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boren gives students food for thought OU president addresses key issues for the nation’s future success ARIANNA PICKARD

Assistant Campus Editor

In order for America to continue being the leading nation in the world, emphasis must be placed on education, studying abroad, the middle class and reformed campaign funding, President David Boren told University College students during a panel discussion. Boren held the discussion to address issues he outlined in his 2008 book, “A Letter to America.” University freshmen were encouraged to read the book and attend the discussion,

which took place Wednesday in the Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center. Boren addressed university freshmen with frustration about the diminishing state of this country and some ways that its future can be enhanced. In his book, Boren calls out to Americans with a sense of urgency about the state of their country and what can be done to change it, and at the discussion, he addressed students with the same urgency. Until now, the U.S. always has seen progress with the passing of each generation, Boren said. A high percentage of Americans currently are concerned that the nation they are handing over to the next generation will be a diminished version of the one they’re living in now.

Boren said that when he heard of this concern, he was frustrated, and he realized something must be done to enhance the future of this country — thus “A Letter to America.” Boren asked the students to raise their hands to indicate how many years they thought the U.S. would continue to be the leading nation in the world. “100 years? 50 years? 20 years?” Boren asked. About five students thought the U.S. still would be the leading nation in 100 years, the majority raised their hands for 50 years and almost as many raised their hands for 20 years. Ten years ago, the U.S. ranked first in the world in college attendance, but now it is 16th, Boren said. In the five best-educated countries in the world, about 80 percent of the teachers see BOREN paGe 2

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Cotton Bowl: a chance for Sooners to shine Sports: after being left out of the Bcs picture, the ou football team has a chance to make a statement against Texas a&m. (Page 5)

Ways OU can limit finals stress, even with undead week Opinion: universities across the country have tried creative solutions to help students survive finals. ou should follow their lead. (Page 3)

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Adding two professors to Retired Professors Program saves $84,000 MAX JANERKA

Campus Reporter

Students could see more retired faculty return to the classroom in an effort to save the university money. The number of faculty in the Retired Professors Program will increase by 15 percent over the next five years, if administrators are successful in completing this goal, outlined by President David Boren in his State of the University address to the Faculty Senate on Oct. 17. The Retired Professors Program brings retired faculty members back to OU to teach freshman courses. The program started in 1995 with the intent of exposing freshmen and other new students to the university’s greatest minds, university spokesman Michael Nash said. Professors within the program teach part time, teaching one or two courses per semester, he said. Professors within the Retired Professors Program are nominated by their respective colleges to receive funding from the President’s Retired Faculty Funds, Nash said. He explained the Provost’s Office reviews these applications each semester and awards funding when necessary. These appointments are on a semester-by-semester or yearlong basis and count as part-time employment, which potentially could have an impact on retirement benefits, according to the President’s Retired Faculty Funds documents found on the Provost’s website. These part-time professors are paid a minimum of $15,000 for “a nine-month appointment ... teaching six credit hours per semester,” according to the documents. In contrast, a full professor’s average salary this year was more than $114,000, according to the OU Factbook, which also states an assistant professor has an average salary of

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average salary of a professor in the retired professor’s program average salary of a graduate assistant Source: OU Factbook

$65,000, and graduate assistants make about $14,000. Assuming professors and assistant professors teach the required minimum of two classes per semester, hiring two retired professors to each teach part time for a school year has the potential to save the university $84,000 without adding to the list of classes taught by graduate assistants rather than professors. Along with saving the university money, the program has the added benefit that freshmen still would be taught by professors. Boren discussed the need to cut back on expenses during his speech because of cuts in state appropriations to OU. Boren decried the cuts in state funding and praised the university staff and faculty for “doing more with less,” but he argued the state ought to return the university’s funding to its previous levels because the institution cannot continue offering as many courses as it does on a budget that is $90 million short. Max Janerka

Study tracks effect of Iran’s early faith NADIA J. ENCHASSI Campus Reporter

Afshin Marashi, OU professor of International and Area Studies , will travel across the globe to further his research on Iranian nationalism and Zoroastrianism, the religion of most Iranians before Islam was adopted. Marashi will travel to Bombay, India for the first time in January to study the influence on this faith on the development of Iranian identity. Marashi teaches a wide range of courses dealing with Middle-Eastern and Iranian history, culture and politics. Marashi said he also conducts specialized research that sometimes overlaps with and, in a broad sense, informs his teaching. see INDIA paGe 2

