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Noncitizens must open accounts off campus Credit Union does not permit membership without proper IDs ARIANNA PICKARD Campus Reporter
OU international students must look off campus to open checking or savings accounts and face higher deposit fees because OU’s credit union lacks the resources to provide the services to noncitizens. The OU Federal Credit Union, the only banking option on campus, does not allow students to become members without a social security number and a
state-issued identification, said Jenny Parrish, branch manager of the OU Federal Credit Union’s Oklahoma Memorial Union branch. The credit union created this requirement because of effects of the Patriot Act, said Christy Robertson, branch manager of the of the OU Federal Credit Union’s Lindsey Branch. If those forms of identification were not required, t h e u n i o n w o u l d hav e to track I-9 forms for tax
purposes — something the credit union’s staff is too small to handle, Robertson said. The I-9 form is a document required by the federal government for all citizen and noncitizen employees in the U.S., according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ website. “It really has a lot to do with size,” Robertson said. “We’re so small that we really don’t have the resources to waive that requirement. We’ve revisited it a few times because there are international students, and
we like to service as much of the OU community as we can. It’s just something that our size doesn’t allow for.” Mike Smith, vice president of the OU Federal Credit Union, agreed the staff size inhibits the university from not requiring those extra forms of identification. “It’s just that it is more risky,” Smith said. “You have to be trained to try and spot fake IDs and fake passports and we’re just not set up to do that at this time.” This means the only option for international
students to open checking or savings accounts is to go to a private bank, such as MidFirst, Arvest or Chase, where the first deposit to start an account is almost always more expensive. Private banks such as MidFirst, Arvest and Chase open checking and savings accounts for international students, but their deposit fees can be up to $95 more expensive than OU’s credit union’s. “Typically most of the exchange [students] open bank accounts at Arvest
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Service credits class, surveys More than 35,000 rode SafeRide in ’11-’12 school year LINDSEY RUTA Campus Editor
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Members of the OU volleyball team work at the Women’s Outreach table on the south Oval on Monday. elections will be held in November, 2012.
Students register to vote on campus Volleyball team helps Women’s Outreach Center with voter drive MELODIE LETTKEMAN Campus Reporter
More Sooners will be joining the ranks of voters in Cleveland County as student organizations set up voter registration drives in preparation for the Nov. 6 general election. T h e Wo m e n ’s O u t r e a c h Center’s voter registration drive continues today, in celebration of Women’s Equality Day, which was Sunday. Emma NewberryDavis, an intern at the center and women’s and gender studies
BY THE NUMBERS Norman Voters
Total registered voters Source: Cleveland County Election Board
senior, sweated out the first day of the drive, where she said the turnout was high. “It’s been really good out here, considering the heat,” she said. “People are excited. They know it’s important to vote.” Helping the center with the drive, where students could fill out registration cards for the center to mail for them, was the OU volleyball team. The players shouted out into crowds of students, urging them to register and congratulating those who already had. One of the students the y lured in was Suzanne Varughese, petroleum engineering and Spanish junior. Varughese missed out on voting
when she’d first been eligible. “I turned 18 the day before I moved to OU,” she said. “I was too late for an absentee ballot, but this time I’m thinking ‘why not.’” Varughese credits her Indian background for her eagerness to vote. “It may sound cliché, but now women and people of color can vote, so they should,” she said. “[People] think racism was limited to just African Americans, but my grandfather had to drink from a colored fountain.” This weekend, the executive committee of Young Democrats see VOTe Page 2
The student voice behind the changes made to the SafeRide program may have been overstated by the university. T h i s s u m m e r, t h e SafeRide program was changed to a voucher system — where students are allotted three vouchers a week to use the taxi service, The Daily reported on July 18. The changes came after complaints from students about the wait time for cabs, said Brynn Daves, OU student programs director. The switch to the voucher system was the result of surveys conducted since 2009 as well as a meeting see SAFERIDE Page 3
