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Some majors could be cut, dean says College of Arts and Sciences plans to consider student enrollment before deciding to remove certain major, minor programs as a result of 5 percent budget cuts CHASE COOK The Oklahoma Daily

Low-interest majors and minors in the College of Arts and Sciences may be removed due to an upcoming 5 percent budget cut, the college dean said. The classes the college’s students enroll in this spring could play a part in deciding which programs to remove from the curriculum, said Paul Bell, College of Arts and Sciences dean.

The $1.7 million cut for the 2012 fiscal year is the biggest cut the college has seen since Bell has been dean, he said. To prepare, Bell said, students can expect the College of Arts and Sciences to: • leave some vacant faculty positions unfilled; • increase class sizes when feasible; • eliminate classes with low-student demand; • and offer more classes during the summer. The college also is discussing moving more classes — possibly language classes — online. Hybrid courses are being looked into as well, Bell said. Hybrid courses are classes with students attending a certain number of physical classes combined with online coursework, allowing instructors to teach more students

without losing educational quality, Bell said. Andrew Pruitt, University College freshman, hopes the courses moving online aren’t language courses. Pruitt is taking Spanish in the classroom. “I go to my teacher almost every day and ask for help,” Pruitt said. “That’s the only reason I’m getting a good grade.” Classes in her department will stay capped at 24 students, said Pamela Genova, department head of modern language and linguistics. However, there may be fewer specialty courses offered but more sections for major SEE CUTS PAGE 2


Regents approve 15 docket proposals Board members vote to acquire property, change health care plan, create lab MEREDITH MORIAK The Oklahoma Daily


The ceremonial menorah and Christmas tree of OU’s annual holiday lighting celebration stand lit Wednesday evening after introduction to the tradition and the meaning of religious acceptance and community by OU President David Boren. Refreshments, including cookies and hot chocolate, were furnished by Housing and Food Services. For complete coverage, visit

Enrollment numbers not affected by sports success Fall 2009 student increase not a result of football’s popularity, admissions director says MATTHEW MOZEK Contributing Writer

The success of OU’s athletic programs does not guarantee increased enrollment, records show. The OU football team finished the 2008 season with a 12-2 record, a Big 12 championship and a national-title appearance. However, the enrollment records in 2009 do not reflect the teams’ success the previous year, said Mark McMasters, admissions director.

“It’s a common misconception,” McMasters said. “It’s thought that the (football) team’s winning record affects the university’s enrollment numbers, but the fact is that it’s simply not true.” Total enrollment increased from 26,201 in fall 2008 to 26,656 in fall 2009, according to Office of Admissions enrollment documents. The 1.7 percent increase does not show that a championshipcontending football team leads to higher enrollment numbers the following year, McMasters said. “You would think that the number most affected by how well the

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team does would be the number of freshmen each year,” he said. “Obviously, that’s not the case.” Total enrollment at the University of Texas increased from 50,995 in fall 2009 to 51,233 in fall 2010 — the semester following UT’s nationaltitle appearance in January 2010, according to the University of Texas Office of Public Affairs website. Kristi Fisher, U T Office of Information Management and Analysis director, said she believes the 0.5 percent increase has more to do with what takes place in the classroom than on the field. “The university has a rich tradition on and off the field,” Fisher

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said by e-mail. “That’s what we emphasize to prospective students ... The football team is amazing, but I think it’s our reputation in the classroom that is ultimately the deciding factor in their decision.” The OU Athletics Department does not consider enrollment records when one of its sports programs has a good or bad year, Athletics Department spokesman Kenneth Mossman said. “You always hear that what we do on the football field, or in any sport for that matter, has that SEE NUMBERS PAGE 2

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A $3 million budget for a research cleanroom in Devon Energy Hall, the purchase of a scientific library database and the acquisition of property south of Lindsey Street and Jenkins Avenue were among the 15 agenda items passed by the OU Board of Regents on Wednesday. The seven regents heard the items from OU President David Boren and passed them all unanimously and without debate. To complete the area necessary to build a mixed-use facility of athletic housing and retail stores at Lindsey Street and Jenkins Avenue, the regents approved the acquisition of property at 1318 Lincoln Ave. This purchase finalizes all the land needed for the project, said Nick Hathaway, vice president of executive affairs and administrative affairs. The regents approved the purchase of an electronic database featuring articles from Web of Science, Biosis Citation Index, Journal Citation Reports and Zoological Record for the University Libraries. The Devon Energy Hall cleanroom will provide the College of Engineering with new research opportunities, Boren said. “This is very important for [the university] in terms of moving forward in high-technology areas,” Boren said. “To remain at the cutting edge, it’s necessary to establish a cleanroom.” The regents also approved amendments to university health care plans, making them in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendments allow adult children of OU employees to remain on their parent’s health plan until age 26 and clearly outline debit-card reimbursement. T h e re g e n t s a u t h o r i z e d Athletics Director Joe Castiglione to make necessary purchases for the football team’s post-season bowl appearance. Bowl game expense reports will be submitted to and approved by the regents in the spring. To view the full regents’ agenda and all items passed, visit

