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77°/62° owl.ou.edu CAMPUS BRIEFS FAMILY GAME NIGHT FOR AGES FIVE AND OLDER The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History will host a family game night Friday, where families can eat dinner and enjoy fun activities together. Game night begins at 6 p.m. and costs $10 for museum members and $12 for nonmembers. During the event families will play games outdoors, eat dinner together and then design their own game to take home. “We started this event because of requests from parents,” museum spokeswoman Linda Coldwell said. “Parents saw their kids participating in the events and wanted to join.” These activities are for families with children ages five and older. To register call 325-4712 or for more information visit www.snomnh. ou.edu. -Colbi Beam/The Daily
SUSTAINABILITY FILMS SCREENING WITH PANEL The Oklahoma City Museum of Art will host a series of films addressing sustainability issues beginning Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and running through Sunday. Films being featured include “Fresh,” “The Great Squeeze: Surviving the Human Project,” “The Greening of Southie,” “Food, Inc.,” “No Impact Man,” “Earth Days” and more. After the final screening on Sunday, there will be a panel discussion entitled “Sustainability in Oklahoma: Where Do We Go from Here?” Local experts including Bruce Edwards, director of Urban Harvest at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, and Shauna Lawyer Struby of Sustainable OKC will lead the discussion. Tickets are $6 for college students with an ID and $8 for adults. For more information and specific show times, visit www.okcmoa.com/film.
Health care bill likely to be signed by end of year Finished product may contain changes due to ongoing debate CAITLIN HARRISON The Oklahoma Daily
The recent news buzz about health care reform may have left some students confused
about exactly what’s being discussed — and how they will be affected. Wes Glinsmann, director of state legislative and political affairs for the Oklahoma State Medical Association, said the president will likely sign some type of health care reform bill before Christmas — it’s just a matter of what it will contain. “It’s a very fluid process right now. What will
WHAT’S BEING DISCUSSED:
WHAT’S BEING ELIMINATED:
• Requirements that many individuals carry insurance • Penalty, possibly as high as several thousands of dollars, for those who do not get insurance • Requirement for insurers to accept customers regardless of pre-existing conditions • Subsidies and expansion of Medicaid to help poor and lower-middle classes buy insurance • New insurance exchange for individuals and small businesses to comparison-shop for plans • Trimming payments through Medicare to help pay for health care legislation • No coverage gap when switching jobs
• Public option: a government-funded plan to compete with private insurers • Nonprofit co-operatives to compete with private insurers • Surtax on families earning $350,000 a year or more • Mandate on employers to provide coverage to employees • Fine of up to 8-percent payroll on businesses that fail to provide workers with coverage
• Medicare reimbursement for end-of-life planning • Single-payer concept that would make the federal government the sole provider of health care in the U.S.
Although Democrats and Republicans have not agreed on everything, Glinsmann said most government officials agree insurance companies should be required to cover individuals regardless of pre-existing conditions. Most have also consented the bill should include a provision on portability issues, so individuals do not experience a gap in coverage when they change jobs. A public option is on the table, but Glinsmann
said it has caused significant debate and isn’t likely to make it into the bill. A public option would be a government-run insurance program available to all U.S. citizens that would aim to reduce costs and compete with private plans. If a reform bill passed, students may not feel the impact until after graduation since most are still covered under their parents’ insurance, Glinsmann said. “[When] it might be an issue is for older
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UOSA Student Congress also discusses plans for Green Week 2010 RICKY MARANON The Oklahoma Daily
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students who can’t be on their parents’ insurance anymore, who don’t have a full-time job or can’t afford to go out and buy their own insurance,” he said. The health care reform bill is a work in progress, Glinsmann said, but he expects the president to sign something in the coming months. “Both sides have made it clear that if we want to get this done, we’ve got to get it done by the end of the year,” Glinsmann said.
OU Hillel addresses Westboro church protests
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The 2009-10 calendar of events from the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts is now available and contains more than 350 performances from the art, drama and music departments. “This is our second year completing a season calendar that includes events for all of the schools within the College of Fine Arts,” said dean Rich Taylor in a press release. The calendar includes drama, musical theatre, dance, music and opera events, in addition to information about special exhibits and events at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. For more information, visit http:// www.ou.edu/finearts or call Holly Jones at 325-4242.
be in the final bill, I think, will be very different from what it looks like right now,” Glinsmann said. “The difference is how should we get there ... Should we do things to support the private market, or do we need the government taking over and reforming health care from the top down?” he said.
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Amanda Hearn, Physical Plant spokeswoman, talks to members of UOSA Student Congress about upcoming Green Week 2010 activities Tuesday night.
Members of OU Hillel alerted members of Student Congress Tuesday that the Westboro Baptist Church will protest their celebration of Rosh Hashana, the celebration of the Jewish New Year, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday. A posting on the Westboro Baptist Church Web site states that members of the church will protest at Hillel at that time on Friday, and then will stage three protests in Oklahoma City. Members told Student Congress that they are planning events to counter the protest that will portray the Jewish community in a positive manner, but they also were expecting other students to counter the protest in a manner of noisemaking. “We want to represent the Jewish community and our traditions in a positive manner, but we also wanted to let everyone know what is going on,” said the
two students who represented OU Hillel. “We are thinking of having an open house or some other event.” Student Congress also began planning for Green Week 2010 by giving the Physical Plant $1,500 to implement a more efficient recycling program. “We all have to do our part, and tonight, it starts with us,” UOSA Student Congress Chairman John Jennings said. “2010 and Green Week will be here before we know it.” Though Green Week 2010 is going to be held in the spring, UOSA began to plan Tuesday on ways to improve upon Green Week 2009. Student Congress also heard about the Physical Plant’s environmentally-friendly initiative, Crimson and Green. “We have a new Web site that allows students to make green commitments across campus,” Physical Plant spokeswoman Amanda Hearn said. “For every commitment received, we will contribute to $2 to green initiatives.”
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New CIA Officer in Residence provides practical knowledge Students interested in intelligence information now have a new mentor JARED RADER The Oklahoma Daily
Don Hughes is OU’s new CIA Officer in Residence, coming to Norman after a stint in the Agency’s Office of Congressional Affairs. The CIA’s Officer-in-Residence program selects about eight to 12 CIA officers to send to universities to broaden understanding of national security intelligence and missions in an academic setting, according to the CIA’s Web site. Hughes said his main goal is to bring to students a practitioner’s perspective of national security issues, rather than a scholarly view. “I’d like to give some students a bit of a different picture about how bureaucracies work and the tough decisions that you have to make,” Hughes said. “The work I’ll do is a
little more practical, a little bit less theoretical.” Hughes said he came to OU too late to teach any classes this fall, but he expects to teach a class or two of political science or international and area studies in the spring. In the meantime, he said he would visit classes to teach, sit on discussion panels and host seminars. He also said that he would offer resources to other universities and colleges in Oklahoma. Hughes began his career with the CIA in 2000, moving to the CIA’s Office of Congressional Affairs in 2006. The OCA informs Congress of CIA activities. “As a general rule, the CIA is very specialized internally,” Hughes said. “Working in [the OCA] exposes whoever works there to the whole gamut of things the CIA is involved in.” While working in the OCA, Hughes said he assembled written products or teams of briefers whenever Congress wanted information
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on CIA activities. Hughes said that while it may seem like 2006 was a particularly controversial time to work for the CIA - given the fact it was around the time the Iraq war effort was coming under fire - citizens should know the CIA is always active. “There’s always something going on somewhere that may not be on your TV or your computer screen or on page one of the newspaper,” Hughes said. Hughes said the Officer-inResidence selection process is competitive, and he became interested in applying for the job at OU because of the influence OU President David Boren and his son, Dan Boren, had on the U.S. intelligence community. President Boren was once the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and his son is now a member of the House Intelligence Committee. “[David Boren] did a lot of good things on the Senate Intelligence Committee that strengthened
national security,” Hughes said. “There was this kind of OU connection that I got interested in that was a principal reason why I competed for this position.” Hughes looks forward to having discussions with students interested in national security and hopes he can help encourage students who are interested in working for the CIA to learn more about it. CIA regulations, however, prevent Hughes from recruiting in any form, he said. Hughes said while one does not get recognized for one’s work in the CIA, given the secret nature of the job, it is essential for national security. “You don’t read about it, but you know it’s great work, it’s honorable work, it’s challenging work,” Hughes said. “It’s the mission that makes it worthwhile, and if the mission doesn’t excite you, then [the CIA] wouldn’t be the right place for you.”