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Today around campus Finals stress relievers will be given out by Union Programming Board from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Oklahoma Memorial Union’s first floor lobby. A student-directed production of the play “Cheese� by Laurel Ollstein will be held at 8 p.m. in Old Science Hall’s Gilson Studio Theatre. The ballets “Cinderella� and “ValseFantaisie� will be performed by Oklahoma Festival Ballet from 8 to 10 p.m. in Reynolds Performing Arts Center. A New Horizons chamber recital will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. in Catlett Music Center’s Pitman Recital Hall.

graduated at the top 25 percent of their classes, Boren said. Here, a similar number of teachers graduated at the bottom 25 percent of their classes. Another important aspect of education is studying abroad, Boren said. Studying abroad allows future political leaders to understand the languages, cultures and histories of countries the U.S. may end up partnering with to ensure a safer world. The importance of studying abroad and paying teachers sufficient salaries were parts of Boren’s speech that hit home with university freshman Taylor Cochran. Cochran said he liked that Boren spoke about how students in the U.S. need to be better educated because they’re behind students in countries like China. One reason for this could be because teachers here aren’t getting paid as much as teachers in other countries.

A student-directed production of the play “Cheese� by Laurel Ollstein will be held at 8 p.m. in Old Science Hall’s Gilson Studio Theatre.

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President David Boren discusses his book Wednesday in Holmberg Hall.

positions have been equally difficult, but being president of OU has been more rewarding. Boren ended his discussion by saying he hopes his book will encourage debate among Americans and cause students to think about how

they would strive to enhance the U.S. if they had as much influence as the president of the nation. Arianna Pickard

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Teachers in the five countries with the best education in the world are paid two and a half times more than teachers in the U.S., Boren said. The U.S. also must have a strong middle class in order to succeed, Boren said. The middle class in the U.S. has shrunk 1 percent every year for the last 15 years. Toward the end of the discussion, two students had questions once Boren opened up the floor. One student asked how candidates resist selling out to certain interests because of campaign funding, to which Boren emphasized the importance of a campaign funding reform. Right now, candidates must raise about $2 million to run a successful campaign, and often the candidate with the most money will win the election. The next student asked which position was more difficult for Boren, being governor or being president of a university. Boren said the two



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Some courses he teaches are more directly connected to his research, such as the one he is currently teaching about modern Iran. “The issue of nationalism and national identity and the role of Zoroastrianism in Iranian national identity comes up often,� he said. This longterm project, which he says is destined to become a book, focuses on how Iranians began to

rediscover and remember their ancient civilization. “Zoroastrianism was the religion that most Iranians adhered to before Islam and, in the medieval period, there was a process of conversion to Islam but, in the 19th and early 20th century, Iranians began to revive their pre-Islamic Zoroastrian, cultural identity,� he said. “So, the focus is related to that revival of pre-Islamic Iranian national memory.� Marashi said the Zoroastrian community of

Bombay first promoted and encouraged that revived identity within Iran. “The reason I’m going to Bombay is because it is in India where the world’s largest remaining Zoroastrian population resides,� he said.

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THUMBS UP: The expansion of the Retired Professors Program could help save the university money and make up for serious budget shortfalls. (Page 1)


The perfect cures for finals — short of less work Our View: OU should adopt these

