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OU alcohol offenses rise; car theft decreases Sooner Safety and Fire Report makes 2009 campus crime information public CHASE COOK The Oklahoma Daily
In 2009, the university arrested more students than in previous years for liqour law violations and saw a decline in the number of liquor law warnings issued, according to the 2010 Sooner Safety and Fire Report released yesterday. This year, the number of arrests for liquor law violations increased by 100 to 354 while the number of referrals concerning liquor laws
decreased by 284. Statistics from the report show a decreasing trend in motor vehicle theft. In 2007 there were 16 thefts, in 2008 there were 12 and in 2009 there were only nine. The report showed no cases of murder or manslaughter for the past three years. The statistics for the university’s annual security report are gathered from the OU Police Department, Norman Police Department, Division of Student Affairs, Housing and Food Services and the athletics department, according to the report. The 2010 Sooner Safety and Fire
Report is avaliable online at studentconduct.ou.edu. The 20102011 Student Code, which describes the Academic Misconduct Code, the Student Alcohol Policy and the Sexual Harassment Policy, is also available online. Printed copies are also available at the Student Conduct Office or the colleges on campus. The Sooner Safety and Fire Report is available in print at the Bizzell Memorial Library and the Student Life Offices in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. The Sooner Safety and Fire Report includes information on fire safety and educational
programs for safety, substance abuse and sexual harassment and assault. The information is released under the federal Clery Act which requires colleges and universities to disclose policies, procedures and practices including an annual report of statistics on criminal activities on campus, according to the Sooner Safety and Fire Report. This report shows statistics from 2009 and compares them to the statistics from 2007 and 2008. — Daily staff writer LeighAnne Manwarren contributed to this report.
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RACING | TEAM REVS UP CAR DESIGN
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The Sooner Racing team’s 2009-2010 race car drives around a course. The team is designing this year’s car, which will be built at the ExxonMobil Lawrence G. Rawl Engineering Practice Facility. Last year’s team finished No. 8 at an international competition in Germany.
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Fresh off a summer of competition in California and Germany, the Sooner Racing team is gearing up for another year atop the national rankings of the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers. The team builds a new car to race in the summer competitions throughout each school year, team captain Thomas Ingram said. Ingram, mechanical engineering junior, said the car is like a miniature race car. “We are limited to motorcycle engines, so we have to design
Miss Black OU places in top 15 at nationals A former Miss Black OU placed among the top 15 contestants at the 2010 Miss Black USA pageant. Nikki Ajeh, finance, accounting and African American Studies senior, competed in the national pageant Aug. 3-9 in Washington, D.C. She won the Miss Black OU crown in February 2009, which qualified her to compete for and win the title of Miss Black Oklahoma USA in September.
We have lots of crazy ideas that we are going to be implementing this year that are somewhat radical.” — THOMAS INGRAM, TEAM CAPTAIN everything around the engine and size it all proportionally,” he said. Ingram said the team is in the design phase, with plans to finish research and other necessary tests by November. The car will be completed to PHOTO PROVIDED
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After winning the state crown, Ajeh spent a year dedicated to service in order to qualify for the national pageant, according to Mia Woodfork, executive director of Miss Black Oklahoma USA. Ajeh worked with Guiding Right, an HIV/AIDS Awareness organization, and co-sponsored events with OU student groups benefitting the organization. Ajeh said the most rewarding experience was coordinating The Red and Black Affair with the Black Student Association. The event took place during Ebony Homecoming in October
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2009, and Ajeh said the group raised $3,000 for Guiding Right. “We not only got to educate, but we got to donate,” she said. This year of dedication qualified her to compete in the national Miss Black USA pageant. Thirty-two women between the ages of 18 and 27 participated in a personal interview, fitness and talent portions, evening gown and on-stage question and answer categories of the pageant. Of those 32 women, Ajeh earned a spot in among the Top 15 contestants.
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She didn’t take home the national crown, but, because the pageant is open to women who already may have degrees and careers, Ajeh said she was honored to be among a group of such accomplished women. “Most people are done with college and are very distinguished women at this point,” she said. Ajeh isn’t ready to throw in the tiaras just yet; she’ll be competing in the 2010 Miss OU pageant Oct. 20, 2010. — Reneé Selanders/The Daily
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For 25 years, a free health clinic has served the Norman community by providing health services to low-income, uninsured Norman residents. Many students volunteer at Health for Friends, 317 E. Himes St. One student, multidisciplinary studies junior Koby Seitter, was looking to volunteer when she heard about the free clinic. “I heard about Health for Friends through the Medical Ethics and Issues panel, and I just loved the idea of what they were doing at Health for friends,” Seitter said. Though on staff for one year, Health for Fr iends manager Debbie Durham said she has been involved with the clinic for almost 20 years through her involvement with Medicaid. “ Volunteers get great one-onone experience ONLINE AT with patients,” OUDAILY.COM Durham said. Biochemistry » Link: Read the senior Yousaf story online to Kahn said his find the website of original inten- Health for Friends. tion for volunteering had been to gain experience in the medical field, but now it is one of his favorite things to do in the afternoon. “I would encourage everyone to volunteer,” Kahn said. “Anyone that wants to help the community can come out and there might be positions available.” Seitter also said she would encourage people to volunteer. “Health for Friends gives great hands-on experience at a general practice clinic,” she said. Health for Friends provides general medical services, urgent care, health education, dental and pharmaceutical services. General medical services include physicals, laboratory and radiology services, medical monitoring and treatment of chronic conditions, follow-up for minor illnesses or injuries and routine gynecologic care that includes pap smears and mammography services, Durham said.
