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For the first time at OU, students can log online to see course evaluations from past semesters. UOSA Department of Academics coordinator Zekiel Johnson said he kept hearing the same question from students: “Why would you do an evaluation if you never got any advantage from that data?” The system debuted Tuesday, after Johnson and members of the Provost’s office spent almost a year and a half working on it.
“There are other services like myedu.com that offer similar services,” Johnson said. “But there is nothing that can take the raw information data that we as students produce here.” The website lists each college with a drop down menu, allowing users to select specific semesters and years. This leads users to a comprehensive list of professors and their corresponding classes. The information includes enrollment size, except for classes below four students, and percentages
compiled from five questions that are context sensitive to each course. This data is used by the Provost to determine where a professor’s strength lies to reward tenure. Johnson said the data is not 100 percent complete yet. Professors can opt out of making the information public, and not every college used the standardized evaluations in the past. “On occasion, UOSA would get these huge thick binders of [evaluation information] printed out for one or two colleges, but it was spotty,” Johnson said. “It wasn’t followed up on.” German instructor and language coordinator Jason Williamson said it should be good for students
because “it’s more transparency.” Provost Nancy Mergler said the new online course evaluation system will help them keep the information available for students for future semesters, but since the program is so new, the length of time for publication has yet to be determined; however, students should help keep the information available and accurate. “It’s not the only way in which the university evaluates teaching, but it’s an important component,” Mergler said. U O S A’s D e p a r t m e n t o f Academics also plans to develop advising evaluations and a standardized advising document to help students get accurate graduation checks.
OU, OSU ask campaign to pull ad New proposal would cause tuition increases at state universities, presidents say LEIGHANNE MANWARREN The Oklahoma Daily
OU and Oklahoma State University presidents ask supporters of State Question 744 to take a commercial off the air. According to the ballot language, State Question 744 would set the minimum average amount Oklahoma must annually spend on common schools to match the average spending of the surrounding states within three years. In a joint statement made by OU President David Boren and OSU President Burns Hargis, both argued the commercial should be removed because “very large tuition increases will be necessary if the State Question passes” and students might “believe that the universities are supporting the proposal.” The ad shows families watching television — one wearing OU’s colors while the other is wearing OSU gear — get upset when their teams lose to Texas and Missouri, respectively. Neither university authorized the use of their school logos for the ad or support the proposal, Boren and Hargis said in the statement. “Passage of State Question 744 is likely to lead to multimillion dollar cuts in higher education and could force tuition and cost increases for our students and their families ranging from 15 to 20 percent per year for up to three years in a
Congress neglects duties Possible violations of Oklahoma statutes, Open Meetings Act KATHLEEN EVANS The Oklahoma Daily
Editor’s note: At press time, the Student Congress website was being updated with current and past agendas, after being questioned by Daily reporters. Members of the UOSA Undergraduate Student Congress have allegedly neglected to follow Oklahoma state statues and the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act this year as a public body. Failing to update its website and post meeting agendas and minutes online since 2009, Student Congress officials are in apparent violation of Oklahoma state statutes. Additionally, Congress has allegedly neglected to file meeting notices with the county clerk in a timely manner in apparent violation of the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act. Memebers of Student Congress control a portion of the $589,688 given to UOSA from the state, according to the OU Norman operating budget report.
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A group of actors portraying Sooner fans sit in front of a TV in a campaign commercial for State Question 744. OU and Oklahoma State University, which also had actors portray Cowboys fans, are upset because the commercial uses their logos without authorization from the universities. row,” Boren and Hargis said in the statement. If the average amount spent on education by surrounding states declines, Oklahoma must spend the amount it spent the year before, the ballot language states. “We strongly support improved funding for kindergarten through 12th grade education; however, State Question 744 provides no revenue sources to pay for its mandates,” Boren and Hargis said. While the proposal will not raise taxes, without new revenue sources for the proposed SEE TV AD PAGE 2 PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY STEPHANIE ROACH/THE DAILY
Activist promotes feminism in Islam Liberal lifestyle, abstaining from wearing hijab doesn’t keep her from practicing religion, professor says NATASHA GOODELL Contributing Writer
A diverse group of 45 students and faculty gathered over a traditional Middle Eastern dinner Wednesday night to listen to and discuss contemporary Islamic issues facing society. Mona Eltahawy, OU’s activist-in-residence for the Center for Social Justice and professor of a three-week course, was the honorary guest at the dinner hosted by Joshua Landis, Walker Tower faculty-in-residence. Landis, director for the Center for Middle East Studies, organized the event to cultivate open discussion about
Eltahawy’s experiences as an activist working to promote women’s freedoms in Islam. Eltahawy, journalist and public speaker, abstains from wearing the hijab and leads a more liberal lifestyle than conservative Muslims, but she said she doesn’t think that should keep her from practicing her religion. “God belongs to me too and I will not give God up because of all those lunatics out there,” Eltahawy said. “For me, Islam is more than rituals and for all the rules of ‘do’ and ‘don’t’.” For Eltahawy, her fight against these rules started when she moved from London to Saudi Arabia when she was 15 years old. Eltahawy said she found a very misogynistic Islam in the Middle Eastern country. At first, she wore the hijab to fit in with the society, but when
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she started university in Saudi Arabia, she found books written by scholarly women that changed her way of thinking. She said learning about and defying religious standards set by men was daunting at first, but she eventually took on an activist role. “Choose the thing that scares you the most because what terrifies you is usually what you need,” Eltahawy said. Eltahawy now fights to ban the wearing of hijabs and disagrees with feminists who fight for the women’s rights to choose whether or not to wear the hijab. “Don’t sacrifice women for the sake of fighting that right wing because when you fight this right wing so much, you ignore the right wing telling women they need to disappear [behind a hijab],” Eltahawy said.
