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Integrity Council proposes revision Council plans to revise Code; make enforcement less punitive DHARA SHETH The Oklahoma Daily

The Integrity Council asked faculty representatives on Monday to support revisions to OU’s Academic Misconduct Code that would help students and faculty work together in academic-misconduct cases. The changes include switching to a more stu- ONLINE AT dent-run system, OUDAILY.COM simplifying the  Link: View the code, making the current Academic document more Misconduct Code accessible to students and adding provisions regarding the Internet and other technologies. OU’s prestige is linked to the integrity of its academics, Integrity Council Chairwoman Elizabeth Miracle said. Academic misconduct, which includes fraud, plagiarism, cheating and other forms of using someone

Invisible Children to visit campus Ugandan scholarship recipients, staff will share experiences of warfare during stop on national tour EMILY HOPKINS The Oklahoma Daily


simwe Proscovia was given a new future when she was 14 years old. Through Invisible Children, a non-profit organization seeking peace in Uganda, Proscovia was chosen to be a part of the Legacy Scholarship Program because of her level of vulnerability and academic potential. She was mentored, given supplies and provided with an education that otherwise would have been out of reach. “I was so happy about it. I knew I could have a future and my dreams would come true,� Proscovia said. The Ugandan native, now 19, was raised by her grandmother. As a child, Proscovia’s father was killed in the brutal rebel warfare that has been raging in the northern area of the country since the early 1980s. The recent graduate of Gulu Secondary School is now on the road. As part of Invisible Children’s Face-to-Face tour, she and four interns are traveling across North America. The group will meet with students today, to share their stories and show how Invisible Children is rebuild educational programs in a region ravaged by violence. “For me, and I think for all of us, it’s an opportunity to do something that’s bigger than ourselves. It’s an opportunity to serve,� roadie Steve Robison said. The fall 2010 Face-to-Face Tour is Invisible Children’s eleventh to date and the second ever to include scholarship students and employees from the non-profit’s Ugandan staff. Each stop features a screening of one of the organization’s nine documentaries and the opportunity to talk to individuals with both



Top row: Lorna Peace, Jenna Ingrassia and Megan Duhon; and bottom row: Steve Robinson, Bryce Mittelstadt and Asimwe Proscovia stand in front of their van Sunday in Oklahoma City. These people are on the Invisible Children Face-to-Face tour, speaking at venues across the country to raise awareness of the struggles that Ugandan children face during the civil war in northern Uganda.

More information Invisible Children is a humanitarian movement highlighting the Ugandan war and the children who are affected by its violence. Three film students founded the organization in 2003 with a documentary about Ugandan children who are recruited by armies that fight within the country. Invisible Children establishes schools, work

opportunities and scholarships to reinvigorate the economy and promote infrastructural improvement in Ugandan society. The Face-to-Face Tour allows young Ugandans who have benefitted from Invisible Children’s scholarship support the chance to share their stories with North Americans who are involved in the Invisible Children awareness movement.


‘Indian Grass’ structure built on Main Street roundabout to reflect central Oklahoma 16 ton-piece chosen from 62 submitted proposals; funded by private donations TREVOR SHOFNER The Oklahoma Daily

After a two-year process for the first project by the Norman Public Arts Board, a three-story structure was celebrated by the board Friday. T h e p i e c e, c a l l e d “ In d i a n Grass,� is located in the middle of the roundabout at the intersection of Main Street, Acres Street and Carter Avenue. “Public art provides many things to a community including a sense of a community, encouraging and reflecting the comMARK MORELAND/THE DAILY munity. It’s free and accessible “Indian Grass� a statue located in to the public and it also shows a east Norman was constructed by Juan thriving arts community, which and Patricia Navarrete. Norman definitely has,� said


Larry Walker, Public Arts Board chairman. “Indian Grass,� which weighs in at 16 tons of steel and towers over the roundabout at 29 1/2 feet, was commissioned to Juan and Patricia Navarrete of Taos, N.M. The couple was selected by the board from 62 submitted proposals across the world. “The issues involved were the size and the scope of the piece, meaning the scale in relation to the surroundings. It also had to be a piece that could be observed while driving past. The proposals were to be reflective of central Oklahoma,� Walker said. The funds were raised by 320 private donations from all over the city for the Public Arts Board and the Norman Arts Council. Those wishing to further public art in the city can make a donation along with their monthly


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[Art] is free and accessible to the public and it also shows a thriving arts community, which Norman definitely has.� — LARRY WALKER, PUBLIC ARTS BOARD CHAIRMAN utility bill or direct donations to the Art and Public Places fund, in care of the Arts Council. “I think it’s a really cool piece. I got to watch the piece be constructed, and it really brings personality to the area without seeming too out of place,� said Terran Loveless, Norman resident. The Norman Public Arts Board was established by the city in 2007.

