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Going to class pays through scholarships Highest grade point averages in President Boren’s government class rewarded with donor funds EMILY HOPKINS The Oklahoma Daily
For the 20 students in President David Boren’s class, studying for next week’s test means more than a grade — it means money. Since 2008, students in Boren’s American Federal Government course have competed for scholarships awarded to students with the highest academic rank at the end of the
semester. This semester, the top three individuals will receive a $500 scholarship. “It’s an added bonus to the fact that we get to learn about the government from someone who has experienced it firsthand,” said microbiology sophomore Ganga Moorthy. Scholarships are funded by Frank Smist Jr., Carl Albert Fellow and American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. “[Smist’s] a very generous alumnus, professor and author and decided to establish the scholarships as a way to honor President Boren,” said political science professor Shad Satterthwaite. “Dr. Smist was the first Carl
Albert PhD from OU who went on to write books about the intelligence community and Congress and became a full tenured professor at Rockhurst University.” While working on a biography about Boren, Smist decided to sit in on his classes and meet with a number of the students. The scholarships were established in 2008 as a result of his research time. In the spring, Boren’s class will enroll 200 students. Three $500 scholarships and eight $250 scholarships will be awarded. “The 14 scholarships are named to honor three very special OU people: President David L. Boren, OU First Lady Molly Shi
Boren and Dr. Shad Satterthwaite, who has assisted the class since President Boren arrived at OU,” Smist said. Being that the sole criteria to be chosen is academic rank, competition among the fall’s honors students is bound to be rather tough. “I will definitely try to win one. Since they are based solely on grades, I will do my very best to obtain and maintain a high A in the class,” said political science junior Sara Ciccolari-Micaldi. “However, I will also actively participate in class discussions. Participation makes the class more interactive, and I feel that I learn more by asking and answering questions.”
Singers take talent to the football ﬁeld Three chosen out of 29 auditions to sing at home football games LILLY CHAPA The Oklahoma Daily
Singing a solo in front of 85,000 people might be a nightmare for some, but not for three OU students Leslie Gile, Kevin Wright and Jordan Killion will take turns singing the national anthem at the OU home football games this season. They were chosen out of 29 students who auditioned, including many graduate voice students. William Wakefield, director of bands, said this year’s audition group was very strong. Wakefield said the vocal audition is only one part of the decision-making process. “They may sound great singing in the shower, but it comes down to the delivery and courage,” Wakefield said. “We want someone who is prepared to sing in front of an audience of 85,000 people. They need a mature-sounding voice, and have to show poise, no matter what the situation, temperature or circumstance.” Voice performance senior Leslie Gile said she was ecstatic when she found out she was going to sing the anthem on Oct. 16 and Nov. 13. “My dad went to OU, so I’ve loved OU football since I was little,” Gile said. “Being able to sing the anthem at the games means a lot to me, and it makes my family proud.” She has performed the national anthem before at small functions, but she said she still thinks she will be nervous when she sings on game day. “It’ll be a good kind of nervous, though,” Giles said. Supply chain management senior Kevin Wright said he is also honored to be chosen to sing the national anthem.
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Students Leslie Gile (top), Jordan Killion (far left) and Kevin Wright (near left) were selected as the three national anthem singers for football games at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. To audition, they sang the anthem with an accompaniment track while School of Music director, Steven Curtis, conducted. A faculty committee reviewed the audition CDs and submitted top male and female choices. Wright will perform the “Star-Spangled Banner” at Saturday’s game.
