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The Sooner women were in action tonight at home. Find the recap inside. PAGE 9

Students voice opinions about transportation on campus inside. PAGE 5

Find a new way to wet your whistle with the “Drink of the Week.” PAGE 12






A protestor pickets former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s book signing at Hastings Thursday night.

Palin book signing draws fans, critics RICKY MARANON Daily Staff Writer

Former Alaska Governor and 2008 U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin came to Norman Thursday. Palin stopped at Hastings entertainment store on West Main Street to sign copies of her book “Going Rogue.” Many of Palin’s supporters from the 2008 election camped outside of Hastings in order to obtain a wristband that would guarantee a signature from the politician. “We got here around [6 p.m. Wednesday],” Leslie Evans of Harrah said. “I think seeing Sarah is worth the wait. We need her as president, and I think she would be


Former Alaska Gov. and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin talks to Norman citizens at a book signing Thursday evening.

great.” Evans said she hopes Palin runs for president in 2012. There were a few rules in place if people wanted to meet the former governor, but Evans said the rules did not bother her. The rules included no pictures to be taken with Palin while she is at the signing table, gifts for Palin must be left at a designated area in the front of the store, no book will be personalized and only two books per person may be signed. “It’s understandable why rules would be in place, but as long as I get to meet her, I really don’t mind,” Evans said. She and her husband Dustin said they would be giving away some of her autographed copies of Palin’s book as Christmas gifts. Evans and her husband and a family friend walked out with at least

five autographed books. Norman resident Chris Gregg was the first in line to see Palin. “I think Sarah is a great person, and she has the power to take our country back to where it needs to be,” Gregg said. “When it comes to politics in America today, you can’t put Sarah in any categories. She’s just Sarah.” Gregg arrived at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning so he would be the first to meet Palin. OU students were among those waiting for a chance to meet and shake hands with Palin. “We got here around nine last night,” said Travis Brauer, political science senior. “We really didn’t even talk about politics last night. We just walked around and introduced ourselves to the other people waiting.” Brauer said he felt his camp-out

Latkes for Love celebrates Jewish community Students share Jewish culture, raise money for medical center KATHLEEN EVANS Daily Staff Writer

OU Jewish organizations OU Hillel and Alpha Epsilon Pi taught OU students about Jewish culture and raised money for a medical center with its Latkes for Love event Thursday night at the OU Hillel Jewish Student Center. The fourth annual event featured a buffet of Jewish and Israeli food, such as latkes and matzoball soup, and had Hanukkah activities and live

music. A big part of the event was sharing Jewish culture and traditions with the community, said Misheala Giddings, international area studies junior and Hillel member. “[Jewish people] know all about Christmas and its story,” Giddings said. “It would be nice to say ‘My mom’s making latkes’ and not look like a crazy pants.” Latkes for Love is the one big event to showcase the Jewish community and who they are, Giddings said. LATKES CONTINUES ON PAGE 2


Kalman Kreitman, University College freshman, and Zach Moorhead, mechanical engineering junior, cook latkes Thursday during Latkes for Love at Hillel Jewish Center 494 Elm Ave. FREE — ADDITIONAL COPIES 25¢


was worth the wait because he got to meet Palin. “She said ‘Hey’ and shook my hand,” Brauer said. “It was pretty cool. It was definitely worth the wait.” Hastings staff members told the crowd that Palin would give a speech before signing book, and at one point, a small platform was set-up for her to make a speech from, but when Palin arrived, she stepped off of her bus with her son in one arm, shook a few hands and went inside the store. However, loyal supporters were not the only ones greeting Palin’s bus as it arrived at Hastings. Signs reading ‘Don’t Palin My Norman’, ‘Shame on Sally KKKern’ and ‘Palin: Rush Limbaugh’s Favorite Puppet’ were among the signs being held. A man dressed as and who

identified himself as Santa Claus held a sign that said Palin has been very naughty. “In all seriousness, her religious extremism is very dangerous for this country, and it is something we should all be concerned with,” he said. Many of those present were protesting Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern (R-Oklahoma City) more than Palin. “I’m not really here to protest Sarah Palin as much as I am here for Sally Kern,” said Rachel Singley, social work junior. “Sarah should stay away from Sally. I’d hate to see what happens if they start talking.” Several people in line said someone held a place for Kern Wednesday night, and Kern arrived later Thursday afternoon. Kern was third in line to see Sarah Palin.

Legislature to discuss ways to close state budget gap Oklahoma City, Tulsa named recession-proof CAITLIN HARRISON Daily Staff Writer

The Oklahoma House Appropriations subcommittees are meeting in a pre-session hearing this week and next week to discuss the ongoing state budget shortfall. The hearings will include a discussion between the subcommittees and leaders of most state agencies on how the agencies can get through the budget shortfall, said House Speaker Chris Benge, R-Tulsa. “We felt like there was a need to get that discussion with the agency directors’ public so we could get a response on how the revenue situation is impacting agencies,” Benge said. Benge said although the hearings usually occur every year, this year’s hearings will be met with more urgency as a result of budget crisis. “It’s just important that the members that serve on the different budget committees are interacting with the directors to help find solutions to address the revenue shortfall,” Benge said. “We’re seeking the best deal for taxpayers also. We know that there are families in Oklahoma that are having to cut back and