Poll ranks OU Law as a top 20 bestvalue college Campus: Ou law jumps 14 places in national Jurist best-value law schools rankings. (Page 3)
Transportation bond will make Norman safer Opinion: students should go out and vote “yes” on today’s bond proposal to improve the city’s streets and drainage. (Page 4)
Sooners successfully conform to policy, OUPD says Adherence leads to cleaner campus, OU official says CHASE COOK
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A majority of OU employees and students seem to be observing the tobacco ban policy, as OU police have had limited interactions with policy breakers, and
landscaping workers are spending less time picking up cigarette butts, OU officials said. Since the tobacco ban policy was implemented July 1, OU police have responded to about 12 instances of tobacco use on campus, OU police department spokesman Lt. Bruce Chan said. Citizens either flag down officers on patrol
or call the non-emergency hotline to report the incident, Chan said. Every officer response to tobacco use has been a verbal warning as of now, he said. OU police have not issued any citations. Landscaping and Grounds director Allen King said he has seen an improvement on campus since the policy was put
into effect. The common clean up areas are noticeably cleaner, King said. There is more time to work on the gardens and other ground maintenance since workers aren’t having to pick up butts and drive around to empty ashtrays, King said. “It gives us more time,” King said. “It’s an hour to an hour and a half a week that
we could be doing something more productive.” King also said some of his 65 full-time employees are making efforts to quit, such as attending clinics set up by facilities management or using electronic cigarettes. King himself smoked but quit cold turkey more than 20 years ago, he said. see TOBACCO Page 2
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TODay arOunD CaMPus A photo booth themed around star Trek will be set up from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the first floor lobby of Oklahoma Memorial union. A workshop about resume writing will be held from 2:30 to 3 p.m. in Oklahoma Memorial union, Traditions room. A Student Success Series seminar about campus life at Ou will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in lissa and Cy Wagner hall, room 245. A student worship session entitled “laTeniTe” will be held by Chi alpha Campus Ministries from 9 to 10:30 p.m. in Meacham auditorium in Oklahoma Memorial union.
TuesDay, aug. 28 Free lemon chills will be given out from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the first floor lobby of Oklahoma Memorial union. A Student Success Series seminar over student employment will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Wagner hall, room 245. A presentation about succeeding in economics courses will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the archie W. Dunham-Conoco student leadership Center in Oklahoma Memorial union. The first general meeting for the union Programming Board will be held from 9 to 10 p.m. in Meacham auditorium in Oklahoma Memorial union. Do you want to see your organization’s campus event here? Visit OUdaily.com/events/submit to add your entry.
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will begin planning their events, which include several registration drives, according to president Sam Peyton. “We w ill have dr ives, but at every event we host, we will have registration cards,” Peyton said. “I have a stack of a few hundred in my room I’m ready to have people fill out.” The organization does not expect those who register through Young Democrats to register with any specific party, Peyton said. “While we do advocate for democratic ideals, we emphasize just voting no matter what party,” she said. “At the involvement fair, we registered over 60 voters, and at least a third of them registered as republicans.” Young Democrats keeps information on candidates available at all booths and hosts election debate viewing parties, which include political discussion to help students make informed decisions, Peyton said. “While I haven’t been keeping up with the election as much this year, I will be educating myself on the candidates before I vote,” she said. “I think it’s [wrong] to vote without
fiNaNCe: Students look off campus Continued from page 1 because, for one, they are located in all the Walmarts a n d hav e l o n g e r h o u r s of operation,” said Tina Henderson, OU Education Abroad exchange student adviser. “We do not recommend one over the other but give them the options at orientation, and they make the decision themselves. “ Private banks are not
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Brendan Lushbough, psychology sophomore, fills out a registration form Monday for the November 2012 elections. The Women’s Outreach registration table is located on the south Oval near Bizzell Memorial Library. The drive will continue tomorrow.
