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Ruby Rivera, 41, (right) poses for a photo at the Food and Shelter dining room Nov. 30. The dining room turns into a make-shift sleeping area in the winter at nights from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

A WARM WELCOME Minutes from campus, refuge for Norman’s hungry and homeless MIA CHISM • @MIA _CHISM13


ead north on Jenkins Avenue from Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium  —  past the ongoing $160 million construction project to make more luxurious the palace on the prairie; past the bronze statues of Sooner football greats; past the $50 million Sarkeys Energy Center. Three minutes and less than a mile away, the campus bubble bursts. Here, near the railroad tracks, is where Norman’s often hidden hungry and homeless find temporary comfort : Food and Shelter for Friends. Of Norman’s 44,637 households, roughly 18 percent is living in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2015. The nonprofit offers short-term and long-term housing options and breakfast and lunch seven days a week, executive director April Heiple said. However, as temperatures drop and people try to stay warm, more people seek shelter and the dining room is opened up to be a make-shift shelter, she said. The organization gears up for the transition every November, and although the make-shift shelter is temporary, it is necessary because there are some very vulnerable people on the streets, Heiple said. “Even temperatures as low as 45 to 40 degrees overnight can be very dangerous for them, especially if they are in it for an extended period of time,” Heiple said. The beginning of December is projected to hit lows between 21 and 41 degrees Fahrenheit, according to The Weather Channel. “Food and Shelter is the only place in town they can go where they won’t be run off,” Heiple said.

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On any given day, 10 to 15 new people show up to Food and Shelter who say they have nowhere to go, Heiple said. Food and Shelter does not own an emergency shelter for people who need a place to stay on short notice, so the organization refers people needing it to Salvation Army, Heiple said. Heiple said if they cannot find a solution there or through someone’s personal contacts, family or friends, then Food and Shelter provides motel stays. “This is a very expensive shelter

option, but right now that’s our only option because we don’t allow (families with) children to sleep outside or in their cars,” Heiple said. People dealing with an untreated addiction, mental illness and other problems can rent one of the organization’s 10 single-bed apartments, Heiple said. Heiple said the majority of people and families who come to the organization need assistance through the organization’s seven transitional housing program, which can be used for three to six months. Food and Shelter is working on expanding its housing options at a new location to be opened in summer 2017, she said. Whether they use short or longterm housing, those who use the organization’s services work with case managers who help them determine what is needed to overcome obstacles they might face. “A significant majority of those people will be able to do that in the amount of time that we have with them, and go on and do fine,” Heiple said. Food and Shelter also works to intervene before homelessness happens. “It’s very expensive to rehouse somebody once they become homeless, so we have a homelessness prevention program where we try to work with as many people as possible that would encounter someone on the brink of homelessness,” she said. Heiple said the average age group the organization helps is 35–44, but it seems to get younger every year. “When I first started here it was higher than that. It’s always alarming to me to see young people becoming homeless, because once it gets into your system, that hopelessness sets in,” Heiple said. People come into Food and Shelter for one reason or another, but most of them are broken, said food services director Sunny Hill. “They all have a story, but they won’t be mended,” Hill said. “We don’t mend people well anymore  —  we patch really well, but we don’t mend our society in general.”

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Last month there was an average of 258 people per day at Food and Shelter. Heiple said usually

people come in for one meal or stay for both, so the total meal count is more than 400 per day. Hill is the only paid, trained chef, Heiple said. Hill said when she arrives each day, she does not know what food was donated the day before, but she has an idea of basic supplies the kitchen has and what she might be able to make of it. “I get to come in every day, and I don’t know what I’m going to make for lunch when I walk in the door at 6:30 in the morning; I have no idea,” Hill said. “And I love that.” Hill plans the menu, organizes the kitchen and then delegates tasks to volunteers, such as cooking, serving and cleaning.