make these same kinds of everyday decisions within their household.” Benge said the hearings will help lead to the formation of an agreement on how to fill the 2010 budget hole. He said the legislature will receive the 2011 budget estimate Dec. 21, which will be key in helping legislators decide how to fill the 2010 budget hole, including a combination of budget cuts and use of the state’s Rainy Day fund. “We realize these budget cuts are difficult for most state agencies. While agencies and legislators must prepare for all possible revenue scenarios, we hope the current economic reality will also be seen as an opportunity to right-size,” Ken Miller, House Appropriations and Budget chairman, R-Edmond, stated in a press release. “Rather than prompt empty political rhetoric, these hearings need to produce positive solutions and discussions on how we can partner to find efficiencies and maintain core services within our budget constraints,” he said. Benge noted despite Oklahoma’s budget shortfall, the state is still better off than most others. Oklahoma City and Tulsa have been ranked as recession-proof cities in several top 10 lists, he said. “Most states are experiencing much more difficult budget BUDGET CONTINUES ON PAGE 2

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Student organizations clear the air at forum MEREDITH MORIAK Managing Editor

At an open forum Thursday evening, Omega Psi Phi president Lamont Robinson asked OUPD Chief Liz Woollen why the National PanHellenic fraternity’s party on Nov. 21 at the Oklahoma Memorial Union was shut down after an isolated fight occurred on the second floor of the Union. Woollen responded by saying the fight and the large crowds of people filling the stairwells and hallways was much higher than expected and unsafe. “The number of people in the stairwells was an issue ... someone could have been crushed or stampeded,”

Woollen said. “It was the type of crowd you see at a rock concert.” Woollen said there were three OUPD officers and eight security guards at the event when the fight broke out and OUPD decided to end the party. “We treated this event like any other event in the Union,” Woollen said. Woollen and Robinson were two of six panelists participating in “The Clean-Up” an open forum hosted by the National Association of Black Journalists which focused on the event, OUPD’s response, the media’s coverage and the public’s perception of the black community on campus. Cordell Cunningham, assistant dean of students, said members of

POLICE REPORTS The following is a list of arrests and citations, not convictions. The information given is compiled from the Norman Police Department and the OU Police Department. All those listed are presumed innocent until proven guilty. POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA Valentin Bela Balles, 20, 2400 W. Brooks St., Tuesday MUNICIPAL WARRANT Daniel Leland Bilson, 47, 117 Crestland Drive, Wednesday Jason David Gee, 22, 201 W. Gray St., Wednesday

Tiffany Nicole Laster, 28, 201 W. Gray St., Wednesday DISTURBING THE PEACE Anwar H. Castaneda, 27, 2017 W. Lindsey St., Wednesday PUBLIC INTOXICATION Billy Wade Curtis, 56, 1806 S. Texas St., Tuesday Richard Leslie Shults, 42, 2420 Classen Blvd., Wednesday Justin Leigh Summers, 34, 1100 E. Lindsey St., Tuesday ALARM PERMIT VIOLATION Terri L. Davis, 38, 1551 AnnBranden Blvd., Nov. 25

CAMPUS NOTES SATURDAY OBVIOUSLY UNREHEARSED IMPROV! O.U. Improv will host its last show of the semester at 8 p.m. in the Scholars room of the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

Omega Psi Phi followed all necessary measures and guidelines set by the administration to host a party in the union. The fight occurred outside the party, not inside the event that was held in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom. Other topics addressed by panelists and audience members included the fact party-goers were not required to use two forms of ID, The Daily’s coverage of the incident and a controversial September column in The Daily about Bobo’s Chicken restaurant. Event panelists included officers from Omega Psi Phi, the National Association of Black Journalists, the editor-in-chief of The Oklahoma Daily and the OU Police Chief.

UOSA SUPERIOR COURT WILL NOT RECONSIDER RULING ALLOWING ONE-SIGNATURE PETITIONS A motion that asked the UOSA Superior Court to reconsider their ruling that allows students to submit one-signature petitions was denied late Tuesday night. A motion to reconsider came from members of UOSA who believed some students were abusing the UOSA Superior Court decision. “I submitted a motion to reconsider offering new evidence,” UOSA General Counsel Mike Davis said. “The motion was denied, but they told me that I did follow their ruling by denying Mr. Helm’s petitions.” Daniel Helm, french and philosophy senior, had submitted three petitions to place UOSA constitutional amendments on the ballot in the spring. Of those

amendments, many definitions would have been removed from the constitution and replaced with the phrase, “This shit is bananas, B.A.N.A.N.A.S!” UOSA would have been renamed the Cobra Command Consultant PAC (CCCP) and students would either have to be the astrological sign Pisces, practicing asexuals or have the letter ‘y’ somewhere in their legal names in order to have membership in UOSA. “I still have the right to deny petitions if I see that they are irrational,” Davis said. “And that is the court’s decision, not mine.” Davis said, however, he has future petitions that are up for potential approval. -Ricky Maranon/The Daily

Latkes Continued from page 1 The group expected a turnout of around 400 people, said Joshua Fried, event coordinator and French and public relations senior. Within the first hour, the event had 150 attendees. Another part of the event was fundraising for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel, Fried said. The center, associated with the Faculty of Medicine at Hebrew University, is a leader in medical progress in the Middle East. The event raised a recordbreaking $7,000 last year, twice the set goal, Fried said. This year the group hoped to match that. “There [was] a lot of excitement for the event this year, both on and off campus,” Fried said. “But due to the fact that Oklahomans, as well as Norman businesses, are still hurting from the economic issues, it is possible that we will not have a turnout as successful as in years previous.” Around 1 1/2 hours into the event scheduled for four, Fried said he predicted the