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Student Congress allegedly broke state statues by not updating its website with agendas, minutes and meeting notices from last spring’s and this fall’s meetings or update it with current names of members. The website is currently under construction so it will be easier for members to update and use, Student Congress Chairman Brett Stidham said. A public body needs to post meeting notices, agendas and minutes on its website, according to state statute 74 section 3106.2. Meeting agendas have not been posted at congress.ou.edu since Nov. 19, 2009, and minutes have not been posted since Dec. 1, 2009. The member directory is from the 2009-2010 school year, as of press time. Because the website is under construction, Stidham said he has e-mailed agendas and minutes to members. “The law says if they have a website they have to update it, but that’s a unique question,” said Freedom of Information Oklahoma board member and former president Joey Senat referring to the website maintenance. “I’ve never heard that one before.” Technical difficulties might be excusable, but not having someone on staff who knows how to update the website is not a valid reason, he said. The Student Congress website is expected to be updated within the next few weeks, said Stidham, human resources management senior. “I went to a training course with the Web developer earlier this week,” Stidham said. “We’re updating everything over the next week, week and a half. We’re doing a couple more trainings for some of our members.” Graduate Student Senate Chairman Silas DeBoer said in an e-mail that his organization encountered problems trying to update its website, but managed to figure them out before the school
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Today around campus » Daniel Pullin will host an informative workshop entitled “How to Break into Consulting” noon to 1 p.m. in the Union’s Frontier Room. » Christians on Campus will host a Bible study noon to 1 p.m. in the Union’s Traditions Room. » An engineering luncheon will be hosted noon to 1:30 in the Union’s Regents Room. » Standards of Excellence Focus Groups will meet 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Union’s Pioneer Room. » Career Services will host a free workshop on interview techniques for all business majors 2:30 to 3 p.m. in the Union’s Frontier Room. » OU Arezzo Program and Honors in Italy will sponsor an open house with pizza and drinks 3 to 5 p.m. in Hester Hall, Room 170. » The Construction Science Career Fair will be 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Union. » The Honors College, the Political Science Club and Cate Resident Student Association will host a professor discussion panel on “Economics and the Election” at 6:30 p.m. in Cate Center Main. » Arab Student Association will meet 8 to 11 p.m. in the Union’s Heritage Room.
Friday, Sept. 24 » Price College Business Energy Solutions Center and the Division of Management and Entrepreneurship will sponsor a free, public panel discussion on the business of alternative energy at 3 p.m. in Adams Hall, Room 150. » Union Programming Board will show “Kick Ass” at 4, 7, 9, and midnight in the Union’s Meacham Auditorium. » OU softball will play against Rose State at 5:15 p.m. and against St. Gregory’s at 7:30 p.m. at the OU Softball Complex.
Saturday, Sept. 25 » Union Programming Board will show OU football at Cincinnati from 5 to 10 p.m. in the Union’s Meacham Auditorium. » OU Improv will host a free show from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Union’s Scholars Room. » OU softball will play against Wichita State at 7 p.m. at the OU Softball Complex.
» This day in OU history
Sept. 23, 1941 First convocation makes OU history Students participated in the first matriculation convocation in the McCasland Field House. For the first time in history, OU freshmen received certificates of admission to their particular college in a ceremony that resembled a high school graduation. All classes were dismissed for the ceremony, which featured a procession of students in caps and gowns. After the ceremony, freshmen who did not attend the ceremony were not admitted to classes. University health officials deal with body image issues OU infirmary officials completed physical entrance examinations for freshmen, and discovered an unsettling amount of women with body image concerns. Officials found that 13 percent more women had eye problems in comparison to men because women were more sensitive about wearing glasses. The results also showed that 28 percent of women were underweight, as opposed to 23 percent of men. *Source: The Oklahoma Daily archives
year started. “The officers in GSS had to learn how to use Dreamweaver (a Web development program) on our own and it wasn’t until the week before school that we finally got access to GSS’ website,” DeBoer said in an e-mail. U O S A m e m b e r s hav e been trying to get an OU Information Technology student worker for UOSA, but cannot because they do not control the UOSA budget, DeBoer said. Student Affairs controls UOSA’s budget, and has not hired an IT officer during the past three years.