“They all have a story, but they won’t be mended. We don’t mend people well anymore — we patch really well, but we don’t mend our society in general.” SUNNY HILL, FOOD SERVICES DIRECTOR

“She is a wizard at cooking and serving delicious, healthy meals with virtually anything we have in our pantry,” Heiple said. “It’s totally like what you see in ‘Chopped.’ You don’t know what your ingredients are going to be on any given day, but she can make something delicious out of all of it. She’s a magician in my opinion.” Hill said the Norman community is very supportive, and the donations never stop. “People truly take volunteering and giving back to their community seriously here,” Hill said. Heiple said eight to ten volunteers help in the kitchen on any given day. Food and Shelter’s former president, Tish Marek, started volunteering at the organization when her daughter, who volunteered there at the time, asked her to tag along seven years ago. After that day, Marek never stopped going, even bringing her husband along. “We just enjoyed it so much

because we recognize how humbling it was for a lot of the people that go through there,” Marek said. “But just their gratitude for (volunteers) taking our time to do that for them was nice to see.” Marek volunteers with a group from St. Marks Evangelist Catholic Church on the third Friday of every month, always bringing stirfry, she said. “When we get out of our car, everybody there — all the guests there — are like, ‘Oh my God, stirfry!” Marek said. “They get so excited, and they’re always like, ‘Tell the old ladies that cook it thank you and how much we appreciate it. This is our favorite meal during the whole month.’”

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Whether by distance or family circumstance, the state of being homeless or hungry is closer than many people think. Heiple grew up in Chickasha, Oklahoma, with two parents who were as good as they could be, until one day when severe mental illness overtook her father, she said. He left, living homeless and with stints in mental hospitals for a long time. “I grew up in that. That was just part of my life; I just knew that existed, and it was always in the back of my head,” she said. Heiple went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master’s in public administration. While getting her master’s, she worked in Oklahoma City, often passing homeless people on her drive to work. “I would ignore them,” she said. “Every day I would just do everything I could to just not have to look at them.” One day on the way to her office, something struck her differently. “I was sitting in my car … and I look over, and there’s this man sitting on this bench … I just looked at him, and almost kind of in this deeply spiritual way I could see my dad sitting there, and my heart broke that he was somebody’s dad,” she said. Heiple said she immediately thought about the homeless people’s relatives. Although Heiple’s father eventually found the help he needed to live housed and functional, the realization hurt her, she said. “It just broke my heart that

there were all of these people that we had decided were not worth investing in,” Heiple said. Shortly after, she heard Food and Shelter was hiring a director. “I said, ‘OK. Give me the job. I don’t even care how much it pays. I’m going,’” she said. “I knew from that first phone call that this is where I was supposed to go.” Marek said she understands the difficulty of living life paycheck to paycheck. She and her husband, Ed, did it all by themselves, but not without help. Marek’s parents did not have any money, but what little they had they used to help her and her family. Marek relied mostly on commodities from the government, such as food stamps, when her husband was teaching in Norman in the 1980s. “I knew that if anything major happened, we would have been in a lot of trouble. We would have been destitute,” she said. “I never could understand why a teacher in Oklahoma was faced with having to get commodities.” Now, it makes her feel good to give back and help people who are going through something similar, Marek said. “You don’t have to (care about them). You can go on all your life thinking, ‘Well you know, that’s someone else’s problem,’” Marek said. “I just feel good that I know that I’m helping people that either don’t know where to go or what to do, and it’s just a matter of giving them the information and giving them hope.” Mia Chism

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• December 1-4, 2016


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Parking tickets to fund garage New facility to add some 1,200 spaces to ease congestion

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Parking congestion on t h e O U ca m p u s cau s e s students to receive thousands of parking tickets per month for violating parking rules, according to records obtained by The Daily. Tickets are given out in lower quantities at the beginning of semesters and during breaks, but they spike in April, September and October. V i c k y H o l l a n d , m a rketing manag er for O U Parking and Transportation Services, said there are various reasons for the spikes, such as freshmen still learning where they can park and students getting lazy as the semester winds to a close in the spring. However, she said the money from the tickets is put to good use. “We are a self-supporting department: We get no state money. We just built a $28 million garage, so there’s where part of it is going,” Holland said. “We also have to maintain all of the lots, pay the staff, snow removal, lighting. We probably spend a million dollars every three years to do maintenance on the existing lots on Main and Asp.” The new parking garage — Jenkins Avenue Parking Facility — will add 1,221 spaces for student use and is located on Jenkins Avenue across from the Headington Hall parking lot with a hopeful opening date of January 2017, Holland said. Mackenzie Cordova, Psychology freshman, said

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A parking ticket placed under the windshield wiper of a Jeep Nov. 28 parked outside of Adams Center. Parking tickets on campus spike in April, September and October.

she thinks the parking garage will help with congestion, but the biggest issue for her is the price of parking in general.