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Protests Continued from page 1 Hearn said the green projects that are occurring at the Physical Plant will not be heavily marketed with paper in order to be environmentally friendly. She said students should spread the news mostly by word of mouth, and if students want to make a green commitment, they can sign up at the Crimson and Green Web site, www.ou.edu/ sustainability. Hearn was present to receive the forms for a money transaction between the UOSA account and the Physical Plant account since UOSA as a public entity can not give out checks for donations of generosity. The money will go to a new recycling program. Rep. Brett Stidham, Student Congress Ways and Means Committee chair, said all budget analysis and data will now be digital in an effort to go green. “We use 8-1/3 reams of paper when we compile a budget. I’ve been told that is nearly [one-] half of a tree,” Stidham said. “When we do things from now on, everything will be online, not in printed copies.” Student Congress also donated $1000 to Green Week 2010 fundraising efforts for green organizations. In other issues discussed at the Student Congress meeting, members were given the opportunity to talk to Deborah Engel of University Libraries. Before the representatives asked questions to Engel, they were given an update on new innovations in the libraries, specifically Bizzell Memorial Library. Engel told members that printing in the library is now linked to their Bursar account and that the library is also checking out laptops for students to use while they are in the library. She also said the library Web site has a Facebook chat-like feature on its Web site in which students may ask questions about the library. After Engel’s presentation on updates to
the library, representatives took the time to ask Engel about the library’s hours of operations and further renovations and future innovations. “It costs a lot to keep the library open 24 hours, seven days a week,” Engel said. “We have implemented and will continue to improve upon our online services so students can get after-hours access to things they would get in the library if the library were open.” Engel said the custodians also need the entire time the library is closed to clean the building and run industrial-sized vacuum cleaners. Student Congress considered five pieces of legislation after the two special orders involving the library and Green Week 2010 were complete. One approved resolution sent condolences to Sarah Lester, a senior whose father, mother and two sisters perished in a plane crash on their way to the OU-BYU game in Dallas Sept. 5. “I don’t think this resolution can embody the pain and sorrow Ms. Lester is feeling, but we want her to know that we are thinking about her in this hard time,” UOSA Student Congress Vice Chair Matthew Gress said. A second resolution honored all first responders that serve in Norman in both the OU and Norman Police departments and the Norman Fire Department. “We want to honor those who continuously and altruistically put their lives on the line for our safety, especially since the anniversary of 9/11 just passed,” said Spencer Pittman, bill author and UOSA spokesman. Two bills additional bills were emergency appropriation bills for student organizations totaling $3,750. The money will go to fund activities within student clubs and organizations for special events they will participate in throughout the semester. Another bill created a new position in Student Congress to have a member assist as a liaison to the Student Congress chair in appointments and legislation management.
OU offers HPV vaccine to students
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Gardasil is a three-dose vaccine now offered at Goddard Health Center. OU is one of 30 universities nationwide that offers this HPV vaccine on campus.
The human papilloma virus vaccine Gardasil is now available through OU Health Services for students. Gardasil is the only vaccine known to help protect against four types of HPV, two types that cause 70 percent of cervical cancer and two more types that cause 90 percent of genital warts. Currently, the vaccine is approved for female protection, but Merck, the pharmaceutical company that produces Gardasil, is in the process of getting approval from the Food and Drug Administration for males in protection against genital warts, according to CNN. Medical professionals suggest females between the ages of nine to 26 should be vaccinated. Doctors recommend women should be vaccinated before
they become sexually active and before they can acquire the disease, but women who are sexually active should not stray away from being vaccinated. “Women who are already sexually active may still benefit from Gardasil because, even if they have been exposed to HPV, it’s unlikely that they have been exposed to all the types of the virus covered by the vaccine (HPV types 6, 11, 16 and 18),” said Ali Kresge, Merck Global Communications spokeswoman. Gardasil is given in three injection shots over the course of six periods. Each injection costs $148 and may be charged to the bursar account. To schedule an appointment students may call 325-4441. -LeighAnne Manwarren/The Daily
The Crime Report ARSON IN THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES CENTER The OU Fire Marshall and the OU Police Department are looking into the cause of a fire in the Physical Sciences Center, room 301, around 6:30 p.m. Monday. The fire burned textbooks and pamphlets, but there was no damage to the building, according to a police report. The report states the fire was in its early stages when authorities were on the scene. The report states the fire was intentionally set, and OUPD is investigating who started the fire. CAR STOLEN FROM THE EDGE Norman police are looking into the theft of an OU student’s green four-door 2004 Mercury Sable from The Edge apartments around 5:30 p.m. Monday. As reported in Monday’s edition of The Daily, there have been multiple cars vandalized and broken into since Sept. 1, but this is the first car to be stolen from a student apartment complex parking lot. WALLET STOLEN AT JOURNEYCHURCH.TV An OU student reported to Norman police that her wallet was stolen out of her purse while participating in a youth event at JourneyChurch.tv Monday. According to a police report, the student put her purse under a desk and left it unattended while at the church. While she left her purse unattended, the student says her wallet was stolen. Items in the wallet, along with the wallet itself, have a total value of $90. The student told Norman police she thought she knew the person who stole her wallet. Norman police are investigating. –Ricky Maranon/The Daily
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POLICE REPORTS The following is a list of arrests and citations, not convictions. The information listed is compiled by the Norman Police Department and the OU Police Department. All those listed are presumed innocent until proven guilty. DRIVING UNDER A SUSPENDED LICENSE Darius Gordon, 28, Monitor Avenue, Monday, also county warrants AGGRAVATED DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE Rabia Buckun, 33, W. Main Street, Monday, also operating a motor vehicle with an expired tag MUNICIPAL WARRANT Jamie M. Combs, 27, 201 W. Gray St., Monday PETTY LARCENY Pichda Rany Kchoa, 27, 333 N. Interstate Drive E., Saturday PUBLIC INTOXICATION Michael Wayne Monckton, 35, 201 W. Daws St., Monday POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA Lindsey David Powell, 24, Morningside Drive, Monday
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Saving, managing finances benefits future Finance professor advises students to discipline their spending habits MATTHEW MOZEK The Oklahoma Daily
While many college students attend universities with the sole purpose of earning a diploma, the struggling economy is proof that learning good financial skills is one of the most important things they can do while away at college. By developing good money management habits and budgeting, you will be able to make smart financial decisions that will help achieve goals later in life, said Jered Davidson, a first-year law student who has developed a budget to allow for concurrent saving and spending. Building a budget is the best tool to help prevent college students from overspending, said finance professor Evgenia Golubeva. She said it is important to be realistic and prioritize when building a budget. “Overspending can be like overeating,” she said. “You do it on an impulse, out of boredom, to feel better.” Golubeva said she believes one can make oneself feel better without spending a lot of money and urges students to ask themselves, “What else could I do now that would help me feel better, but wouldn’t cost me quite so much?” Golubeva said it is also important to set money aside for the future and develop a spending discipline. She said she believes the earlier student begin to practice this skill the faster they will master it. While she admits saving isn’t always ideal, she said it will ultimately make things easier for her in the future. “I do want to save, but I also want to have a life,” she said. “It is unrealistic to think that I can
CAMPUS NOTES TODAY CAREER SERVICES Career Services will discuss interviewing techniques from noon to 1 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. “How to Work the Sooner Showcase Career Fair” will be from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Union. “How to Work the Engineering Career Fair” will be from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Union. CHRISTIANS ON CAMPUS Christians on Campus will host a Bible study from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. in the Union. INFORMATION SESSIONS Interested students and alumni are invited to attend the “Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. Information Session” for engineering students from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Union.
be 100-percent-disciplined at all times, and it is also unhealthy to deny yourself things all the time because it leads to splurging.” For many college students, the burden of paying off student loans is one they must endure for several years after graduation. “When it comes to spending money, you have to consider what your plans are for the future,” said Britnee Bryles, journalism senior. “I set aside $20 out of every paycheck I get and use the rest for everyday expenses.” According to Forbes magazine, nearly 60 percent of college students graduate with $20,000 or more of debt. At a young age, overcoming this
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Professor Evgenia Golubeva advises students to be wiser with their spending habits during their college years. Golubeva says creating a budget is the best way to avoid overspending.
