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CAMPUS BRIEFS MEN’S BASKETBALL STUDENT SEASON TICKETS SELL OUT Student season tickets for the upcoming OU men’s basketball season sold out within three days of going on sale. The sellout comes on the heel of a season where the team went 30-6 and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament. “Our team issues a big collective thanks to the OU student body for its support of our program this week. To sell our complete allotment of student season tickets in only three days illustrates how much this program has grown in just a couple of years,” OU head coach Jeff Capel said. “Our fans, both students and non-students, are a huge part of our team and we need them to be at our games, and we need them to be loud and supportive. So students, we thank you!” -Ricky Ly/Night Editor

OU-MIAMI GAME TO BE NATIONALLY TELEVISED Saturday’s OU-Miami football game will be played in Florida and will be televised on ABC at 7 p.m., said Kenneth Mossman, OU athletics communications director. -Daily Staff Reports

PHONE BOOK RECYCLING DRIVE GETS UNDERWAY City-wide phone book recycling is currently underway and runs through Oct. 7. Phone books can be dropped off at three city sites and placed in the “phone books only” bin. The three sites are located at Andrews Park, 201 W. Daws St.; the 12th Avenue Recreation Center, 1701 N.E. 12th Ave.; and the Norman Recycling Center at the intersection of 24th Avenue and W. Main Street. In addition, phone books can be placed in regular curb-side recycling bins. For more information call Jennifer Gray at 366-5262. -Daily Staff Reports

To better serve students 24/7, safely secure student records and lay the foundation for the future of archiving University data, a new online student portal, oZONE, launches today. After more than four years of planning, the site combines student services into one Web site and is the result of the work of more than 225 oZONE team members who worked on technological and functional sides of the project.

THE PAST For more than 40 years, student data and university documents were hosted on a mainframe system that was built in 1968. However, this system required downtime each day and did not allow for the system to be available 24/7, said Nick Key, oZONE spokesman. OU Web sites such as enroll, pay and financial aid were all supported through the mainframe and allowed for

little flexibility. “The technology was so old, and we knew we had to do a migration of data,” said Eddie Huebsch, technical project lead and OU IT director of projects. In order to convert the data to a platform accessible 24/7 and one that would continue to save data for another 40 years, a steering committee to oversee the data conversion project was created in 2006, said Brad Burnett, functional project leader and director of financial aid. The committee worked to create a goal and vision for the project, appoint key individuals to specific aspects of the project, both functional and technological, and oversee the entire project and timeline, Burnett said. In April 2007, members of the oZONE team selected a platform that would allow OU to convert all of their student services data into one system called oZONE, Huebsch said. On Sept. 18, a 10-day conversion period of

more than 2 million student records began. All student data were frozen and available on a read-only basis to ensure an accurate transition into the new system, Burnett said. “It was not an easy decision of when to do the conversion because business of the university happens all the time,” Burnett said. The September conversion period was chosen based on many variables, including enrollment windows, grading periods and bursar payments, he said.

THE PRESENT Beginning today, with the end of the conversion period, students will be able to access all student services Web sites from oZONE. This site allows students to access multiple student services Web sites 24/7 with a one-time log-in. The Web site combines enrollment resources, student services, financial aid, Exchange e-mail, Desire2Learn and Degree Navigator, Key said. The new Web site will also introduce new PORTAL CONTINUES ON PAGE 2

Soccer team makes history Victory against Texas A&M marks first win for Sooners over Aggies TOBI NEIDY Daily Staff Writer

The Sooners stepped up Sunday to boldly go where no previous OU soccer team has ever gone before. The Sooners recorded the 3-2 win and program’s first victory against No. 13 Texas A&M in front of an enthusiastic home crowd. Junior forward Whitney Palmer found the back of the net twice for the Sooners in the first eight minutes of the game, while sophomore forward Kelsey Kraft’s game-winning header came during the 60th minute of the match. The win also ended Oklahoma’s 11-game losing streak versus ranked opponents. “Coach [Nelson] said they [Texas A&M] have never been beaten by OU before,” Palmer said. “So we knew it was our time.” Palmer’s two goals in Sunday’s game bring her total to 10 for the season and place her at No. 3 on OU’s all time scoring list. Palmer’s 10 goals for the season place her at second within the Big 12 for number of goals scored. After Friday’s 2-1 loss to Big 12 rival Texas, there was some worry that OU would not be able to hang with the Aggies. “We knew we were fatigued from Friday, TOBI NEIDY/THE DAILY and the injuries still affected us,” said coach Junior forward Whitney Palmer (8) kicks the ball down the field during Sunday’s home game against Nicole Nelson. “But we decided to move the Texas A&M. Palmer’s two early goals helped the Sooners secure a 3-2 victory. line of pressure to the middle third and defend as a cohesive unit.” held a 3-1 shot on goal advantage. The Aggies 6-4-1 and 1-1 in conference play. The Sooners OU defense and freshman goalkeeper also led in corner kicks 5-0. will travel to Boulder to take on Colorado at Kelsey Devonshire stepped up the momentum “This win means everything,” Devonshire 5:30 p.m. Friday. The team will finish up the to keep the Aggies from scoring. Devonshire said. “We were the underdog. We knew it was a first road conference games against Texas Tech recorded nine saves for the game and limited huge stepping stone, and we accomplished it.” at 1 p.m. Sunday in Lubbock. Texas A&M to only two goals, after the Aggies With Sunday’s win, the Sooners improved to