Budget Continued from page 1 challenges and their economies are worse off, and Oklahoma is doing better,” Benge said. “We’re going to have some challenges, but I think we’re positioned very well to come out to of this thing very strong, and I think Oklahoma is receiving national attention with our economy.” Several economic reports

event had raised around $5,000. Over the past three years, the group has raised over $10,000 for the medical center, Fried said. Hillel member Jonathan Wille said it was his first time to be involved with Latkes for Love and he enjoyed it. “There is a great turnout, lots of energy,” said Wille, University College freshman. “The cold hasn’t affected it one bit. There are a lot of people experiencing Jewish culture tonight.” Students started cooking food Monday and continued through Thursday, Wille said. Overall, they cooked 250 pounds of potatoes to make the latkes. Emma Newberry-Daves, University College freshman, had never had latkes, a type of potato pancake, before and said she thought the event was a good experience. “They should keep doing this,” Newberry-Daves said. This was the first year the Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi helped cosponsor the event, Fried said. OU Hillel has always been a sponsor of the event, providing facilities, funds and support.

have indicated the state is looking at slow, long-term recovery in the wake of the ongoing global recession, Benge also stated in the release. “Though many economic ratings show Oklahoma is poised to recover quickly once the economy turns around, it remains unclear when that may occur and we must act now to bring our expenditures in line with slumping revenue collection,” Benge stated.


Thomas Friedman Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and Foreign Affairs Columnist for The New York Times Thomas L. Friedman is the author of five books on foreign affairs and globalization, with several focusing on world affairs following the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. His latest book is the No. 1 bestseller Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution – and How It Can Renew America, which focuses on globalization, specifically climate change and the rising competition for energy. It follows his earlier bestseller The World is Flat.

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In response to Thursday’s Our View, “Low turnout at oZONE forums disappoints” YOU CAN COMMENT AT OUDAILY.COM

“Well the main problem is the date it’s held. At this point in the semester A LOT of students are working on papers/studying for tests. I for one have been so wrapped up in a project I didn’t even know about the forum. So a lot of us can’t

just go to a forum, if it was held at the beginning of next semester it would be better and a lot more student would show up.” -swiggy3000



UOSA should amend its constitution to prevent such pointless issues The issue of whether students should be allowed to submit one-signature petitions to UOSA has become a hot topic of discussion for many students. According to a recent decision by the UOSA Superior Court, it is constitutional for petitions with one signature to be submitted and considered for inclusion on the ballot. The UOSA Constitution states the proposed legislation must contain valid signatures from UOSA members equal to 15 percent of the number of students who voted for the president in the last general election. However, because the last election was uncontested, nobody voted for the president and therefore one vote was 15 percent. As a result of this decision, three unconventional, one-signature petitions have recently been submitted as UOSA constitutional amendments. (See page 2) These amendments proposed inserting the phrase “This shit is bananas, B.A.N.A.N.A.S!” in the constitution, renaming UOSA the “Cobra Command Consultant PAC” and restricting membership to only those who are practicing asexuals, have the letter ‘y’ somewhere in their legal name or fall under the astrological sign Pisces. While we find these proposals humorous and aren’t fully adverse to having our student government known as the “Cobra Command Consultant PAC,” having UOSA deal with issues like this is a waste of time. UOSA should be spending their time working toward the betterment of student groups and organizations, not going through the legislative process to deny such pointless amendments. To prevent pointless one-signature amendments like these from being proposed, we think UOSA should spend its time working on amending its constitution, rewriting the number of signatures necessary to propose an amendment.

Why classics and letters? Whether your major is pre-med, engineering, botany, art or underwater basket-weaving, I urge you to read this column. If you are enrolling, or even if you have already enrolled, I challenge you to take a moment to think about taking a classics and letters course. In the next paragraphs, I want to provide some important insight as to what classics and letters majors do, and why it is important to you. Many of you reading this article are enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. Have you ever wondered why we call it Arts and Sciences? It comes to us from Latin. Ars is the Latin word for “skill,” or “craft.” Its plural is Artes. Scientia means “knowledge.” TUCKER So when you talk about the College of CROSS Arts and Sciences, you’re really referring to the College of Skills and Knowledge. Many of us here at OU will be graduating or have already graduated with a liberal arts degree. What on earth does that mean? In today’s colloquial vernacular one might think that if you major in “liberal” “arts” you might be an artist who works for the Democratic Party. Although being a liberal artist might be an appealing profession for many, a liberal arts degree is a very different thing indeed. “Liberal” is derived from the Latin verb liberare, meaning “to free,” or “to liberate.” The adjective liber comes from this, which means “free.” This was further evolved to the word liberalis which literally means “pertaining to a free man.” Romans thought that liberty was a noble and praiseworthy value, so therefore Liberalis came to mean “noble,” or “generous.” So when you tell people that you have a liberal arts degree, tell them instead that you in fact have a degree in Noble Skills. I don’t mean noble as aristocratic, but noble as something virtuous and honorable. And it should be considered honorable; you hold a degree which has given you “liberating skills.” And what should these skills liberate you from? The shackles of ignorance. The skills which will liberate you are the ones which will stay with you the rest of your life. Through classics and letters you may not study the organelles of a prokaryotic cell or the specifics of business theory. Instead you will learn the arts of rhetoric, oratory, analysis, critical thinking, skilled writing and historical perspective. Beyond that, you will be exposed to the timeless works of some of the finest thinkers who have ever walked the planet. How about learning the lessons of leadership through the works of Plutarch, Thucydides, Aristotle and other great minds? What about the advantages of learning an ancient language? Have you ever considered it? If you were to only

