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OU could offer advanced law degree Million-dollar gift intended to fund degree specializations at OU College of Law HILLARY MCLAIN The Oklahoma Daily

OU may have the nation’s first Master of Law program with a focus on energy, natural resources and indigenous peoples if the State Board of Regents votes for

it Thursday, according to a press release. On Tuesday, the Stuart Family Foundation gave a $1.5 million gift for the program. The OU Board of Regents passed a resolution at its Tuesday meeting, naming it as an official program, OU President David Boren said. Because the top law schools offer Master of Law programs, this will establish OU’s place among the

top, Boren said. The news was met with a positive response from students. Courtney Griffin, third-year law student, said she is proud of the opportunities it will provide students. A Master of Law is an expansion on the graduate program pursued after a Juris Doctorate that allows students to focus on a more specific law degree. “A [Master of Law] is a vital part

of a lawyers education, it will help all of us become better lawyers,” said John B. Turner, Tulsa lawyer and the program’s namesake. The program, if approved, will be called the John B. Turner Master of Laws Program. A portion of $1 million of the gift from OU Regent James Stuart and his wife Dee Dee will create the program chair, attracting a specialist to head the program, according

Freshmen share dorm room, name Lifelong friends’ compatibility extends to first, last names JOSEPH TRUESDELL The Oklahoma Daily


f one is walking down the third floor of Tarman Tower in Adams Center and looks into one of the dorm rooms, one may see two friends: One playing the guitar, the other playing on the computer. Just normal best friends who also happen to share the same first and last names. University College freshmen Joshua “Josh” Henderson and Joshua “Dillon” Henderson have known each other since childhood. After 13 years of attending school together, they both came to OU and decided to room together. “We’ve known each other since day care when we were probably 5 years old. When we met, I knew him as Dillon. We found out we had the same name later on,” Josh Henderson said. The similarities between the two don’t end with sharing a name and a room; both grew up in Talala, Okla., attended the same day care and after becoming friends at day care, realized how close they lived to one another. “We lived about three miles from each other,” Dillon Henderson said. Both rode four-wheelers and played soccer while at high school in the Oologah-Talala public schools. They graduated from high school together in 2010. Now in college, the two are finished with their soccer days and have new hobbies. Josh plays in a band named “Third Not All” and Dillon uploads the band’s videos to YouTube. Even though they answer to

to a press release. Another $500,000 will create the Stuart Family Foundation LL.M Scholar Fund to bring in guest speakers and allow students to attend national and international conferences. The Stuart family has also donated gifts to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and for the reforestation of the campus after ice storms.

UOSA to reopen dead week discussion Faculty Senate tabled issue until 2014; Student Congress pushes for earlier date DANNY HATCH The Oklahoma Daily


University College freshmen Joshua “Dillon” Henderson and Joshua “Josh” Henderson stand Tuesday in an elevator inside Adams Tower. The students went to the same day care center and have been best friends since they were 5 years old. different names, growing up there were mishaps involving their legal names including one receiving the other’s report card in the mail, said Shane Hubert, one of their boyhood friends. “We used to always get mixed up if one of us got an award at school,” Josh said. “If they called ‘Josh Henderson’ and Dillon went up there, everyone would have been confused because

that’s what everyone knew him by.” School wasn’t the only time that the two were mistaken for each other. The confusion has spilled over into their social lives. “When people try to creep on your boyfriend they look up the wrong one since their name is the same on Facebook ... it gets really confusing sometimes,” said Lauren Meissner, University

College freshman and Josh’s girlfriend. Josh was first in choosing OU and Dillon followed after Josh’s decision. “We have been friends forever and so we just decided to room together,” Dillon said. Dillon said he would like to study mechanical engineering while Josh said he would like to study sociology or criminology.

Undergraduate Student Congress representatives passed a bill at Tuesday’s meeting to initiate discussion with the Faculty Senate in hopes of making prefinals week easier for students. Congress plans to challenge the Faculty Senate’s March 9, 2009 rejection of pre-finals week policy changes that tabled the discussion. The proposed changes would have prohibited professors from assigning coursework due during pre-finals week worth more than 5 percent of a student’s grade without department chair approval, according to Daily archives. Tuesday’s bill, which passed 23-0-0, is a response to the 2009 Senate’s decision that rejected the presented changes as well as to table any further discussion of the project until 2014. The bill was co-authored by Ways and Means Chair Sean Bender and social sciences district representative Joseph Ahrabizad, who expressed their displeasure with the Senate’s decision. “Essentially, University of Oklahoma students complained SEE UOSA PAGE 2

Retired botany professor protects tree farm’s future Botanist preserves land for about 900 trees, prevents future development in Noble CHASE COOK The Oklahoma Daily