staffed by students, staff and faculty, it would give Sooners an on-campus chance to be involved in community The end of the semester is a stressful volunteer work. And since it would time for students and faculty. For need to be stocked by student some, it can be downright unhealthy. donations, it would also give students We’ve offered suggestions for a local, ethical cause to give to. changes to dead week policies that And, best of all, it could give students could help reduce the stress and one more option of how to spend improve students’ health during this those left over meal-plan points at the time. But if OU won’t implement these end of the semester. changes, it can follow the creative If the program went well and a real strategies of other universities need was determined, OU to offer students some stress could run the food pantry on The Our View relief. is the majority a more permanent basis for those with financial need. opinion of Food pantry The Daily’s After the University of eight-member Puppy room Central Oklahoma realized editorial board Universities from Ohio’s many of its students were Oberlin College to Tufts utilizing local food pantries, University in Massachusetts the university’s student volunteer have taken a softer (and more center created a food pantry of its own. squirmy) approach — rooms for We’re not sure whether a similar students to play with dogs on their number of OU students could use the study break. help year-round, but OU could set up a It’s pretty clear that a little taste of food pantry service during the last few warm, fuzzy and enthusiastic is a great weeks of each semester to take some of stress reducer. But did you know it can the pressure off students. also make you a more efficient worker? To meet the increased demand at A study from Central Michigan the end of the semester, students may University shows office productivity have to cut back on work hours and increases with the presence of spend more time on campus. This will animals. The same could be true of result in financial difficulties for most students. students, but students with children OU could create a special place on or pre-existing financial troubles are campus where students could go to particularly vulnerable. play with dogs during the stressful last Finals week is difficult already, and few weeks of the semester. It would not worrying about how you will feed your only improve students’ mood — and children or how you will maintain subsequently their health — it will also a healthy diet yourself is a huge make their studying more productive. distraction. This puppy room could be staffed by Since the pantry would need to be students with less strenuous schedules creative solutions to finals stress.

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Joyce Clarin, of Iowa, sits in a cage with Macho (left), while Pee-wee falls asleep in her lap during a pet adoption event for the Jackson County Humane Society on Nov. 25. The Jackson County Humane Society has about 25 animals from the east coast, many orphaned by Superstorm Sandy.

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who would like to have an experience working with animals, working under the supervision of volunteers from local shelters or the SPCA. Better yet, the animals could be shelter dogs up for adoption. Most schools use therapy dogs, but the inclusion of shelter dogs that have been approved for adoption would benefit both animal and student. The dogs would get companionship and interaction they don’t always get in the shelter, and students could meet animals they may be interested in adopting. Though, if that is the case, we suggest a mandatory wait period before adoptions were approved to


Others Along with the free massages and other perks OU offers, it could add: • Midnight yoga • Free coffee and tea after midnight in Bizzell Library • A graffiti wall, covered in paper, for doodling or expressing frustrations Obviously, it’s too late for this finals period, but OU could work on planning and implementing these solutions for next semester. So, ambitious Sooners, get on it — once you’ve rested from finals.

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Sooners look to outshine Mean Green OU led in boards by senior guard Whitney Hand Kedric Kitchens Sports Editor

The Oklahoma women’s basketball team has been a constantly evolving animal so far this season. The Sooners will look to continue their evolution when they take on North Texas at 7 tonight at Lloyd Noble Center. After entering the season with national championship expectation, the team lost two players before it played a single game — sophomore forward Kaylon Williams and senior forward Lyndsey Cloman — and another after just six games in freshman guard Maddie Manning — who had gained a starting spot just before tearing her ACL. Down to nine players, the Sooners’ expectations and goals don’t change, but it changes how they work. “(In practice) their rotation gets a little skewed,” coach Sherri Coale said. “It’s not an issue at all except that it’s a bit of a distraction in terms of their effort and their concetntration; trying to figure out who’s on now, who’s a [power forward]

... They’ll work their way through it; it’s just a little bit icky right now.” Despite the setbacks, OU sits at 7-1 and so far this season with wins against Creighton, Arkansas and Marist and is in the midst of a six-game win streak. Heading into the game against North Texas, the Sooners are led by junior guards Aaryn Ellenberg and Morgan Hook and senior guard Whitney Hand. Ellenberg leads the team in scoring with 17 points per game — scoring always being her strong suit — and more surprisingly has led the team defensively, averaging nearly two steals per game, including a thre e steal outburst against Marist. “That’s a part of my game that has been lacking,” Ellenberg said. “ So when that’s really up now, it gives me a lot more energy and a lot more confidence on the other end as well.” The Mean Green provides a different style for the Sooners to contend with than they have as of late. “They like to penetrate,” Hook said. “Marist was a 3-point shooting team and we were worried about the perimeter. This time we have to be worried about their penetration, so we have to

PLAYER PROFILE Whitney Hand Year: Senior Position: Guard Statistics: Averaging 12.1 points per game and a team-leading 7.5 rebounds per game.