take one single semester of Latin, you would have easily recognized every word which I defined earlier in this article. If you were to take two semesters of Latin, you would be equipped to translate Latin text. Did you know that already in our third semester of Latin in the classics and letters department we translate Latin poetry and prose? The same applies to Greek. In only two semesters of Greek you could sit down with a small pocket dictionary and read anything from Plato to the New Testament in their original languages. So what does that mean to you? Maybe it doesn’t mean anything at all. It’s entirely possible that you don’t care that 60 percent of the English language is derived from Greek and Latin. How does that apply to you, the future doctor or engineer? Maybe it would benefit you to know that 90 percent of the language you will use in the technological and scientific fields is of Latin and Greek origin. Do I have your attention? Maybe language is not your thing, or perhaps it doesn’t fit with your Gen Ed requirements. If so, you can take a variety of other classes in classics and letters in English. Or take Survey of Roman Civilization and learn about the society which has influenced western civilization more than any other. Interested in literature? Take Classical Influences on Modern Literature, and finally understand some of those crazy literary allusions and metaphors. You can afford to take a class which will help widen your perspective for the rest of your life. Whenever I tell someone that my major is letters, I am either met with a blank stare and the question “What’s letters?” or “Ah, so you’re going to law school, eh?” Although letters is an excellent pre-law degree, it is so much more than simply that. A letters major will usually tell a person, when asked what his or her major is, that it is a combination of philosophy, literature, history and languages, but that’s as far as they go. Let me finish this article by explaining why we learn these things: We learn philosophy to understand logic and reason, and the wisdom of great minds. We study literature to comprehend and appreciate the artistry of the written word. We read history so that we may stand in the present and look back on what has been, to learn from the success, and avoid the mistakes of our predecessors. We learn these things because they should be learned, for the benefit of the mind, for the individual and for a healthy society. The OU Classics and Letters Department is posting an ad in the paper throughout the week. I invite you to take a look for yourself, and take a class which could be the best you’ve had at OU. Tucker Cross is a letters junior.


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Sooner Sampler » “I’m not very happy about it.” -SHAUN HOUSER, PHILOSOPHY SENIOR


“I don’t necessarily agree with it. I‘m being optimistic in thinking he has some sort of plan to accomplish the goals that were set out when we first went over there.”

“I think it’s a gray area. There are a lot of pros and cons, but honestly I think it’s unnecessary. This war has gone on for too long and it’s just fanning the flames.”



“I think it would be a mistake to leave right now, but I kind of agree with President Boren that historically invasions using military force have not been successful.”


“I haven’t really heard that much about it. I don’t know.”

“I really haven’t kept up with the news much because of graduate school.”



“There could be a positive as well as a negative. My point of view is President Obama should bring back our troops instead of sending more.”

“I’m definitely against it. I fail to see how continuing a military overcommitment will help our long-term plans.”

“It’s whatever needs to be done. I’m not really an expert, I don’t know better than he does. He’s got a panel of experts.”




“I’m all for it. I’m very pro-war. We’ve got to do what we can to get things done over there.” -AUBREE PEARSON, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE FRESHMAN


International students struggle to find efficient transportation CART system develops plan to transition from loop system to linear routes CHARLES WARD Assistant Managing Editor

Uny Chan came to OU from Hong Kong with many assets: command of four languages, visits to more than 30 countries and a business plan to start an airline. One thing he didn’t come with, however, was a car. “It’s extremely inconvenient from a foreigner’s point of view to live here without a car and without having a drivers license,” said Chan, a University College freshman. Chan said he is reliant on OU’s CART (Cleveland Area Rapid Transit) system, or the kindness of friends with cars, to get him places unreachable on the heel-toe express. One problem with CART, Chan said, is the loop system its buses use. So, despite CART’s

stops at several places on or near campus, and one at 12th Avenue NE and Main Street, across the street from Norman’s eastside Wal-Mart, a CART trip there and back can take much longer than it does by car. Currently, most CART buses start their routes at one point and return to the same point, with no vehicle running the opposite route. This means although two CART stops might be geographically close to one another, a rider would need to ride the entire route to move between the stops. “It takes 10 minutes for me to go from the university to the Wal-Mart,” Chan said. “And, to come back, it takes 45 minutes.” However, CART would like to eliminate that problem as part of its long-range plan to improve public transportation offerings on campus and throughout Cleveland County, Kris Glenn, spokesman for CART, stated in an e-mail. “The plan is a blueprint for the future of public transportation in Norman that would

enhance the CART system by ... transitioning from the current loop system to efficient, frequent linear routes,” he said. Chan said he understood why Norman didn’t have as well-developed a public transportation system as his native Hong Kong does, given Norman’s relatively low population density (144 people per square kilometer, according to the US Census Bureau) when compared to Hong Kong (6,460 per square kilometer, according to the country’s Web site). “In Hong Kong, we have an excellent transportation system,” he said. “The city is so crowded, there’s not enough land and we do understand we cannot afford to have private cars. At least not everyone can afford to have private cars, for the sake of the environment, or for the sake of urban planning.” Another campus group is also working to help students, international students in particular, with their weekly runs to Wal-Mart.

