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OU pre-med finance student William Prueitt stands in front of Machu Pichu in Peru. Prueitt stayed in South America to explore the continent after studying in Chile during the fall semester.
Student extends time abroad Encountering other cultures, people add to educational experience, student says
previously known about, compare the cultures of different countries, volunteer and generally take advantage of his freedom in a foreign land. LANEY ELLISOR The Oklahoma Daily “I thought staying to travel would be a great chance to learn more about the world and my Like many OU students, William Prueitt place in it,” Prueitt said. spent last semester studying abroad. What After the semester ended, Prueitt began travmakes his story unique is that he didn’t eling on his own. He began his trek in Brazil return. and later traveled across Argentina with his As a pre-med finance student in his fifth family after meeting them in Buenos Aires. year of study, Prueitt chose to study at La William and his brother Matt, a freshman at Universidad de Viña del Mar in Chile to ad- OU, then continued on to Tierra del Fuego. vance his Spanish skills and take Next he traveled to Punta the time to refine his ideas about Arenas, Chile, where William a future career path. I thought staying was trapped for a week due to a To immerse himself fully, Prueitt to travel would be strike that shut down all transtook a break from his major coursHe spent much of a great chance to portation. es and studied Latin American his time near the protests and learn more about was even interviewed by CNN history, literature and culture in the world and my Chile for a piece about tourists’ his time at La Universidad. The Chilean family that housed reactions to the strike. place in it.” Prueitt treated him like family and Finally, William camped even took him to their son’s iniand hitchhiked across more of — WILLIAM PRUEITT, tiation ceremony for the Chilean Argentina and Chile, including PRE-MED FINANCE Navy’s equivalent of the Navy the Chilean Lake District. SENIOR SEALs. After more than two months Prueitt also taught English at of traveling, William was invita local public middle school during the fall ed back into the home of his host family. His semester. next travel destination is Argentina, where he After a semester of courses at La Universidad, plans to visit Cordoba and Iguazu Falls. Prueitt decided to make the most of his time “I’ve made friends everywhere I’ve gone,” in South America and take time to travel the William said. “It’s been incredible to meet and region. spend so much time with people from across This scenario is not uncommon, but there the world.” aren’t exact statistics regarding students who William’s plans for his semester away from stay abroad after a semester since the students his studies are to spend most of his time volare no longer affiliated with OU when they unteering. First he will work with Pastoral da elect to stay, Education Abroad Director Jack Crianca in Brazil, which promotes the eduHobson said. cation of underprivileged children. He also Prueitt cited many reasons for his decision will work with an organization which brings to take a semester off. He said he wanted to improve his Spanish, see historical sites he hadn’t SEE ABROAD PAGE 2
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Student leaders spoke of their accomplishments and wanted the student body to know UOSA is strong during this year’s State of the UOSA address Tuesday night in Adams Hall, Room 150. In Undergraduate Congress leader Brett Stidham’s speech, he celebrated student government’s role in getting Norman to honor LGBT month. Stidham spoke at length about UOSA’s dedication to working together. Campus Activities Council chairwoman Valerie Hall spoke about the state of CAC events. She said this year’s events have gone smoothly and been wellattended. On top of this, Hall, a public relations senior urged everyone to enter the CAC’s Next Big Thing contest. Graduate Student Senate chairman Derrell Cox laid out GSS’s plans that were still in the discussion stages. These included developing ways to create more competition in graduate student programs and a universitywide interdisciplinary research project to tackle social issues. He said the project would give graduate students, faculty and possibly undergraduate students a chance to publicize their research in academic journals. “We want to increase this type of interaction and try to explore strategies and elicit research from all over,” Cox said. UOSA Vice President Cory Lloyd encouraged students to continue voicing their concerns. The executive branch prides
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A new professor will likely be invited to join the faculty of the OU Honors College within the next week, the college’s associate dean said. The Honors College will hire one or more new faculty members to teach honors courses on nonWestern subject matter, Honors College Dean David Ray said. The college wants to expand its curriculum to include parts of the world that don’t receive much attention in Oklahoma, such as East Africa and parts of Southeast Asia, said Rich Hamerla, associate dean and search committee chairman. College leaders also hope to increase the number of courses that satisfy general-education requirements, Ray said. “The Honors College believes that non-honors general education courses are some of the least challenging, least satisfying and intellectually weakest courses OU honors students find themselves taking,” Ray said in an e-mail. Budgetary concerns have caused departments to cut back, but Hamerla said the Honors College was awarded funds given to President David Boren to be set aside for specific academic reasons. Hamerla said he could not comment on the specific source of the funds. This year, four professors have lectured to faculty, staff and students on topics pertaining to their area of expertise, including Priya Lal, who lectured Thursday on gender, family and rural development in postcolonial Tanzania. Lal is one of more than 120 candidates for a position with the college, whose names could not be disclosed due to confidentiality rules, Hamerla said. The college is expanding beyond a solely American focus, said Sarah Tracy, Honors College associate professor. Amanda Minks, Honors College anthropology professor, was the first non U.S.-focused professor the college hired, Tracy said. During the selection process, the faculty will convene and vote on the best candidate and then reveal the choice to Boren, and if he approves, the Honors College will make a job offer, Hamerla said. The Honors College hopes to make the decision by next week, Hamerla said.