KAPPA PHI The Kappa Phi Christian Sorority will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wesley Foundation. INTRAMURAL SPORTS The Flag Football Captains’ meeting will be from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Huston Huffman Center.
TOMORROW CAREER SERVICES The Engineering Career Fair will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center. The Sooner Showcase Career Fair will be from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center for students looking for full-time and internship positions.
YOUNG DEMOCRATS Young Democrats will meet from 8 to 9 p.m. in Dale Hall.
PRE-OPTOMETRY CLUB The first Pre-Optometry Club will hold a meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. in Richards Hall.
CAMPUS CRUSADE FOR CHRIST Campus Crusade for Christ will meet from 9 to 10 p.m. Wednesday in the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium’s Santee Lounge.
INFORMATION SESSIONS Interested students and alumni are invited to attend the Schlumberger Information Session meeting for field engineers from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Union.
September 16, 2009 7 PM- Dinner and Discussion with Students: Franciscan Spirituality in the Contemporary World 8:30 PM: Concert (open to everyone)
St. Thomas More University Parish 100 E. Stinson St. Norman, OK 73072 For information, call: (405) 321- 0990
much debt can prove to be an overwhelming task. “I made it a point to save a little money each month so that I would be ready when the time came,” Davidson said. “I wanted to at least be able to afford the interest payments each month.” Davidson said he found that budgeting his finances was the best way to enjoy himself now without mortgaging his future. “By sacrificing some of the luxuries most students enjoy, I’ll be able to enjoy myself later on in life,” Davidson said.
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“Well taken. However, you’re the 1% of Norman cyclists on the road who actually obey traffic laws. I hate driving around cyclists because they act incredibly erratic - I even had a close call with somebody in actual cycling gear who brazenly ran a red light while I was making a left turn. Norman cyclists on the whole are
terrible users of the road, and while I fully support sharing the road/more cycling, I don’t support a bunch of self-righteous, stupid cyclists who don’t know the first thing about etiquette clogging up the roads.” -JJanowiak
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Students: facts vital to health care discussion The two words on the tip of everybody’s tongue the last few months have been, you guessed it, health care. We are not naive enough to tell you how to feel or which side to support when it comes to this hotly debated issue. Everybody faces different circumstances, and each person has the right to decide what position on health care is best for him or her. But we do encourage you to do some research and find out all of the facts before taking a position. This is inarguably an extremely complex and confusing issue, and we suspect even the people charged with decision making for our country do not know all there is to know about health care. We do, however, believe it’s incredibly important for our generation to find out all they can. We are the doctors, nurses, patients and taxpayers of the future, and regardless
THIS LETTER IS IN RESPONSE TO TJ MOEN’S SEPT. 9 COLUMN, “AMERICA REPRESENTS MORE THAN JUST THE ‘HOME OF THE SOONERS.’”
of our individual current or future financial circumstances, the outcome of this debate will affect us all. So be proactive. Try to wade through all the mindless talking points from the mindless talking heads that permeate this debate. Get to the facts, and base your position on them as they relate to your specific situation. Even if you are a card-carrying member of one political party, really study the plan the other party is pushing. We feel political discourse in the U.S. too often comes down to partisan bickering, and we should examine all sides before deciding on a position. In a few years our generation will be the one in power. Obviously we aren’t going to be able to make sweeping changes to the American political scene overnight, but we can certainly start now by learning the facts about health care.
cal dissidents or ask an ROTC member why they do what they do. (Chances are their motivations stem from social ills that we all help to create.) Think of every obstacle standing in your way of truly being free, then think of how you can work to destroy it. Are you a straight, Christian, suburban, white male? Ask someone who isn’t about their obstacles. Think about out-of-work farmers in Mexico who were destroyed by NAFTA, children slaughtered in East Timor with our arms or those oppressed by dictators in Central and South America put in place by our C.I.A. (Because democracy is only democracy if it supports our goals!) And when you think of America, think of how wonderful the people of the U.S.A. are, not its government. Then think of what you can do to oppose illegitimate forms of authority and how many people (of all nationalities) you can show love to at the same time. And when you hear the National Anthem at the next OU football game, if nothing else, think about how much good you could do to save our legacy if you spent half as much time trying to improve the society around you as you do researching sports affairs.
I’m writing in response to an opinion piece published last week by TJ Moen that exhibited a bizarre, naive nationalism that read like an attempted poetic rewrite of a generic pop-country song. Don’t get me wrong, America has some beautiful people, beautiful culture and a beautiful legacy, but we have done and continue to do lots of terrible things as a nation-state, which I think should make us think twice before stroking our own ego through such claims as being “the greatest nation in the world.” Because, to me, blue and red can still represent the bruises and blood of innocent civilians overseas. Black and white can represent the ink of contracts signed within the military-industrial complex. The land of Redwood forests and Gulf Stream waters that were written about by our nation’s favorite leftist isn’t treated in a sustainable fashion because we’d rather maintain dirty habits than question a capitalist system Daniel Giles Helm which propagates waste and inequality. So, maybe instead we should give a toast to politi- Arts & sciences junior
Vaccines not as dangerous as some allege Jenny McCarthy has racked up p r o b l e m s w i t h M c C a r t h y ’s position. a sizable body count. First, a wealth of honest, wellHer message consists of the baseless claim that the MMR designed studies have shown there to be no link bevaccine (which protects tween autism and a g a i n s t t h e m e a s l e s, the MMR vaccine or mumps and rubella) thimerosal. is responsible for the A nt i -v a x xe r s c l a i m increasing number of these studies are nothing d i a g n o s e s o f a u t i s m. more than the pharmaMcCarthy’s professed ceutical equivalent of the reasoning for her claims? comical research done Her “mommy instinct” by Big Tobacco. This is and her “University of DUSTYN a purposeful, malicious Google” education. ADDINGTON falsehood. McCarthy asserts that a Columbia University, preservative in the MMR vaccine, thimerosal, has brought t h e C a l i f o r n i a D e p a r t m e n t about the apparently increasing of Public Health and the UK Medical Research Council are rates of children with autism. This claim really began with just a few among the numerous a researcher, Andrew Wakefield, and diverse group of organizaand his publication of an article tions independently coming to in the journal The Lancet pur- the same conclusion through porting to show a link between their research: There is no evidence for a connection between the vaccine and autism. The FCC decided to remove thimerosal and autism. “Big Pharma” must have wide the preservative just to be safe. Contrary to the beliefs of the influence and deep pockets to inanti-vaccinationists (or “anti- filtrate all of these organizations. Second, Wakefield was disvaxxers”), the rates of autism did not decrease in the slightest fol- covered by the Sunday Times to lowing thimerosal’s removal. have manipulated his original There are three insurmountable research in order to produce the
conclusion he desired. Along with this indictment of Wakefield’s research, the coauthors of his study retracted their support of the findings, and The Lancet publicly removed its endorsement of the article. Finally, the increasing autism rates that the anti-vaxxers point to as the plague of the twenty-first century are likely to be caused by our expanding the definition of autism to include more people, coupled with our ever-increasing ability to find and diagnose children with autism. The science behind the issue is clear. No connection has ever been found between autism and any ingredient in vaccines. Despite their complete lack of supporting evidence, the antivaxxers continue to proselytize their anti-science message on “Larry King” and “Oprah,” engage in libelous attacks against scientists and, most appallingly, endanger their own children. There is something sympathetic in McCarthy’s blind crusade. The courage of a mother doing whatever she can to protect her child or, even better, other people’s children is one close to our
hearts. In the face of such imagery, science and calm reasoning seem almost inappropriate. How dare I tell a mother what’s best for her child? But the danger is not contained only to the children of the anti-vaxxers. Every child is put at risk because of this message. Because vaccines don’t work on everybody, a certain small percentage of the population depends on everybody else having working vaccinations. Since most people won’t get the disease because of the vaccine, they also won’t spread the disease, allowing for a herd immunity to protect this small group of individuals when vaccines are unable to do so. If McCarthy’s beliefs were benign, if they were self-contained and caused no real damage (like believing the moon landing was a hoax or that there are fairies in your garden), she could be considered a minor annoyance and easily ignored. If only that were the case. Her anti-vaccination mania is not only inaccurate, but dangerous. Children are not being given the vaccinations required to
protect them from serious, lifethreatening diseases. Measles and the mumps are not something we can ignore. McCarthy’s message is worse than being good old-fashioned nonsense. It’s a weapon. I cannot think of a more sinister creation than a weapon that harms children alone, and McCarthy is guilty of spreading its damage as far as possible. It’s true that her position is understandable. Her child has autism, after all, and she is just trying to make sense of it any way she can. I’m quite sure she doesn’t mean to cause this kind of harm. Her casualties are accidents of her own gullibility and inability to engage in critical thinking. Her tale is a cautionary one. The slightest bit of skepticism would have protected hundreds of children from diseases that were nearly wiped out by the very vaccines that are denied to them.