OPEN MEETINGS ACT The Open Meetings Act is meant to protect the public and outlines rules public bodies must follow before, during and after meetings. The act defines a public body as a governing body within the state, meaning UOSA is bound to the laws. A 1977 Attorney General’s opinion ruled Oklahoma State University’s student government is subject to open records and open meeting laws because it is part of a state entity that has
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ONLINE AT OUDAILY.COM » Link: Meeting schedules filed with the County Clerk’s office » Link: Graduate Student Senate’s Open Meeting Act PowerPoint » Link: The Open Meeting Act » Link: UOSA budget allotments legislative power. Because UOSA is OU’s student government, it is held to the same standard, Senat said. According to section 311 of the Open Meetings Act, all public bodies have to file a schedule of regular meetings, including time, date and place, by Dec. 15 for the upcoming calendar year. Even though the university operates on a different calendar, it is still subject to this law, Senat said. Student Congress did not file its fall meetings until Aug. 10, records at the Cleveland County Clerk’s office show. Student Congress did file all spring 2010 meetings by the Dec. 15 deadlines. The Open Meetings Act states “willful violations” of the act can lead to actions being invalid and are considered misdemeanors. “The court said that ignorance of the law is not an excuse,” Senat said. “They should know. There
Allegations Possible violations of the Open Meetings Act and Oklahoma statutes for the past year by the Undergraduate Student Congress include: » Not filing with County Clerk by Dec. 15 » Not updating website with agendas, notices and minutes » Not updating website with member names should be a procedure in place to teach them. Do they have a faculty adviser? It should be their responsibility to teach them.” A s s i s t a nt t o t h e Vi c e President Brynn Daves advises the Student Congress. Daves was not available for comment at 4:30 and 4:50 p. m. We d n e s d ay a b o u t whether Student Congress discusses the Open Meetings Act. DeBoer made a PowerPoint presentation and gave a lecture to the Graduate Student Senate about the basics of the Open Meetings Act at the Sept. 12 Senate meeting. The PowerPoint also is on its website.
Continued from page 1 amendment, other state services will be cut, they said. State Question 744 is the only citizen initiative on the ballot in November and was initiated by the Oklahoma Education Association. Against the proposal i s t h e O n e O k l a h o ma Coalition, an umbrella non-profit organization made up of 65 organizations from Oklahoma including the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, The State Chamber of Oklahoma, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Oklahoma Hospital Association. State Question 744 will be on the Oklahoma ballot on Election Day, Nov. 2. “We do not recommend how anyone should vote, but we feel a responsibility to inform Oklahomans about the impact of this p ro p o s a l ,” B o re n a n d Hargis said. — The Associated Press contributed to this report
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First health care phase in effect, insurance coverage age extended
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Live bed bugs are displayed in a container during the inaugural North American Bed Bug Summit on Tuesday in Rosemont, Ill.
To celebrate the six-month anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signing, President Barack Obama met with state health commissioners in the White House complex and traveled to Falls Church, Va., to discuss the Patient’s Bill of Rights with citizens gathered in a backyard Wednesday. Taking effect today, several changes to health insurance coverage include an extension of coverage for young adults to remain on their parents’ insurance until age 26, free pregnancy care and free preventitive care. These changes are the first to come into effect from the health care legislation but many are voicing opposition to the enacting of the other parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. During this election year, House Republicans propose a plan which calls for the repeal of a new provision enacted to help pay for the health care law that requires nearly 40 million businesses to file tax forms for every vendor that sells them more than $600 in goods. —AP/Daily Staff Reports
Second bedbug outbreak hits OSU residence halls
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OSU spent $60,000 on bedbug removal equipment last year, OU Housing and Food working on prevention plan
No denials for children — Insurance companies cannot deny coverage to children with health conditions.
the room, according to Brown. After the room is cleared, glue traps are placed on the legs of each bed to catch bedbugs. All rooms adjacent to, above and below the treated room are inspected for bugs that may have migrated before the extermination. JOSEPH TRUESDELL The Oklahoma Daily Two weeks after the extermination, another inspection is done to make sure no pests have migrated or survived the heating process. Though Oklahoma State University is experiencing its secThe bedbug extermination process is very costly. ond round of bedbug infestations, “The equipment we use was purOU hasn’t let the bedbugs bite, and chased last year and cost $60,000,” Housing and Food Services is preBrown said. paring a prevention plan. On top of the equipment they “There are no reports of beduse, they pay at least five hours of • Clean housing regularly bugs at OU,” said Lauren Royston, labor costs for the people handling • Vacuum your mattress Ho u s i n g a n d Fo o d S e r v i c e s the equipment. • Clean up clutter to reduce hiding places for spokeswoman. OSU students are worried about However, Housing and Food is bedbugs, but are aware that their pests working on a plan concerning the university has top of the line equip• Inspect used clothing and furniture before issue. ment and are very prepared to purchasing A second outbreak of bedbugs at wipeout bedbugs. • Inspect the room and furniture OSU was found in a family housing “I was worried when I got word • Look for blood spots or live insects residence. The previous infestation of the outbreaks,” said OSU student • Request a different room if you find evidence was found in Drummond Hall, a Lacey Turney. “But when I heard residence hall. how well the situation was handled of bed bugs, if traveling. At OSU, when a student suspects I was relieved.” Source: http://www.toronto.ca/health/bedbugs/ bedbugs in their room, they report Unfortunately, bedbug prevenbedbugs_factsheet.htm it to their residential assistant, said tion is most effective on an indiOSU Director of Housing Matthew vidual basis, so students must be Brown. personally responsible for ensuring The RA fills out a work order for an inspection and, if bed- they don’t trail bedbugs into residence halls. bugs are found, a thermal remediation team rids the room “If a student goes out of town and stays in a hotel, they of pests. can bring [bed bugs] back and there isn’t anything we can The five-hour process should completely kill all pests in do about it,” Brown said.