being educated.” UOSA also is planning upcoming voter registration drives, said President Joe Sangirardi. Phone calls and emails to OU College Republicans were not returned by deadline. Melodie Lettkeman email@example.com
bound by the same laws as the Federal Credit Union, said Chuck Russel, assistant banking center manager of MidFirst Bank. “The only thing we need to open the accounts is a little extra ID information,” Russel said. That information includes a student ID, passport, visa and I-9 form, Russel said. Berkan Miskin, an exchange student from London, set up an account with MidFirst bank last week. “I did try to open a checki n g a c c o u nt at Fe d e ra l Credit Union, but they told me I needed a social security number, which we, as exchange [students], do not have,” Miskin said in an email. “I do think it is unfair that I have to travel out
BY THE NUMBERS Cleveland County Voter Makeup
Total registered voters
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“It’s just that it is more risky. You have to be trained to try and spot fake IDs and fake passports.” MIKE SMITH, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE OU FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
of campus when there is a bank on campus, but it is not available to us.” These banks can circumvent this tax issue by sending a specific form to the federal government to indicate that the bank is opening an account for a noncitizen and that taxes should not be applied, Russel said. Federal credit unions at other universities also use this form to open accounts
for international students, said Matthew Serafino of University and Community Federal Credit Union in Stillwater. The Stillwater credit union requires only a passp or t for international students to open an account. Setting up a system at OU that would allow international students to open an account is something the union might look into in the future, but right now, the union isn’t in the position to accomplish that, Smith said. Arianna Pickard Arianna.J.Pickardfirstname.lastname@example.org
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“I completely understand what they are doing,” King said. “I always hated the phrase, ‘I’m trying to quit.’ You have got to have the mindset to quit.” Each time information is available about tools that
smokers can use to cut back or quit, King said he takes the fliers and puts it into the mailbox slots of his employees. The tobacco ban policy was implemented July 1 after OU put together a task force to create a policy. The task force recommended a policy with smoking areas,
MIKE WORMLEY Campus Reporter
The OU College of Law was ranked among the top 20 schools in a recent law journal. The college was named No. 16 on a list of 200 best-valued law school in the September issue of the National Jurist. The law school’s previous rating was No. 30 in 2009, according to a press release. The methodology for the ranking takes into account factors, such as job placement rate, student debt and bar passage rate, according to the press release. The ranking reflects a change in attitude about law schools nationally, said Joseph Harroz, dean of the College of Law. “ It s e eks to answ er a
OU’s tobacco ban policy prohibits both cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. OU’s tobacco policy truly will be a success if it can get just one, maybe two, people to quit, King said. “I’ve seen what [smoking] can do to people,” he said. “It’s five dollars a pack...it’s just not worth it.”
Law school rank up to 16th in nation Job placement, bar passage key in jump
but an executive order from Gov. Mary Fallin mandating that smoking not be allowed on state property overruled the smoking areas. OU’s tobacco ban policy can be enforced by any university official, and breaking the policy can result in a verbal warning up to a $50, according to the policy.
question about how a school should endeavor to rank,” Harroz said. “That question is not just on quality, not just on affordability, but a combination of those two things.” Job placement and bar passage rates — two key factors to the grading of schools by the National Jurist — are important points of that conversation, Harroz said. “I think that probably in terms of advancing in ranking, we have always done well in bar passage rates,” he said. “The one area where we have really gained ground this year has been this idea of job placement.” A lot of the school’s success with job placement can be attributed to the work by the college’s office of Professional Development, Harroz said. Mike Wormley Michael.J.Wormleyemail@example.com
million. about half of the project will be funded from the bond and the other half Residents — or $46.4 million — will to vote on come from an increase to norman property taxes, transportation according to the bond bond project documents. This would cause residents owning homes to pay about $3 to a $42.6 million trans$4.50 extra in taxes each portation bond project for the city of norman is month, according to the being put to a vote today. bond documents. “One part of the project norman residents will is paid from the bond, determine if the transand the other will be paid portation bond should from federal money,” said be approved in order to improve city roads, drain- John Clink, capital projects engineer for the City age and overall congesof norman. “The federal tion. money will be paid from our Voting polls will be gas taxes.” open from 7 a.m. to 7 if this bond is approved, p.m. Tuesday to vote for the eight projects are the transportation bond planned to begin in 2013 in norman. The bond package pro- and will be completed over a six-year period of time. poses eight transportaJenna Bielman tion projects to improve Campus Reporter road and drainage problems in the city. The projects include improvements of two bridges and six transportation corridors, according to bond documents. The estimated cost for the project is $89
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saferide: Taxi service spending continues to surpass annual budget Continued from page 1 with students in April, according to documents requested by The Daily. Thirty-one students from campus organizations were invited to attend the meeting and discuss the changes. Of those students, 13 people attended — including representatives from UOSA, Campus Activities Council and Panhellenic, Daves said. The idea for the voucher system actually came from a student capstone project from several years ago, she said. “SafeRide is always one of those that seems to be chosen [for capstone projects], and so they look at the program — they look to see how they can improve it or different ways of marketing,” Daves said. That proposal stuck out to her, and she saved it, Daves said. “We’ve been talking about the voucher program for over two years,” Daves said. “We didn’t really see the need to change the program until this last year when it became more serious that we did something.” The need to change the program came from the
overwhelming calls Student Affairs received from students complaining about the wait time for taxis through the program, she said. “It was more calls personally to me, and then our student SafeRide employees would give me feedback every week,” Daves said. Despite the number of calls Student Affairs may have received, the student surveys since 2009 — which received a total of 2,469 responses — show an overwhelming satisfaction for the program, according to documents requested by The Daily. Of the 1,128 students surveyed in 2011, 75 percent of respondents said they were either satisfied or very satisfied with the program. Sixty-eight percent and 80 percent answered similarly in a 2010 and 2009 surveys respectively. Many of the extra comments left on the surveys were related to wait time for cabs, however the taxi services are contracted to pick students up 25 to 35 minutes after a call, Daves said. While only 49 percent of respondents said they waited less than half an hour
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Eric Ray, zoology senior, goes through the SafeRide vouchers available to students this weekend Monday.
