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Pixar art director inspires students to dream Love of vehicles leads to success with popular animated movies DUSTY SOMERS The Oklahoma Daily

Pixar Animation Studios art director Jay Shuster knows a lot about sketching and designing cars — and he ought to. His life began in one. “[My dad’s 1969 Chevrolet Corvair] is most likely the car I was conceived in,” Shuster said Thursday at a lecture at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. For nearly two hours, Shuster self-deprecatingly regaled the audience with tales of his boyhood love for all things vehicular, the shenanigans that take place at Pixar’s headquarters just outside San Francisco and his awe of the original “Star Wars” trilogy. One year, Shuster’s dad designed a Jawa — a short, hooded “Star Wars” alien — costume for him for Halloween, completely with glowing LED eyes, Shuster said. “I’d hang out at the house in this thing,” he said. “[And]

it just freaked kids out walking down the sidewalk.” His love for “Star Wars” eventually led Shuster to a job at Lucasfilm Ltd., where he designed environments and vehicles for the prequel trilogy, including many of the podracers in “Star Wars: Episode 1.” But just because he worked on the prequels doesn’t mean Shuster thinks too highly of them. “The original trilogy was fantastic,” Shuster said. “What they did with the technology they had back in the day was phenomenal. ‘Star Wars’ changed my life; ‘Episode 1’ changed it back.” From there, Shuster moved to Pixar in 2002 where he began designing vehicles for 2006’s “Cars.” He said it was then — designing mechanical things — when he found his niche. He went on to design main characters WALL·E and EVE in 2008’s “WALL·E,” a process that took a year and a half, he said. Shuster showed pages and pages of sketches and the extensive preparation work that goes into designing characters. WALL·E required the biggest model packet of DIRECTOR CONTINUES ON PAGE 2

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Jay Shuster, art director at Disney’s Pixar, signs autographs for visual communication juniors, Lisa Phan and Courtney Saunders. Shuster lectured in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Thursday afternoon.

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Team considering options for treatment JONO GRECO The Oklahoma Daily

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New questions of human origin could shed light on what makes groups of people more or less prone to certain diseases, an OU researcher has found. Cecil Lewis, assistant professor of anthropology and director of the OU Molecular Anthropology laboratory, studied genetic diversity among American populations. His research is not only groundbreaking for anthropology but it could also affect future health research. “I made a number of surprising discoveries, some of which actually applied to the Americas as a whole,” Lewis said. Lewis’ research, which was recently published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, focused on the genetic variations in the Americas. What he found has challenged previous assumptions of the human origins in the country. The genetic evidence of Lewis’ research in South America suggests the continent was populated first from the east to the west. Lewis said this goes against the more common idea that North America was populated first in the western coastal regions, with people then migrating to South America and populating the continent from west to east. “When it comes to genetic data, there is an expectation for what area of the Americas should have the largest genetic diversity,” Lewis said. This expectation is dependent on what population geneticists call the “founder effect,” he said. Lewis explained a founder effect occurs when there is a “parent population” that has a lot of genetic diversity. If a small group of the population moves away from the parent population to form a “daughter population” in another area, that population would be expected to only have less

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genetic diversity present in the parent population. Lewis’ research about South American genetic diversity challenges those expectations. He said his data shows local populations in the east of the continent, and when pooled together, yield a much greater genetic diversity than in the west. “Now the real story here is that when we look at the genetic data we have to rethink our original idea for the peopling of South America,” Lewis said. “There’s much more we need to look into before we can make that kind of a strong statement, but it’s certainly true that the genetic data is not fitting the pattern we would expect if the West coast had the initial migration.” Lewis said the founder effect could be traced back to the theory that humans originated from Southern Africa. He said examination of the genetic diversity of populations in Northern Africa and the Middle East reveal smaller subsets of the genetic diversity

found in South Africa. European and Asian populations follow this trend, having subsets of the genetic diversity found in the Middle East. North American populations, in turn, have subsets of diversity found in Asia. Lewis’ study of founder effects and genetic diversity holds important clues for disease risk and resistance among population groups. “This history of founder effects helps us determine how well one local population’s genetic risk factors might reflect the risk factors of a larger community,” Lewis said. He said this research is important because it will help determine whether medical studies should focus on general populations or smaller subsets of the population. Lewis is currently leading a study to help answer this question. The research involves the study of genes of blacks in Georgia and comparing the results with the same study being done on blacks in Oklahoma.

