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CAMPUS SAFETY | UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SHOOTING ENDS IN SUICIDE
OU ready for emergencies, spokesman says Phone calls, text messages, e-mails sent within a minute of attack to protect students DHARA SHETH The Oklahoma Daily
Students gather on the University of Texas campus in after a shooting Tuesday in Austin, Texas. A gunman opened fire Tuesday on campus and then fatally shot himself in the library, UT police said.
Gunman opens fire on Texas campus; kills himself in library No other injuries reported after armed student leads police on cross-campus chase NOLAN HICKS The Daily Texan
The UT campus was on lockd ow n f o r n e a r l y f o u r h o u r s Tuesday after a shooting incident that ended when the gunman, armed with an AK-47 rifle, took his own life after unleashing a barrage of bullets and being cornered by police on the sixth floor of the Perry-Casteñeda Library. Campus administrators identified the gunman as UT mathematics sophomore Colton Tooley. A half-dozen law enforcement
agencies, including the Austin Police Department, University Police Department, Department of Public Safety and the Austin Independent School District Police Department, responded to the shooting and its aftermath. Officials said no other students were injured during the shooting and that a couple of students were mildly hurt during the evacuation process. “I am grateful to our campus community for the way it responded to the emergency that took place at the Perry-Castañeda Librar y [Tuesday] morning,”
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If an on-campus emergency were to happen, OU’s communication system is prepared to notify students as soon as possible, according to Chris Shilling, university spokesman. In light of any on-campus emergency, students, faculty and staff should call 911, which will notify OUPD. OUPD then triggers the emergency response system, which alerts students, faculty and staff of the emergency. Blackboard ConnectEd, OU’s emergency system, was installed around the time of the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007. It has multiple data centers around the U.S. so even if a disaster like a fire or tornado affects OU’s communication abilities, another off-campus data center anywhere in the nation can send out texts, calls and e-mails to ensure the safety of OU’s students, said Nick Key, OU Information Technology spokesman. “We exhaust all communication strategies possible,” said Shilling. Text messages are usually sent out within a minute of system activation, while phone calls often take 10-20 minutes, Key said.
The system has the ability to detect whether a live person answers or if a voicemail is being left and will call numbers that do not answer a second time. “E-mail is a secondary form of communication in cases of emergencies,” Key said. Not only do e-mails take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour to send out, the general population does not check their e-mail nearly as frequently as their phones, Key said. Students can log onto their account at account.ou.edu and update their emergency information. The system allows students to enter up to six phone numbers, one text messaging number and one e-mail address. On campus, loud speake r s a re s e t u p o n b o t h the Norman and Health Sciences Center campuses that allow officials to communicate with every person on campus and direct people to safe areas or inform them about areas to avoid or provide any other precautionary information, Shilling said. Few parts of the Norman campus do not yet have these speakers, but in time they will be fully installed. “ This system is being implemented as we speak,” Shilling said. Layers of communication SEE RESPONSE PAGE 2
A timeline of the incident Tuesday at the University of Texas at Austin UT sent a first warning text message about shooter
Colton Tooley, UT sophomore, identified by Travis County Medical Examiner as the gunman
UT President Bill Powers sent a mass e-mail notifying students that campus was on lockdown
An armed suspect entered Perry-Castañeda Library and shot himself after firing random shots throughout the UT-Austin campus
The Daily Texan updated its Twitter account with information about the on-campus gunman
Shauna Mennis, UT senior, told The Oklahoma Daily that buildings were being evacuated while inspected
Police reopened all roads closed during shooting incident
Student Congress approves October as GLBT month Resolution passed asking students to yell ‘home of the brave’ at end of National Anthem KATHLEEN EVANS The Oklahoma Daily
The UOSA Undergraduate Student Congress approved a resolution recognizing October as GLBT History Month in the city of Norman. Congress passed this resolution for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Month, originally written by the Norman City Council, with unanimous consent and no debate. “I wrote to the city council telling them I was doing this tonight [proposing this resolution],” said representative Shayna Daitch. “I heard back from Tom Kovach and Mayor Cindy
Rosenthal, and they are very excited we are doing this resolution.” The resolution does not detail any actions, laws or any political messages but is just a ceremonial gesture, Daitch said. Congress also unanimously approved members of the student Parking Appeals Board, which makes decisions on student appeals. However, it did not vote to change the board to a court and to expand the number of judges because they are currently looking into the student code and if that action would be in line with the code, Congress Chairman Brett Stidham said. For now, there are six members on the student Parking Appeals Board, which are grouped into two teams of three.
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In response to media attention before the Sept. 17 football game against the Air Force Academy, Congress voted unanimously to pass a resolution asking students to say “home of the brave” at the end of the National Anthem. “There are numerous opportunities to express Sooner pride,” coauthor Forrest Bennett said. “In fact, students can express pride every moment of every quarter and all night beforehand and afterward. This is one moment to unite as Americans and say ‘home of the brave.’” Bennett said he did recognize that Americans have freedom of speech and can say what they choose and that OU is also home to many international students, who he does not direct this toward.
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After being introduced by UOSA President Franz Zenteno, newly appointed election chairwoman Natalie Jester addresses Student Congress during Tuesday’s meeting in Adams Hall.
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Today around campus » Bevo Burger Bash will be held 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the east side of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. » The OU Women’s Outreach Center will register team members for the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure at 11 a.m. in the Union. Participants get a free T-shirt upon registration. » Career Services will host a green careers panel for engineering students at 3 p.m. in the Union. » The Animal Volunteer Alliance will be screening a documentary from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Meacham Auditorium. » Christians on Campus will host a Bible study 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. in the Union’s Frontier Room. » A Student Success Series, Studying for the Sciences, will be held 5 to 6 p.m. in Dale Hall.
Thursday, Sept. 30 » The OK Regents Club will meet 6 to 8 p.m. in the Union’s Regents Room. » The Baptist Student Union’s Paradigm will meet 8 to 10 p.m. in the Union’s Meacham Auditorium. » College Republicans will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Union’s Governors Room. » The First-Year Alcohol Program will be held 3 to 8 p.m. in the Frontier Room of the Union.
Friday, Oct. 1 » The Mid-Autumn Festival will start 7 p.m. in the Will Rogers Room of the Union. » The African Christian Fellowship will have a meeting 7 to 10 p.m. in the Union’s Frontier Room.
