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STUDENTS HELP WITH HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS IN KENYA Trip part of ongoing effort to improve village orphanages in Africa NATASHA GOODELL The Oklahoma Daily

Seven OU students, along with students from Oklahoma State and other Oklahoma residents, traveled to help the Maisha Orphanage in Kenya expand the orphanage’s outreach. OU graduate Mark Nehrenz, a former Daily staff employee, made his second trip with the organization and his third overall trip to Africa. Nehrenz said this was his second time to go with the organization to Africa. “My plan is to move to South Africa in a couple of months,” Nehrenz said. “And it all started with [my initial] three-week experience.” The Maisha Orphanage provides care through education, food and stable living environments for the children of a village outside of the city of Kisumu, Nehrenz said. “When I went the first time, it really just opened my eyes and I fell in love with the people of Africa and everything about it,” Nehrenz said. While some students helped with the arts camp, established PHOTO PROVIDED last summer, the rest of the group Children at the Maisha was working on several building Orphanage in Kenya eating projects in the village, Nehrenz food provided by the team said. and orphanage. “I think almost every American should spend some time in a third-world country because it just really opens your eyes,” Nehrenz said. Sarah King, international and area studies junior, made her first trip to Africa with the group to work as a counselor for the orphanage’s arts program. “There was definitely a lot of prayer involved before I went,” King said. “I had to understand that I’d be living a different lifestyle for a while.”

Kendall Brown, multidisciplinary studies senior, said her trip this year proved especially rewarding because of the improvements they made to the orphanage. Brown said the kids at the orphanage went to three classes every day at this camp where they learned about photography, English composition and visual arts. The visual arts class was used as a therapy arts class, where the kids could use art as a positive outlet for their emotions, Brown said. Along with the arts program, the group helped feed about 200 children every day, Brown said. Beatrice Williamson, psychology sophomore at Oklahoma State, is the director of the Maisha Orphanage, which she started two years ago. “It was an incredible trip,” Williamson said. “We achieved a lot.” The group also offered a medical camp that provided docPHOTO PROVIDED tors to more than 350 people. Orphans of the Maisha Orphanage walking together in the village. However, Williamson said she was sad because they had to turn away people for lack of help and supplies. Williamson was born in the Kenyan village where the or- TICKETS SELL OUT IN LESS THAN AN HOUR phanage is located. Her mother helps provide her compound with food distribution. Tickets for the OU football season opener against Brigham Young “I wanted to give back to my community, to the children,” University sold out within 45 minutes of going on sale Tuesday mornWilliamson said. ing. Williamson said this summer trip has really motivated Grant Hromas, architecture senior, attempted to order tickets at them to go back for a Christmas trip to build a dining hall for 7:42 a.m., but was denied through the online ticket order system. the orphanage and provide Christmas gifts for the first time Only 1,000 student tickets were available for purchase and in the orphans’ lives. the demand was unusually high for an away game, said Kenneth She said the Maisha Orphanage is also giving more than Mossman, director of communications for OU’s athletic depart180 children money ment. for their education. “They didn’t have enough student tickets, for sure,” Hromas said. At the end of the Mossman said road games, excluding against The University of trip, however, the Texas, do not typically sell more than 150 student tickets. facilities and the orThe game is scheduled for Sept. 5 at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium phans weren’t the in Arlington, Texas and Mossman said the new stadium may contribonly beneficiaries of ute to the quick sellout. the group’s trip. Hromas said he was disappointed he did not get tickets to the “I think we all game. grew in ver y dif“I just wanted to be at the first game,” Hromas said. “BYU is PHOTO PROVIDED ferent ways,” King ranked in the top 25 and is one of our best games that should be at said. “Our hearts and The food program at the Maisha home and unfortunately not.” minds were opened Orphanage provides food for over 200 orphans in the area. and stretched.” -Staff reports

Central Oklahoma competes for federal stimulus grant TIGER Grant offers promise of commuter transportation system RICKY MARANON The Oklahoma Daily

Norman is teaming up with other central Oklahoma cities to compete for a stimulus grant to build a commuter rail system. “Six central Oklahoma cities have joined together to compete for the TIGER Grant, which will give us the money to build a commuter rail system in central Oklahoma,” said Doug Rex, division director of transportation planning and data at the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments. Rex said the grant is a federal stimulus grant given to regions that have ideas on utilizing a $1.5 billion grant for transportation and infrastructure projects that have a minimum budget of $25 million. “TIGER stands for Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery,” he said. “The deadline for

submitting proposals and applications is on Sept. 15 and the competition for this money is very competitive. If we are approved for the grant, we will know by February 2010. All proposals must be shovel-ready and be able to be completed by 2012.” If the proposal wins the grant, six cities (Norman, Moore, Oklahoma City, Edmond, Del City and Midwest City) will receive commuter train service. Norman mayor Cindy Rosenthal said the decision to compete for the TIGER Grant was a result of the Obama administration’s emphasis on using the grant to create projects that reduce green house gas emissions from vehicles and improving public transportation services. “I think we have a better chance at getting the grant because we aren’t just using the money for traditional roads,” Rex said. Rex said the state owns a portion of the track between Oklahoma City and Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City. “For that line, all we would need to do is buy equipment,” Rosenthal said. “That


portion would probably be the part of the project that is up and running first.” Norman’s portion of the project will require turning dirt to build a second track alongside Norman’s existing track, something Rex said Norman was ready for if it received the money. “The first sign that something is going on that concerns the project is the double

tracking we will be doing from Norman to Edmond,” Rex said. “The minute we get this money, we will be ready to start turning dirt.” Current Cleveland Area Rapid Transit bus riders are interested about the opportunity to take a train to Oklahoma City. GRANT CONTINUES ON PAGE 2

Student, faculty member confirmed with H1N1 flu Administrators warn campus to take safety precautions An OU student confirmed Tuesday she was diagnosed with H1N1 this month. Megan Roberts, psychology sophomore and sorority member, said her doctor confirmed she had contracted the illness. Roberts said her roommate Ashleigh Woodall, a journalism sophomore and former Oklahoma Daily employee, came down with strep throat and as a precaution Roberts went to the doctor and was told she had the flu. Woodall said the doctors did an instant H1N1 test and put Roberts on medication that day, Aug. 14. “I caught it before I had a fever,” said Roberts, who experienced back pains, fever and a sore throat. Roberts said she isolated herself at home and was over the illness in three days before more serious symptoms kicked in. The doctor gave her Z-Pak, Tamiflu and decongestant, which she finished taking Tuesday, she said. Woodall said another member of her sorority was hospitalized a few days ago, and


doctors confirmed she also had H1N1. The hospitalized sorority member is OK and not in the hospital anymore, Woodall said. OU officials have confirmed the H1N1 virus has reached campus, but did not confirm that a student or students had been diagnosed with the disease. “An OU employee was tested for H1N1 on Aug. 5 prior to the start of school, recovered from the virus a few days later, and the test results came back positive on Aug. 13,” OU spokesman Jay Doyle stated in an e-mail received by The Daily at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday. A call placed by The Daily at 8:10 p.m. to Doyle was answered with an e-mail that stated, “OU wants to reiterate and encourage students, like we do at the beginning of every school year, to take preventative health care measures to prevent the spread of the flu virus. In addition, this year President Boren has instructed that informational signs and hand sanitizer be placed around campus during the next few weeks to serve as a constant reminder to the OU community about the importance of good hygiene in the prevention of the spread of disease.”

A case of flu broke out in a second sorority house last week, though it is not believed to

be the H1N1 strain. “My doctor told me it was more [likely] than not H1N1,” said Noralea Jordan, psychology senior and a member of the sorority. “They just treated me like I had regular flu.” Jordan is still recovering from her flu symptoms. While she was ill, she stayed with two other sorority sisters suffering from flulike symptoms. “I stayed in the house in the president’s suite,” Johnson said. “We just had a little movie party and used the same bathroom and Lysoled everything.” Kayley McCoy, president of the second sorority and vocal music education senior, who was also ill with Jordan, said doctors sent her sample to a lab and have yet to confirm whether or not she had H1N1. OU President David Boren sent an e-mail with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to students and faculty Tuesday morning. “As we are all aware, there is a potential for there to be an increase in the H1N1 virus this fall,” Boren stated. Doyle said in the future, specific cases may not be reported, but people who feel sick should take precautions and follow CDC guidelines in order to isolate the illness.


A document advising faculty how to handle the upcoming flu season and the rise of H1N1 cases was e-mailed to faculty yesterday. The document instructs anyone feeling sick to isolate themselves until they are “free from fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.” The document also requests instructors to be flexible in enforcing their attendance policies because students may not be able to provide a doctor’s note. Faculty members are also asked not to penalize students for missing in-class exams while they are out with the flu. The document also advises members to provide make-up exams as well as “alternative forms of assessment for student who are out with the flu.” Instructors are also strongly encouraged to use Desire 2 Learn to communicate with students when they are sick and must cancel class, as well as assignments for students to complete in the faculty member’s absence. FIND OUT ABOUT THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS AND GET MORE INFO ABOUT THE H1N1 FLU ONLINE AT OUDAILY.COM. -Natasha Goodell, Ricky Maranon and Jared Rader/ The Daily

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Engineering trouble on a freight train shut down Constitution Street near the Commons on Oak Tree apartment complex yesterday. The train passed the Constitution Street crossing just before 3 p.m., but the train’s last car did not move far enough past the track sensor to allow the gates to rise, Joe Faust, spokesman for Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad, said. Norman Police arrived on the scene at 3:14 p.m., and Officers Larry Anderson and Christopher Vinson lifted the crossing gates manually. While the officers manually raised the gates for traffic to pass under, a second southbound train arrived. Norman Police opened Constitution Street for traffic at 4:20 p.m.

“If I miss the bus, then I miss three classes,” said Gilene Bibalou, an international student studying law. Bibalou takes the CART Sooner Express from Norman to Oklahoma City to get to class. “Traffic is bad both in the morning and in the afternoon,” she said. “Buses almost always run late, too. If I can take a train, then I wouldn’t have to worry about getting to class on time. I like the idea of taking the train rather than relying on the bus.” No r m a n re s i d e n t Ma rc i a Tillison, who makes bus transfers frequently on the South Oval and uses CART as her primary mode of transportation, said she is excited about the possibility of having

access to services in Oklahoma City. “It would be great to have the opportunity to go to Oklahoma City,” Tillison said. “CART riders who want to go to the city now have to wait an hour for a bus that takes them up there, and that is if the buses are running on time. It would be great to have access to the services available in the city.” Rosenthal also said if the project is approved the CART bus system would adapt to the placement of a new commuter rail station and also to the train’s schedule. “Discussion has already begun and is on-going about CART’s role as future regional transit system,” Rosenthal said.