Pulitzer Prize winner to speak Feb. 28 at OU Pulitzer Prize-winner Gordon Wood will present the keynote speech at the President’s Associates dinner Feb. 28 in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom. Wood wrote “The Radicalism of the American Revolution,” which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for History, and also taught for nearly 40 years at Brown University, where he serves as the Alva O. Way Professor Emeritus. “No one has explained better than Gordon Wood the factors which came together to produce the unique generation that led the American Revolution and had the wisdom to write the American Constitution,” OU President David Boren said in a press release. Before the dinner, an informal discussion open to students will be held, according to the press release. OU students, faculty and staff can
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“ This experience has pushed back my graduation, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” William said. William has the full support of his sister Caroline, who is an accounting senior at OU. William’s experience in South America has been an opportunity for reflection and self-discovery, Caroline said. “William once told me that ‘everything that you do throughout your entire life will be a learning
medical help to those in need. William said he hopes to travel with the medical organization into the Amazon to help native people. Not surprisingly, William’s parents didn’t welcome the idea of a semester off and a delayed graduation from OU. However, after explaining he had the requisite money to pay for his travels, they supported the plan.
experience. Your life is your education,’” Caroline said. William plans to return to the United States in April to attend the weddings of some friends. And he said yes, he will continue his studies at OU in the fall. “Traveling after the study abroad experience has given me a much better perspective on ... the freedom that we can have if we only reach for it,” William said.
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Government must be checked America One of the key plot points to the new Star Wars trilogy is Chancellor Palpatine’s gradual stripping away of the galactic senate’s powers while strengthening his own political power. Eventually in Episode IV, the Chancellor completely disbands the senate and becomes the supreme Emperor of the galaxy. At the time, many people thought this was merely George Lucas’ attempt at art imitating life, using the Emperor as a proxy for George W. Bush. Here in Oklahoma, we may have a case of life imitating art. On Monday, the Oklahoma State Senate’s education committee approved Senate Bill 435, which will strip powers from the State Board of Education and hand power over to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi. The State Board of Education has been reduced from a seven-member group to four. It will revert the state board of education back to the 1971 power structure which consists of the superintendent, governor, secretary of state and attorney general of Oklahoma; or appoint a designee. Sounds to us like someone might be able to accrue a group
of yes-men who will go along with the superintendent’s ideas without questioning or challenging them. According to the bill, the superintendent will be in charge of setting policies for the State Department of Education, have control of the “administrative and supervisory agencies (which the Board of Education has now become), divisions and personnel and their appointment and salaries” as well as “determine the details by which the budget and the appropriations are administered.” Who is supposed to “check and balance” our super-powered superintendent when she controls the budget and has? Would we stand by idly if President Barack Obama did away with the Legislative and Judicial branches of the government? No we wouldn’t. So why do we allow a State Superintendent of Public Instruction to gain such overwhelming power? Unfortunately for us we do not have Luke Skywalker to come to our aid. We cannot sit back and allow such drastic shifts in governmental power to occur unquestioned.