“I know how good those singers [who auditioned] are,” Wright said. “I was surprised, but I knew I was good enough to make it.” Wright said he’s been singing as a hobby since high school and is involved in three different choirs at OU. He sang the anthem before last week’s game against Florida State and will sing Saturday as well. “I’m really glad I [got] to sing
it those two weeks,” Wright said. “[It’s] cool because one game is on Sept. 11, and we’ll be honoring the Armed Forces.” The fact that Wright isn’t a music major didn’t stop him from being involved in the School of Music. “They have voice lessons and classes for non-majors, and it’s pretty easy to get involved,” Wright said. “Everyone in the music school is really nice, and if
you’re interested in music, they’ll do what they can to help you get involved.” Voice junior Jordan Killion said auditioning was a last minute decision that his voice professor talked him into. “I wasn’t too sure about it, but my professor motivated me, told me I’d knock ‘em dead, and what could it hurt?” Killion said. Killion is no stranger to music
performance: he is a second-year member of the Pride of Oklahoma and has sung in OU choirs as well. His father, Jamie Killion, also sang the national anthem during the 2007 and 2009 football seasons. Jamie said he was thrilled and very proud when he found out his son would be singing the anthem
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Home of the Sooners honors the brave Academics speak about Flyovers, band performances planned to say ‘thank you’ to soldiers during football game SABRINA PROSSER The Oklahoma Daily
When OU takes the field Saturday against the Air Force Academy, Sooner fans are asked to remember the military during OU’s Military Appreciation Day. This will be the second year the university’s Military Appreciation Day is celebrated on a game day. “This Saturday is about everyone in Oklahoma and the fans saying thank you to the military,” said Charlie Taylor, athletics
department spokesman. “There is a sense of significance for Saturday’s game against the Cadets because these students, although football players, could in one to four years ... be protecting our freedom.” According to an athletics department press release, the game will have a jet flyover as well as a special welcome from football head coach Bob Stoops. Events planned for the game will include four F-15 Tomcat jets, from the 366th Fighter Wind Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, flying over the stadium prior to the game. At the end of the game, a C-17 from Altus Air
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Force Base will make another flyover. Also as part of Militar y Appreciation Day, the Air Force Band and the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band will perform during halftime. After their performances, both bands will perform a military salute with the 200-piece University Choir, said Kenneth Mossman, athletics department spokesman. As each branch song is played, ROTC representatives will bring the colors forward, he said. During the individual branches’ SEE MILITARY PAGE 2
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countries’ relationship Roundtable sponsored by the Institute for U.S.-China Issues, Latin American Studies DANNY HATCH The Oklahoma Daily
China and Latin America aren’t the world’s likeliest alliance. However, since the late 1990s, China has been involved with Latin America, both economically and socially. Peter Gries, director of OU’s Institute for U.S.-China Issues, and Alan McPherson, Latin American
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Studies chairman, decided to raise awareness of this growing relationship by inviting three distinguished speakers to a roundtable discussion about China’s stake in Latin America Thursday. Evan Ellis, a professor at the National Defense University Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies in Washington, D.C., Carol Wise, a national relations professor at the University of Southern California, and Allen Carlson, SEE PANEL PAGE 2
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Today around campus » Congressman Tom Cole will speak at 8:30 a.m. in Nielsen Hall room 270 as part of OU Votes 2010. » The Union Programming Board will show “Get Him to the Greek” at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11:50 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Meacham Auditorium. » The African Christian Fellowship will host a meeting at 7 p.m. in the Union’s Heritage Room. » OU Latin Dance Club will hold a Salsa Ball at 10 p.m. in the Union’s Governors Room.
Saturday, Sept. 18 » The Union Programming Board will present Home Game Day vs. Air Force from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Union’s Meacham Auditorium. » Union Game Day events will occur from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Union’s Beaird Lobby & Lounge and Will Rogers Room. » OU football will play the Air Force Academy at 2:30 p.m. at the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
Sunday, Sept. 19 » Alpha Sigma Kappa - Women in Technical Studies will meet at 2 p.m. in the Union’s Crimson Room. » Nepali Night, “Avash,” will start at 6 p.m. in the Union’s Meacham Auditorium. » The campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity will meet at 9 p.m. in the Union’s Governors Room.
Monday, Sept. 20 » The Assessment and Learning Center will host a seminar on choosing a major or career at 2 p.m. in the Housing Learning Center of Adams Tower. The center will also talk about pre-calculus exams for 1503/1523 at 3 p.m. and 1643 at 4 p.m. » Union Programming Board will have Mid-Day Music with artist Thomas Glenn at 11:30 a.m. in the Union’s Will Rogers Room. » There is a multicultural game night at 6 p.m. in the Union’s Sooner Room. » The Pre-Medical Professions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Union’s Weitzenhoffer Room. » Shack-a-thon will have an informational meeting at 7 p.m. in the Union’s Frontier Room.
