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The Freshman Experience Jessica Graro

Christina Hamilton

From: Edmond, OK Living in: Adams Hall Major: Secondary Education: Mathematics Involvement: Gamma Phi Beta

From: Glencoe, Trinidad and Tobago Living in: Adams Hall Major: Geophysics Interests: Leadership, tennis and community service

Sorority life has always been a must for Graro, and after going through Panhellenic rush, she found a home in Gamma Phi Beta.

Hamilton is struggling to meet people and make new friends since her roommate got a housing exemption for the year.

“We were asked by our sororities, if you pledged, to wear your bid day shirt. So we all wore our shirts and it was so fun seeing who was in my class that I would have never known.”

“I’ve never been this far away from home for so long, so it’s kind of permanent and new, so it’s taking its toll on me. Every morning when I wake up, I just feel like if someone handed me a ticket, I would literally just fly home, and I just wouldn’t come back.”

Audra Brulc From: Tulsa, OK Living: Cate Center Major: International Studies Interests: Speech and debate, GLBTQ Brulc came to OU in high school to compete in the state speech competition and fell in love with the campus. “I always thought it was really cliché that people would say you would just know when you were at the right school, but I pretty much just knew.”

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oday, The Oklahoma Daily is launching The Freshman Experience, a yearlong project to document freshman life by letting new students tell their own stories. We selected six freshmen from among several dozen applicants, gave them digital recorders and asked them to start talking about their lives as new Sooners. In today’s paper, we introduce them to you. You can also go to OUDaily.com to hear audio clips about their first week. Further stories will run in the print edition and online throughout the semester. The project is modeled from a National Public Radio series called “Radio Diaries” and was made possible by a $500 grant from the Sooner Parents Mini-Grant Program.

Melanie Purdy From: Carrollton, TX Living in: Walker Tower Major: Biology, Pre-med Involvement: Choir, service organizations In February, she found out her dad had stage four liver cancer, and it was hard for her to leave home for college. “I don’t like to think about the things he won’t see, but he was really really proud of me for getting this opportunity to come to OU and this scholarship.”

Spencer Smith From: Brandon, SD Living in: Adams Hall Major: Constitutional Studies, Pre-law Involvement: Pride of Oklahoma drumline Smith tried out to be on the Pride of Oklahoma’s drumline in the spring. After being accepted to the Pride, he spends nearly every day preparing his snare drum skills for the first football game. “The thing I’m looking forward to the most is probably the first football game when I can march onto the field and hear 85,000 people screaming. God, that’ll be sweet.”

Tiaja Summerville From: McAlester, OK Living in: Couch Center Major: Psychology Involvement: community service Coming to OU is a big change for her because there are more people on campus than there are in her hometown. “I was a tomboy when I was little, but I grew out of that, but sports has always been a part of my life always, and I love football, especially OU.”

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A semester after a College of Education student was charged with committing lewd acts against a child, the college has implemented a policy requiring students to undergo background checks before admittance. Before this semester, the college relied on a university-wide safeguard to prevent incidences like that from occurring, College of Education Dean Gregg Garn said. This includes students notifying the university if there is anything in their backgrounds that would cause an issue for them or others, like felony charges. The only safeguard specific to the College of Education

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began working to ensure a situation like that never happened again. In months after ward, Garn talked with students and officials from local school districts to come up with a plan and decided to require a background check

Five of the nation’s top experts on international relations will offer lectures free and open to the public throughout this semester for OU’s College of “Not to say any side International Studies is better, but to say dream course “9/11 and the War on Terror.” there are two sides The class is designed to provide an to every story, and we objective view on the need to look at both War on Ter ror from sides to understand.” the perspectives of the Pakistani and Afghani MARIAM MUFTI, governments as well as SOUTH ASIAN POLITICS PROFESSOR the U.S. government, said South Asian politics professor Mariam Mufti who teaches the course. “Not to say any side is better, but to say there are two sides to every story, and we need to look at both sides to

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required students to sign a form stating they meet the same standards as any professional teacher before going into the teaching field and made them get background checks before beginning their student teaching, he said. Now, students must undergo background checks to

Sports: Trevor Knight didn’t win the quarterback battle, Blake Bell lost it. (Page 5)

get into the college. While these procedures are something officials within the college are always working to improve, when former education senior Christopher Flores was charged with committing lewd acts against a child while teaching in the field, Garn said he and others