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Union wing closed until further notice Thursday’s fire in the Oklahoma Memorial Union ConocoPhillips Student Leadership Wing still affects many in the leadership center. Brett Stidham, a UOSA congressman, said the first floor of the Student Leadership Wing is closed so the carpet can be replaced and damages can be assessed. Stidham said Congress was better off than most organizations, because it will share the upstairs UOSA Budget office and will continue meetings in their temporary home. Other organizations are struggling to find a place to put their belongings. Emily Payne, UOSA public relations representative and public relations senior, said the most difficult obstacle is that most files are in boxes. But since most information that can be transferred through the Internet, she is not worried that work will be put on hold. — Sydney McFerron/The Daily

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Concerts create collage of art, music Organizers hope to increase interest in art museum, school of music

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WHAT: Percussion, professors Ricardo and Christine Souza

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Today around campus » Career Services will critique resumes from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and again from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Room 323. There will also be an evening session from 6 to 9 p.m. » Christians on Campus will host a free Bible study from noon to 12:45 p.m. in the Union’s Meeting Room A. » Students can take free Sooner Ally training at 1 p.m. in the Union’s Presidents Room. » The College of Architecture will host a session about creating a resume for architecture and construction sciences majors at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Union’s Crimson Room. » The Japanese Conversation Club will meet at 6 p.m. in the Union’s Sooner Room. » Invisible Children will host the Face-toFace tour at 6 p.m. in the Union’s Regents and Associates rooms. » The OU chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will meet at 7 p.m. in the Inasmuch Foundation Commons in Gaylord Hall to elect 2010-2011 officers. » The College Democrats will be available on the South Oval for at Meet and Greet as part of OU Votes 2010.

A series of Tuesday Noon Concerts at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art kicks off today, featuring a percussion concert by School of Music instructors Ricardo and Christine Souza. For the fifth year in a row, these concerts will take place during the lunch hour at the art museum, offering a musical break during the workday for students, faculty and the public. In 2005, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Association p u rc h a s e d a S t e i n w a y Grand Piano for the museum, and the director of the museum, Eric Lee, thought it would be nice to

WHEN: noon today WHERE: Sandy Bell Gallery PRICE: Free

use it throughout the week for concerts or recitals. Lee and several others went to Steve Curtis, who was the interim director of the OU School of Music at the time. “I was very supportive of the idea,” Curtis said. The goal of combining the concert experience and the museum is to form a relationship between music and art lovers.

“If we have both music and art in the same place, we can provide conversation between the followers of both … say you go to the museum to hear music but you have some down time, you will be enticed to look at some art while you’re t h e re,” s a i d Ma r y Ja n e Rutherford, museum managerial associate and coordinator of the concerts. Another hope behind these mini-performances is that people will be more attracted to attending a recital at the school of music. “Through these concerts, we are hoping to increase attendance at the museum and at the OU school of music recitals,” Rutherford said. The concerts this semester are performed by multiple professors in the OU School of Music, and

instruments ranging from the cello to the harp will be featured in the series. The museum offers free admission Tuesdays, so concert attendees won’t incur a museum admission fee. “They are only 30 minu t e s, s o y o u c a n c o m e watch and still have 30 minutes or so to eat lunch after,” Rutherford said. “Another benefit is that almost anyone can sit through a music recital for 30 minutes.” The people performing at the concert also enjoy the down time from work and classes. “I usually teach class at that time on Tuesdays, but this will definitely give me a nice break from my day,” said music instructor Christine Souza, who will perform at her first Tuesday Noon Concert today.

INVISIBLE: Program advocates for education Continued from page 1 devastating and uplifting experiences to tell. “Everything that’s being done is a collaboration with the people in northern Uganda to help empower them,” Middle America team leader Jenna Ingrassia said. “There’s so much media

that brings it over here, but to physically bring students and employees who have lived through war and who can talk to you and share their stories face to face, it really puts a different spin on the situation. It’s just so effective.” One such employee is Lorna Peace, a 23-year-old education assistant and

former French teacher from southern Uganda. She took a semester off from university to go on tour and will finish her post-graduate degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution next November. “It’s not just to help those right now, but it’s to help the future generation, those who will come after us,” Peace said.

If you go WHAT: Face-to-Face tour WHEN: 6 to 7:30 tonight WHERE: Union’s Regents and Associates rooms PRICE: Free

Wednesday, Sept. 15 » Women’s & Gender Studies will host “Blogging for Social Change” with speaker Mona Eltahawy at 11 a.m. in the Union’s Regents Room. » OU Federal Credit Union Board will host a meeting at 11:30 a.m. in the Union’s Sooner Room. » Career Services will host a workshop called “Interviewing to Get the Job” at noon in the Union’s Crimson Room. » The Turkish Club will host a movie night at 6:30 p.m. in the Union’s Sooner Room. » The European Student Organization will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Union’s Weitzenhoffer Room. » The College Republicans will be available on the South Oval for a Meet and Greet as part of OU Votes 2010.

Thursday, Sept. 16 » The National Association of Hispanic Journalists will host its first meeting at 6 p.m. in Gaylord Hall’s Inasmuch Foundation Commons. » OU Latin Club will host a class called “Become a Latin Dancer in 4 Weeks” at 6:30 p.m. in the Union’s Heritage and Frontier Rooms.

» This day in OU history

Sept. 14, 1944 Student publication sent overseas The Oklahoma Daily was sent to troops overseas by the Muskogee USO. Former OU student Frances Rosser Brown prepared the box of articles pertaining to Oklahoma to send abroad for an exhibit to troops. Campus odor authority questioned about ghost Ralph Beinfang, professor of pharmacy, was hesitant to comment on the gas causing panic in Mattoon, Ill., following a number of attacks in the city from a “phantom anesthetist.” Beinfang suggested the gas is not an anesthetic and rather a poisonous gas, causing victims to suffer from swollen lips and parched throats. The prowler was spotted twice by Mattoon residents who claimed he was a thin man and wore a visored skull cap.