The No. 3 Sooners will be without senior tight end Jermaine Gresham in Saturday’s season opener against No. 20 Brigham Young University due to cartilage damage sustained in his right knee. OU head coach Bob Stoops said in a press release that Gresham, team doctors and athletic training staff members are currently considering treatment options that would determine how soon he could return. The 6-foot-6-inch Ardmore native suffered the injury during Tuesday’s practice, and team doctors and trainers are continuing evaluations on the knee, Stoops said. At the end of summer practices, Stoops said Gresham was the team’s best receiver after the departures of wide receivers Manuel Johnson, Juaquin Iglesias and Quentin Chaney. Last season, Gresham was a finalist for the John Mackey Award, awarded to the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision’s best tight end, after bringing in 66 receptions for 950 yards and 14 touchdowns. OU’s depth chart listed Gresham as OU’s No. 1 tight end prior to his injury. Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said in a press release sophomores Trent Ratterree and James Hanna will be stepping up to fill the role. Hanna saw playing time last season, while Ratterree did not. In 13 games last year, Hanna caught one pass for a loss of one yard against the Texas A&M Aggies. Ratterree did have a good showing at this past spring’s RedWhite Game, where he caught four passes for 11 yards before he had to leave the game due to a minor injury. The only other option the Sooners have at tight end is senior center Brody Eldridge, who will start at center against BYU despite recently moving over to the position. In the past, Eldridge has played tight end, fullback and at blocking back. Outside of the tight ends, Bradford will have to rely on the running backs and inexperienced wide receivers to make plays in OU’s passing game be the difference makers in the offense. The only wide receiver with significant playing time is sophomore Ryan Broyles, who is listed as the starting slot receiver but has played as a split end.

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Two students living in Traditions West reported a theft to OUPD. Students said a package was left outside of their door containing passports, and the package was allegedly stolen around 3 p.m. Wednesday. OUPD is investigating. No witnesses have come forth so far with information.

A Pizza Shuttle delivery driver was robbed while delivering pizza at the Commons on Oak Tree. According to a Norman Police report, two men walked up to the driver and grabbed the pizza and ran away from the scene. While the two men successfully made off with the pizza, the driver said the two men did not ask for or attempt to take away any of his money or other personal belongings.

POLICE INVESTIGATE TWO CASES OF VANDALISM Norman Police and OUPD are investigating two cases of cars being vandalized. The first car, a black Mazda 350Z convertible, was parked at The Edge apartments. The owner said the soft top of his car was cut open, and damage is valued at $500. The second car to be vandalized was parked in the parking lot west of the Couch Cafeteria. The owner of the vehicle said she believed the scratches on her car were made by someone using a car key. This is the fourth case of reported car vandalism this week on and around campus. Both police jurisdictions are investigating.

FRESHMAN CAUGHT IN DORM WITH MARIJUANA OUPD responded to a tip about a person suspected of having marijuana in Couch Center around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Officers conducted a consent search of the dorm room on Couch-5 East and found drugs and drug paraphernalia. The person who was living in the dorm was arrested and taken to the Cleveland County Detention Center. -Ricky Maranon/The Daily

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Continued from page 1 sketches of any Pixar character ever, Shuster said. Brian Wright, University College freshman, said he was impressed with the sketches Shuster presented. “It was really interesting how he showed the process of making WALL¡E,â€? Wright said. “[The Pixar movies] are very artistic.â€? Shuster also worked on “Toy Story 3,â€? scheduled for release in 2010, and is currently the art director for “Cars 2,â€? slated to hit theaters in 2011. The demand for excellence at Pixar is high, and can create a lot of pressure to live up to the studio’s successful track record, Shuster said. Indeed, one of his slides showcased a handwritten note plastered along with sketches on an art room door — “Pain is temporary, suck is forever.â€? Pixar artists and animators work hard doing what Shuster called “a relentless keeping your eye on everything,â€? but that’s what ensures quality, he said. “It’s just people caring about the product,â€? he said. “It creates a lot of stress, but also, people are so happy to work on these films they know are going to be great.â€?

INTERVIEW WITH THE ART DIRECTOR The Daily’s Dusty Somers sat down with Jay Shuster before his lecture to ask him about his job and Pixar’s success. ELIZABETH NALEWAJK/THE DAILY

State Representative Tom Cole addresses members of the Norman Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America after presenting scholarships to the chapter’s ROTC cadets and candidates. The awards ceremony took place Thursday evening at the University Club located in the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

