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Film and Media Studies Senior David Hunt sits with his iconic boom box and whip. Hunt is often not only seen walking to and from class but also heard as he sings along with the tunes he blasts from the boom box.
When my relationships with humans are constantly falling down or less than fulfilling, music is all I really have.” DAVID HUNT, FILM AND MEDIA STUDIES SENIOR
Students shoved their hands in their pockets and made conversation as a don’t walk sign forced them to stop. Some stared vacantly at the flashing red hand while others began mouthing words to songs coming through their ear buds. As cars rolled to a stop and students crossed the street, the distant chords of Aerosmith’s “Fly Away From Here” filled students’ ears. A few turned, though after a few weeks most of them knew where the sound was coming from. The music blared from a textbook-sized Memorex boom box, dangling from a braided tannish-grey rope its owner refers to as the “whip.” The music came accompanied by the deep, raspy voice of David Hunt who sang along as he held the end of the whip and crossed Lindsey Street, seemingly oblivious to those staring openly at the unexpected musical performance. Hunt, a film and media studies senior at OU, whom some refer to as ‘David Bowie kid’ or ‘boom box boy,’ is often recognized by his bleached skinny jeans and smudged eyeliner — and, of course, his ever-singing boom box. That’s all most students know about him and that’s fine with Hunt. The blond-haired musician stopped caring about bystanders’ opinions a while ago. “They need music,” he said. Hunt was diagnosed with autism when he was 3-years-old, so social interactions are a struggle for him. When his only love left him his freshman year of college, he said he lost his closest friend. His heart ached in his own pain, but it aches even more for people he cares about. Hunt’s mother was raped when she was a young girl. His half-sister was molested as a child. A friend of his was traumatized because her father molested her. Hunt watched as life dealt cards of misery to those around him like life was a game — a game he became too tired to play, and soon he was too tired to worry about his music bothering someone on the sidewalk. “I am so exhausted and I’m just like, ‘fuck it, I don’t care,’ ” Hunt said. Sitting at a picnic table outside Cate Center, he recounted the events in his life that led him to create music.
Data manipulation may soon be easy Computer science professor receives grant to create advanced editing tools JUSTINE ALEXANDER News Reporter @caffeinejustine
Students may have an easier way to edit, explore and annotate data soon thanks to a computer science professor and a grant from the National Science Foundation. Computer science professor Chris Weaver received a five-year grant for nearly $500,000 to develop his data visualization project, which, according to the project’s website, is meant to make visualizations of data more useful by allowing the visualizations themselves to be edited. Current technology allows users to pinch to zoom on a map or to swipe to change perspective. However, to actually change the data, users would usually have to use a text editor, Weaver said. Using Weaver’s technology on a touch screen, a pinch to a slice of a pie chart would accordingly adjust the percentage it represents instead of just zooming in. “When the data is changed, it automatically updates the display as well,” Weaver said. “It becomes fully AT A GLANCE interactive.” Additionally, the projData Visualization ect would allow users Project to automatically update stored data whenever + Funded by a and wherever it’s edited $500,000 grant given to computer science among different displays. professor Chris A user could have data, Weaver a map and a chart all respond to a change made + Should allow data to a timeline. visualizations, such as Weaver said that in a graphs or maps, to be way, the process is oppoedited easily without site to the way users typiusing a text editor cally use data. However, + Can work with a the traditional way of edvariety of data types iting data to edit visuals would still be useable in his program. Weaver said that his project is more general than programs like Microsoft Excel and can work with a greater variety of data. With special focus on use in the humanities, the data visualization project can work with numbers, space, time, text and even qualitative data, such as color. The data visualization project will create a collaborative, graphical data space for personal or public use, Weaver said. In the space, users can create and edit meaningful, interactive and optionally searchable visuals in real time. Unlike Wikipedia, the space would support original research while still allowing casual use with movies, sports, music, games and more. Weaver also said applications for his technology in gaming are feasible, especially in strategy games. Another feature of the data visualization project is its customizability and ease of use. The user doesn’t need to know computer literature to have many options for using the technology. Weaver said program users could build data visualization software that works for them from existing parts in a library designed with a simple language. For example, the many existing variations of swiping and pinching functions could be collected by the Weaver research group and incorporated into their library, where users could pick and choose from these building blocks to suit their needs while overlooking technical detail.