Saturday, Oct. 2 » The Union Programming Board will televise the OU-Texas football game 2:30 to 6 p.m. in the Union’s Meacham Auditorium. » Sigma Gamma Rho will meet at 7 a.m. in the Union’s Weitzenhoffer, Frontier, and Sooner rooms. » There will be a Big 12 Director’s Conference from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the Governors, Regents and Associates rooms.
Saturday, Oct. 2 » The Union Programming Board will televise the OU-Texas football game 2:30 to 6 p.m. in the Union’s Meacham Auditorium. » Sigma Gamma Rho will meet at 7 a.m. in the Union’s Weitzenhoffer, Frontier, and Sooner rooms. » There will be a Big 12 Director’s Conference from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the Governors, Regents and Associates rooms.
Powers said, praising the university’s response to the shooting in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon. “I extend my sympathy to the family, friends and classmates of the young student who took his life.” The lockdown lasted almost 4 hours and was lifted at 12:15 p.m. UT was then closed to all non-essential personnel for the remainder of Tuesday. UT shuttle bus routes ran, but only in the outbound direction so students and staff could get home, said UT Sp o k e s w o m a n R h o n d a Weldon. UT Student Government President Scott Parks said the shooting incident was a scary moment for everyone. “It’s sad that any student felt like they needed to do that, that a student got to that place mentally. I think we can continue to support our student mental health services,” he said. “To ensure things like this don’t happen in the future.” The incident began just after 8 a.m. as Tooley walked from 21st Street near Guadalupe Street, heading towards campus, wearing a dark suit, ski mask and carrying an AK-47 in his hand. The university sent the first text messages warning of an armed man on campus at 8:23 a.m. That message was quickly followed by a warning from UT officials for students and staff to take shelter. “He had a black mask and he was walking down the street,” said Ruben Cordoba, a maintenance worker at Dobie Center who was working on the plaza level of the dormitory, which is three stories above 21st Street. “I thought he was joking because he had an AK-47 in his hand... I heard three shots to the left and three shots to the right.” Other eyewitnesses said they heard as many as 10 shots and said they thought h e w a s s h o o t i n g at t h e University Catholic Church and at the South Mall. After shooting, he continued to walk toward the PCL, the main library on campus. Officers chased Tooley off the street and into the library, Acevedo said. Once inside, he said, Tooley ran to the stairwell and climbed
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» This day in OU history
Sept. 29, 1972 World champion sits on campus flagpole Dixie Blandy, the world-champion flagpole sitter, perched on a bicycle 50 feet above the ground of the Oklahoma State Fair. He stayed up on the pole the whole week. He celebrated his 69th birthday on top of the pole. Voter registration conference organized The Association of Student Governments organized a voter registration conference in response to the passing of a new constitutional amendment allowing 18 to 20 year-olds to vote. Political figures attended the conference and emphasized organizing students around issues of concern such as the economy, the Vietnam War and the environment. *Source: The Oklahoma Daily archives
are used to effectively inform executive officers about emergencies and execute emergency plans and decisions. OU’s Emergency Response Plan, which was most recently updated in July, outlines an Executive Emergency Notification Phone Tree that is to be used during emergencies. OU executive officers attend monthly training sessions to learn how to deal with emergency situations ra n g i n g f ro m ga s l e a k s to shooters on campus, Shilling said. University officials are required to b e Fe d e r a l E m e r g e n c y Management Agency trained, he said. Anyone witnessing an emergency should call 911, as those officials are trained to take the steps necessary to activate the university’s online systems and take action.
the stairs to the sixth floor, where he killed himself. “Almost immediately, members of [APD] and [UTPD] ended up on campus, spotted the suspect and gave chase to that suspect,” said Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo. “I want to commend the students of the University of Texas that led the way to (the) suspect — that as our officers ran and tried to find and chase after him, the students kept pointing [the officers] in the right direction.” In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, tactical response teams from the Austin Police Department and Texas Depar tment of Public Safety searched
surrounding buildings for a rumored second suspect. However, officials ruled out any such possibility and said that reports of a second suspect were due to conflicting descriptions of the initial shooter. UTPD Chief Robert Dalhstrom and APD Chief Acevedo credited joint exercises between UTPD and APD for the quick response and lack of fatalities. “There’s no doubt that the training paid off in this situation and prevented a much more tragic situation than what we had happen this morning,” Dalhstrom said. — Additional reporting by Gerald Rich
More info » The University of Texas experienced a campus shooting in 1966, when a man went to the UT clock tower and began shooting down at people from the observation deck on the 28th floor. Police killed him 90 minutes after he began firing. He killed 16 people and wounded three dozen. *Source: Austin American-Statesman
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Scholarships take graduate students abroad Awards help fund student travel to internationally prestigious events; second year of funding sends Sooners to 2 continents, 9 countries DHARA SHETH The Oklahoma Daily
Graduate school is a big expense, but one scholarship fund is literally making it worth students’ while. Chuong Nguyen, OU Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate student, is in Hong Kong for a week as the latest beneficiary of the T.H. Lee Williams International Scholarship. Nguyen is presenting her research project at the International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP) and said she appreciates the technical feedback she gets from experts there. “My research project aims to find algorithms/methods to mimic the way human process visual information, i.e., images or videos,” Nguyen said in an e-mail. The scholarship pays half the costs, up to $1,800, for students to attend an international conference. The students’ college or department must match that amount for a total of up to $3,600, according to their scholarships’ website. In its second year, the scholarship has already allowed nine students to attend conferences in India, France, Singapore, Italy, Sweden, Australia, Denmark, Spain and China. Graduate students from any department can apply. Chemistry graduate research assistant Gopal Abbineni attended a December conference at the Indian Institute of Technology in Guwahati, India. His research focuses on genetic modification of bacteriophages and their biomedical applications. Abbineni said students should not underestimate the value of face time at these conferences. “When graduate students present their research in international conferences, they usually receive lots of attention from world-renowned scientists,” Abbineni said. Abbineni has been invited to speak at Andhra University in Andrapradesh, India. He also was invited back to speak again at the Indian Institute of Technology after he completes his doctoral degree. This conference opened up several other opportunities to Akiko Yoshida, as well. After presenting her dissertation at one of the most prestigious international conferences in the field of sociology, the International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, she said she “was informally invited to sit in panels at other conferences and to submit [her]
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Gopal Abbineni, Graduate Research Assistant in Chemistry and Biochemistry, and T.H. Lee Williams discuss Abbineni’s graduate studies. Williams said there will be international opportunites for Abbineni to present his findings on the use of nanotechnology. papers to academic journals and conferences in Japan and other countries.” T. H. Lee Williams said the program aims to give students more opportunities to present their work at OU internationally. “Students do not aspire to put in papers for major conferences because they worry about the expenses involved in going and believe they cannot go,” Williams said. This up-to-$3,600 scholarship only requires that the conferences students present at are internationally prestigious events. The Graduate College pays for half of the trip and asks the student’s department to come up with the funding for the other half. The next scholarship deadline is Oct. 15.