Students travel to Dallas to support OU JACKIE LUSTIG The Oklahoma Daily

OU students will head to the Dallas area this weekend to support the Sooners in their first football game of the 2009 season against Brigham Young University at the new Cowboys Stadium. “The 2009 season is going to be a great one, with much to prove after losing the [BCS] National Championship [Game] and the chance to settle the score with Texas,� said Andrew Swann, energy management junior. Losing the national championship was a disappointing end to a successful season, and seeing the Sooners win this weekend would be awesome, said Kimi Beavers, zoology senior. “I am more excited for this season because I’m a senior and because the Sooners have a lot to prove

this year,� Beavers said. One thousand student tickets sold out 45 minutes after going on sale, Kenneth Mossman, senior associate athletic director for communications, stated in an e-mail. “This was an unusually high demand for a game away from Norman. The Texas game is similar, but no other road game has had a student ticket sale more than 150 thus far,� Mossman stated. Some students from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex are planning to return to Texas and spend the Labor Day holiday at home. “The OU-BYU game gives me a chance to go back to Dallas where I live and see my family while also giving me the opportunity to witness the Sooners play the first official game in the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium,� Swann said.

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Collings construction has minimal effect on students Despite disruptions from renovations, College of Education still continues to offer full courses TROY WEATHERFORD The Oklahoma Daily

Education students are adjusting to their temporary home a mile south of Lindsey Street while Collings Hall is renovated. Most graduate education classes are being taught in South Campus Building 4. Offices previously located in Collings Hall are also temporarily being housed there, said Bill Moakley, director of communications for the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. “It’s not the worst building they could have put us in ... it’s just in a very inconvenient place,” Sara Pyle, education senior said. The building is located just south of Jimmie Austin Golf Course on Constitution Street. There is an advantage for some education students. Since South Campus Building Four is located so close to Lloyd Noble Center, it’s not required to buy a parking permit, Pyle said. Lloyd Noble Center offers free parking for students, according to the Parking and Transit Services Web site. Most undergraduate education classes moved to other classrooms in the main part of campus, Moakley said. “We had some students with questions about where their classes are, but for the most part, our students have been great,” Moakley said. The new addition to Collings Hall will add 15,000 square feet of entirely student space to the building, including study areas, a curriculum library and classrooms, Moakley said. The renovations will allow the curriculum

library, a repository of all teaching curriculum materials approved by the state, to be moved to Collings Hall for the first time, Moakley said. A bell tower will be added to the east entrance to help make Collings Hall a recognizable landmark, just as the glowing dome does for Gaylord Hall, Moakley said. “[The bell] is going to be nice for our students to give them an identity as education students,” Moakley said. “Our hope is that in the future ... people will identify us with the building.” The bell will be rung on special occasions, he said. The renovations haven’t affected the classes being offered this semester, Moakley said. “We were able to find spaces for everything we needed to offer,” he said. Advising has been moved to Cate Center Building Four, Room 332. The move hasn’t affected the quality of advising, Moakley said. “Keeping our Student Services Center so close to the main campus was a top priority for the college,” Joan Smith, dean of the College of Education, said. “The temporary location for the office is only about 300 yards south of Collings Hall, allowing our students to continue to access the Student Services Center with virtually the same ease as they have in the past.” Workers broke ground on Collings Hall in October of last year, but classes continued in the building until the end of spring semester, Moakley said. Moakley acknowledges that the renovations have caused some inconveniences, but doesn’t think they have been overwhelming. “I don’t think it’s been that disruptive; it’s never 100 percent smooth,” Moakley said. The building should be ready for use by next summer, he said.

JACQUELINE JOHNSRUD The Oklahoma Daily

Students passionate about medicine and interested in the roles it will play in the future can now find community in the Medical Ethics and Issues Discussion Panel. The panel provides a “forum to discuss various medical ethical dilemmas and issues that physicians are facing today and will face in the future,” said Niekia Franklin, co-president of the panel and zoology sophomore. Franklin and co-president Yi Yang, zoology junior, created a forum for pre-medical students to discuss medical ethics and issues after competing

in an event called OK Ethics, Franklin said. Both founders will try to “bring serious, highachieving pre-medical students devoted to medicine together to explore their interest in medicine,” said Franklin. By joining the panel and attending meetings, members will get a chance to hear from medical professionals along with medical school faculty members and OU Health Sciences Center students, Franklin said. Andrew Do, zoology and physics sophomore, was once a member of the pre-med club and said, “[The pre-med club is] geared more toward freshmen students that don’t have a clear direction.” Now a member of the panel, Do said, “It’s for people who have decided they want to go into medicine and want to look deeper into the issues the medical field is facing.” In order to ensure that members are committed

COLLEGE OF ALLIED HEALTH DEDICATION CEREMONY A dedication for the recently completed 114,00-square-foot University of Oklahoma College of Allied Health will occur Sept. 18 at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. The event will be at 2:30 p.m. on the Health Sciences Center campus, 1200 N. Stonewall Ave. Speakers will include OU President David Boren, Joseph Ferretti, senior vice president and provost of the Health Sciences Center, Kevin Rudeen, College of Allied Health dean, and Thomas Lemke, College of Allied Health Student Body president. The building includes state-of-the-art laboratories, distance learning and computer facilities, clinical research space, classrooms, study areas and office space, as stated in a press release. The College of Allied Health is the largest single provider of allied health professionals in Oklahoma, with programs in physical and occupational therapy, communication sciences and disorders, medical imaging and radiation sciences, and nutrition and allied health sciences.