CODE: Changes designed to benefit students Continued from page 1 else’s work, diminishes original thought and thus degrades the university, said Miracle, political science and international security studies senior. She said updating the code will help focus it and make it easier for students to understand. The last revisions to the code were made in 2004. “The theory behind this is that students have a better perspective on what it’s like to be a student, as opposed to administrators,” Miracle said. Miracle said the revised code will resemble a constitution, laying out basic principles that both students and faculty agree with. This revision aims to help students and faculty work together to find the truth in cases of academic misconduct. The Academic Misconduct Code defines and outlines punishment for academic cheating. If OU is known for its academic integrity, other institutions will recognize this fact and place more value on

Other business The Faculty Senate meeting Monday evening also discussed:

Luster moves Tigart, enters Cummings as tackle Coach Dewey “Snorter” Luster switched Thurman Tigart, 195-pound veteran to guard to make room for the angular Millard Cummings who was benched for several days with a slightly wrenched knee. Cummings had scrimmaged with the team at tackle in OU’s Wednesday practice. Although substituted then, Thurman Tigart went on to be drafted by the Boston Yanks in 1946.

» The requirement for instructors to post their course syllabi on learn. » The Office of Human Research Participant Protection/IRB has moved off campus » OU President David Boren has agreed to reduce faculty and staff fees for the Huston Huffman Center and Murray Case Sells Swimming Pool from $20 per month to $10 per month

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About half of these cases are plagiarism, the others were everything else from improper collaboration to good old-fashioned cheating.” — GREG HEISER, ASSOCIATE PROVOST AND DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC INTEGRITY SYSTEMS the work and students who represent the university, Vice Chairman of Integrity Council Zekiel Johnson said. Miracle said the council hopes to model the code’s punishment as a rehabilitative system, rather than a punitive system. Students who violate the code can attend an integrity course, which would focus on the importance of academic honesty and how to avoid misconduct. Teaching students about academic misconduct is the first step, said Johnson, psychology and international studies senior. “Many of the cases we see are simply from ignorance,” Johnson said. The Integrity Council is a student-run organization that encourages integrity on campus and advises

the provost on misconduct cases, said Greg Heiser, associate provost and director of Academic Integrity Systems. Of the 218 cases of academic misconduct in the 2009-2010 school year, 50 cases dealt with freshmen, 36 with sophomores, 28 with juniors, 74 with seniors and 28 with graduate students, Miracle said. The largest number of cases came from students in the College of Arts and Sciences, followed by students in University College. “About half of these cases are plagiarism, the others were everything else from improper collaboration to good old-fashioned cheating,” Heiser said. The Faculty Senate will vote on the Integrity Council’s proposed edits at a meeting later in the semester.

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*Source: Greg Heiser, associate provost and director of Academic Integrity Systems


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1. Mexico City

Mexico President Calderon marks anniversary of 1847 battle with U.S. President Felipe Calderon on Monday criticized both Americans and Mexicans for their roles in the 1846-1848 war that cost Mexico half its territory during a ceremony commemorating the definitive battle of the conflict. Speaking on the 163rd anniversary of the Battle of Chapultepec, Calderon called the war an “unjust military aggression motivated by clearly imperialistic interests.” Mexico lost about half its territory to the United States in the war, including much of what later became Arizona, Nevada, Utah and California. But Calderon also said Mexicans deserved some blame. “We lost because of the invasion and expansionist desires of our enemy, but also because of divisions among Mexicans,” the president said, noting a widely cited theory that Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna refused to send reinforcements to another general because of bad blood between the two, contributing to a key U.S. victory that allowed the invading troops to advance to Chapultepec. ___

2. Caracas, Venezuela

At least 33 survive after plane crash A plane carrying 51 people crashed Monday in eastern Venezuela, and officials said 33 survived while at least 14 were killed. The plane slammed into a lot used by the state-run Sidor steel foundry, leaving its smashed and partly scorched fuselage among barrels and shipping containers. At least 14 people were killed and four others were missing after the crash about six miles from the eastern city of Puerto Ordaz, Bolivar, state Gov. Francisco Rangel Gomez said. It was unclear what caused the crash. ___

3. Bridgetown, Barbados

2 men charged in fire that killed 6 Police said Monday they have arrested two robbers who set a clothing store ablaze, killing six young women in the normally tranquil capital of the Caribbean island. Commissioner Darwin Dottin said 21-year-old Renaldo Anderson Alleyne and 19-year-old Jamar Bynoe have been charged with six counts of murder, aggravated burglary and arson in the Sept. 3 attack. “Evidence suggests the two are friends and planned and carried out the burglary,” Dottin said Monday. He said investigators had “massive help from the public,” even though it took more than a week to make arrests. The suspects had not yet entered pleas on Monday, and it was not immediately clear if they had attorneys. ___