for cab in the 2009 survey, 63 percent of respondents said they waited less than 35 minutes in the 2010 survey, and 60 percent answered similarly in 2011. The surveys are not always accurate assessments, pointing out that many students who had complained to Daves in the past did not show up for the focus groups discussing changes to the program in April, she said. The program’s steadily increasing budget did not play an impact in the decision to switch to the voucher system, she said. The SafeRide program has gone over it’s allotted budget the past three fiscal years, according to documents requested by The Daily. Last year, the program cost $172,000 although it was only allotted $130,000, according to the documents. This year’s budget is $180,000 based on the spending of the past few years, she said.
“Each year has been more [expensive] since the popularity of the program has really grown,” Daves said. The popularity of the SafeRide program has increased significantly since 2004, according to documents requested by The Daily. Last school year, ridership hit an all time high of 35,544 riders, Daves said. That more than triples the ridership for the 2008 to 2009 school year, and it more than doubles the ridership of the 2009 to 2010 school year, according to the documents. Although they do not know if the voucher system will meet the growing need long term while keeping wait times low, so far they are satisfied with the changes made to the program, Daves said. “I’ve been contacting students that I know that are using the program … to get feedback for it,” she said. “So far we think it’s serving the
demand.” Over 2,100 vouchers were distributed last weekend, and the longest reported wait time she has heard so far is 15 minutes, she said. “That doesn’t mean we’re not going to continue to evaluate the system,” Daves said. There are plans to conduct another survey later this year, and although she does not know if they will be able to stay under budget this year with the new program, cost is not dictating any changes, she said. “We always want to be budget conscious, but this program is about saving lives, so whatever direction we have to go to make that happen we will,” Daves said.
BY THE NUMBERS Annual Budgets
Fiscal Year 2009, compared to $70,305 spent
Fiscal Year 2010, compared to $78,672 spent
Fiscal Year 2011, compared to $121,456 spent
Fiscal Year 2012, compared to $172,000 spent
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QUOTABLE: “... Now women and people of color can vote, so they should,” said Suzanne Varughese petroleum engineering junior, about her Indian heritage inspiring her to vote. (Page 1)
Sooners must take steps to get DREAM Act passed Our View: The DREAM Act is good for students,
long road to citizenship for a specific group of young good for the country. people. It would give the U.S. the ability to hold on to productive, intelligent and trained members of sociDid you know that some of the students around ety who have proven they wish to become citizens. you on campus are in the country illegally? These young people want to contribute. They want About 272 undocumented students attended to serve in the military. If anyone wants to risk their Oklahoma public colleges and universities in 2011, safety to serve this country, the nation should let according to data from the state board of regents. them. They want to get a college education and conMany of these students were brought to this countribute to the education level of our workforce. try by their parents when they were children. Some By making it through this process, they have likely did not even know their status until they tried proven that they are willing to work hard to become to get their first job. Americans. But despite having no say in the decisions to come These students have been raised and educated in to this country illegally, they still face the challenges America. They see themselves as Americans. They involved in undocumented status. may not have been to their birth country since they A new student organization will advocate for opwere brought to the U.S. as children. And they are portunities for such students, The Daily rewilling to work to become citizens who conported Monday. The group will help raise tribute to or fight to protect society. The Our View the visibility of undocumented students at By any definition, they are Americans. is the majority opinion of OU and help them utilize the deferment They deserve a chance to be recognized as The Daily’s program to attain temporary residency. such. eight-member The