International students find means to travel

Student awarded $10,000 scholarship

Different modes of transportation provide ways to get around

Meteorology student is fourth consecutive OU student to earn award

KATHLEEN EVANS Daily Staff Writer

Benjamin Rippitsch, a geography senior from Austria, was supposed to go to his first state fair Friday night with an international student group. After waiting an hour, however, he and about 15 of his other international friends found out there weren’t enough seats in the cars, and they could not get a ride to Oklahoma City. As an international student, Rippitsch said he has learned to be creative when traveling around Norman, the state and beyond. In an attempt to get to the fair, he and his friends called a taxi. After learning it would cost them $20 a person to get there, he said they gave up on the idea of going to the fair and decided to try something else, something that did not require a car. “I indeed was disappointed [I did not get to go to the fair],” Rippitsch said. “I was studying


all day and looking forward to a fun evening. I am not sure there will be another chance [to go] as there is no bus going between Norman and Oklahoma City on the weekends.” Rippitsch said he has used the Cleveland Area Rapid Transit public bus system, but it only runs to the city on weekdays. For shorter trips around the Norman area, many international students said they have found that biking is an easy, feasible way to travel. Some international students went as a group to buy bicycles at Walmart one weekend, said Lukas Mader, environmental system sciences senior, who is from Austria. Mader said even though his bike is not of the best quality, with brakes that don’t work, it is still an effective way to travel around Norman. Rippitsch said he also bikes when he has to run errands like going to the grocery store or when he needs to get to class. For longer trips, such as a weekend vacation around Oklahoma, renting a car is a fairly cheap way to travel, he said. Through Enterprise, a car

rental company, it is only $50 a person for the whole weekend, and the company will deliver the car to one’s apartment, Rippitsch said. “It gives you a lot of freedom to get to know Oklahoma,” he said. “This is [how we were able to visit] the Antelope Hills, Elk City, Tulsa ... and the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. In addition, [we drove] down to New Orleans for Labor Day weekend.” Students do not always have to find their own mode of transportation. Some international student associations plan events and provide transportation - usually more organized than the state fair trip - that allow them to go to different places around Norman and Oklahoma City, Mader said. Rippitsch and Mader were still able to have fun on their Friday night, despite not having a car and not being able to go to the state fair. “After a long negotiation, we decided to grab something to eat and go to Seven47 [on Campus Corner] to sit outside, chat, and have a good glass of wine,” Rippitsch said.

engineering students based solely on merit. This is the fifth consecutive year an OU student has been selected to receive the ASF award. According to the ASF Web site, the foundation has awarded $2.8 million in scholarships BREIA BRISSEY Contributing Writer to college students since 1986. Flamig said his interest in the weathT h e A s t r o n a u t S c h o l a r s h i p er first grew while living in Dallas as a Foundation awarded an OU student child, where he experienced severe its prestigious $10,000 scholarship weather firsthand. He moved with his family to Los Alamos, Friday at the National N.M., but he never lost W e a t h e r C e n t e r. PAST OU ASF WINNERS sight of his passion for Zachary Flamig, memeteorology. teorology senior, ac- 2008 - Craig Schwartz Flamig came to OU c e p t e d t h e aw a rd 2007 - Ryan East in fall 2006 and since at a luncheon in his 2006 - Ryan East then has worked at honor. the National Oceanic Donna Shirley, for- 2005 - Nathan Snook and Atmospheric mer assistant dean in OU’s College of Engineering and re- Administration’s National Severe tired manager of the Mars Exploration Storms Laboratory as an undergraduProgram from NASA’s Jet Propulsion ate student research assistant. Associate professor of meteorolLaboratory, presented Flamig with the award after speaking briefly on some ogy Phillip Chilson teaches thermorecent meteorological findings on dynamics and first met Flamig in that class. other planets. “Everything I threw at him, it just “There are a lot of opportunities in space,” Shirley said. “But if you choose came back perfect,” Chilson said. “He to stay on Earth, that would be good had the highest score in the class.” Chilson said he immediately thought too.” Only 17 students were selected of Flamig when he was talking to anfrom the nationwide competition to other professor about the ASF award, receive this scholarship, the largest monetary award given to science and SCHOLARSHIP CONTINUES ON PAGE 2


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The following is a list of arrests and citations, not convictions. The information is compiled from the Norman Police Department and the OU Police Department. Those listed are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

announcement options and include notes targeted at specific students, said Melanee Hamilton, director of Web communications. “oZONE is very standard, and learning to use it will be similar to learning an application suite like Microsoft Office,” Hamilton said. In November, students will use the new system to enroll in classes and may notice some differences in the new site, said Hamilton. If problems arise, students are encouraged to contact the oZONE help team, Hamilton said. “The help solutions are tied together and will allow students to go to the right place to get their questions answered,” she said. Students experiencing problems with the site should e-mail their questions to or call 325HELP.

DISTURBING THE PEACE Cody Bill Hass, 25, 1932 E. Lindsey St., Wednesday PERFORMING MECHANICAL WORK WITHOUT A LICENSE Ayron Tyler Henshaw, 20, 2010 24th Ave. N.W., Thursday Daniel Dewitt Robinett, 43, 2010 24th Ave. N.W., Thursday Michael Reed Adney, 29, 2010 24th Ave. N.W., Thursday

THE FUTURE Beginning in January, students will be able to use oZONE to access the bursar, order transcripts and enrollment verifications and communicate with campus groups through a program called Group Studio. will be integrated into the oZONE portal Jan. 4, and students will be able to access their pre-disbursment from the Bursar’s office on Jan. 11, Burnett said. The delay of integrating the bursar’s office into the portal was due to the amount of information on the mainframe that could not be transitioned in the middle of the semester, Burnett said. Group Studio is an application that allows student groups to communicate and post information in the portal, Hamilton said. Although the implementation part of the project concludes in January, members of the oZONE team will continue to work on upgrading and improving the project through daily operations, Burnett said. “We are building the foundation and doing things that


Shari Black, oZONE Registration Team leader, works on bringing the full functions and capabilities of oZONE online at their office Friday afternoon in Cross Center. weren’t possible a few years ago,” Huebsch said. “We have built the ground floor, and now we can add on.” He said the oZONE team plans to customize the site over time and add more OU-specific elements, and new students will benefit greatly from the all-in-one portal. “It was confusing for new students,” Huebsch said. “Now they can go to oZONE and find everything at once.”