Professor’s memory lives on through scholarship fund Graduate students to benefit from dissertation-writing scholarship TROY WEATHERFORD The Oklahoma Daily

Bruce Granger, a former OU English professor and noted scholar of early American history and politics, died Aug. 2 in St. Paul, Minn. He was 89. Granger taught at the university for 30 years, from 1953 to 1983. “He was the epitome of a caring professor,” said Robert Con Davis, World Literature Today academic director. “He would always show up at students’ events.” During his time at OU, Granger published a number of books, including “Political Satire in the American Revolution”, “American Essay Serials from Franklin to Irving” and “Benjamin Franklin: An American Man of Letters.” In 1978, the William and Mary Quarterly said Granger’s book on Franklin was “the most significant study of Franklin’s prose style,” and that it, “filled a significant gap in Franklin studies.”

“When I came here as a young professor and Cornell University, where he received he really reached out and befriended me and his Ph.D. He taught at the University of was a really nice guy,” Davis said. Wisconsin and the University of Colorado Adam Granger said that his father worried before coming to OU, Bergeron said. that he wouldn’t have anything to do to fill Granger was very popular with graduhis time after retirement, ate students and directed a lot which turned out not to of dissertations, said Alan Velie, GRANGER FUND be a problem. English professor. “Tennis was a love of This influenced Velie’s deciThose wishing to make a con[my father’s],” his son sion to set up a scholarship protribution to the Bruce Granger said. “He played pretty Dissertation Scholarship fund gram at OU, the Bruce Granger much daily for 50 years.” Dissertation Scholarship. can mail them to: In addition to tennis, “He came to me and said ‘I Granger enjoyed readwant to support grad students The University of Oklahoma ing, theater, opera, liswho are at their dissertation Foundation tening to classical music re: The Bruce Granger writing stage,’” Davis said. and translating Greek Davis now serves as an adDissertation Scholarship into English, Adam said. ministrator to the scholarship, 100 Timberdell Road, Bruce also donated which typically awards between Norman, OK 73019 his time to Meals on $1,000 and $2,500 to one to Wheels for more than three students each semester. 20 years, said Renee Bruce is survived by his wife, Bergeron, Bruce’s daughter-in-law. Eleanor Huzar Granger, Adam, Bergeron, PHOTO PROVIDED “He was a voracious reader and was al- Adam’s former wife Sherry Minnick, ways doing research for books and articles,” his daughter-in-law MariElena Wright English professor Bruce Graham, 89, passed away said Adam Granger. Granger and four grandsons, Benjamin, on Aug. 2, after teaching at the university for 30 years as a member of the faculty staff. Bruce attended Deep Springs College Andrew, James and Austin.

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TODAY CHRISTIANS ON CAMPUS Christians on Campus will host a Bible study at 12:30 p.m. at the Oklahoma Memorial Union. INTRAMURAL SPORTS An Introductory Captain’s Meeting for intramural sports will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Huston Huffman Center. NORMAN OKLAHOMA SCIENCE FICTION ASSOCIATION The Norman Oklahoma Science Fiction Association meets at 7:30 p.m. at New York Pizza on Boyd Street. CAMPUS CRUSADE FOR CHRIST Campus Crusade for Christ meets at 9 p.m. in the Santee Lounge on the fifth floor of the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

TOMORROW INTRAMURAL SPORTS Intramural aerobics sign-up will be from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Huston Huffman Center. FRED JONES JR. MUSEUM OF ART The Jonathan Brilliant Artist Lecture will be at 6 p.m. at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. CHRISTIANS ON CAMPUS The Christians on Campus Welcome Dinner will be at 6 p.m. at the Union.

POLICE REPORTS The following is a list of arrests and citations, not convictions. The information is compiled from the Norman Police Department and OUPD. All people listed are innocent until proven guilty. MOLESTING PROPERTY Cody Lane Johnston, 19, 815 36th Ave. N.E., Sunday Anita Leeann Patenaude, 18, 815 36th Ave. N.E., Sunday PETTY LARCENY Amber Christine Purselley, 28, 1100 W. Main St., Monday Kimberly Ann Taylor, 44, 601 12th Ave. N.E., Sunday ASSAULT AND BATTERY WITH A DEADLY WEAPON Jerry Alan Ward, 55, 3501 156th Ave. N.E., Sunday


Senator rallies against Washington health care bill Crowd agrees that legislators should drop health care issue LEIGHANNE MANWARREN The Oklahoma Daily

Health care is a fractured system needing repair but not through the federal government, Sen. Tom Coburn [R- Okla.] said at his last town hall meeting in Oklahoma. More than 500 people greeted Coburn with a standing ovation at the First Southern Baptist Church of Del City Tuesday. “I have real problems with health care ‌ but if it is through a bill out of Washington that spends more money, it will fail,â€? Coburn said. “We are on a destructive path that will affect the lives of our children and our grandchildren, footing them the bill.â€? While most agreed with Coburn’s views on health care and gave him two more standing ovations during the meeting,

some voiced their opposing opinions. When a woman told Coburn of her problems concerning health insurance coverage, she angrily told him she was a democrat and “proud of it.â€? Immediately, she was met with boos and cries from the crowd telling her to sit back down and “shut up.â€? Coburn quieted the crowd and said everyone needed to overcome political party differences and do what is the “right thing.â€? Another man asked Coburn, “How would Jesus go down on public option?â€? “I really can’t speak for Jesus but ‌ he believed in compassion and there is no compassion in government,â€? Coburn responded. “What is their plan after government based health care? The next logical step is what Canada does ‌ devalue life.â€? As an alternative to government health care, Coburn pushed for competition between hospitals and insurance companies.

“I know something is wrong with health care, but until there is real transparency in private health care, the problem will not be fixed,� he said. “Competition makes you better and through quality, outcome and transparency, you can make an informed judgment on the most important thing you need to do for yourself, your health.� At the door, members of 9/12, a grassroots organization leading many of the Tea Party protests, passed out papers for their next large protest and urged others to show their disapproval. “We don’t get paid to come to these [town hall meetings] but as a conservative, we have little to no voice in our government,� said Jenni White, 9/12 education coordinator. “Nobody can solve your problems but yourself and you can’t rely on the government to do it for you.� Many at the meeting felt proud of Coburn voicing their concerns on the national level. “Tom [Coburn] is aware of what is going on and I think

he’s doing the right things,� said Michael Pittman, an attendee of the meeting. As the debate continues, Coburn said he knows others in the country feel the same as Oklahomans on health care. “Don’t think your voice doesn’t mean anything,� Coburn said. “Raise up, you have power that will be heard.�


Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., appears on “Meet the Press� Aug. 16, 2009, at the NBC studios in Washington.

New singing ensemble open to every student Group aims to promote school spirit on campus KASEY CHAPMAN The Oklahoma Daily

Students who enjoy singing show tunes in the shower and screaming fight songs at sporting events may find themselves at home in the new ensemble Singing Sooners. The group is open to all students, regardless of major, and designed to bring students together through music. “I’d like this group to unite the campus in song,� said Richard Zielinski, group co-director and director of choral activities. Zielinski said the group is open to everyone, even students lacking confidence in vocal skills. “There’s probably going to be a range of abilities and of experiences in that group,� he said. Singing Sooners is set to focus on a variety of music, ranging from men’s and women’s glee club to popular songs and show tunes. “We’re going to focus on a more popular repertoire, but a big portion will be OU spirit

songs,� said Mark Lucas, co-director of the can expect to have a lot of fun and make new choir. friends. “The Singing Sooners will definitely have Lucas said, “[Singing Sooners will] proa popular flavor to it in their songs,� Zielinski vide an opportunity for excellence in singing said. as well as an opportunity for people from all Zielinski said he hopes students will aspects of the campus to come together.� “catch the Sooner spirit� by learning spirit Some of the group’s planned performancsongs, melodies he believes are rich in his- es include halftime at the OU vs. Texas A&M tory and can be used as a way to reach out to University football game on Nov. 14 and varithe entire campus. ous holiday concerts. “What could be better to a true OU student than singing Sooner f i g ht s o n g s ? � s a i d Emma Krivohlavek, piano senior. She was in last year’s OU Women’s Choir and said she plans to be a part of Singing Sooners. “It’s been really interesting to see other people that have an interest in music that aren’t music majors,� LILLY CHAPA/THE DAILY Krivohlavek said. Richard Zalenski, director of choral activities, and Mark Lucas listen to vocal She said prospec- music education senior Kayley McCoy’s audition Tuesday afternoon. This tive choir members year, students may be placed in the Singing Sooners, a new choral group.


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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Will Holland, opinion editor • phone: 325-7630 • fax: 325-6051


“why should traffic fines be different? don’t we want equality in our society? what about the civil rights movement of the 1960s? the gay marriage debate? equal punishment for the

In response to Chris Dearner’s Monday column, “Fine price should match recipient’s income”


same traffic violation regardless of income, race, social standing, religion, sexual orientation, etc.” -kdbp1213



More student tickets should have been available for football season opener OU opens its football season against Brigham Young University Sept. 4 at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Student tickets for that game went on sale 7 a.m. Tuesday, and according to student accounts, they were sold out before 8 a.m. (see page 1 for details). OU reserved 1,000 tickets to sell to students, said Kenny Mossman, communications director for OU athletics. That number was based on estimates of how many tickets OU could sell, and Mossman said when he spoke to someone from the OU ticket office, he was told about 100 students who tried to buy tickets were unable because the tickets were sold out. That may be the case, but we think any OU student who wanted to go to the season opener should have had the opportunity to, especially when one considers the capacity of the stadium, close to 100,000.

This is the first game for OU, coming off an appearance in the national championship game, a Heisman Trophy winning year for its quarterback, and fan anticipation as high as ever. But perhaps only a little more than 1 percent of those in attendance are going to be current OU students? Now, maybe the guess that only 100 students who wanted tickets and couldn’t get them is accurate. But the tickets sold out in less than an hour, which shows a high demand. OU should have reserved more tickets to sell to students. What if they reserve 5,000 and only sell 1,100? It’s not like those extra 3,900 tickets can’t be sold to alums and non-students after students have had ample opportunities to purchase them. Because ultimately, OU’s responsibility should first and foremost be to its students.