Tips to prevent bed bugs
Extension of coverage — Young adults can stay on their parents’ insurance coverage until they are 26, if the adult children do not receive insurance through their employer.
No lifetime limits — Insurance plans cannot impose lifetime dollar restrictions on essential benefits such as hospitalizations and emergency care. No dropping coverage — It is now illegal for insurance companies to drop someone’s coverage except in cases of fraud. Appeals — Insurance companies must make it easier for consumers to appeal the denial of coverage or specific benefits.
Changes to individual plans purchased after today: Free preventive care — Preventive services such as flu shots and mammograms must be provided without a co-pay or deductible. Free care for children — No co-pays for regular well-baby visits and annual examinations until age 21. Free pregnancy care — Certain pregnancy services will not require a co-pay, including screenings for iron deficiency, hepatitis B and some pregnancy-related conditions. Rate increases — Any increase in monthly premiums must be publicized and justified by insurance companies. Source: www.healthcare.gov
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Despite Student Congress’ failure to address student concerns during the first month of school, at least one branch of UOSA is making a difference. The UOSA Department of Academics has worked closely with the Provost’s office for more than a year to create a database of course evaluation results. If you’ve been around at least a semester, most of you have filled out these evaluations to rate your professor and the overall class. You may have felt like it was more timeconsuming than helpful. The hope was professors would read them and learn how to improve their teaching strategies and syllabi. Johnson and the Students can now view a daProvost’s office’s tabase of overall results of most efforts provides course evaluations dating back to fall 2005 thanks to UOSA’s students a valuable initative and the Provost’s ofresource to make fice’s technical expertise. an informed Previous attempts to comdecision on what plete the project had failed due to high turnover of UOSA memcourses to take.” bers. Department Coordinator Zekiel Johnson spearheaded the initiative to get the Provost’s office involved with the project, and now the data will be compiled by the office instead of UOSA. Other websites like RateMyProfessors.com and MyEdu. com use voluntary student feedback to assess course and professor quality. However, the data isn’t complete because a significant number of students don’t contribute to these sites or give evaluations of every course. But most OU students fill out course evaluations at the behest of their professors, likely making the Provost’s database
On the Web » For more information, visit www.ou.edu/provost/evaluations. the most accurate representation of student course and professor satisfaction. The creation of a high-value student resource is a huge task and one Johnson facilitated because he saw a need for the data to be more accessible and wanted students to know that “yes, UOSA is relevant to them and [is] addressing their concerns.” Getting the data online was the first step. Now it’s time to make the database more functional. Currently, it’s divided by college and every course evaluation in the college is contained in a single PDF. This makes most of the files quite large. For example, the spring 2010 College of Arts and Sciences file is 1,719 pages long. This can make finding specific courses difficult. Information Technology specialists could help to compile the information in such a way that students can easily seek out the evaluation data of a particular class or professor in a similar way to Rate My Professor or MyEdu. This would provide OU with its own innovative course evaluation database comparable with the class search function on oZONE. Johnson and the Provost’s office’s effort provides students a valuable resource to make an informed decision on what courses and professors to take. Thanks for helping us out.