Dallas alumni club hosts Red River Rivalry weekend events OU Club of Dallas gears up for major fundraising weekend; to provide bus transportation to and from game MELISSA MORGAN The Oklahoma Daily
The Red River Rivalry might be an away game for OU students, but the OU Club of Dallas strives to make Oklahomans feel right at home in Texas. The OU Club of Dallas is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the Dallas-area students, parents, graduates, previous students, fans or friends of the University of Oklahoma who support the Sooners in academics and athletics, OU Club of Dallas President Tina Tuccelli said. OU-Texas weekend is the major fundraising weekend for the club, according to Tuccelli, a 2000 alumna. She said this is the club’s 60th year as hometown hosts of OU-Texas weekend events. Proceeds from the events help to fund the club’s scholarship program and make donations to the Pride, Sooner Club, Alumni Association, the President’s Associates and other colleges and departments at the university, she said. “ The weekend is also fun to host Sooners in our city with great activities,” Tuccelli said by e-mail. Since 1988, the club has awarded more than $500,000 in academic scholarships benefiting more than 225 students. In
addition to academic scholarships, the OU Club of Dallas has contributed more than $350,000 to OU between November 1978 and December 2009, Tuccelli said. After graduation, some recent OU alumni move or return to the Dallas area. The club provides a great way for Sooners to stay involved with OU from Dallas, said Autumn Dillon, 2010 OU alumna now living in Dallas. “The club helps me stay connected to the OU community by being able to watch the games with other OU fans, and also continue meeting people after I’ve graduated,” Dillon said by e-mail. “It’s great to have a place to go on Saturdays to watch the games, especially when everyone there is rooting for your team.” All OU students are encouraged to attend any and all club events throughout the year as well as take advantage of the club’s hotel discounts and travel information for OU-Texas weekend, said Toya Harris, vice president of events for the club, in an e-mail. The club will provide busses to and from the game Saturday. “For those who have fought traffic trying to get to the fair or waited in line for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit, you’ll agree that the OU Club of Dallas busses are the way to go,” Harris said. Ages in the club range from recent graduates to fans in their 60s. “You aren’t just a Sooner for the four or five, or six years that you attend OU, you are a Sooner for life,” Harris said.
Colleges sponsor OU-Texas receptions for students OU alumni heading to Saturday’s OU-Texas game can reconnect with former classmates Friday in Dallas. Michael F. Price College of Business will host its annual Red River Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway. The event is by invitation only and features a reception geared toward donors, said Mary Stephens, executive assistant to the dean. Also held at the hotel’s Topaz Room, the OU College of Architecture will host an open reception serving hors d’oeuvres from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Guests can RSVP at 405-325-2444. The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication will hold its annual Beat Texas! reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Moroch and Partners office building, 3625 N. Hall St. It is open to alumni and students. —Emily Hopkins/The Daily
New safety course aimed at young drivers In an effort to inform young drivers about the dangers of the road, the Oklahoma Safety Council will host the Alive at 25 program on Saturday, Oct. 2nd. Norman has the third highest number of traffic collisions within the 15-24-year-old age group in the state, according to Oklahoma Safety Council Marketing & Events Manager Kellie Warrior. “The Alive at 25 program brings awareness to young adults and teaches them how to make better driving decisions,” The program is directed towards Norman to help lower the amount of traffic collisions by young adults. Between 2006 and 2009, there have been 6,068 traffic collisions involving young drivers between ages 15 to 24. The course costs $40 and will be held at the Oklahoma Safety Council in Oklahoma City from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. — Ryan Gerbosi/The Daily
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Recent scholarship conferences Chuong Nguyen Electrical & Computer Engineering July 2010 Conference: International Conference on Image Processing in Hong Kong. Paper: “Modulation Doman Texture Decomposition” Jonathan Mui Zoology July 2010 Conference: International Congress of Neuroethology in Salamanca, Spain Paper: “Regional distributions of active spinal cord neurons during four fictive behaviors” —Dhara Sheth/The Daily
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THUMBS UP ›› UT students uninjured after Tuesday’s campus shooting
Set the OU-Texas rivalry aside — it is about more than football
It’s a safe bet most OU students know someone or have family and friends in Texas, especially at the University of Texas at Austin. A good portion of our student, faculty and staff populations hail from Texas and many of the people involved in the competition between our universities are also our friends. It’s important to remember this in light of Tuesday’s incident involving a gunman on UT’s campus and Saturday’s traditionally intense football game. As made clear by Tuesday’s editorial exchange with The Daily Texan, we take the Red River Rivalry seriously. But we also take it at face value — it’s no more than good-spirited insult comedy. We would never wish harm on We would never students at any university, no matwish harm on ter how intense the competition, and no one else should either. To students at associate Tuesday’s incident with any university, football would be an affront to the no matter how feelings and emotions of the students who experienced a truly terintense the rifying event. competition, From what Longhorn friends and no one else have told us, UT police and unishould either.” versity officials were quick and efficient in their response. Police were on the scene within minutes of shots being fired and alerts were sent to students notifying them of the situation. Police didn’t give an all-clear until they were certain no one was hurt and there wasn’t a second gunman on the campus. It’s an odd coincidence the executive officers of OU’s emergency response team met Tuesday afternoon for their monthly meeting. With the events unfolding at UT, we hope they discussed the events and will use this situation as a learning experience. Because life is unpredictable, it’s important OU is prepared for the unexpected. Use Tuesday’s events to examine the OU emergency policy and make positive additions. As we enjoy the Texas State Fair and cheer on our teams this weekend, let’s be thankful our friends down south weren’t hurt and enjoy the talent on display during one of college football’s oldest and most celebrated rivalries.