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Donna Shirley, former assistant dean of the College of Engineering, presents Zachary Flamig, meteorology senior, with his award from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Friday afternoon at the National Weather Center.

so he agreed to write Flamig’s required recommendation. “It was easy to write a very strong letter for him because he’s a very excellent student,” Chilson said. “I feel like the part I played was very small. I just recognized it. It was all him who actually got the award.” Chilson said Flamig’s level of curiosity makes him unique. “He’ll see things beyond the surface level ... that most people stop at. He likes to dig in deeper,” he said. “I guess because he feels challenged by it and he wants to expand his understanding of things.” Flamig will graduate in the spring with distinction, and pursue graduate school. Flamig said he eventually

wants to become a leader at a major research institution, which Chilson said is not at all surprising. The dean of the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, John Snow, praised Flamig for his achievements. “Scholarship nominees are those that have shown initiative, creativity and excellence in their chosen field,” Snow said. “And Zac Flamig certainly fulfills all these requirements.”

AWARD CONTRIBUTORS More than 70 astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle programs raise the money for this award through appearances, corporate individual donations and autographs. Source: Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Web site.

OU experiences decrease in donations Membership in OU Alumni Association rising steadily CLAIRE BRANDON Contributing Writer

OU isn’t recession-proof and experienced a decrease in the incoming private funds and donations during the 2009 fiscal year. “Last fiscal year, our numbers went down a little bit because of the recession,” said Robyn Tower, associate vice president of the OU Office of Development. “We know the economy is having an effect.” During the 2008 fiscal year, OU received $199.5 million dollars in private donations, the highest in OU history. After an all-time high, donations declined to $135.9 million during the 2009 fiscal year. “It’s still not as bad as some universities because of where most of our alumni are geographically,” Tower said. “Oklahoma and Texas haven’t been hit as hard as some states, but we’re seeing

a slight decrease in all of our annual numbers.” Development fundraising, or “giving,” is divided into two categories: major gifts and annual, or broadbased, fundraising. Major gifts are from individuals making larger gifts of approximately $25,000 or more, said Kirk Garton, director of OU’s Annual Giving department. Annual or broad-based fundraising is given in smaller donations and includes those giving $50, $100, $250, donations via phoning and mailing drives. “We have a 30-seat call center that operates year-round,” Garton said. Since alumni make up the majority of these donations and gifts, the OU Alumni Association’s efforts are vital to the fundraising success of the university. In addition to organizing OU activities in local communities, the OU Alumni Association charges a $35 membership fee. “They steward alumni and friends and secure ‘memberships,’ which support alumni benefits such as Sooner

Magazine quarterly and events,” Garton said. “This is different from giving, in that giving directly supports academic programs.” Although donations decreased last year, OU Alumni Association membership hasn’t declined despite a weak economy. “The number of Alumni Association members has consistently increased since we first started a membershipbased program in 2001,” said Dave Hail, associate executive director of the OU Alumni Association. “Since the beginning of 2008 we’ve seen a 22.2-percent increase in the number of members of the Alumni Association.” Currently, there are approximately 6,000 annual, dues-paying members of the OU Alumni Association, Hail said. Additionally, more than 112,000 alumni have donated to the university during President David Boren’s tenure at OU, he said. “When you look at the number of alumni participating, considering the climate of the economy, it is truly astonishing,” Hail said.

POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA Vincent Rhea Hixon, 37, 946 N. Flood Ave., Wednesday, also eluding a police officer Dennis Shane Burnes, 40, 946 N. Flood Ave., Wednesday William Roy Dickinson, 23, 563 Buchanan Ave., Thursday Michael A. Caceres, 28, 122 24th Ave. S.W., Wednesday Bradley Lane Edwards, 30, 2600 W. Lindsey St., Friday, also reckless driving and eluding a police officer Zachary Jordan Merrell, 18, 1801 Brookhaven Blvd., Thursday Matthew Henry Ulmer, 18, 800 De Barr Ave., Friday, also possession of drug paraphernalia Dewey Alexander Kilgore, 22, 1000 E. Boyd St., also possession of controlled dangerous substance COUNTY WARRANT Brandon Allen Kirkpatrick, 27, N. Flood Avenue, Thursday Wayne Joseph Miozza, 50, 18000 E. State Highway 9, Wednesday, also driving with an expired license and driving under the influence Raymond Jesse Serrano, 44, 1509 Tree Line Drive, Friday Jock Henry Stevens, 27, Boyd Street, Friday Bradley Earl Nelson, 25, Classen Boulevard, Friday Joe Lee Warren, 47, 700 Asp Ave., Saturday, also possession of controlled dangerous substance MUNICIPAL WARRANT Billie Jean Dawson, 20, Stubbeman Avenue, Thursday Susan Rebecca Fajt, 32, 201 W. Gray St., Thursday Matthew David Bush, 21, 201 W. Gray St., Thursday Megan Miranda Conner, 29, 201 W. Gray St., Thursday Jody Glenn Nunn, 33, 201 W. Gray St., Thursday Sarah Ann Bonner, 20, 333 N. Interstate Drive E., Thursday, also possession of controlled dangerous substance and petty larceny Kevin Dewayne Rogers, 719 24th Ave. S.W., Friday PETTY LARCENY Ronnie Joe Faulkner, 37, 333 N. Interstate Drive E., Thursday Lisa Lee Allison, 41, 333 N. Interstate Drive E., Friday

