read these five books” when he can just vote and get all the feeling of having done something without any of the work. The answer to how we must work to change the political forces that constrain us is not one we want to hear, but it is absolutely necessary. Self-education is crucial. Jason Byas is a philosophy junior.

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COMPLIANCE: Majority of OU’s violations were accidental, Leonard says Continued from page 1 law school extern. Even though OU has one of the largest compliance departments in the country, Leonard said, the number of people working for the department doesn’t matter that much. “I could have a staff of 50 and we still couldn’t cover it all,” he said. A manual the length of a later Harry Potter book dictates what universities can and can’t do, including strict mandates spanning the university’s initial communication with prospective student-athletes through the time players graduate or leave the university to try their luck at the next level. And it’s getting longer every year. “ The (r ule) b o ok has grown dramatically within the last five to seven years, and it continues to grow because institutions basically try to legislate everything,” Leonard said. The handbook, which Leonard said was the size of a pamphlet just a few years ago, is now more than 400 pages, and its pages are everchanging. “It’s always evolving, especially with technology because it changes so fast,” Leonard said. Coaches have a limited number of interactions they can initiate with prospects, and an extra phone call or text message could mean a secondary violation. However, coaches can have unlimited contact with prospects via email and phone calls initiated by the prospect. Initially, text messaging and phone calls were heavily regulated because of the potential cost to a prospect.

But long gone are the days of a simple text costing a dime or people having to count cellphone minutes, and most cellular providers have flexible or unlimited plans that have changed the way people use their phones in the last several years. Another reason for the communication regulation was to prevent a university from gaining what the NCAA deems “a competitive advantage.” So what does that mean? “That’s a good question,” Leonard said with a chuckle. “I don’t know the answer. If a certain prospect wants to go to a certain school, I don’t know that he or she is going to be swayed to go to a different school just because they get five more text messages (from another school).” The majority of OU’s violations stem from coaches accidentally responding to a text message when they believed they were sending an email. With some smartphones, like Blackberries, it can be difficult for people to discern whether they are sending a text message or an email. Newer cellphones also present a new problem for OU compliance. “Smartphones just make everybody more accessible,” Leonard said. In the past, coaches could only respond to prospects by email or phone when they were sitting at a computer or near a phone, and they didn’t have to worry about text messages. Now coaches can communicate with prospects anywhere at any time, meaning the compliance office needed a little help to monitor the vast amount of interactions. So, in addition to the department’s staff, OU also employs computer software that

a picture of the players at a hotel receiving preferential treatment and receiving impermissible benefits. “Everybody knows everything about your kids,” he said. “We have to educate our kids and say, ‘Listen, you have to understand the Internet is forever. Even if you get it down within a couple of minutes, it’s going to be [somewhere] forever.’” Sophomore quarterback Drew Allen has taken ahold of the education opportunities offered by the department’s Twitter account, @OUCompliance, by asking questions like, “If I hang around Kay Jewelers store and use it as a way to get free that an extra benefit?” (@DrewAllen1) The popularity of the department’s Twitter, which now has more than 2,200 followers, has increased, and Leonard said the department has tried to make the best of the extra exposure to the public. “We use that as a platform to educate on multiple different issues that he raises in his Twitter questions,” Leonard said. “He’s pretty funny.” Despite the difficulties to keep the university in line with the NCAA’s rules, Leonard said he believes OU has one of the better compliance departments in the ASTRUD REED/THE DAILY nation. “We’re in as good a shape Junior guard Steven Pledger (2) lays in the ball during OU’s 82-53 win against Sacramento State on Friday. as I think we can possibly be Pledger served a one-game suspension during OU’s season opener after an OU compliance investigation with the system that we work revealed he hadn’t properly filed paperwork to compete in a summer league basketball game. under,” he said. monitors each coach’s phone to ensure no violations are occurring. “If there’s a violation, it’s going to catch it,” Leonard said. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter also have made compliance


Cowboys’ stampede worthy of win, not hospitalization SPORTS COLUMNIST

James Corley


t’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. After beating the Sooners, 44-10, in the most lopsided Bedlam victory for Oklahoma State since 1945, 13 Cowboys fans were injured storming the field. Two were airlifted to Oklahoma City hospitals — one unrelated to the postgame celebration — and Stillwater police believe more people could have been hurt whom they don’t know about because the injuries weren’t treated. What a way to end your team’s most successful football regular season ever. Many of the injuries were sustained as fans jumped down from the walls around the field, which is almost a 10-foot drop, leading to sprained or twisted ankles. From the safety of a couch at home, fans pouring onto the field to celebrate after a big win sure seems like a warmand-fuzzy expression of emotion. But just like any other time in life thousands of people are stampeding in a frenzied state (remember Black Friday?), it can be very dangerous. But don’t worry yourself, dear OU fan — I doubt you’ll ever get the chance to be involved in a similar situation, so I won’t bother warning you to be careful. Sooner fans would need