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Corrupt causes shouldn’t get tax dollars While all eyes were focused on Egypt the STAFF COLUMN UMN past few weeks, big news stories in the United States were completely buried and ignored. Shayna Daitch itch One of the most disturbing was the introduction of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., to Congress. Essentially, it seeks to ensure no federal dollars will pay for abortions or go to insurance plans that offer abortion coverage. Think of it as codifying the Amendment from the Health Care bill. Regardless, federal dollars have been banned from going toward abortion since 1976, except in the rare cases of rape and incest or to save the life of a woman. Abortion does not matter here. The crucial aspect is the language Smith slipped in to the bill. Instead of allowing exceptions for rape, he wrote “forcible rape” without including a definition. Forcible rape does not even need to be defined because it is a frame. As soon as you heard it, you probably imagined a woman walking down an alley at night when all of a sudden a big, burly man jumps out and rapes her at knifepoint. Whoopi Goldberg insensitively called this “rape-rape.” We can all agree this situation is terrible, but the vast majority of rapes are not in this Hollywood fashion. Seventy-three percent of women know their rapist, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. Since college women are four times more likely to be raped without the use of a weapon, imagine the legal rights of women if this verbal hijacking spreads beyond this piece of legislation. So, sorry ladies, if you were raped whilst intoxicated, underage, unconscious or if you are mentally handicapped, the Republican Party does not think you suffered enough to get some help. The language was recently removed from the bill, but I am
disgusted that 205 representatives signed their names as cosponsors, including all five of Oklahoma’s representatives. Democratic majority leader, Nancy Pelosi, aptly described this bill as, “The most comprehensive and radical assault on women’s health in our lifetime.” It does not surprise me at all that so many members of the GOP would want to redefine rape. When you are blinded by male, white privilege, like Smith, it is easy to ignore the trauma of rape and make the definition fit your narrow beliefs. I am at a loss to explain why the House of Representatives is neglecting more pressing issues like improving the economy or cutting the $100 billion representatives promised from the federal budget. Both seem to have taken a back burner to trying to undo the actions of the last democratic congress (e.g. repeal the Health Care bill) and push legislation that will win themselves brownie points in their home districts. Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, commented that taxpayer dollars should not go to a cause that voters are morally opposed to and that “Our members feel strongly about the sanctity of life.” Well, John, I am diametrically opposed to my tax dollars going to a number of institutions like this war in Iraq, subsidies for meat, teaching children mathematics and incarcerating women in Oklahoma, but I suck it up and pay my taxes. I understand taxes go toward the collective good and are necessary, especially to help the poorest and most vulnerable in our society — such as rape victims. — Shayna Daitch, international security studies senior
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Allowing guns on campus spurs debate I’d be willing to allow guns on the OU campus just as soon as our legislators allow guns on the floor and in the gallery of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and the Oklahoma Senate. I think adding the Governor’s Office to that list would also be fair. In fact, anywhere on campus — anywhere in the Capitol. — Neil H. Suneson Oklahoma Geological Survey Sarkeys Energy Center I felt the need to speak out after reading Hillary McClain’s article (“Bill Could Allow Guns on College Campuses”, Feb. 14) as I support concealed weapons on OU’s campus. Like any campus environment, OU Police cannot be expected to keep a campus this large safe; there are too many buildings, too much land, and too many campus entry and exit points. As it presently stands, I believe even off-duty police officers cannot bring their weapons on campus. As a faculty member, I would feel safer if such individuals could assist with keeping campus safe while off-duty (while taking a class, for example). I had a good friend, Austin Cloyd, that was killed in the Virginia Tech massacre a few years ago. She was nearly 19 years old, a freshman , a former sitter for my children, and she was destined to make a big impact on the world. The gunman moved from room to room and injured and killed three dozen individuals. The campus police were of no assistance, nor could they be expected to be. The entire event lasted a couple of minutes. If a trained individual was present, he or she could have slowed down or stopped the gunman thereby sparing lives – maybe Austin’s life as she was in the last room that the
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gunman entered. I have a concealed weapon permit, but I am not allowed to carry my weapon on campus. So I abide by the rules. Do you believe that a crazed person, intent on harming or killing people, is going to abide by the rules? I don’t. If so, there would be no murder since obviously killing is against the law. OU spokesperson Chris Shilling states that “Police would not be able to sort out dangerous gunmen from others on campus with guns.” Is this different than a shooting situation elsewhere? Obviously not! In Oklahoma it is incredibly easy to obtain a handgun. I purchased mine in less time than it takes to buy a latte at Starbucks. The bad guys have guns, and that is very unfortunate. But to legally be able to carry a weapon requires background checks at the local police level, by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, and by the FBI. The classroom training, range training and background check took me nine months to complete. As part of the training to carry a concealed weapon, individuals are instructed when it is permissible to use deadly force, how and when to respond to deadly attacks, and how to respond when the police are finally able to reach the scene. Some individuals I know with concealed weapons permits practice at the shooting range more than some police officers. The OU Police patrol over 100 buildings, over 3,500 acres, and they are responsible for patrolling and securing the North campus as well (OU Max Wertheimer Airport). I have the utmost respect for what the OU police do to protect all of us. However, they cannot effectively keep me or you safe as we teach and learn on this campus.