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To the editor: The word “stunned” does no justice to my reaction to Joshua Huff’s Monday column. He begins by stating his superiority to one of Catholicism’s most respected philosophers (though that’s not saying much), then belittles various sciences while revealing the absolute lack of depth in his understanding of them, especially the concept of statistics. Following this with a heavy dose of name-dropping and cliché appeals to emotion, he builds up his grand argument: “If you can’t understand it, then you SHOULD believe in it.” The rest is no better, linking atheism to murder and abortion, mixing in further lack of scientific comprehension (“mathematical impossibility”) and ending with a blatant insult (“simple people”). I am sure that his main argument will be an inspiration to preachers and confidence criminals alike. As a scientist, however, I am not amused. The whole objective of science is to

understand as much of reality as possible. We always acknowledge that the current understanding is a simplification that will be refined in time. Following that model, I truly do not identify with the mentality that refuses to try and comprehend something, but rather states that it must be ineffable. That, to me, is the simple argument, and one unworthy of even a philosophy freshman. When combined with heavy usage of poorly-understood technical jargon and name-dropping, it becomes a textbook example of intellectual masturbation that hardly earns its adjective. I feel sorry for anyone, religious or not, who read it. Matt Hamilton geology and geophysics graduate student


RACISM REMAINS A PERSISTENT PROBLEM When my mother saw me for the first time at the end of last semester, she didn’t lecture me about my grades, or how often I called or how well I did my job. Her greatest qualm was with one thing: my hair. Indeed, my hair, which always remained cleanly cut when I was under her wing, hadn’t seen a barbershop for several months. It was curly, unruly and quite hard to tame. My mother was quite upset about this, and she reminded me all summer that I was to keep my hair in check JELANI when I returned to school. I would roll my eyes, as she ran SIMS through her monologue for the fiftieth time, and think, “I’m 20 years old, and it’s my prerogative to do with my hair whatever I want.” I couldn’t see why it was such a big deal that my hair stay cut at all times. With classes and various other responsibilities to take care of, the state of my hair definitely went on the backburner. I asked mother why she cared about my curly, stiff hair so much, and her answer was compelling. She pointed out that it looked better cut, I had many obligations and responsibilities that required me to look nice,

and, most importantly, I put myself in danger of racial profiling if I didn’t keep my scruffiness away. “Racial profiling? Really?” That would have been my response at a younger age. It’s the 21st century. People are past such juvenile distractions as treating people a certain way because of their appearance. However, as I have gotten older, I’ve realized that I can’t give everyone the benefit of the doubt and assume that they see me as one of them. Perhaps at times, all black people have inklings or worries about racial profiling. And perhaps most of the time, these worries are really nothing to worry about. Then, there are times when our worries seep into our reality. The nation was witness to this when Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrested in his own home after he forced his jammed front door open. Gates is an upstanding man, a nationally recognized professor and host of the PBS special “African-American Lives.” In his pictures, he wears suits, has a cleanly shaved beard and a nice, neat haircut. Yet he still dealt with

the ignominy of being arrested because the neighbor thought he was a bad black man breaking into someone else’s home. Anyhow, I kept my hair cut over the summer and vowed to keep it cut every time mother broached the subject. My hair was cut to mother’s specifications in July when I arrived at the airport to catch a flight to Norman. I wore fitted jeans and a T-shirt that was the right size. I looked as put together as I could at 8 in the morning. I was flying on Southwest Airlines, and I stood by the proper pole, waiting to board the plane. Without warning, a man thrust his ticket in my face and said, “Hey there Mr. President, six comes before nine. Get to the back of the line.” I was already walking myself to the end of the line, swallowing nervously, before I fully realized what happened. Perhaps I had done wrong. But wait, there is no way to know what each person’s number is. I was simply standing next to the pole that said one through ten. And yet, this man had just mocked me and sent me to the back of the line. I chose not to let the event get to me, and comforted myself in the fact that I had done nothing wrong. I couldn’t help those who

were offended by my skin. Nor could I avoid such events merely by cutting my hair and wearing nice-fitting clothes. In fact, as I discussed the incident with my parents, one of the conclusions we came to was that my nice haircut and fitted clothes might have opened me up to discrimination. If I had looked like a thug with an afro, baggy pants and a tall-T, the man might not have approached me. However, because of my clean appearance, the man had no fear of treating me rudely. I didn’t look like someone who would get violent. Knowing this, I still got my hair cut like a good son this past weekend. Mother would be pleased. After all, I can only do it for her. Because, even though it is 2009, and even though the president of our country is half black; and even if I keep my hair cut and my clothes nice and decent, I still cannot avoid the sometimes negative experience of being a minority. The “change” that everyone is cheering for may slowly come, but many of us in this country still need a copy of the memo, and that is why I have brought all of this to your attention. Jelani Sims is a professional writing junior.


Aging roads could benefit from tolls, privatization of maintenance At the start of a new year we all have travelled far and wide, near and far to return to the great city of Norman. We have driven over long stretches of asphalt and concrete, and cruised over bridges and overpasses to resume our goals of completing our college eduCHRISTOPHER cation. During WILLIAMS our journey, between talking on our cell phones (using Bluetooth, I’m sure), and full on lip-synching whatever song some sensitive dude with a guitar was playing on the radio, did you happen to notice that America’s infrastructure is crumbling? The National Highway Trust Fund Act has been in the red for a while now. An unwillingness of Congress to raise fuel tax rates, increased fuel efficiency of later model vehicles and high gas

prices causing commuters to as- system became a way of moving sess and deliberate every trip for commercial goods and services necessity has left America with an throughout the country stimulataccumulation of ing our nationpot-holed high- As I have learned in life, al economy in ways as well as most things are dynamic, the 1960s and stressed bridges 1 9 7 0 s. It w a s and overpasses. not static. Highway funding all good back The inadequa- methods should be then; our parcies of the integ- dynamic also. ents had their rity of our highl e i s u re s u i t s, way infrastrucvinyl records ture has also, left this strapped and Pong. They also didn’t have (I refuse to say that I am poor) to worry about bridges collapsing graduate student with needed because the government couldn’t repairs to my car. afford to maintain the nuts and Because the National Highway bolts. Trust is bankrupt and a pothole As I have learned in life, most on I-35 wasn’t fixed, I have to things are dynamic, not statconsider doing the running man ic. Highway funding methods in 100-degree weather to entice should be dynamic also. Gone passersby to buy a pizza so I can should be the days when a trip pay to fix my car. back home or a trip to see your When D w ight Eisenhower grandmother who lives six hours pushed for a national highway away at the edge of nowhere system he did so with the inten- should be thought of as ostensition of creating a system to easily bly free. disperse needed goods for naIn the grand scheme of things tional defense. the damage to my car was nomiAnd not long after, the highway nal. However, you only have to

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remember what happened further north on the same interstate, in Minnesota, to see how things could really become costly. It’s clear to see that something needs to be done to generate more revenue for highway funding, and if you think it’s not, just look at the axel on my Mazda. I, for one, believe it is time for the government to allow private companies to purchase, build, fund and operate tolls along America’s interstates. Joseph Giglio the author of “Mobility: America’s Transportation Mess and How to Fix It,” agrees, having stated, “Technology exists that will allow us to embrace user fees to bridge the gap between transportation needs and available resources.” Tolling our interstate system would generate the revenue needed to adequately maintain our infrastructure. Roads would be smooth and we would not have to pray every time we see an 18 wheeler driving on the bridge we are about to

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pass under. Be honest; I know I am not the only person who does it. Private companies would be more efficient in administration and operations, and they would spur technological and design innovation while infusing states and municipalities with much needed capital to fund other projects. Not as important to some, I guess, is that the privatization of our interstates would create jobs, one of which I might get. Of course, the tolling of interstates may leave some without access and would add another charge to increasingly longer commutes. But how much more would we really pay considering the amount we already pay in maintenance costs to fix our vehicles so badly damaged from the roads we drive on? I know I’d rather pay the toll than dance in an attempt to get you to buy a pizza. Christopher Williams is a regional and city planning graduate student.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009




Police cars surround a barn in Mooresburg, Tenn., that was the scene of an overnight standoff that ended Tuesday morning with three people dead.

M O O R E S B U R G , Te n n . — Authorities were investigating a possible murder-suicide on Tuesday after three people were found dead in a barn in rural northeastern Tennessee following a standoff with police. The bodies were found by officers around dawn after a 10-hour standoff that started Monday night. The deaths initially appeared to be a murder-suicide, said Kristin Helm, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. District Attorney General B e r k e l e y B e l l J r. t o l d t h e Citizen Tribune newspaper in Morristown that those found dead were Darran Blevins, his ex-stepfather, Dennis Christian, and Christian’s live-in girlfriend, Brandy Seal. Both Blevins and Seal were in their 20s and Christian was in his 60s, Bell said. He said authorities had been called to the residence before to settle disputes between Blevins and Christian. According to property records, Dennis and Holly Christian own

the barn and a neighbor, Laura Fugate, 76, said the couple had lived there for years until recently. The couple were going through a divorce and Holly Christian and Blevins, her adult son, had moved out, but lived close by, Fugate said. Fugate said no one has told her the identities of the victims found inside the home, but she said she saw Holly Christian talking with police outside the home on Tuesday. Hawkins County Sheriff ’s Detective Randy Collier said two men and a woman were found dead with gunshot wounds inside the barn, but would not confirm any relationships among the victims. The deputies responding to a domestic call arrived around 8 p.m., he said. “Upon arrival deputies heard voices inside and heard several gunshots,” Collier said. Around midnight, deputies entered the lower level of the two-story barn and found the bodies of a man and a woman,

Collier said. The deputies retreated after they heard movement in the upper level of the barn, a loft that had been converted into a living space with a bed and a computer. Collier said following the discovery of the bodies, a man appeared in a window in the loft and fired a weapon. It was not clear whether he was shooting at someone or if he shot himself, Collier said. Throughout the evening, Collier said they were unable to contact or establish communication with anyone inside the barn. Just before dawn on Wednesday, deputies went back inside and discovered a third body of a man in the loft. The barn is in an isolated area near Tennessee Valley Authority property north of the community of Mooresburg, about 50 miles northeast of Knoxville. Helm said the state agency was asked by Bell to open an investigation into the deaths. — AP

Deal scuttled in dispute over SMU’s Bush library


In this Jan. 28, 2008, file photo, then-President Bush delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress in Washington.