“What we find is that students want to park within five minutes of class. On a campus of 30,000 students, that just isn’t possible.” VICKY HOLLAND, MARKETING MANAGER FOR OU PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

“I think that the parking passes are really too expensive for the limited availability of parking spaces, so I decided not to get one,” Cordova said. Instead, Cordova parks

her car at the Lloyd Noble Center and bikes to campus. “Lloyd Noble has always been a consistent place where I’ve found a spot,” Cordova said. “I just leave my car there, but I know there are a lot of students who don’t want to leave their car in a far away parking lot.” Cordova said students may feel safer leaving their cars in the new parking garage and hopes parking passes are not too expensive to park there. “I think it will be really helpful because more people would be comfortable leaving their cars in a garage than in big lots,” Cordova said. “And parking garages don’t take up much space for the amount of spots they have. I think we just need to

keep expanding parking.” Cordova said another big issue she sees is the overselling of parking passes past the amount of spaces available. “I really, really don’t like that they do that because, as a person who would have had to pay for their own parking pass, if I had gotten one and then probably not even been able to find a spot is really frustrating, because you are potentially paying so much for something that really doesn’t get you anything,” Cordova said. Holland said there is no limit on the number of parking passes sold and with a campus the size of OU, parking is going to be inconvenient, but there are apps like OU Innovate to help students navigate

parking. “It’s hard for us to stop selling passes — if you’re the next person in line and we say, ‘Nope, sorry, that’s it,’ you’re not going to be happy,” Holland said. “You could have class Tuesday and Thursday and the person in front of you has class on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so you’re not going to need to park on the same days.” “We have the OU Innovate app, and what we find is that students want to park within five minutes of class,” Holland said. “On a campus of 30,000 students, that just isn’t possible. We do the best with the spaces we have.” Kayla Branch

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OU offers its first study abroad trip to Cuba Students will travel to Havana, Puebla, engage in culture EMMA KEITH @shakeitha_97

A 2017 OU study abroad trip will offer students an unprecedented opportunity: a chance to experience Cuba. “The Exceptional Island: Cuban Culture and Politics” will allow students to travel to Puebla, Mexico, and Havana, Cuba, from March 10 to March 19, 2017, according to the College of International Studies’ website. This will be the first OU study abroad trip to Cuba, said Charles Kenney, associate professor of political science and international and area studies. The trip will count as three credit hours, since students

will participate in a class of the same title before, during and after the trip, according to the website. The trip will first take students to Puebla, where they will join other OU students studying abroad there for the semester. Then students will spend the remainder of the trip in Cuba, touring historic locations and engaging in cultural activities while staying with local families, Kenney said. Kenney, who currently serves as the Puebla faculty-in-residence, said the trip has been in the works for some time and is a unique experience for OU students. “The opportunity and interest in beginning a study abroad program in Cuba emerged a couple of years ago, and last year on campus (it) was discussed several times by a committee of

faculty from all over campus from all different departments who have done research or other kinds of of interests in Cuba,” Kenney said. “There’s been very little travel by most Americans to

associate professor of anthropology Katherine Hirschfeld, will teach the class associated with the trip. The class will be a blend of Cuba’s political history and cultural history, Kenney said.

“There’s been very little travel by most Americans to Cuba for 50 years, and so only recently have opportunities begun to open for these kind of study abroad programs.” CHARLES KENNEY, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL AND AREA STUDIES

Cuba for 50 years, and so only recently have opportunities begun to open for these kinds of study abroad programs,” Kenney said. “So, the timing of this program really has to do with the opportunity that’s really just beginning to emerge for the first time.” Kenney said he, along with