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was in the situation. I didn’t attend UT, but I almost did. STAFF COLUMN UMN I didn’t live in Austin, but I Sydney lived in Texas my entire life. Allen All I could think of Tuesday morning when I heard the I didn’t know anyone in the Perry-Castañeda Library, news about the shooting at the University of Texas was that I was almost there. As blasphemous as this might sound, but I knew people sitting shocked in their classrooms and UT was my first choice college. What can I say? I’m from bolting their dorm room doors tight. I don’t really have a direct connection to whatever it is Dallas. You can’t really blame me for my former burnt orthat happened this morning like the people I saw on the ange bias. This morning I woke up late (my Tuesday ritual) and news did. And I’d consider it safe to say that most of the reached for my Blackberry, going online and checking the Norman population doesn’t either. The thing that unites news website I frequented while living in Dallas — some- us most with our fellow university students down in Austin thing I always do when nothing interesting is happening is the thing that will undoubtedly divide us as well: the Red River Rivalry game this weekend. on Facebook at the moment. In case you didn’t pick up a paper And that’s when I saw it. I don’t even Tuesday, OU-Texas weekend is kind remember the headline; all I needed I didn’t attend UT, but I almost of a big deal around these parts. And to see was “UT” and “shooting” and I was off. My fingers flew across my tiny did. I didn’t live in Austin, but in case you haven’t seen one of those oh-so-glam “Tuck Fexas” shirts, we’ve keyboard as I quickly forwarded a short I lived in Texas my entire life. been building up a hatred for them for, message to my friends currently attendI didn’t know anyone in the oh, about a hundred years. ing UT: “I heard there was a shooting on Tact is something that major football campus!?! Are you okay?!” Perry-Castañeda Library, but rivalries often lack. And I think it might Further inspection of the article I knew people sitting shocked be appropriate to show some tact in showed me that no one besides the in their classrooms and bolting this situation. gunman was hurt, but I didn’t care. I their dorm room doors tight.” So, before this weekend whisks us wanted to feel the buzz of my phone, all off to Dallas in a fervor of pigskin wanted to hear the familiar message chime, wanted to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that madness, send that guy or girl you know who’s rooting for the other side a friendly “Hope everything’s alright down my friends were unharmed. They were. Messages came back within minutes, stat- there” text. Let them know that everyone in Norman is ing that yes, they were fine, just on lockdown and mildly rooting for them right at this moment. On Saturday we can go back to hating the burnt orange freaked out. “It’s panic mode,” one message stated. Panic mode was right. I began watching streaming news from and white. Saturday, we can wear those trash-talking shirts Austin, listening to frightened family members and we love so much. Saturday is about football. Tuesday was about so much stunned UT students recount their tales for the news cameras. I watched SWAT teams and helicopters surround the more. area I once toured as a fresh-faced junior in high school. I imagined for a second SWAT teams and helicopters — Sydney Allen, University College freshman swarming the South Oval. As I sat in bed, the morning ticking away and the situation in Austin calming, I began to wonder what my place Comment on this column at OUDaily.com
Would concealed-carry have ensured safety at UT? Yes — Research shows guns enforce safety No — Guns and students, a lethal combo The shooting event that occurred Tuesday at the University of Texas is yet another incident in a long string of violent shooting sprees on college campuses in the U.S. I am always deeply troubled when I read or hear about these instances. However, the UT gunman, sophomore Colton Tooley, didn’t seem determined to kill anyone other than himself, and no one else was wounded. It is sad when this type of event seems relatively lucky; no one but the assailant was injured ... this time. I do not own any guns, and my personal position on the issue is not solid one way or the other. However, I’ve written a research paper on the subject, and concluded that the concealed-carry of handguns should be allowed on college campuses, especially in light of these all-too-common tragedies. First, there are already 12 universities that allow concealed carry on campus by students. There have been more than 100 combined semesters with this policy, and to date there have been no gun violence incidents, no suicides using guns, no gun accidents, no gun thefts and no gun violence threats on these campuses. Also, a study done by John Lott and David Mustard concluded that “allowing law-abiding citizens to carry concealed handguns deters criminals.” This assessment seems intuitive, and stands the test of empirical research. If criminals fear their victims have guns, they are less likely to attack. Another point is purely anecdotal. If an armed person bombarded the classroom you were in, wouldn’t you feel safe knowing someone with a license to carry could help defend you against the attacker? Recall the Virginia Tech shooting, where 32 students were killed and 15 were wounded. Compare this to a 1991 FBI study that showed less than one in 1,000 lawful defensive uses of firearms resulted in the death of either the attacker or the victim. Another FBI study in 1997 showed that most exchanges of fire last less than 10 seconds. Surely a 10-second shooting with a 0.1 percent chance of anyone dying is a better scenario than 10 minutes of execution-style
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I’m sure we can all agree that the most for an intoxiSTAFF COLUMN MN STAFF COLUMN MN shooting with basic argument used in support of a cam- cated person, 32 dead and Jerod Coker er pus-wide ban on guns roughly amounts to and it’s not a Buck 15 wounded. “no guns, no shootings.” good idea for Roberson A counThis is bunk, made clear by the incident people who terargument Tuesday at the University of Texas, which are drinking to have a gun around — even may be that the best policy is to wait for law is a gun-free campus. Obviously we need if it’s for protection. enforcement to arrive. However, there is to rethink the logic beAnother key problem with the concept an obvious time dishind firearm bans. of guns on campus is that of depression. parity here, as is eviBy the numbers: Concealed The argument made Despite recent attempts to get the word denced with the realby most proponents out about treatment, somewhere around world shooting excarry on college campuses of on-campus con- 9 to 11 percent of all college students have amples. Cho had all cealed-carry revolves contemplated suicide within the past year, the time he wanted Universities and colleges allow around the scenario according to Siebel. to kill as many sitting concealed guns on campus that others carrying a It’s a serious problem, and a gun is by far ducks as he wished; firearm on their perthe fastest and easiest way to off yourself. his rampage ended States leave the decision to each son would be able to Most methods of attempting suicide in suicide. Similarly, college and university stop a gunman. stand a good chance to fail; guns do not. If Tooley’s rampage However, the truth is firearms were allowed on campuses, I can ended in suicide. States prohibit persons carrying concealed-carry polialmost guarantee the suicide rate would go In fact, a U.S. Secret firearms on campus cies likely won’t stop up — a number much higher than that of S e r v i c e Na t i o n a l campus shootings. deaths caused by on-campus shootings. Threat Assessment *Source: Students for Concealed Carry on Campus The perpetrators of The