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Sooner Racing information make test runs in the Lloyd Noble Center parking lot by April, he said. “We design all the vehicle dynamics, engine packaging, a full [computer aided design] model and get all of our components of what we want done designed,” Ingram said. “We do all the research at the beginning of fall semester.”
Today around campus » Career Services will host a Creating a Winning Resume workshop at 12:30 p.m. in the Crimson Room in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. » UOSA Student Congress will hold a general meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Regents Room in the Union. » Sooner Ballroom Dance Club meets today at 6:30 p.m. in the Scholar’s Room of the Union. » Young Democrats will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Room in the Union.
NEW IDEAS Plans for this year’s car are still being discussed, but Ingram said changes are coming. “We have lots of crazy ideas that we are going to be implementing this year that are somewhat radical,” he said. “It’s never been done by any other team. “We’re just going show up to competition and roll out this car that nobody’s ever seen.” When asked about plans for this year’s car, former team captain and design
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engineer David Collins said some exciting things are on the horizon. “Four hundred-fifty schools worldwide have never done what we are going to do this year with the car,” Collins said. “It’s a completely new concept.”
MULTIPLE SKILLS INVOLVED The competition isn’t limited to racing, Ingram said. “The second aspect to it is the static events, design, cost and business presentation,” he said. “We have industry leaders come out
and judge our car.” Te a m a d v i s e r Z a h e d Sidiqque, aeronautics and mechanical engineering associate professor, said there is a lot of effort that goes in to producing a successful racing team. “I think it’s a great prog r a m ,” S i d d i q u e s a i d . “Students learn from it, and since they run it, it’s almost like running a company. It’s good practice for the future.” For more information about Sooner Racing, e-mail Siddique at zsiddique@ ou.edu.
Racing team places 8th at overseas event The Sooner Racing team placed eighth overall in the Formula Student Germany competition this month, which featured nearly 80 student-run race teams from universities across the world. David Collins, 20092010 team captain, said the competition was a great opportunity for the team to be involved in. “It was really neat to get to see the European teams we are used to seeing and then all of these teams we’ve never seen,” said Collins, mechanical engineering senior. — Spencer Popp/The Daily
Wednesday, Sept. 1 » The Transfer Student Advisory Board will hold a meeting at 11 a.m. in John Houchin Room in the Union. » Career Services will host a Creating a Winning Resume seminar at 1:30 p.m. in Crimson Room in the Union. » Panhellenic will hold a meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room in the Union. » IFC Congress will hold a meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the Governors Room in the Union. » Society of Petroleum Engineers will host a meeting at 6 p.m. in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom in the Union. » Sooner volleyball will play against Central Arkansas at 6 p.m. in the McCaslin Field House. » European Student Organization will host a meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Regents Room in the Union. » Circle K International Club will host a meeting at 7 p.m. Heritage Room in the Union. » The Union Programming Board will host a general meeting at 9 p.m. in the Scholar’s Room of the Union.
Thursday, Sept. 2 » Sigma Lambda Beta will have an informational meeting at 7 p.m. in the Pioneer Room in the Union. » The College Republicans will meet at 7 p.m. in the Associates Room in the Union. » The Baptist Student Union will host Paradigm at 8 p.m. in Meacham Auditorium in the Union. » The Union Programming Board will present the Jazz Lounge at 8 p.m. in the Beaird Lobby and Lounge in the Union.
Friday, Sept. 3 » Nepali Student Association will meet at 5 p.m. in the Presidents Room in the Union. » The Union Programming Board will show Sex & the City 2 at 3 p.m., 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight in Meacham Auditorium at the Union. » The African Student Association will meet at 5 p.m. in the Frontier Room in the Union.
» This day in OU history
Aug. 31, 1999 Cate extends meal-exchange hours Cate Food Court’s meal-exchange hours extended to 9 p.m. to provide dinner for students who could not go to the cafeteria or preferred the food Cate offered. At that time, Cate included the sandwich shop Oliver’s and Block & Barrel, a restaurant that no longer exists. Besides the cafeteria, Cate was the only place on campus that accepted meal exchanges. Sooner soccer loses to Texas, Texas A&M The OU soccer team suffered heavy losses against Texas and Texas A&M. Coach Randy Evans attributed both losses to the same mistakes and the implementation of a new system that was not fully polished yet.