A retired botany professor and science librarian shudders at the thought of cutting down a tree for nothing. “It’s about the worst thing you can do to a tree,” T.H. Milby said. His love for trees and nature spurred him to get a Ph.D in botany from OU. He continued to work for the university for 31 years as the science librarian and part-time botany professor. He has been retired for 18 years, but he continues to operate a tree farm on his personal property. To protect the nature he loves, he decided with his wife to place

a conservation easement on the 75 acre property in Noble. Now, the estimated 900 black walnut, oak, chestnut, live oak, maple, sycamore, cedar and a myriad of other trees are protected from future developments. The easement prevents anyone else from building on the property, Kathleen Milby, T.H. Milby’s wife, said. ”My husband always wanted to preserve the land,” Kathleen Milby said. Originally, T.H. Milby used his land to plant landscape trees and to farm trees for expensive wood used in furniture. Now that they have placed the easement on the land, T.H. Milby said they will let nature take its course. He won’t be planting or selling anymore trees. The only work done to the land

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is an occasional mowing and bailing of the grass, Kathleen Milby said. While there are benefits to owning land with a conservation easement, such as a tax write off, the Milbys said their goal was to save the land, not profit off of it. “The easement made the land less valuable because you can’t build on it,” T.H. Milby said. “But, we think it’s more valuable now.” Lyntha Wesner, Norman Area Land Conservancy chair and member of the Norman City Council Greenbelt Commission, helped the Milbys procure the easement for their land. Normally, the organization approaches land owners with significant acreage and discusses PHOTO PROVIDED

T.H. Milby and Kathleen Milby share a laugh on their 75-acre tree farm in Noble. SEE TREES PAGE 2 The pair placed a conservation easement on the land to maintain its natural state.

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UOSA: Reps to begin policy discussion anew Continued from page 1 about an unfair policy,” chemistr y sophomore Bender said to Congresss. “And the faculty voted to ignore these complaints until all of these students graduated.” Though the decision was made by the Senate last March, Student Congress decided to wait before it issued

Today around campus » Society of Chinese Students and Scholars will meet 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Sooner Room. » Sooner Curling Club will meet 6 to 7 p.m. in the Union’s Heritage Room. » Student Longboarding Association will meet 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Union’s Alma Wilson Room.

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» Baptist Student Union Paradigm will meet 8 to 10 p.m. in the Union’s Meacham Auditorium.

Friday, Dec. 3 » African Christian Fellowship will meet 7 to 10 p.m. in the Union’s Frontier Room. » Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Friends will host a Gender Bender Ball from 8 p.m. to midnight in the Union’s Scholars Room.

Saturday, Dec. 4 » The Sooner Ballroom Dance Club will host a Snow Ball from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom. The club will offer ballroom dance lessons from 7 to 8 p.m. » O.U. Improv! will perform 8 to 10 p.m. in the Union’s Scholars Room.

Sunday, Dec. 5 » Students for Ecclesia will meet 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Union’s Weitzenhoffer and Heritage Rooms. » OU Amnesty International will meet 5 to 6 p.m. in the Union’s Heritage Room.

Monday, Dec. 6 » Baptist Student University Conversation Club will meet 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Union’s Alma Wilson Room.

» Union Programming Board Music Day will feature Thomas Glenn from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Union’s Will Rogers Room.

Wednesday, Dec. 8 » The Society of Chinese Students and Scholars will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Union’s Traditions Room. » The Union Programming Board will host a Late Night Breakfast from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Union’s Will Rogers Room.

Thursday, Dec. 9 » Union Programming Board Mid-Day Music will feature Anthony Nagid from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Union’s Will Rogers Room.

» This day in OU history

Dec. 1, 2000 OU participates in World AIDS Day Volunteers distributed red ribbons and AIDS information across campus. At 1 p.m., the Oklahoma Memorial Union bells tolled 20 times, one time for each year AIDS had afflicted the world. Sooner Heat presented a short lecture on AIDS prevention, which was followed by a free movie, “Playing by the Heart,” which focuses with three couples dealing with AIDS.

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The OU Board of Regents honored students for their academic and athletic accomplishments during its Tuesday meeting. During its meeting, OU President David Boren and the regents applauded OU’s 28th Rhodes Scholar Sarah Swenson and the Sooner baseball team for advancing to the 2010 College World Series in Omaha, Neb. OU is one of three institutions in the state from which Rhodes Scholars have ever been selected. The University of Tulsa has had two Rhodes Scholars and Oklahoma State University has had one student chosen, Boren said. Swenson, from Sioux Falls, S.D., will spend two years studying at Oxford University in England pursing a second bachelor’s degree in English and history. Upon her return to the U.S., Swenson plans on attending medical school at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The 2010 baseball team was the first OU team in 15 years to advance to the College World Series. “We have a special team and we’re expecting to go dog piling in Omaha this year [2011] and bring back the national championship,”

placing a conservation easement on the land, Wesner said. Typically this costs money for the organization, but the Milbys donated the land, Wesner said. The organization operates in Norman and the surrounding areas to protect land from over development, Wesner said. Under the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program, the organization receives funds helping to purchase easements and protect farms and wildlife, according to the Natural Resources Conser vation S er vice’s website. “We think in terms of long-term living,” Wesner said. “It’s important to have farmers working closer to where people would eat the food.” Most conservation easements allow property owners to continue to farm, but each easement may be different, Wesner said. What’s great is the property owners still own the rights to the property, Wesner said. The Milbys plan to pass down the land to their children when the time is right. But for now, they said they will enjoy the natural wildlife and fishing in their pond.