The group, comprised of 8-12 OU students with cars, meets up with international students every Monday at 8 p.m. at Kraettli and Traditions East apartments and drives them to and from Wal-Mart, Gib Park, one of the drivers, stated in an e-mail. “A lot of those students come here, they’re dropped off on campus and they have no idea of where anything is,” said Ashley McDaniel, special education senior and one of the drivers. McDaniel said the group takes between 70-100 international students every week. The drivers are either OU students or area volunteers, Park said. The trips take about 1 1/2-2 hours, McDaniel said. For more information about volunteering to drive, or if you are an international student needing a ride to Wal-Mart, contact McDaniel at

Learn the Languages of Law, Medicine, and the Sciences Take Greek or Latin to Satisfy Your Language Requirement The professional vocabulary of lawyers, doctors, and scientists comes from Greek and Latin. If you take courses in these languages, you’ll know what stare decisis means, what hematopoiesis is, and why you’re called a homo sapiens. Besides, it’s just fun to tell people that you know Greek and/or Latin.

Beginning course in both languages are still open for the spring 2010 semester:

We also have some great Gen-Ed courses in English: Survey of Roman Civilization (CL C 2613), Ancient Epic (CL C 3113), and Classical Influences on Modern Literature (CL C 3613).

For more information, contact the Department of Classics and Letters, 100 Carnegie Building | 325-6921 |


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operator of Hook Echo Sound re c o rd i n g s t u d i o a n d l o c a l musician. His passion for music is apparent enough looking at his work recording local musicians, b u t Ha r r i s a l s o m o o n l i g ht s as lead singer and guitarist in Norman’s own grunge group Depth & Current and frequently performs with Student Film and Ancestor as well. Looking for a way to not only

free, without fans (and bands alike) growing frustrated with the lags between physical album A new musical project has releases, Harris said. b e e n m a k i n g n o i s e a ro u n d “Releasing a song within Norman over the past month, weeks of recording it, can proand in the process is doing very vide the listener with a much “nice things” for local bands and more honest picture of what music fans alike. that band is like in the here and C o - o p e rat e d by t h e b a n d now,” Harris said. “My primary roster to a certain extent, Nice goal is to prevent stagnation People is mostly spearheaded with my own musical projects by C h r i s Ha r r i s, ow n e r a n d and other artists that I’m excited about.” And while Nice People is focusing on digital downloads for now, physical releases could be on the horizon if fan demand warrants it, Harris said. The Nice People roster currently consists of artrockers Gentle Ghost, indie-pop band Feel Spectres and Harris’ own Depth & Current. Harris said he has been in talks with other bands to join the label and received enthusiastic responses. He also said you can look forward to his other musical projects (Student Film and PHOTO PROVIDED Ancestor) seeing releases Illustration from the music label Nice People. The musical project allows free downloading for music fans in Norman. Music of sorts as well. fans can download free music and get more information at Harris is actively seeking

Drink of



EDITOR’S NOTE: Drink of the Week is a regular feature in The Oklahoma Daily and The Daily, however, does not encourage underage or irresp onsible drinking. Beer is like shoes: there’s a different style ASHLEY BERNTGEN to go with every season. Currently, ‘tis the season to wear boots and drink winter ales. After having the privilege to research different varieties of winter ales, I came to the conclusion that Hibernation Ale, of the Great Divide Brewing Company in Colorado, is the perfect winter beverage if hot chocolate and eggnog just aren’t quite doin’ it for you. Superficially, this beer has all the trappings of traditional ale: a rich malty flavor that is balanced by floral hops. What the drinker tastes


to help his fr iends’ musical projects, as well as get his own groups’ music out, has led to the founding of Nice People, a new, yet structured, form of getting music to fans quickly. “I’d call it a ‘label,’ but it’s not intended to be a ‘traditional’ record label,” Harris said. “Maybe it would be more appropriate to call it an ‘outlet.’” Nice People focuses on releasing singles to the public for

The Daily’s Ashley Berntgen chooses a cozy ale as this week’s Drink of the Week.

once the malt and hops subside is what really makes this beer a winter beer. Notes of chocolate and toffee are paired with subtle flavors of spices and dried fruit, remniscent of a rich, raisin-y port. The chocolate, toffee and fruit flavors are sure to conjure up memories of family gatherings around the Christmas tree. If you’re a real foodie like I am and like pairing different beverages with different foods, the Great Divide Brewing Co. recommends pairing its Hibernation Ale with Romano cheese, grilled beef tenderloin and apple crisp. If your parents had any doubts about your college education and transition into adulthood, go home for the winter break and request the above meal with Hibernation Ale. At the very least, you can tell them you’ve learned to eat and drink like an adult. Ashley Berntgen is a public relations senior.