Sigma Nu fraternity voluntarily leaves campus after membership declines After a 100 year run of campus involvement, Sigma Nu fraternity is no longer part of OU. At the end of last semester, the members of Sigma Nu decided to forfeit their charter for the time being. Sigma Nu’s last president, Ben Weinstein, cited low membership and the hope for a new beginning as the deciding factors to forfeit their charter. “It was nothing disciplinary,” said Weinstein. “Our recent membership numbers just weren’t what we would have liked, so we are voluntarily leaving the OU campus and are looking forward to a fresh beginning. We took a vote, and we think this will be for the better good of Sigma Nu at OU.” They have chosen to postpone hosting their annual philanthropies, Concert for the Kids and Burgers at the Beach, both of which raise money for St. Jude Children
Statue of OU donor to be dedicated A bronze sculpture of 1958 petroleum engineering graduate Curtis Mewbourne will be unveiled and dedicated in a public ceremony noon Wednesday in the Brian and Sandra O’Brien Plaza at Sarkeys Energy Center, 100 E. Boyd St. Mewbourne, of Tyler, Texas, is the founding donor of OU’s Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy. The sculpture is the work of sculptor-inresidence and noted artist Paul Moore, a native Oklahoman who has more than 100 commissions to his credit, according to a press release. Moore said in the press release that at Mewbourne’s request, he did not sculpt him in a suit, but rather in khaki pants, a shirt and work boots, with his favorite dog, Rebel, at his side. “Curtis Mewbourne is one of the most generous donors to the University of Oklahoma in its entire history,” President David Boren said in a press release. “In addition to his personal funds, he has given his energy and vision to the goal of creating energy programs at OU, which will continue to be second to none in the nation.” In October 2007, the OU Board of Regents voted to name the college after Mewbourne. — Kyle Salomon/The Daily
Research Hospital. In the wake of Sigma Nu’s departure, OU’s Interfraternity Council now has seventeen active chapters. Sigma Nu is the second fraternity to leave the Interfraternity Council in recent years, along with Kappa Sigma fraternity. Notable alumni of the OU chapter of Sigma Nu include: OU’s first Heisman winner Billy Vessels and Tommy McDonald, a college and professional football hall-of-famer. Erik Leeviraphan, chapter advisor to Sigma Nu, said the fraternity is planning to be back and active on the OU campus in two years. The alumni of Sigma Nu have already begun a campaign to raise funds for a new chapter house, which should begin construction in the next year. — Brandon Williamson/The Daily
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Fire at mosque site troubles city MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — A suspicious fire that damaged construction equipment at the site of a future mosque in Tennessee has some local Muslims worried that their local project has been dragged into the national debate surrounding Manhattan’s ground zero. Authorities told leaders of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro that four pieces of heavy construction equipment on the site were doused with an accelerant and one set ablaze early Saturday morning. The site is now being patrolled at all hours by the sheriff ’s department. Federal investigators have not ruled it arson, saying only that the fire was being probed and asked the public to call in tips. Eric Kehn, spokesman for the Nashville office of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said arson is suspected. The site has already seen vandalism, said Joel Siskovic, a spokesman for the FBI in the Memphis office. A sign at the site was spraypainted with the words “Not Welcome” and then torn in half. The FBI is investigating the fire in case it is a civil rights violation. “We want to make sure there are not people acting with the intent to prevent people from exercising their First Amendment rights,” Siskovic said. Essam Fathy, chairman of the planning committee for the mosque, said he has lived in the city about 25 miles southeast of Nashville for almost 30 years and has never run into problems with his faith until now. He’s concerned that outsiders could be involved. “I don’t think this is coming out of Murfreesboro,” he said. “There were no issues at any time, even after 9/11, there were no issues. It just seems like there’s a movement in the United States
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Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and ATF investigators examine equipment damaged in a fire Saturday at the future site of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. Authorities told mosque officials that four pieces of heavy construction equipment on the site were doused with an accelerant and one set ablaze, said Camie Ayash, spokeswoman for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.
against Islam.” The debate in New York over a proposed Islamic community center and mosque two blocks away from ground zero has pitted advocates for religious freedom, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Barack Obama, against opponents who think it is insensitive to the victims of the terror attacks. Supporters of the Tennessee mosque and some leaders in other faiths hope the fire could be a wake-up call to support religious freedom. Two years ago, several men broke into the Islamic Center of Columbia, about 30 miles southwest of Murfreesboro, and torched it with Molotov cocktails, stealing a stereo system and painting swastikas and “White Power” on the front of the building. In some ways, the Muslim community in Columbia has emerged stronger than ever.