DALLAS — A deal that would have ended the property dispute involving George W. Bush's presidential library at Southern Methodist University has evaporated, attorneys on both sides of the case said Tuesday. Two former condominium owners filed a lawsuit accusing the school of illegally taking control of a Dallas condo complex and forcing out the residents. Last month, former condo owners Gary Vodicka and Robert Tafel reached confidential agreements with SMU to end the dispute. University attorney Mark Lanier said Tuesday that Vodicka and Tafel backed out of the settlement to try to squeeze more money from the school. However, Vodicka contends the deal fell apart after the university tried to expand the settlement beyond its original terms. Vodicka said the alleged bait-and-switch was the equivalent of SMU going to the grocery store to buy "milk, cereal, eggs and

peanuts, and now they want filet mignon, trout almondine and red snapper." "I did not agree to any of that," Vodicka said, "And if they want all that, then they have to pay for it." Tafel's attorney, Larry Friedman, said his client's agreement with SMU consisted of four points that took up a quarter-page of a legal piece of paper. But the agreement SMU's lawyers tried to have the court enforce was considerably longer — "a Magna Cartatype document," Friedman said. "They have to abide by the deal they made or negotiate a new deal," Friedman said. In 2005, Vodicka and Tafel filed their lawsuit that claimed SMU lied about its intention to use the condominium property for the Bush library. SMU has said the process of acquiring the complex was lawful and that it did not intend to bid for the presidential library when it began buying condos in 1999. A court hearing is scheduled for Friday,

and the settlement dispute is likely to be discussed, Vodicka and Lanier said. The lawsuit centers on SMU's acquisition of University Gardens, a 40-year-old condominium complex across from the university. SMU decided at the end of 1998 to begin buying up the approximately 350 units. It bought enough units to gain a majority of seats on the board of the homeowners association. The school filled those seats with SMU employees and others affiliated with the university who did not own units or live at the complex. The university eventually bought out all but two condo owners: Vodicka, who had four units, and Tafel, who owned one unit. SMU bulldozed the condos in 2006 and later that year, it became apparent the school would be the site of Bush's library. Officials hope to open the library in 2013. — AP

Immigrants fight to bring adult children to US


Teresita Costelo shows a photo of herself, at right, with her two daughters and grandson taken Jan. 3 in Manila, while at her sister's home July 23 in Carson, Calif. Teresita Costelo is one of several immigrants across the country suing the federal government to try to get their adult children into the country without another lengthy wait. in California, New York, New Jersey and Ohio, immigration attorneys said. The complaints argue that the 2002 law allows grown children to use the parents’ date of application as a starting point. The government disagrees and says the law only holds for grown children who were sponsored directly for green cards from the very beginning or for those listed on the application of a foreign parent who was sponsored by a legal resident spouse. The government contends that Congress passed the law to help current U.S. citizens and residents reunite with their

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families, not to help future immigrants bring their families here. The plaintiffs argue that the law reads more broadly than that, and should include adult children whose parents had differing forms of sponsorship, including that by siblings. The country’s immigration appeals court recently ruled in favor of the government in a case in which a Chinese man immigrated in 2005 based on an application filed by his sister. The man tried to get a green card for his daughter, who had aged out, and sought to have her application marked with the initial 1992 filing date. But the court ruled the application was new and his daughter would have to wait. Sharon Rummery, a spokeswoman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, declined to comment on the dispute. Immigrant advocates say the government should not require families to wait so long to immigrate together, claiming it discourages legal immigration. Nor should aspiring immigrants be forced to choose between their children and reuniting with their siblings and parents in the United States. But some argue these are choices immigrants should have to make. Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies, said the lengthy wait times are a symptom of much bigger problems in the country’s immigration system. “There is a deeper policy problem here, which is that we overpromised and underdelivered on legal immigration,” said Krikorian, who favors stricter limits on family-based immigration. — AP



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SANTA ANA, Calif. — Evelyn Santos began her quest for a green card nearly two decades ago, hoping someday she and her family could leave the Philippines and start a better life in the United States. The opportunity came in 2007, but with a painful caveat: Her two elder sons were now too old to qualify as dependents, so they would have to stay behind. The mother moved to Northern California with her husband and two younger children, and filed a new round of paperwork hoping to get at least one of her older sons into the country without another decade of waiting. “I have a joke with my son — am I still alive when you come here?” said Santos, 55, a supermarket clerk who lives in Livermore. “I am always praying somebody can help us in the government so we can bring my kids here.” Immigration attorneys say thousands of immigrants are stuck in a similar situation. In countries such as the Philippines, Mexico and China, relatives of U.S. citizens and residents sometimes wait a decade or two for a family-sponsored green card because of country-based immigration quotas. Santos is one of several immigrants across the country suing the federal government to try to get their adult children into the country without another lengthy wait. Under U.S. immigration law, children 21 and older cannot immigrate under their parents’ applications for green cards. Immigration attorneys say a 2002 law aimed at preventing children from “aging out” due to lengthy processing means these grown children should be allowed into the country soon after their parents file new paperwork on their behalf. But the government argues that many of those who got too old during the wait are now new applicants and must start from the beginning. “They want them to go from the front of the line, where they almost made it, and go to the back of some other line that may be 10 to 20 years away, said Carl Shusterman, an attorney representing immigrants in one of the lawsuits. “It is like double jeopardy.” Robert Reeves, an immigration attorney who filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit in federal court in Santa Ana, said he believes 20,000 immigrants living in the United States face similar problems bringing their children here. Roughly a dozen individuals have filed separate lawsuits

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Sony plans Kindle rival with wireless downloads NEW YORK — Sony Corp. plans to offer an e-book reader with the ability to wirelessly download books, injecting more competition in a small but fast-growing market by adopting a key feature of the rival Kindle from Sony’s $399 Reader Daily Edition will go on sale by December, Sony executives said Tuesday at an event at the New York Public Library. The device has a 7-inch touch screen and will be able to get books, daily newspapers and other reading material over AT&T Inc.’s cellular network. Sony has sold e-book reading devices with “electronic ink” displays in the United States since 2006, but has seen most of the attention stolen by Inc., which launched the Kindle with similar e-ink technology a year later. The latest version of the Kindle — which is not controlled by touching the screen — costs $299 and uses Sprint Nextel Corp.’s wireless network for downloads. On Tuesday, Sony also began selling a “Pocket Edition” e-book reader with a 5-inch screen, for $199, and a larger $299 touchscreen model. Neither has wireless capability, so both have to be connected to a computer to acquire books. Though Sony is following in Amazon’s footsteps by adding wireless capability, its ebook strategy differs in crucial respects. The only copy-protected books the Kindle can display are from Amazon’s store, and the only devices the store supports are the Kindle, the iPhone and the iPod Touch.

Sony, on the other hand, has committed to an open e-book standard, meaning its Readers can show copy-protected books from a variety of stores, and the books can be moved to and read on a variety of devices, including cell phones. Sony also announced Tuesday that the Readers will be able to load e-books “loaned” from local libraries. A library card will provide access to free books that expire after 21 days. The library connection “would seem to be something Amazon would never embrace, so that could be a key differentiator,” said Richard Doherty, director of research firm The Envisioneering Group. The alliance with AT&T helps the Dallasbased carrier further expand the use of its wireless network beyond cell phones. Like other carriers, AT&T is looking for new avenues of growth now that almost every adult has a cell phone. In July, it announced that it would provide the connection to another upcoming e-book reader from Plastic Logic Ltd., which will use the e-book store of Barnes & Noble Inc. Reader owners won’t be charged a subscription fee for wireless access, said Steve Haber, head of Sony’s U.S. reading division. Instead, the bookseller will likely have to pay AT&T for the wireless access, out of money it charges for the books, similar to the way Amazon pays Sprint. Sony’s multi-store strategy makes that challenging. The Daily Edition will initially have wireless access only


Steve Haber, president of Sony’s Digital Reading Business Division, holds up the Reader Daily Edition on Tuesday at the New York Public Library. The $399 Reader, a wireless model with 3G connectivity, will be on the market by December, Sony executives said Tuesday. The device, which has a 7-inch touch screen, will be able to get books, daily newspapers and other reading material over AT&T Inc.’s cellular network. to Sony’s e-book store, Haber said. Sony said the names of the newspapers that will be available on the device will be announced later. The Kindle already offers 46 newspapers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

Sony’s U.S. shares rose 43 cents, or 1.6 percent, to $27.01 in midday trading, while Seattle-based Amazon gained 30 cents to $84.80. —AP



Student Joel Tenenbaum, who is accused of illegally swapping music, poses outside federal court after taking the stand in his defense in his copyright-infringement trial July 30 in Boston. The British government has proposed cutting off Internet access to those who repeatedly download copyright-protected media.

LONDON — People who repeatedly download copyright-protected films and music could have their Internet connection cut off under proposed laws the British government unveiled Tuesday to tackle illegal file-sharing. Treasury Minister Stephen Timms said that previous plans, which would only have restricted users’ broadband speed, did not go far enough. That potential punishment remains under the new proposal, but is accompanied by the possibility of blocking offenders’ access to download sites as well as banning them from the Internet altogether. Civil-rights groups and Internet service providers criticized the proposal as unnecessarily restricting users’ rights without doing much to tackle online piracy. If the measures are passed when they come to Parliament in November, Britain would join France in attempting to cut off Internet access for offenders.

The British proposal could po- subscribers whose IP address — tentially conflict with a European the unique number assigned to Parliament ruling in May prohibit- every computer that connects to ing European Union governments the Internet — has been spotted from cutting off a user’s Internet accessing a download site. connection without a court order. Copyright holders would then A final version of be able to use a that measure must court order to access details of such still be negotiated But the British warnings and sue with the European Phonographic Industry, Council. any suspected offender. T h e F r e n c h which represents the It is not clear government ini- recorded music industry, tially defied that whether and how said the move was “a ruling when it ser vice providpassed a similar step forward that should ers would verify that files accessed cutoff law in May, help the legal digital through the downbut a French court later ruled that market to grow for conload site are illegal. Although many only a judge could sumers.” allow Internet acfile-sharing sites do contain movcess to be cut off. ies and songs French lawmakers are working on a new bill. shared illegally, they can also be The British proposals put the used by some independent direconus on Internet service providers tors and bands to distribute their to catch offenders. Providers would works with their consent. The proposal — a consultation have to issue written warnings to

document at the moment — works on the assumption that service providers will know which sites are legal and which are not. Internet provider TalkTalk said it would “strongly resist” government attempts to oblige Internet service providers to act as Internet police. TalkTalk said disconnecting alleged offenders “will be futile given that it is relatively easy for determined filesharers to mask their identity or their activity to avoid detection.” The Open Rights Group, which protects civil liberties in the area of digital technology, said any suspension would “restrict people’s fundamental right to freedom of expression.” But the British Phonographic Industry, which represents the recorded music industry, said the move was “a step forward that should help the legal digital market to grow for consumers.” —AP

STOCKS RALLY ON CONSUMER CONFIDENCE GAINS NEW YORK — A rebound in consumer confidence and more healing in the housing industry have put stocks back on an upward path. Banks, retailers and homebuilders were Tuesday’s biggest winners, helping to lift the major indexes about 0.3 percent. Energy and utility stocks fell sharply, and limited the overall market’s advance, as oil prices cooled following a recent surge. Though investors were pleased by better-than-expected readings on consumers and housing, trading was choppy, as it has been over the past week, a reflection of the market’s lingering caution. Investors are questioning how much further Wall Street’s five-month rally can go without evidence of actual economic growth. Still, the Dow Jones industrials have been able to carve out a gain of nearly 404 points, or 4.4 percent, in just six sessions. “The upward trend has still not broken,” said Brian Daley, sales trader at Conifer Securities. “It’s too dangerous to fight the trend in the market, even though clearly a lot of people are nervous that it’s too extended.” Stocks rose after the Conference Board said its Consumer Confidence Index jumped to 54.1 this month from an upwardly revised 47.4 in July. That was far above the 47.5 reading analysts expected. But the report is a long way from showing that consumers are actually feeling optimistic about the economy amid ongoing worries about job losses. But it does suggest pessimism about the economy is abating. Meanwhile, the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index rose 1.4 percent in the second

Stocks also got a boost from President Barack Obama’s reappointment of Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve chairman. Bernanke’s reappointment, though expected, came sooner than anticipated and removed any uncertainty about a potential replacement. The Dow rose 30.01, or 0.3 percent, to 9,539.29. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 2.43, or 0.2 percent, to 1,028.00, while the Nasdaq composite index rose 6.25, or 0.3 percent, to 2,024.23. About three stocks rose for every two that fell on the New York Stock Exchange, where consolidated volume came to 5.74 billion shares, down from Monday’s 6.32 billion. In other trading, the Russell 2000 index of smaller companies rose 2.98, or 0.5 percent, to 583.22. —AP AP PHOTO/MARK LENNIHAN

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Aug. 7 in New York. A rebound in consumer confidence has helped boost stocks in August. quarter from the January-March period, the first quarterly increase in three years. Home prices, while still down almost 15 percent from last year, are at levels last seen in early 2003. The improvements in consumer confidence and housing are related. If consumers are feeling better about the economy, they will be willing to spend a little more on houses, not to mention cars, appliances and other goods and materials. Investors’ concerns about flagging consumer confidence have triggered bouts of stock selling in recent weeks.