group, DREAM Act Norman, will adThis bill shouldn’t be controversial. The editorial board vocate for the passage of the federal DREAM only feature of the act that understandably Act, first proposed in 2001. This bill would causes outcry is the fact that undocumented provide a path to citizenship for students who meet students with temporary residency could qualify for basic requirements: in-state tuition. • Coming to the country before the age of 16 It does seem intuitively unfair that a legal resident • Being in the country for five years before applying from out of state could end up paying much more in • Having no criminal record tuition than an undocumented immigrant. • Graduating from high school or attaining a GED And regardless of whether you are swayed by this • A college degree or military service argument, it is clear that this detail is a large part of If they qualify for the program by meeting the first the reason this bill has been continually derailed in two requirements, they are given a six-year tempothe legislature. Future drafts of the bill would do well rary residency in which they must complete either to leave out this one detail. two years of study toward a college degree or two If that detail is struck, there is nothing to lose and years of honorable military service. After that, they everything to gain from passing the DREAM Act. can apply for full citizenship, which takes years. It would take nothing away from legal citizens and Each session’s incarnation of the bill differs in the keep the best and brightest of these innocent young details, but the requirements are always intended to people in the country. limit the bill to the intended group: dedicated, hardPresident Barack Obama has a taken a step in the working young people who had no choice in coming right direction with his program to offer deferment here and have been raised as Americans. to DREAM Act-eligible young people. But this proAmerica needs this bill to help these students be- gram does not offer adequate protection to keep come citizens. these individuals from being detained, and it is not a These students had no control over the choice to permanent solution. come to this country illegally. Giving them a way to Oklahoma lawmakers should work to pass the work hard and eventually gain citizenship would not DREAM Act after 11 years of inaction from Congress. be rewarding them for illegal action. The students But they will only take up this mission if urged to do themselves didn’t take an action — their parents did. so by constituents. Students wanting to get involved This law would simply ensure that the students or find out more can join DREAM Act Norman. were not held accountable for the actions of their The date for the first meeting will be announced parents. In no other case do we hold one person le- Sept. 5, and you can follow them at Facebook.com/ gally responsible for the actions of another they had DreamActOklahoma for more information. no control over. Comment on this on OUDaily.com This isn’t an amnesty program. This is offering a
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project is essential for traffic in Norman. According to documents from the city outlining the bond, this area is “the No. 1 traffic congested corridor in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area” and “has the highest traffic accident rate in Norman.” Improvements to the I-35 and Lindsey Street junction also are slated for 2016, so the timing is ideal for improvements. This transportation bond is important to the safety and functionality of our city. The older parts of the city need to be updated, and this is a cost effective way to accomplish these goals. Lindsey Street is used by thousands of people every day, especially at the beginning and end of each semester when students are moving to and from Norman. The improvements also could help to relieve the congestion of gameday traffic in the future. If you are registered to vote in Norman, I encourage you to vote “yes” today in the special election. If you don’t know where your polling place is, or what ward you live in, go to OUDaily.com to use the the election board’s polling place locator to find one. If you are not registered to vote in Norman or have just moved here, the Women’s Outreach Center has a voter registration booth set up today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the South Oval. Register to vote and do not miss out on importation decisions for the future of our city like this one. Paige Willett is a broadcasting and electronic media senior.