Latkes For Love to raise money for charities OU Hillel is hosting its annual Latkes For Love event 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday at the Hillel building to raise money for charities. All money earned will go to three charities, said Megan Godwin, health and exercise sciences junior and Hillel president. “We raised $5,011 selling tickets, raffle tickets and T-shirts,” Godwin said in an e-mail. The Hillel holds the event to celebrate the beginning of Chanukah and to help raise money for Jewish charities, Godwin said. The three charities this year are Keshet (disabled children), Sharsheret (breast cancer awareness) and Save a Child’s Heart (heart surgeries for children), Godwin said. There will be live music, latkes (similar to hashbrowns) and other Jewish food, Godwin said. Tickets are $5 in advanced and $7 at the door. —Chase Cook/The Daily

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the 2009 Faculty Senate will not be forgotten by 2014,” Bender said. The meeting also passed a bill by unanimous consent that supports sending an updated version of the Student Congress constitution to the OU Board of Regents and a resolution thanking Bizzell Memorial Library for extending its hours to 24 hours a day during pre-finals week.

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Tuesday, Dec. 7 » Christians on Campus will host a Bible study from noon to 1 p.m. in the Union’s Traditions Room.

that students still care deeply about,” Bender said. “And that it’s an issue UOSA is still ready and willing to work with Faculty Senate on.” The bill asks the members of the Senate to revisit the discussion for pre-finals week policies before 2014. “Discontent with the current dead-week policy will not disappear just because a few students graduated, and the shameful actions of

TREES: Goal is to save the land, not earn profit

» Latino Student Life will meet 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Union’s Alma Wilson Room. » Dances From Around the World will take place 6 to 9 p.m. in the Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom.

an official resolution. “We decided to maybe let the hot tempers cool down a little bit before we started on a new approach,” political science senior Ahrabizad said. Those who proposed the initial changes in 2009 graduated in May, and that may be one reason for waiting, Ahrabizad said. “Well, I hope that it [the Senate] realizes it’s an issue

Regents will continue meeting today to discuss new Devon facility, purchase of electronic database DHARA SHETH The Oklahoma Daily

coach Sunny Golloway said. Additional matters concerning OU, Cameron University and Rogers State University are to be discussed at 9:30 a.m. today in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Scholars Room.

TODAY’S AGENDA ITEMS • The regents are scheduled to vote on the $3 million total budget approval for a clean room facility on the fifth floor of Devon Energy Hall. The room would be approximately 4,000 square feet and would create a new clean room facility and support spaces, providing research capabilities that do not exist on campus and to enhance opportunities for future research grant funding, according to the agenda proposal. • The regents are scheduled to hear Boren’s proposal to authorize himself or his designee to purchase a new electronic reference database. The reference database would include access to databases such as Web of Science, Biosis Citation Index, Current Contents, Journal Citation Reports and Zoological Record, according to the agenda. The online database would cost $324,929 for a one-year period beginning Jan. 1, with the option to renew for three additional oneyear periods at equal pricing, according to the agenda proposal.


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Protesters stand amongst a smoke flare as thousands of students protest against tuition fees Nov. 24 in London. Several thousand British students protested Wednesday against government plans to triple tuition, two weeks after a similar demonstration sparked a riot.

U.K. police arrest 153 during rally against college tuition hikes British students protest against decision to increase university fees LONDON — British police made 153 arrests during student demonstrations in London on Tuesday against proposed university tuition hikes, officials said. Police reported the arrests following a day of cat-and-mouse between demonstrators and riot officers that culminated in a violent standoff in the capital’s Trafalgar Square. Students are furious over the coalition government’s decision to allow schools to triple the cap imposed on tuition fees, allowing the best universities to charge up to $14,000 per year in a bid to reduce the burden on Britain’s debt-laden public sector. British students currently pay up to $4,675. Earlier this month, activists tried to ransack the governing Conservative Party’s headquarters in London in a protest, touching off a wave of demonstrations. “We need to keep up this momentum because eventually we’ll get through to them and we can

start negotiations,” said Shayan Moghedam, 17, from Woodhouse College. “This is not something that can just be ignored and the fact that students keep coming out week after week proves that.” Moghedam was one of thousands of young demonstrators marching, staging sit-ins at university campuses and — in at least one case — occupying local government offices. The demonstrations were mostly nonviolent — police in Birmingham praised students for their sensible and “wholly peaceful” protest. Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday students have “a responsibility to know the full facts about what they are objecting to.” Back on the frozen streets of the British capital, students weren’t buying it. “I honestly just feel cheated by the entire system,” said Victoria Rabin, 18, of west London. “I don’t know what the right thing to do is, but I want my voice to be heard. There has to be some sort of middle ground.” — AP