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After Ferguson, students gather to discuss racial issues Demonstration links police brutality in Ferguson, Missouri to Oklahoma events EMILY SHARP News Reporter @esharp13
In the wake of ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Sooners will gather for a demonstration about the police militarization, brutality and racism in Ferguson. The demonstration will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday on the South Oval. Anyone who wants to participate can attend, said Ashley McCray, Ph.D student and demonstration organizer. The Ferguson protests began after Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American from Ferguson, was shot multiple times after a skirmish with a police officer. Looting and riots followed the shooting with multiple nights of rowdy protests where police officers fired tear gas and rubber pellets. The National Guard was called in and has since drawn out. The OU demonstration won’t have a strict structure, and McCray will be passing out literature and information for the WEATHER
upcoming campus conversation about Brown’s death, she said. “As an American Indian, I think it is important to stand up with other persons of color and differently oppressed people,” McCray said. “This could very well happen to any of us for a variety of reasons.” This demonstration will focus on how the Ferguson incident is relatable to Oklahoma, McCray said. “There are many people on our own campus who have to navigate racial barriers that some people aren’t even aware of every single day,” McCray said. “We must remember that there are victims of police brutality here in our own state.” McCray named a few local examples, such as Jeremy Lake who was shot by his girlfriend’s father, an off-duty police officer, and Luis Rodriguez, who died while being restrained by officers. “Countless others from around the country and in our state have one thing in common; they are each a person of color,” McCray said. “If Michael Brown had been white, the tragedy in Ferguson would have never happened.” Emily Sharp, email@example.com
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Wearing a black patterned do-rag and wire-rimmed blue aviators, he looked toward the small courtyard that sits between Cate Center and the residence hall towers, where he met his best friend his freshman year. “That’s what made me, what changed me was misery.” he said. “I was driven to express that misery in a way that was socially acceptable.” He emptied his heart in a 17-page poem to the best friend he loved and she rejected it. In 2012, with nothing left to lose, he dove into music. He started carrying a small iHome speaker at all times to mute the noise around him. He began writing music, working with notes and lyrics until he found something he liked. He needs music, and believes others do too, viewing it as a way for himself and others to survive and be comforted. “That’s why you see so many people wearing headphones,” Hunt said. “They need music.” Hence, the boom box. The boom box is Hunt’s way to keep his music with him wherever he goes because headphones hurt his ears. His sturdy Memorex has had a few accidental clashes with the concrete. Those moments are when he devised a better method for carrying his hand-held speakers. “The whip keeps it in line,” he said, tossing the braided rope over his shoulder. “Sad, sad, sad!” Inspired by the hurt in his life and the injustice he’d seen in others, Hunt began to channel his thoughts to music. He mentioned the Rolling Stones song, “Sad Sad Sad.” The song features an ironically upbeat melody. He explained that the secret to writing songs about depressing topics while making it something people want to
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Hunt poses with his boom box and whip. He usually carries the speaker around campus, broadcasting music to students across the ovals.