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The college-drinking paradox Ah, college. An abundance of doctoral degrees, panel discussions, lectures and debates every evening, community involvement opportunities and fantastic productions from the drama and music departments. So many intellectually stimulating events to attend and enjoy, and no parents telling you when you have to be home from them. However, I feel too many students choose not to attend theater productions like “Copenhagen,” listen to local musicians at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art or attend a panel discussion between PETA and the OU speech team. Rather, many students prefer a different form of entertainment: drinking until they pass out and/or throw up. You might say, “Duh.” After all, binge drinking and college go together like unprotected teenage sex and stable families, right? Although we accept students’ binge drinking as a historic norm, on some level it is paradoxical. We are supposed to be some of the more intelligent members of our generation. We are at a big-name state university for a reason. And
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yet a significant number of students regularly engage in this barbaric, anti-intellectual form of entertainment. It seems like the many events OU has to offer would attract crowds of students — and, to be fair, many of them do. At “Copenhagen” I recognized dozens of students in the crowd. There were plenty of attendees at the PETA debate, and a few students even wandered about in the art museum during Art a la Cart. I wish more students would attend events like these in their free time, rather than giving themselves alcohol poisoning. It seems like this form of leisure would be much more in-tune with the stated values of attending an accredited university, such as scholarship, intellectual curiosity, discussion and broadening horizons. This is the purpose of a university, not to see how many stones one can gulp down
before throwing up. For too long we have accepted it as an integral part of socializing but never really questioned it. Why don’t more students go to OU theater productions or attend extracurricular debates? Many of the students who do only do so for extra credit. (That way, when they bomb their test on Monday because they still have a hangover from the weekend, they can show their professor that they really went the extra mile.) I’m not advocating the institution of some neoProhibition era. In fact, I’ve long thought, as many people do, the drinking age should be lowered from 21 to 18. It just bothers me to see those who are supposed to be the brightest of our generation spend their T hu r s d ay s b e i n g e x t ra thirsty. I think our gross abuse of alcohol once we get to college and become free of the constraints of parental oversight has something to do with the weird way our culture treats alcohol. It’s somehow evil, and parents overwhelmingly disallow their children from
consuming any, even in their presence. If we could lose this societal stigma at large, perhaps college students wouldn’t waste so much of their time destroying their livers. Perhaps they could use alcohol without abusing it. Let’s combat binge drinking with some good ol’ frown power. When people start telling one of their obnoxious w a r s t o r i e s a b o u t h ow trashed they got during the weekend, don’t rebut with your own; change the subject. If you know them well enough, tell them how stupid they were for drinking a fifth of vodka and subsequently peeing their pants at a party. I was on the bus the other day when I overheard a guy bragging about having three handles of liquor in his freezer to the girl next to him. She obviously wasn’t impressed and responded by talking about an essay she was working on. Perfect. — Jerod Coker, journalism senior
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So, a moderate takes the following positions. 1) Loves Obama 2) Blames corporations 3) Thinks illegals should be granted citizenship 4) Believes in global warming Amazing how much the above looks like the typical liberal worldview. Oh well, I guess “moderate” sounds nicer than “liberal.”
Even more amazing is the slate of positions the right wing tea-baggers who have co-opted the American right attach themselves to: 1)Obama’s a Nigerian Islamist bent on enacting Sharia law in the US (Newt Gingrich) 2) Government is BAD, abolish Social Security and Dept. of Educ. (Joe Miller) 3)Civil Rights act was unconstitutional and should be repealed (Rand Paul) 4)Many Washington Dems should be investigated as antiamerican (Michelle Bachman) 5)DON’T BELIEVE IN GLOBAL WARMING (despite overwhelming scientific evidence and the reality that moving away from carbon based energy production will make the country more secure. Support the rally any way you can!
Editor’s note: The following are comments on Wednesday’s opinion column, “Restore your sanity with Stewart.” The rally won’t be a giant crowd of moderate Americans demanding better bipartisanship in government. It’ll be a bunch of Daily Show and Colbert Report fans poking fun at Glenn Beck’s rally. And that’s exactly what it’s intended to be. ... In fact, it’s right there in the website’s text: “If we had to sum up the political view of our participants in a single sentence... we couldn’t. That’s sort of the point.”
America is an overSTAFF COLUMN LUMN whelmingly blessed country. So naturally, we Mariah want to share the wealth. Najmuddin in But where do we draw the line? When does international charity become domestic poverty? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, 49 million Americans are considered food insecure, which is the polite way of saying they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Sadly, 17 million of these people are children. America consistently provides funds to rebuild nations and aid countries in political turmoil. Though we are obliged as one of the most influential world powers to provide assistance, there is an alarming and climbing rate of poverty in our own country. Feeding America, a “leading hunger-relief charity,” reported one in every 50 of their clients often face the difficult decision of paying bills or buying groceries. In a country so rich with resources, why are its citizens still going hungry? The U.S. Census Bureau also reported the number of impoverished Americans rose by 3.8 million from 2008 to 2009. This was the third-consecutive yearly increase in poverty among Americans. There are other increases as well. There is a projected $7 billion increase for this year in foreign aid from the more than $48 billion given in 2009. Our economy is hurting, our neighbors are unemployed and many Americans go to bed hungry, but I guess we can sleep easy knowing we’re shelling out billions of dollars to other countries. Charity is important, both abroad and at home, and it is very easy to feel compassion for those who are not privileged enough to live in a free country. However, we often forget The real question the student who can’t afford is ... where do school supplies, the elderly our priorities lie? man who can’t purchase his Are our fellow insulin or any other average Americans ... the American in need. their needs may ones we reach out notThough be as severe as those in to first, or should other countries, they’re still pressing. their needs take Unfortunately, it is a a back seat to widely accepted view that those millions of the system is abused. To miles away?” some extent, this is true. There will always be the few who take advantage of welfare, unemployment and other government programs intended for those truly in need. However, we must not let broad assumptions cloud our need to help others. The real question is not where to draw the line between helping others in moderation and helping others excessively. Rather, it is where our priorities lie. Are our fellow Americans — who are struggling to make ends meet — the ones we reach out to first, or should their needs take a back seat to those millions of miles away? If we truly want to change the world, we must start with ourselves. Changing how we treat each other and lending a helping hand to those around us will prepare us to reach the world and tackle both national and international poverty.