Every night, after that incident, I’ve activated the alarm at my house ... and I think of my kids.” — DAOUD ADUDIAB, MURFREESBORO RESIDENT After being welcomed at a local Presbyterian church for a few months, the group bought a new building with the support of people of many faiths from across Tennessee and across the country, Daoud Abudiab said. But the firebombing affected him, and others, in ways that are harder to see. “Every night, after that incident, I’ve activated the alarm at my house,” he said. “Every night I arm it and I think of that incident and I think of my kids.” A candlelight vigil was planned Monday night in support of the Murfreesboro project by the group Middle Tennesseans for Religious Freedom, or MT4RF. The group formed earlier this year to show support for the new mosque
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and Murfreesboro’s Muslim community. Group leaders previously organized a counter-protest when mosque opponents marched on the courthouse in July demanding approval for the new mosque be rescinded. “This definitely shakes up the community,” spokeswoman Claire Rogers said. “These actions are not encouraged by any member of this community. This simply portrays us in such a negative light.” Kevin Fisher, organizer of a July demonstration and petition drive against the mosque said he is opposed to any type of violence. But he wants to wait for the investigation of the fire before concluding that it was set by a mosque opponent. — AP
Violence targeting politicians and their aides appears to be increasing in Nigeria as next year’s elections draw closer. Unknown gunmen shot and killed a personal assistant to Bauchi state Gov. Malam Isa Yuguda, the son-in-law to the late Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua. Meanwhile, a police guard for Yuguda was shot and seriously injured. In recent days, assailants have attacked two prominent politicians and abducted the 10-year-old boy of another politician in Bauchi, a city in northern Nigeria. ___
2. Quito, Ecuador
36 people die as Ecuadorean bus runs off highway, overturns A bus ran off a highway and overturned Sunday, killing at least 36 people, officials said. At least 12 others were hurt. The bus was on a straight, well-paved strip of highway about 55 miles south of its destination, Quito, when the accident occurred at 3:20 a.m., police said. Though the cause of the crash remains under investigation, police said driver Luis Mogrovejo, who died in the accident, had been at the wheel for at least seven hours. ___
3. Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
15,000 still missing from Balkan wars The Red Cross says nearly 15,000 people are still missing from the wars fought in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. The figures were released Monday to commemorate the International Day of the Disappeared. About 10,500 of those missing are from the 1992-95 war in Bosnia, while 2,392 are from the 1991-95 conflict in Croatia. Another 1,839 are from the 1998-99 conflict in Kosovo. The International Committee of the Red Cross statement urges authorities in the countries of the former Yugoslavia to initiate searches for information about the missing persons. It warns that failure to do so represents a “serious obstacle” to reconciliation and cooperation in the Balkans. — AP
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News misses root causes of Katrina floods This past week, news stations devoted several hourlong specials to the 2005 disaster of Hurricane Katrina. As we remember the lives lost and the destruction wrought upon New Orleans one thing should be made clear: Hurricane Katrina was not just a natural disaster. It was a man-made disaster. We are all familiar with the delayed government response that contributed to the deaths of more than 1,800 civilians. On Sunday, President Barack Obama visited New Orleans, acknowledging the government’s failure to send relief in a timely manner. But he failed to point out the core cause of the disaster: the failure of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build effective structures that could have prevented deadly flooding. Though this detail has largely been overlooked in the corporate media rehash of Katrina coverage, a documentary released in 150 theaters yesterday exposes the root causes of the devastation caused by Katrina. “The Big Uneasy,” created by actor and comedian Harry Shearer, exposes the failure of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide New Orleans with protection. He points to a July 2006 investigation on New Orleans’
flood systems by the UC Berkeley Independent Levee Investigation team. This team called the flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina, “the greatest man-made engineering catastrophe since Chernobyl.” Their report cites errors in the design, construction, and maintenance of the levees. One of the authors of the report, engineering professor Raymond Seed, said if New Orleans had proper protection, Katrina would have done no more than “wet ankles.” We haven’t heard this in the hourlong TV specials. In Shearer’s film, whistleblowers who worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — the governmental agency responsible for installing and testing the pumps on the outfall canals of the levee system — reveal how the agency ignored warnings that the pumps constructed did not pass their own tests. Despite these warnings, the faulty pumps were installed anyway. We’re not sure why the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ignored the warnings, but this agency has the power to protect New Orleans from experiencing the same tragedy. However, nothing suggests that the agency will do
I have heard state legislators refer to higher education as the black hole of the state budget. Money goes into funding the OU and the other public universities, but nothing ever comes back. This is because many students come to the OU — usually because of its affordability — with the intention of leaving the state as soon as they graduate. One of the reasons it is so affordable is that Oklahoma taxpayers contribute to its operating costs. In effect, students who pursue this path have a substantial portion of their education paid by taxpayers, then flee the state before returning on the investment. STAFF COLUMN MN However reprehensible this might seem, it’s difficult Matt Bruenig nig to blame these students for leaving. The state of Oklahoma — particularly its government - is a laughing stock throughout the country. As an aid to one state legislator once told me, this has made the state number one in all things bad. According to the Census, the state consistently scores among the bottom five on education spending. The state government, hellbent on flexing its tough-on-crime muscles, manages to spend around half a billion dollars a year on prisons. The Department of Corrections reports $300 million of this number goes just toward incarceration, and most inmates are non-violent drug offenders. Eschewing rehabilitative programs that would be cheaper and decrease recidivism rates, the state government instead chooses to impose increasingly higher sentences on the incorrect view that doing so will deter crime. These policies have caused the prison population in Oklahoma to double in the last 20 years and have bestowed upon the state the shameful distinction of having the highest female incarceration rate in the entire world. In addition to these disappointing budget priorities, the state legislature has a habit of wasting its time taking positions on divisive cultural issues that often wind up wasting more of the state’s money.