most obvious and least-considered Center study in 2000 these tragedies nearly problem with on-campus gun possession showed that only always end up dead in the end, so the pos- is its psychological effect on others. I know three of 37 recent school shootings involved sibility of being shot by another student I would be more ill at ease if any yahoo any return shots being fired by law enforceisn’t likely to deter them. Also, it’s likely could keep a gun in their or backpack, and ment; they consistently arrived too late. allowing guns on campus could increase this is coming from a guy who grew up in Yet another point of interest is that people violence in other ways. rural Oklahoma. with concealed carry licenses are statistiAccording to Brian Siebel, Guns cause anxiety; even if cally safer than the average person. A 2001 The truth is senior attorney of the Legal we don’t see them, the knowlTexas Department of Corrections study, for Action Project, the peak age concealed carry edge that even one person on example, showed that concealed handgun of those who commit violent campus has a gun and you license holders were 7.6 times less likely to policies likely crime falls within the age of don’t know who they are is be arrested for a violent crime than the avwon’t stop campus most college students — 18 scary. erage citizen. Similarly, a 1997 study by Lott shootings. The to 24. One could make the We really don’t need more and David Mustard showed that in Florida, argument that guns therefore stress on campus — there’s less than 0.1 percent of crimes involving perpetrators of should be allowed, first to enough already. firearms were committed by citizens with these tragedies deter, and then to defend. The concept of allowing concealed-carry licenses. nearly always end people at what really is one However, the problem with Once again, I’m not a member of the NRA; this rationale is Congress’s up dead in the end, of the most impulsive ages to I don’t support everyone and their dog havfinding that 95 percent of ing a gun. However, these are some arguso the possibility possess a gun is a bad idea. campus crime involves alcoDespite the sad events at UT ments that I developed, and I feel they are of being shot by hol, as reported in the findings yesterday, their university got pertinent to the events that just unfolded at another student it right when, in 2009, they released with the 1990 Crime the university we will be competing against Aw a r e n e s s a n d C a m p u s isn’t likely to deter banned firearms on campus. this weekend. Security Act. them.” People don’t think about — Buck Roberson, — Jerod Coker, shooting when they’re drunk University College freshman journalism senior — they’re just more likely to shoot. Deterrence is clearly out of the question Comment on this column at OUDaily.com Comment on this column at OUDaily.com
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Larie Marie opened shop in early September on Campus Corner. Owner and manager Brooke Wood wanted to create a version of the Edmond Larie Marie that would fit in with the Norman campus lifestyle. â€œ I a l w ay s l ov e d t h e U n i v e r s i t y o f Oklahoma and Norman,â€? Wood said. â€œI was looking for a way to grow my business and Campus Corner was my dream. â€œMy goal when I was creating the store was to make it have a vintage Hollywood glamour feel.â€? Located between Victoriaâ€™s Pasta Shop and Crimson and Whipped Cream Bakery on White Street, the store boasts some architectural accents from back in the day. â€œI loved this space as soon as I saw it,â€? Wood said. â€œI loved the high antique ceiling, the stucco walls and everything about it. I walked in and I saw the store in my head, I saw the chandeliers and drapes and huge mirrors and tried my best to
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create that image.â€? The paintings of vintage Barbie dolls that line the walls are made by a local artist and the hair accessories are designed by Chinh Doan, a journalism junior at OU. The bulk of the items in the store are clothing, with an emphasis on designer denim. Popular denim brands such as 7 For All Mankind and Rock and Republic are promoted in the store, but if one isnâ€™t ready to shell out some serious cash for a pair of jeans, there are more affordable lines like Costa Blanca and Urban Behavior. Wood plans on getting involved in the community with a holiday fashion show that would feature other campus merchants. With the addition of Lar ie Mar ie, there are now seven shops on Campus Corner that offer womenâ€™s clothing or accessories. Wood is hoping that customers leave her store with a little more confidence than they came with, she said. â€œI want them to feel like they are glamorous and beautiful while they are inside our store and trying on our clothing,â€? she said. â€œI want customers to enjoy their experience.â€?
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Rock climbers scale new heights Lesser-known sport offers opportunities for athletes to push their own limits TYLER METCALFE Contributing Writer
Editor’s note: Tyler Metcalfe is a recreational rock climber and took up the sport two years ago. At a university where football gains the spotlight for much of the school year, many sports are overlooked. But even sports like basketball that gain less attention still draw large crowds and solid fan bases. One sport goes almost entirely unnoticed: rock climbing. There are some students, however, who have discovered the sport. Seth Capshaw is one of them. While hundreds of students race to the Texas border this weekend to watch OU and Texas battle in one of the most anticipated university sporting events of the year, Capshaw will head to southwest Oklahoma to go climbing. “I don’t ever watch it,” Capshaw said about OU
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foot football. “I just don’t have enough time to invest energy in it the wall every day trying to make stuff up, like climbing the between school, work and climbing.” betw problems without the holds.” Capshaw, C a visual communications sophomore, is one of Tower, who grew up in Stillwater, became interested in many in the Oklahoma community heavily involved in the climbing after experiencing an injury while running for the man sport. Growing up in Oklahoma, Capshaw said he was drawn OU cross country team. spor to th the sport’s emphasis on individual growth. He’s also said “Our assistant coach was a climber and a mountain guide,” climbing fits better with his schedule clim he said. “She brought a couple of us climbing and that is how “It’s “I a lot more personal,” he said. “You can be I started. I got super hooked.” competitive about it, but it really just comes down com When asked about the popularity of the sport to you y and your own limitations.” [Rock climbing] during his time at OU, Tower responded, “Not Oklahoma is limited in its supply of easily ” really just comes very. accessible rock, leaving many people disinThis seems to be changing though. down to you terested in the sport. Last weekend, Capshaw and Tower attended “Most people don’t even consider it in one of the biggest climbing events in the region, and your own Oklahoma,” Capshaw said. But he said he be24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell, an open competilimitations.” lieves there is room for the sport to grow. tion in central Arkansas for all climbers that l “At “ OU, you are only an hour away from lasts for 24 straight hours. Teams of two climb as — SETH Lawton, Law which is great granite rock climbing in many routes as they can from 10 a.m. Saturday CAPSHAW, VISUAL Oklahoma, ” he said. “Also, there is a great climbto 10 a.m. Sunday. Okl COMMUNICATIONS ing ggym in [Oklahoma City] called Rocktown.” In its fifth-year anniversary last weekend, SOPHOMORE However, driving to Lawton to climb at the Horseshoe Hell brought climbers together from H Wichita Mountains or to Oklahoma City to climb around the