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detrimental to Egypt’s democracy On Jan. 25, thousands of Egyptians took to the STAFF COLUMN UMN streets, calling for an end to the tyranny and autocMubeen n racy that has gripped their Shakir country for three decades. What began as civil unrest, transformed into revolution and culminated with the resignation of one of the Middle East’s many dictators, Hosni Mubarak. While Mubarak’s resignation has brought celebration and joy to Egypt, the next few weeks and months will be very important for the arrival of democracy in Egypt. In the coming weeks, the actions of the United States in Egypt will serve to show the world whether our country is truly a supporter of democracy or simply a supporter when the conditions are most favorable. It is no secret that Mubarak — and his totalitarian regime in Egypt — served to be one of our country’s strongest allies in the Middle East. Yet, Mubarak was not the only dictator of the Middle East with whom we shared diplomatic relations. In Saudi Arabia, a country where elections are all but a pipe dream, the royal family rules with an iron fist, suppressing any form of political freedom, yet still remain a key ally. In Iraq, we celebrated as the Iraqi people were given the free and fair elections that Saddam Hussein had deprived them o f . Ye t i n Pa l e s t i n e a n d If our leaders Lebanon, we remain feartruly believe in ful and unsupportive of a democracy that elects repthe ideals of resentatives of Hamas and democracy and to government freedom they so Hezbollah posts. Selectivity perhaps exoften espouse, emplifies our desire for dethey will allow mocracy in the Middle East. Egypt has now thrown a Egyptians to create their own curveball to President Barack Obama’s administration. democracy. Mubarak’s regime, although Democracy can unstable and tyrannical inno longer be a side his own borders, proselective gift vided a degree of stability in which we give to the Middle East for the U.S. As the closest Arab country whom we deem to the time bomb that is the worthy.” Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Egypt rarely flexed its muscles in Gaza. The last three weeks have rid us of both a dictator and key military ally. The Egyptian people will now move forward, hoping to inch closer toward a concept that has been foreign to them for some time; choosing their own leaders and government. Obama’s approach to relations with the Middle East has been far less unilateral and much more diplomatic than his predecessor’s. It is this change in American policy that most likely helped him win the Nobel Peace Prize. However, if Obama desires a continued improvement in foreign policy relations, then he must do what America has failed to do so often when it came to foreign policy. Nothing. Just as we sat back as Mubarak oppressed his country and deprived Egyptians of civil liberties, just as we sat back as ongoing protests forced Mubarak to resign, we should now sit back and watch as the Egyptians form their own democratic society. America’s political interference in Egypt could prove costly to not only the Egyptian people, but to our future relations with other countries in the Middle East. History tells that our interference will only lead to more animosity in the region. In the 1950s, the CIA ousted democratic reformer Mohammed Mosaddegh, and replaced him with the tyrannical Shah of Iran. The oppressive regime of the Shah allowed for Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to lead an Islamic Revolution in Iran, creating a theocracy, and casting America as “the Great Satan.” Today, Iran remains America’s greatest opponent in the Middle East, and Iranians have yet to forget America’s meddlesome ways that removed Mosaddegh. If our leaders truly believe in the ideals of democracy and freedom they so often espouse, they will allow Egyptians to create their own democracy. Democracy can no longer be a selective gift which we give to whom we deem worthy. Interference in Egypt today, as in Iran 60 years ago, could incite only more instability and animosity in a region that is often at the breaking point. — Mubeen Shakir, University College freshman
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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - Someone with whom you enjoy strong bonds of friendship might open up a conduit for you that will bring you more joy and happiness than you’ve had in a long time.
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Baseball picked 1st in Big 12 The OU baseball team was chosen as the top team in the Big 12 heading into the regular season, the league announced Tuesday, marking the first time in program history Big 12 coaches have picked OU as the preseason favorite. The Sooners also were picked as the conference frontrunner in 1995 in the Big Eight Conference.