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CUTS: Every college required to make cuts Continued from page 1

Plans to save money

Today around campus » Latino Student Life will meet 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Alma Wilson Room. » Union Programming Board Mid-Day Music will feature David Chang from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Union’s Will Rogers Room. » Dances From Around the World will take place 6 to 9 p.m. in the Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom. » Baptist Student Union Paradigm will meet 8 to 10 p.m. in the Union’s Meacham Auditorium. » Student Success Series will present “Overcoming Procrastination” from 4 to 5 p.m. in Wagner Hall, Room 245. » U.S. State Department careers and internships information session will take place 4 to 5 p.m. in Hester Hall, Room 160. » Christians on Campus will host a Bible Study from noon to 1 p.m. in the Union’s Traditions Room. » Union Programming Board will host Festival of the Trees from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Union’s Crossroads Lounge.

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.

courses, she said. During the last three years, the College of Arts and Sciences decreased its budget by 7.24 percent, according to a document prepared by Bell. The total losses for the college during that time equaled $2.490 million. When the 5 percent budget cut is applied in fiscal year 2012, the total will come to $4.199 million. The college has not been greatly affected by these previous cuts, Bell said. Next year will be difficult because the federal money afforded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be gone, Bell said. For now, the College of Arts and Sciences has a plan in place to respond to the upcoming cuts but “may have tougher decisions down the road,” Bell said. The College of Arts and Sciences isn’t the only one feeling the budget squeeze. OU President David Boren addressed the Faculty Senate on Nov. 8 and told colleges to prepare for 5 percent budget cuts. Every college is required to put a plan together to shave money off its budget, Bell said.

Short term: » Save as much money as possible in FY11 and use the savings to replace some of the reallocated funds » Leave some vacant faculty positions unfilled and use the funds to hire adjuncts to teach classes students need to graduate » Permanent faculty to teach a full load (two classes per semester) » Focus on offering classes students need to graduate » Eliminate classes with low student demand » Increase class sizes where feasible » Offer more classes online where feasible » Offer more classes in summer Long term: » Redesign classes to shift part of the instruction online to allow instructors to teach a larger number of students without sacrificing educational quality. *Source: Document provided by College of Arts and Sciences Dean Paul Bell

Well-known poet to read poetry Thursday during Poetry Series

Campus groups to combine to write Christmas cards for 200 children Integrated Business Core, Boomer Blends Beverage Company and CAC Dance Marathon are getting together Thursday to write Christmas cards for more than 200 children. The cards will be given to children at the Oklahoma City Children’s Hospital as a part of the Children’s Miracle Network. “Christmas cards are a more personal gift than toys because you actually take time to make them,” said Ali Horton, junior entrepreneurship major. Integrated Business Core is a program as a part of the Price College of Business. The Business Core has four student-run companies, one being Boomer Blends Beverage Company. At the beginning of the semester, the companies chose a group to donate their profits to. Boomer Blends donates its profits to CAC Dance Marathon, who in turn donates the money to the Children’s Miracle Network. Boomer Blends expects about 200 students to attend the events, “For the Kids,” said Horton, company spokeswoman. Free Starbucks coffee and cookies will be available. The event is 7 to 9 p.m. tonight in Lissa and Cy Wagner Hall, Room 145.

Shin Yu Pai, a well-known poet whose work focuses on eastern philosophy and American landscapes, will read from her latest book Thursday — the last in the fall 2010 Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series. “Her poetry focuses on Buddhism and is very imagery rich, lyrical short and concentrates on beauty of thought,” Jonathan Stalling, director of The Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series said. Pai will be reading mostly from her newest of seven books published in September, Adamantine. Her work has appeared in publications throughout the U.S., Japan, China, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and Canada. Pai has been a featured presenter at major events including the Montreal Zen Poetry Festival and the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Pai also has exhibited her visual work art at the Dallas Museum of Art, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary and Harvard University. Stalling teaches a class called Asian Philosophy and American Literature. The class focuses on American writers who are influenced by Asian philosophies like Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism. “I wanted to give my students and people in the community the opportunity to hear Shin Yu Pai,” Stalling said. Jonathan Stalling and Nancy Yoch cofounded the series in 2007. The event is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Ellison Hall.

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» Union Programming Board will show “You Again” as a part of Movie Night at 4, 7, 10 and 11:55 p.m. in the Union’s Meacham Auditorium.

» This day in OU history

Dec. 2, 1981 Human Rights Day approved Student Congress passed a resolution declaring Dec. 10 “Human Rights Day at OU.” The resolution called for the need for a special day at OU, saying it would “help to enlighten the students and faculty about Human Rights violations.” Refrigerator door blown off by small explosion A small explosion blew off a refrigerator door in a small laboratory sometime late Nov. 29 or early Nov. 30. Although no specific determination could be made of the cause, a short circuit in the refrigerator, which ignited vapors from a container of flammable solvent, was probably at fault, said OUPD officer Neal Stone. An estimated $3,800 in damage was done with no injuries reported. *Source: The Oklahoma Daily archives

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WORLD NEWS BRIEFS 1. Tsrifin Military Base, Israel