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Sept. 17, 1969 Theater offers ticket savings with coupon booklets OU Musical Theatre was newly reorganized and ready for an exciting season in 1969 to 1970. There were four productions scheduled for the year. Booklets for all four productions cost $6.75. Shows included “Madame Butterfly” and “A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum.” Football tickets on sale Student season tickets went on sale at 8 a.m. for $10. Texas tickets were on sale also for $3 a piece. Lines started to form at midnight the night before. By 3:15 p.m., lines of students had nearly disappeared. Dionne Warwick stars in television special Dionne Warwick, rhythm and blues singer and OU Popular Artist Series performer was slated to star in her first CBS television special. The show included guests like Burt Bacharach, Glenn Campbell and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Tickets for Warwick’s OU performance sold for $2.50 at the Union and Walker Tower. Garfield Heard elected as basketball captain Garfield Heard, senior forward, was elected captain for the 1969 basketball season. His teammates voted him captain unanimously. Heard led the Sooners in rebounding and scoring (13.2 ppg.) in the previous season despite a bothersome knee injury that healed slowly after surgery. *Source: The Oklahoma Daily archives
a government professor at Cornell University in New York, discussed different aspects of China’s growing presence in Latin America, as well as China’s emerging status as a world superpower. Ellis presented a broad look at the relationship between China and Latin America. The trade volume between the two has grown to 15 times what it was 10 years, Ellis said. “It’s important to mention that it’s not only Chinese interest in petroleum and mineral resources, but that China also has a very serious problem with feeding its very large population,” Ellis said. Ellis also spoke of China’s desire to become an economic superpower. “China does not always want to sell cheap toys and footwear,” he said. “It’s moving up the ladder and using Latin America as a jumping point.”
China and Latin America have already benefited from their relationship and will certainly benefit more, Wise said. Some effects include a closer collaboration between business chambers and a “major” effort by the Chinese to introduce culture — they established Confucian institutes in Mexico, Peru, Chile and Brazil, where locals can study Mandarin. “There is a higher lucrative exchange between countries that have resources that China need, and that includes Latin America,” Wise said. “The relations are ongoing.” Latin American relations still play a small role in the Chinese economy, Carlson said. Approximately 50 students and faculty members attended the lecture in Hester Hall. The event was sponsored by the OU Institute for U.S.-China Issues and the ConocoPhillips Chair in Latin American Studies program.
MILITARY: Forces to be honored with flyovers Continued from page 1 songs, all active and retired military present will be asked to stand for recognition. “We hope to achieve, by the end of the songs, to see most of our fan base standing and for the students to walk away with a sense of pride and need to say thanks for everything,” Taylor said. A limited amount of tickets were returned and the remaining tickets are on sale for $77 each, Mossman said. If they are not sold by Saturday’s game, tickets will go on sale that morning at 9:30 a.m. at Gate 5. “This is big because of the military. It’s a thank you to all those currently serving and the veterans,” Taylor said.
ANTHEM: Sooners sing in game-day spotlight Continued from page 1 on Oct. 30. He has a lot of faith in his son; he said he knows Jordan is very capable of singing the anthem well, and is looking forward to hearing his son perform. “Last year when I sang the anthem, Jordan was on the front row of the band playing his trumpet, which was really cool,” Jamie said. “I’ll be in the stands this year, and I’m really excited to hear him sing.” Wakefield said they’ve had some really great singers perform the “Star-Spangled Banner,” and he’s confident that Gile, Wright and Killion will continue that tradition. “It’s an honor for those chosen,” Wakefield said.
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Carol Wise, associate professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California, discusses strategies for small states in Latin America. The discussion was held Thursday afternoon in Hester Hall.
Hillel to observe Yom Kippur Hillel members will volunteer Sunday at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s CommUNITY Mitzvah Project after they fast Saturday for Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement. Megan Godwin, Hillel president and health and exercises sciences junior, said fasting provides empathy toward Oklahomans who don’t know when they will eat their next meal. “We are basically feeling what many Oklahomans and many people of the world feel throughout the entire year,” she said. “We are only feeling it for one day, but we are going to help them out.” Yom Kippur is the final day of the Jewish High Holy Days, and it represents the time Jews reflect on their sins from the previous year. Hillel attempts to volunteer every year in some form during this holiday, Godwin said. — Chase Cook/The Daily
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Supernatural shows lead Fridays Editor’s Note: Fall TV season is upon us yet again. The Daily’s Life & Arts staff is previewing 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.
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“Medium” Network: CBS Premieres: 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24
“Body of Proof” Network: ABC Premieres: 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24
The supernatural ability to speak to the dead, combined with a full-time job solving crimes and a family of four can cause complications not typically seen by the average mom. But with the show in its seventh season, there’s hope yet for the ghost-whispering Allison DuBois (Patricia Arquette) to find a happy medium.
ABC introduces Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delany), a consummate neurosurgeon, whose promising career is brought to a dramatic finish after a tragic car accident. Even when tragedy befalls her, Hunt’s unyielding skills and relentless drive for success serve her quite well when she becomes one of Philadelphia’s most talked about medical examiners. Haunted by regret and enduring an array of guarded social problems, Hunt is forced to balance the duties of her newfound career with the lingering demons of her past life. Hunt may just prove to be the most unique and compelling female lead character on TV in quite some time.