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The Correctional Association of New York’s Women in Prison Project, New York Civil Liberties Union, and Women on the Rise Telling Her Story (WORTH), hold a protest and news conference Aug. 18 in front of Gov. David Paterson’s office in New York to call on the Governor to sign the Anti-Shackling Bill. The bill forbids the use of restraints on incarcerated women during labor and post-delivery recovery, and restricts the use of restraints during transport to and from the hospital. bans shackling could put medical staff and correctional officers at risk. Erik Kriss, a spokesman for New York’s Department of Correctional Services, said the state law would put staff at risk, noting the inmates are felons. “They can coordinate on the outside to facilitate an escape. We have to be vigilant

about those kinds of things,” Kriss said. It isn’t clear how many inmates nationwide are affected by the practice. The federal Bureau of Justice Statistics said 4 percent of state inmates and 3 percent of federal inmates were pregnant in 2008 when they were first incarcerated. Data weren’t available to indicate how many women delivered babies

No joke, comedian sued over mother-in-law cracks



Croonquist said there was a time when her in-laws would laugh with everyone else at the black-member-of-a-Jewishfamily jokes. “They played my tape at Passover one year, and they loved it!” she said. But things changed after Croonquist, promoting upcoming gigs in New Jersey, posted information on her Web site that, according to her in-laws, allowed pretty much anyone to figure out the identities of her in-laws. They sued in April in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, where they live. The action seeks unspecified damages and demands that Croonquist remove any offensive statements from her Web site, routines and recordings. Croonquist says she would drop any language her family finds offensive, but refuses to pay any settlement. Her lawyer has filed a motion to have the suit dismissed, and a judge is scheduled to hear it on Sept. 8. In the meantime, Croonquist, who lives in Beverly Hills and is a regular on the Hollywood comedy circuit, was at the Laugh Factory on open-mic night recently, eager to test some new non-mother-in-law material. This time the butt of her jokes would be herself, her lawyer husband (his firm is representing her in the lawsuit) and entertainer Jennifer Lopez.

PORTLAND, Ore. — The half brother to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis has been indicted on felony charges of possessing child pornography in Oregon. James Auchincloss was indicted by a Jackson County grand jury in Medford on 25 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse resulting from the alleged duplication and possession of child pornography. A co-defendant, Dennis Lee Vickoren, was indicted on 30 separate felony counts of encouraging child sexual abuse by possession and duplication of child pornography. Auchincloss’ attorney, Carl Caplan of Medford, did not immediately return phone messages. Deputy District Attorney David Hoppe said no arraignment had been scheduled for Auchincloss or Vickoren. Hoppe said Vickoren did not have an attorney and would be sent a letter notifying him of the charges. No phone listing for Vickoren, of Eagle Point, could be found. Hoppe said a plea bargain is typical in cases involving the charges against Auchincloss, and Auchincloss likely would remain free pending resolution of the case. — AP


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Trend-settin’ Sooner

Let’s talk about sex

A look at Norman’s fashion sense. BY JAMIE BIRDWELL

SexEd from a former Sexpert. BY ROSIE SONTHEIMER


When you think of Norman, Okla., the first thought that comes to mind probably isn’t trendy. But with many boutiques and college influence, Norman is as savvy as any major city. Historic Campus Corner is conveniently close to campus and is full of small boutiques that carry the latest in fashion. “For Oklahoma, OU is pretty fashion forward,” says Amanda Clark, owner of clothing store Blush. “Because of the college campus, people push each other to wear new things.”



Although the “college uniform” across campus tends to be Nike shorts, Ugg boots and white v-neck t-shirts, Norman still has much to offer in clothing, says Kara Stoltenberg, sales associate for clothing store Lucca. Oklahoma, not exactly known for its trends, is starting to get behind the fashion movement with fashion Internet blogs and access to magazines and television shows that depict what good fashion is on the East and West Coasts. Barbara Fite, manager of clothing and home accessories store Antique Garden, says that OU is home to an eclectic array of trends. Fite says right now people are going back to wearing anything oversized, such as boyfriend shirts and looser fitting jeans, but also sees sporty, hippie and preppy trends here on campus. Both Fite and Clark say that dresses and skirts are their hottest items and are a good summer alternative to shorts. Smocked dresses with Mexican style patterns are starting to appear in stores like Lucca, says Caitlin Turner, sales associate. In general, an array of patterns can be seen all over campus, ranging from plaid and tiedye to stripes and paisley. Jeans can usually be seen in skinny or boot cut form. For guys, darker jeans are worn for dressier occasions and can easily be paired with a graphic t-shirt or button up, Turner says. Although OU campus has a wide variety of fashion trends, there are certain things that just don’t make the cut around here. Wide leg jeans failed to take off, Fite says. And another item that wasn’t popular last summer, the short jumpsuit, is being requested right now, Clark says. In general, OU students aren’t particular to brand or style, but just wear what fits them best. “We dress up for date nights and parties, but for the most part we’re really casual,” Fite says.

We see it plastered all over the place: on our television sets, at the movies, on magazine covers and just about any other place Americans’ eyes may see. But how much do people really know about sex? How much do we really need to know? While crucial for everyone, college students especially need to be educated about sex, many of whom do not get proper sexual education but who are partaking in sexual activity. According to the Guttmacher Institute, one of the leading informational groups in sexual and reproductive health, “Nearly half (46 percent) of all 15-19-year-olds in the United States have had sex at least once.” But with abstinence only initiatives—including Oklahoma’s own K.E.E.P (Kids Eagerly Endorsing Purity)—many young adults enter their sexual endeavors and the OU campus with little ability to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). However, OU offers many educational programs aimed at giving students a comprehensive sexual education. Campus’ main group of sexual educators are the “Sexperts,” who partner with the Women’s Outreach Center to provide information about health and responsibility when it comes to sex. “Sexperts was started by student volunteers in the Women’s Outreach Center concerned that their peers were not receiving medically accurate information about STD’s and pregnancy prevention,” says Kathy Moxley, director of the Women’s Outreach Center. Moxley says that student groups, residence halls, Greek organizations and classrooms can request for a free Sexpert presentation. Most importantly, “The program doesn’t aim to change anyone’s values,” Moxley says. “There are certainly many participants in the presentations who are not sexually active but at some point may choose to have sex, and we want to be sure they know how to protect themselves.” OU Sexpert and accounting senior, Bobby Mace, says that for the most part, students seem to be unaware of the information being discussed at presentations. “We get one or two people at each presentation that seem to know what’s going on, but that vast majority of people are usually clueless about what we discuss,” Mace says. Mace says that parents really need to educate themselves about sex and then, in turn, educate their children. “People have sex,” Mace says. “It happens, and to ignore that is to put you and your child at risk.” And while a lot of the pressure can be put on women to partake in safe sex, Mace also emphasized the fact that men must be responsible in sexual situations and be respectful of their partners.

HAIR Larry Walker, owner of Impressions salon on Campus Corner, says that hairstyles on campus tend to be a little more conservative than in bigger cities. For girls, shorter hair is still very popular. And for girls with longer hair, there is no longer a huge emphasis on having straight hair. Instead, girls on campus opt for a textured look that allows the hair to take its natural curl pattern (or use products to fake it). For guys on campus, more length and more texturing is very popular, although there’s less emphasis on product use. Pomades, gels, waxes and spray gels are all very popular styling tools that students buy and use. All in all, store owners and fashion enthusiasts find Norman and OU campus to be a great spot for trends and fashion. “OU’s a great spot to watch,” Fite says. “You can find anything.” s



ACCESSORIES Just like clothing, accessories on OU’s campus tend to be in a wide variety and multiple colors and styles. Scarves are a huge accessory on campus, says Cerry Leffler, owner of Milano’s Accessories. Costume jewelry is very popular as well, coming in lots of fun colors and are very affordable, allowing the customer to buy more. On campus, people tend to buy the jewelry and accessories that are more unique and that you wouldn’t be able to find in a department store, she says. Turner says accessories at Lucca go fast and many popular items include headwear that have peacock feathers, flowers and anything large that is worn on the side of the head. For guys, rings and bracelets are a common accessory that is bought. Cuff links aren’t very popular right now, but are starting to make a comeback, Leffler says. Guys also look for unusual and unique ties that differ from the standard ones sold at JCPenney or Dillards, she says. For shoes, one of the most popular brands is TOMS, which are comfortable flats that come in a variety of colors and can be worn on girls and guys, Turner says. Gladiator sandals and flip-flops are also very popular with girls on campus.

STATS BY THE NUMBERS 17: the average age of first sexual encounter 90: the percent chance of becoming pregnant within a year if no contraception is used 74: the percent of sexually experienced female teens that used contraception the first time they had sex 82: the percent of sexually experienced male teens that used contraception the first time they had sex 21: the number of states that explicitly allow minors contraceptive services without parental consent 18.9: the number, in millions, of new STI cases each year 9.1: the number, in millions, of new STI cases occurring among 15-24-year-olds

8: the number, in billions, of dollars spent annually to diagnose and treat STIs (not including HIV)

MYTH VS. FACT Myth: AIDS is a homosexual disease that only men get. Fact: Heterosexual transmission accounts for a large proportion of newly diagnosed HIV cases amongst women. Myth: I will know, right away, if I have an STI. Fact: Many STIs are “silent”, in that they cause few symptoms and can be diagnosed only though testing. Myth: I am not having vaginal sex therefore I cannot get an STI. Fact: Many STIs can be transmitted through oral sex or skin-to-skin contact. Myth: Condoms are not effective. Fact: When used correctly and consistently, condoms are 98 percent effective at preventing pregnancy and highly effective at preventing HIV and many STIs. Myth: Abstinence-only education reduces sexual activity. Fact: Abstinence-only programs have not been proven to reduce sexual activity at all.