Israeli military unveils technology to deal with rocket, chemical attacks An Israeli military unit says it has developed a new system to protect against a chemical attack — it quickly measures temperature and wind direction to determine areas to evacuate then feeds hospitals casualty assessments. The high-tech Lotem unit on Wednesday gave a rare exhibition of technologies against rocket attacks — one of Israel’s main security fears. The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah lobbed 4,000 rockets into Israel in 2006, and Hamas has launched thousands from Gaza. None had chemical warheads, but Israel claims neighboring states have them. Another technology analyzes a rocket’s trajectory to estimate where it will land. It can override broadcasts to issue warnings. A system still being developed would send cell phone text messages to civilians in the line of fire. ___

2. Sanaa, Yemen

Yemen says WikiLeaks info inaccurate Yemen’s Foreign Ministry says WikiLeaks memos about content of talks between Yemeni and U.S. officials are inaccurate and incorrect. The ministry, in a statement Wednesday, said Yemen’s stances are clear and do not carry double meanings and its dealing with its brothers and friends stem from its national and pan-Arab principles. Documents published by WikiLeaks cited exchanges showing Yemen’s president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, telling top NATO commander Gen. David Petraeus that his country would pretend that American missile strikes against a local al-Qaida group had come from Yemen’s forces. ___

3. Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Post-election violence reported Protesters demanding cancellation of Haiti’s weekend presidential election clashed with U.N. peacekeepers Tuesday, the United Nations mission and Haitian radio reported. Radio Kisekya said at least 15 people had been injured in two days of demonstrations north of the capital. U.N. police sent reinforcements Tuesday but had no reports of injuries, police spokesman Jean-Francois Vezina said. Rampant disorganization and allegations of fraud hang over Sunday’s critical vote for president, a third of the Senate and all of the lower house. The winner of the presidential race will have to deal with Haiti’s crushing poverty, a cholera epidemic that has killed more than 1,700 people and post-earthquake reconstruction — including overseeing billions of promised aid dollars from the United States and other nations. ___

4. Maiduguri, Nigeria

Police kill suspected sect member Police in northern Nigeria say they have killed a man who allegedly tried to murder a village chief. Borno police chief Mohammed Abubukar says the police shot 25-year-old Yaro Fala on Monday in the chief’s compound. Police say Fala was in possession of a gun, two swords and a knife. Abubakar on Wednesday said the police believe Fala belonged to the radical Boko Haram sect. He said three other suspected Boko Haram members have been arrested for the attempted murder of the chief. Police accuse Boko Haram members of a rash of recent killings which have targeted security officers, as well as political and religious leaders in northern Nigeria in recent months. Boko Haram means “Western education is sacrilege” in the local Hausa language. ___

5. Suva, Fiji

Magnitude-6.1 quake hits near Fiji A strong magnitude-6.1 earthquake has struck in waters near Fiji on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey says, but there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage. No tsunami warning was in effect after the undersea quake struck 115 miles east-northeast of Lambasa, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre website. The temblor struck at 4:01 a.m. local time at a depth of 9.4 miles. Earthquakes are common to the region. ___

6. Geneva

Top Swiss banker says U.S. relation on mend post-IRS legal action A top Swiss banking spokesman says relations with the United States are on the mend just weeks after the Internal Revenue Service ended its legal action against Swiss bank UBS AG. The chief executive officer of the Swiss Bankers Association said Wednesday he’s confident the relations are good despite the U.S. action that forced UBS to disclose thousands of account holders suspected of cheating on U.S. taxes. Claude-Alain Margelisch said it was a priority for bankers to gain the Swiss government’s approval to put the case in the past. He said it seems “everybody has done its work in this context” so the Swiss can move beyond a landmark case that saw centuries-old Swiss banking secrecy laws cracked. — AP

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North Korea threatens war following Nov. 23 artillery barrage with South Korea INCHEON, South Korea — A South Korean fisherman whose neighborhood was swallowed by flames in last week’s North Korean shelling saw a TV image of the North’s leader, Kim Jong Il, and cringed. “I want to kill him,” said Kwak Yong-sun, who now lives on the floor of a public bath house on the mainland. “I almost died because of that man.” Kwak, 50, sleeps shoulder to shoulder with other evacuees from Yeonpyeong Island on a mattress in a room in the spa, which has been converted into a refugee center. The Nov. 23 artillery barrage killed four people and sharply raised tensions on the divided peninsula. The U.S. and South Korea on Wednesday ended military exercises that included the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. The drills were meant as a warning to the North following the exchange of artillery fire. At t h e h e av i l y a r m e d Panmunjom village inside the Demilitarized Zone north of Seoul, a North Korean soldier said he hoped for peace.


Fisherman Kwak Yong-sun, 50, left, rests with his family members at a makeshift shelter Wednesday in Incheon, South Korea. Kwak left behind everything he owned when he fled Yeonpyeong Island on a fishing boat in panic after North Korean’s shelling Nov. 23.