Thai eatery offers diverse taste The city of Norman has an array of restaura nt s to satisfy the locals’ every desire. Hu n g r y customers have LARON to comCHAPMAN m e n d Norman for the wide assortment of cafes, delis, and diners the city has to offer. H o w e v e r, i n t e r m s of authentic cuisines, locals will have a more difficult time locating such places in a close proximity. Fortunately, Thai Raja supplies the city with a healthy dose of authentic Southeast Asian cuisine. As for atmosphere, the restaurant is a small, but a noble find at 761 Jenkins Ave. It is a family operation, with kind, prompt and friendly service. The restaurant, open daily, offers a super

JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL MALE STUDENTS ATTEND MEN’S VOCAL WORKSHOP AT OU More than 800 junior high and high school boys and young men will come to OU today to sing in choral music ensembles designed for young male singers. The 3rd Annual Young Men’s Vocal Workshop, presented by the OU School of Music, will be held at

4 p.m. in Sharp Concert Hall. The male students, from sixth graders to high school seniors, come from more than 70 schools across Oklahoma. The choral workshop will offer three choirs to participate in, Mark Lucas, assistant director of choral

activities and OU professor, stated in the press release. “One choir will be made up of young men in high school,” Lucas stated. “Students in sixth through eighth grades will participate in one of two choirs. The first is a choir specifically for

new additions to fit the “collective vibe” of Nice People, keeping a few traits in mind. “Basically, if a band ends up releasing music with Nice People, then you can just about guarantee that they’ll fit the following criteria: 1.) I will personally love their music. 2.) They will be active in, and an asset to, the local music community; and 3.) They will be very nice people,” Harris said. As strong as his hopes and dreams are for the bands involved with the label, Harris is hopeful that other local bands, even those not involved with Nice People, will see this new project as a “kick in the pants” to all of those aspiring musicians to do something on their own. “What I really want people to take away from Nice People is that you don’t need ‘connections’ to get your music out there. If you’re not a fit for Nice People, then get out there and start your own Nice People,” Harris said. Infor mation about dow nload ing individual songs and subscribing to get all of the free songs from Nice People is available at www.wearenicepeople. com.

unchanged voices. The second choir for this age group will be for changed and changing voices.” The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information on the workshop visit choirs. –Alex Ewald/The Daily

lunch buffet during the morning and afternoon, w h i l e a l s o p rov i d i n g customers with a choice of take out. W i t h l i m i t e d s e a ting, take-out may be a better option for larger crowds. The seating that is available is comfortable and well-organized. In terms of décor the restaurant is below par, displaying only a few or iental paintings on the walls and standard white curtains on the windows. However, those dining in will appreciate the restaurant’s clean, quiet, well-lit and homey atmosphere. As for the food, Thai Raja offers a variety of traditional and authentic Asian dishes. It includes favorites such as crab rangoon, fresh springs rolls and broccoli beef. Those wanting to explore Thailand’s culture will enjoy the restaurants delicious Pad Thai, Thai Cashew Chicken, and Thai Fried Rice.

The restaurant also showcases a variety of Thai salads, noodles, and soups. Their unique cucumber salad, dressed with a mild sweet and sour sauce gives customers an original taste of Thai food, if they dare to try it. And while the restaurant displays a variety of different dishes, the vast majority of the dishes are vegetarian options, many of which include fried tofu. In terms of meat entrees the restaurant is rather underwhelming, with not much to choose from. Ho w e v e r, t h e g o o d outweighs the bad – the food that is available is very affordable, authentic and fresh. M o r e o v e r, t h e r e s taurant is conveniently l o c at e d n e a r c a m p u s and displays some of Norman’s most admirable and praiseworthy service. Laron Chapman is a film and video studies sophomore.

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A CAPELLA GROUP PROVIDES MUSICAL OPPORTUNITIES ‘Laid-back’ Redliners attract students with flexibility, variety

music, and I find that very fulfilling,” he said. The group, consisting of 13 stuNATASHA GOODELL dents, performs many concerts in Daily Staff Writer the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Meacham Auditorium, but also When students on campus performs at small venues and couldn’t find a singing group that local cafes in Norman. was compatible with their sched“We have rehearsals once a ules, they turned to the Redliners, week for everyone and then we a student-led a cappella group have sections for girls and guys flexible with students’ schedules. each week,” Reck said. D a n i e l R e c k , t h i s y e a r ’s Reck said this is his fifth seRedliners dimester with the group. rector, said the DETAILS “It is mostly group was started by word-of3 1/2 years ago mouth or audiwhen the group’s • Redliners performance tion e-mails that founder came to • 7:30 p.m. students learn OU expecting to about us and • Saturday audition for an a come join us,” • Oklahoma Memorial cappella group Reck said. U n i o n ’s M e a c h a m and found out Bob Cail there wasn’t one. Auditorium, 900 Asp j o ined the “We’re the Ave. R e dliners in only student-led • The event is free and September after a cappella group sponsored by the Union he heard about on campus, that Programming Board. the group from I know of,” said friend who atReck, economics tended Redliners and mathematics concerts. senior. “I audiThe group writes its own ar- tioned for a choir and I made rangements and performs songs the University Singers, but it it chooses, often times from didn’t fit my schedule,” said Cail, popular bands and artists like University College freshman. “I Radiohead and Journey, Reck really needed a musical outlet, said. so I joined the Redliners because “The Redliners have been a music is really important to me.” great creative outlet for me beCail said the Redliners isn’t cause it gives me the opportu- time consuming for him, as renity to both perform and arrange hearsals are only twice a week.