4. Brussels

Church seeks way out of abuse crisis The Belgian Roman Catholic church acknowledged widespread sexual abuse over years by its clergy and pleaded for time to set up a system to punish all abusers and provide closure for victims. The comments were in response to a report Friday in which hundreds of sex abuse victims revealed harrowing accounts of molestation by Catholic clergy throughout the country during the past 50 years. At a news conference Monday, Belgium’s Archbishop AndreMutien Leonard said “a feeling of anger and powerlessness” had taken hold of the church. “The report and the suffering it contains make us shiver,” Leonard said. He said the crisis gripping the church is so deep it would be impossible to find an easy way out. ___

5. Manila, Philippines

Newborn boy found in airplane trash As trash was carried from a plane that had just landed at Manila’s airport, a security officer on the tarmac spied something moving in one of the bags. He opened it, sifted through the rubbish and found a newborn baby wrapped with tissue paper and covered in blood. “The baby was left for dead. It was already bluish in color,” airport press officer Connie Bungag said. “He could have died in a matter of minutes if he was not found.” The story evoked pity and outrage around the world as Philippine authorities worked Monday to identify a mother who apparently gave birth on a commercial flight and abandoned the child in a trash bin on the plane. The 6 pound, 9 ounce boy was among refuse unloaded by cleaners of a Gulf Air plane after its arrival Sunday from Bahrain, airport officials said. The infant — still attached to the placenta — was taken to an airport clinic, where doctors and nurses cleaned him, gave him a checkup, wrapped him in cloth and mittens and warmed him under a light bulb, airport doctor Maria Teresa Agores said. — AP

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. — An ominous theme has emerged from the wreckage of a deadly pipeline explosion in California: There are thousands of pipes just like it nationwide. Utilities have been under pressure for years to better inspect and replace aging gas pipes — many of them laid years before the suburbs expanded over them and now at risk of leaking or erupting. But the effort has fallen short. Critics say the regulatory system is ripe for problems because the government largely leaves it up to the companies to do inspections, and utilities are reluctant to spend the money necessary to properly fix and replace decrepit pipelines. “If this was the FAA and air travel we were talking about, I wouldn’t get on a plane,” said Rick Kessler, a former congressional staffer specializing in pipeline safety issues who now works for the Pipeline Safety Trust, an advocacy group based in Bellingham, Wash. Investigators are still trying to figure out how the pipeline in San Bruno ruptured and ignited a gigantic fireball that torched one home after another in the neighborhood, killing at least four people. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the pipeline’s owner, said Monday it has set aside up to $100 million to help residents recover. Experts say the California disaster epitomizes the risks that communities face with old gas lines. The pipe was more than 50 years old — right around the life expectancy for steel pipes. It was part of a transmission line that in one section had an “unacceptably high” risk of failure. And it was in a densely populated area. The blast was the latest warning sign in a series


Residents witness the raising of a U.S. flag Monday at the site of a gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, Calif. As investigators search for the cause of the accident, experts say the disaster highlights the risks communities face with old gas lines.

“In reality, there is a major pipeline incident every other day in this country. Luckily, most of them don’t happen in populated areas, but you still see too many failures to think something like this wasn’t going to happen sooner or later.” — CARL WEIMER, PIPELINE SAFETY TRUST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of deadly infrastructure failures in recent years, including a bridge collapse in Minneapolis and a steam pipe explosion that tore open a Manhattan street in 2007. The steam pipe that ruptured was more than 80 years old. The section of pipeline that ruptured was built in 1956, back when the neighborhood contained only a handful of homes. It is a scenario that National Transportation Safety Board vice chairman Christopher Hart has seen play out throughout

the nation, as suburbs have expanded. “That’s an issue we’re going to have to look on a bigger scale — situations in which pipes of some age were put in before the dense population arrived and now the dense population is right over the pipe,” he said. Thousands of pipelines nationwide fit the same bill, and they frequently experience mishaps. Federal officials have recorded 2,840 significant gas pipeline accidents since 1990, more than a third causing deaths and significant injuries.

“In reality, there is a major pipeline incident every other day in this country,” said Carl Weimer, Pipeline Safety Trust’s executive director. “Luckily, most of them don’t happen in populated areas, but you still see too many failures to think something like this wasn’t going to happen sooner or later.” Congress passed a law in 2002 that required utilities for the first time to inspect pipelines that run through heavily populated areas. In the first five years, more than 3,000 problems were identified — a figure Weimer said underscores the precarious pipeline system. Even when inspections are done and problems found, Kessler said, there is no requirement for companies to say if or what kind of repairs were made. — AP

Lesbian sues military for reinstatement Colleagues testify on behalf of former flight nurse Margaret Witt TACOMA, Wash. — A lesbian flight nurse discharged under the government’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gays in the military was an excellent officer whose sexuality never caused a problem in her unit, former colleagues told a federal judge Monday. Former Maj. Margaret Witt is seeking reinstatement to the Air Force Reserve in a closely watched case that has already led to one pivotal ruling involving the way the policy is practiced in the Western United States. Witt was suspended in 2004 and honorably discharged after the Air Force received a complaint from a civilian about her sexuality. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” critics hope her case leads to a second major legal victory this month: The trial began just days after a federal judge in California declared the law unconstitutional. The first witness in Witt’s case, retired Master Sgt. James Schaffer, testified that Witt was exceedingly competent and said her dismissal was so unfair, it was part of the reason he retired in 2007. “It was a rather dishonorable act on the part of the Air Force,” he said. “It should not be about what you are, but who you are.” Witt’s case led to a crucial ruling in 2008: A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel determined the military cannot discharge someone under “don’t ask, don’t tell” unless it shows the firing is necessary to further military goals such as unit cohesion. The case has returned to federal court in Tacoma for U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton to determine