Lt. Choe Song Il said he hoped tensions between the two countries would be eased “as soon as possible, in a peaceful way.” It was unclear whether his conciliatory comments were spontaneous or not, and whether they merely reflected one soldier’s opinion or were meant to reflect the military’s stance as a whole. They were striking words at a time of heightened tensions between the Koreas and a departure from the bellicose rhetoric of North

Korea’s state-run news agency, which has threatened “full-scale war” this week if the country’s territory is violated by any military maneuvers. South Korean intelligence chief Won Sei-hoon told lawmakers that North Korea is likely to strike again, Yonhap news agency reported. Won said in a briefing that North Korea likely carried out last week’s attack in part because it needed a “breakthrough” amid internal

dissatisfaction over a plan to transfer power from Kim Jong Il to his youngest son, according to Yonhap. His comments could not immediately be confirmed. To ease tensions, China pressed for an emergency meeting in coming days among the six nations who previously negotiated over North Korea’s nuclear program — the two Koreas, China, Russia, Japan and the United States. — AP

Leaks won’t hurt U.S. diplomacy, Clinton says World leaders meet at summit to discuss terrorism, Afghanistan ASTANA, Kazakhstan — The leak of thousands of sensitive U.S. embassy cables will not hurt American diplomacy, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton declared Wednesday at a security summit. Clinton said she has discussed the revelations published on the WikiLeaks website with her colleagues at the summit in Kazakhstan. The event is the first major international meeting of leaders and top diplomats since the memos began appearing on the website and in international publications this week. The secret memos published by WikiLeaks contain frank details on several leaders attending the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe meeting. One note a U.S. diplomat


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili during their meeting Wednesday in Astana, Kazakhstan. Clinton met with world leaders at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe meeting. in Kazakhstan allegedly wrote details scenes of hard-drinking hedonism by several senior Kazakh ministers. The same report describes Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev as horse-obsessed and given to taking

continuing important work that is ongoing,” Clinton said. Several officials at the summit echoed Clinton’s comments. British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who met Wednesday with Clinton, said the “recent WikiLeaks disclosures would not affect our uniquely strong relationship.” Kazakh Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev also said “this will have no bearing on our strategic relationship.” The Obama administration has harshly criticized the leaked documents, saying the details in them could put lives at risk. “I anticipate that there will be a lot of questions that people have every right and reason to ask, and we stand ready to discuss them at any time with our counterparts around the world,” Clinton added.

refuge from the often-frigid capital at a holiday home in the United Arab Emirates. “I have certainly raised the issue of the leaks in order to assure our colleagues that it will not in any way interfere with American diplomacy or our commitment to — AP

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More education cuts in sight Students should As the state faces a budget crunch, universities are having overall, the shrinking can’t continue. At what point will the to make tough decisions on department cuts. burden be shifted completely on students in the form of furNext year, the College of Arts and Sciences will have its ther increased tuition and fees? budget cut by 5 percent. Understandable given the situation, This combined with President Barack Obama’s deficitright? reduction commission’s final report, released Wednesday, It may sound reasonable until you realize that 5 percent to eliminate the in-school interest subsidy on student loans means $1.7 million, and that since 2009, the college has al- suggests a growing trend of our nation’s economic troubles ready experienced a budget cut of 7 percent. Next year, the slowly being shifted onto the most vulnerable people. college will have lost $4.2 million since the 2008-09 fiscal While taxpayers would save $43 billion over the next deyear. cade if this policy is enacted, students could face post-graduDiscussions about how to make up for the losses are ation debts already more crushing than they already do. daunting as well. There will be fewer adjunct faculty, temCurrently, the federal government pays the accrued interporary faculty and graduate teaching assistants, and perma- est that on Perkins Loans for needy students and subsidized nent faculty members will need to teach Stafford loans during college and for six a full load. And $1.7 million pays for 350 months after graduation, as well as durcourse sections a year. ing times of economic hardship. Some of the cuts and Part of the plan is to eliminate courses The Chronicle details how a student changes may need to be that have low student demand. This is borrowing $5,000 in loans annually for made, but overall, the understandable, but caution should four years at the current 3.4 percent inbe exercised in this area. Just because terest rate owes $20,000 and pays $197 a shrinking can’t continue. At a course has low enrollment doesn’t month. Take away the subsidies and they what point will the burden mean it’s worth cutting. Sometimes it owe $21,800 and monthly payments of be shifted completely on means the course is exceptionally hard $214. The financial burden could grow students in the form of further even more, as interest rates are schedand there are only a few students up to the task of taking it. increased tuition and fees?” uled to double in 2012, meaning the stuThese are all short-term goals, but the dent would owe $23,600. long-term goals need scrutiny as well. Right now, students in the U.K. are riPlans in the long term include shifting part of class instruc- oting in the streets because their government is planning to tion to technology. Paul Bell, dean of the college, has said triple the cost of higher education. this will allow instructors to teach a large number of students They are understandably angry, as the Liberal Democrats “without sacrificing educational quality.” — who promised during the election season not to raise tuThere is good reason to believe this may be the case. In ition and fees in the face of tough fiscal decisions plaguing August 2009, a U.S. Department of Education study con- Britain — are now known to have been scheming for the tucluded that students who took classes in which some or all of ition increase all along. the course was conducted online scored better in tested perObama’s deficit commission seems to be creating a simiformance. This is because online education is easier to tailor lar situation. Obama was elected on the promise of getting to specific students than classrooms, and students learn by our economy back in shape without shifting the burden onto actually having to engage in the lessons rather than sit and those who didn’t deserve it. However, the deficit-reduction listen. commission has proposed a plan to do just that. However, quality will suffer if state funds continue shrinkOur question is, how long will it take before we get angry? ing and don’t meet department budgets. Simply put, it can’t continue as it has for almost the last three years. Comment on this column at Some of the cuts and changes may need to be made, but