“I think what students will get out of the course will, in the first place, be an understanding of the nature of politics in this country and the history of U.S. — Cuba relations,” Kenney said. “And I think that is essential to making wise policy choices looking forward — if you don’t

understand where you’re coming from, it’s very difficult to make good policies and achieve the kinds of goals that you want to achieve.” “Another dimension is that when experiencing Cuban culture ... there’s just a lot to offer there — it’s a tremendously vibrant culture,” Kenney said. “There’s a tremendous diversity of religious experiences there, of musical experiences, of cultural experiences there. They have a tremendous literary history, and so we will be experiencing those kind of things.” The recent death of Fidel Castro, the Cuban despot who ruled the country for almost 50 years, will likely have some impact on the trip, Kenney said. “I think the U.S. presidential election is probably going to have a greater influence






on those kinds of concerns,” Kenney said. “But the death of Fidel Castro certainly marks the end of an era. And it was an era that was already ending — it’s one of those things that was a long-term process and change was underway. “I think that it is going to affect our interactions,” Kenney said. “My understanding from those who’ve traveled to Cuba in the past is that there’s people in Cuba who are very, very friendly, and they’re very interested in visitors, and whatever their political views are with respect to the United States government, they tend to be very friendly and accepting and welcoming toward United States citizens who travel there. So, I’m not concerned in that sense.” Emma Keith

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Fred Jones Jr. museum gift shop to host annual holiday Grab Bag sale Muse, the museum store in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, will host its annual holiday Grab Bag sale Thursday and Friday. The sale is from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday in Muse at the front of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Customers who attend the sale will receive a brown bag with a slip inside that lists the percentage that will be taken off their purchase. Customers may open up their bags once they have picked out their items. Up to 40 percent can be taken off a customer’s purchase, Jin Garton, Muse manager and buyer, said. Muse has an eclectic inventory and offers something unique for every customer, Garton said. Some of the museum’s items include turquoise jewelry, Native American-made items, globes, mugs, snow globes and Bedre Fine Chocolate. Bedre Fine Chocolate products are made by the Chickasaw Nation in Davis, Oklahoma, Garton said. Because the holiday sale is only once a year, Garton made sure to place plenty of 40 percent off coupons in the bags for customers, she said. “There have been years where we had 1,000 people, PROVIDED BY SANDRA BENT and last year we didn’t have that many, so it’s hard to say OU’s cast of “Hands on a Hardbody” will open the musical Dec. 2 in the Elsie C. Brackett Theater in the Fine Arts Center. The how many we will have this year,” she said. “I have people Broadway musical ran for one month and was nominated for several Tony awards. ask me in May when the Christmas sale is, and I already have to know.” For questions about Muse’s holiday sale, contact the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at (405) 325-4938 or visit the museum’s website at Chloe Moores, @chloemoores13

Truck takes main stage Production utilizes set to tell story of town, its residents ALLISON WEINTRAUB @Alliefrances12

A 1991 Nissan Hardbody truck’s red exterior shines brightly under the stage lights. Its black windows reveal nothing, cool and shaded. The lights and horn work perfectly, but the Hardbody hides a secret: its insides are gutted, and it’s as light as air. OU Musical Theatre’s fall MainStage production, “Hands on a Hardbody,” takes this truck and turns it into a prize, fiercely fought over by hardworking Texans who compete to keep their hands on the truck in order to win it. The show, with music by Trey Anastasio of Phish, ran for one month on Broadway and was nominated for several Tony awards. The musical opens in the Elsie C. Brackett Theatre in the Fine Arts Center Friday evening and runs until Dec. 10. Shawn Churchman, the show’s director, said the truck has become a “moving playground” for actors. “Since the truck itself is a metaphor for trying to succeed in an America that is outside of your grasp, then how you use that truck becomes important. It becomes a reflection of emotion,” Churchman said. Jon Young, the scenic designer, said he wanted the set around the truck to tell a story about the town. “This truck is a symbol for (citizens) as well as an economical means for them to

succeed in life, which is why this contest is important for them,” Young said. “I’m trying to think about what kind of world can I create around the truck and these characters that tells the audience what emotional state they’re in and what financial they’re in to underscore the story of the play.” Young said that setting up for the show was difficult, as the Oklahoma Festival Ballet ran in the Brackett theatre during the rehearsal time of “Hands on a Hardbody’s.”