Melanie Irene Peck, 40, 333 N. Interstate Drive E., Thursday Kassi Hearrell, 18, 333 N. Interstate Drive E., Friday PUBLIC INTOXICATION Stephen Tayloe Sherrod, 19, 1127 E. Arkansas St., Thursday, also interfering with official process Rousell Berry, 50, E. Brooks Street, Thursday, also outraging public decency Wayne Thomas Grindle, 1333 E. Lindsey St., Friday Alan Christopher Lawhorne, 32, 3750 W. Main St., Saturday, also possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia Bruce Lee Redbird, 35, S. University Boulevard, Saturday AGGRAVATED DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE Dustin Keith Wilmond, 26, N. Flood Avenue, Thursday Derek Lee Francis, 28, 1726 W. Robinson St., Thursday Wesley Ray Montgomery, 28, 3750 W. Main St., Friday, also failure to carry proof of insurance and no valid driver’s license DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE Glenda L. Winkler, 51, 3600 E. Franklin Road, Thursday Jamie Kay Jinkins, 45, W. Gray Street, Saturday DRIVING UNDER A SUSPENDED LICENSE Michael Anthony Fernandez, 31, N. Flood Avenue, Thursday Jenifer S. Parsons, 36, 1721 Canterbury Ave., Saturday, also leaving the scene of an accident HOSTING OR PERMITTING A LOUD PARTY Mitchell Kyle Boliver, 19, 1601 E. Imhoff Road, Friday Joshua David Cain, 19, 1601 E. Imhoff Road, Friday DOMESTIC ABUSE Brian A. Carmichael, 52, 5615 Bellwood Circle, Friday POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA Georgia Jo Middleton, 52, College Avenue, Friday NUISANCE PARTY Spencer Alan Stewart, 19, 1601 E. Imhoff Road, Friday ASSAULT AND BATTERY Alan Adrian Jackson, 44, 2414 W. Brooks St., Friday Debra Marie Miller, 25, 2414 W. Brooks St., Friday James Edward Nolan, 21, 2414 W. Brooks St., Friday SECOND DEGREE BURGLARY David Safayan Leemisa, 21, 207 Stanton Drive, Saturday, also possession of marijuana UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA Shelly Lee York, 36, 711 Monnett Ave., Saturday, also possession of a controlled dangerous substance





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Local church discusses future of US health care CHARLOTTE LUNDAY Daily Staff writer

course on the U.S. health care system this semester. She said she believes the U.S. needs some sort of universal health care. A modest crowd gathered at a local church “We aren’t going to get a perfect system,” Sunday night to listen to a panel of medical Christie said. “But we should try to get the and religious professionals discuss the state best we can.” of health care and how people of faith should Christie’s words seemed to be the overapproach the issue. whelming opinion of the whole, panelists The First Presbyterian Church of Norman and audience members alike. Chris Sieck, organized the forum out of concern that the a panelist and Norman family physician, faith community had been agreed that there needed too quiet about the issue. to be some sort of reform. “We aren’t going to get Rev. Dr. Bob Rice, senior In fact, he said most peopastor of FPC Norman, said a perfect system, but we ple do. The problem is dehe understood that many should try to get the best ciding what to reform and religious leaders don’t we can.” how to accomplish it, he speak out about issues like said. health care because they “I think anything we do are worried that it may be ALANA CHRISTIE, MATHEMATICS to fix that problem without divisive. fixing the entire scope of AND BIOSTATISTICS SENIOR Nevertheless, he said he the way we deliver health believes that it’s a risk that care in this country is should be taken. going to fail, because we “This is a major moral issue,” Rice said. can fix one thing, but it changes one of the “What do you do when the richest country other parameters,” Sieck said. in the world isn’t able or willing to take care There were no easy answers, nor any of the least fortunate in our country? I think easy questions. One couple in the audience most faith communities would speak to that, shared a story of an experience they had in but we seem to be silent.” European hospitals, known for having soAn OU student at the forum echoed Rice’s cialized medicine. They had been astounded concern - Alana Christie, mathematics and by the skill and attention of the medical staff, biostatistics senior, became interested in and the fact that it came free. health care reform when she started taking a Another man, on the other hand, pointed


Attendants listen as Brian Carnes, executive director of Health For Friends in Norman, speaks about what the organization is doing for uninsured, low-income members of the community at a health care panel discussion hosted by the First Presbyterian Church of Norman Sunday afternoon. out that citizens of European countries fit the bill through much higher income taxes. Regardless of the costs, Charles Kimball, panelist and director of Religious Studies at OU, said that people, especially Christians, should be more active in promoting a universal health care plan. “There is a serious disconnect,” Kimball said, “people who claim to be zealously

religious, but then they consider their shortterm economy. But what I tried to illustrate tonight was that we’ve made certain decisions already consistent with the Biblical call to ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’ We think it is important for everyone to get an education, that everyone has access to police and fire stations. I think it is a Biblical mandate to try to care for those in need.”


“I know Obama wants universal health care, and I know the Republican party doesn’t. I know if we do have universal health care, it would help a lot of people, but it would also take a long time for people who need surgeries to get them, and people who need to get in to the hospital would have to wait longer. I’m not for [universal health care].”

“I think we should keep with what we have now, because I think that if we go to public, then it’s going to lower the quality of health care and that if we keep it the way that we have it now, it’s more of an incentive to find a better job to get better health care benefits.” — CLAY CONE, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE FRESHMAN

“I’m more of a supporter for preventative health care. I don’t think it should be government-run. It definitely needs to be reformed, but I think preventative health care should be in it.” — LILY KNICKREHM, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE FRESHMAN




CAREER SERVICES Career Services will present a Devon Energy informational session for petroleum engineering majors at 6 p.m. in the Union. INTELLIGENT DESIGN AND EVOLUTION AWARENESS CLUB The Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness club will present “DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design” featuring Stephen Meyer at 7 p.m. in the Union’s Meacham Auditorium.