worry about our defensive plan that we have set.” With Williams and Cloman out, the Sooners often have resorted to four-guard sets, with freshman guard Nicole Kornet replacing Manning in the starting lineup. This leaves Hand— ordinarily a shooting guard, small forward combo player — at the power forward position most of the time. The change has led to an increase in the senior’s rebounding numbers, she currently leads the team with 7.5 per game. “Whitney is the type of player that’s going to do what the team needs to have done in order to win,” Coale said. “She’s just a warrior.” Kedric Kitchens

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Junior guard Morgan Hook (left) pulls up for a shot attempt in a game against Marist on Sunday. The Sooners won the game 68-55 with Hook scoring 16 points in 29 minutes.

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Cotton Bowl chance for redemption for Jones sports columnist

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hile fans and sports talk show hosts spent the days following the BCS selection debacle arguing about better-qualified teams and questionable rules, No. 11 Oklahoma’s bid to the Cotton Bowl set up a better-suited finale that will allow this year’s senior class to atone for the previous disaster that occurred inside the familiar, flashy walls of Cowboys Stadium.

The hype surrounding the 2009 season opener was as thick as the line of cars that flooded Interstate 35 to see the game in football’s newlyopened, holy grail of arenas. Former quarterback Sam Bradford — along with a slue of offensive playmakers like former tight end Jermaine Gresham and running back DeMarco Murray — returned for his thenjunior stint after winning the Heisman and leading the Sooners to the national title game just a few months before the September matchup against BYU. Although Gresham was not in the starting rotation because of an injury, OU remained steady as a repeat title contender. OU entered the game as the overwhelming 22-

point favorite but soon would find itself disheveled and unraveled after BYU’s Coleby Clawson smashed Bradford’s shoulder into the turf, sidelining the starter for the rest of the game. In sprinted a quarterback of whom few had heard, and even fewer felt comfortable calling the team’s new starter: current senior quarterback Landry Jones. Jones unfortunately flopped on his first appearance, finishing 6-of12 for a 51 measly yards. He kept OU in the game until BYU tacked on a touchdown with a little more than three minutes left in the fourth quarter. In a matter of minutes, the Sooners watched their aspirations to return to college football’s pinnacle

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Several Sooners garner postseason all-Big 12 honors Nine OU football players garnered all-conference honors when the Big 12 Conference announced its 2012 postseason awards Wednesday, as selected by the conference’s coaches. Junior fullback Trey Millard, junior center Gabe Ikard, junior cornerback Aaron Colvin and junior safety Tony Jefferson all earned first-team All-Big 12 honors, and junior running back Damien Williams, junior receiver Kenny Stills, senior offensive tackle Lane Johnson, senior defensive lineman David King and senior cornerback

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Demontre Hurst made the conference’s second team. Honorable mentions included senior quarterback Landry Jones, senior receiver Justin Brown, freshman receiver Sterling Shepard, sophomore offensive tackle Daryl Williams and senior punter Tress Way. Millard and Ikard were first-teamers for the second year in a row, and Ikard was one of only four unanimous selections. Stills and Hurst were repeat secondteamers. The Sooners have won 27 individual All-Big 12 awards during the conference’s 17-year history — the most of any Big 12 school. Staff Reports

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stage turn to fighting to keep the team’s head above .500 for the rest of the year with a guy they thought would have additional years to learn the playbook and take over once Bradford’s legacy was finished. As if the former Heisman winner’s shadow wasn’t hard enough to replace, Jones also had to ride the momentum of 2009’s snake-bit season with an inexperienced offensive line that finished with an 8-5 record and left OU on a high from which it still hasn’t recovered. But if the Sooners can’t play for a title, this year’s Cotton Bowl has all the right ingredients to produce another hype-laden matchup that gives Jones an opportunity to solidify his legacy in style. Jones will make his fourthconsecutive bowl game start looking for his fourth-consecutive bowl win — a stage Bradford never was destined to confront. If he succeeds, the Artesia, N.M., native will have tied a record that hasn’t been rewritten since 1981 — the last time OU won four straight bowl games. But Jones will have to do it in a game that may be the third-best bowl game this year behind the title game and the Fiesta Bowl featuring Kansas State and Oregon. This year’s opponent, former-Big 12 foe Texas A&M, also touts its own dose of publicity: The flashy panache of Johnny Manziel, or ‘Johnny Football,’ who, as one of the three Heisman finalists, could very well be getting an elongated introduction before the kickoff. The No. 9 Aggies were the only team to defeat No. 2 Alabama this season — nearly knocking the Tide out