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“Smallville” Network: The CW Premieres: 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24
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“Smallville’s” Clark Kent still can’t fly — not cool. But it is cool that future-Superman has survived an entire decade of drama, from losing his dad, to his best friend Lex finally becoming his arch-nemesis, to losing and finding love in Lana Lang and Lois Lane, respectively. This chapter of not-yet superhero will come to a close this season as we see some old,, familiar faces. And Clark had ad better take to the skies.
“CSI: NY” Network: CBS Premieres: 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24 Part of the massive conglomeration g that is the “CSI” franchise, “CSI:NY” begin begins its seventh season. Gary Sinise’s Detective Mac Taylor, along with a bevy of fellow detectives, is constantly trying to solve unusually disturbing disturbin cases that one can only hope are not a comm common occurrence in real-life New York City, or Las L Vegas, or Miami or ...
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“Human Target” Network: FOX Premieres: 7 p.m, Friday, Oct. 1
Based on the DC comicc of the same name, “Human Target” has many of the qualities needed ce — namely, a lead man to attract a “target” audience nd a perfectly chiswith piercing blue eyes and eled jaw. Plenty of beautifull women and how from bad-ass action move the show metime Comic-Con nerddom to primetime viewing.
“Supernatural” Network: The CW Premieres 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24 With monsters, angels and demons, demon the sixth season of “Supernatural” “Super is sure to be out of this world. Last season, the Winchester Winch brothers faced the devil himself h in an intense fight that took to Sam’s life and left Dean to retire reti from hunting. This season, Sam S returns and reunites with Dean to continue their work, wor but they soon find that everything eve has changed.
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“School Pride” Network: NBC Premieres: 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15 Community members, rs, students, principals and d teachers work together to o transform their own schooll in this reality show, workingg with community organizerss
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Sex comedies provoke laughter ‘EASY A’ In a wasteland of dumb teen movies, Will Gluck’s “Easy A” is a surprisingly smart and funny one. The teens in this film are presented with enough depth and conviction that it becomes difficult not to succumb to their indisputable charms. For every 10 crappy teen films, you get one like this — a film that is sharply written, cleverly executed, thoroughly engaging and in the same spirit of “Clueless” and “Mean Girls.” The film’s lovable heroine Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) is a smart, down-to-earth teenager with a sensible mind and a mature sense of humor. She’s also a virgin. When she tells a white lie to her best friend about losing her virginity over the weekend, she instantly inherits an infamous reputation. Marianne (Amanda Bynes), a classmate and a selfrighteous religious type, overhears Olive’s sinful confession and spreads the rumor to the entire student body. Olive embraces her new identity, and for a small profit, she pretends to sleep with the school’s vulnerable outcasts to alleviate their public ridicule. While there are some wonderful supporting performances from Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson, Lisa Kudrow and Thomas Haden Church, this is undeniably Stone’s show. She’s absolutely brilliant and is in total command of her gifts. She comes off as a natural comic performer with a heart as pure and infectious as her smile. The laughs come fast and furious in this wickedly clever teen film that easily makes the grade.
‘THE VIRGINITY HIT’ If “American Pie” and “The Blair Witch Project” could procreate, they would produce something close to the outrageous mockumentary “The Virginity Hit.” Here’s a comedy that has all the resident teen film conventions: horny youths, oodles of booze, hot women and juvenile sensibilities — only with a tech-savvy facelift, a likable cast and enough well-executed gags to satisfy its target audience. While most teens are busy updating their Facebook statuses or documenting their every mundane exploit on Twitter, best friends Zach, Jacob and Dustin occupy their time chronicling the loss of their buddy Matt’s virginity. When Matt’s girlfriend decides to beat him to the punch with a random stranger, his comic misfortune makes him an instant YouTube sensation. In an effort to solidify his new found glory, Matt’s obnoxious companions launch him into some wildly raunchy and awkward situations that make his first sexual experience an event he’ll never forget. It’s nice to find a comedy that radically leaps over the usual pitfalls of other films of its kind, presenting material that feels fresh and unique. — Laron Chapman, film and video studies junior
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Is it fair to pay students for good grades? Need some guaranteed cash? Do you understand government? Pretend you didn’t score a 5 on your AP Government exam and take President David Boren’s class. That’s right. If you make one of the top three grades in Boren’s Federal Government class, you will be awarded a $500 scholarship. Didn’t make the top three? You can still receive one of eight $250 scholarships. Don’t worry — the scholarships are privately funded by Dr. Frank Smist Jr., Carl Albert Fellow and American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. Whether it is fair for one specific class to award scholarships to the best students is a topic for another editorial. The real question is whether this is good for students. If there were a dangling carrot of $500 for an A in every class, we would sure as hell do everything to knock our assignments out of the park and get them in on time. But this shouldn’t be our motivation for striving for a good grade. We should want the grade because, well, we want to succeed whether or not we get paid for it. You know that feeling you get when checking Desire2Learn and seeing you earned an A on that test or essay you worked on for hours? It’s a good feeling, made even better when you know you did this because you worked hard and wanted it. In a January 2008 article, MSN.com financial columnist Liz Weston covered the issue of awarding students’ good grades with money.