Daniel Reck, Economics and Math Senior, conducts a group of students singing Holiday songs in 228 room of Catlett Performance Center Thursday evening. “It’s so much fun,” Cail said. “Fun people, fun music. It’s so much more fun than any choir I’ve been in before.” Katie Sherman, social work s e n i o r, s a i d s h e j o i n e d t h e Redliners as a sophomore and has enjoyed performing with the group and spending time with the members. “I had several friends in the group, as well as my boyfriend

and now-husband,” Sherman said. “It turned out to be a really good decision.” Sherman said she sang in high school, but had a hard time finding a place to sing here that wasn’t time consuming. “I really like the Redliners because it’s a really laid-back group,” Sherman said. “It is student-led, which is really wonderful because it’s really flexible.”

Sherman said they had about 100 people at the concert when they first started performing and each time they perform, more students show up. “We have a pretty diverse song list,” Sherman said. “We have some Christmas songs that we do. We’ve got some Modest Mouse songs, Timbaland, Jason M r a z a n d a l o t o f d i f f e re n t genres of music.”

New Rober t De Niro flick is just ‘fine’ It’s been a rough decade for Robert De Niro. The two-time Oscar winner and star of American classics like “Taxi Driver,” “The Deer Hunter” and “Raging Bull” has lately lent his talents to fare like “Showtime,” “Godsend,” “Meet the Fockers” and last year’s abominable “Righteous Kill.” It’s been rougher for DUSTY audiences than for him SOMERS — at least’s he’s picking up a paycheck for his trouble. But with almost all of his acting credibility cashed in, De Niro is now finally making an appearance in the most dignified lead role he’s had in a while in “Everybody’s Fine.” It ’s too bad he’s surrounded by a soppy, sniveling disappointment of a film that aims for emotional power, but lands somewhere in the realm of maudlin silliness. A remake of the Italian film “Stanno tutti bene,” directed by the ver y capable Giuseppe Tornatore (“Cinema Paradiso”), “Everybody’s Fine” is helmed by Kirk Jones (“Nanny McPhee”) and stars De Niro as Frank Goode, a recent widower who wants to get all his kids PHOTO PROVIDED around the same table for Thanksgiving Robert De Niro and Drew Barrymore staring into each other’s eyes in the new Christmas flick “Everybody’s Fine.” dinner. Last minute excuses arrive instead of the children. Frank has an unidentified lung condition from making PVC coating for telethat’s meant to appeal to the Christmas phone wires all his life, but lazy screen- ushering him off to his next destination. rarely this clear-cut. audiences, and is as neatly tied up as a This does no favors to Beckinsale, They’re not being rude; they just have a writing tic be damned, he’s going to pay Christmas present. The emotional power Rockwell or Barrymore, who are all stuntsecret about David they don’t think their a surprise visit to his four kids at their is in understanding that family is still imed by their carefully constructed plot dad can handle. homes flung around the country in hopes portant even though there can be plenty points and never really achieve any emoEach child has some secrets of their of a Christmas reunion. wrong with it, but there’s no room for tional gravitas, even next to De Niro. own as well, and despite Frank’s concepHis youngest son, David (Austin Lysy, anything to be left wrong in this movie. De Niro too gets hung up by the script tion of his children as happy, successful “Hitch”), is an artist living in New York D e Ni ro’s m o d e s t re t u r n t o f o r m at times, but it explores his character people, that’s not really the case. City, but isn’t home when he calls, so aside, there’s no reason for a film like The message of “Everybody’s Fine” much more thoroughly, giving us an Frank treks along to see his advertising “Everybody’s Fine” to exist in a world exec daughter Amy (Kate Beckinsale, — that it takes more than fake smiles aging man with a quiet desperation and where the story of a recently widowed an earnest, if not very aware, love for his and conflict-free relationships to make “Whiteout”), his musician son Robert man’s re-discovery of his family has (Sam Rockwell, “Moon”) and his dancer a happy family — is an honorable one, children. De Niro’s quiet, subtle perfor- been told much more eloquently and daughter Rosie (Drew Barrymore, “Whip but the film feels the need to telegraph mance is always interesting and occa- truthfully in Alexander Payne’s “About its points loud and often with two-di- sionally moving. It”). Schmidt.” Still, “Everybody’s Fine” undoes its Each one shuffles their dad through mensional characters acting out obvious the perfunctor y visit routine before deceptions. The real-life deceptions are own very small successes with an ending Dusty Somers is a journalism senior.

OU COLLEGIUM MUSICUM TO PERFORM MONTEVERDI OPERA SCENES The OU Collegium Musicum will present “Opera Scenes by Claudio Monteverdi” as part of the Sutton Concert Series at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Grayce B. Kerr Gothic Hall of the Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd St. “Although most of his operas have been lost, Claudio Monteverdi was the first great composer of operas,” Eugene Enrico,

OU Collegium Musicum conductor and OU professor of musicology, stated in a press release. According to the press release, he program will present three scenes from “Orfeo,” the final aria from “Arianna,” a trio from “Proserpina rapita,” two scenes from “The Return of Ulysses,” and three scenes

from “The Coronation of Poppea.” Tickets are available at OU’s Catlett Music Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students, faculty, staff and senior adults. -Daily staff reports

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ROETHLISBERGER DOMINATES FOR OU Sooners down UT-Arlington with the help of rising star junior forward Carlee Roethlisberger JAMES ROTH Daily Staff Writer