CAMPUS NOTES TODAY CAREER SERVICES Career Services will host a resume writing workshop at 11:30 a.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

TOMORROW FOOTBALL The Oklahoma Sooners will play Brigham Young University in a football game in Arlington, Texas at 6 p.m.

POLICE REPORTS The following is a list of arrests and citations, not convictions. The information is compiled from the Norman Police Department and the OUPD. All people listed are presumed innocent until proven guilty. POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA Eric Thomas Kacor, 18, 1524 Asp Ave., Wednesday PETTY LARCENY Eugene Andrews, 48, 225 N. Webster Ave., Wednesday MICHELLE GRAY/THE DAILY

The College of Education located in Collings Hall has been under construction since fall 2008, and all classes and offices were re-located to south campus building four in the spring of 2009. Construction is expected to be completed by summer 2010.

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to learning about medicine, the panel requires a minimum 3.5 grade-point average and at least two semesters of college coursework. In preparation for meetings, members are also encouraged to prepare for meetings with readings and research to guarantee discussions with speakers. As members of the panel, students will also have an opportunity to get involved in the OUHSC Peer Mentoring Program, shadowing partnership programs and volunteer opportunities. The panel is also arranging a medical brigade to visit Honduras. Ganga Moorthy, director of the medical brigade and microbiology sophomore, said she is excited to have the opportunity to interact with another country. By partnering with medical professionals, brigade members will help establish a clinic and provide medical services to a community that lacks available health care, Moorthy said.

MUNICIPAL WARRANT Kristi Anne Constant, 25, 201 W. Gray St., Wednesday Gordon Marion Dye, 57, 405 Tobermann Drive, Wednesday Christian P. Leclercq, 28, Wednesday Tony Lee Turner, 54, 24th Avenue, Wednesday DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE Andrew Barton Catlin Goodman, 23, South Berry Road, Wednesday PUBLIC INTOXICATION Kyle James Holman, 25, 1702 W. Robinson St., Tuesday, also molesting property DOMESTIC ABUSE Zachary Dean Stanley, 27, 4504 Eagle Owl Drive, Tuesday, also assault and battery DISTURBING THE PEACE Dale Allen Walker, 45, 1944 Fillmore Ave., Wednesday

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GET YOUR SOONER SAFETY HANDBOOK The Sooner Safety 2009 handbook is now available online and in print. The book is designed to keep all members of the university community informed about safety and security resources on campus and in the community. It covers topics such as substance abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment and overall safety. Sooner Safety 2009 contains valuable crime statistics from the University of Oklahoma Police Department, the Norman Police Department, the Athletics Department, and the Division of Student Affairs. The handbook can be accessed online at http://www.ou.edu/safety.pdf or in print at the Bizzell Memorial Library, the Oklahoma Memorial Union, the Division of Public Affairs in Whitehand Hall, Housing and Food Services in Walker Center, the Office of Human Resources in the Engineering Laboratory, the Physical Plant Complex, and the Visitor Center in Jacobson Hall. -Melissa Foy/The Daily

OU TO HOST WATER CONSERVATION CONFERENCE The University of Oklahoma College of Continuing Education will host the first International WaTER Conference and WaTER prize award ceremony this fall. Water Technologies for Emerging Regions, WaTER, is a group of students and faculty who work and research to solve drinking water and sanitation problems in developing countries. In October 2008, Stephen P. Luby, Ph.D., who has worked for the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh was awarded the WaTER prize to celebrate the contributions he has made to clean water development. He will be given a cash prize of $25,000 in which half of that money will be given to a WaTER-related non-profit organization of his choice. The conference, including guest speakers and sessions relevant to drinking water and sanitation will be Oct. 26-27, with a post-conference workshop Oct. 28 on the OU campus. It will bring together several groups responding to the UN Millennium Development Goals focusing on water and sanitation problems in developing areas and small villages. For more information about the WaTER conference or award ceremony visit water.ou.edu. -Hannah Rieger/The Daily