Cool factor is in, bad breath is out Let me paint you a picture. You’re at the party. The night’s been going well, and you feel like you’re at the top of your game. Across the room, the pretty girl (or guy) is flashing you a smile. Following that gleam, you make your way across the room. You approach her at the table, glad you’ve got your best shirt on, and open your mouth to drop the line you’ve been rehearsing on your way over. Right then, her face turns sour. You’ve just lost the game. Stepping back, you try to diagnose the situation. Putting your hand up to your mouth, you breathe and are horrified. What happened? You know you brushed your teeth before you left. The answer is rather simple. You missed a spot.


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We all know the basics. Brush your teeth twice a day, go to your dentist for regular checkups to get your teeth cleaned. However, none of these — not even dental care — are the most effective means of combating bad breath. What even causes bad breath? It’s not leftover re s i d u e i n t h e m o u t h. Specifically, it is the sulfur-based waste products —volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) — of anaerobic bacteria living in the mouth. In 2008, the Journal of Breath Research published a study performed at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental

Medicine that confirmed the identity of the major bug responsible for bad breath: Solobacterium moorei. If the culprit is this bacterium, then its removal is the answer. The major home of these bacterium is not, in fact, the teeth we so assiduously brush. It’s the tongue. Now that’s a pretty big spot to miss. A c c o rd i n g t o a 2 0 0 4 study in the Journal of Periodontology, an estimated 50 percent of bad breathcausing bacteria live on the tongue. T h e s e b a c t e r i a mu s t be specifically scraped or scoured from the tongue. Brushing our teeth is not enough. That same 2004 study found that brushing alone reduced oral VSCs by about 45 percent, while cleaning with a tongue scraper reduced oral VSCs

by 75 percent. Imagine if you combined the two. As always, new knowledge ultimately needs an application. So, what can you do? Go to Walmart and buy a tongue scraper. It looks like a toothbrush with a little soft rubber or plastic scraper at the end instead of a brush. It should cost around five dollars or less. Alternatively, when you brush your teeth, just take the bristles to your tongue once you finish. Next time you’re at the party, you won’t have any unfortunate incidents. Or, at least, this one won’t get in the way. — Jay Kumar, microbiology sophomore

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While walking to class STAFF COLUMN LUMN we often find ourselves subject to the noise of other Mariah people’s conversations. Najmuddin in Usually pointless gossip or some rant about a heavy workload from a particular professor, the walk-to-class conversation generally isn’t anything too invigorating. This week, however, I was privileged enough to listen to an angry student complain about our campus. As he went on and on about how annoying the student tour groups are and how much he hated the food in Couch Cafeteria and couldn’t wait for the semester to be over, I found that I too couldn’t wait. I couldn’t wait to get to class and away from such negativity, that is. In no way is our campus perfect, but sometimes we fail to look outside the Oklahoma atmosphere and realize how blessed we are to go to such a great university. The academics are good, the athletics are great and our campus is one of the safest in the country. Fortunate enough not to have our fears become a reality, we have not had to deal with shootings or crime sprees on our campus like other universities around the country. We often forget that tragedy can be waiting around the corner. For students at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, a university in what was the safest city in Latin America just five years ago, fear is a part of their lives. Every day they are surrounded by drug cartels, kidnappers looking for an easy target and shootouts between police and the gang members that run most We are so lucky of Mexico. Violence is part of their daily lives, and fear is what our biggest they face on the way to class. campus We are so lucky our biggest campus concerns are about the concerns are about the quality quality of food or the mass of people blocking the walkway of food or the on a tour. We almost forget that mass of people something bad could happen because Norman is safe and quiet blocking the compared to other cities. walkway on a The shooting at the University tour.” of Texas at Austin that took place in September should serve as a reminder that we are not impervious to tragedy and it could very easily happen to us in Oklahoma as well. I, too, am guilty of taking for granted the friendly and sheltered lifestyle we have here in Norman. For some of us, Norman is a small city compared to our hometowns. Traveling home this past week, I definitely suffered culture shock as I embraced the big city feeling Houston has to offer. The luxuries we have here on campus — walking to the library at 1 a.m., going to the Oklahoma Memorial Union at any time, to name a few — are not things most of us would deem a good idea back home. To some degree life on campus offers us different avenues that life back home cannot. So Couch Cafeteria isn’t your mom’s cooking, and the hoards of high school students are obnoxious, but those are certainly not legitimate complaints. OU offers us a wonderful learning environment and a great campus filled with many opportunities. Although Thanksgiving has passed, we should still be thankful that our campus isn’t filled with problems worth dwelling on. If you find that you still can’t bear the trivial problems on campus, in light of the many plusses, then the only question is: Why are you still here? — Mariah Najmuddin, University College freshman

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In response to Kate McPherson’s Tuesday column, “Airport screenings could be worse” “Whether or not what the TSA is doing will prevent terrorism (pro-tip: it isn’t) is completely irrelevant. The Fourth Amendment doesn’t grant the federal government the authority to search anybody without probable cause. What the TSA does to passengers on domestic flights is unconstitutional, and that should be both the beginning and end of the debate.”