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his semester OPINION COLUMNIST President David Boren implemented a new sexual harassment policy on campus. Most notably to students, the change included a mandatory online Mark Brockway training session about firstname.lastname@example.org sexual misconduct, which can be accessed at ou.edu/sexualmisconduct. The new policy also offers a full year to students who have been victims to report the crime to university officials, increased from the 180 days of the previous policy. Given the prevalence of sexual misconduct, these baby steps are simply insufficient to meet the needs of OU students. Boren and the student community must push for a longer statute of limitations and in-class training for all university students and staff. I, like many students, took the training recently and was shocked to learn that 1-in-5 women have been the victims of sexual assault during their college career. This statistic is even more alarming considering the number of unreported incidences. These levels of assault indicate an epidemic. If, for example, 1-in-5 students were having their laptops stolen or their cars broken into, the university would have police on every corner. The physical safety of OU students does not take such a priority. The first area in which OU policy can directly impact student safety is by raising the statute of limitations on sexual assault cases to 12 years, a similar time frame to that found in state law. There is simply no reason for the university to have a policy that is more AT A GLANCE restrictive than the state Sexual assault of Oklahoma’s. If anything, OU policy should • 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted be more concerned with during their time in student’s health than the college state policy. While the increase • Students are 75 might not do much to percent more likely to prevent assaults, allowbe sexually assaulted ing the victims neceswithout in-class sary time to seek help training. will go a long way toward Source: Bureau of Justice Statistcs, healing. Journal of American College Health Similarly, because sexual assault is such a damaging and pervasive aspect of college life, a 15-minute online training exercise is extremely insufficient. Real change must come from face-to-face training that encourages discussion and interaction between students. In 2007, the Journal of American College Health published a study that measured the results of mandatory training sessions given to freshmen. These sessions consisted of a 90-minute video and a two-hour small group discussion session. In just a year, the study found that students who had not had the training were nearly 75 percent more likely to have been the victims of a sexual assault. OU drastically could reduce the number of sexual assaults on students by simply creating a mandatory class that all freshmen attend, similar to the alcohol training that is already mandatory. This type of student interaction and communication is integral to any sexual harassment program and is completely absent from current university policy. When students can speak to each other about these issues, sexual assault becomes much less likely. Freshmen at OU are bombarded on all sides with the Sooner community. Camp Crimson, freshman orientation and a host of other programs are designed to instill school pride in incoming freshman. With all the effort put into Sooner pride, the university should put more effort into Sooner safety. As students, we feel we are powerless to change policies. When these policies affect our safety, we cannot be powerless. Call the president’s action line at 405-325-1212 and tell Boren to implement a safer policy for OU students.
very year in OPINION COLUMNIST Norman, the influx of students for the fall semester means an influx of traffic. I personally avoid Lindsey Street at all costs during the school year. Another problem that plagues the city and campus Paige Willett is a lack of sufficient storm email@example.com drainage. Every time it rains, Lindsey Street is flooded and almost unnavigable as you drive toward the highway from campus, and campus itself becomes one big mud puddle. Other areas around the city also suffer from insufficient drainage and packed bumper-to-bumper traffic. Today, the City of Norman is holding a special election for the proposed transportation bond. If passed, the bond would implement a plan to fix eight areas in the city through road widening, bridge repairs and better drainage. It would cost the city approximately $42.5 million, and all of the proposed projects are eligible for federal transportation grant funds. For the citizens of Norman, funding the bond would mean an increase on monthly property tax between $3 and $5. Construction would begin next year and would continue until 2018. Lindsey Street would be widened to five lanes between 24th Avenue and Berry Road in 2016, with major improvements to the drainage system along the road. This
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Five games to watch for Sooner basketball sports columnist
AT A GLANCE Games to watch OU vs. Clemson or Gonzaga — Old Spice Classic on Nov. 22-25 in Orlando, Fla.
OU at Arkansas — Dec. 4 in Fayateville, Ark.
After a turbulent first season, year two of men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger’s reign should boast a much improved team. Oklahoma returns all five starters, four of which are seniors, who could contend for the field of 64. Here are five key matchups that could make or break the Sooners’ season:
vs. Clemson, Gonzaga Oklahoma kicks off its road season at The Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., on Nov. 22-25. OU is no stranger to regular season tournaments — the Sooners have participated in at least one tournament each of the past six seasons — but an early season showdown against either Clemson or Gonzaga will provide a watermark to see how OU stacks up against a team with a perennial postseason presence. Clemson is riding a streak of four straight tournament appearances, and Gonzaga has won 13 of the last 14 West Coast Conference regular season championships.