She cites Jon Gallo, co-author of “The Financially test scores, maybe he or she put forth the most effort. Intelligent Parent: 8 Steps To Raising Successful, Generous, Other students who might work a job or two may not Responsible Children.” have the time it takes to adequately study for the class Gallo told Weston some psychologists disapprove of re- and keep up with their other classes. And the $500 reward warding students with money “because it substitutes an might sway a student to forsake other classes because external reward — money — for an internal sense of sat- Boren’s pays. isfaction and therefore interferes Take away the $500, and you’ve weeded with developing a work ethic.” out those who are only in it for the money If there were a dangling carrot from those who are truly passionate about Janet Bodnar, author of “Raising Money Smart Kids” and deputy the class. of $500 for an A in every editor of Kiplinger’s Personal The argument for the scholarship has its class, we would sure as hell Finance magazine told Weston valid points too — the most tangible being do everything to knock our parents who pay their children the money could offset a few textbooks and assignments out of the park for good grades should consider academic-excellence fees. more than just high grades. And it’s undeniable it likely increases and get them in on time.” Some students have learning competition among many students to pour disabilities that might prevent into their studies for the class. them from achieving the highest grades possible, Bodnar It would be great if several donors decided they would said, thus it might be preferable for them to be rewarded be generous enough to set up scholarships based on acafor improvements instead. demic performance in courses of each department. While Weston’s column focuses primarily on elemenIsolating the reward to one class gives Boren’s class the tary to high school students, could this reasoning be ex- stigma that it’s “better” than every other class. panded to college students? Colleges reward scholarships based on overall acaIf we were to use a parallel to Bodnar’s argument, let’s demic performance, which gives students leeway to balsay there is a student who has a hard time understanding ance every course. government, but is great at a myriad of other fields, works Perhaps we should stick to this type of monetary reward hard in Boren’s class and contributes heavily to class for academic performance. discussions. Though this student might not have earned the highest Comment on this column at OUDaily.com
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What takes priority when multitasking? Daily’s coverage Editor’s note: Bryan Honeycutt is an English Composition I professor
this symptomatic of Internet withdrawals? STAFF COLUMN MN This week, Harrisburg The first reading I assigned this semester was Nicholas Bryan Carr’s “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” The article, written University of Science and Honeycutt in 2008, asks how the Internet influences our thinking. My Technology in Pennsylvania students were challenged to turn off their cell phones, close banned the use of social every other tab on their browser and read the article with- media on campus. We’ll have to wait and see if the campus has sunken into the Earth’s bowels by Monday. out interruption. As with any addiction, recognizing its symptoms is the Only half of the students attempted to read without interfirst step to recovery. The causes of addiction should also ruption, and only half of those succeeded. Carr assumes connection to the Internet and cell phones be addressed. Newly discovered busyness is often the justification for limits our ability to concentrate on a single task. The Onion reported similar findings in “Nation multitasking. Students may have greater demands of activities, volunteering and employment in order to Shudders At Large Block of build resumes and assuage loan debt. Uninterrupted Text” pubHowever, I must ask what we are However, I must ask: What are we actually lished earlier this year. actually producing by multitasking. producing by multitasking? Are we driving betWhether we agree with Carr’s assumption or conAre we driving better, getting more ter, getting more exercise, making and staying with old friends? As stated above, texting sider it the rambling of a exercise, making and staying close close and driving is a dangerous mix and our exercrazy old wizard, it is imporwith old friends?” cise habits aren’t necessarily improving. tant to ask how technology The belief that perpetual-connection to our influences us. Additionally, how do we discover what that influence is, loved ones through cell phones and the Internet improves if the effects are problematic and what can be done about these relationships should be scrutinized. The following three questions should draw attention to them? Clifford Nass reported to NPR that “when anyone talks how technology connects or disconnects us to people. 1. Is it a prompt reply to your text or a focused on the cell phone, that becomes their primary focus, and they’re really trying to filter out the road, this thing that’s conversation? 2. Is it availability through Facebook or willingness to help distracting them from the conversation.” Matt Richtel wrote for the New York Times that “when you into a new apartment? 3. Is it visiting your Farmville or teaming up to make it rain people keep their brains busy with digital input, they are forfeiting downtime that could allow them to better learn at beer pong? The questions are purposefully arranged to favor the latand remember information, or come up with new ideas.” Technological saturation receives blame for distracting us ter options. Answering yes or no in theory is far less imporwhile driving, overworking our brains and diluting relation- tant than how they are actually prioritized. ships. Discerning the particular effects of multitasking and Internet use is less important than determining whether or — Bryan Honeycutt, English graduate not this connectivity is addictive. After all, who doesn’t experience the itchiness of temporary disconnection from their cell phone or e-mail? Is Comment on this column at OUDaily.com