It should not be about what you are, but who you are.” — JAMES SCHAFFER, RETIRED U.S. AIR FORCE MASTER SERGEANT whether Witt’s dismissal met that standard. The 1993 law prohibits the military from asking about the sexual orientation of service members, but allows the discharge of those who acknowledge being gay or are discovered to be engaging in homosexual activity. Last week, U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips in Los Angeles determined

the policy was an unconstitutional violation of the due process and free speech rights of gays and lesbians. While Phillips’ ruling has no effect on the legal issues in Witt’s case, gay rights activists believe a victory — and Witt’s reinstatement — could help build momentum for repealing the policy. The Senate could soon take up a House-approved defense bill that includes a repeal. Witt sat in the courtroom Monday amid her supporters, including Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, a fighter pilot from Idaho who is fighting his own discharge by the U.S. Air Force. — AP


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Ending Bush tax cuts — A call for bipartisanship The Bush era tax cuts are set to expire at the end of this year unless Congress passes an extension. At the moment, President Barack Obama wants to maintain tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans, ending tax breaks only for those making more than $250,000 a year. House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, would prefer maintaining the Bush tax cuts for at least two years, a move that would cost more than $500 billion. However, Boehner said Sunday he might go along with Obama’s plan if it’s his “only option,” signaling that more House Republicans will support the plan. Hallelujah, have we finally achieved that elusive goal of a bipartisan agreement? Not yet. Many political analysts say Boehner is only willing to support the plan because

Republicans are gaining confidence In August, Oklahoma’s own Senator Tom that they will take back the House in Coburn told an audience at Checotah High November. School that our economy is reaching a fiscal On the other side, Senate Minority Leader “tipping point” if the deficit isn’t reduced. Mitch McConnell, Don’t be fooled. R-Ky., said Monday The deficit arguhe’s going to make sure ment is largely political The point is Republicans think Boehner doesn’t have reducing the deficit is crucial to grandstanding on the this option. part of the Republican our economy, but they support McConnell said all leadership. policies—such as the Bush tax Republicans in his Don’t forget that durcaucus wouldn’t supcuts—that will only increase it.” ing the Bush era, the p o r t a n y t h i n g t hat Republican leadership doesn’t include exincreased the deficit tended tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent when it reduced taxes across the board and of Americans. spent trillions of dollars on budget-drainThis seems a little backward given the ing wars abroad. constant emphasis Republicans and conIn 2002, then-vice president Dick Cheney servative Democrats have placed on the even said the deficit “doesn’t matter.” importance of reducing the deficit. Some economists agree with this idea,

but they’re usually liberal economists, such as Paul Krugman, who argue the deficit should be even larger in order to enhance job creation. Is Krugman right? That’s a subject for another editorial. The point is Republicans think reducing the deficit is crucial to our economy, but they support policies—such as the Bush tax cuts—that will only increase it. It doesn’t make sense. It’s simply political maneuvering. I f R e p u b l i c a n s a n d c o n s e r v at i v e Democrats want to stay true to their values, they will support Obama’s plan. It’s the best way to make a dent in our deficit while still maintaining tax cuts for middle-class Americans.

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When it comes to journalists, athletes — let them play Editor’s note: The Daily will GUEST COLUMN UMN run a media literacy column by Sarah Cavanah, interim Sarah executive director of Oklahoma Cavanah Scholastic Media and former Daily staff writer, every Tuesday to give readers a behind-the-scenes look at The Daily and media coverage in general.

sports coverage,” Corley said. “Players messing up is just as much a part of sports as them doing well. We wouldn’t be doing our duty (as journalists) if we just (covered) the positive in our stories.” You could argue that’s easy to say, given that it I couldn’t handle being Landry Jones — and not just be- wasn’t Corley’s picture on cause I can’t throw a spiral to save my life. In the last two the page with the down weeks, seemingly the entire country has been gossiping arrow, and you’d be right. about him. Is he not good enough? Is he the best? Is he bet- B u t C o r l e y d o e s k n o w ter off without the mustache? something about “messing Landry Jones is 21 years old. Our society has agreed that up” and doing it in a very he’s only been mature enough to buy a wine cooler for public way. about five months, but anytime Jones, or any other student During the first week of athlete, takes to the field or court, I think to myself that the school, Corley scored his first Page 1 story. OU-Texas tickets scrutiny and pressure is way too much for someone who is were going on sale the next day. so young. There was a little problem, though. Corley misread the eJust like OU’s student athletes, OU’s student journalists mail. It was OU-Texas A&M tickets that were going on sale. are doing their training for the future out in the public. And Like any team, pretty much the whole Daily staff can take the protective part of me — or maybe the patronizing part some blame for the mistake. — sometimes wishes both groups didn’t have to. Corley wrote the story, and he missed the mistake he Here’s a great, and recent, example. It started Wednesday, should have caught while wearing his editor hat. But, it also Sept. 8, when Sports Editor James Corley included a small went by the copy editing desk, whose main role is to help box with three OU student athletes’ pictures along with arensure what goes into The Daily rows and brief descriptions criis accurate. tiquing whether the athlete was And, in proper buck-stops“I think analysis and opinion is a fundamental trending up, down or holding here fashion, the upper managesteady in performance. One of part of sports coverage. Players messing ment had to take responsibility our readers wasn’t happy with up is just as much a part of sports as them for the systemic factors that led Corley criticizing one of the athto this string of fumbles. doing well. We wouldn’t be doing our duty (as letes in such a public way. I don’t care who you are or journalists) if we just (covered) the positive in In the end, though, it was Corley’s name on the story, and how old you are, if you open up our stories.” he had to take the brunt of the a newspaper and see your face heat. next to a statement of negative — JAMES CORLEY, “I was ashamed,” he said. “It worth, you’re going to feel it, and THE OKLAHOMA DAILY SPORTS EDITOR looked bad for me and it reflectit’s not going to feel good. ed badly on the whole paper. It So, why did Corley do it, especially when he said the whole reason behind the box was to also affected a lot of people.” Those people included the students who got up early to give a little promotion time to the other fall sports? “I think analysis and opinion is a fundamental part of buy tickets that weren’t on sale and the OU Athletic office,