L&A: Teaching assistants gain knowledge in their fields and enhance teaching skills. (Page 6)

Opinion: President Barack Obama announces federal college rating system to help college students find an affordable education. (Page 3)


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Artifacts

Historic organ rolls to be restored for performance by next fall Music performance to be held next fall Bennett Hall

Today around campus A meeting at the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium will take place at 9:30a.m. for newly arrived Fulbright students. The meeting is one of many events during Fulbright Gateway Orientation week, which runs through Aug. 30. A competition of minute-to-win-it challenges will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union food court. An informational session about Alpha Phi Omega, a national co-ed service fraternity at 5:30p.m. in the Heritage Room of the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

Thursday, august 29 A contest to guess the outcome of the first Sooner football game against the University of Louisiana will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Oklahoma Memorial Union’s food court. Those with the closest score can win a prize at the end of the season. A free concert by Jeffery Weaver on piano will be held from noon to 1 p.m.for Mid Day Music in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s food court. An informational session about Alpha Phi Omega will take place at 5p.m. in the Heritage Room of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. A meeting for international Fulbright students will take place at 5 p.m. at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History to commemorate Fulbright Gateway Orientation week. Participants will experience traditional Native American culture and heritage through music, dance and food. A discussion concerning the events following the death of Trayvon Martin will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. in Gaylord Hall, Room 1150. The event will include a spoken word performance by George Lee, a summary of events and a panel discussion.

Friday, August 30 A meet up for graduate students and faculty will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in Wagner Hall, Room 280. Refreshments will be provided.

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A collection of organ rolls from the turn of the century are being restored and copied by the OU School of Music’s American Organ Institute and will ready for a performance by next fall. The Möller Master Organ Player Rolls, considered one of the 10 most endangered artifacts in the state by the Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust, operate like player piano rolls but are much more complex, said Jeremy Wance, assistant to the director of the American Organ Institute. The rolls are perforated paper that were used to record the organ pieces of musicians in various genres from the turn of the century, Wance said. “These were very high-status possessions [at that time],” Wance said. It was a custom for upper-class citizens to purchase organ rolls and play them on automatic organs during social events in their

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A collection of paper rolls under OU’s care used in the early 20th century for pipe organs is now listed among Oklahoma’s top 10 endangered artifacts.

homes, Wance said. What makes the collection especially valuable is that the institute can produce copies of the more than 700 first-print rolls with the help of the institute’s music roll machines, Wance said. “The player rolls preserve the way that music was played and listened to back before high-fidelity technology existed,” Wance said. While the rolls are valuable and in usable condition

they are also substantially worn, Wance said. To combat this, the institute continuously uses chemical treatment, humidity and temperature-controlled storage to preserve the artifacts, Wance said. “This will help us unroll them to copy them into more rolls as well as digitize them for online use,” Wance said. As the institute continues to maintain these artifacts, it

AT A GLANCE Top 10 most endangered artifacts in Oklahoma • Möller Master Organ Player Rolls, Circa 1920 from the American Organ Institute Archives and Library at University of Oklahoma • George W. Long Glass Plate and Nitrate Negatives, Circa 1910-1940 from the Museum of the Western Prairie

• Oklahoma State Flag, Circa 1925 from the Pioneer Woman Museum • Spiro Lace, Circa 1400 AD from the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

• Oklahoma Land Run Registers, Circa 1889-1895 from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and Archives

• Payne County, Oklahoma Territory Agricultural Census Volumes, Circa 1898-1906 from the Stillwater Public Library

• Pawnee Bill’s Calliope, Circa 1910 from the Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum

• Will Rogers Polo Suit, Circa 1933-1935 from the Will Rogers Memorial Museum

• Cheyenne War Bonnet, Circa 1872 from the Philbrook Museum of Art

• U.S. Army Pigeon Basket, Circa 1944 from The American Pigeon Museum and Library, which was the People’s Choice winner Source: Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust website

A free concert by Tom White will be held from noon to 1 p.m. for Mid Day Music in Oklahoma Memorial Union’s food court. A release party for “The Great Gatsby” film will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Beaird Lounge before the screening in Meacham Auditorium. Students can dress in 1920s attire, drink mocktails and possibly win a soundtrack or DVD copy. Do you want to see your organization’s campus event here? Visit OUDaily.com/events/submit to add your entry.