country, including two big names in Wic at a gym are not great options for people looking for an easy climbing: Matt Segal and Alex Honnold. introduction to the sport at OU, so some students turn to the In a major difference from other sports, climbing offers athintr climbing wall at the Huston Huffman Fitness Center. letes the ability to compete with the best of the sport on any clim Capshaw said he feels that the wall at the gym doesn’t lend given day. C much to the sport. “We probably climbed next to them for about an hour,” muc “Having a more accessible gym to go to would do a lot for Capshaw said. “It was awesome. We were able to talk to them “H Norman and OU specifically,” he said. “Driving to the city isn’t and share some good stories.” Nor always an option for everybody, and climbing at the wall at the This gave Capshaw and his climbing partner John alwa Huff is sometimes pretty packed and not always easy to get in Tarkington motivation enough to climb for the full 24 hours. They made it back to Oklahoma sore and tired, but just in time to ... it’s just a small space for a climbing wall.” Andrew Tower, however, has a more accepting view of the for class. A climbing wall at the Huff. “It probably sounds crazy to people who don’t climb,” clim “It’s what you make of it,” said Tower, who graduated from Tower said. “But for climbers in Oklahoma, it is another OU in 2007 with a degree in professional writing and is now chance for them to get out and climb with a ton of psyched the editor-in-chief of Urban Climber magazine. “Me, and ac- people. Arkansas is so close anyway, its nice to see people tually a bunch of guys I started climbing with — we were at come out and show up for this.”
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Denton, Texas,-based Eli Young Band has made music for nearly 10 years. The band performs Saturday at the State Fair of Texas.
Country quartet strives for honesty Eli Young Band — a country group based in Denton, Texas — formed in 2000, while attending the University of North Texas. It released its debut album in 2002 and was eventually signed to Universal South Records for its 2008 record “Jet Black & Blue.” The four-piece plays after the OU-Texas game at the Texas State Fair, and lead singer Mike Eli talked to The Daily’s Joshua Boydston about being honest, keeping things rolling and staying neutral.
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country music? ME: I don’t know [laughs]. I think we are really honest. Our music is just a very real thing as far as honesty. We don’t feed you music and lyrics that we don’t believe in. When we put a song on a record, you know that it’s us, 100 percent. What I’m singing and what’s coming out of the speakers, that’s 100 percent from our soul.
Bryce Bandy and Chris Branson wanted to figure out a way to highlight the uniqueness of Oklahoma. The solution — give people discounts for shopping at local businesses. Bandy and Branson created the Keep It Local OK card, a rewards program that gives members deals at local restaurants and boutiques. The card costs $10, and gives the buyer multiple discounts around the Oklahoma City and Norman. When researching ideas, Branson found local initiative programs in other cities such as Austin and Portland, but he wanted to go beyond just a program and give people the tools to find local places. The Keep It Local card began in Oklahoma City in January, and the majority of the participating businesses are still there. Now, Bandy and Branson are expanding the program to Moore, Edmond and Norman. “I think it is a good fit with the culture of Norman and spending locally,” Bandy said. Participating Norman businesses include Crimson & Whipped Cream, Interurban and Iron Starr Urban BBQ. Buying local may be more expensive, but it’s worth it, Bandy said. Buying from local businesses is like buying from neighbors, and it gives money back to the community, he said. The Keep It Local card is a calendar-year card so every year, a new one must be bought. Using the card two or three times usually pays for the card itself. To purchase a card, visit keepitlocalok.com.
JB: You guys have been playing a lot of state fairs in the past few months. How does JOSHUA BOYDSTON: It’ll be 10 years this that setting compare to normal shows? October that you and Young have been ME: It depends. Some state fairs can be WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Saturday playing together as a band; what have a blast. We just played the Oklahoma State you learned and what will you take with Fair and it was a blast, probably one of the WHERE: State Fair of Texas, through your next 10 years as a band? most fun state fair shows we’ve ever played. 3809 Grand Ave. in Dallas MIKE ELI: We’ve just grown as people. We kind of consider Oklahoma home; Texas I’m a much different person than I was and Oklahoma is where we built this whole COST: Free with fair admission 10 years ago. If I was faced with a lot of Eli Young Band thing and so when we were the decisions we are making now back playing the Oklahoma State Fair, it kind of then ... I don’t know if I was mature enough to deal with felt like coming home. these types of issues. As far as music and being on the road, it’s hard to narrow it down to one thing except to really just JB: You guys are based in Texas, so you must be all too keeping rolling. Everything happens in its own time. familiar with the Red River Rivalry. What are your expectations of the game, and are you excited to be playing just a few JB: You’ve got to play with country legends, at festivals hours after it finishes? like Austin City Limits and on national television, but what ME: Well, being that we are from Denton, we consider ourhas been the biggest moment of validation for you as a selves a hybrid [laughs] between Oklahoma and Texas, so I musician? hope we don’t get into any situations ... I’m a Mean Green ME: I have three. Playing the Grand Ole Opry was pretty fan, I’m staying neutral [laughs]. I’m there for the music, high up there in my goals as a country music and a person. and we are there to entertain. Yes, we are going to play Being on “The Tonight Show” was pretty incredible. If “Oklahoma Girl,” and yes, it’s going to be a great time. that’s not validating, I don’t know what is. And playing the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo mainly because all the — Joshua Boydston, concerts I saw as a kid growing up started off there. psychology junior JB: What separates your sound from others in the realm of
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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) - If you are too difficult a person to please, it will cause friends who want to be supportive of your efforts to leave you to fend for yourself. It’s up to you to be either caring or cranky.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - The more irons you have in the fire, the greater your focus must be on following through on your objectives. Before starting anything new, make sure you finish what you’ve already began.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - Patience, not speed, needs to be your watchword if you are engaged in something complicated in the hopes of reaping future rewards. Make haste slowly.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) - It’s generally wise to seek out advice from someone who might have the answers. However, following the advice of the wrong person can cause serious complications.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) - Whenever the outcome of something important falls under your supervision but is being handled by another, be on guard at all times. S/he could make gaffes you’ll have to rectify.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - For the sake of the relationship, it is best not to get involved in any business or financial involvement with a good friend. If you ignore these warning signals, storm clouds could quickly move in.
PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) Don’t let a disagreement that arises between you and your mate be aired in front of family or in-laws. That kind of audience will blow things totally out of proportion.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - Any frivolous outside interest that invites distraction will cause you to waver from pursuing an important objective that should be receiving your full attention and effort. Focus like an expensive camera.
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ACROSS 1 Hoopster 6 Tiny amount 9 ___ nova (Brazilian dance) 14 Draw ___ in the sand 15 Be behind in payments 16 Frome or Hawke 17 Cattle drive locale 18 Become cohesive 19 “Feed ___, starve a fever” 20 Cult leader, in a way 23 Always used by a poet? 24 Indefinite degree 25 Standoff 27 Bright butterflies 32 “Oh, well” noise 33 Make a mistake 34 In one’s salad days 36 Breaks one’s back 39 Jungle monarch 41 1777 Philadelphiaarea battle site 43 Biting midge 44 Noted ski resort 46 English subjects? 48 “The Three Faces of ___” (1957)
49 It may follow a shuffle 51 Prefax communique 53 Incited 56 Pie-mode bridge 57 Fleur-de-___ 58 Streetcleaning machine 64 Sinus cavities 66 Deliverer’s need, perhaps 67 Garlic portion 68 Clay-pigeon game 69 Gilbert & Sullivan princess 70 “... a thousand ___ no!” 71 Large crowd 72 Choose for membership 73 First word of a Pacino film DOWN 1 Pasta or potatoes, to an athlete 2 Banned fruit tree chemical 3 Lollobrigida of films 4 “I think I can, I think I can” speaker 5 Admission back in 6 “Animal House” party attire 7 Inspires wonder 8 Large city in India 9 Part of a zoo
10 One way to sell medicine (Abbr.) 11 One with polish and a buffing rag 12 Yard or garage events 13 “Giant” of wrestling 21 Cry of excitement 22 Tommy has a couple 26 Tingling with excitement 27 The Sail (southern constellation) 28 Part of the eye 29 Agricultural flier 30 Chinese monetary unit 31 Snobbish person 35 Model airplane kit requirement
37 Magma on the move 38 Cherry handle 40 ___-do-well 42 “Family Feud” teammate, often 45 Provide a voice-over 47 Hand-picks 50 Zodiac sign 52 Celtic language 53 Cut drastically, as prices 54 Commie 55 Lifeboat crane 59 Arp’s art movement 60 Gingery cookie 61 Apple or pear, e.g. 62 Square 63 Observe the Sabbath 65 Moscow’s ___ Square
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Have fun Saturday, but keep the trash talk in check Guns or violence on any campus at any time STAFF COLUMN LUMN is a big deal. For example, when the Virginia Aaron Colen olen Te c h s h o o t i n g s o ccurred, the effects were felt even here at OU. So, when an incident of that nature occurs at the University of Texas during the week leading up to the annual OU-Texas rivalry game, it definitely gives me, and probably many students on campus, pause for reflection. First of all, I’m thankful the gunman didn’t harm anyone besides himself. Reports indicate he had several opportunities to take lives, and the university community in Austin is extremely fortunate to come out of this situation like it did. That said, in no way do I want to minimize the impact that this incident has and will have on Texas students. I can’t imagine the fear I would feel if I saw a man running by me with an automatic weapon on campus, or the fear I would feel for my friends that could be in danger. I don’t know the student who had the gun and took his own life, but I am reasonably sure there are people at that school who knew him and are mourning his death, not to mention his family. More will come out about this story in the weeks to come. But from the OU perspective, it’s difficult to overlook the upcoming weekend during which the OU community will have close interaction with those from UT. I’m not going to get on a soapbox and say we shouldn’t have fun down there, or that we can’t trash talk or embrace the age-old rivalry like we do year after year. What I will say, however, is we should all show respect in the competitive atmosphere. Not an hour after news broke of a shooter on the UT campus, I saw several tasteless jokes on social networking sites relating the student’s actions to the Longhorn football loss Saturday. I’ve been to the West End several times for OUTexas weekend and heard some of the things that are said when alcohol is consumed and trash talk escalates. Some fans will say the rudest, harshest and nastiest things they can think of in support of their team and to insult the opposition. Saturday is not the time for that. To all those going down to Dallas this weekend: don’t lose the competitive spirit, don’t lose the school pride, but most importantly, don’t lose the respect. In times when lives have been threatened and lost, and when the safety and security of a community has been threatened, we should keep things in context. Tragedy makes school colors fade as we remember that we are all a part of the same community. — Aaron Colen, journalism senior
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Redshirt sophomore quarterback Landry Jones looks to pass the ball against the University of Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday in Cincinnati. OU won 31-29. Jones will have to spread the ball around for the Sooners to beat Texas, staff writer Zack Hedrick writes.
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Sophomore quarterback Landry Jones will have to spread the ball to multiple receivers so the Texas defense cannot key in on junior wide receiver Ryan Broyles. Senior running back DeMarco Murray also would need to run for 125 yards and a touchdown.
Texas defensive backs are once again a solid unit. Look for them to double up on Broyles to force one of OU’s other receivers to step up and have a big game.
THEIR RUNNING GAME GETS ROLLING
If OU’s offense can stay on the field for extended drives, the Longhorn defense will tire. It will also benefit OU’s defense by keeping them off the field.
The Longhorns have been playing musical running backs early this season, but believe they have found their everydown back in Whittaker. Texas switches up its tempo with speedster Monroe. If these two backs hit it big, they will take the pressure off Gilbert.
THEY CUT DOWN ON PENALTIES
GILBERT HAS A CAREER DAY
On offense, penalties kill drives, so the Sooners must stay sharp. On defense, OU must avoid aiding Texas — whose offense should stall if it doesn’t receive any help from the Sooners.