“I know there’s a lot of opposition to it. I don’t necessarily think I want the government to “Well I know that you get health care if you’re control health care, because it controls a lot of either young or old, and it’s the people in the aspects of everyone’s lives. So if they’re using middle who are kind of left out. I think it should taxpayer money to pay for health care they can be on an if-you-want-health care basis, instead of tell us what they think we should be eating, what just giving everybody health care, because some we should be doing with our free time, or that we people don’t use theirs. They could use more should be exercising. Most government programs dollars for people that really want it. So maybe don’t succeed very well. The government needs to they could crack down on those who really want do something, but I don’t think universal health health care.” care is the right answer.” — LATASHA MOSELEY, CHEMISTRY SENIORW




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CAREER SERVICES Career Services will present Lunch and Learn: Job Search Strategies and You at 12:30 p.m. in the Union. Career Services will present How to Write a Resume for a Federal Government Job

at 2 p.m. in the Union. Career Services will present a Questar informational session at 4 p.m. in the Union. Career Services will present a Marathon Oil informational session at 5 p.m. in the Union. Career Services will present a Chevron informational session at 6 p.m. in the Union. CHRISTIANS ON CAMPUS Christians on Campus will host a Bible study at noon in the Union. INTELLIGENT DESIGN AND EVOLUTION AWARENESS CLUB The Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness club will host a screening of “Darwin’s Dilemma,” featuring a postfilm discussion with Stephen Meyer and Jonathan Wells at 7 p.m. in the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History.


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Will Holland, opinion editor • phone: 325-7630 • fax: 325-6051

In response to Tarrant Carter’s Friday column, “‘God is probably not pro-life’” YOU CAN COMMENT AT OUDAILY.COM


Although i must admit, i like the whole fate argument.” -philfs89

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Wait a few weeks to judge oZONE Today, oZONE, the new all-in-one online portal, is opening for student use, and we worry some students will be quick to judge the new Web site. Obviously, the opening of the new site is a transformation, and it may be difficult for some students (especially those who have been at OU for a few years and are used to the old way of conducting university business online) to get used to the change. But we want to encourage all students to give the new site a chance before making any judgments. From what we’ve heard, we are excited to see and use oZONE because there were problems with the old system, like the need to regularly shut down Enroll so it could update. Like many students, we occasionally wanted to use Enroll during the down times and were frustrated when we were unable to do so. With

“We will never know what God’s opinion is on anything until, and if, the day comes when we reach His kingdom.

oZONE, students won’t have to deal with that problem because the new Enroll will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And the fact that several OU sites will now be gathered in one online location is exciting, too. Students will only have to log in one time as opposed to having to log in once for Exchange, again for Enroll and once again for Desire2Learn. We think students will immediately appreciate this convenience. Of course there will inevitably be technical glitches with the new Web site, but we hope it will be worth it once those glitches are sorted out. The new site will take some getting used to, but hold your judgments for a few days or even a few weeks because we think the new site will be easier to use and better for students in the long run.



The OU football team is climbing closer to a top 5 AP ranking, and Sam Bradford may soon return.

Landry Jones and his popular facial hair may soon be relegated to back-up duty once again.

Head football coach Bob Stoops and his wife Carol donated $150,000 to the Michael F. Price College of Business.

The future of the student loan system is uncertain. Midterms are coming back, too.

Fall TV favorites are returning to the small screen.

The weather was beautiful on Saturday, but OU football fans were not able to enjoy it at a game because of the bye week.

The rainy weather finally subsided toward the end of this week.


versities should be settings for the “free exchange of ideas,” but those ideas need to be backed by evidence and be able to stand to debate and questioning. The theory of evolution has satisfied these time and time again, while intelligent design has consistently failed them. Mr. Sims has a common misconception of evolution as “just a theory.” A scientific theory is an over arching, uniting idea that First, I would like to agree with Mr. Sims that uni- explains a number of phenomena (which evolution

is) and is not a “layman’s theory,” or an unproven idea. In fact, the Cambrian Explosion actually does support evolution, but in the form of punctuated equilibrium, rather than gradualism presented in the article. The film made by the Discovery Institute appears to be nothing more than another seemingly complex event or mechanism that, on the surface, evolution cannot explain. Digging a little deeper, however, shows that this is just another failed distraction that tries to ques-

tion the validity of evolution. Intelligent Design is nothing more than Creationism in disguise (see the textbook “Of Pandas and People”) and should not be taught as science alongside evolution. It’s the duty of scientists to defend actual science from pseudoscience, and I applaud the actions of the Sam Noble Museum and the university. Jordan Stone Zoology senior


Columnists debate merits of contemporary art Contemporary artists don’t create works ordinary people can understand, but focus on conversing among themselves

Contemporary artists inspire, regardless of whether ordinary people can easily understand the meanings of their works