Dustyn Addington is a philosophy senior.
Professors influence students with more than just lesson plans Last week, I stood outside Price Business College with a professor and two other students. Our class had just been dismissed, and we were talking about whether or not the Bible should be interpreted literally (the class was a religious studies class, so it was a natural topic to pursue). After we parted ways, I was struck by the reality I had just witnessed: While professors are commissioned by OU to teach a particular subject area, TREVOR some students glean much CLARK more from them. Faculty set examples in their evaluations of world events and media, as well as by their opinions on politics, work ethic and religion. I say “some” students are thus impacted because this is by no means a law. Many students go through college without conforming (at least consciously) to the image of their instructors. There are a few reasons for this. A lot of the influence occurs on a peer-topeer basis, rather than in teacher-to-student relationships.
Depending on class size and subject, it university a place that “molds the minds of may be harder to transmit these extra-curric- future leaders.” ular lessons from teacher to student. Professors and other instructors are key Also, some teachers organize their pro- tools through which “this great Western infession in such a stitution” “molds way that makes While professors are commissioned the minds” of the the passing-on students who pass of character and by OU to teach a particular subject through it. ideas almost im- area, some students glean much more Evan Coyne p o s s i b l e. T h e y from them. Faculty set examples in Maloney paints a p l a c e “ v a l u e s , their evaluations of world events and n e g a t i v e p i c t u re etc.” in a compartof this influence in ment outside of media, as well as by their opinions on his documentary, the classroom and politics, work ethic and religion. “Indoctrinate U.” “facts, etc.” within. Maloney argues That being said, that the increasingly the fact remains left-leaning univerthat many students are shaped by their sity serves as a place where students are surteachers, which I think is a topic worthy of rounded by liberal ideologies and pressured discussion. to adhere to them. “This great Western institution, the uniOthers contest this argument. versity, dominates the world today more The New York Times writer Patricia Cohen than any other institution,” said the now de- reported in November 2008 that three differceased Dr. Charles Malik, former president ent groups of researchers indicate that proof the United Nations General Assembly and fessors do not significantly impact students’ co-drafter of the UN Declaration of Human political views. Rights. I think it is true that many college students Washington Monthly magazine calls the are “more firm in their political beliefs than
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conventional wisdom suggests,” as one research team put it. But I think it’s false to deny that teachers influence their students’ ideologies in light of that fact. Looking at my time at OU, I’ve noticed that the potential for influence certainly does exist, especially (as my roommate suggests) if the student is new to the subject at hand. This is not necessarily a bad thing. To a degree it’s probably unavoidable and can most definitely be beneficial. The good/bad distinction lies in the actual example set by educators, as well as how they set it. I am thankful that our instructors here would not pass on ideas that they believe to be harmful, but I would still encourage students and teachers to observe how the ideologies of the educator affect his or her teaching. If those ideologies are detected, we can enter the conversation of which ones should be affirmed and praised and which ones should not. Trevor Clark is a religious studies and professional writing sophomore.
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New electric car made ‘as logical as possible’ for drivers OKLAHOMA CITY — Turn the key on the Wheego Whip to start the engine, and it sounds like nothing has happened, although it has. Drive it around with the window open and ambient sounds — everything but the engine — fill the ears. Mike McQuary, the CEO of Atlanta-based Wheego Electric Cars Inc., said Tuesday he hopes the quiet car is among the vehicles that will help wean the U.S. off of foreign oil. During a presentation of the two-seat car at the state Capitol, he said the company’s goal is to bring “real street-going electric cars to the U.S.” that also are affordable. The current top speed of the Wheego Whip is 35 mph, although McQuary said his company is working on a model that coming out next summer that will travel up to 65 mph. Inside, the car — at 63 inches high and 63.2 inches wide — still has storage behind the seats. The car also has a wheel base of 79.7 inches, which is a little more than 6½ feet. By comparison, the 2010 Honda Civic — a popular subcompact — has a 106-inch wheel base. The Whip can be charged from a standard household outlet and will run about 35 to 40 miles on a single charge, McQuary said, adding that the 2010 model will be expected to run about 100 miles on a single charge. “It’s a real car,” McQuary said. “Too often people have to sacrifice amenities and style in order to contribute to the public good. ... You shouldn’t have to make huge sacrifices to try and help that cause. This has the fit and finish of a regular automobile. “We tried to make it as logical as possible.” McQuary said tax credits recently approved by the
Legislature make Oklahoma an attractive marketplace in which to sell electric vehicles. He said the Wheego Whip LSV qualifies for a state tax credit of 50 percent of the vehicle’s purchase price, which is $18,995, as well as a $7,500 federal tax credit. The state tax credit can be spread over five years. That’s not a popular idea with at least one Oklahoma lawmaker. State Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, said Tuesday the tax credits could cost the state money. “This is one of the worst examples of government incentives,” he said in a statement. “I expect it will cause a massive drain on the state treasury, but I feel obligated to tell all Oklahomans about it so they can demand that the problem be fixed.” Other state officials feel differently. State Secretary of the Environment J.D. Strong was among those who took the car for a spin around a Capitol parking lot. “Certainly, these (electric cars) are catching on quick,” Strong said. “You see them all over the place in Europe. ... There are no emissions in that thing.” Under an agreement between Wheego Electric Cars and AMP Control Inc. of Piedmont, the Oklahoma company will assemble the vehicles — which are manufactured by Wheego — at a plant that will be either in Piedmont or Kingfisher, both of which are just northwest of Oklahoma City. Ryan Deatherage, the president of AMP Control, said the plant’s site will be determined by the end of the year. The company, which now distributes remote-controlled lawn mowers, also will have exclusive rights to sell the Wheego product line in Oklahoma.
State Rep. Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher, said he’s been told the plant would bring 30 to 50 jobs to Oklahoma. He called the Wheego “cutting-edge.” “Where I’m from in western Oklahoma, it’s still oil and gas,” he said. “We’re still going to have that. But I think this is an opportunity, with tax credits in line. This is not a soupedup golf cart. This is an actual automobile.” –AP
In this 2009 product image provided by Wheego Electric Cars, the 2010 Wheego Whip is pictured in its black model. AMP Control Inc. of Piedmont, Okla. will assemble and sell the all-electric, street-legal low-speed vehicles manufactured by Atlanta-based Wheego Electric Cars.