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Senior quarterback Landry Jones (12) leads his teammates off the field after beating TCU 24-17 Saturday to clinch a share of the 2012 Big 12 Championship.

of a spot in the BCS National Championship Game — and also will bring their new conference battle cry with them to the stadium. But, with 16,317 yards, 122 touchdowns and 39 wins since his first performance, expect Jones to come out with a lot more confidence and several more passing attempts than 2009 Jones attempted on the same field before the dust settles. OU fans may end up screaming

“B-C-S” throughout the month prior to matchup, but Jones and company will be ready to silence any critics who say the Sooners can’t hang with a team from the SEC on Jan. 4. Tobi Neidy is a public relations senior. Follow her om Twitter at @TobiAnn.

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Theater gets pungent smell of ‘Cheese’ Acting senior debuts directing chops in production Molly Evans

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Qu a l i t y c h e e s e t a k e s time: A year to fall in love with directing, five months to work with the playwright and seven weeks to rehearse, block and paint statues of cheddar. For the production of “Cheese,” acting senior Kelcie Miles invested her time and developed her unknown technical skills as the student director for the “pungent comedy,” she said. Both a student and director for the production, Miles learned to manage the “awkward” perimeters of the Beatrice Carr Wallace Old Science Hall’s Gilson Studio Theatre, the diverse femaledominant cast and her own leadership style, she said. “It’s kind of taken over my semester in the best way,” Miles said. Miles submitted a proposal for “Cheese” last spring detailing her cast and stage requirements to Judith Pender of the School of Drama for the directing opportunity, she said. Miles was drawn to “Cheese” last semester when working with its creator, Laurel Ollstein, who served as playwrighti n - re si d e n c e f o r “ Th e y Promised Her the Moon,” she said. “I have a dramaturg, but, other than that I do everything else,” Miles said. “I design all of the props. I’ve

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Drama sophomores Christina Alfonso (left) and Haulston Mann (center) listen intently as drama senior Kelcie Miles gives them advice for a scene on the set of “Cheese” on Wednesday. Miles, student director of the School of Drama’s production of “Cheese,” is working to make sure everything and everyone is ready for opening night.

installed most of the set and I’m designing sound.” The play features an ensemble cast set in the mid’90s in Tillamook, Ore., a city famous for its cheese, and later in present-day Beverly Hills, Calif., Miles said. However, the play goes beyond the dairy to explore issues of identity and truth. Translating Ollstein’s contemporary story to the stage wasn’t too difficult because Miles was able to speak with her directly. “I think one of the biggest things I’ve learned is if you don’t mess with things, they’ll tend to work themselves out, which has kind of been

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a nerve-racking process,” Miles said. Playing multiple roles as Miles’ friend, roommate and the role of “Cindy,” acting senior Lindsey Kite said student-directed

productions are collaborative learning experiences for both the actors and director. “ T h e r e ’s n o t m u c h funding for student-directed shows, so it’s really been all on Kelcie’s shoulders,” Kite said. “She’s kind of the onewoman show.” Miles understood the cast members’ individual schedules as college students and strengths as performers, Kite said. “ Ke l c i e d o e s n ’ t h av e authority over your grades or how well you do in the department after this, but you still need to care just as much,” Kite said. “She is a professor in the department

when you’re in rehearsals.” Miles’ directorial debut carries more weight than previous student-directed shows. “Cheese” not only counts as her capstone project and last University Theatre production, but also as a potential nominee for The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in February, she said. A judge from the festival will attend one of the shows, Miles said. Selected OU students from the cast of “Cheese” could be nominated to perform in an acting competition held during the festival, Miles

said. The theater festival will take place at Centenary College in Shreveport, La., according to the website. “When the audience is there and the lights come up, there’s nothing more you can do, which is terrifying to someone who is used to acting,” Miles said. ”On the same token, I think it’s going to be a huge relief because at that point it’s out of my hands.” Molly Evans,











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