listen to was simple. “Sing about it like you are happy,” Hunt said. Without notice, Hunt began singing, spreading his fingers and shoving his hands in the air as he belted the melody in a powerful, uninhibited voice. He ignored the girl who passed with raised eyebrows and a questioning glance over her shoulder. “I’ve got to play that song now,” he said with a chuckle as he turned to his iPod and began scrolling through albums. Hunt recently released a music video for his song “Raped by Reality.” He wrote it in resistance to the way life sometimes shatters peoples’ hope for themselves. “Rape by Reality” is about rebelling against the torment and discouragement people face and the struggle for women, in particular, when it comes to sexual abuse, Hunt said. “These jerks keep fucking up these perfectly nice young women — it is time to take a sledgehammer to this problem,” Hunt said. Hunt views his music as the singular, palpable asset he has in life. “When my relationships with humans are constantly falling down or less than fulfilling, music is all I really have,” he said. “This is my one bright, shining moment.” Amidst his pain and revelations about the realities of his life, Hunt has given his music a purpose. He sees his
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Scan this QR code to hear a playlist inspired by David Hunt’s 300song morning playlists. music video as a promotional piece for his music career, as well as a piece of art that encompasses his identity and purpose in life. “This is my one bright, shining moment,” Hunt said. “If I do not have any other shining moments, at least I’ll have this one where I look the way I want to look.” Marti Breskin, who worked on the music video with Hunt, admires his refusal to conform to society’s standards of what is acceptable and his adamancy to stay true to himself. “I like the fact that he is not afraid to stand out and be who he is,” Breskin said. “That is something many people are afraid to do with themselves.” Hunt knows who he is and what he believes, but he also knows not everyone moves
to the beat of his boom box. When Hunt creates his 300-plus song playlist every morning, he tries to pick music that will be tolerable — if not enjoyable — for all his fellow students. He is not out to offend; he just wants to hear his music and hopes others enjoy it too. “But, sometimes I play Marilyn Manson,” he admits. Despite those who find Hunt’s daily habits a little offbeat, there some people who delight in Hunt’s spontaneous musical performance. Cacy Wilfer, a freshman who frequently sees Hunt at Xcetera and walking to class, admits he sometimes slows down when he is traveling behind Hunt so he can enjoy the music a little longer. “Even if it is not my favorite genre of music, it is still nice to have something to listen to,” Wilfer said. Hunt shares his hopes in the music he writes and he lives his realities passionately, but Hunt also reaches people every time he presses ‘play’ on his tiny beat-up boom box. The beat may cause a few to falter and his singing may perplex others, but that is not enough to stop him. Hunt loves his music; he needs his music, and, as he said: “I do not think it is going to traumatize somebody to hear Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ one more time.” Chandler Neal firstname.lastname@example.org
Freshmen can still apply to join the Sooner Freshman Council this week
HCSA hosts series of free food events for freshmen and on-campus
OU’s Student Government Association is accepting Sooner Freshman Council applications until 4 p.m. Thursday. Freshmen in the council will attend weekly meetings and be assigned a mentor from one of each of the Student Government Association branches, according to SGA’s website. Applications are online on the SGA website and consist of basic biographical information, short answer questions an an attached resume. Candidates should have been involved in high school activities, be keeping good grades and be interested in learning and leadership at OU, SGA president Matt Epting said. Applications will be processed over the weekend, and a small number of students will be asked back for interviews. Last year, SGA set a record with 168 Freshman Council applicants, and are hoping to top that number this fall. Epting expects to take around 30 to 35 council members this year, depending on how many students apply.
OU’s Housing Center Student Association is holding events all week to engage freshmen and give away free food to students who live in on-campus housing. The association is holding events this week at various on-campus housing locations: Wednesday: Root Beer Roundup, 7 to 9 p.m., OU Traditions East Thursday: Dive Into OU, 7 to 9 p.m., Cate Center Friday: Super Spectacular Singing Snow-Cone Social, 5 to 7 p.m., Couch Center All students who live in on-campus housing have a voice in HCSA, and every student who lives on-campus is welcome to join the association’s events. The Housing Center Student Association holds about 12 events a month. To stay in touch with these opportunities, follow the Housing Center Student Association on Twitter @OUhcsa and to follow free food opportunities on campus, follow @FreeFoodatOU. Gloria Noble, News Reporter
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Weaver said the limitations of the program are due to screen space, not in hardware performance or processor speed. More screen space allows for more editing and visualizing space. Katherine Pandora, history of science professor who collaborates with Weaver, said she envisions many possibilities for the project. Pandora said she thinks the most exciting aspect of the data visualization project is the chance for faculty, graduate students and undergraduates across disciplines to research together. The integrative nature of the project will be useful in general education classes, where students are trying to piece together how different classes may be relevant to their major, Pandora said. “We hope students will put it all together themselves … but the classes themselves don’t often integrate these different perspectives at the same time,” Pandora said. Pandora said she will incorporate this technology into the curriculum for an up-and-coming Presidential Dream Course focused on the digital humanities. The benefit of using the data visualization project’s technology in Pandora’s class is twofold because the technology will help students and improve from student input, she said. The class is separate from the grant and will likely begin in the Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College before it expands, Pandora said. Weaver has openings to work on this project with support for graduate students and said undergraduate students can volunteer for beta testing and to participate in software development and visualization design. An early version of the program may become available as soon as next year, Weaver said. The software will be available online for free public download or tinkering for those familiar with Java. Justine Alexander firstname.lastname@example.org
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On Monday, we ran a story profiling Marc Jensen, an adjunct music professor who works at OU’s Lean Institute. Jensen goes on dumpster dives to find salvageable materials, such as scrap metal, that can be recycled. His goal is to neutralize his carbon footprint, and he mentors students passionate about environmental activism. Jensen’s passion for recycling got us thinking about ways we can reduce our own carbon footprint. We are in the paper business and realize copies of The Daily aren’t always properly recycled. Instead of tossing this paper in the trash, here are eight creative ways to recycle this very newspaper.