Cherokee Nation blocked from joining poultry pollution case
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith is shown in his office in Tahlequah, Okla., on July 6, 2006. A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a tribe request by the Cherokee Nation to intervene as a plaintiff in Oklahoma’s potential water pollution lawsuit against 12 Arkansas poultry companies, clearing the way for the case to move on to trial.
TULSA — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a request by the Cherokee Nation to intervene as a plaintiff in Oklahoma’s water pollution lawsuit against 12 Arkansas poultry companies, clearing the way for the case to go to trial. U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell explained in his bench ruling that if he allowed the tribe’s request, it would likely trigger more than a four-month delay in the case, as new motions are filed with the court from both parties. Frizzell, acknowledging there was “no perfect resolution to this issue,” said the nation could still bring a separate lawsuit against the companies. Diane Hammons, Attorney General for the nation, said the tribe planned to appeal. The jury trial is set to start Monday and could last two months. Pretrial settlement talks between Oklahoma and the industry appeared to have fizzled in recent weeks. The case has drawn national attention because it could lead to similar lawsuits across the country challenging how the poultry industry does business. Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson sued the companies in 2005, claiming that the estimated 345,000 tons of chicken waste produced in the Illinois River watershed each year has wreaked environmental havoc on the land. The state claims that runoff carries bacteria into lakes and streams, threatening the health of tens of thousands of people that boat or camp in the river valley area every year. The one-million-acre watershed spans parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas and is
dotted with 1,800 poultry houses, most in with Oklahoma would be the sensible and Arkansas. The area is among the largest economical thing to do. in the U.S. for producing broilers, or birds “The question is not who owns the raised for meat, and more than 55,000 water, it’s a question of who owns the polpeople Oklahoma and Arkansas work for lution,” Hammons said. the industry. Chad Smith, principal chief of the “We agree with the court’s decision, and Cherokee Nation, attended part of the look forward to presenting our case, which morning’s hearing. will outline how poultry farmers are actBut attorneys for the poultry companies ing responsibly in their use of poultry lit- said it would be unprecedented, six days ter as a fertilizer on farmland,” said Gary before the start of trial, to allow the tribe to Mickelson, a spokesman intervene. for Tyson Foods Inc., one “The question is not Jay Jorgensen, arguof the companies named who owns the water, ing for the companies, in the lawsuit. said dozens of witnesses it’s a question of who The Cherokee Nation, had already cleared their which claims more than owns the pollution.” schedules for the start next 280,000 members and is week’s trial, with some albased in the northeast- –DIANE HAMMONS, CHEROKEE ready arriving in Tulsa. ern Oklahoma town of NATION ATTORNEY GENERAL “There’s a million facTahlequah, filed a motion tors. We are three or four to intervene in the case after Frizzell ruled business days from the trial,” he told the earlier this summer that Oklahoma could judge. not win damages because the state failed Frizzell appeared to foreshadow what to include the nation — whose lands lie would come of the long-running case. within the watershed — as a plaintiff. The “I’m the umpire trying to call fastballs state had sought more than $611 million. coming in at 95 mph,” he said, adding that Oklahoma had asked to delay the case the frame-by-frame “instant replay” would until January if the judge allowed the tribe likely be done by the appeals court level. to intervene. In addition to Tyson, the other compaIn the hearing Tuesday, Hammons, the nies named in the lawsuit include Tyson tribe’s attorney general, told the judge that Poultry Inc., Tyson Chicken Inc., Cobbthe nation never wanted to be a party in Vantress Inc., Cal-Maine Foods Inc., the case, but the poultry companies still Cargill Inc., Cargill Turkey Production inserted them into the legal fight. L.L.C., George’s Inc., George’s Farms Inc., Hammons said the tribe doesn’t have Peterson Farms Inc., Simmons Foods Inc. the resources to bring a lawsuit of this size and Cal-Maine Farms Inc. on its own, and other attorneys for the state argued Tuesday that joining the nation –AP
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Men’s basketball stays busy AARON COLEN The Oklahoma Daily
After a 2008-09 season in which the OU men’s basketball team advanced all the way to the Elite 8, the Sooners return this season with a new leader and a largely new team. Here’s a look at what has been going on with the Sooner men this offseason.
A PASSING OF THE TORCH The most significant difference in this year’s team will be the absence of last season’s national player of the year Blake Griffin.
GRIFFIN BROTHERS’ OU STATISTICS Blake Griffin: Games Played/Games Started: 68/63 Field Goal Percentage: .618 Three Point Field Goal Percentage: .300 Free Throw Percentage: .589 Rebounds Per Game: 11.8 Taylor Griffin: Games Played/Games Started: 93/42 Field Goal Percentage: .428 Three Point Field Goal Percentage: .177 Free Throw Percentage: .733 Rebounds Per Game: 4.4 Griffin was the unquestionable leader of the team both with his play and with his presence. The Sooners will have a different look as the leadership role is passed from the big man to sophomore guard Willie Warren.
YOUTH MOVEMENT The Sooners brought in six new freshmen this offseason, and one junior transfer who will be eligible to play next season. OU lost three of last season’s starters, with forward
Taylor Griffin and guard Austin Johnson graduating on top of the younger Griffin leaving early for the draft. The incoming class has some promise (and size). Most notable in the new class is the 6’9”, 300-pound freshman forward Tiny Gallon. Gallon hails from Vallejo, Calif., but he played his last two years of high school basketball at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. Gallon, a McDonald’s All American, is one of the highest-ranked recruits in OU basketball history. Rivals.com ranked him as the ninth-best recruit in the nation, and second overall among centers.
If there is one thing that frustrates me the most in sports today, it’s when drafted players opt to re-enter the following draft for nonacademic reasons. Cough, Ricky Rubio. But following in Rubio’s footsteps i s Mi c h a e l Crabtree. He was drafted No. MJ 10 by the San CASIANO Francisco 49ers in April this year and is the lone firstrounder not to sign. Not only does he expect to be a top paid rookie, but a top paid wide receiver in general. Twice in the last month, and as recently as Sunday, reports have surfaced that Crabtree would re-enter the draft in 2010 and wait for the money he thinks he deserves, according to ESPN. com. The nation understands he’s talented. My grandmother, outspoken Mike Leach or any Texas Longhorns fan can attest to that. H o w e v e r, y o u h av e n ’ t played a set of downs professionally, you have already acquired a minor injury histor y and your attitude is poor.
The NFL doesn’t like players that showcase an attitude, especially not this early. Terrell Owens has been regarded as a prestigious wide receiver, but is barely staying in this league because of poor personality. Adam Jones has all the talent in the world, but can’t even sign in the Canadian Football League. Teams also prefer intell i g e n t p l a y e r s. C ra b t re e scored a 15 on the Wonderlic Test in pre-draft festivities, which is Vince Young-esque (not good). I know it ’s a game, not a college course. But teams want players that can memorize the playbook effectively. Crabtree fell in the draft the first time around because of personality, intelligence and a foot injury. Now, with even more negatives added to his personality and decision making it wouldn’t surprise me if he fell to the end of round one or further upon re-entering. There will be a big difference in the $16 million guaranteed now and a fraction of that next year. Besides, whether you accept this offer or get the money you want, you’ll never spend that much regardless. Mike, I have a word of advice: sign. It’ll save America a headache.
TIME TO STEP UP With the new surge of young players on the team, returning players like senior forward Tony Crocker and junior guard Cade Davis will have increased roles. The scoring and rebounding that Blake Griffin took with him to the NBA must be replaced if the Sooners hope to come close to last season’s success.
TRIAL BY FIRE The new-look Sooners will be tested early on this season with a tough non-conference schedule that includes at least six teams that advanced to postseason play a year ago and possibly a seventh if it meets Washington State in the Great Alaska Shootout. Featured games include back-to-back home outings against Arkansas, and road contests against VCU, Utah and Gonzaga. Those three teams combined to go 76-26 last season.
C A P E L J O I N S N A B C BO A R D O F DIRECTORS OU head coach Jeff Capel was elected last week to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, along with Maryland head coach Gary Williams and Louisiana State head coach Trent Johnson.
Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree pulls in the game-winning touchdown against Texas cornerback Curtis Brown Nov. 1, 2008.
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OU FOOTBALL SOUNDBITES “To get in the game it was big for me,” Lewis said, “Getting on the field in the game made me open my eyes and say ‘hey this for real, and I just need to keep working.’” -Freshman linebacker Ronnell Lewis on playing in last Saturday’s game
“We’re going out there regardless of our ranking, weather we are ranked 200 or number one, were going out there to be number one that day,” Taylor said, “We strive to be the best every week.” -Junior tackle Adrian Taylor on the strength of the Sooners run defense
Complaint filed in Semenya case South Africa’s minister for women and children has filed a complaint with the United Nations over how Caster Semenya’s case was handled. Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya says the international athletics governing body failed to safeguard the confidentiality of the runner whose sex has been questioned. She says they showed “blatant disregard” for Semenya’s “human dignity.” The complaint made Monday asks the UN Division for the Advancement of Women to investigate the matter. The International Association of Athletics Federations has refused to confirm or deny Australian media reports saying sex tests show that the women’s 800-meter world champion has both male and female characteristics.
SOONER FOOTBALL PRACTICE NOTES Habern graded well in his first career start Head coach Bob Stoops said he was impressed with freshman center Ben Habern’s performance in his first career start Saturday, and was happy to see Habern and Jones were on the same page. “[Habern] handled a wet ball all day, [and] I thought he and Landry together through all day did a really good job,” Stoops said. There was not a fumbled snap between Habern and Jones in Saturday’s 64-0 downpour victory. For the time being, Habern will remain the Sooners’ starting center.
Bradford shows leadership from the sideline Heisman Trophywinning junior quarterback Sam Bradford has become a good leader on the sideline and in the lockerr room while recoveringg from an injury, Stoops said. He suffered a shoulder injury in the season openerr against Brigham Youngg University. “He’s just a great team guy,” Stoops said. “I know he’s given Landry a lot off support, and his fire and spirit is still there with the team. He does all that he can, and he’s awfully good at it.”
Bradford still has a couple more weeks until he will be able to return, but an exact return date has yet to be determined.
SEMENYA’S 800M RACE HISTORY • 2008 World Junior Championships: participated • 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games: Gold medal • 2009 African Junior Championships: Gold medal • 2009 World Championships: Gold medal -1:55:45 - Fastest time that year - AP, IOL Sports, IAAF
Balogun practicing, but is still not able to play AP PHOTO
South Africa’s athlete Caster Semenya gestures after her arrival at Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg Aug 25.
Stoops said senior linebacker Mike Balogun has been practicing with the team, but is still uncertified to play.
Philadelphia shuts out Washington
“He’s practicing, and we’ll keep tuning him up,” Stoops said. “We’ll give him a series here and there, keep his head in it, but we’ll just see.”
Cliff Lee threw a six-hitter, Carlos Ruiz hit a three-run double and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 5-0 on Tuesday night. The NL East leaders have won six of eight and reduced their magic number for clinching their third consecutive division title to 12 with 19 games remaining. In his best outing in three weeks, Lee (7-2) struck out nine and walked three to record his second shutout and sixth complete game this season. He was 1-2 with a 9.60 ERA in his previous three starts after giving up three earned runs in his first five with Philadelphia. Nationals starter Garrett Mock (3-8) allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings. He settled down after the second inning, giving up one hit over the next four. Lee hardly broke a sweat except in the fourth inning. He walked the bases loaded after going 39 innings without issuing one. But Lee struck out Josh Bard to escape the jam. He fanned the last two batters in the ninth, firing a 92 mph fastball past Bard on his 124th pitch to end it. The Phillies scored one run off Mock in the first and four in the second. Jimmy Rollins led off the first
Balogun has not played this season because he is in the middle of a lawsuit with the National Collegiate Athletics Association over the year he played in the North American Football League. -Jono Greco/The Daily
Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Ryan Madson, left, celebrates with teammate Carlos Ruiz, right, after the final out against the Washington Nationals Tuesday. with a double to right and Chase Utley singled him in after Shane Victorino sacrificed. Raul Ibanez started the second with an opposite-field double to left and Jayson Werth followed with a single. After Pedro Feliz walked to load the bases, Ruiz hit a bouncer down the left-field line. The ball rolled into the
STUDENT FOOTBALL SEASON TICKET PICK-UP Today is the last day for students with season tickets to pick up their ticket for this week’s game as against the Tulsa Hurricane. Students can pick up their ticket from the OU ticket office or they can print them off online. The game Saturday begins at 2:30 p.m. at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. For details on student football ticket pick-up visit Soonersports. com. - Daily Staff
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corner, allowing all three runners to score. Rollins singled in Ruiz to make it 5-0. Ruiz, the No. 8 hitter in Philadelphia’s potent lineup, has been hot lately. Since Aug. 15, he’s batting .371 (26 for 70) to raise his average from .224 to .258. –AP
VOLLEYBALL HEADS NORTH TO KANSAS The Sooner volleyball team opens (7-2) up Big 12 play Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Kansas State (6-4) in Manhattan, Kan. The Sooners beat Kansas State to open conference play last year. OU is 44-24-1 all-time against the Wildcats but lost the last two meetings in 2008. This will be the first time since Nov. 11, 2006 the Sooners face an unranked Kansas State squad. -James Corley/The Daily
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« THEATER PREMIERE
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The OU University Theatre will present their first fall production, “Is He Dead?,” Friday Sept. 18. Read a preview for the show in Friday’s Life & Arts section.
NEW MUSE ALBUM SATISFIES FANS
The Daily’s Osi Aken’Ova reviews some of this week’s most notable comic books.
“DEADPOOL: MERC WITH A MOUTH #3”
“Merc with a Mouth” may have a great The Iron Man saga continues with Tony storyline (think evil villains, strike teams Stark’s slow descent into self-induced de- and biological weapons) but that’s not the mentia in Afghanistan while on his way to best thing about the series. Lately, the arthis first Iron Man lab. After work, namely the covers, has been stealing making yet another mistake the show. I’ve definitely appreciated the that reveals his location to recent “Merc with a Mouth” cover art homH.A.M.M.E.R., Norman ages to the great movie posters of our time. Osborn suits up in his Iron The second series cover is obviously a salute Patriot armor to personally to “Jaws,” but this third cover is my personal take care of Stark, so expect favorite as it clearly pays tribute to the greata huge est zombie movie of all time: battle. George Romero’s “Dawn of The T h i s OSI Dead”. “Merc with a Mouth” AKEN’OVA edition may have a wonderful storyline a l s o and the ability to convincingly finds mix the Marvel Zombies uniMaria Hill and verse with the more Natasha Romanoff in mainstream Marvel H.A.M.M.E.R. custody world, but this time, after failing to deliver it’s the covers that Stark’s important package make this comic to Captain America. worthwhile. Following the “murder” of Pepper Potts “THE BLACKEST by Madame Masque, NIGHT #3” Pepper’s armor is As the resurbeing analyzed by r e c ted undead Osborn technicians heroes in the DC in order to learn world destroy the more about Stark universe, the Green technology. Lanterns must find Writer Matt a way to stop their Fraction’s run on this seemingly unstopseries has been nothpable foes. This ing short of amazing; might just seem like another he’s put Tony Stark zombie story but writer Geoff through a gauntlet Johns is able to weave a real and still manged to emotional depth into the charinject humor into a acters. Plus it’s quite enjoyable very personal story PHOTO PROVIDED to see characters’ reactions to arc. The sudden loss the death of their current foes – of Stark’s company Images from comic books, and reputation was “Invincible Iron Man # 18,” Deadpool foes who were previously close friends and allies. [The reaction explored in the first Merc with a Mouth # 3” and “The of Tempest when he sees his part of the “World’s Blackest Night # 3.” father, Aquaman, come back Most Wanted” storyline, and this latest from the dead is… finish this episode finds him struggling to contend with sentence with something that makes a point the loss of his intellect. Fraction’s writing style about art or about writing or their intersecon the series has had many reviewers draw- tion.. something interesting that conveys a ing comparisons to “Flowers for Algernon,” real opinion.] While a true fan might want to because it also deals with a character that pick up all four or five “Blackest Night” books slowly loses his intelligence. Readers are ul- out there, this edition does a good job of sumtimately left engaged and wondering what marizing what’s going on in the other books Fraction is going to do with what’s left of the for the more casual reader. now carefully deconstructed character of Osi Aken’Ova is a film and video studies sophomore.
“INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #18”
The newest album release from Muse, “The Resistance,” was released earlier this week. The wait for Muse fans in the U.S. is finally over. Muse’s latest album, “The Resistance,” was released September 15 and was well worth the wait. From beginning to end, Muse takes listeners on a journey filled with many listening experiences to the country of Eurasia. As is typical with KATIE Muse, listeners start ROSENTHAL their journey in a government that controls its citizens’ every action. “Uprising” starts the album and sets the mood for the first leg of the journey. Though it is a good song with a catchy melody that gets stuck in your head and a guitar line that is so uniquely Muse’s, it is far from being a great song. It’s like every other song by Muse but with a more simplistic guitar line and a different melody. Though off to a rough start, the album gets better with its next track “Resistance.” The song takes listeners to George Orwell’s “1984,” where love is forbidden and Thought Police read your every thought. The central theme is typical of Muse, but the song is unlike their songs in the past. For one, there are backup vocals where Matt Bellamy usually goes solo. It gives the song a much different sound from their previous one’s. The tone of the song also stands out. Whereas most of Muse’s songs are about prevailing in a struggle, “Resistance” is about running away and doubting that love will prevail against the odds. The journey takes an odd turn with “Undisclosed Desires.” It’s unlike Muse in that it has a pop sound. While it’s oddly entertaining and somehow works for Muse, it is by far the worst song on the album. [From the cheesy lyrics to the very simplistic melody it’s slightly comedic when compared to Muse’s usually complex and circular sound.] “United States of Eurasia” puts listeners back on track and is where the real fun begins. The song is unlike any other song by Muse yet so distinctly theirs. Chopin meets Queen; only Muse would come up with something like “United States of Eurasia.” The song starts like so many of Muse’s songs: with Bellamy playing away on the piano and building up to the main attraction. The main attraction in this case is a tribute to Queen. Sounding very much like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the song stands out from all the others. The song then morphs into a piece that resembles the likes of Chopin and ends with the sound of a rocket launching off to Eurasia.
After being thrown into confusion and awe, fans will have time to settle down with “Guiding Light.” The ballad has a heroic sound and a great melody that fans have come to expect from Muse’s softer songs. The only downside is that the music tends to out-power the vocals. Overall the song isn’t the strongest on the album and will likely be skipped by listeners. The next song, “Unnatural Selection,” is much more like the epic sound one expects from Muse. Starting out on the keyboard and building up to the complex melodies and catchy guitar line, “Unnatural Selection” is one of the best songs on the album and is sure to be a fan favorite. The chorus is catchy, yet has that deeper meaning that one finds in most of Muse’s songs. “MK Ultra” will be yet another fan favorite. From the lyrics to another complex melody by Muse, the song is captivating and has many dimensions to listen to. Each layer in the song is distinct and unique and yet they all fit together and harmonize Bellamy’s falsetto voice. There is another unexpected turn on this listening journey with “I Belong to You.” From the opening on the piano and the bass line to the French lyrics, the song is funky and fun in a way that is very different from Muse. The song, like so many of Muse’s, is an acquired taste. The first few times are hard to get through, especially if you can’t speak French. After two or three listens, however, fans will find themselves singing along and smiling. Fans end the journey with the most unique piece yet, “Exogenesis Symphony.” The three part symphony consists of three movements: “Overture,” “Cross Pollination” and “Redemption” divided up into three separate songs. A unique mix of orchestra, guitar, bass and drums, the song showcases the many talents of Bellamy, who composed the “band” part and most of the orchestral part. The mixture of two very different sounds gives a cool effect to the piece, and Bellamy’s unique falsetto adds yet another dimension to the song. Around 15 minutes long altogether, this piece is by far the best song on the album in terms of ability and uniqueness, though some fans will enjoy it more than others. Overall the album was a great listening experience with many twists and turns. Though not their best album, it shows that Muse has no intention of slowing down just yet and it will definitely be among many fans’ favorites. Katie Rosenthal is a University College freshman.
Leno’s primetime premiere underwhelms Monday night, Jay Leno finally appeared on TV again. How did we ever survive three months without his late-night presence? After subjecting America to weeks of barrage advertising on every DUSTY possible SOMERS space — a new DVD I opened today had Leno’s smiling mug on an obnoxious insert — NBC at last gave us the man in the flesh for the premiere of “The Jay Leno Show,” a new primetime fixture that moves his shtick to 10 p.m. (9 Central). You would have thought Leno was going to walk on water given the show’s advertising push, so perhaps it’s not so surprising that the result was massively underwhelming. Leno’s appeal is in his safeness and familiarity — you know at least half his jokes are going to be grade
A cornballs, but he’s got a friendly presence. Given that, it’s not too much of a surprise that the format of “The Jay Leno Show” is almost identical to that of “The Tonight Show,” save for a few minor rearrangements and a new set. What’s disappointing is how low the bar was set with Monday’s series premiere, a slow-pitch softball that apparently didn’t even aspire to some kind of spectacle. Maybe Leno just doesn’t care that much. The premiere featured a banal chat with Jerr y Seinfeld, who achieved the show’s greatest level of pomp by donning a tux, but Leno seemingly had very little to ask him about. “Is your staff aware that I have not been on television for 11 years?” Seinfeld asked him. Touché. The show managed only to muster some nerve thanks to a previously unplanned interview with Kanye West, who was looking to repent for the latest in his long series of jackass moves. [Thanks for letting me borrow that one, Mr. President.]
West later performed with Jay-Z and Rihanna, and the remaining time was filled with some annoying musical humor from The Dan Band and that Leno stalwart, “Headlines,” which was one of the weakest efforts I’ve ever seen for the segment. All in all, Monday was fairly par for the course for Leno, and that’s the problem. Only a major formula shake-up could’ve elevated the show into essential primetime viewing from its former place of “this, Letterman or some infomercial.” It’s a cost-cutting move for NBC for sure, allowing them one cheap talk show instead of five different productions on five different nights, but who’s going to be pulled away from their scripted programs on other channels? A comedy talk show in primetime is hardly as revolutionary as NBC wants to convince viewers it is. With the amiable but increasingly lame Leno at the helm, it’s just more of the same at a different time. Dusty Somers is a journalism senior.
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‘Dirty Dancing’ star Patrick Swayze dies at 57 LOS ANGELES — Patrick Swayze personified a particular kind of masculine grace both on and offscreen, from his roles in films like “Dirty Dancing” and “Ghost” to the way he carried himself in his long fight with pancreatic cancer. Swayze died from the illness on Monday in Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 57. “Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months,” Annett Wolf said in a statement Monday evening. She declined to give details. Fans of the actor were saddened to learn in March 2008 that Swayze was suffering from an especially deadly form of cancer. He continued working despite the diagnosis, putting together a memoir with his wife and shooting “The Beast,” an A&E drama series for which he had already made the pilot. Swayze said he chose not to use painkillers while making “The Beast” because they would have taken the edge off his performance. The show drew a respectable 1.3 million viewers when the 13 episodes ran this year, but A&E said it reluctantly decided not to renew it for a second season. When he first went public with the illness, some reports gave him only weeks to live, but his doctor said his situation was “considerably more optimistic” than that. Swayze acknowledged that time might be running out given the grim nature of the disease. “I’d say five years is pretty wishful thinking,” Swayze told ABC’s Barbara Walters in early 2009. “Two years seems likely if you’re going to believe statistics. I want to last until they find a cure, which means I’d better get a fire under it.” And that’s exactly what he did. In February, Swayze wrote an op-ed piece in the Washington Post titled, “I’m Battling Cancer. How About Some Help, Congress?” in which he urged senators and representatives to vote for the maximum funding for the National Institutes of Health to fight cancer as part of the economic stimulus package.