at Arkansas Despite Arkansas’
OU vs. Oklahoma State — Jan. 12 in Norman OU vs. Texas — Jan. 21 in Norman OU at Kansas — Jan. 26 in Lawrence Source: SoonerSports.com
done in football during the last decade, Kansas has done in basketball: Complete conference domination. Since 2002, the Jayhawks have won the regular season Big 12 title every year except for 2004 — when they finished tied with Astrud reed/the daily Texas for second beSenior point guard Sam Grooms (1) handles the ball in a game against Texas on Feb. 14. The Sooners lost the game, 69-58. The OU-Texas hind Final Four-bound Oklahoma State. After fallmatchup will be another game to watch this season on Jan. 21 at Lloyd Noble Center. ing to Kentucky, 67-59, in standing as a middleThe series will be kicked Norman before traveling the national championof-the-road SEC team, to Austin for the concluoff Jan. 12 in Norman, then ship last season and losing With the Sooners and this Dec. 4 matchup in sion of the two-game series superstar power forward OU will travel to Stillwater Cowboys down these last Fayateville, Ark., will be the few seasons, Bedlam basfor the conclusion of the se- Feb. 27. Thomas Robinson to the Sooners’ first true road test. ketball has left something Texas is coming off of its ries Feb. 16. first round of the NBA draft, Last season, Oklahoma 14th straight NCAA tourKansas should enter this to be desired — see last seavs. Texas took down the Razorbacks son’s sloppy, 77-64 finale nament appearance and season with something to at Lloyd Noble Center, its 22nd appearance in 24 prove. in Norman. But despite the 78-63, which was the Although both Oklahoma years. You can bet Allen lackluster performances of Sooners’ first win against and Texas are inarguably The Sooners went 0-2 Fieldhouse will be rockthe state’s two biggest basArkansas since 2009. “football schools,” the Red against Texas last season, ing when the Sooners play ketball programs, Bedlam Oklahoma has played River Rivalry’s basketmarking the first time the them Jan. 26 in Lawrence. is still Bedlam. Arkansas each of the past ball edition is one of the Longhorns swept the series The two teams split the five seasons, and the since 2007-2008. 2011-2012 series, with each more contested in college Dillon Phillips is a Sooners are 11-15 all-time basketball. team picking up its win at journalism junior and against the Razorbacks. OU tips off the Red River at Kansas home, but the Sooners own assistant sports editor for Rivalry at home this seathe all-time series lead, vs. Oklahoma State The Daily. son with a Jan. 21 game in What Oklahoma has 127-93.
OU football injury woes For the Sooner football team to keep its hopes for a berth in the national title game alive, OU will need to play at a high level, consistently, with a limited depth chart due to injuries, suspensions and departures during this year’s fall camp. Senior center Ben Habern announced his retirement Aug. 1, citing lingering back and neck injuries.Habern’s retirement forced junior Gabe Ikard over to the starting center position.
Stacy McGee Senior offensive lineman Tyler Evans — the second most tenured lineman behind Habern — tore his ACL in practice Aug. 6. The injury, in conjunction with Hasbern’s retirement, took the Sooners’ offensive line from one of the most experienced in the Big 12 to one of the youngest.
Senior defensive lineman Stacy McGee was suspended indefinitely Aug. 17 for violating an undisclosed university policy. Mcgee’s suspension prompted senior defensive end David King’s move to tackle and allowed sophomore defensive end Chuka Ndulue to move to a starting role.
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Othello’s hosts Tipsy Artist Benefit Monday for family affected by fires
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In effort to raise funds for a local wildfire victim, Campus Corner’s Othello’s Italian Restaurant hosted a painting and piano event Monday. The event was held for Norman local James Ray and his fiancé Dottie McLeroy, who recently lost their home and all their belongings to a devastating Oklahoma wildfire this past month. Ray also is handicapped and paralyzed from the chest down because of a serious motorcycle accident in 2011. The wildfire destroyed all of Ray’s medical equipment, as well as the high school sweethearts’ cherished and beloved belongings. At the Jubilee Tree Painting Night at Othello’s Italian Restaurant, a local community canvas and donation drive took place. “We really like to do good things for the community because that is what is important”, Othello’s owner Jennifer Weiss said. Tiffany Bohrer, a local artist, frequently teaches classes at Othello’s. For a donation, guests could paint with the Bohrer’s instruction as they enjoyed live piano music and appetizers provided by the eatery. Known as “the tipsy artist,” Bohrer often hosts wine and paint parties around Oklahoma. “This particular event touches a special place in my heart,” Bohrer said. Bohrer explained that her father Chuck Preston
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Former OU football coach Barry Switzer paints a game diagram during a wine and paint fundraiser Monday in Othello’s Italian Restaurant on Campus Corner. Switzer said his painting may be different from the colorful tree other participants were painting, but he didn’t mind. “This will win a ball game,” he said.
— an OU alumnus — also is a quadriplegic like Ray. Ray and McLeroy’s previous home belonged to Ray’s m o t h e r. Th e h o m e wa s handicap accessible, which is something Ray is completely dependent on. “We just don’t have anywhere for James to go,” explained McLeroy. Ray, who currently is in the hospital recovering from surgery, will be in need of
somewhere to live that will meet his needs as a quadriplegic once he is released from the hospital in a few weeks. “We are excited to be a part of this event,” McLeroy said. “Anything helps, of course.”