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Corrections A p. 1 story in Tuesday’s edition of The Daily incorrectly stated that plaintiff Joey Stipek said the records he was seeking were protected under the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA. Stipek’s argument is that the records are not protected under FERPA. In a p. 1 story in Tuesday’s edition of The Daily, the South Oval, or the Van Vleet Oval, was misidentified as the Van Fleet Oval. The Oklahoma Daily is committed to serving readers with accurate coverage and welcomes your comments about information that may require correction or clarification. To contact us with corrections, email us at dailynews@ou.edu. Visit OUDaily.com/corrections for an archive of our corrections

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plans to host a performance of several of the organ rolls on campus next fall. The date hasn’t been set, Wance said. The top 10 artifacts are selected by both a panel of experts and members of the public based on a pool of artifact submissions from various libraries, museums and other institutions across the state, according the Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust website.

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before students could be in a lab preschool. admitted to the college, he For Cunningham, the said. background checks are necWhile Garn hopes the essary to make sure that the new safeguard would have right kind of people—those detected Flores sooner, he who wouldn’t try to harm said there’s never a perfect children—are teaching chilsystem. dren, she said. “We always The new politr y and make “People who cy is a way to ens u r e w e ’ r e are passionate sure only qualidoing the best fied students are about that we can and working around when we see an education will students, she area to improve said. we’ll constant- not be deterred “It is a small ly dig in and try by extra safety price to pay for and get better,” safety of the precautions.” the he said. children,” she So far Garn said. Catherine h a s n ’ t h e a rd Cunningham Cunningham, early childhood much student also doesn’t feedback about education sophomore think the polithe new policy, cy will have any but he said many students negative effects on students supported it last semester. genuinely interested in Catherine Cunningham, teaching. early childhood education “People who are passionsophomore, said she’s had ate about education will not to undergo a background be deterred by extra safety check before she could work precautions,” she said.

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Obama’s federal plan will help students Our View: Use available resources to find an

for making progress toward a degree. affordable education. Obama is publishing this new college ratings system in affiliation with the Department of Education. Unless you’re a National Merit Scholar, athlete or The ratings will be based on the percentage of stuscholarship collector, you are probably among the dents receiving Pell Grants, general affordability in thousands of college students throughout OU who terms of tuition cost, available scholarships and loan have to pay full tuition each school year, and that can debt, graduation and transfer rates, graduate earnreally add up. ings and more. It has become increasingly difficult for people These ratings will be carefully analyzed to create a to afford a college education, and though correlated “college scoreboard” of colleges’ The Our View financial and educational values. In addition President David Boren recently concocted is the majority a flat-rate tuition initiative to help students to those terms under evaluation, the rating opinion of graduate on time, the solution still won’t system will consist of comparisons of colThe Daily’s work for everybody. nine-member leges with similar missions, as well as recogWe understand it’s impossible to make nize which colleges do the most to help stueditorial board college affordable for every person interestdents from disadvantaged backgrounds. ed in earning a degree, but we always welOU is an excellent school, but this rating come opportunities to decrease costs or help us nav- system will put our academics, federal funding and igate what school is best for us and at what cost. continuous development up with our competitors. Last week, Obama pitched a proposal introducing Obama’s proposed system is appealing — it will offer the creation of the federal college performance ratstudents and parents a perspective of where our ing system in an effort to help families and students school falls in line among the rest in America. find the school that is most suitable for them in Luckily, here in Oklahoma, the average college terms of affordability and quality of education. graduate student debt was $20,897 in 2011, acThis system wouldn’t be effective until 2015, cording to a report from the nonprofit Institute for though it already carries significant importance. College Access and Success. It is lower than the naDeciding which college will be the best option for tional average college graduate debt, which should you is a critical decision; your four/five-year college play a positive role in determining OU’s position on plan will influence the rest of your life. the college scoreboard. The average borrower is estimated to graduate We know money is a concern for many students with more than $26,000 in debt, according to a White and their parents. If you know you wish to continue House factsheet. While this system can’t necessarily studying at OU but are in need of financial assiscombat the student debt issue directly, it is intended tance, you should look into the abundant amount of to challenge states to fund public colleges based on scholarships offered. performance and hold students more accountable OU offers scholarships for different majors and

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provides an updated scholarship guide online each year. If you aren’t eligible for certain scholarships, you should visit OU’s financial aid website or visit the Financial Aid Services office in Buchanan Hall, Room 216. Obama declared that the concern of the rising costs of college needs to be a top priority in Washington, and hopefully this system will be as beneficial to students and parents as it sounds. In an ideal world, no one should have to be denied the opportunity to receive an education because of financial reasons. If that is a concern for you or someone you know, use the tools made available for you.