On the ballot this November are SQ 751 and SQ 755. SQ 751 would declare English to be the state language - this in “Native America.” SQ 751 would outlaw courts from using Sharia law — you know, just in case. The state also unceasingly tries to impose policies to shame women seeking abortions, most of which also get thrown out in the courts. This is where lawmakers focus their efforts despite very crippling and very real problems like high poverty and high rates of domestic abuse. Why would someone with another option choose to stay in a state that seems to pride itself on being the most regressive and xenophobic state in the country? That is not to say that everyone in the state supports these representatives or that the state has nothing else to offer, but it is clearly the dominant force. Some of the more prideful Oklahomans might reply with some simple retort saying that the students who do not like the state or its dominant culture should just leave and that the state will do well without them anyway. This self-assuring approach does nothing to recover the millions of dollars in free education that Oklahoma is putting into students who leave for better states. It also ignores the fact that it is probably the more successful and talented students who leave, causing the state to suffer a serious brain drain. The state can try to figure out ways to keep students here after graduation by providing monetary incentives for those who become employed in Oklahoma or other similar policies. But these policies will fail to address the cause of the exodus and will consequently fail to solve the problem. Until Oklahoma becomes more interested in turning to progressive policies to improve the conditions in the state, those who can will continue to leave. If we want to solve the budget black hole that is higher education, we need to solve the hell hole that is Oklahoma first. — Matt Bruenig, philosophy senior
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Opposition to NYC’s Ground Zero mosque associates Islam with religious extremism Editor’s note: Guest columnist Khadeeja Elyazgi is a member of the Muslim Student Association. There is no question that Muslims have the constitutional right to build the Islamic Center at the proposed site two blocks away from Ground Zero, and this hasn’t been the subject of discussion. The real issue of debate concerns whether or not it would be insensitive to build the Islamic Center at the proposed site. And frankly this is what scares me. To say that building a mosque near Ground Zero is insensitive is to associate Islam with the 9/11 attacks. Not Islamic extremism, just Islam. I would hope that nine years after the attacks, Americans would be able to differentiate between moderate Muslims and extremists. Extremism is
anything different in the future, and it certainly won’t if news stories do not focus on the core causes of the disaster. News anchors replaying footage of themselves standing in water or interviewing survivors at the Superdome and Convention Center in New Orleans tell an important part of the story, but not the whole story. As we remember the loss of lives and witness the continuing recovery in New Orleans, we should realize who is responsible and make sure this doesn’t happen again. We want our tax dollars spent on hurricane protection that actually saves lives.
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something that exists within every religion, but never should an entire group of people be characterized by the small group of extremists that may exist within it. It is unfair and illogical. I am a Muslim, and in no way do I associate the 9/11 attacks with the faith I practice. Not because I don’t want to, but because I don’t find myself able to do so. The country I was born and raised in was attacked by hijackers who claimed to be killing innocent people in the name of God and Islam. This is contrary to everything I’d been taught about my faith growing up. On that day, my religion had been hijacked as well, and suddenly a small group of people were given the opportunity to represent myself and the other 1.5 billion Muslims around the world. I’ve read and heard the things being said by some of the opponents to this
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project, and I can’t help but feel upset by it. They of course have the right to say as they please; the same First Amendment that guarantees them the right to freedom of speech also guarantees Muslims the right to build a mosque in Lower Manhattan. However, understandably, people are afraid of what they do not know. Islam is still something that is very foreign and unfamiliar to Americans. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf’s Cordoba Initiative is a project that seeks to improve relations between the Muslim world and the West, and it could allow Americans to know a different Islam from what they see on their televisions. Rauf has been criticized for his “healing” initiative. Some people say, “If he wants healing, then why doesn’t he move his mosque somewhere else?”