Pakistan is seeking life imprisonment for five Americans convicted of plotting terrorist attacks and sentenced to 10 years each in jail, a prosecutor said Tuesday. The Lahore High Court accepted a petition Monday to consider a life sentence, said Rana Bakhtiar, deputy prosecutor general where Lahore is the capital. A standard life sentence in Pakistan is 25 years. The five men from the Washington, D.C., area were arrested in the city of Sargodha last December and convicted in June. ___

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Legislators hold first abortion debate A key committee of Argentine legislators is launching a firstever debate on legalizing abortion in the largely Roman Catholic country. The law would legalize abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy and has been signed by about 50 lawmakers in Argentina’s 257-person House of Deputies. The debate in the congressional Commission of Penal Legislation is expected to be lengthy. Tuesday marks the final day of this year’s legislative session, shifting talks into 2011. Abortion is prohibited in Argentina except in cases of rape or when pregnancy threatens a woman’s physical or mental health. ___

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Leaked memos discuss Cuban spies


A protester stands with a sign as hundreds of students protest against tuition fees Tuesday in London. College and university students across the country held marches and sit-ins to oppose the decision to increase university fees to $14,000 a year, a key plank in the government’s deficit-cutting austerity measures.

Cuban intelligence agents have deep involvement in Venezuela and enjoy direct access to President Hugo Chavez, the U.S. Embassy said in a 2006 diplomatic cable that was classified as secret. The document was among several posted online Tuesday as a growing list of sensitive U.S. government messages were released by WikiLeaks. The Jan. 30, 2006, cable from then-U.S. Ambassador William Brownfield said that Cuban intelligence officers frequently provided Chavez with intelligence reporting unvetted by Venezuelan officers. Similar claims have been raised previously by Chavez’s critics, but U.S. officials have not publicly aired such concerns. — AP

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WikiLeaks must stay alive Sweden isn’t WikiLeaks is back again with its biggest leak of govern- the publishing. ment information yet: More than 250,000 diplomatic cables The attack on the whistleblower group is the same route from 274 U.S. embassies — some classified, some not, but taken by the government when the Pentagon Papers were unexposed to the public. leaked in 1971. It seems until now that the U.S. has been the country most If you didn’t know, the Pentagon Papers were an enorembarrassed by the top secret leaks — which, in the past, mous collection of documents outlining U.S. actions in have included damning evidence about the failing wars in Vietnam. The papers revealed the true reality of the war was Iraq and Afghanistan — but now it seems most of the major kept secret from the public, and their publication helped world players have a reason to be angry. end the war. Daniel Ellsberg, the man responsible for the The Obama administration maintains that the leaks will leak, realized that state secrets didn’t always benefit the put lives at risk. However, U.S. officials admit government or its people. they can’t confirm whether anyone’s life has The information WikiLeaks has is necIf the U.S. actually been harmed because of the docuessary at this point in time. While the govments’ release, according to a Miami Herald ernment screams that lives are at risk, we government report. have been watching the soldier and civilian doesn’t want to be It’s understandable that it could be a posbody count stack up for the last nine years in embarrassed about sibility, but it seems more likely that U.S. offiAfghanistan and Iraq. cials are simply looking for as many reasons The balance of power in the world has how it conducts they can to stop Julian Assange, WikiLeaks’s been upset and citizens deserve to know if relations with foreign founder. the nation’s diplomatic behavior has only countries, it ought Most of the media has worked quite closecontributed to increasing tension. to start conducting ly with the State Department to make sure If the U.S. government doesn’t want to be specific people aren’t implicated. It appears embarrassed about how it conducts relaitself in a more the U.S. is more afraid of what action the tions with foreign countries, it ought to start transparent and public may take in the wake of the leaks. conducting itself in a more transparent and democratic manner.” democratic manner. As leading U.S. foreign policy dissident Noam Chomsky put it, the documents reveal WikiLeaks must be preserved so it can “profound hatred for democracy on the part of our political serve as a deterrent to the more nefarious aspects of our leadership.” If the U.S. is engaging in behavior that isn’t in government’s actions that do not promote democracy and the interest of democracy, people ought to know. truly harm citizens. Some notable documents reveal: It’s also important to note that the U.S. isn’t the only na• Yemen’s prime minister lied to the parliament about co- tion shown in a negative light; several countries are revealed vert U.S. bombings in Yemen. to have engaged in shady behavior. If WikiLeaks were shut • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Condoleeza Rice down, it could eliminate possible popular uprisings in reordered U.S. diplomats to spy on UN Secretary General Ban gions with oppressive governments. Ki Moon and other UN officials. A little known fact about the leaks is that an Oklahoma • Saudi Arabia King Abdullah has repeatedly urged the native is responsible. Soldier Bradley Manning leaked the U.S. to strike Iran, while at the same time, Saudi groups re- first documents to the site, probably for the same reasons main al-Qaeda’s top financiers. Ellsberg did almost 40 years ago, and it is speculated he is Officials are discussing whether they can charge Assange responsible for the cable leak as well. under the Espionage Act and Rep. Peter King, R-NY, is lobbyCurrently, Manning is in federal prison, it seems, for exing for WikiLeaks to be classified as a terrorist organization. posing the lies and fatal secrecy of the U.S. government. For Don’t buy into the propaganda. Allowing the U.S. govern- the government’s own crimes, however, no one has been ment to silence dissidents would be a horrifying instance of arrested. government overreach and destruction of First Amendment rights. WikiLeaks itself is not responsible for the leak, only Comment on this column at