High art is too high. class, you were told to make things easy on That is not to say contemporary artists your reader. You were told that it is rude and have been using illicit drugs, although cer- arrogant to ignore your audience and use a tainly some cynical people might argue that. lot of obscure, inflated language. What I mean is that artists Why can’t artists have that same are over our heads. consideration? Instead of trying to comYou will say, “Well, you haven’t taken municate with the masses, any art classes, so you just don’t know artists are simply talking anything.” to other artists, while we That’s the whole point. You should not vainly look up at their an- have to take a class to understand at least tique urinals and wavy something about a sculpture. The medieval lines. Then, unable to find peasants did not have classes on how to inmeaning, we turn away, terpret the stained glass in their cathedrals; GERARD leaving them to continue they just looked at the stained glass in their KEISER their conversations in the cathedrals. sky. When you see Lincoln’s face on a penny, It must not, however, be it makes sense. said that this sort of art has no meaning. We The second problem is a lot of art is purcan turn anything into a symbol of some- posefully ugly. Once again, I do not deny thing, if we really want to. that piles of trash have meaning. They can The problems with contemporary art are symbolize all kinds of things about human that either the meaning is so ambiguous wastefulness or environmental problems or that we don’t know what to sentient robots stranded think, or it is so repelling on on deserted planets. The problems with the surface that we do not The problem is, who care to stay and discover contemporary art are that wants to look at a pile of the meaning. trash? A beautiful piece either the meaning is so Let us take, as an ex- ambiguous that we don’t of art can be a way for us ample of the first case, that to take in something we large circle in front of the li- know what to think, or it is don’t want to accept, like brary. What does it mean? so repelling on the surface the sugar coating on pills. Is it supposed to represent that we do not care to stay But artists today would a wheel, with all the ideas and discover the meaning. take your bitter pill and of progress, invention and put something even more the pioneering spirit assobitter on top of it. ciated with it? Or maybe this wheel symbolOr maybe I am being too extreme. There izes European attitudes, where everything is is probably a fair number of ordinary people artificially simple and orderly, and we disre- who genuinely appreciate contemporary gard the inherent contradictions and confu- art. sions of nature. I love T.S. Eliot, and one could call him Sisyphus would see the boulder that he ugly and obscure at times. However, I know eternally rolls up the hill, only to have it roll that there are plenty of writers besides T.S. back on him. Someone could surely be found Eliot. If you want to read someone else, that to argue that it is the wheel that Fortune is entirely possible. turns, and we are inevitably bound to it as With contemporary art, that is not quite we move up and down with its spinning. the case. One sees very little that is easy to Of course, it is really an old gear, teeth grasp. ground away by years of weary use, and repSo make your strange sculptures and conresents the way we mistreat the elderly. To voluted paintings. They are probably very heighten this effect, it was placed in front of a enjoyable for you. building full of things that we now think will But every now and then, make something be obsolete soon. that we can understand. You see, those artists might be saying something very meaningful and important, but no one can figure out what it is. Surely when you were taking your freshman writing Gerard Keiser is a classical languages sophomore.

If there was ever a good reason for artists to want to be “too high,” this type of ignorant and illogical critique would be it. I suppose if I had taken the advice of my freshman English professor, I could have made things easier on my reader and simply stated that the opinions expressed in the previous article are stupid. First off, it should be established that there is no clear definition of “contemporary art” and that it actuTRAVIS ally consists of many differGROGAN ent styles and movements that are hastily lumped together. Given the critique I am critiquing, I will use the death of T.S. Elliot in 1965 to denote the beginning of contemporary art to ensure everything I discuss does fit the arbitrary definition of contemporary. I find it interesting Gerard has an affinity for T.S. Elliot. I must give credit where credit is due; the man did win the Nobel Prize for Literature. But can anyone guess who is up for the prize for literature this year? That’s right, the clear and unambiguous Bob Dylan. I personally love Bob Dylan. I had to. My old man was so obsessed with listening to him that I had to develop a love for his music out of a survival necessity. If I hadn’t, I would have taken a corkscrew to my eardrums a long time ago. Now I find myself wondering, what if Bob Dylan had listened to his freshman English teacher? What if his catalogue consisted of songs that were titled “End the War” and “Stop Being Racist”? Does anyone think that those songs would have been better than “All Along the Watchtower?” (Yes, that is originally a Bob Dylan song, and please go ahead and take a moment to slap yourself if this comes as news to you.) I personally believe I could listen to Bob Dylan sing about T.S. Elliot and Ezra Pound fighting in the captain’s tower (“Desolation Row”) for the rest of my life and never truly understand what exactly Dylan was trying to convey when he wrote those lyrics. And guess what: I don’t give a single solitary drop of excrement. It does not matter. Imagine if we applied what I am dubbing the “clarity of meaning/inspiration test” to all great art. What was Pablo Picasso thinking when he painted “Les Demoiselles

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d’Avignon”? Why didn’t he just paint naked women? What was he trying to say? Are naked women supposed to be cubes? I am really confused. This painting must not mean anything, since everyone can’t agree on what inspired it. Does it matter what inspired Jimmy Page to play each note of “Stairway to Heaven”? Does it matter what acid-inspired state of mind led to Jimmy Hendrix playing “The Star Spangled Banner” at Woodstock? Are these not forms of art? Do they have some clear-cut meaning that everyone else was informed of? Don’t some people still claim Hendrix was trying to make the national anthem ugly? I’ll leave aside the obvious issue that “ugly” is a subjective sentiment and point out that there is a great deal of “ugly” in the world, whether we like it or not. Some of the greatest inspiration comes from things that are “repelling on the surface.” One of my favorite books is Bret Easton Ellis’s “Less than Zero.” That novel follows a wealthy, nihilistic college kid in 1980s Los Angeles as he bears witness to a snuff film, a dead body in an alley, a gang-rape of a twelve-year-old girl and the forced prostitution of one of his childhood friends, all while consuming vast white mountains of the devil’s dancing dust. Ellis also wrote “American Psycho.” In both books, he used things that are “repelling” to comment on ugliness. How should Ellis have commented on the vast apathy and materialism of the Reagan ‘80s? With stories of puppies and rainbows? Ultimately the idea of great art is completely subjective. You cannot prove that great art is simple or pretty or whatever anymore than you can prove chocolate is the best ice cream flavor. It is a purely subjective opinion. But just because the inspiration of a piece of art might be subjective, does not make it any less meaningful. Every piece of art, from the Bible to a pile of garbage sitting in a studio in New York has meaning. One should never take any expression of inspiration lightly. Seriously, how much would the world suck if Da Vinci, Bukowski, Michelangelo and Jay McInerney had all listened to their English teachers and decided to become opinion columnists? Travis Grogan is a political science senior.