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Citizens pay unneccesary expenses Take some college advice from a senior O n Jan. 2, 2012, Amgen, appear indiscriminate when Opinion columnist the world’s largest determining which of those biotechnology firm, advanced technology vehicle received a belated Christmas manufacturers are to receive present courtesy of the 112th funding. A company can easUnited States Congress. This ily obtain a loan, indicated by $500 million gift was hidden one of the program’s prereqwithin the American Taxpayer uisites: the advanced technolRelief Act of 2012, a bipartiogy vehicle must be designed san bill passed in order for such that it can carry two the looming “fiscal cliff” to be adult passengers. A tandem avoided, or more accurately bicycle would satisfy that stated, delayed. This exorbirequirement. Since its incepCorbin Brown tant subsidy was financed with tion in 2007, this program has brown.corbin.h@ou.edu taxpayer money and passed loaned out over $34 billion. through the legislative process Here in Oklahoma, the relatively unnoticed. Although state’s High Cost Fund has Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont was quick to concome under scrutiny. The Oklahoma Corporation demn this colossal piece of government pork, his Commission established this program in 1996. It bill to repeal the provision has yet to gain traction was initially conceived as a temporary program among any substantial number of legislators. that would provide residents of rural areas with (One could argue that it was not simply a piece, basic telephone service and assist in the transibut the whole pig). tion to a competitive market for phone compaSuch a blatant disregard for the principles of nies serving said areas. Although the telecomfree enterprise, even in a Congress teeming with munications industry has changed dramatically self-proclaimed proponents of laissez-faire ecoin recent years, the amount of funding that each nomics, should come as no surprise. Corporate telephone company receives remains approxsubsidies at the federal level reached a new high imately the same. Since 1996, rural telephone at $98 billion in 2012, a six billion dollar increase companies have been given an annual subsidy from 2006. Although subsidies created for inof $37.1 million from the High Cost Fund. The dividual companies are harmful, those that are money for this subsidy is derived from fees added intended to support entire industries are unto every minute of a long-distance call from a doubtedly the most deleterious to the state of the landline phone. A decrease in the use of landeconomy. lines has shifted this burden to a much smaller The Department of Agriculture’s Market Access group of people. The OCC has heard challenges Programis one such detriment. Established under from a number of companies including AT&T the Agricultural Trade Act of 1978, this program is Oklahoma and Cox Oklahoma Telecom who beintended to “help U.S. producers, exporters, prilieve this program should be replaced with a new vate companies, and other trade organizations fi- program — the latter being financed through nance promotional activities for U.S. agricultural fees collected by the Oklahoma Universal Service products.” MAP has cost taxpayers over $2 billion Fund. The uncertainty surrounding the future of since 1999, helping fund a number of superfluous this program provides us with little hope. Those ventures by these private companies and trade major groups contesting this program are proorganizations. pelled forward in their designs by the desire for a The Wine Institute, a public policy advocacy new government subsidy program, not for fiscal association of California wineries and affiliated responsibility. businesses, was given nearly $7 million in 2012. MAP, ATVM, and the High Cost Fund are but This amount is dwarfed by the $20.2 million that minute parts in our state and federal governCotton Council International received from MAP ments’ repatoire of corporate welfare programs. the previous year. President Obama himself com- The rate this segment of the federal budget is mented on the program, saying “MAP’s economic growing suggests that calls for the decrease or impact is unclear and it does not serve a clear elimination of corporate subsidies are falling on need.” deaf ears. While our politicians are busy serving Another example of industry-wide corporate thick slices of pork to corporate interests, such welfare is the Department of Energy’s Advanced unresponsiveness must be expected. Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program. A relatively recent addition to the fedCorbin Brown is a business economics freshman. eral bureaucracy, the ATVM Loan Program was established with the goal of moving the United States “to greater energy independence.” It is a noble program indeed, but one whose facilitators

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hope this column finds freshman to super seniors settling in nicely for a brand new school year. The class of 2017 alone consists of over 4,000 students. If your schedule is not already full enough, here are some issues and topics that we as students should be paying attention to over the next year and beyond.