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In the years to come, historians will have their chance to review the presidency of George W. Bush and reflect upon the changes his eight years in office brought to the U.S. and the world. Much to the dismay of his ardent supporters, the pages that the history of the Bush years promise to fill will most likely be marked with little positive acclaim for our 43rd president. However, only two years removed from Bush’s tenure in office, the years of 2000 to 2008 have yet to appear in American History textbooks. But don’t worry, our former “Decider” has already decided to fill us in with a work of his own. In “Decision Points,” readers have the chance to journey through the Bush years, being led through history by the former president himself. The work begins with a discussion of Bush’s battle with alcoholism and continues with his relationship with the Almighty, leading the Texas Rangers and his years as Commander in Chief. Released on Nov. 9, already more than a million copies of the book have been sold, but don’t be in a rush — if you’re looking for a serious

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explanation of how things went from bad to worse in the course of eight years, this book won’t provide you with one. Two failed wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the loss of the Clinton surplus, the collapse of the American economy into a recession and the continual destruction of foreign policy mark the Bush years. However, what caused the most media stir over Bush’s memoirs were his remarks that rapper Kanye West’s announcement at a Hurricane Katrina Relief Concert that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” was one of the “most disgusting moments” in his presidency. That’s right. Kanye West. The rapper with the cool

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music videos who has a knack for storming award shows and claiming awards for himself and others provided for one of the “most disgusting moments” of Bush’s tenure? In reality, the fiasco that was the mismanagement of Katrina actually evoked remorse and regret on Bush’s part in the book. West’s remarks should not be garnering as much media attention five years after the incident, nor should they be regarded as one of the “most disgusting moments” of the Bush years. What seems to strike at the tip of disgusting lies in Bush’s — Mubeen Shakir, admission of his advocacy University College freshman of waterboarding, or perhaps the blatant mendaci- Comment on this ties in which he attempts to column at

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the socialist paradise you’ve heard Consider the Swedes their relationship with the STAFF COLUMN UMN U.S. has been friendly, neutral and cooperative, but most importantly, a rather Tucker Cross oss insignificant one. I don’t mean this as an insult; there are only about nine million of them in the first place, so one can’t exactly blame the Swedes when they haven’t been able to shove their weight around. Despite its size however, Sweden is quite the industrious and inventive country. In fact, Sweden holds one of the highest numbers of patents per capita. Generally speaking however, Americans don’t really know much about Sweden, nor do they care. And that’s perfectly alright. What with China, Russia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Pakistan, India and Iran in the news, Sweden understandably gets left to the wayside. This geopolitical relationship seemed like a reasonable one to me. Until, of course, the socialism began… Once Obama had begun seriously contending for the presidency, the public’s fears of socialism quickly began to spread. “Obama’s a socialist!” was the cry from the right. “No he’s not!” was the cry from the left, which was quickly followed by a “besides, socialism isn’t so bad anyway, just look at Sweden!” So then everyone started looking at Sweden. Bill O’Reilly, the paragon of Fox News, started warning people of the dangers of Sweden “Do you really want to change America into Sweden?” he asked. Even Jon Stewart joined in the fun, sending one of his “correspondents” to the socialist paradise of Scandinavia. All of that is old news by now, dating way back to… December 2009. But the insanity which is the mentioning of Sweden is still going on. Every now and then I hear it, the inevitable discussion of socialism, and Sweden always seems to be exhibit number one. I can’t stand it anymore, and that is why I am here to correct a few misconceptions about Sweden and its so called socialist paradise/nightmare, whichever one you prefer. While it’s true that much of Sweden is “socialized” i.e. publicly owned and operated, it is by no means a purely “socialist state”. In fact, the majority of the Swedish economy is privately owned. Some of the biggest things that the government does take care of however are education, healthcare, and pension programs. I often overhear people discussing how wonderful the quality of health care and education are in Sweden, and that everyone gets it for free. Although the quality of healthcare and education are good, they are most definitely not free. Sweden has one of the highest tax rates in the world. To be specific, Sweden’s total tax revenue as of 2007 was 47.8 percent of its GDP. That is a lot of taxes. But most Swedes are willing to pay them. Some will gripe, but they will usually flip the bill at the end of the day. At least, they say they will. In reality however, there are many people in Sweden who don’t report all of their taxes. It’s become such a problem that there’s even a Swedish joke about it: “When you see a guy driving a Ferrari in the United States, you think he is successful. When you see a guy driving a Ferrari in Sweden, you think he’s not reporting his taxes”. Another thing regarding Sweden’s healthcare: Although the quality might be good, there isn’t very much of it. In many places in Sweden, people are forced to wait for very long periods in order to see a physician. There is also a limited supply of certain services and specialists, since these things cost more. Because the government is paying for most of the healthcare, it tries to cut as many costs as possible, sometimes to the point where it’s detrimental. It also means that new technology and medicine can take longer to be popularly implemented, since the government is reluctant to pay for new innovations. Sweden is a nice place to live, no doubt. I had the pleasure of spending seven years there. But anyone who believes that Sweden is in any way a paradise needs to understand that Sweden has its share of problems as well. Immigration has become a critical issue in the tiny country, with around one million immigrants in a population of around nine million. Because of the level of child support the government offers (they send a check in the mail every month to parents; the amount changes depending on the number of children) the system has been put under immense pressure, especially since immigrant families tend to have more children than their native Swedish counterparts. That fact alone has spurred ethnic and social problems within the country. If I had more space, I would write more on this subject, but my main point is this: Before citing Sweden as an example for or against whatever agenda you have, please understand that the country is probably neither as bad or as good as you might imagine it to be. It really is a wonderful place, but please, I don’t think it’s healthy for the Swedes to get this much attention. It might go to their heads, and with the Nobel prizes, they don’t need anything else to brag about! — Tucker Cross, letters senior