“This show says if we would stop yelling at each other and listen to each other, we would realize that what we want is the same thing.” SHAWN CHURCHMAN, DIRECTOR

“We closed the ballet on a Sunday night, and basically four days later we began the tech process for this show,” Young said. “We had to get rid of the other set and load in an entire set and entire lighting and sound equipment that would allow us to tech this show and open it.” For reference, typically scenic designers and other members of the production staff get two to three weeks to take down a set and put a new one up, he said. Because of the conflict, actors rehearsed with the truck in a space downtown. Dylan Lackey, technical director for “Hands on a Hardbody,” was key in making sure the set was made in a way that

would allow it to be easily put up, Young said. The setting of the show will make it relatable to audiences, Churchman said. “It’s about people we know. It’s set in Longview, Texas. We know these people. We grew up with these people, or they’re members of our families,” Churchman said. Churchman also said the show is important because it has several key universal messages. “ This show says if we would stop yelling at each other and listen to each other, we would realize that what we want is the same thing,” Churchman said. Amilia Shaw, a musical theater freshman, is participating in her first role at OU as an understudy for Landry McRee, who plays Virginia. Students should come see the show because of all the hard work the cast and crew has put into the show, Shaw said. “People don’t realize with basically anything in life, even productions, there’s so much work put in to it. Stage management, costume design, students who are taking stage management and costuming, lighting design, sound design, there are so many people.” Shaw, originally from Washington, said that it was an honor to be cast in the show. Of the 16 musical theater freshmen, six were cast in the show. “I’m really glad I have the opportunity to be exposed to what it means to be a musical theatre professional,” Shaw said. “I’m being introduced to that world, and it’s

scary, but it’s exhilarating.” Students should come see the show because they will see parts of their own lives in the characters, Churchman said. “College students who are beginning their life will find the musical relatable. We all have hopes and dreams, and right now, for students, you are filled with hopes and dreams,” Churchman said. “You see people in this show who are trying to recapture that hope, recapture their dream. You see people at the beginning of their lives, dreaming of what their lives might be. So, it is a poignant, and sometimes hopeful and sometimes not, exploration of what the American dream has become. “But the truth is, somebody wins. The title is a play on words. If you want something, keep your hands on it. Don’t let go. It just says don’t let go.” “Hands on a Hardbody” opens 8 p.m. Friday in the Elise C. Brackett Theatre and will run until Dec. 10. Matinee performances are Dec. 4 and 10 at 3 p.m., and evening performances are Dec. 8, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. Advance tickets for the show are $30 for adults, $25 for senior citizens, OU employees and military and $10 for students. Tickets at the door are $40 for adults and $15 for students. Visit the OU Fine Arts website at for more ticket and showtime information. Allison Weinstruab

Netflix users can now stream select movies, television shows offline If you have a long plane ride or road trip planned for winter break, Netflix has got your back. Netflix announced Wednesday that select movies and shows are now available to stream offline. In order to download Netflix shows and stream offline, Apple devices must run iOS 8 or a more recent version; Android devices must run Android 4.4.2 or a more recent version. Users must also have the Netflix app installed and updated. In the Netflix menu, users must click on the new “Available for Download” tab. Once the tab is accessed, select Netflix titles will be available to download and watch offline. When you find a show you like, simply click on it and tap the “Download” icon. Once the program has downloaded, a blue icon will appear next to it. The title will then appear under the “My Downloads” section, enabling you to watch it offline. Most Netflix programming is covered by the new feature, but some television shows and movies are unavailable due to licensing restrictions. Netflix announced there will be “more on the way” in a New York Times article. Users can keep updated with the catalog to see which shows and movies will become available over time. Acting senior Amara Brady said she will probably start using the new function. “I don’t pay for Wi-Fi because I live five minutes off campus, so I love this. I can save some data on my phone trying to watch Netflix at home,” Brady said. Devin Hiett, @DevinHiett


• December 1-4, 2016


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Democratic party must learn from loss, rebuild