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Jones must prove himself on road Saturday evening the Sooners will play their first away game of the season in the crazed football state of Ohio. The state has a long history of bringing out the best in its high school, college and NFL teams. Maybe it can do the same for Landry Jones. Paul Brown brought the Cleveland Browns respect with three NFL championships. Woody Hayes made Ohio STAFF COLUMN UMN State University a brand name across the country and RJ Youngg produced the first two-time Heisman trophy winner : Archie Griffin. Hayes used to claim that the state of Ohio, not just the city of Columbus, was the single greatest home field advantage in college football. More recently, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats have risen to BCS bowl prominence, proving that the Buckeyes are not the only college football program in the state capable of posting 10-plus win seasons. In Ohio, homage is paid 365 days a year to football’s alltime greatest players at the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton. Many fledgling football players have drawn inspiration to pursue the game at its highest level from within those sacred walls. It’s in this environment — rich with a legacy of football greatness — that Jones will have a chance to silence the naysayers by proving he can go into a hostile stadium and bring home a victory. Jones is only in his first season as the full-time starting quarterback for the Crimson and Cream, but he did see significant time in that role during the Sooners’ 2009 regular season. However, he hasn’t been a key factor on the road. He wasn’t against the Hurricanes last October in Miami. In November, he wasn’t against Nebraska or Texas Tech in Lincoln or Lubbock. He did, however, show that at a neutral site he can flat out sling the rock. Against Stanford University in the 2009 Sun Bowl, Jones went 30-of-51 for 418 yards and three touchdowns, out-dueling the Cardinal’s quarterback, Tavita Pritchard, who was 8-of-19 for 118 yards. For the rest of the season, the Sooners are going to need Jones to do more than win Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year honors, be named to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team or break Sam Bradford’s freshman passing record. If the Sooners intend to keep their record unblemished in the loss column, they are going to need Jones to win regularseason games on the road. — RJ Young, journalism grad student
Sooners focusing to win first road test It’s been a while since the Sooners have played a true road game. Despite having the nation’s best active home win streak, OU struggled last season on the road, dropping their last two games — a 41-13 letdown in Lubbock, Texas, and a 10-3 loss at the hands of the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln. Senior defensive back Jonathan Nelson said the team is focused on not repeating last year’s mistakes, and the team is not looking past Cincinnati at all. “We didn’t have the execution or the fire [on the road last year],” Nelson said. “We have to go there and execute. We can’t just go there and be flat like we were against Texas Tech.” The 2010 season’s first road game will take place far from home — Cincinnati, Ohio — against the Bearcats, a team that is seeking new talent after losing receiver Marty Gilyard and quarterback Tony Pike to the draft. Despite that, the Bearcats’ high-powered offense features a balance of the run game and an air raid. Junior quarterback Zach Collaros has thrown six touchdowns, no interceptions and has carried the ball a team-high of 51 times for two touchdowns. If the Sooners are to get their road swagger back, they will have to learn to play as a team and rely on each other, senior defensive tackle Adrian Taylor said. “When it comes down to it, the coaches can’t make one play for us; we’re out there playing,” Taylor said. “You’ve really got to learn to feed off of each other, and that’s about all it is. It’s the same concept: the fans can’t make a play for you. You have to take everybody out but your coaches and teammates, and you’ve just got to learn to play without the crowd.” Senior defensive back Quinton Carter said the players and coaches realize how important it is to get started on the right foot with road games this season. “That’s really what makes great teams — going on the road and performing well,” Carter said. — Clark Foy/The Daily
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OU kicks off Big 12 play with weekend matchups The Daily’s sports desk breaks down Big 12 soccer and how the conference’s 11 teams might fare this season (Editor’s note: Kansas
The rest of the conference NO. 12 OKLAHOMA STATE COWGIRLS (7-1-1) The Cowgirls are riding a seven-game unbeaten streak. Krista Lopez leads the team with seven goals, tying the most in the Big 12 through nine games.
State does not play soccer through the NCAA)
OU SOONERS (4-3-1) The OU soccer team looks to start conference play unbeaten as it hosts the Texas Tech Red Raiders at 7 p.m. Friday and the Baylor Bears at 5 p.m. Sunday at John Crain Field. The Sooners are in eighth place in the Big 12 with a 4-3-1 overall record, ahead of Colorado, Kansas and Missouri. Both home games this weekend give the Sooners opportunities to jump up in the standings and keep the program in the hunt for MARCIN RUTKOWSKI/THE DAILY a Big 12 tournament appearance Senior defender Lauren Alkek (6) battles for control of the ball against Rice University forward Nikki in December. Storness (19) during the OU-Rice soccer match Sept. 12. The Sooners won 1-0.
TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS (7-2-0)
BAYLOR BEARS (7-1-1)
The Red Raiders dropped to 7-2-0 following a 1-0 loss in their non-conference finale last Friday to Alabama. The offensive unit for the Red Raiders is led by Taylor Lytle. The junior from Las Cruces, N.M., has four goals on the season, including a conference-leading three game-winners, and one assist. Red Raiders Jessica Disabella and Jessica Fuston both rank at the top of the Tech offense stats sheet, combining for five goals and three assists and a staggering 26 shots on goal. The pair also have three game-winning goals on the season. Goalkeeper Colleen Pitts leads a stout Tech defensive unit. The senior out of Dallas has not only dominated between the posts against the team’s non-conference schedule, but continues to lead the Big 12 in shutouts (5) in six games in goal. Her 0.83 shutout average also leads the Big 12 stats sheet for the category. Pitts’ backup, sophomore Erin Wikelius, leads the Big 12 in goals against average, helping the Red Raider keepers lead the conference in the defensive category. Wikelius also leads the conference in save percentage (0.929). Texas Tech is second in the league in home attendance, so the Sooners are lucky to get the Red Raiders in Norman.