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Octopus Project to rock out tonight at OU Austin-based band will play show highlighting infectious tunes MATT CARNEY The Oklahoma Daily

LAMBERT: I don’t know exactly. We’re mostly just really excited to take whatever sounds we can find or technology there is to use as a tool. I think we’re just really excited about stuff and whenever we come up with a new sound we haven’t used before or heard before, I think it just translates into excitement. It tends not to be too austere — more excited and joyful.

If there’s one thing the guys and gal in The Octopus Project seem to embody, it’s a pure, unfiltered joy in musical composition. Of course, nearly any savvy navigator of the Internet could tell you the same by listening to songs like “Music is Happiness” or “I Saw THE DAILY: You guys recently got to share the stage with Devo at Moogfest in the Bright Shinies.” That wouldn’t be nearly enough to share Asheville, N.C., and judging by your sound in the Austin band’s zeal for creating beauti- and age, I imagine Devo is a big influence. What was that whole ful, engaging pop music that experience like? compels your body to start LAMBERT: It was pretty nuts. moving though. For that, We were planning to play at you’ve got to see it live. Moogfest and that was the WHAT: The Octopus And aren’t you lucky. end [of] our tour, the last Thanks to the efforts beProject with Yellow Fever show. Devo was supposed to tween the people at the play right after us. The show Campus Activities Council WHEN: 8 tonight before that was in Tucson, so and Opolis, The Octopus we were driving all the way Project will bring its infecWHERE: Meacham from Tucson to Asheville tious live show that busts Auditorium in the Union when we got an e-mail from forth with bizarre syntheour booking agent saying, “I sized bleeps and bloops to COST: $10 have really bad news. Devo OU. has to pull out, they can’t One of the band’s multiple multi-instrumentalists Josh Lambert spoke play because their guitar player sliced to The Daily about playing a festival with open his hand and they’re canceling their ’80s synth icons Devo, why Octopus Project’s tour and everything. But, a couple of the music sounds so positive and the new Kanye members want to be there and want to know if you want to do a song with them,” album (which he likes). which was kind of insane [laughs]. It’s impossible to put into words how THE DAILY: Your music sounds very amazing it felt to just be in that position, futuristic and robotic but also very the sheer luck of it. Those guys are the nicpositive, where typically most people see est guys in the world and it was an amazing, those things as dystopian. Why do you amazing opportunity. think you have that outlook?

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Austin-based The Octopus Project brings its brand of indie electronica to Meacham Auditorium in the Union tonight. The band’s fourth full-length album, “Hexadecagon,” is in stores now.

THE DAILY: What do you do on tour to keep yourselves from going insane from being stuck in the van? LAMBERT: [Chuckles] We listen to a lot of music, read and watch movies — stuff like that. The three guys, we switch off driving every day. Every third day is your turn to drive, which is pretty exciting because you spend the two days before that finding as much new music as possible. THE DAILY: What have you guys been listening to in the last week or so? LAMBERT: [Whistles] Oh, man ...

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WikiLeaking myself: The dangers of Internet oversharing By this time, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” has informed you of the massive dump (yes, everyone is calling this a dump and I love it) of classified cables from foreign terrorists published by WikiLeaks. The juiciest bit of knowledge from these files is the comments made about international political figures. The profiles are truly embarrassing and could result in a few leaders sitting at the loser table during UN talks — things like Kim Jong-il emcees an amateur drag queen hour every Sunday night or Nicolas Sarkozy pesters his wife Carla Bruni to let him rap on one of her albums. This whole ordeal is stinking with controversy. When I am confronted with issues as complicated and serious as this, I try to put it in terms that I can wrap my social media-addicted brain around. You know when that kid


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GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - You don’t mind working alone, but in most cases prefer to work alongside others. You will deliberately seek out someone who needs you as much as you need them.

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CANCER (June 21-July 22) Whether you’re trying to sell an idea or a product to others, let it be known that you’ll stand behind your words 100 percent. Once you build confidence in someone, you can build a sale.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) Because you are both observant and a quick learner, you may discover a solution to a nagging problem that has been bugging you for far too long. It’ll be just what you need.