For those already engaging in or preparing for sexual activity, OU Health Services has a wide range of options for students who wish to responsibly practice sex. OU Health Services health promotion coordinator Maggie Pool says that Goddard Health Center offers a variety of sexual health services. Goddard has an on-site pharmacy with everything from condoms to emergency contraception available. “Services include annual exams with pap testing, breast exams, pre and post conception counseling and planning, health maintenance and counseling, testing and treatment for infections, colposcopy procedures and

contraceptive options,” Pool says. Additionally, the Women’s Center makes referrals for positive pregnancy tests. Whether you plan on engaging in sex during college or not, it is important to know the information and facts. You need to prepare yourself for the time when you are ready to have sex or to help inform your sexually active friends on ways to keep themselves safe and healthy. Knowledge and responsibility are crucial factors when it comes to sex if you already are or intend to be sexually active, so make sure you know the full story behind the birds and the bees. s

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LOS ANGELES — “Take my mother-in-law — please,” isn’t a joke you’re likely to hear often these days from Sunda Croonquist. The veteran comic is being sued by her motherin-law after making her the punchline of too many jokes. The mother-in-law is accusing Croonquist of spreading false, defamatory and racist lies with in-law jokes that have become a staple of her routine in nightclubs and on television channels like Comedy Central. To Croonquist, the in-law jokes seemed like a natural routine after living through one comical culture-clash moment after another: She is half-black, half-Swedish, grew up Roman Catholic and married into a Jewish family. And she’s not shy about making the in-laws the butt of her jokes. Take the one about her mother-in-law’s reaction to news she was pregnant with her first child: “OK, now that we know you’re having a little girl I want to know what you’re naming that little tchotchke. Now we don’t want a name that’s difficult to pronounce like Shaniqua. We’re thinking a name short but delicious. Like Hadassah or Goldie.” Or her first visit to her mother-in-law’s house: “I walk in, I say, ‘Thank you so much for having me here, Ruthie.’ She says, ‘The pleasure’s all mine, have a seat.’” Then, in a loud aside, ‘Harriet, put my pocketbook away.’”

in prison or were restrained while doing so. The bill awaiting Paterson’s signature would ban restraints on inmates giving birth, except when needed to keep a woman from injuring herself, medical staff or correctional officers. In those cases, women would be cuffed on one wrist while being taken from prison to the hospital. Tamar Kraft-Stolar, who works for the Correctional Association of New York, has lobbied for a law banning shackling. She said her organization had helped interview 15 to 20 current or formerly jailed women who said they were shackled during labor, delivery or recovery from childbirth in state prisons in 2008 and 2009. Several lawsuits challenging the practice are pending throughout the country. In Washington, former prison inmate Casandra Brawley sued in June saying she was shackled by a metal chain around her stomach while being transported to the hospital, and then fastened by a leg iron to a hospital bed through hours of labor. It was only because a physician objected to the restraints during an emergency Cesarean section that they were removed, the suit said. T h e Wa s h i n g t o n D e p a r t m e n t o f Corrections has a policy prohibits shackling in such cases, but there is a “disconnect in state policy with the prison policy itself,” said Brawley’s attorney, Sara Ainsworth.


NEW YORK — For nearly four hours before she gave birth, Venita Pinckney had a chain wrapped around her swollen abdomen. Her ankles were shackled together and her hands were cuffed. The 37-year-old was in a maximum-security prison for violating parole. An officer told her the use of restraints on pregnant inmates was “procedure.” “I’m saying to myself, ‘I feel like a pregnant animal,’” said Pinckney, who was taken from the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility to a hospital for the birth of her boy last year. At state prisons around the country, jailed women are routinely shackled during childbirth, often by correctional staff without medical training, according to civil rights organizations and prisoner advocates. The practice has been condemned by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for unnecessarily risking women’s health, and court challenges are pending in several states. Federal prisons and five states largely ban shackling pregnant women in prison. Gov. David Paterson is expected to sign a law this week that would make New York the sixth state to do so. “A woman giving birth to a child is hardly the first person that is going to be thinking of trying to escape or create any kind of problem,” the governor said last week. Correction departments and unions have argued that any broad-stroke policy that

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41 KILLED IN AFGHAN FIVE-VEHICLE BLAST KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A cluster of vehicle bombs detonated simultaneously Tuesday near a foreign-owned company that plans to build a road through an insurgentheld area. At least 41 people were killed, all civilians, officials said. The thundering explosion in the Taliban’s spiritual homeland occurred just after nightfall in a district that includes U.N. facilities and an Afghan intelligence office. The force of the blast shattered windows around the city and sent flames shooting into the sky. So many houses and nearby buildings had collapsed that officials feared the death toll could rise further. At least 66 people were wounded, said Gen. Ghulam Ali Wahabat, a police commander in charge of southern Afghanistan. “There was big smoke in the sky, and there were many dead bodies,” said Mohammad Ismail, a vegetable seller being treated at the hospital for leg and hand injuries from the blast. “Some of the wounded were crying out.” It appeared the main target was the Japanese company that is involved in reconstruction efforts in the southern Afghan city. The company recently took over a contract to build a road that insurgents had stalled for several months.


An unidentified wounded man is treated at a hospital after five car bombs detonated simultaneously Tuesday in Afghanistan’s largest southern city of Kandahar. The explosion killed tens of people destroying a construction company office and damaging dozens of nearby buildings. An intelligence office is about a quarter mile (400 meters) from the attack site and a U.N. office is located about a half mile (800 meters)

away. “The staff is good, everybody is safe,” said Samad Khaydarov, head of the U.N. Assistance

Mission in Afghanistan. “Our office, our guesthouses, are safe. ... Unfortunately, security is not so good in Kandahar.”

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. The blast in the center of the city was one of the largest since the Taliban were expelled from the country in 2001. It destroyed about 40 shops, including restaurants and bakeries. “Once again they’ve killed children, women, innocent Afghans. They are not human. They are animals. You can see for yourself the destruction of this enemy,” said deputy provincial police chief Mohammad Sher Shah. The exact mechanism of the bombing was still being determined. Provincial council member Haji Agha Lalai said five vehicles filled with explosives detonated together, causing the massive blast. But Shah said the vehicles used were an oil tanker filled with explosives and two car bombs. Kandahar is the spiritual home of the Taliban, and the militants have carried out several complex attacks here in the last several years. A large NATO base sits on Kandahar’s outskirts, but militants control districts immediately to the city’s west. — AP

Top Iranian reformist confesses in political trial TEHRAN, Iran — Saeed Hajjarian was a diehard hero of Iran’s reform movement, campaigning to reduce the power of the Islamic clerics even after being shot in the head in an assassination attempt that left him partially paralyzed. On Tuesday, he was brought into a courtroom propped up by men who put him in the front row of defendants in Iran’s biggest political trial in decades, where he proceeded to renounce his entire career as a reformist. His speech slurred and nearly unintelligible from the 2000 attack, Hajjarian had a statement read proclaiming that Iran’s supreme leader represents the rule of God on Earth and asking for forgiveness for his “incorrect” ideas. The stunning confession was among the most dramatic in the trial of more than 100 reform leaders and protesters arrested in Iran’s post-election crackdown — testimony the opposition says was coerced by threats and mistreatment during weeks of solitary confinement. A procession of the biggest names in the reform movement has taken the stand during the past month, some looking thin and tired, all dressed in blue pajama-like prison uniforms and slippers. They have confessed to taking part in what the government says was a plot backed by foreign enemies to

overthrow Iran’s clerical leadership in a “velvet revolution.” The opposition has compared the proceedings to Josef Stalin’s “show trials” against his opponents in the Soviet Union, saying the government is trying to wipe out the reform movement. Hajjarian’s turn in court perhaps more resembled a scene from China’s Cultural Revolution, as he repented of the pro-reform ideology he has espoused for years. In a statement read by a fellow defendant, he confessed to trying to spread “Marxist thought” that “has no relation to Iran.” He said he had led astray his political party, the Islamic Iran Participation Front, with his ideas and announced his resignation from the party. He threw his support behind Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, whose rule “springs from the rule of the Prophet Muhammad.” “I’ve committed grave mistakes by offering incorrect analysis during the election,” Hajjarian said. “I apologize to the dear Iranian nation because of my incorrect analyses that was the basis for many wrong actions.” The Islamic Iran Participation Front dismissed the confessions by Hajjarian and other party leaders as forced, saying: “What


In this photo released by the Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA), the leader of the biggest Iranian reformist party, the Islamic Iran Participation Front, Mohsen Mirdamadi, center, sits in prison uniform between two police officers during the trial of dozens of opposition activists and protesters Tuesday in a Tehran Revolutionary Court. Activists and protesters are charged with rioting and plotting to topple the ruling Islamic system through a “velvet revolution” in June. is uttered from their tongue today is not by their will.” The 55-year-old Hajjarian was arrested soon after mass protests erupted over the disputed June 12 presidential election, when hundreds of thousands took to the streets claiming that President Mahmoud

Ahmadinejad’s victory was fraudulent. Held for weeks in a secret location with no contact with lawyers or family, the opposition repeatedly expressed concern over his health in custody. —AP

Israel PM seeks compromise with US on settlements LONDON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hopes to defuse an unusually public spat with the United States over West Bank settlements when he meets with a top U.S. envoy Wednesday morning. Netanyahu said Tuesday before his meeting with George Mitchell in London that he wants an agreement that allows Israel to proceed with some settlement construction while at the same time restarting peace talks with the Palestinians. But he also made clear he sees the

spotlight on settlements as unfair and insisted the Mideast conflict is rooted in a deep Arab enmity to Israel that predates them. Netanyahu’s remarks came in a briefing to reporters after a meeting with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown during his four-day trip through Europe. The subject of settlements is also sure to be raised at his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday. The steadily growing settlements in the West Bank, which the Palestinians

want for a future state, are home to 300,000 Israelis, making an Israeli withdrawal more difficult. The territory is home to some 2.5 million Palestinians. The issue has come to overshadow Israel’s ties with the U.S and much of the international community since March, when Netanyahu took power with a hardline government and President AP PHOTO/SEBASTIAN SCHEINER Barack Obama indicated that years of Former U.S. President and member of The Elders Jimmy Carter, reluctant U.S. tolerance for settlement is seen following a ceremony Tuesday in Jerusalem. The Elders, construction had ended. a group of eminent global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela, —AP