“Wikileaks is mostly about rumors, like who was sleeping with whom that night or interrupwting telephone calls. It creates confusions by making people focus on details and forget the scope.”

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Lewis happy with decision to choose OU over Nebraska In week before Big 12 title game, star linebacker glad he chose to be a Sooner AARON COLEN The Oklahoma Daily

Junior linebacker Travis L ew is is glad he didn’t stay committed to play for Nebraska. Lewis and his teammates gave freshman linebacker Corey Nelson a hard time before the Texas A&M game because the freshman was committed to the Aggies before signing a letter of intent with OU. This week, Lewis finds himself in a similar situation as the Sooners prepare to face the Huskers in the Big 12 Championship game. The San Antonio native was committed to Nebraska right up until signing day, when he spurned the Huskers and has since become one of the best defensive players in OU history. Lewis doesn’t have any regrets, either. “ I’v e w o n t w o Bi g 1 2 Championships (at OU), and I’m working on my third,” Lewis said. Lewis credits assistant coach Bobby Jack Wright for helping him make the decision to come to OU. “He just kept pushing, a n d h e ma d e m e t h i n k about some things,” Lewis said. “Every time something bad would happen to Nebraska, he would be on

The great OU-Nebraska rivalry began in 1912. Saturday marks the 86th meeting of the teams in a series that OU leads, 44-38-3. I present to you my top games from this series. — James Corley/The Daily

OCT. 31, 1959: NO. 19 OKLAHOMA AT NEBRASKA With just one win all season in 1957 and only three more in 1958, the Huskers — who started 2-4 in ‘59 — seemed unlikely to defeat Wilkinson’s Sooners, who were going into the game with a 74-game conference winning streak. The Sooners led 14-12 at halftime, but Nebraska quarterback Harry Tolly led the Huskers on a 13-7 run in the second half to hold off the powerhouse Sooners, 25-21, and end OU’s nation-leading win streak.

» Winner: Nebraska “THE GAME OF THE CENTURY” NOV. 25, 1971: NO. 1 NEBRASKA AT NO. 2 OKLAHOMA On Thanksgiving Day, Nebraska’s Johnny Rogers sparked Nebraska early with a 72-yard punt return, and the teams scored back and forth until midway through the fourth quarter, when the Sooners led 31-28. Huskers running back Jeff Kinney scored his fourth rushing score of the day to cap a 74-yard drive that gave Nebraska a 35-31 win, the Big 8 title and an eventual national championship. Dave Kindred of The Louisville Courier-Journal wrote of the legendary game: “They can quit playing now — they have played the perfect game.”

» Winner: Nebraska “THE GAME OF THE CENTURY II” NOV. 21, 1987: NO. 1 NEBRASKA AT NO. 2 OKLAHOMA In a “rematch” of the 1971 No. 1-No. 2 game, the Sooners allowed Nebraska to cross midfield just three times all game. OU’s tough defense held Nebraska’s national-best scoring offense to only 235 total yards, a far cry from the Huskers’ 524 average. OU won 17-7. NEIL MCGLOHON/THE DAILY

Junior linebacker Travis Lewis (28) pursues Texas Tech wide receiver Ben McRoy on Nov. 13 in Norman. Lewis was originally going to Nebraska before he changed his commitment to OU. the phone saying, ‘You see that?’” Even while he was committed to Nebraska, Lewis said OU was always in the back of his mind. “I committed (to NU) as a junior, and that’s too soon to commit,” Lewis said. “ You’re young and you don’t really know what you want.” Lewis joked that the cold, northern winters made it easier to change his mind.

“My official visit was at the Nebraska-Texas game, the snow game,” Lewis said. “That was the first time I really saw snow, and I got over it within five minutes. They gave me a jacket, but that was it for me.” Lewis said he’s happy with his decision to come to OU instead. “I think I came out on the winning end, with the championships we have here,” Lewis said.

Player to watch TRAVIS LEWIS » Year: Junior » Position: mug Linebacker » Hometown: San Antonio » Season stats: 93 total tackles (48 solo tackles), two sacks, two interceptions

» Winner: Oklahoma OCT. 28, 2000: NO. 1 NEBRASKA AT NO. 2 OKLAHOMA Eric Crouch and Nebraska were rolling and seemed unbeatable as No. 1 and No. 2 met yet again. The Huskers scored on their first two possessions but didn’t score again as an impressive Sooner team, led by Josh Heupel, rolled to a decisive 31-14 victory that led to the Sooners’ first national title in 15 years.