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Sooners host tough Bearkats Robinson, Ellenburg to lead team against good Sam Houston State team RJ YOUNG The Oklahoma Daily

After a successful 3-0 appearance in the 2010 Basketball Travelers Invitational the No. 11 OU women’s basketball team will return to the court in Norman against the Sam Houston State Bearkats. The Sooners are led by preseason All-American senior Danielle Robinson. The 5-foot-9-inch point guard has averaged 19.5 points per game to lead the Sooners in an undefeated (6-0) start to the season. Freshman sensation Aaryn Ellenberg has proven to be an unlikely scoring threat for the Sooners. The 5-foot7-inch guard is the second leading scorer on the team with 17.0 per game. The Bearkats have started the season 5-2 for the first time since the 1993-94 season. SHSU is off to its best start in 17 seasons. The only two losses suffered by SHSU came at the hands of Ole Miss and Big 12


All-American senior Danielle Robinson leads the 6-0 Sooners. The guard has averaged 19.5 points per game. OU is 2-1 in previous face-offs with the Bearkats. South rival Texas Tech. SHSU is led by sophomore Britni Martin who is the top scorer on the team with 18.9 points per game. In Bearkat wins over Charleston Southern University (73-59) and American University (73-59) she dropped 37 and

34 points respectively. Martin is supported by two other sophomores who averaged double-digit scoring figures in Sequeena Thomas (13.2) and Chanice Smith (11.9). The SHSU bench averages 25.2 points per game.

OU has met SHSU in Norman three times in the past winning the last two contest in 2000 and 2003. The Bearkats only w in against the Sooners two decades ago in November 1990 (90-86).

Sooner sports stock report RISING: JIMMY STEVENS The junior kicker from Oklahoma City has taken some criticism for his performance over the last two seasons, but a four-field goal performance against Oklahoma State on Saturday earned him the first game ball from OU coach Bob Stoops in the locker room after the Sooners’ 47-41 win.

EVEN: OU VOLLEYBALL The Sooners finished the regular season 21-10 and earned a spot in the NCAA volleyball championship tournament. They’ve been to the postseason before, but this time play host to the first and second rounds. Winning at home to advance to the Sweet 16 would be ground they haven’t visited in a while.

FALLING: MEN’S BASKETBALL Although it can be said OU coach Jeff Capel did the best he could filling his roster with just a couple of months’ notice, after being swept at the Maui Invitational last week, this OU team is in trouble of repeating last year’s miserable season if they don’t find themselves soon. — Daily staff reports

Venables not looking for new job or heading to Miami — will stay at OU OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables doesn’t plan on pursuing the head coaching vacancy at Miami (FL). Venables said after the Sooners’ practice on Tuesday night that he’s “not interested in any job” and is focused on the No. 9 Sooners’ preparations to face No. 13 Nebraska in the Big 12 Brent Venables Championship on Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. Venables had been considered a possible candidate because Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt formerly worked at OU. “I’m not looking at any job,” Venables said. “I have no intentions to visit with anybody. I’ve got a great job, and we’ve got a big-time job this week. There’s nothing really to talk about.” University regents approved a $45,000 raise for Venables last month, increasing his annual salary to $440,000.

Nebraska coach remains quiet about which quarterback will start Saturday Nebraska coach Bo Pelini doesn’t know, or isn’t saying, who’ll be the starting quarterback when No. 13 Nebraska plays No. 9 OU on Saturday in the Big 12 conference title. Sophomore backup Cody Green has started two games since Cody Green freshman Taylor Martinez sprained his right ankle against Missouri on Oct. 30. Martinez, who also has a turf toe injury on his left foot, didn’t take a snap in last week’s win over Colorado. Pelini said Monday that Martinez’s status is “day to day.” He said it’s possible both quarterbacks would play against the Sooners. Green said he doesn’t let the uncertainty bother him. He said he Taylor Martinez approaches each practice with the attitude that he’ll be the starter the next game. —AP

Seven players named to All-Big 12 teams, two earn defensive conference honors league announces Tuesday The OU football program produced five All-Big 12 first-team and two All-Big 12 second-team players. The results were announced by the league Tuesday. The Sooners also had two major award winners, both defensive honors. OU has won the most major Big 12 football awards, collecting 25 throughout the conference’s 14-year history. This year’s conference awards list is dominated by OU’s last opponent, Oklahoma State, and its next opponent, Nebraska. The Cowboys and Huskers combined to win seven of the 10 major awards and 23 of the 59 all-conference teams spots. The winners and all-conference teams are voted on by the 12 head coaches, who cannot vote for their own players. — Daily staff reports


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The senior defensive end became the first Sooner to win the defensive lineman award. He was also a Defensive Player of the Year nominee, losing to Nebraska’s Prince Amukamara.


The defensive back is the fourth Sooner to win the defensive freshman award, sharing this year’s honor with OSU freshman linebacker Shaun Lewis.