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Lawmakers wrong on Obama address President Barack Obama plans to speak to school children around the country Tuesday through an online address, and, according to a Thursday article in The Oklahoman, a few state lawmakers think this is a bad idea. The three legislators quoted in the article are State Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, State Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso and State Sen. Steve Russell, R-Oklahoma City. Among their concerns is the fear that Obama may indoctrinate children with his address, which will cover environmental and social issues. Brogdon said in the story, “President Obama’s topics are best left for parents to talk about with their children, not the President of the United States.” We think this is merely political posturing on the part of the state lawmakers, all of which are Republicans, and one of which, Brogdon, is running to be the governor of Oklahoma. The talk of indoctrination makes it seem as though Obama is the leader of a cult. We highly doubt, however, he is trying to brainwash our nation’s children. But what’s worse is Russell directly compared Obama’s address to something that would occur

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in Iraq under the leadership of Saddam Hussein. Quite frankly this is a ridiculous example of political posturing. According to The Oklahoman’s story, President George H. W. Bush made a similar address in 1991. We question whether Russell, Brogdon and Kern were up in arms over that speech. Kern also said the speech will disrupt the educational time teachers and children share, but we think Obama’s speech will be educational itself. Looking back to our grade school years, we wish we had the opportunity to hear a live address from the president. Hearing about important, current issues from the leader of this country will benefit the children who are fortunate enough to hear the speech, and we hope it will give them a previously unseen perspective on the topics Obama covers. They are, after all, the decision makers of the future, and what better way to be inspired than hearing an address from the key decision maker of today? When one thinks of role models for children to emulate, who could be better than the current president?

Why such furor at people who ask about the components of the proposed health care bill? Shouldn’t the public have the right to know what’s in the bill? It’d be hard for many members of Congress to explain it to us because they have admittedly not even read the bill. President Obama himself compared government-run health care to the post office versus FedEx and UPS. He admitted the post office always has troubles and the private companies are doing well. The only reason the post office is still in business is because of government regulations. We sink millions into it every year, when all we should do is abide by the Constitution and repeal the regulation that disallows UPS and FedEx from delivering first class mail. The post office analogy is the true center of this debate and the main reason for my concern. I don’t want to pour trillions more dollars into another government scheme that will not be profitable. It blows my mind that we are looking to regulate the right to live. We are forcing people to have insurance just for being alive. This is the most preposterous thing to come out of government since, well, I guess the cap and trade on carbon emissions just a few short weeks ago. Please consider these topics before you begin to demonize those who oppose this alarming trend toward socialism. Lance Klement CEES graduate student

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Music quality hurt by amateur producers Fruity Loops may not have killed hiphop production, but really it is only a matter of time before it does. And it might just kill hip-hop as a whole. I know a third of you reading this are scratching your heads wondering how a deliciously fruity cereal could do such a thing. The next third of you are probably now craving the cereal, and the last third of you are looking for my eCHRISTOPHER mail address because you WILLIAMS are producers, and you use Fruity Loops. Just for the record, I eat and use Fruity Loops myself. For those of you who are still lost, Fruity Loops (or FL Studio, as it is officially called) is an inexpensive music creation program for PCs. The simplicity of design and use, and the fact that it costs a fraction of what other dedicated digital audio workstations, sequencers and drum machines cost has made even the most casual of music fans

budding Phil Spectors (without the ridicu- stock Fruity Loop sounds. The massive lous hair or murder stuff, of course). Right wall of sound that signified a Timbaland now there are probably a million videos on track has given way to the now ubiquitous YouTube in which bedroom southern-styled, producers show off their Learn a chord, chop an old sparse, un-melatest creations using the lodic tunes that sample and experiment with are so der isive program. OK, perhaps I was a little melody. Treat the music to my musical harsh earlier; my emotions you create with pride and sensibilities. tend to get the best of me Again, maybe professionalism. when it comes to hip-hop, I should refocus especially considering what I my vitriol away have heard recently. from FL Studio Walking to the bus stop and around and ImageLine (the creators of the procampus all day, I hear my beloved hip-hop gram) and focus it squarely on all of those music blasting from the stereos of passing using the program. Well, to do this would cars, turned up way too loud on mp3 play- mean I would be criticizing famous proers and as cell phone ringtones. ducers like 9th Wonder who masterfully I remember when I used to enjoy catch- create beautifully ornate instrumentals ing even just a snippet of music, my ears with the program. briefly filling with the bliss of an expertly Where, then, should my exasperation rechopped sample from DJ Premier or lus- ally lie? ciously layered original composition from Perhaps, it is with those who decided that The Neptunes. notes, scales and melodies were no longer However, nowadays those previously needed in hip-hop music. I don’t know who dense samples and compositions have exactly made that decision, but it is killing been replaced by the bleeps and blops of the music I love. Forget the misogyny and