›››› As seen on OUDaily.com Editor’s note: The following are comments on Wednesday’s column, “Fans’ Sooner spirit should not outweigh national pride.” Gracious, get over yourself. “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave,” does not refer to the military but rather the people of the United States of America. The last time I checked, Sooners fell in to this category. This is not disrespectful to the People of the USA. Singing the anthem in a nasal country twang with a few woaho, woah-oooo’s is far more irritating. Funny how “Freedom of Speech” only applies to certain people. Right Wing nuts, find some issue that really matters!
I see no glaring problem with shouting “Sooners,” except that it slightly hurts the point of the song. It’s sung before each game to remind us that, first and foremost, we are on one team to begin with: the United States. To shout our team’s name sort of ruins that harmony, but it IS at the end of the song. For that reason, however technical as it is, I don’t mind the tradition. Maybe for 9/11 it would have been better not to, but that’s past us now. — SVZoeller
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This debate comes up every year by people who I question have ever been to a sporting event before. Almost every college across the United States does the exact same thing at the end of the Star spangled banner. Yet in good ol’ Oklahoma, we have a few people that take offense. Yelling your team’s name at the end of the song is nothing new, and it’s nothing to lose sleep over. At the end of the day, people are just as patriotic regardless of whether they whistle through the star spangled banner, word for word. — RedRed_Krovy
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of city water, trash rate vote 1-sided I want to bring to your attention something you appear not to be aware of, but that should have been reflected in all your coverage of the Norman water rate increase vote. Everything I have read on this issue in The Oklahoma Daily, both before and since the vote, appears to have been based solely on information you obtained from the City of Norman, including the promotional material it mailed out before the election, and the comments of its staff. Consequently, you have taken all the City’s claims at face value, and have concluded that the people of Norman are simply too stingy and too shortsighted for their own good. If, however, you had even glanced at the Norman Transcript in the weeks leading up to the vote, you would have realized there was another side to this issue. You would have realized that there were serious questions about whether the City actually needed the rate increase for the stated purposes of ongoing expenses and capital projects. You would have at least begun to suspect (as many Normanites did) that the only real reason the increase was needed was to allow Norman to pursue the long-term project of pumping water from Lake Sardis — a project that would eventually double Norman’s water rates, and should not be assumed to be the most efficient option without some serious debate. Moreover, realizing the apparent discrepancy between the City’s statements and what appear to be its real objectives, you might have realized you should not just take at face value whatever information the City gives you. Even if, in the end, you had concluded that the City really needed the increase for its stated purposes, or that the Lake Sardis project is the best long-term option, you still should have acknowledged, in your reporting and editorial pieces, that there were other sides to the issue than those the City told you about. You should have acknowledged that Norman voters are not just stingy and short-sighted; some of them are much better informed than you are! And that should give you pause, and make you reconsider how well you are informing the students who depend on you to inform them. — David R. Vishanoff, religious studies assistant professor
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PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) Having a cooperative attitude will be one of your best assets, and will serve you well. The more you show your appreciation for others, the more theyâ€™ll want to do for you.
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OU heads west to wrap up non-conference slate Sooners look to avenge last year’s loss to USC before facing Gauchos TOBI NEIDY The Oklahoma Daily
The Sooner soccer team travels to California to conclude its non-conference schedule against No. 25 S outhern Cal at 5 p.m. Friday before squaring off against UC-Santa Barbara at 3 p.m. Sunday. OU (3-2-1) is coming off a 1-0 victory Sunday against the Rice Owls, in which senior forward Whitney Palmer scored her eighth career game-winning goal in the second half. OU will look to begin a winning streak by getting revenge against USC, who defeated the Sooners 1-0 for their first home loss of the 2009 season.