Jared Glass Nutrition and Health Jrglass@ou.edu It is important to know that it is never too late or too early to start making a change to a healthier lifestyle – in moderation of course. It is easy to go too far in the other direction: too few calories, too much exercise, etc., so be careful. The best thing you can do for your health while living in Norman is drink purified or bottled water. With high levels of chromium-six, a cancer causing agent in our water, those jugs of water from Wal-Mart seem like a smart investment. You should also make an attempt to eat as much fresh local food as possible. Not only does this benefit local markets, but your health will be rewarded as well. Start making health conscious decisions on a daily basis. Don’t drive to class, walk. Take the stairs. Ride a bike if you have one. Choose an outdoor activity instead of watching Netflix shows you have already seen. Every good decision today pays off tomorrow. Local Environment and Community In a topic related to nutrition, we should help establish a culture of health and wellness. Norman has bike lanes, and more are on the way. Public transport is also a popular option. We should all start using these resources instead of driving our too-large SUVs to class for an hour, three times a day. This benefits our health and our environment. Foster a culture that recycles all that we can, saves every drop of gasoline possible, promotes volunteerism, and reduces litter and the pollution of our groundwater through these very same initiatives. Norman is my home, and I owe it to the city and the good people in it to continue keeping this city great. Academic Success Talk with professors, and make use of office hours. An informed student is a successful one and professors generally appreciate the extra effort required to come in for a sit down. Go to class. More importantly is your involvement when you are there. Make friends; a support group in class makes it easier to bounce back from the mono you got from Becky’s roommate during week 8. Take advantage of OU’s free tutoring and other tools in place for you to succeed like the clubs and organizations designed for you major or future career choice. You will not be disappointed in the results. Best of luck out there this semester, and make sure to be involved like a champion. Jared Glass is an English writing senior

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Knight won, saved by the Bell SPORTS EDITOR

PLAYER PROFILE Blake Bell Year: Junior Position:

Julia Nelson julia.nelson@ou.edu

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rom the beginning, the quarterback battle was junior Blake Bell’s game to lose. The signs were always there. The early success of the Belldozer made him the fan favorite. His rise to backup quarterback last season made him appear to be the coaches’ favorite, too. But plans change. The quarterback battle was Bell’s to lose, and it looks like that’s exactly what happened. No disrespect to the Sooners’ new starting quarterback, redshirt freshman Trevor Knight. I’m sure he’s great, but the strides Bell made in his first two seasons at Oklahoma gave him a huge lead going into the offseason. It’s pretty simple. Knight didn’t win the quarterback battle. Bell lost it. Coaches and players alike continue to talk about howclose the battle between Knight and Bell was. If that’s

Quarterback

Statistics: 372 career rushing yard, 24 TDs. 10-20 passing, 115 yards

the case, Bell’s experience should have sealed the deal. It should have put him over the top. Instead, Knight walked away victorious. Bell’s experience simply wasn’t enough. He was missing something else. The coaches were looking for consistency. The guy who made the least amount of mistakes. Everyone assumed Bell would have the edge, but the opposite turned out to be true. Bell made the most mistakes and lost the job. There had been plenty of question marks surrounding Bell’s passing ability over the past couple of seasons. To be fair, he was pegged as a runner early by Sooner fans, but the extra concern about Bell’s passing ability put his arm under the microscope. He fared decently in the

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Junior quarterback Blake Bell hangs his head after Oklahoma lost to Notre Dame last season. He was presumed to be the Sooners’ starter this season, but lost the job to redshirt freshman Trevor Knight.

Red-White spring game. Nothing stellar, but compared to the inexperience shown from Knight and sophomore Kendal Thompson, he stole the show. This is my best guess: Bell’s passing skills had the chance to develop already; Knight’s skills are still growing. Bell remained stagnant over the off-season while Knight continued to develop. The lack of growth from

Bell might have done him in. And the running skills that made Bell so famous might have worked against him. Measuring in at 6 feet 6 inches and 252 pounds, the guy is massive. That’s great for short yardage packages, but when coverage breaks down and the quarterback has to scramble, he’s going to need to be quick. That’s just not Bell. Looking back, there were a lot of clues pointing to

Knight getting the starting nod. The longer the battle went on, the more Bell’s stock dropped. He had the experience and confidence of the coaches. He was the fan favorite. It shouldn’t have been hard to win the starting job. Coach Bob Stoops made it very clear the competition was not dragged out to keep the entire team motivated. A starter would be named once one emerged.