inane posturing of the lyrics, the dearth of actual music is hip-hop’s real downfall. I have an appreciation for all types of music. You can catch me walking around campus or in my office in Carnegie singing (badly) everything from John Mayer to Metallica and Jazzanova. One thing I admire about these other genres is the variation within each song that comes from the producers and composers who actually understand music. So, I want to use this article as a bit of catharsis and as a call to the hip-hop producers so clandestinely proliferated on campus. Learn a chord, chop an old sample and experiment with melody. Treat the music you create with pride and professionalism. Just make sure that what you create is actually music and not just a random assemblage of drum samples and one-shots. Oh, and before you sit down to compose a true hip-hop masterpiece, eat a bowl of Froot Loops. Christopher Williams is a regional and city planning graduate student.

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Actions speak louder than words for Middle East relations With the inauguration of President Obama this past January, international opinion of the U.S. has surged and remained elevated consistently ever since. There is, however, one exception to this trend – the Middle East. While noticeably better than during the Bush administration, public opinNABEEL ion in this region KHAN has not taken the dramatic turn that many had hoped for. This has become increasingly apparent, despite the Obama administration’s revitalized efforts to engage the Muslim world in dialogue, commonly referred to these days as “strategic communication.” Perhaps the most lucid analysis of this dilemma came last week from Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. To the audience of the American Legion, Admiral Mullen claimed that U.S. efforts in the Middle East

focus more on telling the American story rather than establishing credibility. Mullen also commented on his distaste for these so called strategic communications, referring to them as a “cottage industry.” “Most strategic communication problems are not communications problems at all, they are policy and execution problems,” he said. Many have criticized Mullen for his remarks, calling them harsh, premature and even unoriginal, but he may have a point which all of us would do well to consider: we cannot afford to be content solely with rhetoric. Don’t get me wrong, rhetoric is important. Obama, more than any of his predecessors, has genuinely and warmly invited the Muslim world to the negotiations table. Remember his first televised interview as president back in January? It was done with Al Arabiya, an Arabiclanguage news channel. Since then, Obama has delivered numerous speeches and comments directly to the Middle East

and Muslims, including a landmark speech in Turkey, a hugely successful speech in Cairo and a speech commemorating the Islamic month of Ramadan at a White House dinner. (That last one, by the way, is a source of pride for many Oklahomans as Obama lauded a female Muslim student for fighting for her right to wear a hijab (head scarf ) in school.) Why then is the region still rife w ith anti-Amer ican sentiment? Mostly because of history. In the past, the U.S. has often not lived up to its promises to the Middle East, thus skepticism is to be expected. Ostensibly improving relations with this part of the world will take time, assuming sincere attitude and policy adjustments are made or at least seriously discussed. If no consequential policy changes are enacted, then the Middle Eastern honeymoon of this administration will come to an end and our words will once again ring hollow.

Nabeel Khan is a political science junior.

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« FOOTBALL Coming Monday, The Daily will break down OU’s game against BYU.

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SOONERS HIT THE TURF THIS WEEKEND ERIC DAMA The Oklahoma Daily

OU football begins the season this weekend and The Daily breaks down the matchup between the OU Sooners and the Brigham Young University Cougars.

Game Essentials: What: No. 24 BYU (0-0 Overall, 0-0 MWC) vs. No. 3 OU (0-0 Overall, 0-0 Big 12) When: Saturday, 6 p.m. Location: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas. TV: ESPN

Quick Facts: – These two teams have only met once before, with BYU holding a 1-0 advantage in the series thanks to a 31-6 win over the Sooners in the 1994 Copper Bowl in Tucson, Ariz. –OU is opening the season away from Norman for only the third time in Bob Stoops’ 11 seasons as head coach. –This will be the first official football game held at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

Breakdown:

Offense: Advantage OU.

The Sooners’ offensive unit rewrote the record books last season on the way to producing the No. 1 scoring offense (51.14 points per game) in the nation. Cougars fans are expecting a successful season with the return of senior quarterback Max Hall (3,957 passing yards... 35 touchdowns in 2008), one of the best at his position. Too bad OU happens to be returning the man who is the best at that same position, senior quarterback Sam Bradford. Senior running back Chris Brown and junior running back DeMarco Murray only further tip the scales in OU’s favor.

Defense: Advantage OU. This is expected to be the best defense Bob Stoops has had in his 11 years in Norman. Even though BYU (No. 59) ranked ahead of OU (No. 68) last season in total defense, one need only look at the plethora of elite offenses in the Big 12 last year to see where this discrepancy comes from. BYU will field an experienced defensive unit, led by AllAmerican candidate defensive linebacker Jan Jorgensen, but with players like junior defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and junior defensive end Jeremy Beal coming off the line, the defensive pressure on quarterback Max Hall will be quadruple the pressure the Cougars’ defense hopes to put on Bradford.