A LOOK AT SOUTHERN CAL The Trojans (4-1-2) enter the matchup with a sixgame unbeaten streak after
winning last weekend’s Trojan Invitationl with a 1-0 victory against No. 21 Auburn and a 3-1 victory against Nothern Arizona. USC is led by four starters from the 2007 national championship team — seniors Alyssa Davila, Megan Ohai, Karter Haug, and redshirt junior Ashli Sandoval. The quad has combined for three of the team’s seven goals and three assists for the season. The team finished fourth in the Pac-10 last year with 4-3-2 conference record and finished the overall season with a 12-6-3 record.
A LOOK AT UCSB The Sunday afternoon meeting between the Sooners and the UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos will be the first for both programs. The Gauchos (3-3-1) are coming off a draw after the team held the No.13 UCLA Bruins to a 1-1 tie last weekend. A stout defensive performance from
Men’s tennis team ranks high The OU men tennis team has six players ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s preseason player rankings released Thursday. Senior Ionut Beleleu was ranked 33rd in single players, followed by sophomore Costin Paval at No. 55. Beleleu and Paval together are the 18th-ranked doubles team. A pair of Sooner freshmen, Peerakit Siributwong and Tzveten Mihov, are fourth and seventh in the National Freshman/ Newcomers top 10 singles rankings.
Upcoming schedule Today at Southern Cal Sunday at UCSB Sept. 24 vs Texas Tech Sept. 26 vs Baylor Oct. 1 at Iowa State Oct. 3 at Missouri Oct. 8 vs Francis Marion Oct. 10 at Kansas Oct. 14 vs Nebraska Home games are in bold
UCSB freshman goal keeper Makenna Henry helped keep the Bruins from securing a come-from-behind victory after the Gauchos took a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute. Henry finished the game with seven saves, earning Big West Conference codefender honors. MARCIN RUTOWSKI/THE DAILY T h e d raw s n a p p e d a three-game losing streak for Senior forward Whitney Palmer (8) dribbles the ball down the field against Colorado College on Sept. 5 at John Crain Field in Norman. The Sooners play Southern Cal today in California. the Gauchos.
Stoops, Coale to sign autographs Wednesday for children’s hospital Football coach Bob Stoops and women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale will sign autographs from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at McCasland Field House. A minimum donation of $10 per signed item is required with all the proceeds benefitting the Jimmy Everest Center at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. The fundraiser is part of the OU volleyball team’s annual Pledge for a Cure event Wednesday in honor of Javier Restrepo, the late son of volleyball coach Santiago Restrepo.
Owen Field’s sod up for sale OU will sell pieces of the Owen Field end zone as collectibles. In light of the football team’s 800th win on Sept. 4 and the 70th-consecutive sellout Saturday, the Stadium Associates will sell pieces of the field for $84.99 each at local retailers and www. stadiumassociates.com. The pieces — Game-Used Sooner Sod — come with display cases and photo cards showing Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and highlights of OU football. — James Corley/The Daily
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Playing the options Sooners must stay sharp to stuff Falcon’s ground attack The Air Force Academy brings an unconventional offense Saturday to Norman: the triple option. In two games this season, the offensive unit for Air Force has averaged 423 rushing yards per game, 546.5 total offensive yards and 50 points per game. The Falcons have led the Mountain West Conference in rushing offense since 1982 — placing second only in 1992 and 1997 — and have ranked in the top 10 nationally for rushing offense since 1987. A i r Fo rc e o f f e n s i v e c o o rd i nat o r C l ay Hendrix’s offense would be the counterpart to former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach’s throwit-til-your arm-falls-off passing attack. The Falcon’s offense perfects the triple option, a run-it-til-the-cows-come-home game plan. But in the Falcon’s case, the traditional three options often become four or five on any given play. Out of the I-formation, a number of possibilities can happen. The quarterback can: • kee keep the ball; • giv give it to a fullback up the middle or betwee between the tackles; • run an option play to either side of the field with wi a running back (with the option to keep it or pitch it); pit • pitch the ball to a receiver on a reverse reverse; • han hand off to a receiver or running back in motio motion immediately after the snap; • or, drop d back and throw downfield. The F Falcons also implement regular formation formations, such as the shotgun, to keep opposing def defenses honest, but they’ve added their own twist twi of motioning receivers and backs to comp complement the triple option. The Sooner defense has struggled against mobile quarterbacks quarte in recent years, another challenge OU w will need to overcome Saturday. Air Force quart quarterback Tim Jefferson could be the Sooners’ big biggest defensive test this season. The triple-option offense makes the fight between the offensive and defensive lines
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Air Force senior running back Jared Tew (42) strongarms Northwestern State linebacker Yaser Elqutub (51) in the Falcons’ season opener against the Demons on Sept. 4 at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Falcons defeated the Demons, 65-21. Tew, a native of Park City, Utah, had 13 rushes for 65 yards.