With the battle extending this long, it became clear that Bell couldn’t separate himself from the pack. With every day that passed and a quarterback announcement didn’t come, it added another nail to Bell’s coffin. Every day without a starter, Bell lost the job a little bit more. Knight was saved by the Bell. Julia Nelson is a journalism senior

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Freshman class set to make major impact L SPORTS EDITOR

et’s rewind back to National Signing Day. Oklahoma ranked the No. 17 recruiting class in the nation this year. It wasn’t good enough — not at all. Sooner fans were foaming at the mouth, angry about the drop in recruiting. Julia Nelson The Sooners were outside julia.nelson@ou.edu the top 15 for the first time in five years. The sky was surely falling. The empire coach Bob Stoops had so swiftly built in Norman was about to come crumbling down, everyone was sure of it. Fast forward to present day. The Sooners’ home opener is three days away. Stoops announced last week the freshman he expects to play this year, and it’s clear he is pleased with his recruiting class. Fourteen: that’s how many true freshman he expects to make an impact this year. For a recruiting class considered a failure by many, it seems pretty good to me. Running back Keith Ford has been making huge waves during fall camp. It started when a video of the team practicing the Oklahoma drill was released by the athletic departmnet. It showed Ford plowing sophomore defensive tackle Jordan Phillips. The running backs already are getting a little crowded. There are four senior proven ball carriers and redshirt

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Freshman running back Keith Ford runs drills during summer camp.

freshman Alex Ross will be looking for carries this season too. Breaking into a veteran group of running backs is hard, but Ford must be up to the challenge this far. Stoops wouldn’t think twice about redshirting Ford this season if Ford wouldn’t make an impact. The vote of confidence

from Stoops should send a message loud and clear about Ford’s abilities. Defensive back Hatari Byrd is another freshman set to make a huge impact this season. A late and highly anticipated commit, big things were expected for Byrd before he even came to Norman. So far, he has yet to disappoint. Defensive players have praised Byrd for both his physical attributes and his on-field skills since his first practice. While we have yet to actually see Byrd play, I can’t see him making anything besides a huge impact on a young defense this year. Defensive ends D.J. Ward and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and wide receiver Dannon Cavil also have earned rave reviews during the offseason. Ward will be out for at least six weeks because of a recent splenectomy, he could see little to no time on the field this season. Even if that’s the case, he will make an immediate impact come his sophomore season. It’s funny. For a recruiting class so widely criticized as weak and not good enough, so many of those players seem poised to make an impact at a young age. Of course, the final verdict will be made on the field, but so far, so good. Julia Nelson is a journalism senior

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Students gain teaching skills Teaching assistants improve their own knowledge and help students Briana Hall

has something unique to offer their department. Graduate students at OU Minor said the Graduate are taking advantage of the Teaching Academy is a more teaching assistant program specialized way for those to better their own teaching people on campus, who and subject knowledge, all want to eventually teach, to while being paid to do so. come together in their own While the vast majority of discourse. student teaching assistants “It’s a great way to get peoare graduate students, ac- ple interested in the same cording to Mark Morvant, subject matter,” Minor said. the executive director at Minor said she strongly the Center for Teaching encourages getting involved Excellence, the programs i n a t e a c h i ng a s s i s t a nt are very popular and con- program. tinuously improving. “I hope that incoming stuOU offers two different dents who have the opporteaching assistant train- tunity take the opportunity,” i ng p ro g ra m s. Th e re i s Minor said. t h e Te a c h i n g Though each A s s i s t a n t department has Orientation, its ow n way of which Mor vant choosing stusaid saw 320 pardents to be teachticipants this i ng a s s i s t a nt s, summer, and the Every year, holding a posiDevelopment as a teachthe program tion for International ing assistant is gets better equally beneficial T e a c h i n g A s s i s t a n t p r o - and we keep for the student gram, which aims across all departto integrate cul- improving it ments. Morvant turally different to meet the s a i d t h a t n o t teaching styles. does being needs of our only Kimberly a teaching assisgraduate Minor is a gradtant aid in one’s uate student in students.” communication Native American skills, but it also Mark Morvant, art history who allows for a deepis also a co-co- Executive director er understanding at the center ordinator for of the material. for teaching the Graduate “They have excellence T e a c h i n g to communiAcademy. cat e t h e i r e xShe believes that it’s im- pert knowledge to people portant for students to par- who aren’t experts in that ticipate in teaching assistant knowledge,” Morvant said. programs, since each person “They’re helping a student