The Bears are coming off a 9-0 rout of Prairie View A&M Sunday. After containing a 1-0 lead at the half, the Bears opened the flood gates in the last 45 minutes, scoring eight more unanswered goals to pick up their eighth shutout of the season. Baylor has been explosive on offense this season, outscoring opponents 31-3 and collecting several conference nods, including conference team highs in goals scored (9 vs. Prairie View), assists (7 vs. McNeese State), shots taken (40 vs. Prairie View) and points (25 vs. Prairie View). The Bears are led on offense by a quartet of talent: Hanna Gilmore, Lisa Sliwinski, Dana Larsen and Lotto Smith. The four ‘horse-women’ have started all nine games for the Bears, and combine for 18 of the team’s 31 goals on the season, along with 13 assists, and 43 shots on goal. Two of Gilmore’s goals have been game-winners this season. Baylor also continues to be dominant between the posts. Goalkeeper Courtney Seelhorst collected four shutouts during the team’s first eight games while averaging 2.88 saves per game. Through non-conference play, Seelhorst allowed three goals in eight games with 23 saves. — Tobi Neidy/The Daily
NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS (7-2-0) The Huskers are in a three-way tie for third with Texas Tech and Texas A&M. Nebraska is led by Morgan Marlborough, whose seven goals and three assists gives her the Big 12 lead in points.
NO. 6 TEXAS A&M AGGIES (7-2-0) Alyssa Mautz, seven goals, and Merritt Mathias, five goals, combined for five game-winning shots. The Aggies lead the conference with a 2,775 average home attendance.
TEXAS LONGHORNS (6-1-1) The Longhorns have scored 17 points this season, yet no player has more than three individual goals. Kylie Doniak, five assists, leads the conference in assists per game with 0.62.
KANSAS JAYHAWKS (4-4-0) Jayhawk goalkeeper Kat Liebetrau leads the conference in saves (51) and saves per game (6.38). The Jayhawks, however, have taken the fewest shots in the conference.
IOWA STATE CYCLONES (5-2-2) Goalkeeper Maddie Jobe has made 45 saves this season, but has no help from the Cyclone offense, which averages the fewest goals per game in the conference.
COLORADO BUFFALOES (4-4-0) The Buffaloes are about as middle-of-the-road as you can get, falling in the center of nearly every category. Goalkeeper Annie Brunner has three shutouts this season, though.
MISSOURI TIGERS (2-4-2) The Tigers are near the bottom or at the bottom of every category in the conference except for fouls (averaging 14.62 a game) and yellow cars (10), both tops in the conference.
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Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Look in the mirror if you are receiving a lack of cooperation from your mate or associates, because their withdrawal could be due to a lack of cooperation on your part. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - A negative attitude could lead you to believe that what is assigned to you is far more difficult than anything given others, when, in reality, your job is apt to be the easiest. Quit whining and start signing!
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OU theater for dummies Every year, OU presents a variety of plays and musicals, but you may not know what goes into the productions. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look. The Daily’s Janna Gentry recently set out to learn all she could about theater at OU. She spoke with the director of the School of Drama, Tom Orr; assistant professor of musical theater performance Shawn Churchman; and drama student Madison Niederhauser.
Scrubs do not make it into OU’s theater programs Of the estimated 2,800 people who auditioned for acceptance into the OU School of Drama last year, 43 got in, Orr said. Orr went on 17 trips last year, from Dallas to Chicago, to recruit students. The odds of making it into the musical theater program are even slimmer. This past year, more than 2,000 students auditioned, and only 14 ended up being accepted into the program.
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OU is one of only a handful of public universities that has a conservatory-style theater program. A traditional conservatory is usually an independent, unaffiliated institution that solely focuses on one or more areas of the arts. These institutions are intense, prestigious and are often attended by those who want to focus solely on their craft. The world-famous Juilliard School in New York City is an example of this type of institution. Having this type of theater program at a public university is rare, and OU is included in that rarity, along with universities such as the University of Michigan, University of Cincinnati and Texas State University.
In theater, a dramaturg is the brains behindthe-scenes who beefs up on his or her cultural and historical knowledge of the play at hand. Productions need these knowledgeable individuals to make sure that Hamlet is not wearing a leather jacket from the ’80s in a play that is set in the 17th century, for instance. OU actually offers a bachelor’s degree in dramaturgy, and is one of the few universities in the country to do so.
OU Theater is more than a hobby Being an OU theater student is an allco consuming lifestyle. Niederhauser described the bre breadth of the commitment as “slightly more than an honor student taking 19-21 hours.” Churchman has a pillow in the corner of h office where he takes naps before evening his rehearsals of “Rent,” which he is directing. The professors are not washed-up actors, but st participate in the craft they are passionate still abo (Orr just starred in the play “Copenhagen.”) about. “Acting is a celebration of life, about what people do and why. Theater is about life,” Niederhauser said.