WHAT’S NEXT To Donate: Donations to the family of James Ray are being accepted online at www.giveforward.com/ jamesray
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Pizza box art decorates stairwell Artists create exhibit inspired by leftover cardboard BRENT STENSTROM Life & Arts Reporter
The northwest staircase of the School of Art & Art History played host to 52 pizza boxes Monday. These were not simply empty pizza boxes, but these particular pizza boxes had art drawn inside of them. Thursday, Er ic Piper, print making and sculptor senior, was walking through the School of Art when he saw 70 pizza boxes about to be thrown away. After taking them back to his studio space, Piper cleaned out all the pizza boxes, and wondered what he could do with them. Piper contemplated deconstructing all 70 boxes and spray painting them black, but before he could his friend, Gaëtan Larant, entered the studio. After seeing the pizza boxes stacked up, Larant was excited at the opportunity to do something
hile studying abroad LIFE & ARTS COLUMNIST in the spring, I learned you shouldn’t mess with Switzerland,and the kindness of others can keep you from being stranded in a foreign place. I chose to study in Megan Deaton Vichy, France in spring firstname.lastname@example.org 2012, which was a great choice because France is so central to the rest of Europe. My knowledge of the French language grew, and I was able to use Europe’s cheap transportation system to travel somewhere almost every weekend. The train system in Europe reaches almost anywhere. I bought a Eurail Pass, which meant I paid a certain amount to be able to travel in four countries of my choice over a total of 10 travel days. Each day I spent on a train was considered a travel day, but the days I spent in my destination country were not subtracted from my travel days. One weekend, I decided to visit my friend Marie, who was studying in Arezzo, Italy. After a lovely Tuscan dream, I hopped back on a train to France. However, I had to take five different connecting trains to get back to Vichy. What I didn’t realize was that one of those trains was stopping in Genève, which is known in Switzerland as Geneva. The problem was that Switzerland was not one of my Eurail Pass countries, which means I definitely was not supposed to be there. When we entered Switzerland, the Swiss border patrol got on the train and started checking passports and tickets. I still remember the absolute terror that completely paralyzed me when one of the patrol members asked me for my passport. I handed it to him with shaking hands and braced myself for ejection from the train. The man took one glance at my United States passport and moved on. I sighed with relief and almost collapsed into tears of joy. This was just one of many study abroad situations that taught me to be calm in a foreign environment. I learned a lot from the classes I took, but I forever will be a different person because of the traits I developed while traveling. Where I was timid before in unknown territories, I am now confident in uncomfortable situations. I think this is one of the most valuable things you can gain from studying abroad. When friends ask me if I think they should study abroad, I just ask them why not? The opportunity to study abroad while in school is a unique situation that you never may be in again. Go now or forever wonder what could have been. These tips could save your life. That may be a little dramatic, but it always is good to be prepared when studying abroad. Otherwise, you may find yourself stranded in a place called Dingle, Ireland. It happens. 1) Know your options Before you even begin to choose where you want to go, be sure to do all of your research. 2) Do your paperwork Some countries offer reimbursement for student living expenses. However, if you do not have the right type of visa, you often can’t apply. For example, the French government will pay living expenses but only if you have an extended stay visa. 3) Overestimate your budget Start saving ahead of time and set aside more money than you think you’ll need. The last thing you want is to be in another country with no money. 4) Know your limits Being in another country can be overwhelming. Some students try to cram a year of travel into such a short time because they don’t know when they’ll be able to travel again. If you try to do too much, you’ll burn out. Megan Deaton is a journalism and international relations junior.
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Bobby Anderson, slide librarian for the School of Art & Art History, opens one of the pizza boxes to see the drawing inside Monday.
special. The two decided they were going to make an art exhibit using the pizza boxes as their canvases. “Most of the work was done Saturday in a big 18hour chunk,” Piper said. Piper and Larant starting working on their exhibit at 1 p.m. and didn’t finish until almost 6 a.m. Their only rule was no color. Fifty-two of the 70
pizza boxes were designed using sharpies and ink. The product of their hard work was 52 pieces of art. “Thematically, the art were a rejection of consumerism and materialism,” Piper said. Piper added that these themes were reinforced in a “rad” way with the reuse of trashed pizza boxes. It isn’t the cost of the
artwork or what the artwork is made on, but “authentic art is an honest attempt to express feeling or created playfully, where the artist isn’t worried about external validation,” Piper said. Brent Stenstrom email@example.com
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