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As the smoke clears in the weeks following Nov. 8, we should be careful not to misunderstand the significance of this election. W h i l e T r u m p h a s h a rnessed and emboldened dark forces of racism, misogyny and xenophobia on his way to the White House, those evils have plagued the Democratic party since 2012. As MTV News writer Ezekiel Kweku puts it, blaming Clinton’s loss on racism is like engineers blaming gravity for a plane crash. Latent racism may have accelerated the crash that we all experienced three weeks ago, but it is insufficient to explain what happened. Trump received nearly the same number of votes as Mitt Romney did in 2012 and will lose the popular vote to Clinton by more than two million votes. He is deeply unpopular and will enter office with less electoral mandate than perhaps any other president in living memory. The most salient question for the rest of us moving forward, then, is not why Trump won the election. It’s “why did Clinton lose?� In performing the autopsy on the Democratic Party and the Clinton campaign, we can find warning signs everywhere. The most significant is the enormous gulf in tone between the two candidates. At the Democratic National Convention in July, the Democrats warped the slogan “Make America Great Again� into “America is Already Great� and hammered in the message that ever ything was fine. As the race entered its final days, the C linton campaign seemed to already be


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celebrating their victory, releasing videos that celebrated Clinton’s arduous journey and even dropping a cutesy mannequin challenge video featuring Jon Bon Jovi from the campaign plane the morning of Election Day. Compare this to the b r o o d i n g , s l i c k l y -p r o duced final ad of the Trump campaign, which rails against the failure of the Washington establishment and champions “the forgotten man and woman.� The power of Trump’s campaign from the very beginning was its ability to run against the entire status quo of American politics, allowing Trump to attack President George W. Bush even upon the Republican primary debate stage. The Trump campaign was right on tone, offering a bare minimum of acknowledgement to people who felt worse off since 2012 — a powerful message in the Midwest. Despite the racism of Trump’s campaign, Clinton failed to turn out and win Midwestern black voters at the level that Obama did. This was not just a failure to win the white working class — it was across the board. For many who opposed Donald Trump, the election

portends an uncertain and scary future, especially for black, brown and LGBTQ+ people. The fear is reasonable; Donald Trump campaigned on promises of banning Muslims, deporting millions of undocumented Latinx immigrants, and imposing stop-andfrisk policing upon black communities nationwide. His White House and transition team are littered with characters including Steve Bannon, head of notorious extreme right news site Breitbart, and Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretar y of State who pioneered expansive racial-profiling measures across the nation. Vice President-elect Mike Pence himself, heralded by GOP leaders as a bastion of sensibility, has advocated in the past for conversion therapy, and as governor of Indiana, oversaw the largest HIV epidemic in the U.S. in decades, thanks to his campaign against Indiana health clinics. If you do not understand why President Trump frightens many of us, you owe us some empathy and an ear. Democrats should take these lessons to heart while the party is rebuilt. They have been electorally devastated. The party must run on an effective populist

message that inspires voters to support it, rather than expecting them only to vote against Republicans. Many Americans are suffering, and many will suffer much more under a Trump presidency. The slow incremental policies of the Obama administration are about to be washed away anyway. Next time, the Democratic Party must look its voter base in eye. Nathan Thompson is a political science and international studies junior and columnist for The Daily.

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Cowboy defense poses threat Oklahoma State playing well ahead of Big 12 title fight

it doesn’t matter. You can s e t a l l t h e re c o rd s y o u want, but the things you’re going to remember is how many games you win and the conference titles.” Oklahoma will enter Bedlam as a double-digit favorite over its in-state rival despite not securing a blowout win in Norman since 2009. Including OU’s dominating 58-23 win over Oklahoma State a year ago, four of the last six Bedlam matchups have been decided by single digits. Mayfield says he and the rest of the Sooners are prepared for the challenges that Oklahoma State will bring to the table with a conference championship on the line. “Every time they come here, it’s a tight game,” Mayfield said. “That’s how rivalr y games are. They bring their ‘A’ game when t h e y c o m e t o No r m a n , so you better know what you’re getting into.”