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Sooner football gets ready to play before kickoff against the Nebraska Cornhuskers Nov. 1, 2008.

Coaching: Advantage OU. And I thought writing the previous two paragraphs was pretty easy. This is simply a no-brainer. For those of you fed up with Stoops and his recent BCS bowl record, just ask BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall what he would do to trade resumes with Stoops. I don’t even want to know.

Intangibles: Advantage BYU. Well, sort of. It’s no fun giving every advantage to OU. Besides, if Brigham Young and his early Mormon followers were willing to traverse half the country to settle in Utah over 150 years ago, who’s to think the Cougars wouldn’t be able to bring with them a massive crowd to Arlington, Texas? BYU will be looking to make a big statement regarding its national credibility and its regional recruiting influence in north Texas.

Friday Faceoff: Soccer’s turnaround from last season shocking so far. Under the radar, the OU women’s soccer team is 4-0 going into Friday’s game at Middle Tennessee State, not to mention a 1-0 exhibition win against Arkansas last month. What makes this particularly newsworthy is the AARON team’s record last season. COLEN The Sooner women went 3-14-1 in 2008, which means they have already surpassed last season’s win total. The team graduated three seniors last year and added two freshmen, so while the team didn’t change dramatically, it also didn’t get significantly more experienced. Some statistics that surprise me: - In 2008 OU was outscored 11-5 through four games. This season the Sooners are outscoring opponents 11-1 through the first four games. -All four of OU’s wins have come at home in Norman, already ahead of the team’s 2-7-1 home record last season. -Last season, junior forward Whitney Palmer scored eight goals and 16 points, while none of her teammates had more than two goals and five points. Only four different players scored in 2008.

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–Bob Stoops on playing in Arlington: “It’s kind of like last year in the national championship game. Florida had quite a few more [fans]than we did, even though it was a neutral site, so you kind of hope that, that would be the case, and we hope that’s the way it works out.” – Chris Brown on opening against a big name opponent: “These guys are such a great opponent and we’re not taking them lightly by any stretch of imagination.” –Bradford on the season opener: “It’s something that I have been looking forward to since last year. There were days in the winter and the summer when I never thought this day would come. I think everyone on our football team is really excited about this opportunity.”

Should the OU soccer team’s 4-0 start surprise anyone?

This year, Palmer already has four goals, and four other teammates have combined for seven goals. I certainly would not have expected such a quick and dramatic turnaround from what was a dismal 2008 season for the Sooners. There is no way to know if the team will keep up its current hot streak as it travels to Tennessee, but the team’s stellar performance early on has surprised me. Aaron Colen is a journalism senior.

Sooner fans should not be surprised to learn of Sooners’ perfect start Nobody should be surprised the OU women’s soccer team is 4-0. If you are stunned by this turn of events, then you were not paying very close attention last year. I will admit the perpetual losses were a downer and were not the best method of fan recruitment, but the seemingly shocking undefeated start is not really that shocking at all.

Junior forward Whitney Palmer keeps the ball away from a Tulsa defender Sunday.

Visit OUDaily.com for Sooner fan predictions about OU’s game in Arlington, Texas this weekend.

They said it:

Last year was head coach Nicole Nelson’s first year behind the whistle and she inherited a team that was nowhere near the caliber of the top Big 12 Conference teams. Nelson had her work cut out for her, and I understand why Sooner fans probably tuned out by mid-September. For those loyal fans, possible gluttons for punishment, who stuck around they saw the Sooners grow ANNELISE RUSSELL before their own eyes. It is this growth over the second half of the season and the long offseason that gave the Sooners the tools to take care of business this fall. The work they put in over the later half of last fall is reflected in their play this season. During the fall the OU crew gradually improved its game, and now the Sooners are the team shutting out opponents. This growth and work over the past year is the reason OU is starting the season off with flair. It is not because they discovered some unknown talent or their opponents were all suffering from H1N1, but because they genuinely learned how to play together and for more than just a half.