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Sooner softball hit the diamond this weekend to open up their fall season. The Daily followed the Sooners on their road to the championship. Sunday The OU softball team finally allowed a run, but still defeated Odessa College 13-1 to win the OU Fall Festival championship game Sunday at the OU Softball Complex. After shutting out their opponent in every other game over the weekend, the Sooner defense finally conceded a run in the seventh inning, but the batter tried to stretch the hit into a triple and was thrown out to end the game. Freshman pitcher Keilani Ricketts started the game on the mound for OU, pitching three innings and striking out five batters. Ricketts performed well throughout the tournament, even though she said she had to battle some nerves. “At the beginning I was nervous, but I was really just excited to finally start playing games,” Ricketts said. Ricketts played several different positions over the weekend as head coach Patty Gasso tried to find the right place for her. “I’m still trying to figure it out [where I’m going to play] but I like it so far,” Ricketts said. “I don’t mind moving around a lot.” Sophomore pitcher Kirsten Allen pitched the final four innings of the game, allowing one run on three hits. Senior second baseman Amber Flores hit a threerun home run in the fourth inning, her fifth home run of the weekend. Flores homered in every game of the tournament. Sophomore outfielder Evan Sallis scored three runs off two walks and one hit, concluding what Gasso said was a strong weekend for the top of the Sooner lineup. “Our one through six hitters were definitely hitting the ball hard, but it will be the seven through nine spots where we’re still going to be looking to see who will fill those spots,” Gasso said. Gasso said that the competition for starting positions motivated the players, even though the games themselves were uncompetitive. “Evan Sallis made a strong statement about wanting that lead-off spot, as did Krystle Huey,” Gasso said. Gasso said that the focus for the rest of the fall season is to get the players more comfortable in game-like situations. “We need to work on repetition, being tough hitters on


Kirsten Allen, sophomore right hand pitcher, pitches in a game against Connors State Saturday. two strikes, things like that,” Gasso said. “I’ve put so much on them so quickly, now we can go back and reinforce things.” The Sooners’ next game is 6 p.m. Oct. 9 against Seminole State at the OU Softball Complex.

Saturday The softball team had another successful day Saturday in this year’s Fall Festival, as several players made cases for themselves to be in the starting lineup. The Sooners won both games, first defeating Texarkana College 5-0, then beating Western Oklahoma 13-0. Flores hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 3rd, finishing 1-3 on the day. Senior catcher Lindsey Vandever scored on an error after hitting a double to right field. Ricketts scored on a solo shot homerun in the bottom of the fifth, which put the Sooners up 5-0 for the rest of

the game. The win against Western Oklahoma was a little more one-sided as Ricketts, in as pitcher, threw a perfect game. Ricketts retired every batter she faced, striking out nine. Western Oklahoma did not hit one ball to the outfield. Flores went 3-3 while batting in three RBIs, scoring three runs and hitting her fourth homerun of the tournament. Sallis went 2-2 scoring three runs and stealing one base. Her effort could very well establish her spot at the top of the lineup as there has been some competition for the spot. Freshman catcher Jessica Shults went 3-3 and batted in one run while Vandever also went 3-3, batting in two runs.


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The OU School of Music held its first Sutton Artist Series concert, the Oklahoma Chamber Players Series, at 8 p.m. Friday in Morris R. Pitman Recital Hall. Composed of three performances by OU music professors, the series was the first of four concerts that will be given throughout the school year. The first set, “Blaserquintet” composed by Anton Reicha, featured the Oklahoma Woodwind Quintet, all woodwind professors at the OU School of Music. The quintet included flutist Dr. Valerie Watts, clarinetist Dr. David Etheridge, oboist Johanna Cox, bassoonist Carl Rath and French horn player Dr. Eldon Matlick. “We’ve performed together for many years,” said Watts. “We usually meet weekly and prepare different works for the semester for various concerts.” Watts has been teaching flute performance at OU for 20 years and later got a fulltime teaching position and her doctorate. According to Watts, because the Woodwind Quintet has no actual conductor, the group works both together and separately to organize the music’s arrangement and decide how they want to perform. “What we usually do is we start a month ahead; that group meets once a week, and we read through the music first, and we figure out how we want to interpret the

music,” Watts said. Like several other players of the night, Watts also performed in the second piece, avant-garde composer George Crumb’s “Vox Balaenae” (“Voice of the Whale”). The other featured players were cellist Jonathan Ruck and pianist Thomas Bandy, who played later in the third piece. The performance included unconventional performance techniques such as wearing a mask, singing while blowing in the flute, whistling, using a glass rod and paperclips on piano strings and employing microphones. “As far as something that stood out, it was definitely the whale piece,” said Anna Forehand, flute performance and Spanish education sophomore. “That one I’ll probably remember for a really long time, because it’s not like anything I’ve ever heard before.” Crumb used such methods to naturally convey the sounds he recorded of different whale calls and of the overall ocean environment. His directions can be found on the Internet, littered with detailed instructions for every movement in the piece, despite the lack of rhythm provided in the score. “I think it was really clever, all the sounds [Crumb] came up with … it’s really ingenious all the sounds you get from the instrument, and I think he gave the instruments a very exotic sound, especially the piano,” said Watts, who has performed