Oklahoma State fans celebrate after storming the field following a 44-10 win against Oklahoma on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium. At least 13 people were injured during the field-storming.

very good reasons to storm the field because there’s little uncharted territory for a program with seven national championships, 43 conference titles, an 8217-7 record against its instate rival and a nearly even record against its top rival, Texas. The last time OU fans charged the field was in 2000, when No. 2 Oklahoma powered back from a 14-0 deficit against No. 1 Nebraska to knock off the Huskers and pave the way to OU’s seventh national championship. The circumstances were just right. OU was coming out of one of the darkest points in its history (read: the Howard Schnellenberger/John Blake era) and topped its

longtime traditional rival at Owen Field. Don’t expect the stars to align again any time soon. The Pokes are on top of the world right now. OSU is headed to its first-ever BCS bowl fresh off an 11-1 regular season and its first outright conference title since World War II. Everything was right for an OSU field-storming after Saturday. Unless OU descends into another slump of three- or four-win seasons for several years, Oklahoma fans have to act like OU’s been there before — because it has. James Corley is a journalism senior and the sports editor for The Daily. You can follow him on Twitter at @jamesfcorley.

department’s jobs more difficult, he said. “Social networking is kind of a double-edged sword,” Leonard said. On one hand, he said, it allows student-athletes easier interaction with fans and the ability to brand themselves

before going pro without breaking the rules. On the other, complete transparency can get players in trouble. Leonard said the case against North Carolina’s football program never might have happened if one of the players hadn’t posted

Editor’s note: This story is the first in a two-part series about the OU compliance department. The second part in tomorrow’s paper will focus on how the department manages external forces, such as boosters and agents, to keep Oklahoma in accordance with NCAA rules.


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encountered talked about different struggles, and some were physically disabled. I ended up telling the young man that my life story is about exploring the lives of different people, and learning to keep an open mind. My goal, I told him, is to share Alex Niblett peoples’ stories with the world so people understand what goes on out there, bes I have matured in ginning with our community. age and as a person, “There needs to be more I’ve learned to be people like you in this world,” careful for what I wish for, and he said. I’ve learned it’s important to I walked out the door with appreciate what you’ve got a new, adjusted outlook on when you’ve got it. life. The simple things I wake Many people take things up and expect to find in my photos by alex niblett/the daily for granted, but there are so fridge are not what these peoVolunteers Jim Costello (left) and Cathy Naifeh serve meals Monday at Food and Shelter in Norman. The ple wake up to. The availabilimany things to be thankful local shelter serves lunch every day of the week but Sunday. for around the holidays. ty to take a nice warm shower This weekend, I decided is not always in reach for the the perfect way to give back Before the man left with his people I met Saturday. their lives were compared to one day everything for him this time of year was volunThe experience showed food, he asked me a question mine. It was eye opening, to changed. He suddenly had teering at a food shelter. It’s me anyone can make a consay the least. a mental meltdown, and be- in return that caught me off important to understand guard: He asked me what my tribution to society by giving Most of the people I met at fore he knew it, he had lost what others in your commu- the shelter are homeless, and everything, including his a bit of one’s time to help othstory was. nity are going through beers in need. The first things that came others who do have a place to home. cause everyone impacts it in stay don’t have the means to We shouldn’t just recogIt really struck home when to mind were things such as: some way or another. nize what we’re thankful I’m going to school, I plan to get common necessities, so he shared his story, because I volunteered at a small for during the holidays, but travel, my family just moved they resort to the shelter. I couldn’t imagine how devplace in Norman called Food we should appreciate them While volunteering, I met astating that must have been. to my new home, etc. That’s and Shelter Inc., a nonprofit one young man who had ac- To that kind man, I wish him when I realized how thankful every day because you never organization that provides tually been a student at OU all the luck in the world, and I I should be to even be able to know when it’ll be gone. food, showers and laundry some years back. am happy to have met him. It have those things — this guy amenities for those in need. Alex Niblett is a University doesn’t have any of that. I asked what his story was. takes bravery to share a perI helped served sandwiches College freshman. Others I briefly He said he had everything sonal story like that. and desserts, and while there, going for him, a good life I learned just how different and a good education, until


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