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Wake Forest freshman Kevin Jordan needed a kidney. Jordan’s coach, Tom Walter, offered one of his. The procedure took place Feb. 7 and was successful. Doctors said both Jordan and Walter are expected to make complete recoveries. While this action may surprise a lot of fans, it didn’t surprise Oklahoma men’s basketball coach Jeff Capel. “It’s not something that necessarily surprises me,” Capel said. “I think that when you have the kind of relationships we as coaches share with the student-athletes, you really do consider them family.” Walter’s act of love brought memories back for Capel and the relationships he had with his coaches, especially his high school coach. “He was like a family member,” Capel said. “I used to say he was like my second dad.” Capel said he is still close with many of his coaches from his playing days. The overall perception of college basketball coaches is not good, Capel said — many fans see coaches as moneyhungry men who will try to win no matter what the cost. “That’s why I think this story needs to be celebrated because it’s one of the many
OU track & field teams in top 10 The OU men’s (No. 10) and women’s (No. 9) track and field teams have reached their highest rankings of the season as voted on by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in its latest national rankings Tuesday.
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Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel reacts to a call against his team in OU’s 69-51 loss to Texas A&M on Jan. 8 in Norman. Though he said his team is like a family, they don’t compare to his actual family.
good stories about coaches doing things to help people,” Capel said. Another great story came during last year’s Final Four. West Virginia senior forward DeSean Butler went down with a knee injury in the second half of the Mountaineers’ game against Duke, writhing in agony on the court. WVU coach Bob Huggins, long know for being a tough and fiery coach, went out on the court to comfort Butler. Huggins got down on the court, cradled Butler’s head
in his arms and put his face inches from the player’s, whispering the entire time. No one could tell what he said, but that didn’t matter. It was a moving example of a coach that cared for his players. Capel said he wasn’t sure he would go as far as Walter and donate a kidney to one of his players. “I have two young kids at home, a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old,” Capel said. “It would depend on the situation.” Although players and
coaches can practically become family because of the depth of the relationship they share, Capel said no player could ever come close to the level of affection he has for his two girls, Cameron and Sydney. “You have a relationship with [players] as early as 15, 16 years old,” Capel said. “I know for me, I want to help use the lessons that I’ve learned throughout my life to help them become better people. “But being a father now — nothing compares to that.”
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For the second consecutive year, No. 6 OU softball hosts St. Gregory’s at 4 today for the Sooners’ home opener at Marita Hynes Field. Oklahoma owns a 5-0 series advantage over the Cavaliers, and OU has never lost a home opener (16-0) under coach Patty Gasso. The Sooners are coming off of a dominant performance in the Kajikawa Classic, losing to host No.14 Arizona State for the only blemish on the current 5-1 record. The OU pitching staff led the Sooners to four consecutive run-rule
outings over the weekend, limiting opponents to just four runs during the stint. S o p h o m o re p i t c h e r Mi c h e l l e Gascoigne threw for the program’s seventh perfect game against Appalachian State on Saturday. The Benicia, Calif., native struck out eight and did not allow a hit or walk through five innings. Sophomore ace Keilani Ricketts continues to shine on the mound in her second season for the Sooners. Through four games, Ricketts has thrown 27 strikeouts, landing just behind Nebraska’s Ashley Hagemann (41, six games) in the Big 12. This season, Ricketts has held opposing benches to a .098 batting average, allowing just five hits in her fourgame appearance in Arizona.
Big 12 honors duo Sophomore pitcher-catcher duo Keilani Ricketts and Jessica Shults swept the Big 12’s weekly honors Tuesday for their performances in last weekend’s Kajikawa Classic. Ricketts, named Pitcher of the Week, compiled a 3-0 record, an .88 ERA, 27 strikeouts and just five hits through four games. Shults, named Player of the Week, led the Sooners on offense with a .682 batting average, a 1.474 slugging percentage, four homers, four doubles and 15 RBIs in six games. — Tobi Neidy/The Daily
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OU women’s gymnasts Natasha Kelley and Taylor Spears earned Big 12 weekly honors, the conference announced Tuesday. Kelley was named Big 12 Event Specialist of the Week for the first time this season while freshman Taylor Spears — the nation’s highest-ranked freshman on beam — was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for the second consecutive week and third time this season (Jan. 18, Feb. 8 and Feb. 15).