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If you had told me 10 years ago that I’d care about the 2010 Bedlam football game, the first words out of my mouth would have been, “What’s Bedlam?” It’s true. I grew up in Waco, Texas, and in that neck of the woods, football isn’t something to get worked up over. My dad is an Oklahoma native who graduated from Oklahoma State in 1975, and though he loves his alma mater, he touted academics over athletics. I visited Stillwater before I even knew what Boomer Sooner meant. You can imagine the culture shock when my family moved to Edmond in 2000, the last time the Sooners won the national championship. At the height of OU football fanaticism, when every fair-weather Sooner sported crimson and cream, the only college football chant I knew from this state was “Go Pokes!” I was overwhelmed and missed Texas, so I detested anything related to my new home, including OU. I was determined to get myself back to Waco, become a Baylor Bear and reject the craziness that is the college football season. But seven years later, when it was time to choose a college, OU was at the top of my list. I moved to Norman in fall 2007, retaining my disdain for what I considered crazed football antics. While other freshmen were updating their Facebook statuses about getting their season football tickets, I was busy looking up textbooks

Team preparing for tough test against Cornhusker defense, moving past last season’s loss to Nebraska CLARK FOY The Oklahoma Daily


Senior wide receiver Cameron Kenney (6) races past Oklahoma State defenders for a touchdown during Saturday’s Bedlam football game in Stillwater. Former non-football fan Reneé Selanders would not have cared for the excitement of Bedlam’s fourth quarter before this season.

and plotting out the fastest routes to class. Sooner football hardly affected my life until gameday traffic kept me from getting around Norman.

Even more shocking to a self-professed apathetic football watcher was the fact that I found myself caring about OU football.” A funny thing happened my junior year, though. While studying abroad, whenever I told other foreign exchange students from the U.S. I went to OU, football was their first point of reference. The biggest news from home in September 2009 was OU’s loss to Brigham Young. BYU students who were part of my program loved rubbing the loss in my face, and I found myself

disappointed about it. College — to me — is all about academics. But I questioned if Sooner athletics said more about OU on national and international levels? Even more shocking to a self-professed apathetic football watcher was the fact that I found myself caring about OU football. For my senior year, I decided to buy season tickets and even attend OU-Texas. I learned three things this season: • First, I cannot handle tailgating. It’s for die-hard OU fans, and after 21 years of apathy, I just can’t deal. • Second, OU-Texas weekend is an epic ordeal, and a Sooner victory made it ohso-much sweeter. • Third, it feels good to win Bedlam, something I wish my dad and brother — who’s an OSU freshman — could know the joy of.

From this experience — and with a little education from participating in The Daily’s weekly Pick ‘Em competition — I now have an opinion on football. I’ll admit, I’m nowhere near being a Sooner fanatic. I truly appreciate the loyalty behind that level of fandom. I still have quite a way to go familiarizing myself with the football roster. For instance, while doing some reporting duties on the South Oval, I took a photo of a student who turned out to be Cameron Kenney, whom I later found out is a football player. Whoops. S o i f a o n c e e nt i re l y sports-apathetic OU student can change her ways in one football season and build up her Sooner spirit, then I’d say OU football really does have some magic to it. — Reneé Selanders, journalism senior

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A classic Big 12 rivalry that started back in the days of the Big 8 will end in this year’s conference championship. The Sooners will take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers for the last time before the Huskers take off for the Big Ten next season. For the last game between the two powerhouses, OU will have its work cut out for getting past the tricky Nebraska defense. This season, Nebraska has allowed just 16.8 points per game — the eighth-lowest in the nation. The Huskers also are allowing under 300 yards per game, consisting of a balanced 144.8 average passing yards and 147.0 rushing. The Cornhuskers’ defense is the strength of the team as it makes opponents work hard for every yard, OU wide receivers PRINCE AMUKAMARA coach Jay Norvell said. » Year: Senior “They really try to play » Position: man-on-man all the way Cornerback across the board,” Norvell » Hometown: said. “They aren’t going Glendale, Ariz. to give you a lot of bubble » Named Big 12 opportunities, and they Defensive Player try to squeeze everything of the Year and first-team all-Big 12 in your passing game.” by the conference Tuesday While the Huskers surrender an average amount of rushing yards each game, their pass defense is among the fewest passing yards allowed in the country. Nebraska senior cornerback Prince Amukamara leads a Husker secondary that has snagged 18 interceptions this season, good for fourth in the league. For Norvell, the schematics of the defense are what makes Nebraska so formidable on defense. “ Th e y p l ay a c o m b i nat i o n o f b o t h ma n a n d zone that’s more technique than being physical,” Norvell said. “They don’t do a lot of things, but what they do, they do really well.” Last season’s game in Lincoln, Neb., was certainly a testament to the tradition of defense that Nebraska boasts. Although OU outgained the Husker offense 325 to 180 in total yards, the Sooners lost the game 10-3, and OU thenredshirt freshman quarterback Landry Jones threw five interceptions. Many players and coaches said they haven’t forgotten last season’s game and are not going to let it affect how they approach Saturday’s game.

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