THE DAILY’S EDITORS STOCK REPORT James Corley Sports editor, journalism senior After he provided incorrect information that led to an erroneous page 1 story Aug. 23 announcing the sale of OU-Texas football tickets, his credibility went down.

which had to deal with the substantial fallout from the bad info. More than 10,000 copies of The Daily are circulating on any given day, and literally anyone in the world can read the website. That’s failing in a very public way. Corley said he’s learned his lesson. He’s now taking nothing for granted and is extending that scrutiny to the reporters who write for him. The upside of failing in public is that the experience tends to stick. It’s why pretty much everyone in journalism education says that classroom knowledge is great, but no one’s ready to work until they’ve had some practical student media or internship experience. And, I guess in the end that’s why I shouldn’t want to shield student athletes or student journalists from the glare of playing in public. They might not all end up playing in the “majors,” either in athletics or the media, but there’s a good chance they are going to be important people who we’re all going to want to perform well under pressure. In the end, we should let them play, pass judgment and be thankful it’s not our turn in the spotlight. — Sarah Cavanah, professional writing and journalism graduate student

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Sooners bump culture shock to play ball Two Puerto Rican students experience smooth transition to Norman with help from Sooner volleyball team

Puerto Rico » Capital: San Juan » Population: 3,967,179 » Size: 3,515 sq miles (smaller than Connecticut)

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Nobody likes change; whether it be transferring to a new school or simply moving In 1898, after 400 years of colonial rule by across town, people are resistant to change the Spanish Crown, the island was ceded to by nature. the United States as a result of the SpanishBut for OU volleyball players María American War. Puerto Ricans were granted Fernanda and Keila Rodriguez, dealing with U.S. citizenship in 1917. Puerto Rico has a change is part of the norm. republican form of government, subject to U.S. Fernanda, sophomore defensive specialjurisdiction and sovereignty. Its powers are ist, and Rodriguez, freshman outside hitter, delegated by the U.S. Congress and lack full both took a huge leap when they decided to protection under the U.S. Constitution. leave home in Puerto Rico to come play vol*Source: leyball for the Sooners. Not only did the two girls have to adjust to college and the speed of NCAA athletics, they also had to learn a new language and adjust to a brand new culture. and are friends on and off the court. “When I first got here, I was trying to figure This kind of environment was just what out what the instructions were for my classes, Fernanda needed to succeed. and it was so hard because I had to ask the After her warm welcome to Sooner counprofessors questions in English and I didn’t try, she started every match her freshman speak any English,” Fernanda said. “So I was year and led the team with 4.49 digs per set. like, ‘Alright, how am I going to do this?’” She also was named to the All-Big 12 freshBoth of the young players struggled with man team. their transition from one place to another as Now a sophomore, Fernanda is looking to anybody would. Language barriers can be increase her productivity. She said one of her broken and better study habits can be devel- goals is to get 30 digs in a single match. oped, but the feeling of loneliness that comes Along with concentrating on personal with being separated from all of your family goals, though, she helps Rodriguez through and friends is not quite so the same situation Fernanda easy to overcome. was in last year. I didn’t feel homesick Norman could seem “It’s great having someone at all, and I was just like a daunting place, but that already knows what I’m Fernanda says the tightgoing through and knows having fun. You don’t knit Sooner volleyball what I can expect, but at the feel alone here. When squad made the change same time, it’s not going to you get here, it’s not feel completely natural. be easy,” Rodriguez said. “It’s “I just felt like I was with still kind of difficult, but (havlike you’re a new girl my family again. I didn’t ing Fernanda here) makes it — you’re just another feel homesick at all, and easier.” teammate.” I was just having fun,” Although Fernanda, who Fernanda said. “You don’t now speaks English fluently, is — MARÍA FERNANDA, feel alone here. When you able to help Rodriguez both on SOPHOMORE VOLLEYBALL get here, it’s not like you’re the court and in the classroom, PLAYER FROM PUERTO RICO it does not mean Rodriguez a new girl — you’re just another teammate.” does not still have her fair Watching the Sooners on the court, it is share of challenges: trying to learn an entire clear from their demeanor — constantly new style of play. laughing and cheering each other on — that “It’s different when you learn one techthe players on the team care about each other nique your whole life, and then you get here

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Favorite TV show » MF — Bachelorette and Big Brother KR — CSI: Miami Favorite athelete » MF — Anyone who is not LeBron James KR — Chris Paul and Steve Nash Activities outside volleyball » MF — Watch movies and chill outside KR — Watch TV, relax and listen to music

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Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010 VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - Instead of attempting to outrun your competition, you should outthink them. When it comes to competitive situations, the race is more likely to go to the smartest person, not necessarily the fastest.