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Who poses the largest threat? DILLON HOLLINGSWORTH & CARSON WILLIAMS SPORTS REPORTERS Coach Bob Stoops’ squad is heading into the season with a No. 4 ranking attached to it. The Sooners expect to be national title contenders at season’s end. Here’s a breakdown of the schedule and which teams pose the biggest threat to OU’s chances. Texas Tech: Whether it’s Mike Leach or the new-age pretty boy Kliff Kingsbury, the Red Raiders seem to always have Oklahoma’s number, especially in Lubbock. A week after Baylor, the schedule doesn’t get much easier. Now with a year under his belt, Kingsbury is primed and ready to give Texas Tech some resurgence and nearly did so last year.
Oklahoma State: It’s Mike Gundy’s youngest team since taking over in Stillwater 10 years ago. However, with it being Bedlam, the game always seems to bring excitement and thrill. Oklahoma’s defense will likely be one of the best in the nation this year but junior college transfer and Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year Tyreek Hill could be tough for the Sooners to cover.
Texas Christian: Entering its third season as a member of the Big 12, TCU is looking to improve on its 4-8 campaign from a year ago. Even after releasing Devonte Fields, the preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, the Horned Frogs should provide stiff competition when the Sooners visit Fort Worth.
Iowa State: Although the Cyclones have not competed for any titles in recent years, they have developed a knack for catching teams off guard and derailing seasons. Iowa State is a prime candidate to play spoiler again this year and the Sooners will have to be careful as they travel to Ames between big home contests against Kansas State and Baylor.
Kansas: The Jayhawks should hold down the bottom spot in the Big 12 once again this year. Coach Charlie Weis did not go so far as to call his team a “pile of crap,” like he did last year, but the Jayhawks should not pose much of a threat against the Sooners in Norman.
Tennessee: The first game of what will be an impressive run of non-conference opponents for Oklahoma over the next decade. While not the most intimidating or talented team, Tennessee still gives Stoops a shot at the SEC. However, the Volunteers did begin to improve toward the end of last season and should continue to this year.
West Virginia: After a disappointing four-win season in 2013, West Virginia is hoping for more stability this fall. The Mountaineers should not be overlooked though, especially since OU will have to travel all the way to Morgantown to face them.
Tulsa: The in-state opponent provides the easiest away game on OU’s schedule this season. Just two hours from Norman, the stadium should still hold a lot of crimson and cream, especially since the Golden Hurricane are heading into a rebuilding year after their 3-9 season in 2013.
Louisiana Tech: The Sooners will kick off their season on Saturday at home against the Bulldogs and it should be with a win. Louisiana Tech went 4-8 last season and will be heavy underdogs in Norman against an OU squad ranked in the top-5.
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Kansas State: Sooner fans likely remember the last time Kansas State came to Norman. The Colin Klein-led Wildcats spoiled another Oklahoma home winning streak. Now, All-Big 12 wide receiver Tyler Lockett is the go-to-guy for Bill Snyder’s squad looking for a repeat outcome.
Texas: A new era rivalry begins. No longer is it the Bob Stoops/ Mack Brown clash. Charlie Strong takes over an inexperienced team that’s diminishing quickly as he’s already kicked off a handful of players. Texas wasn’t expected to beat the Sooners last year but they didn’t know that. Can Strong pull off his first big upset at Texas?