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NASA shuttle launch called off CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA called off the launch of space shuttle Discovery for a second time Tuesday after a critical fuel valve failed to work properly. Launch officials halted the countdown midway through the fueling process. The seven astronauts had not yet boarded the shuttle for the scheduled early Wednesday morning flight to the international space station. “Drats!” said astronaut Jose Hernandez in a Twitter update. Fellow astronaut Christer Fuglesang, a Swede, chimed in with this tweet: “Bad luck again.” The astronauts said another attempt would not be made until Friday at the earliest. NASA is up against a tight end-of-month deadline for launching Discovery. Over the weekend, managers said if Discovery was not flying by Sunday or so, the delivery mission almost certainly would slide into October because of a pair of upcoming launches to the space station from Japan and Russia. The problem cropped up while launch controllers were trying to shut the fill-and-drain valve in Discovery’s engine compartment. There was no indication the valve closed, and it appeared to be broken, said NASA spokesman Allard Beutel. He stressed that the exact condition of the valve was not known; it could be simply sticky. Workers will need to get into the engine compartment in order to check and possibly replace the valve, a potentially time-consuming operation. The valve, part of the main propulsion system, is used for the flow of liquid hydrogen from the external fuel tank to the main engines. It needs to be closed for launch, and open in order to drain the tank following a launch delay. “You don’t want it to get stuck in the position where it’s closed because you cannot drain the tank that way,” Beutel said. Rules prevent engineers from cycling the valve back and forth because “you don’t take chances” with it, he said. “Teams here are looking at the next steps,” he added. The valve worked fine during the first launch attempt, but thunderstorms prevented Discovery from blasting off early Tuesday morning. The first launch attempt was scuttled in the wee hours of Tuesday. Sixteen hours later, try two ended with a surprising scrub. Discovery is loaded with thousands of pounds of space station supplies and equipment, including a new treadmill named after Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert. —AP

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Space Shuttle Discovery as seen on pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. Tuesday Aug. 25, 2009. Discovery and a crew of seven are scheduled to lift off Wednesday morning on a mission to deliver supplies and equipment to the International Space Station.

Obamas visit home of top advisor and family friend OAK BLUFFS, Mass. — President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visited White H o u s e s e n i o r a d v i s e r Va l e r i e Jarrett’s house and then accompanied her to a nearby restaurant. The Obamas’ motorcade left their rented compound in Chilmark for Jarrett’s nearby home in Oak Bluffs early Tuesday evening. Repor ters traveling w ith the Obamas did not see the couple

enter the home on the north shore of Martha’s Vineyard. The Obamas then accompanied Jarrett and Eric Whitaker, another longtime Obama friend, to Sweet Life, a restaurant in Oak Bluffs. The president’s half-sister, Maya S o etoro-Ng, and her husband, Konrad Ng, were among the dinner party. Obama is spending a week on the island, a destination for the wealthy

and privileged. They arrived on Sunday and so far have kept a low profile. Obama played golf earlier in the day with a White House chef and an aide. Jarrett is a friend to both Obamas and helped the first couple navigate politics in their shared hometown of Chicago. Whitaker is also from Chicago. –AP


North Carolina terror suspect said dad sold guns RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina man named as the ringleader of an aspiring terrorism group sold most of the weapons he purchased and wanted to make sure his children were familiar with guns, one of the sons told federal agents in a report released Tuesday. Dylan Boyd, in explaining why his family had so many weapons, told the FBI when he was arrested last month that Muslim practice says men should be strong and able to shoot guns in case they are attacked. He estimated that the family had about 10 weapons, including two that father Daniel Patrick Boyd had agreed to sell that day. The younger Boyd said he didn’t know who the buyers were. The FBI has said it seized some two dozen weapons from the Boyd household and that a pit had been dug under their back deck to store the guns. Dylan Boyd, who is in his early 20s, DYLAN told agents that Muslims must be ready in case they are attacked, claiming that BOYD the U.S. Army is overseas raping and killing “their” Muslim sisters. He repeatedly called the FBI agents questioning him “kuffar” — meaning nonbelievers — and said the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were an “inside job,” according to a summary of the interview. Federal investigators have also said they found 26,000 rounds of ammunition inside the Boyd home. Dylan Boyd told agents that ammunition has been growing more expensive and that his father began to buy ammunition in bulk to get a lower price and save on shipping charges. Dylan Boyd said they planned to go shooting that day. His attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment Tuesday. Federal investigators said Daniel Boyd, a drywall contractor, was the ringleader of a small North Carolinabased terrorist group that planned international travel to commit “violent jihad” and went on military-style training trips to rural North Carolina. Authorities claim the group, including an eighth suspect believed to be in Pakistan, were gearing up for a “violent jihad,” though prosecutors haven’t detailed any specific targets or timeframe. The seven men who have been arrested are being held in Virginia pending trial. Prosecutors have also said that Daniel Boyd was trained in terrorist camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Dylan Boyd said the family’s Muslim practice began to fall apart when they returned from Pakistan. He said the family didn’t resume the Muslim practice until he was a teenager. He indicated that the family lived under strict teachings. Dylan Boyd recalled that both he and brother Zak, also charged in the case, had “went bad” for a while — drinking and dating girls. –AP


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The 2008 season was marked by all the hype and headlines surrounding OU’s explosive, record-setting offense. However, with the departure of many key components—most notably those on the offensive line—many expect the Sooner offense to take a step back this year. Even if that’s the case (which it probably isn’t), OU should be able to more than compensate for the perceived dropoff with the defense it plans to put out on the field this season. This looks like the best defense coach Bob Stoops has had in his 10RETURNING STARTERS year career in Norman. There are nine returning starters from last year’s These experienced players squad. are whom OU will rely on this Six players on this year’s season. ro s t e r w i l l m o s t l i k e l y being playing in the NFL in Defensive End- Auston a year or two. Three playEnglish, Jeremy Beal ers are on the Preseason Watch List for the Bednarik Defensive Tackle- Gerald Award, which goes to the McCoy, Adrian Taylor best defensive player in the NCAA. Defensive Linebacker- Travis Of course, this is merely Lewis, Keenan Clayton, and all preseason banter. We Ryan Reynolds won’t know for sure until the games are actually Cornerback- Dominique played. Franks, Brian Jackson But until then, seeing as how the season opener against is still more than a week away, this is the best I can give you.


Player to watch DT Gerald McCoy, Jr. Arguably OU’s most charismatic athlete, McCoy made sure Sooners fans took notice of his on-thefield talents last season. The not-so-shy guy led all interior defensive lineman with 30 tackles. He was also second on the team with over six sacks on his way to being named to the 2008 Associated Press All-America second team at year’s end. Earlier this month, CollegeFootballNews.

com ranked McCoy the fourth best player in the Big 12 this year, behind (in order) Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, Sam Bradford and Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant.

Who to keep an eye on DB Quinton Carter, Jr. Carter steps into the role as a full-time starter at free safety this year, taking over for Lendy Holmes. Carter started two games at safety last year when the defense shifted to five starting defensive backs. He recorded a career-high 10 tackles in his first career start against Kansas and notched eight more in his second start in the Big 12 Championship game. Carter led the team last year with 14 solo special teams tackles. He’s an athletic guy capable of covering ground and making big hits.

Strongest position Defensive End. The DE position for the Sooners is the most talented as well as the deepest position on OU’s defense. Two-year starter Jeremy Beal teams up with Auston English, who missed part of last season due to injury, to give the Sooners one of the best one-two punches in the country coming off the edge. Beal, a member of the AllBig 12 first team, was the team leader with over eight sacks and the leading tackler on the defensive line. English started the first nine games of the 2008 season but was forced to sit out the remaining three games due to a knee injury. During those three games, redshirt sophomore Frank Alexander proved himself as more than capable of taking over in English’s absence. Alexander recorded 21 ZACH BUTLER/THE DAILY total tackles and was named All-Big 12 Junior defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) hits Florida quaterhonorable mention by the AP. This year, back Tim Tebow (15) before he is able to release the ball during FACTS he’ll be a strong No. 3 slot. the 2009 BCS National Championship game.

• Four of the last five national champions had offenses rated among the nation’s 20 best, but all five had a defense in the top 10 • OU ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 conference last year in both pass efficiency defense and turnover margin.

Weakest position Middle Linebacker. This isn’t the weakest position so much as it is the position with the least depth, although many view the two terms as synonyms. Senior Keenan Clayton and sophomore Travis Lewis return from last year as the two players on the outside. L e w i s, t h e A P ’s Bi g 1 2 D e f e n s i v e Newcomer of the Year last season, burst onto the scene in 2008 as a redshirt

freshman, tying former OU linebacker Brian Bosworth’s freshman season tackles record of 144. Senior Ryan Reynolds, the leader of the defense last year until he suffered a torn ACL against Texas, should be back and healthy at middle linebacker. However, there may not be as much help behind him as previously thought given the circumstances of the two reserves. Mike Balogun is out, pending case with NCAA regarding eligibility, and Tom Wort is out for season with a torn ACL. Reynolds, who suffered three knee injuries in his career at OU, needs at least one reliable backup.

OU FOOTBALL COACHES SAY DEFENSIVE BACK DESERVES THE ACCOLADES Coaches and teammates say they won’t be surprised if Franks wins Thorpe Award Junior defense back Dominique Franks was named to the Jim Thorpe Award watch list on Aug. 8, and his coaches and teammates said they would not be surprised if he was named the award’s recipient. “He is good enough and has improved enough that he has a chance to have as good a year as anybody in the country,” said Bobby Jack Wright, defensive backs coach. “If he comes on from the early part of the season where he left off last year, and has an improved season over what he did last year he’s going to catch a lot of people’s eyes.”

Last season Franks ranked eighth on OU’s defense with 42 tackles. McCoy also had an impressive total of four interceptions, and he returned one of them for a touchdown. “I think he has the ability and talent to do it,” junior defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. McCoy said he has paid little attention to the various watch lists that he has been attached to during the past month, and has focused on getting better and achieving team goals. “I don’t worry about any of that,” McCoy said. “I worry about going to these meetings and getting in trouble with Coach Shipp.” McCoy is currently on three watch lists, including the Bronko Nagurski A ward, Chuck Bednarik Award and Outland Trophy.