» Winner: Oklahoma OCT. 27, 2001: NO. 2 OKLAHOMA AT NO. 3 NEBRASKA Nebraska was out for revenge for the loss in Norman the year before, and the Sooners were seeking a repeat national championship. The Huskers beat OU 20-10 in Lincoln, Neb., capped by a trick pass from Mike Stuntz to Eric Crouch for a touchdown — the same play OU had tried and failed with Nate Hybl.

» Winner: Nebraska

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14th Annual Festival of the Trees | Come and see trees decorated by various student organizations. Groups will compete for awards and a $150 prize. Student organizations interested in participating should call (405) 325-2113 before 5 p.m. Dec. 1. Student groups will decorate trees from noon-2 p.m. in Crossroads Lounge, Oklahoma Memorial Union, and awards will be announced at 2:30 p.m. Presented by the Union Programming Board, there’s ALWAYS SOMETHING at the union,

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Students ready for comedic performance ‘The Man Who Came To Dinner’ cast reflect on guest director’s impact on their performance, opening night SYDNEY ALLEN The Oklahoma Daily


uddled together for its interview in the plush seats of the Reynolds Performing Arts Center, the cast of “The Man Who Came to Dinner” appears to be more like a family than a group of actors. Cast members talk over one another gleefully and finish one another’s sentences. They giggle over shared audition experiences, both intimidating and enjoyable. They have one crucial thing in common, however: Their great adoration of the guest director, Russ Treyz. “It really was wonderful because [he] wasn’t imposing about an image or idea or theme he wanted to convey; he let you take it where you wanted to take it,” said drama senior Curry Whitmire, who portrays Sheridan Whiteside in the WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday and show. Saturday, Dec. 8-10; Treyz, a guest director for 3 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 11 University Theatre, has a large theatrical repertoire, WHERE: Reynolds including directing both on Performing Arts Center, and off-Broadway in New 560 Parrington Oval York City. The director of the School of Drama, Tom COST: $14 students, $17 Huston Orr, secured Treyz faculty/seniors, $22 adult to direct this piece, calling it “one of the greatest comINFO: For tickets, edies of the American [theatcall 325-4101 rical] canon.” Sharing a similar respect for his actors, Treyz doesn’t let Whitmire’s compliment go unanswered. “He’s the one who came in and had memorized a scene from the play,” Treyz said, laughing. “All of the students have been receptive and open and taken anything I’ve said and run with it.” Drama senior Kristina Doelling, who plays actress Lorraine Sheldon, said Treyz created an open environment with his direction. “There was a really close comfort level with Russ,” she

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OU drama students Celia Ross as Miss Preen, Curry Whitmire as Sheridan Whiteside, Kelcie Miles as Sarah and Brett Marley as John star in the University Theatre production of “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” The comedy opens Friday and runs through Dec. 11. said. “It was always easy for us to ask questions.” Penned by iconic playwrights George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, “The Man Who Came to Dinner” tells the comedic story of Sheridan Whiteside, a well-known and overthe-top radio orator during the 1930s, and the zany results of the titular dinner. “He’s come by this house [in Ohio] for dinner and slipped on a piece of ice outside, and he’s in the house for two to three weeks,” Treyz said. “He definitely wants things a certain way [while he’s there]. Chaos inevitably ensues.” While all of the actors gush with respect for Treyz, they also share another feeling: they’re quite prepared for an audience to fill the seats in Holmberg Hall. “The rehearsal process has gone by so fast, and we’ve had the show on its feet for so long,” said University College freshman Victoria Hines, who plays Maggie Cutler, Whiteside’s secretary. Treyz happily concurs with their anticipating for an audience in the interview. “We’re definitely ready for people to see it,” he said.


Organist to perform audience requests Organ professor John Schwandt will perform his fifth annual “Holiday Pipes” concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 10 in Gothic Hall. Schwandt will perform holiday music as requested by the audience as part of the “Sutton Concert Series.” Tickets are $5 for students, staff and faculty and senior citizens and $8 for adults. Exclusive seats in the organ loft are available for $20. For tickets and other information, call the Fine Arts Box Office at 405-3254101. Gothic Hall is located in Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd St.

New exhibit to feature national, international artists The OU School of Art and Art History will celebrate the opening of “Smoke and Mirrors,” an exhibition featuring a wide variety of media and artists 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Lightwell Gallery in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. “For ‘Smoke and Mirrors,’ we selected projects that we find to be relevant and thought provoking,” said art and art history assistant professor Liz Rodda. The exhibit will be on display 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the gallery until Dec. 10. — Daily Staff Reports

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Comedian more than just a ‘clean’ alternative Funny man Brian Regan may not tell dirty jokes, but his surreal observations ensure a show that’s anything but normal DUSTY SOMERS

Sometimes you’re holding up a mirror that’s refracted a little bit — an alternative version of reality. I think I’m getting very surreal with my answers. I don’t even know what I’m talking about anymore.