A strong mental health record is beneficial for theater students Though most theater students are not getting into the performing arts for the huge paycheck, theater in the “real world” is looked at as a business, with the performers themselves being the commodity. As a result, theater students are encouraged to find who they are and which character they perform best, and then sell themselves as that character. This business aspect of a craft that in its essence, does not exist for monetary profit, can be a source of conflict for the actor looking for work. Those actors that do not have a strong personal identity could literally lose their personal identities if they simply become whomever they are told that they need to be in every audition. Churchman said the most important thing you can do at an audition is to be yourself, because it will not only be better for your personal mental health, but the person who is most themselves and most lines up with the character that they are auditioning for will in the end be the best person for the role.
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STILL BREAKING BARRIERS Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner challenges audience, actors alike SYDNEY ALLEN
role of would-be rocker Roger Davis. “You have to give it every- barriers of, ‘Oh, I have to kiss a girl,’ but it taught me how to comthing you have, because if you don’t, what’s the point? If you’re municate on a different level. It’s been my hardest time at OU, living in fear, you can argue that you’re not really living at all.” but it’s been my best time.” Imagine this, if you will. You’re an artist, living like a college Winning multiple Tony Awards as well as a Pulitzer Prize, Churchman is confident that “Rent,” with its honesty and emstudent minus the comfy meal plan and steady housing. You “Rent” is notorious in the Broadway community for truthfully pathy, will surpass any preconceived expectations students or work tirelessly at your magnum opus. You give it everything, capturing the zeitgeist of pre-millennium America and offer- community patrons might have. perfecting it, molding it, living for it until you’re ing a theatrical alternative to Andrew Lloyd “I think that it’s an adult show with adult themes, but I say that satisfied. But you aren’t done yet. No one has Webber imports or the Blue Man Group. if you come with an open heart, then you couldn’t possibly be seen your work. You plan an exhibition, and Since the show is true to life, nothing is cen- offended,” he said. “No matter how different their life may be then the night before it opens, you die. sored — songs contain profanity and discuss than yours, love is love. And it’s authentic.” Nightmare scenario? Unfortunately not. drug use, homosexuality and AIDS frankly and What: “Rent” This is the story of the composer and lyriwithout remorse. When: 8 p.m. Friday cist of “Rent,” Jonathan Larson, who died the “What kid in their 20s in the Lower East and Saturday, Sept. night before the first preview performance of Side didn’t curse? That would just be 29-30, Oct. 2 the rock opera that ended up keenly capturodd,” Churchman said, laughing. ghing. “That 3 p.m. Sunday and ing the plight of a generation and captivating wouldn’t be truthful, and this show is his Oct. 3 Broadway audiences for 12 years. truthful.” Where: Rupel J. Luckily, art lives on, and Friday night, the “My family is pretty conservaservaJones Theatre, 563 musical “Rent” will begin living on OU’s tive, ” said musical theater senior nior Elm Ave. campus. Christopher Rice, who plays ays Cost: $15 for “We do it to honor Jonathan Larson, and to filmmaker Mark Cohen. “And nd students, $25 for honor the people that [the show] portrays,” diI’m really excited ed to get to to faculty and $30 for rector Shawn Churchman said. expose my parents to this paren nts adults Churchman actually considered auditionstory. I’ve been edu educated ucated by For tickets call ing for the show during its Broadway run, exthis show, and I’m excited to 405-325-4101 pressing in a director’s note his original frustraeducate even thosee older than n tion with the show. me.” “I realized that for all of my liberal-minded While the production production values, I was sitting in judgment of these characters,” the note has controversial elements, the cast caast inreads. sists the play is about far more than n foul “We talked about having empathy for these peoplee without language. nt for the passing judgment, and I think that’s really important “A lot of barriers have been broken, brokken,” or Sophie said musical theater senior Adrianna audience to understand,” said musical theater junior Adriaanna Menas, who portrays the sultry Mimi Marquez in the produc- Hicks, who portrays ing judg- Joanne Jefferson, tion. “You can’t come into the show [as an actor] passing hat’s hap- a lesbian lawment because it’s about their life experience and what’s pened to them, and you can’t say, ‘Why don’t you just get a job?’ yer. “It didn’t de of the just break You haven’t been in their shoes. And bringing that side world to the audience is important.” down the osely folThere’s no shortage of life experiences in “Rent.” Loosely lowing the plot of Puccini’s opera “La Bohème,” the producining the tion is set firmly in mid-1990s New York City, entwining ng to live audience in the lives of eight young people attempting kness and their lives truthfully while surrounded by poverty, sickness heartbreak. “They’re all awaiting their death,” Menas said. “Mostt of them have AIDS ... and the thought is what are they going to leave beheir] imhind? Who is going to remember [them]? What was [their] pact on the earth? Everyone has to find that.” udent While Larson’s impact on the earth is clear, the student actors realize their legacy also is created through this prong duction; many of the performers are seniors, beginning the twilight of their student performance careers here at OU. 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