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I do not see how healing can result from moving the Islamic Center farther away from Ground Zero and further implementing the “Us versus Them” ideology that has arisen since 9/11. Healing in any situation can only come about through dialogue and understanding. Or perhaps some are under the impression that only time will heal the relations between Muslims and the West. Well, nine years have passed since 9/11, and Islamophobia seems to be more widespread today than it was after the attacks. I am only a believer in the phrase “time heals all wounds” when we use our time well and actively pursue the healing we need. — Khadeeja Elyazgi, professional writing and international studies senior
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“Guys can get so worked up that they’re not even focused,” Nelson said. “They might be physically ready, but they miss a call because they’re so worked up. You have to have AARON COLEN The Oklahoma Daily a really good balance between being ready to work and being there mentally.” With less than a week left before opening For the more experienced players, the exkickoff of OU football’s 2010 season, some citement of game week is different than it is of the players are starting to count down the for the newer faces. days. The excitement is still there, but it is toned “This morning, I actually did that with my down and lacks the nervousness that a freshfingers,” senior safety Jonathan Nelson said. man might feel, said senior defensive end “I heard somebody say there were five days Jeremy Beal. until show time, and I was just like ‘wow.’” “I still get pretty excited, just Defensive line coach Jackie not the way I did during my Shipp said some of the young I heard somebody freshman year,” Beal said. “It guys might be feeling uptight, will be good to see some new say there were five faces.” but they know what to expect. “I’m sure they’re a little nerdays until show Nelson said he rememvous, some of them,” Shipp bers his first game day, but time and I was just said. “But hell, that’s what he wasn’t as nervous as some like ‘wow.’” we talked about in their livmight expect a freshman to be. ing room when we recruited “I’ve never really been ner— JONATHAN NELSON, vous before,” Nelson said. “On them.” SENIOR SAFETY Nelson said he can feel my visit I came to a game, I saw the environment on campus the field and my jitters were changing as the game approaches. pretty much gone.” “There is just a different buzz, a different If this season’s freshmen and new contribfeel around campus during game week as op- utors react the same way Nelson said he did, posed to two-a-days or spring ball,” he said. it would serve the team well. There may be more attention paid to what “This is what they’ve been shooting for,” most analysts would call an easy game based Shipp said. “Now it’s here, the opportunity ELI HULL/THE DAILY on how the Sooners began last season, but is here and it is time for them to go and take Wide receiver Ryan Broyles (85) runs the ball down the field during the Sooner-Cornhusker game Nelson said it is important for them to man- advantage of it.” Nov. 7, 2009 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. The Cornhuskers won 10-3. age their intensity leading up to the game.
Aggies will go down fast Football goes for 800 wins I like emails. Please send me some. against the Big 12 North Division champs. Here’s an email I received last week from The Sooners were much more inexpea Utah State alum named Anthony: rienced, especially at receiver, last season. “I’ve been reading some articles that Despite all of OU’s struggles and injuries, say the Sooners have had some ups and the Sooners’ 8-5 rebuilding year in 2009 downs in scrimmages so far. still trumps Utah State’s With the influx of freshmen 4-8. The receiving corps that are now on the depth is still a little sketchy, but charts and lack of real depth they’ll enjoy the matchup at receiver, do you see any against the Aggies’ secway that this game verses an ondary. Plus, the Aggies experienced, veteran Utah gave up 450 yards per State team is closer than game last year. EMAIL JAMES AT expected? I’m just trying to Plus, the game is in Norman. get your feel and take for this DAILYSPORTS@OU.EDU Not that it would really make first game. I was thinking a big difference if it were that the Aggies could hang played in Logan, Utah, but for a quarter or so until the the Sooners are riding a 30STAFF COLUMN LUMN flood gates opened up.” game win streak at home. Good question, Anthony. That’s the pure definition James Corley orley But let me start with just of homefield advantage. how much it matters that As for whether it will Utah State is experienced stay close, the Sooners Last season, the Aggies played the 77th have been a team that goes up big quick. strongest schedule in the country (accord- Against Idaho State last season, OU led ing to USA Today), dragged down even 41-0 by halftime. I give the Aggies about further by their lackluster Western Athletic seven minutes Saturday before the game is Conference counterparts. In contrast, the already out of their hands. Sooners played the 22nd strongest schedE-mail email@example.com with quesule, helped along by the annual Red River tions or comments. Just do it. You know Rivalry against the national championship you want to see your name in the paper. “runner-up” and a trip to Lincoln, Neb.