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crucial to the outcome of the game. T h e Fa l c o n s r e l y o n speed, athleticism and execution for their offense to work, not bulk. The Sooner defensive line outweighs the Falcons offensive line, on average, by 22 pounds. In order for the Sooners to stop this prolific rushing attack, the front seven have to stick to the fundamentals, stick to their assignments and not get sucked in by the “razzle-dazzle” of all the option possibilities, reverses and gadget plays.
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GREEN — The fullback will take the ball if the defense leaves the middle open BLUE — The quarterback will keep the ball if the defense covers the running back RED — The halfback will take the ball if the defense leaves the outside edge open OTHER — The quarterback also can pass the ball downfield out of this formation
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Stoops expects disciplined offense, defense from Air Force Falcons a ‘much better team’ since previous meeting, coaches say CLARK FOY The Oklahoma Daily
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Sophomore corner Demontre Hurst (19) runs the ball Sept. 4 against Utah State. OU faces Air Force on Saturday in Norman.
OU meets the Air Force Academy Falcons for the Sooners’ third-consecutive home game of the season Saturday. Both teams enter the game at 2-0, the Sooners fresh off a convincing 47-17 victory over then-No. 17 Florida State and Air Force after a 35-14 routing of Brigham Young. Though the program has
3 keys to a Sooner victory CORNERBACKS MUST STAY FOCUSED Air Force is not known for being a passing team, obviously focusing on running the triple option. So the tendency could be for the corners on the edges to get complacent in their coverage or to over-play the run. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables emphasized this week that the Falcons won’t pass often, but when they do, they often catch opposing teams off guard for big gains. The challenge for OU’s defensive backfield will be to not get so focused on “three yards and a cloud of dust” that they forget about Air Force’s receivers on the outside.
DEFENSIVE LINE MUST WIN THE BATTLE UP FRONT Air Force has a relatively small offensive line compared to OU’s. However, it would be foolish to underestimate the skill and discipline of a line that runs such a unique offense. Defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright said the Air Force offense will be looking to get three or four yards per carry, putting them in 3rd-and-short situations. He also said they are likely to go for 4th-and-short situations when they get inside the 40 yard line. With that said, it will be key for OU to prevent Air Force from getting four yards a carry. They will need to get through the offensive line and disrupt the option, getting tackles for losses and possibly forcing turnovers.
THE SOONERS MUST JUMP OUT TO AN EARLY LEAD If OU jumps out to a quick 14-point lead, it will put a lot of pressure on the Falcons’ slow, ground-based offense. The Sooners have the potential for quick scores that will test the discipline of Air Force to stick to its game plan based on possession and eating up the clock. On the flip side, if the Falcons happen to jump out to a lead, their offensive style will serve them well by keeping sophomore quarterback Landry Jones and company on the sidelines. The team that gains the lead first will be at a significant advantage in this game. — Aaron Colen/The Daily
struggled in the past, the Falcons are now riding three straight winning seasons. OU last played Air Force in 2001, when the Sooners defeated the Falcons 44-3. The 2010 team brings a stiffer challenge, defensive coordinator Brent Venables said. “It’s a different coaching staff, much better football team than when we last played them,” he said. “On top of everything we’ve been saying, it’s no-huddle and fast paced, whereas their formations before were much more traditional and just had a couple of formations.”
The triple-option has been discussed all week as Air Force is one of the few teams that still features the offense. In their last game against the BYU Cougars, the Falcons ran the ball 65 times and split carries between 10 players. But as coach Bob Stoops said, the offense is not the only strength Air Force displays. Its defense is a formidable opponent as well. “They led the country in turnover margin, and they’re doing it well again this year, playing really good defense,” Stoops said. Air Force cornerbacks Reggie Rembert and
Anthony Wright both return after having all-conference seasons last year, along with free safety Jon Davis, the team’s third-best returning tackler. The trio combined for 13 interceptions last season and lead a defense that returns six starters from last season (three in the secondary, one on the line and two linebackers). Stoops said the Falcons are a disciplined team. “It’ll be a big challenge, not only physically, but mentally, to be able to execute against them in all parts of the game,” he said.