The OU women’s basketball team was back in action without the services of sophomore guard Whitney Hand Thursday night, but the Sooners didn’t need her. The Sooners were able to put down the University of Texas-Arlington 100-67. Junior forward Carlee Roethlisberger started in place of the injured Hand and had the best game of her career. Roethlisberger came out shooting and was lights-out from the 3-point line. She finished the game with a career high and led all scorers with 29 points. She also pulled down seven rebounds. “When you are making shots it helps make your game flow,” said Roethlisberger, “I was not having to think about adjusting my shot, it helped me move around and do more things.” The Mavericks did give the Sooners a run for their money in the first half. UTA played a zone that forced the Sooners to take outside jump shots, and took away the post presence of senior center Abi Olajuwon. Olajuwon was held scoreless for the entire first half and only attempted one shot. “Communication,” said head coach Sherri Coale, “We did not talk in the first half and that was our biggest problem.” The Sooners also struggled with rebounding on the defensive end of the floor. UTA was able to record eight offensive rebounds that resulted in 12 second-chance points. One bright spot in the first half for the Sooners was the play of junior guard Nyeshia Stevenson. She was 5-of-8 from the field and finished with 13 points in the first half, and finished the game with a career high 21 points. The Sooners were trailing late in the first half but put together a 5-0 run and went into halftime up one, 42-41. At the start of the second half the Sooners came out strong with a 12-2 run that put them up by double digits. Olajuwon finally got involved in the game and scored five points during the run. Olajuwon came alive in the second half and scored all of 12 of her points in the second


Junior forward Carlee Roethlisberger (10) tries to block an opposing player Thursday evening in Lloyd Noble Center. The Sooners downed UT-Arlington 100-67 at Lloyd Noble Center. half. “We made a few adjustments at halftime,” said Coale, “Offensively we needed to use our post, we had an advantage down there, and obviously Abi came out and was the difference I thought.” In the second half the Sooners turned up the heat and put pressure on the Mavericks offense. The Sooners were able to force turnovers using both full and half-court traps to take UTA out of their rhythm. Midway through the second half the Sooners increased their lead to as much as 25.

The Sooners were much more accurate in the second half and shot like a different team compared to the first half. They shot 64 percent from the field and were on fire from the 3-point line making 5-of-7 three’s for 71 percent. After the Sooners increased their lead to 30 late in the second half they were able to cruise to the victory. The Sooners will be back in action this weekend when they take on the University of Arkansas on Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center.


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OU sets up for NCAA tourney JAMES CORLEY Dailt Staff Writer


Sophomore right side Suzy Boulavsky spikes the ball over the net during the Nov. 25 game against Texas. The Sooners fell to the Longhorns 3-0.

The OU volleyball team will make its sixth tournament appearance Friday night in Los Angeles against 16th-ranked Southern California. Santiago Restrepo, in his sixth season as OU’s head coach, takes his third team to the postseason after making the Sweet 16 in 2006 and a trip in 2007. Restrepo is one victory shy of the 100win mark at Oklahoma. The Women of Troy are 2-0 against the Sooners, last beating OU at the Trojan Invitational in 2008. USC holds a 58-22 (.725) record in the NCAA tournament and has reached the Final Four five times in the last nine seasons. This is the fourth consecutive year USC has hosted the NCAA tournament’s first and second rounds at the Galen Center, where the Trojans are 51-6 all-time. The Women of Troy (21-9, 10-8) went on a six-game win streak, four of those coming at home, to close out the regular season. All-Pac 10 players Alex Jupiter and Jessica Gysin lead USC’s potent offensive attack with 4.57 and 3.43 kills per set. Senior Alli Hillgren anchored the Trojans’ defense with 4.51 digs

per set, and junior Audrey Eichler is averaging 1.03 blocks per set. The Sooners (18-11, 11-9) are led by sophomore Suzy Boulavsky’s 3.07 kills per set, and freshman María Fernanda paces the Sooners’ strong defense with 4.42 digs per set. OU has a young team this season, starting a freshman and four sophomores compared to USC’s veteran squad. But the Sooners have played high-energy and motivated this season, making up for whatever they lack with sheer determination. The matchup to watch Friday will be OU’s defense against USC’s offense. The Sooners are difficult to stop when they get an offensive rhythm going, but the defense has been the biggest factor in OU’s 18 wins this season. For the Sooners to beat the Women of Troy on their own home court and overcome the mountainous postseason success of USC, the defense has to bring everything. OU has proven it can succeed as the underdog this season, grabbing three wins over ranked opponents and nearly knocking off top10-ranked Nebraska in a hard-fought, five-set loss earlier this year. The match begins Friday at 9 p.m. If the Sooners win, they’ll face the New MexicoHawaii winner Saturday at 9 p.m.

Wildcats offer next test for young Sooner team AARON COLEN Daily Staff Writer

The men’s basketball team looks to continue down the path toward righting the ship this weekend when it faces Arizona in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. The Sooners are coming off a double-digit vicOU V. ARIZONA tory against Arkansas, and they showed signs of fixing Who: Oklahoma vs. Arizona the problems that plagued them when they lost two What: Big 12/Pac-10 out of three games in the Hardwood Series Great Alaska Shootout over When: Sunday at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving break. The Sooners were able Where: Lloyd Noble Center to win convincingly against the Razorbacks with a balanced attack and little offensive contribution from sophomore guard Willie Warren until near the end of the game. OU has dropped out of the national rankings after starting the season ranked 17th, with all three of its losses coming on the road against unranked teams. Arizona is 6-3, but two of the team’s losses have been by four points or fewer. However, after winning their first five in a row, the Wildcats have lost three of four.

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