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strides I’m making have been incredible. I’m able to do things I couldn’t do a week and a half ago and that’s pretty amazing to me. And I’ll say again, that’s just God right there looking out for me.” Taylor will be a game-time decision for the Utah State game Saturday, he said. Either way, expect sophomores Casey Walker, Stacy McGee and Jamarkus McFarland to handle the bulk of the snaps. — Clark Foy/The Daily
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It has been 115 years in the making, but barring nothing short of apocalyptic proSTAFF COLUMN UMN portions this weekend, the Sooners will become just the RJ Youngg eighth college football program ever to record 800 total wins. Sorry Utah State, but this Saturday just won’t be your day. There are seven college football programs that have won at least 800 football games in a little less than a century and a half of the organized chaos we call football: Michigan, Texas, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Ohio State, Alabama and Penn State. It is a fitting list considering that all these storied football powerhouses had at least one decade in the 20th century when they were the king of college football. Notre Dame will forever hold onto the Rockne Years (1918-1930) as the quintessential era for all things Fighting Irish Football. In only 13 years at the helm, Knute Rockne won three national championships, nearly one-eighth (105) of Notre Dame’s 837 total wins and is responsible for just four percent (12) of their losses. The University of Michigan has had more than its fair share of great coaches, but the Bo Schembechler Decades are the years Wolverines fans truly cherish. The man who once told his players, “Those who stay will be champions,” did exactly that in Ann Arbor, Mich. He won 13 Big Ten Championships and 234 games but never won a national championship. In fact, after Michigan’s 1948 national championship, it would be 49 years before the Wolverines shared another in 1997 with Nebraska under then head coach, Lloyd Carr. Texas, of course, had the Royal Years (1957-1976). In those 19 years, Longhorn coach Darrell Royal brought Texas fans three national championships (1967, 1969, 1970) and a 30-game win streak. He was so well revered that the folks
down in Austin thought to name their stadium after him in 1996. To this day, the University of Texas football stadium bears the name of a native Oklahoman. Woody Hayes ushered in a winning philosophy at the Ohio State University after beating out the legendary Paul Brown for the head coaching job in 1951. From that year until 1978, Hayes brought five national titles back to Columbus, Ohio, along with 238 total wins and—in 1969—the advent of “The Ten Year War,” which is still being fought today along the borders of Ohio and Michigan today. The Cornhuskers lean on the legacy of Tom Osborne when the question of “best football program ever” is raised. As Nebraska’s head coach, Osborne totaled 255 wins and an 83-percent win rate. He built three national titles for the Huskers in his final five years as head coach behind a 60-3 record. The Penn State Nittany Lions have, and always will look to, Joe Paterno as the patriarch of not just Penn State Football but of all football. “JoePa” has been the head coach at Penn State since 1966—the Beatles released “Eleanor Rigby” and “Yellow Submarine” as singles that year—and with his sixth win this season, he will be the first head coach to amass 400 wins in college football history. He has won two national titles and three Big Ten Conference Championships. So, this is the lot OU will join. When you consider the Bud Wilkinson Era—a time in which OU won 47 straight games from 19531957, three national championships and 14 Big Eight titles—the Sooners deserve to be called one of the best college football programs of all time. In that way, 800 is more than a number; it’s the exclamation point on 120 years of excellence. — RJ Young, journalism graduate student
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Even though she has made a name for herself on campus as a Singing Sooner — both as the official OU chant singer and a member of several choral groups on campus — vocal music education senior Kayley McCoy says her Sooner pride makes her stand out back home in Stillwater. “It’s a bigger deal for my hometown to come here than it is to be here and be from there,” she said about her town, home of OU’s rival Oklahoma State. “It’s really weird.” Still, McCoy’s Stillwater roots didn’t hold her back from pursuing a career as a music teacher or getting involved with the School of Music’s choral program. Even before she changed to a music education major her sophomore year, McCoy was a member of University Chorale, one of the choral program’s eight You get to see student groups. who someone is Director of Choral Activities on a completely Richard Zielinski came to OU last year with the goal of reordifferent level ganizing the School of Music’s in a musical choral program to make it a top ensemble.” educational program. Now that auditions ended last — IAN GILL, week, Zielinski said, all of the CHORAL choirs might be close to having more than 300 students. CONDUCTING “In the choral area, our job is SECOND-YEAR GRADUATE STUDENT to offer choral music that covers the wide range of choral music that’s been written,” Zielinski said while on a break from auditions in his office, which has been taken over by stacks upon stacks of sheet music. His ceramic dog Mex, OU’s first mascot, proudly squats on his desk in the corner. “My philosophy is the music major that comes through here needs to have the opportunity to sing large works … and also should be experiencing music from all the stylistic periods.” McCoy said the School of Music recognized her talent with children and as a singer and encouraged her to make a career as a vocal education major. Music was a passion for McCoy. She said it wasn’t something she necessarily wanted to pursue. “There were a lot of people in the music department and mentors I had on campus that really encouraged me and pointed out those things I sometimes don’t see in myself,” McCoy said. “[Dr. Zielinski] comes to work every day