He also appeared in the September 2008 live television event “Stand Up to Cancer,” where he pleaded: “I keep dreaming of a future, a future with a long and healthy life, a life not lived in the shadow of cancer, but in the light. ... I dream that the word ‘cure’ will no longer be followed by the words ‘is impossible.’” Celebrities and fans inspired by Swayze’s struggle poured out their condolences, including C. Thomas Howell, who costarred with Swayze in “The Outsiders,” “Grandview U.S.A.” and “Red Dawn.” “I have always had a special place in my heart for Patrick,” he said. “While I was fortunate enough to work with him in three films, it was our passion for horses that forged a friendship between us that I treasure to this day.” Others used Twitter to express their sadness, and “Dirty Dancing” was a top trending topic Monday night, trailed by other Swayze films. D e m i Mo o re, w h o p l aye d Swayze’s fiancee in “Ghost,” wrote: “Patrick you are loved by so many and your light will forever shine in all of our lives.” Moore’s husband, Ashton Kutcher, tweeted: “RIP P Swayze” and linked to a YouTube clip of the actor poking fun at himself in a classic “Saturday Night Live” sketch, in which he played a wannabe Chippendales dancer alongside the corpulent — and frighteningly shirtless — Chris Farley. Larry King wrote: “Patrick Swayze was a wonderful actor & a terrific guy. He put his heart in everything. He was an extraordinary fighter in his battle w Cancer.” King added that he’d do a tribute to Swayze on his CNN program Tuesday night. A three-time Golden Globe nominee, Swayze became a star with his performance as the misunderstood bad boy Johnny Castle in “Dirty Dancing.” As the son of a choreographer who began his career in musical theater, he seemed a natural to play the role. A coming-of-age romance starring Jennifer Grey as an idealistic
young woman on vacation with her family and Swayze as the Catskills resort’s sexy (and much older) dance instructor, the film made use of both his grace on his feet and his muscular physique. It became an international phenomenon in the summer of 1987, spawning albums, an Oscarwinning hit song in “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life,” stage productions and a sequel, 2004’s “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights,” in which he made a cameo. Swayze performed and co-wrote a song on the soundtrack, the ballad “She’s Like the Wind,” inspired by his wife, Lisa Niemi. The film also gave him the chance to utter the now-classic line, “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” Swayze followed up with the 1989 action flick “Road House,” in which he played a bouncer at a rowdy bar. But it was his performance in 1990’s “Ghost” that showed his vulnerable, sensitive side. He starred as a murdered man trying to communicate with his fiancee with great frustration and longing, through a psychic played by Whoopi Goldberg. “Ghost” provided yet another indelible musical moment: Swayze and Moore sensually molding pottery together to the strains of the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody.” It also earned a best-picture nomination and a supportingactress Oscar for Goldberg, who said she wouldn’t have won if it weren’t for Swayze. “When I won my Academy Award, the only person I really thanked was Patrick,” Goldberg said in March 2008 on the ABC daytime talk show “The View.” Swayze himself earned three Golden Globe nominations, for “Dirty Dancing,” “Ghost” and 1995’s “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar,” which allowed him to toy with his masculine image. The role called for him to play a drag queen on a crosscountry road trip alongside Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo. His heartthrob status almost kept him from being considered for the role of Vida Boheme.
FILE - In this image provided by Lionsgate Home Entertainment, Patrick Swayze, portraying Johnny Castle, and Jennifer Grey, portraying Baby Houseman, are shown in a scene from the film, “Dirty Dancing.” Swayze’s publicist Annett Wolf says the 57-year-old “Dirty Dancing” actor died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, after a nearly two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
“I couldn’t get seen on it because everyone viewed me as terminally heterosexually masculine-macho,” he told The Associated Press then. But he transformed himself so completely that when his screen test was sent to Steven Spielberg, whose Amblin pictures produced “To Wong Foo,” the director didn’t recognize him. Swayze was born in 1952 in Houston, the son of Jesse Swayze and choreographer Patsy Swayze, whose films include “Urban Cowboy.”
$250K top prize up for grabs in Mich. art event GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A school of glimmering, silvery-white fish wriggle high above a downtown river. A few blocks away on a Michigan sidewalk, four stark red piranhas have taken large bites out of a running man’s briefcase and rear end. A purple, 10-foot-tall jelly bean stands outside a nearby castle. As the first ArtPrize art competition is set to begin next week in Grand Rapids, works of every imaginable size, shape, color and medium are popping up at 159 venues throughout the downtown area. More than 1,200 artists from two dozen countries are competing for a total of $449,000, including $250,000 for first place — one of the world’s largest awards for an art competition. “I think this is amazing to have this much artwork all throughout downtown,” said Sarah Joseph, director of exhibitions at Kendall College of Art and Design. “It’s great that it’s everywhere.” If it’s not everywhere just yet, it soon will be. Colorful oils, acrylics and sketches are at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. Rocky’s Bar and Grill will have
a hodgepodge of paintings, including one of a clown, and photographs of various Michigan locales. The Thomas M. Cooley Law School will offer a steel-and-polyurethane sculpture of a human figure. As Judy Johnson walked past the four red piranhas Monday, she said she believes the 18-day event that kicks off Sept. 23 will give a boost to the state’s second-largest city. “I think it’ll be fantastic,” said Johnson, 57, an administrator for Grand Rapids Public Schools. “It will get people downtown and be something to put Grand Rapids on the map, hopefully.” She plans to bring in friends and family members to “see as many (works) as we can.” People who register for the event will determine the top 10 artworks, including the winner, by voting at ArtPrize’s Web site, or through text messaging or an iPhone application. Prizes will be awarded Oct. 8, two days before the competition ends to give people time to see the winning pieces. -AP
He played football but also was drawn to dance and theater, performing with the Feld, Joffrey and Harkness Ballets and appearing on Broadway as Danny Zuko in “Grease.” He turned to acting in 1978 after a series of injuries. Within a couple years of moving to Los Angeles, he made his debut in the roller-disco movie “Skatetown, U.S.A.” The eclectic cast included Scott Baio, Flip Wilson, Maureen McCormack and Billy Barty. -AP
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Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009 VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- If you’re smart, you’ll let compassion govern your behavior. When you do things out of the goodness of your heart, even when companions think you’re foolish, you’ll come out a winner.
Matthew Shlian looks at his piece, “misfold,” while installing it at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Mich.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- You’re well aware of friends’ frailties and shortcomings and won’t be easily deceived by them, even though some think you are. Focus on their good points. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- By setting your sights on that which could lead to material well-being, you’ll place yourself in the position of probable gains. Do not allow insignificant matters to distract you.
PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- If your interest is only lukewarm, you aren’t likely to win any races. Yet when you are truly motivated, even the fastest among your competitors won’t outdistance you. Go for it. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- It’s foolish to believe others should do what you won’t do, so don’t think you can palm off an unpleasant job on them. If you want their help, lead by example and continue to work at their side. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Unselfish desire is likely to be the only thing that will get you to rise to the occasion. When you see someone who can’t do for himself or herself, you’ll step in and help out.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- The key to a harmonious SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. relationship is to be support21) -- Use a “here’s what I can ive of your significant other. do for you” presentation instead Important matters will see real of a hard sell when trying to results; when at odds, it’ll be a promote something important; different story. you will stand a better chance of finding success. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- This is a better-than-usual day CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. for implementing corrections in 19) -- If you want a favor from your spending habits. If your someone, don’t outline what life has been affected by a you want this person to do and shortage of funds, you’re apt to how you want him or her to do do something about it. it. Discuss your needs, and let the response come spontaneLEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Afously. fectations and extravagant gestures will simply drive people AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) away. If you want to make a -- Because you are far more good impression, show that you popular with peers than you are someone who knows how to realize, another who is jealous use charm and good humor. might try to upstage you. Sadly for this person, he or she will come out second best.
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