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THE DAILY: Has the “clean” label been a Brian Regan has built a career on pointing out the ridiculousness inherent in everyday life, from the overly specific directions on Pop-Tarts packaging to the knee-jerk social reactions that make people say stupid things in public — like exclaiming “You too!” to the waiter who just told you to enjoy your meal. Regan, who’s released several DVDs, starred in two Comedy Central specials and is about to release his second CD, is often recognized for the lack of profanity and “blue” humor in his routines, he’s not overly fond of the “clean” label. He performs tonight at the Rose State Performing Arts Center in Midwest City. The Daily spoke to Regan about coming up with material, dealing with difficult requests and the ever-tantalizing F-bomb.

hindrance to your career or has it caused you to go in a direction you might not have wanted? REGAN: Even though it’s probably given me a wider audience than I might have had [otherwise], that’s not why I do it. I would cringe if I was doing something to get a wider audience. I work that way because I enjoy working that way. You know, there are different ways of approaching things. I don’t like to use those words or talk about those things because I don’t feel like it. I’m not saying others shouldn’t. There are comedians who work blue that are brilliant. It’s not my cup of tea. It does get frustrating when somebody might too easily hang a hat on that, and go, “Oh, that’s why people like it, because it’s clean.” I’d like to think there’s a little bit more to it than that.

THE DAILY: A lot of your bits start out as observational humor, then balloon into the THE DAILY: Would you ever be tempted to absurd. How much is absurdity a part of your throw the F-bomb into a routine just to see comic sensibility? what would happen? REGAN: I like both worlds. I always try to REGAN: It’s something I kick around in my play with the formula, straddle both worlds. head sometimes. I don’t have any shortFor me it’s fun to keep the term plans of ever going in audience a little off-guard. that direction, but it’s sort I like to hit the stage as a of a fantasy of mine — I’d normal Joe Blow and have love to do a special on TV them think, “Oh, this guy where I come out wearing a WHO: Brian Regan lives in my neighborhood; T-shirt that has the F-word he’s talking about barbecue on it and I’m wearing a WHEN: 7:30 tonight grills. He’s normal and he’s hat that has the F-word on pleasant.” Then I like to it and the backdrop is a WHERE: Rose State take it to these cartoonish big giant backdrop with Performing Arts Center, 6420 degrees, [so] you go, “Wait nothing but the F-word SE 15th St., Midwest City a second. Are we still on the [on it], and then do my planet earth?” show completely clean. COST: $39.50 And then just force people THE DAILY: Does observational to write about something INFO: For tickets, call humor ever just fall into your else. 405-297-2264 lap or is it always the product of working and re-working? THE DAILY: What balance REGAN: Every once in a while do you try to strike between something just falls into your lap and you pushing into new territory and maintaining don’t have to do anything. An example of that classic bits? is a van that I saw that had two things printed REGAN: I try to keep moving, man. I try to keep on the side — “We speak English” and “We moving along and coming up with hopefully delivery.” That’s sort of like low-hanging fruit. new stuff. It is a difficult quest because some In a way, it’s sort of like cheating. I didn’t people want to hear mostly older stuff and create anything; I’m just holding up a mirror. some people want to hear mostly newer But sometimes comedy is that. You hold stuff. You realize after a while that you can’t up a mirror — it’s not just a regular mirror. please everybody. I do like to go out at the

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Comedian Brian Regan has starred in several Comedy Central specials and is known for his observational and absurd style, which he’ll bring tonight to the Rose State Performing Arts Center.

end of the show and do maybe 10 minutes of audience requests, where people might shout out some older stuff that they’d like to hear. I don’t mind doing 10 minutes of the older stuff, but it would drive me crazy just to be doing greatest hits all the time.

THE DAILY: Are there any bits you just want to retire that people keep requesting? REGAN: I usually try to gravitate toward what people are shouting out, but even that is getting challenging because some bits are easier to request than other bits. Sometimes it has nothing to do with how funny a bit is; it’s how easy it is to request. It’s easy to shout “Pop-Tarts,” but it’s not as easy to shout “Do the routine ... where you’re at dinner ... and one guy is talking a lot ... and you feel like you should probably say something ... and you feel uncomfortable saying it ... but you say it anyway ... and then you have a fantasy ... maybe you wish you’d said something else.” It’s just un-requestable.

THE DAILY: I figured. How do you deal with something like that, which is hilarious and relatable for others, but has no novelty left for you at all? REGAN: Well, you try to understand that for them, they don’t know how often you hear it. So I try not to ever be jerky to anybody. I’m always appreciative that anybody would want to say hello or quote something to me from my act. It’s cool. You’ve just got to roll with it. But it does make you feel good when somebody thinks, “Maybe this person has heard this. Maybe I’ll say something else.” For me now, in my life, when I go up to somebody [famous], I will never say the first thing that pops into my head. I just figure, it’s probably the first thing that pops into a lot of people’s heads. I ain’t saying it. I’m going into my quiver and I’m going to pull an arrow that isn’t so readily thrust. THE DAILY: Anything else vitally important to share?

REGAN: Nothing that’s vitally important. THE DAILY: How often does a stranger say “You too!” to you in your day-to-day life? REGAN: (Sighs) Quite often. (Laughs)

The only thing you could [answer] that question with is, “I need a kidney! So if anybody is a match ...”

The Oklahoma Daily  

Thursday, November 2, 2010

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