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Top: During Friday’s joint rehearsal, Kayley McCoy of the Singing Sooners and Ian Gill of Oh By Gum rehearse “Don’t Stop Believing” from the TV show “Glee.” Right: Director of Choral Activities Richard Zielinski sits in his office Thursday. He came to OU with the goal of reorganizing the School of Music’s choral program. and you can just tell he loves what he’s doing. They have made it was it is.” McCoy has continued this passion with the Singing Sooners — now the women’s show choir class in the School of Music. The Singing Sooners class is the counterpart to the men’s glee club, Oh By Gum. Both ensembles require auditions, but are open to music and non-music majors. “It’s extremely inclusive, and there’s so many opportunities,” McCoy said. Ian Gill, a choral conducting second-year grad student, also didn’t wait long after coming to OU to take advantage of the School of Music’s opportunities. Gill is a member of three choral groups: University Chorale, the Oh By Gum class and the OU Choral Union. He said the combined men and women’s glee club performs more popular, new forms of music, like musical theater, vocal jazz and even OU spirit songs. “What we planned with the Singing Sooners last year — it was a men and women’s choir — [was] we basically tried
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Jenny and Johnny “I’m Having Fun Now” Warner Bros. Released: Today 6.9/10.0
Phil Selway “Familial” Nonesuch Released: Today 7.3/10.0
Jenny and Johnny may appear to be a rather anonymous pairing, but it’s hardly a fluke. Jenny is Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley) and Johnny is Johnathan Rice, who produced Lewis’ two solo efforts (“Acid Tongue,” “Rabbit Fur Coat”) in addition to his own solo career. And yes, this is just about as sickeningly cute as a couple can get … a match made in indie heaven. And the couple’s debut effort is just as adorable, if teetering on uninteresting at times. The chemistry is undeniable, especially on the leadoff single, “Scissor Runner,” but at points, it feels as though Jenny and Johnny are just trying not to step on each other’s shoes. The aforementioned single captures the ’60s pop radio romance like a Polaroid, a sunny haze of boy-girl harmonies and motoring guitar riffs. The sultry “My Pet Snakes” is an equally brilliant outing from the twosome, with a rearing blend of choppy baselines and seductive whispers. “Big Wave” proves to be the peak before rolling onto shore. Like no other effort on “I’m Having Fun Now,” the track finds the duo pushing each other in new musical directions while uniting their strengths into something new and interesting. The rest of the album — with notable exceptions “Animal” and “Just Like Zeus” — politely ambles along without an original thought to be found. But something can be said for making pretty music, which Jenny and Johnny could feasibly do in their sleep, and the streamlined “She & Him” formula works on most levels. If they can move beyond the cuteness — as they do at times ges … or at the very here — we could have a romance for the ages least, a lovely summer fling.
Phil Selway might sound like another no-name singerJoshua Boydston songwriter. He’s anything but. Being the drummer of the biggest band in the world — Radiohead — affords you certain opportunities, like releasing a solo disc on the same label that has put out albums from Wilco and The Black Keys. But “Familial” isn’t the product of privilege and is worth release on its own merit. Selway has occasionally provided backing vocals to Radiohead tracks (“There There,” “2+2=5”), but here, he’s on his own and stripped totally bare. And just like the band he’s famous for being in, Selway continues to innovate, if in a more tightly restrained manner. Bedroom noodlings have a certain limit in invention though, and “Familial” suffers a bit for it. Selway has claimed that in recording his solo debut, he actively edited out anything deemed “very Radiohead.” He would have done well to include it, pushing the boundaries of traditional acoustic music. There are the faintest echoes of “Kid A” in “The Ties That Bind Us” and even more so on “A Simple Life” and “Beyond Reason” — the best, and most ingenious, ditty “Familial” has to offer. There’s a certain novelty to hearing Radiohead funneled through coffee house speakers, but even so, “Familial” doesn’t go above or beyond the scope of solo side-efforts. But there is an unquestioned, admirable beauty to Selway’s courage and solo musings, musin enough to make you hope that he can find mo more spare time to test the bounds yet again.
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Dea Confederate Dead “Su “Sugar” Raz Razor & Tie Re Released: August 24 8.9 8.9/10.0 The South consistently gives rise to a Th bountiful bounti heap of stellar music running the gamut from blues to country to hip-hop to rock. ro The one thing uniting the sound of each is an undeniable Dixie flavor, and Dead Confederate — with a southern-fried name to boot — is hardly an exception. The Athens, Ga. five-piece’s flavor comes off as Southern Gothic, falling somewhere in the spectrum
between My Morning Jacket and Smashing Pumpkins. “Sugar” is anything but sweet — it’s as thick and dense as you can imagine. The droning, hard rock inspired riffs are pulled off with an artful tact and studied formulation. Most remarkable is Dead Confederate’s ability to continue to layer these murky harmonies and boggy bass chords into something that is both deep and accessible. “In the Dark” launches to an appropriately perilous, heavy start with a scorching bridge and alert organ flares. “Father Figure” RATINGS KEY sounds like it is straight out of “Siamese Dream” with a coiled, but 8.5-10.0/Essential dangerous, structure. “Giving It All 7.0-8.4/Exemplary Away” — which features Dinosaur 5.0-6.9/Worth a listen Jr. frontman J. Mascis — has Dead 2.5-4.9/Aural Junk Confederate at its most flexible. Food The album’s biggest sin is the 0.0-2.4/Frisbee unrelenting bleakness the cover promises, an endless storm of dark, dredging elements nearly driving to the breaking point. But the band manages to stop just short, and “Run From the Gun” is just the luscious pause “Sugar” was in dire need of. As heavy as “Sugar” is on your heart, the temporary lifts stop just short of drowning in dense, always powerful, Southern dirges from the talented land of Dixie. —Joshua Boydston, psychology junior
Published on Aug 31, 2010