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) - You don’t always feel comfortable in large groups, but you could find yourself in one. The solution is to seek one or two people you like and stick closely to them throughout the entire affair.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Trying to force something could be like trying to push square pegs into round holes. In fact, developments that are dictated by chance and circumstance will turn out far better.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) - If you want to encourage helpfulness, you first need to be thoughtful and of service to others. Once you set the example, you’ll reap the returns.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) Only self-doubt and negative thinking can impede your progress, but, sadly, that’s exactly how you’re likely to handle what’s important. You’d be better off if you can think fearlessly.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - The only way you are likely to advance your self-interests is to deal with persons who are pertinent to your plans on a one-on-one basis. Committees or group involvements aren’t likely to work.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) - Sometimes realistic thinking isn’t enough to get you what you want, and it could be one of those times. Your intuition or hunches could be a big trump card when played.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - Unless you can gain momentum by earnestly focusing on what you’ve got in the works, you aren’t likely to get very far. Once you get rolling, however, it’ll be another story.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - That which you learn firsthand through personal experience can generally be far more effective than most book reading. One such important lesson could take place.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) Don’t put off important discussions until later in the day, when most people get tired. Once you have your thoughts organized and your ideas assembled, get to the people you need immediately.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) - Fitting yourself into a venture another has created isn’t easy, so if you see something in which you want to be included, make yourself valuable enough to be needed.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Anything that affects your material wellness and/or security should be taken care of as quickly as possible. Don’t put off thinking you can gain more with time, because you won’t.


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5. 6. 1. “Weezer (Blue Album)” Power-pop at near perfection. 2. “Pinkerton” A desultory Rivers Cuomo spawns emo in the mainstream. 3. “Weezer (Green Album)” Half as fun as the first colored record; sells about half as much. 4. “Maladroit” $10 to anybody who can name a song that isn’t “American Gigolo.”

5. “Make Believe” Mid-career return to … something. 6. “Weezer (Red Album)” It can’t be downhill from here, can it? 7. “Raditude” Yep, they went all WTF? on us.

— Matt Carney, professional writing senior

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Weezer “Hurley” Epitaph Released: Today 7.4/10

of Montreal “False Priest” Polyvinyl Released: Today 9.1/10

There are basically two camps in Weezer’s fan base: those who came to adore the band around the time of “Say It Ain’t So” and those who caught on around the time of 2005 single “Beverly Hills.” To belong in both camps is practically impossible, because, for better or worse (depending on when you came along), Weezer just ain’t the same as they used to be. The old Weezer sang about looking like Buddy Holly and feeling alienated and alone. The new one calls its album “Raditude” and puts “Lost” characters on its album cover … only Rivers Cuomo would dumb down after graduating from Harvard. Luckily, in a number of ways — despite the atrocious cover — “Hurley” is a return to form. Falling somewhere in between “(Green Album)” and “Maladroit,” Weezer’s latest offering feels like a long, charming tribute to the awkward, late ’90s pseudo-alternative rock scene. Hoisted by Semisonic guitar riffs and Third Eye Blind melodies, “Hurley” starts off with the big, dumb “Memories” that is pleasant enough in its simplicity. “Ruling Me” is poprock goodness, while “Trainwrecks” haunts back to Green Day’s “Warning” days, if in a more radio-friendly form, and “Run Away” harkens back to Ben Folds’ “Brick.” However, acoustic ditty “Unspoken” boasts the biggest shades of Weezer in its prime … a step removed from “My Name Is Jonas” that moves from pretty acoustics into roaring rock chugs. It’s still a few steps down from Weezer’s genius earlier work, but anything is a step up from “Raditude.”

Psychedelic pop act of Montreal has always been freaky, and now, it’s getting funky. Ubiquitous front man and of Montreal mastermind Kevin Barnes has been digging into a deep, dusty catalog to find a whole new world of inspiration, drawing from Parliament to Tower of Power. And Barnes has found another muse in the form of in the newly crowned queen of funk Janelle Monaé, who was called in to guest on a pair of tracks (“Enemy Gene” and “Our Riotous Defense”). The product is stellar — the best and most accessible thing of Montreal has done in recent memory. There’s a whole lot to admire, from the AM radio blast of “Hydra Fancies” to the upbeat dance rock anthem “Coquet Coquette.” Perhaps most notable is Barnes’ excellent lyrics and sharp tongue, which is especially on-point in the spoken word verses of “Our Riotous Defense,” laced with suggestive gems like, “It was thrilling to touch something that had touched you.” The 13-track affair rarely dulls, and flexes a creative muscle that dips from unruly to sultry and does so convincingly the entire time.