OU professors Valerie Watts, Thomas Bandy and Jonathan Ruck perform composer George Crumb’s piece “Vox Balaenae” (“Voice of the Whale”) Friday evening. The Oklahoma Chamber Players’ performances was part of the Sutton Artist Series. the piece several times before, and enjoyed playing with this group especially. “They really know what they’re doing … we were really careful to find of follow all of the directions. And it’s an interesting piece, because unlike the first piece [Reicha’s “Blaserquintet”] it’s much more improvisatory. It’s very free.” After intermission, s t r i n g p r o f e s s o r s D r. Gregory Lee on violin, Dr. Mark Neumann on viola a n d Jo nat ha n Ru c k o n cello, and pianist Thomas

Bandy performed famed Romanticism composer Johannes Brahms’ “Piano Quartet in A, Op. 26,” which featured the strings and the piano engaging in a polyphonic call-and-response repetition. Forehand said of the final piece, “I liked the last one best, [because] I think it was eclectic in nature, I guess.” Many of those involved in the first performance look forward to the next concerts in the series, after having had such a good experience with the performances

Live projection to wow audiences tonight DUSTY SOMERS Daily Staff Writer

Roger Beebe understands that a lot of people don’t really know what experimental film is all about. “[They imagine] something with a mime [that’s] black and white and really inscrutable,” Beebe said. But that caricature isn’t accurate at all, he said, and Beebe is looking to dispel the myth that experimental film is alien and inaccessible with a free screening of his project, “Films for One to Eight Projectors” at 9 p.m. tonight at the Lightwell Gallery. “Films for One to Eight Projectors” is a 75-minute presentation of experimental films that deal with various themes, from the interaction between different kinds of space to the self-mythologizing nature of Americana, Beebe said. The presentation begins with a single projector, but builds to a finale where eight projectors are running simultaneously, causing Beebe to do his own share of running. “If I stop moving, the film stops

happening,” he said. “It does make me feel connected to the work. It’s almost like I’m remaking the film every night.” Beebe, who is in the midst of a sixweek tour showing his project around the country, was inspired to do something more interactive on a previous tour where he was showing another film — one that didn’t require so much legwork. “It felt sort of perverse,” Beebe said. “Why was I driving thousands of miles just to press play on a tape? You get this weird sense of alienation from your work.” Beebe has created around 20 experimental films since 1995, but branching out into using multiple projectors gave him the sense of a new discovery, he said. Bernard Roddy, an assistant professor of media in the school of art and art history, was familiar with a film by Beebe, and organized his stop in Norman. The screening of “Films for One to Eight Projectors” is unique because the audience will be together in the same

place as the artist, Roddy said. That results in an intimate and personal experience far different from the “hospital waiting room” environment of the cineplex, he said. “You cut out that whole industrial imitation,” Roddy said. Audience members uninitiated into the world of experimental film will find plenty to enjoy if they come with an open mind, he said. “You have to open yourself up to a new experience,” Roddy said. “It’s easiest to appreciate if you’re open to a kind of meditative [state of mind].” Beebe, a professor of film and media studies at the University of Florida, said there’s an artistic freedom inherent in experimental film because no one is trying to commercialize it. It also means you can’t make a living out of it, he said. “It does leave your motives pretty uncomplicated,” Beebe said. For Beebe, who also runs a film festival and a video store on the side, art is the motive. Now, he just hopes people will fill the seats.

Friday night. “I definitely want to come to the rest of the series, because I love chamber music; it’s like an ensemble but everyone’s a soloist,” said Michelle Sikes, University College freshman. The audience, which included many of the players’ fellow colleagues, had nothing but praise for them. “I spoke to [composition professor] Dr. [Marvin] Lamb after the concert and he really felt we really brought [“Voice of the Whale”] to a higher level,

and that’s quite a compliment,” said Watts. “I guess the thing is I love this group … the faculty who are involved in it, because they’re all such wonderful musicians, so it’s a real joy to play with them. And I’m really excited about this series because it’s kind of new, the Chamber Players.” The Sutton Artist Series’ next concert is at 8 p.m. Tu e s d a y , O c t . 2 0 a l s o in Pitman Recital Hall. Performances will include pieces from Beethoven and Franz Schubert.

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Monday, Sept. 28, 2009 LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Although you might need assistance to get desired results in a situation that has a direct effect on a personal interest, you shouldn’t have any trouble getting the necessary help. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Assess things logically, but also give credence to what your hunches or perceptions are trying to say. Collectively, this combination will steer you correctly. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- The secret to your success is that you truly believe in what you are espousing. Others sense this, which automatically gives merit to your thinking, and they will follow your lead.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- It behooves you to be a team player, even if you aren’t the head honcho. If the situation calls for it, be willing to play a supportive role and do what’s good for the group as a whole. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You enjoy being of worthwhile service to others. Fortunately, there are always those who need your help and like the way you do things. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -Don’t hesitate to assert yourself when a situation calls for it, especially in a development where half-measures simply won’t do. Do what you have to, and don’t look back. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- It’ll be important that what you do for yourself is just as advantageous for others. When you look out for the interests of friends -- and not just your own -- you will make things happen.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Don’t dawdle on those matters that promise material reward. Your chances for personal gain are good, but they could be fleeting -- take immediate action when opportu- LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -nity knocks. Because fairness and balance will be foremost in your mind, AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) colleagues, friends and family -- When confronted with a criti- members will be pleased by how cal development similar to one you put things together. Reachyou recently handled successing an agreement shouldn’t be fully, don’t hesitate to use the any trouble at all. same tactic once again. Trade on experience. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- By following your judgment, PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- you’ll be equally adept at Problematic conditions affecting buying or selling and easily a personal interest might finally procure any deal you hoped make that change for the better. to make. Fairness is the key to The long-awaited results are your success. here.


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