SPENSER DAVIS @Davis_Spenser

After a week off, No. 9 Oklahoma will host No. 10 Oklahoma State this week as the Sooners look to win a second consecutive Big 12 Championship. Standing in their way, though, is a Cowboy defense that has been instrumental in their seven-game win streak. “ They’re playing well right now,” OU quarterback Baker Mayfield said. “They’ve done a good job after the Central Michigan loss, which shouldn’t have counted. Their defense has progressively gotten better, and they’ve done a good job of stopping the run and establishing the line of scrimmage.” Oklahoma State’s defense is middle-of-theroad in the Big 12 in terms of yardage, but it has been able to limit points scored against them. The Cowboys allow just 27.2 points per game, good enough for No. 3 in the conference. They have als o only allow e d more than 40 points once this season — a 45-44 win over Texas Tech on Nov. 12. For context, the Sooners have permitted 40 points four times in 2016. Oklahoma State’s defensive line could be especially problematic for the Sooners. Led by defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, the Cowboys are tied for third in the Big 12 with 28 sacks


Junior quarterback Baker Mayfield runs the ball for a first down during the Nov. 28, 2015, Bedlam game at Boone Pickens Stadium. The Sooners will play the Cowboys for the 2016 Big 12 Championship Dec. 3.

through 11 games. “They’re athletic. T h e y ’ re b i g g u y s, t o o,” offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley said. “Their inside players, I would say those guys have really improved a lot from last year. (Taylor) is having an AllAmerican type year — is a really, really good player. They seem to cycle in a bunch of different guys and play a bunch of different guys. You don’t see much drop off. They rush

“You don’t talk about the records or anything like that because if you don’t win the games, it doesn’t matter. You can set all the records you want, but the things you’re going to remember is how many games you win and the conference titles.” BAKER MAYFIELD, QUARTERBACK

the passer. They make it T h e C o w b oy s w i l l b e ha rd o n you to r u n t h e c h a r g e d w i t h s t o p p i n g ball. They do what all good Mayfield, who is on pace D-lines do.” to set the NC AA record

for single-season efficiency. Mayfield has been a much better passer since the Sooners’ loss to Ohio State on Sept. 17, and now an undefeated conference slate is there for the taking. “ That’s been the goal ever since Ohio State, just refocusing to going undefeated in the Big 12 so we can be in good position,” Mayfield said. “You don’t talk about the records or anything like that because if you don’t win the games,

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NEXT GAME Opponent: Oklahoma State Channel: Fox Time: 11:30 a.m. Date: Saturday Place: Norman Source:

Rudolph to challenge Oklahoma’s secondary No. 10 Cowboys’ quarterback one of best in Big 12 JESSE POUND @jesserpound

No. 9 Oklahoma’s secondary has bounced back after begin torn to pieces by Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes II on Oct. 22, but the Sooners will face their toughest opposing quarterback since this week when Oklahoma State comes to town. Mason Rudolph leads the No. 10 Cowboys’ potent passing attack, helping his team to a shot at the Big 12 championship this Saturday in Norman. “He’s a bigger guy. He has a strong arm and he’s not afraid to run it,” junior cornerback Jordan Thomas said. “He’s an athlete, flatout, and with the cannon that he has, you just have to

be ready for anything at all times.” For the year, Rudolph has completed 64 percent of his passes for 3,591 yards, 25 touchdowns and just four interceptions. The sixfoot-five, 235-pound junior has also added five rushing touchdowns on the year. “He’s had a great year,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “He’s a talented player, and he’s your prototypical thrower back there. He sees the field well, gets the ball out and throws the deep ball out especially well.” Rudolph was injured for last year’s Bedlam game, missing on all three of his passes and throwing an interception in limited action. This year he is finally the undisputed starter for the Cowboys and proving to be what Oklahoma coaches expected him to be. “We knew he was going

to be a great player two years ago,” Stoops said. “He’s matured and delivers the ball where it needs to go.” Rudolph is statistically the best quarterback the Sooners have seen since Mahomes, who broke an FBS record for total yards in a game against the Sooners just five weeks ago. In the four games since the debacle in Lubbock, the Sooners’ secondar y has held opposing passers to a 50 percent completion rate, 191 yards per game, six touchdowns and five interceptions. “We’re playing longer stretches better,” Stoops said. “Still not able to consistently play for 60 minutes, but I think we’re playing longer stretches well.” Jesse Pound


Freshman defensive end Amani Bledsoe and senior linebacker Jordan Evans jump to block a pass from junior quarterback Patrick Mahomes II during the game Oct. 22.



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