Les Savy Fav “Root for Ruin” French Kiss Released: Today 9.3/10 Labeled “the guitar band for people who don’t like guitar bands,” Les Savy Fav could just as easily be called “the party band for people who don’t


like to party.” The NYC five-piece has been around for 15 years and found its place on the post-punk mantle with a decisively jagged, sharper angle on the genre, and “Root for Ruin” is notably more mature and sophisticated than anything the band has produced to date. The one-two punch of “Appetites” and “Dirty Knails” makes for the first slice, but that saw-toothed energy is smeared over with the glossy, keenly observant “Sleepless in Silverlake.” The band gets back to rowdiness with the hypersexual “Lips N’ Stuff” and caustic “Excess Energies” before calming down in the “Crooked Rain” ode, “Dear Crutches.” “Root for Ruin” makes an intelligent progression from their last effort, “Let’s Stay Friends,” while keeping its guitar riffs and party energy intact. — Joshua Boydston, psychology junior


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Tuesdays turn up gleeful casts, family drama Editor’s Note: Fall TV season is upon us yet again. The Daily’s Life & Arts staff will preview what’s on the docket for the major networks every day this week, whether it’s old standbys, new hopefuls or the shows you thought had certainly been given the ax by now.

“No Ordinary Family” Network: ABC Premieres: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28 Despite the Powells looking like your average family — a mom, a dad, a daughter and a son — there is more than meets the eye. After a plane crash into the Amazon River, all four family members survive, but with one huge change: they now have “extraordinary” super powers that counteract their insecurities and weaknesses. The Powells now have to face the issues of rebuilding their family and the everyday stresses of life while learning more about their abilities.

up as a guest star. Also, this season includes music by Jay-Z, an entire Britney Spears episode and music from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

“Detroit 1-8-7” Network: ABC Premieres: 9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21

— LA

As if Detroit didn’t have enough image problems, rookie show “Detroit 1-8-7” seemsto decimate any last shred of dignity the city still clings to. The show follows the Detroit homicide detective unit as they navigate the testy waters of “Murder City.” The depressed, rusted, industrial feel of Detroit is a great backdrop for murder on television, but Detroit citizens will probably not be carving out minutes of their lives to watch the city they inhabit get trashed on national television.

“Raising Hope” Network: FOX Premieres: 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21 Its “23-year-old must raise the baby of a lady he knocked up” premise doesn’t make “Raising Hope” sound too much like a comedy, but hey, those are the kinds of things we poke fun of in America these days. FOX has been known for solid comedies in the past (“Arrested Development,” “Family Guy,” “That ’70s Show”) but single-camera setups don’t tend to splash well with the college crowd. — Matt Carney

“Life Unexpected” Network: The CW Premieres: 8 tonight

— Janna Gentry

“Parenthood” Network: NBC Premieres: 9 tonight The Bravermans, the enormously engaging and complicated family inspired by Ron Howard’s 1989 feature film “Parenthood,” are back for another television go at exercising the importance of family

in the midst of adversity. “Gilmore Girls” star Lauren Graham returns as the graphic artist-turnedbartender Sarah Braverman, a mother juggling the life she always wanted and the life she’s forced to endure. Sarah, the second child and the oldest daughter of a family that expands three generations (with actors Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia serving as the worldly patriarch and matriarch), engages in what is sure to be another heartfelt voyage through the challenges of parenting in the modern media and social networking era. — Laron Chapman

“The Good Wife” Network: CBS Premieres: 9p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28 Just when you thought there were enough shows to keep your mother glued to the TV, “The Good Wife” comes along to prove you wrong. Told from a strong female perspective, this show follows a politician’s wife in the aftermath of a corruption scandal and how she keeps up with her convicted husband, career and family. Don’t be ashamed to tune in for season two, because this show has a well-establishe well-established cast and compelling storylines. — Lauren Abra Abram

“The Biggest Loser” Network: NBC Premieres: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21 “The Biggest Loser” is in its 10th season and promises to be chubbier than ever. Our favorite Bob and Jillian, are back. This season they are visiting seven really fat cities and leading “fitness challenges” to find three new contestants in each community. “Pay it forward” is the theme of this season, and I can only guess that means they will be sending their obesity on to someone else more deserving. — Caitlin Turner

“Glee” Network: FOX Premieres: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21 Get your grape flavored slushies ready, Gleeks. This season, the glee club looks to gain more singers in order to be more competitive for the upcoming national competition being held in New York — this creates internal competition and an “empire state of mind.” Mr. Schu and Sue become friends (WHAT?) in order to take down the new football coach, Shannon Beiste. John Stamos shows

Ever heard of a cute blondee girl who was put ool couple, never up for adoption by a high school adopted and then returned too her parents 15 years later? Well, apparently in the land of CW, this is ected” is yet another entirely plausible. “Life Unexpected” family drama that encouragess teen pregnancy and attacks you with terribly obvious plot twists. cond season. Come on Somehow it’s made it to a second CW, just give me “Everwood” back!



— CT

“Running Wilde” Network: FOX Premieres: 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21 With Mitchell Hurwitz directing and writing, Jim Vallely writing and a cast that includes Gob Bluth and Tobiass Fünke (Will Arnett and David Cross, respectively; although if you don’t know the references, you probably don’t deserve to ilde” could prove to watch television), “Running Wilde” n’t mesmerizing, but be a good show. The promo isn’t he rest of the gang I’d like to think Hurwitz and the ment” respectably. will follow “Arrested Development” — Ryan Querbach


— Leesa Allmond

The Oklahoma Daily  

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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