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High expectations for incoming freshmen JAMES CORLEY The Oklahoma Daily

The Sooners also welcome a defensive specialist from Puerto Rico, María Fernanda. She competed at a high level with the Three freshmen join the squad this Under-20 Puerto Rican national team as a year, bringing different skill sets and high-energy defender and caught the atplaying styles to the team dynamic that tention of a friend of Restrepo, who sugcoach Santiago Restrepo gested she be recruited hopes will raise the perto play in Norman. FRESHMAN IMPACT formance of the whole “S h e b r i n g s i n t e rteam. national experience,” “They’re going to give Restrepo said. “She’s • Morgan Reynolds us depth at ever y poc a p a b l e o f d o m i natHometown: Blue Springs, Mo. sition,” Restrepo said. ing a game and being a High School: Blue Springs “They’re going to prosolid leader on the back Height: 6’2” vide a little bit more derow.” Position: Outside hitter/opposite fense, a little bit more The final piece of the High school team captain tenacity, a little bit more freshman puzzle is Alex All-state selection experience. Edwards. “All three of them are The defensive spegoing to contribute a lot cialist was named out• María Fernanda this year.” standing server last year Hometown: Rio Piedras, P.R. Morgan Reynolds is an at Taylor High School in High School: Colegio Adianez outside hitter and twoKaty, Texas, and earned Height: 5’7” time team captain from two varsity letters as a Position: Defensive Specialist Blue Springs, Mo. defensive specialist and High school team captain She was a first team as the team’s captain. U-20 Puerto Rico national team All-State selection as a She was also named senior, totaled 228 kills Outstanding Server in as a senior, and added 18 2008. • Alex Edwards service aces during her Edwards will be comHometown: Katy, Texas final year at Blue Springs peting with sophomore High School: Taylor High School High School. Danielle Alva for startHeight: 5’4” As a left-hander, she ing spot. Position: Defensive Specialist will give defenses a dif“She’s a pretty solid High school team captain ferent look from the trapasser and pretty good Academic all-district ditional right-handed d e f e n d e r,” R e s t r e p o outside player. said. “For this game, being All three freshmen left-handed is a huge adVideo interviews with will use their differing vantage,” Restrepo said. the volleyball rookies backgrounds to chal“Ever ybody is used to are available online. lenge the team and give seeing right-handed hitthe Sooners a fresh look ters hit, so when you see for the 2009 season. OUDAILY.COM a leftie it’s very hard to “We’re just here readjust, hard to block and ally to push them and hard to defend.” improve them as a team,” Reynolds said. Kelly Files, assistant coach, and Nicki “If we get to see the court, that’s amazing Green, director of operations, are also and that’s great. But really I just want to from Blue Springs, so they played a part be here to improve them and make pracMERRILL JONES/THE DAILY in drawing Reynolds to OU. tices a little tougher.” Sophomore outside hitter Caitlin Higgins goes up for the ball during practice Monday.

Notre Dame football’s bowl game hopes probably too lofty Would it not be absolutely sickening if Lou Holtz was correct about his BCS Championship prediction? For those who do not know, Holtz predicted on ESPN that the Florida Gators would play in the BCS National Championship against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Holtz listed several reasons for this prediction, but also said the reasoning behind this pick had nothing to do with his previous coaching experience at Notre Dame from 1986 to 1996. CLARK He mentioned the Irish FOY had 11 starters returning on offense and said they “would have a great defense coming back” which I think is arguable, but that is not the point. The main point Holtz made was Notre Dame’s cupcake schedule this year. At first, I was thinking exactly what most people are thinking right now – Lou Holtz must have Alzheimer’s. However, I reluctantly

decided to investigate Notre Dame’s schedule this year anyway. And let me be the first to tell you, it is embarrassing how pathetic it is. Of their 12 games this season, Notre Dame plays one team in the preseason top 25: No. 4 University of Southern California. Even though it is a rivalry game being played at home, there is no way Notre Dame can compete with USC. The Fighting Irish will take the loss, which will not hurt its ranking in the BCS too much. As Holtz said many times, Notre Dame will not necessarily be the second best team in the nation, it will just be the best team on the field in each of its other games, yielding an 11-1 record at the end of the regular season. And while I am in no way agreeing with his prediction, he does make a fine point; Notre Dame plays nobody, save USC. The team plays seven of its 12 games at home and play Washington State in San Antonio. Before hosting USC on Oct. 17, the Irish play five teams whose season records last year accumulated to 23-37, including the win less Washington Huskies. After USC, Notre


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Dame hosts Boston College who although finishing last year at 9-4, are looking a little depleted this year, especially after quarterback frontrunner David Shinskie broke a rib in practice earlier this week. The rest of its schedule contains Washington State, Navy, Pittsburgh, Connecticut and Stanford. Washington State will be lucky if it finishes this season with four wins after finishing last year 2-11. Pittsburgh is the only real competition in the last five games, and picking up a loss against the Panthers does not make Notre Dame’s case any stronger. Navy is another Independent team whose schedule will be pitiful, and UConn and Stanford will not be anything special this year either. Basically, Notre Dame’s schedule (or lack thereof) reminds me why I hate the fact that Notre Dame has yet to join a football conference despite playing in the Big East in every other sport. Teams in the SEC, for example, are forced to play top tier programs such as Florida, LSU,

Georgia and Tennessee just to name a few. Notre Dame has the luxury of individually scheduling every game it plays, regardless of conferences. All things considered, Lou Holtz is crazy. Notre Dame will be 5-0 headed into its game against USC, in which it will most likely be destroyed, losing once more to one of its greatest rivals. However, I do think Notre Dame will make a decent bowl this year after going something like 9-3 or 10-2. As Holtz said, they do not necessarily have to be a good team to go to a decent bowl; they just have to beat the junior varsity squads of the NCAA FBS. This year’s schedule just leads me to wonder about Notre Dame’s scheduling trends in the past. Has it ever played anybody else other than the once-great Michigan Wolverines and USC? Or hs it just reaped the benefits of underscheduling and essentially getting away with murder? That is a story for another time. Clark Foy is a journalism junior.

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CAC scores big with Matt & Kim concert I don’t think Meacham perfectly with the voices Auditorium could have been lent from the crowd. At one any more exciting Monday point, I decided to look night, and all thanks go around and everyone was to the Campus Activities bouncing up and down Council and their “Howdy with their hands in the air, Week.” screaming the lyrMatt and Kim, the ics to the band’s people behind the catchy tunes. In song on the Bacardi fact, my calves are commercial and really sore and my NBC’s “Community” throat feels like I theme song, got evwas yelling for four eryone to their feet quarters at a footand brought an exball game. citement to the stage After they sang LUKE which students revtheir hit tunes and ATKINSON eled in. entertained the Despite the long c ro w d w i t h e xlines and waiting cerpts from “The times, we got a chance to see Final Countdown” and other some of the most energetic quirky ballads, hopped off and upcoming perform- the stage and danced with ers in the music business the students. After making today. I’ve been to quite a their way around the room, few concerts in my time, the two-man band stayed and I can easily say Matt and outside the theater to hug Kim captured our back-to- and talk with the people school spirit and set the new who love them the most : school year to a good start. their fans. Despite needing For those of you who missed to be in Los Angeles the next this, I’m truly sorry. day, Matt and Kim enterThey only came armed tained stories from shocked with two projectors, some fans and signed every piece LED lights and a string of of memorabilia pushed their rope lights intertwined way. between the drums and a Two fans even got the keyboard, but they gave a band’s names tattooed on performance rivaling a Daft their ankles. They presentPunk concert in Eastern ed them to Matt and he gave Europe (but on a much them tickets for life to all of smaller scale). their shows. What made them so enThis is exactly the kind of joyable? They were fun, concert students want and charming and explosive in need. Let’s hope CAC can their performance, and in- bring in more talent like this stantly became friends with band, and maybe even open everyone in the room when up a bigger venue. they stepped on stage. I’d like to see someone Matt’s toe-tapping songs, play the South Oval. Kim’s stage-rattling drumming and the pair’s catchy Luke Atkinson is a broadcast and lyrics were complemented electronic media senior.


(Top) Kim Schifino of Matt and Kim helps keyboardist Matt Johnson play one of their songs Tuesday night in Meacham Auditorium. (Bottom) Kim Schifino plays the drums during their performance.

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Comic book wrap up: A look back at summer comics The Daily’s Osi Aken’Ova reviews IRREDEEMABLE When I heard Mark Waid was doing another this summer’s most memorable comic that challenged the way people thought comic books. about super heroes, I just rolled my eyes and recFor some, the long summer holiday is an opportunity to relax and enjoy time away from school. But for us realists, it’s a time to enroll in summer classes so we can get out of college faster. After hours of summer school classes, there was nothing I enjoyed more every Wednesday than waiting for new comic books at the comic book shop, and for OSI the most part they didn’t disAKEN’OVA appoint. Although there were a few misses, most of the comics I read this summer were highly enjoyable. These are a few of my favorites and one of my least favorites.

ULTIMATUM: SPIDERMAN REQUIEM As New York recovers from the decimation of the Ultimatum wave, J. Jonah Jameson- having realized that Spiderman is a hero not a menace as his tabloid had labeled him-recalls Spiderman exploits. The great thing about this two-part series is that not only does it summarize the entire 133 “Ultimate Spiderman” run but the choice to have original series artist Mark Bagely draw the flashbacks is amazing. There’s nothing I hate more than different artists working on one issue because it looks unprofessional and the lack of continuity serves as a distraction from the story but in this case, it works perfectly. This book is worth every penny and is only in two parts so just in case you missed it, pick it up.

WEDNESDAY COMICS On July 9, DC launched “Wednesday Comics,” a collection of 15 weekly one-page DC comics written by a different creative team that comes out weekly. Nothing really special or new but it also is printed on the same paper that is used for newspapers to give the comic books a Sunday morning comics feel. This might just seem like a simple gimmick but surprisingly you completely forget about that because the mainstream superhero comic book art simply looks beautiful on 14 inch x 20 inch paper. It might be annoying to wait a full week just to read a page from your favorite comic, but all the pretty pictures make it worth it.

ommended it to his fans without reading it. After I read the first collection, I was blown away. In the first seven pages, the Plutonian (an invincible superhero with superman type powers) brutally murders an innocent family without blinking an eye. The book follows his old accomplices as they do what they can to find out what drove this compassionate superhero to become a global terrorist. This is one of the darkest books I read this year, and the fact that such grim subject matter is paired with the innocent Golden age inspired art by Peter Krause is very interesting and just adds many layers that keep the reader guessing what Waid and Krause might be up to.

INVINCIBLE I know, I know, I write about “Invincible” every chance I get and that bothers a lot of people who think I’m just jumping the Kirkman bandwagon. But the book is simply that good and Robert Kirkman is one of the best writers out there; he is not afraid to take his characters to very dark places and rough them up. In the “Conquest” storyline, everything Invincible cares about in the world is shattered by his seemingly unstoppable enemy who also challenges the young heroe’s ideals. Not only is the story beautifully told but Kirkman’s abilty to keep the reader on his toes makes this a very entertaining series that keeps getting better and better.

ULTIMATUM I recommended this series a lot last semester and I apologize, it was the most disappointing books I’ve read in a long time. The only thing it’s good for is pissing really busy people off by wasting their time. “Ultimatum” is the series that ended the Ultimate universe and tied all the Ultimate books together, which it does but it just ends up feeling like the creators were behind on their deadlines and rushed to make them. It had so much potential and great ideas, like making Magneto the big bad, but the writer, Jeph Loeb, relied too much on killing numerous beloved characters to entertain the readers, which can only get you so far. After awhile no one even cares about their favorite characters that dying, they just want it to be over. Osi is a film and video studies senior.


Five of the most notable summer comic book covers include: “Ultimatum: Spiderman Requiem,” “Wednesday Comics,” “Irredeemable,” “Invincible” and “Ultimatum.”

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