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Kimberly Minor, art history graduate student, stands in front of an art exhibit in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

learn the information they have learned.” Through this transfer of knowledge, graduate students are able to further their own expertise. “ They are going to be teaching their content,” Morvant said. “As you teach, your depth of understanding of your discipline grows. Having the graduate students involved in teaching is a tool to help them become more aware of their content.” Amanda Kis, a graduate student in meteorology, agreed with Morvant that the experience of being a teaching assistant helps the teaching assistant better understand his or her own work and communication skills.

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one year during their graduate career. W h i l e Ki s w a s o n l y a teaching assistant for one semester, she has moved on to be a coordinator for t h e Te a c h i ng A s s i s t a nt Orientation program that is held during the summer. One of Kis’ fondest

memories of the Teaching Assistant Orientation program was a recent panel that the program provided for incoming teaching assistants. The panel was put together to answer all of their practical questions, she said. Kis said she insists the most important thing for teaching assistants to remember is to be comfortable in their instruction. “Be comfortable being yourself,” Kis said. “It’s really important that students see that you’re comfortable teaching in front of them. Be okay with working your own style of teaching.” Briana Hall briana_hall@ou.edu

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he first time I opened the “Indie Shuffle” blog page, I yelled, “This is going to be my new favorite thing!” out loud in the newsroom. Just the first impression of the visually pleasing and musically stimulating blog sent me into frenzy. I immediately began scouring the page, trying to figure out its many features. As a self-proclaimed music snob, finding new and interesting music is always a priority. But with school, work and my social life (yeah, right), making time to pick through unknown artists can be time consuming, tedious and often frustrating. “Indie Shuffle” makes the process ridiculously simple. Here’s how it works: The “Indie Shuffle” main page features neatly-organized posts with a photo of the band/artist to the left, the name of the song on the right and more info below. Click on one of these squares, and your ears will immediately be assaulted with awesome. If you want to know more about the song, you can click a link to a short review provided by one of the blog writers. “Indie Shuffle” is what

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Indie Shuffle provides an easy way to find new music. Click on a song to play and see the review for info.

happens when Pandora, 8Tracks and Soundcloud have a divine baby. Like Pandora, you can pick a certain artist or genre to create a radio station of sorts. The track lineup displays at the top of the blog page, so you’re free to surf the rest of the website while your sweet music plays. You also can use the “favorite” feature to save songs you’re particularly fond of. Unlike the free Pandora service, you can skip songs as much as you like. With any radio shuffler, there will be some hits and some misses, so “Indie Shuffle” lets you skip past the tracks that don’t pique your interest. You’re free to skip between genres and artists

like a kid in a candy store. Within 20 minutes of listening to “Indie Shuffle,” I already had found five songs I’d never heard before that quickly became new favorites. Plus, the reviews for each song include information like genre and similar artists that made finding comparable tracks effortless. Oh, “Indie Shuffle,” you had me hooked at that MS MR cover of the Arctic Monkeys single “Do I Wanna Know?” After the Vampire Weekend cover of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” I knew we would be lovers for life. It’s difficult to go wrong with “Indie Shuffle” since you make all the choices.

Isn’t that what all these indie music loving hipsters are about anyway? Freedom is the blog’s best feature. If you don’t like something, you’re free to move on. The only thing I would add to the blog would be a feature linking directly from each song to the iTunes page where you could buy the song. Though I’ve switched to Spotify, the iTunes link could prove helpful to someone who would like to own a certain song. Otherwise, “Indie Shuffle” is a music nerd’s wonderland. Megan Deaton is a journalism senior.

‘Indie Shuffle’ Finds Here are some of the awesome tracks the blog has helped me find so far: MS MR cover of the Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I Wanna Know?”