Men’s golf 2nd in San Antonio The OU men’s golf team moved up the leaderboard Tuesday during the third round of the UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational in San Antonio, Texas. The Sooners followed a first-round 281 (-3) with a secondround 283 (-1) and a third-round 285 (+1). OU closed the gap behind Texas Tech by two strokes during Round 3 and currently trail the Red Raiders by 12 strokes.
Women’s golf 9th in Puerto Rico The OU women’s golf team is currently in ninth place at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, P.R., and trail the nation’s No. 1 golf team, Alabama, by 45 strokes. Freshman Jao-Javanil Chirapat currently leads the Sooners at 8-over, 12 strokes back from the leader, Alabama’s Stephanie Meadow. — Daily staff reports
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Graduate art exhibit now on display Displaying the talents in OU’s art department, the graduate art exhibition “MixTape” opened Monday and will run through March 4. The opening reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s Lightwell Gallery. The exhibition features the work of 18 graduate students in fields such as printmaking, sculpture and photography. “This is a very unique opportunity,” said Lindsey Allgood, a graduate student in the video department focusing on performance art. “The opening reception is going to be really awesome and I encourage anyone to check it out.” Visit OUDaily.com for more information. — Emily Hopkins/The Daily
Bonnaroo lineup includes Eminem, Black Keys Bonnaroo, a fourday music festival in Manchester, Tenn., announced its 10th year anniversary lineup Tuesday. The lineup includes artists like Eminem, The Black Keys, Girl Talk, Iron & Wine, Big Boi, Robyn, Lil Wayne, The Decemberists, Florence & the Machine and many more. Speculation for this year’s Bonnaroo started right after Bonnaroo 2010 on the unofficial Bonnaroo forum, Inforoo. Even before the lineup was official, people had received confirmations from Big Boi, Robyn, Best Coast and a few more. Visit OUDaily.com for more information about the complete lineup. — Leesa Allmond/The Daily
Horror game sacrifices scares for action DEAD SPACE 2
Eventually, Isaac has to work his way back toward the Marker and STAFF COLUMN N destroy it, while being haunted by Rating: visions of his now deceased girlA.J. Lansdalee friend, Nicole, and slowly going inA game with a tagline, “your mom’s gonna hate sane himself. The game is linear and mostit”, means it’s most likely trying to attain a certain shock value. In the case of “Dead Space 2,” it’s defi- ly straight-forward: keep moving and kill nitely violent enough to inspire such rhetoric, but Necromorphs with the tools at your disposal, and it comes at the expense of sacrificing some of the Isaac’s got plenty of tools to accomplish that. There are several weapons to use ambient fear and dread of the in “Dead Space 2,” ranging from a first game. Although it has its plasma cutter and a pulse rifle to The game takes place three years after its predecessor. The moments of adrenaline less-traditional weapons that shoot javelins and repulse enemies, if not setting is Titan, one of Saturn’s rushes, “Dead Space them altogether. moons. 2” is honestly more of decimating Isaac can use stasis, a form of The protagonist of the series, an action game than a slowing down enemies, to stall fastIsaac Clarke, wakes up in a hossurvival-horror game.” moving Necromorphs and other pital with no memory of the last villains or environmental hazards three years. He is forced to escape an infestation of reanimated, mutated corps- and also can use kinesis to move and shoot objects es called Necromorphs and people who have gone when needed. The game’s heads-up display is intuitive and insane, both caused by a Marker, an ancient artiminimalist: Isaac’s health and stasis charges are fact that caused the infestation in the first game. (Electronic Arts)
displayed on gauges on his back, and the amount of ammo he has for a particular weapon is displayed as a holograph in front of the weapon. The game’s inventory and other data also is displayed in that manner, but the game doesn’t pause while looking through it, so players have to stay alert. Graphically, “Dead Space 2” is on par with most of this generation’s games: the atmosphere does inspire some degree of dread, and the game is visually stunning, but the constant sense of fear isn’t quite as prevalent as in the first game. Although it has its moments of adrenaline rushes, “Dead Space 2” is honestly more of an action game than a survival-horror game. It is more in-line with the “Doom” series of games than its predecessor (more overall action and violence), but easing up on the general horror. Still, it’s a very strong game on its own merits and is definitely worth checking out if you’re interested. — AJ Lansdale, professional writing senior