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The Dailyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Joshua Boydston gets to know Oklahoma City band, The Bells, a little better. Find the story online.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;EXTRACTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ACHIEVES COMEDY GOLD â&#x20AC;&#x153;Office Spaceâ&#x20AC;? creator Mike Judge is taking aim at the absurdity of the workplace again with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extract,â&#x20AC;? trading cubicle confines for the assembly line of an artificial flavoring company. Too bad this concoction is kind of bland. This t i m e , J u d g e â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hero is the bossman Joel (Jason Bateman, â&#x20AC;&#x153;State DUSTY of Playâ&#x20AC;?), but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SOMERS finding work to be the same soulsucking, unfulfilling enterprise that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Office Spaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;? lowly cube dweller Peter Gibbons looked to break free from. Despite building his factory from the ground up, Joel wants a way out, and is on the verge of eagerly taking a big corporate buyout when an employee loses a testicle in a freak workplace accident, and the ensuing lawsuit threatens to bankrupt the company. Things arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much better at home for Joel, where his sexless marriage to Suzie (Kristen Wiig, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adventurelandâ&#x20AC;?) weighs heavy on him. He seeks solace in free drinks from bartender friend Dean (a shaggy Ben Affleck, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Just Not That Into Youâ&#x20AC;?), who is generally more than willing to also provide some unmarked pills to Joel. Judge has a flair for the absurd,

and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s off-thewall about this screenplay, from a gigolo entrapment scheme to horse tranquilizer pills to KISS rocker Gene Simmons as an ambulance-chasing lawyer. Still, the story feels toothless much of the time, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not much focus to the satiric edge, which gently lampoons everything from crappy metal bands to rednecks who drink soda by the two liter bottle, but doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much interesting to say about its main target â&#x20AC;&#x201D; our conception of the American Dream. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help matters that the plot is often driven by the underdeveloped character of Cindy (Mila Kunis, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forgetting Sarah Marshallâ&#x20AC;?), a scam artist who drifts into town and simultaneously looks to swindle Joelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s company and cause his lust for her to blind him to her schemes. Cindyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a non-character, a mere plot device whose two-dimensionality keeps the film stuck in first gear whenever sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on screen. Still, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extractâ&#x20AC;? is undeniably enjoyable despite itself, thanks to a cast who often turns the tired material into comedy gold. The chief example of this is David Koechner (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sex Driveâ&#x20AC;?), who stars as Joelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annoying neighbor. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a character type that has worn out its welcome, but Koechner finds new ways to be smarmy and oblivious. Bateman has got the everyman

Drink Âť of theWEEK The time is upon us: Long days spent with our eyes glued to crimson and cream figures as they race up and down the gridiron, completing passes and making touchdowns. The streets of Norman fill up with dedicated fans and ASHLEY students who spend BERNTGEN their Saturdays blowing off steam at a tailgate. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s football time in Oklahoma. And football time equals beer time. Thus, I give you a drink of the week that goes with football season like popcorn goes with movies: beer.

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Jason Bateman stars as Joel and Kristen Wiig stars as Suzie in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extract.â&#x20AC;?

bit down pat, and the part still fits him well. His weary-eyed comedic timing elevates the material consistently. Elsewhere, Clifton Collins Jr. (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunshine Cleaningâ&#x20AC;?) turns in another strong and idiosyncratic performance as injured employee Step, but the hilarious J.K. Simmons (â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Love You, Manâ&#x20AC;?) is underused as Joelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business partner, Brian.

Affleck, who just may have decided that self-deprecation is his only option left as an actor, is suitable as the stoner bartender, but he gets way overused in what should have amounted to several well-placed moments. Instead, he dominates more than half of the film, and although Affleck isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the Ed Wood of acting many have made him out to

be, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the guy you want leading your comedy charge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Extractâ&#x20AC;? doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do its actors or the audience any favors with its watered-down script, but the cast helps it go down pretty easy. Maybe too easy, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably be little more than a fading memory soon enough. Dusty Somers is a journalism senior.

The Dailyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ashley Berntgen shares her sipping preference for this weekend.

This is just a disclaimer, but in later columns I will undoubtedly berate all the cheap domestic beers, and encourage our readers to try a unique microbrew, or a time tested import, but not this week. When it comes to game day drinking, home or away, one must pace him or herself (take note freshmen). What better way to do so than with a case of watery pseudo-beer? So crack open an ice-cold Bud Light my friend. Because its football time in Oklahoma.

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PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -Avoid allowing an issue to arise that you know from experience annoys your mate or other family members. Those it affects could react more strongly than usual. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave anything important until the last minute. By putting yourself in the position of having to work under pressure, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not likely to be proud of your completed tasks. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -Impulsively taking a gamble on a tip from a stranger isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t likely to work to your advantage. In order to impress you, this individual could be embellishing the story. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Angry explosions within the household are likely to occur if you take a â&#x20AC;&#x153;do as I say not as I doâ&#x20AC;? attitude. If you want things done a certain way, set the examples, not the rules. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Just because an associateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position proved advantageous to him or her doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean it will suit your needs. Think for yourself, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try to be a copycat.

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