Holy Ghost! “Okay”

Gang of Youths “Evangelists”

Lane 8 Remix of Daughter’s “Youth”

Nate Belasco mash up

Lorde cover of The Replacements’ “Swingin’ Party”

of Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead” and Tame Impala’s “Elephant”

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igh school students are volunteering in record numbers, lending their support to meaningful causes and organizations. They’ve often grown up around these organizations and don’t have to seek them out. Graham Dudley graham.dudley4@gmail.com In a new college setting, it’s not always easy to know how to start helping. Thankfully, OU has many services to help the prospective volunteer. An entire website exists to help OU students locate opportunities. The biggest need on the page right now, unsurprisingly, is tornado cleanup. Anyone interested in helping with Moore’s recovery efforts should visit servemoore.org. Additionally, the website has links to on-campus organizations like Alpha Phi Omega and the Big Event, as well as a list of ongoing In depth volunteer opportunities in Organizations the Norman community. in Norman This website has more than enough information to get a taking volunteer started. volunteers Many freshmen are just starting to adjust to the pace • Center for of college life, and wonder Children and Families, Inc. how an ongoing volunteer position could fit into their • Crossroads Youth busy schedule. Admittedly, and Family not every opportunity was Services designed for an involved college student. • Cleveland County For those wary of a longLiteracy term, weekly commitment, Program there are plenty of one-and• Second Chance done ways to get active. Animal String a few of those togethSanctuary er, and pretty soon you’ve done enough volunteering to make a noticeable difference — and maybe even impress a future employer. Ashley Sullivan, the Volunteer Coordinator at OU’s Leadership and Volunteerism office, was able to direct me to several Norman nonprofit organizations that are in constant need of workers. The Center for Children and Families, Inc.; Crossroads Youth and Family Services; the Cleveland County Literacy Program and the Second Chance Animal Sanctuary all accept volunteer help. Volunteering can stir up passions that workers didn’t even know they had. Just looking at the four organizations above shows the immense variety available to volunteers, from serving the abused and neglected to improving literacy to helping cats and dogs find a better second home. daily file art From infants to the elderHundreds of students got ly, picking up trash to planting a tree, there is a niche for involved with this year’s Big Event in the spring. every volunteer. Still not sure how to start? Every organization with a website has a way to get in touch. On the Children’s Hospital Foundation website, simply follow the “Ways to Give” tab and click on “Volunteer.” There you will find a form to fill out so the hospital can contact you with volunteer opportunities. How easy is that? These organizations are just a click or a phone call away, so at least once this semester, let’s all make a point to serve the community that serves us. Graham Dudley is a public relations sophomore.

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Students, faculty to discuss aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s death

Interview program airing on TV, Internet four days a week

Students and faculty from various colleges on campus will gather Thursday in Gaylord Hall to discuss the issues surrounding Trayvon Martin’s death. The event, “After Trayvon,� will focus on 17-year-old Martin who was shot and killed Feb. 26, 2012. The event will include a spoken word performance by George Lee, African American studies senior, a summary of events by Michele Eodice, associate provost for academic engagement, and a presentation by Meta Carstarphen, associate professor and graduate director for Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, according to the College of Arts and Science’s website.

A one-on-one interview program, “Current Conversations,� produced by OU’s Video & Media Services now airs on television in addition to streaming on the Internet. “Current Conversations� airs on the OUTV Channel 125 at 8 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 10 p.m. every other night. As a one-on-one interview show, the executive director and host, Robert Con DavisUndiano interviews national and local experts about their fields and views, he said. “We try to bring bridge-builders on the show,� Davis-Undiano said. The program stemmed from DavisUndiano’s previous interview television show that he hosted from 2000 to 2005

Carstarphen’s introduction will open the floor to the panel discussion among several OU professors from various departments on campus including journalism, philosophy, history and more, according to the college’s website. “The story of Trayvon has been a really charged issue that’s had a lot of media time,� said Mallory Gladstein, the program coordinator for the Women’s and Gender Studies Center for Social Justice, a sponsor of the event. Haley Davis Campus Reporter

called “Power of Ideas,� he said. A couple of years ago, OU Video & Media Services came to him and asked if he’d like to do another show, and he was excited to accept the offer, Davis-Undiano said. The show’s newest episodes include interviews with Dayton Duncan the documentary writer for Ken Burns, and Carl Pope the former director of the Sierra Club and environmentalist. “I hope people will watch the show and be delighted at the research that’s being done at the University of Oklahoma,� DavisUndiano said. “It’s a chance to meet some accomplished and brilliant people.� Danielle Snyder Campus Reporter

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