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Baylor: Art Briles’ squad will be the biggest speed bump in Oklahoma’s pursuit of the inaugural College Football Playoff. Last season, the Bears manhandled Oklahoma in Waco behind quarterback Bryce Petty. Now, back in Norman, Sooner sophomore Trevor Knight will look for his shot to show the nation which quarterback is the best in the Big 12.
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nights only in Norman and OKC. THOMAS BERNSTEIN LIFE & ARTS REPORTER @TOMDBERNSTEIN Special Disaster Team is back for two nights only in their exclusive reunion show. Made up of Jake Behrens, Joey Powell, Brian Stansberry, Grant Slater, Greg Johnson, Marcus Spitz and Joe McClendon, the band will rekindle their love for performing after 10 long years. You can catch Special Disaster Team on stage 10 p.m. Thursday at Opolis in Norman. Doors will open at 8 p.m. with a $5 cover. This show is for those 21 and over. For their very last performance, they will play 10 p.m. Saturday at VDZ’s in Oklahoma City — this show also has a $5 cover charge and you must be 21 to enter.
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The Daily: After 10 years, what made the band decide to get back together? Why only two nights? McClendon: The idea of getting back together actually came up a few times in the last decade, but the timing was never right because of everyone’s personal and professional obligations. Four of us don’t live in Oklahoma anymore so travel and time off from work was always a huge issue. Behrens: A few of us started chatting late last year about how 10 years from our last show would be a fun opportunity to get everyone together for a couple of nights of good music and friends once again. Everyone agreed to it and here we are, 10 years later. Two nights just kind of happened. We figured one night for folks in Norman to come and one for our friends in Oklahoma City.
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an d The Daily: Have any of pho to s how the band members learned anys Sp e c ia thing about performing and music during l Di s as t e that hiatus? Will you be bringing any of those new r Tea m in things to the stage with you? it s y o un McClendon: Speaking only for myself, I didn’t play anyger y e ar thing during the hiatus — in fact, I sold both of my trums. PHO TO pets about four years ago because I didn’t think I would PRO VID ever play them again. I had to go out and buy a burner horn ED off of Craigslist when we started talking about this last year. The Daily: What are some of the band’s influencI’ve been practicing almost every day for 1-2 hours for the es? Favorite songs/artists? last six months to relearn our music and prep for these McClendon: I think everyone will say that Reel Big Fish, shows. Less Than Behrens and No Doubt (when they were kind Behrens: I’ve learned to listen to the tone of my guitar of ska) were very influential in why we all liked ska music. more. There were some nuances that I just didn’t give a thought to because I was too busy being in a band, playing Speaking personally, I initially got into ska through Five Iron Frenzy, Supertones and The Insyderz. These days I lissongs and having fun. Not a terrible thing, but it can help ten to a lot of different kinds of music but I gravitate toward bring things in line a bit more now. Bob Marley and stuff from the ’50s and ’60s. Behrens: Too many to name but late ’90s ska/punk is pretty much where it was at for our songs at the time. Reel The Daily: What’s your favorite thing about your music Big Fish, Less Than Behrens, Save Ferris, etc. My taste has and the genre it’s in? branched out much more since then though. It took me McClendon: The fact that we wrote this amazing music leaving Oklahoma to start appreciating country music. still blows my mind. Most of us were in school band at Who knew? some point, both in high school and college, so we took a lot of what we learned there and applied it to the songs we The Daily: What is your favorite song that you guys have were writing for Special Disaster Team. A lot of ska bands don’t write countermelodies or apply music theory to their written? McClendon: “Keller’s Dog” and “Ask 4 Action” are my horn parts so they end up having their entire horn section favorites. They both have really fun horn lines to play and, I play the same notes and melodies. Our horns are all over the place and I don’t think you have to be a music major to think, represent the prime of our music-writing abilities as a group. appreciate how complex it is. Behrens: “Ask 4 Action.” By far my favorite. The horn Behrens: The music is still fun. After 10 years, it’s also really nostalgic. Amazingly, the songs came right back to me. lines, vocal harmonies, etc. They were all right where they needed to be. It was like getting back on the bike.
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