Gilbert has shown flashes of brilliance and the potential to be one of the top Big 12 quarterbacks someday. If the running game sets up the play action and Gilbert gets time from good protection, he could have a big game.
THE DEFENSE PRESSURES AND GETS THE QUARTERBACK
THE LINEBACKERS KEEP UP WITH OU’S RECEIVERS
Texas sophomore quarterback Garrett Gilbert is still very inexperienced and, as seen in last year’s national championship game and at Texas Tech, he is pick-prone if he is under pressure and is forced to rush through his reads.
The linebacking corps for Texas is going to have to help in coverage situations, especially if the secondary is doublecovering Broyles. If the linebackers stay with OU’s second and third receivers, OU’s offensive attack becomes onedimensional.
THEY WIN THE TIME OF POSSESSION BATTLE
THE FRONT SEVEN SHUTS DOWN TEXAS’ RUN GAME Texas junior running back Fozzy Whittaker (the balanced/power back) and Texas sophomore running back D.J. Monroe (the speed back) spearhead the Longhorn rush attack. This tandem will rely heavily on speed. Texas likes to work off play action, so the secondary will also need to stay disciplined and keep everything in front of them.
THEY WIN THE TURNOVER BATTLE This could go for both teams, but if the Texas offense gets more chances, Gilbert and the Longhorns will eventually cash in. — Zack Hedrick/The Daily
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Stoops: Sooners better prepared Coach Bob Stoops said the OU football team — only a year removed from having two losses by the Red River Rivalry game — is better prepared this season. “A year ago at this time, we were not in a good place,” Stoops said during his weekly press conference Tuesday. “I don’t think there’s any question our attitude, our preparation, our experience is much different than it was a year ago.” One of the biggest problems last season was OU’s struggle to win on the road. Even though the win Saturday on the road against Cincinnati wasn’t pretty, Stoops said a win is a win. “Though I’m not at all pleased at the manner in which we did win it, I still recognize there’s a big difference between winning by two and losing by one or two,” he said.
Sooners not worried about past losses Texas has won four of the last five against the Sooners. Streaks are nothing new to the Red River Rivalry, where both schools have built streaks against the other, but Stoops said he doesn’t read much into it. “It doesn’t much matter to me,” Stoops said. “In the end, sometimes one team’s better than the other at different times. But you can look at it however you want. In the end, it doesn’t matter; all that matters is what you do this year.” Senior defensive end Jeremy Beal echoed his coach’s attitude. “We’re concerned about this year; we’re not worried about the past,” Beal said. “We just need to focus on this year and trying to win this year.”
Texas loss won’t affect game, Madu says This season’s Red River Rivalry is different than the past couple of years because Texas is coming into the game with a big home loss Saturday to UCLA. Senior running back Mossis Madu said that loss doesn’t change anything. “They’re always going to play us hard every year,” Madu said. “It doesn’t matter if they’ve lost all their games, lost just one or won all of them — they’re going to come and play us just as hard as they can.”
Stoops: Switzer had more flair than I have In 1985, OU coach Barry Switzer donned a “Beat Texas” hat on the sidelines for the rivalry game. Might fans ever see Stoops sporting something similar? “Coach Switzer had a lot more flair than I have. He might have had a cigarette in, too. I’m sure he won’t mind I said that,” Stoops said. “Coach, he could get away with that. I don’t know if that’s my style.”
OU-Texas only half a road game Stoops said though the Sooners travel this weekend, it isn’t a true road game. “We’re going on the road this week, only 50 percent of it’s away and 50 percent of it’s home,” Stoops said. “It’s a little different than last week. We only had about 10 percent last week.” —James Corley/The Daily
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OU hosts high-ranked Sooner sports stock report Huskers for last time RISING: KELSEY KRAFT AND THE SOONER SOCCER TEAM Kraft was the momentum factor in the Sooners’ first conference win this season Sunday over Baylor. After the Sooners dropped their conference opener Friday against Texas Tech, the junior forward scored back-to-back goals to beat the Bears, tying her 2009 season total in a single game.
Sooners’ final chance to beat Nebraska in Norman before conference change GREG FEWELL The Oklahoma Daily
Even though OU got dismantled 3-0 last Saturday at Iowa State, its first top10 competition of the year, the team is still off to a solid start. Prior to losing to the Cyclones, the Sooners had won six straight games. However, tonight’s opponent is the toughest the team may face all year: No. 3 Nebraska. The Cornhuskers are consistently one of the top teams in the country, and they are also one of the Sooners’ biggest rivals. The OU team is well aware of Nebraska’s reputation and would love to take the perennial powerhouse down in front of a home crowd. On top of that, OU has never beaten Nebraska under current coach Santiago Restrepo, something that gives the Sooners added motivation. “We really want to beat a t e a m l i k e Ne b ra s k a,” Restrepo said. “That’s a team that we have never beaten since I have been here, and we really want to send them out with a loss in their last year in the conference.” Nebraska is off to its usual fast start this year with only one loss, none in conference play. OU, on the other hand, is 2-1 and trying to avoid falling to .500 in the Big 12. This game has serious implications both locally and nationally. The Sooners want to seize one of their last opportunities to beat the Huskers, and a Sooner victory would also surprise the nation.
EVEN: THE OU FOOTBALL TEAM’S RUNNING GAME Cincinnati held OU to only 82 total rushing yards, with a long of 12. Senior running back DeMarco Murray was unable to string together any success on the ground against the Bearcats, but UCLA exposed Texas’ weakness against the run, so Murray could have a big game Saturday.
FALLING: THE OU FOOTBALL TEAM’S 4TH-QUARTER PLAY The football team fell apart again in the fourth quarter against Cincinnati and handed the Bearcats multiple chances to win. After doing the same thing against Air Force, the Sooners have definitely displayed issues finishing games. — Daily staff reports
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Freshman and defensive specialist Mindy Gowen (5) serves in the second set againt Central Arkansas. Sooners the match 3-1.
The teams face each other twice during the regular season, but this will be the only time that OU gets the Huskers in Norman. Though it’s still early, this game has season-shaping potential for OU: Win and the Sooners are looking at
a 3-1 conference record, national respect and one of the biggest wins in program history; lose and they are simply fighting to stay above .500 in the Big 12. The Sooners host Nebraska at 7 tonight at McCasland Field House.