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are asking the OU Board of Regents to change a policy to allow a portion of activity fees to fund Sooner Heritage Scholarships. Student activity fee funds are supposed to be disbursed KAITLYN UNDERWOOD to fund “student activities which have substantial camCampus Reporter pus-wide effects,” according to section 5.8 of the Board of Members of OU’s student government are asking OU Regents policy. regents to allow $500,000 of student activity fees to fund a Ernest Ezeugo, Student Government Association presscholarship that would help a maximum of 1,000 students. ident and member of the reserve committee responsible Members of OU’s Student Activity Fee Reserve Committee for allocating the $500,000, said he knows the scholarships

won’t directly help every student on campus, but giving the money to scholarships is a step toward helping students pay for college. “Maybe we can’t change the game in one fell swoop, like maybe we can’t make sure everybody is getting a little something-something to help them along the way, but I think as long as we’re seeking to help benefit as many people as possible, that’s what makes this worthwhile to me,” Ezeugo said. SEE PLAN PAGE 2

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Kappa Sigma is currently in the process of renovating their house. Residents should be able to move in Fall 2014.

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Renovations for frat house to begin in fall Members of Phi Kappa Sigma look forward to a freshly rebuilt house

Top: Kyle Lynch, chemistry graduate student, slack lines on the North Oval.

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Right: Chris Phelps of Sooner Slackliners, walks his final slackline for Wednesday afternoon. Sooner Slackliners meet on the South Oval every Monday, Wednesday and Friday around 1 p.m.

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Plan ahead for disaster with five tips Red Cross suggests points to prepare for emergencies JORDAN LARSEN Campus Reporter

In light of tornadoes that struck central Oklahoma in May, the American Red Cross is suggesting emergency planning for National Preparedness Month this September. Since no one knows when a disaster will strike, preparing for disasters is an ongoing activity, said Ken Garcia, Red Cross Regional director of communications.

“We live in a disaster-prone state,” Garcia said. To plan for disasters, the American Red Cross has provided preparatory points in the case of emergency: • Download free Red Cross mobile apps for access to emergency information and instruction, especially helpful when Internet connection may be unavailable. • Get together with roommates and form an emergency plan, one that lays out contact information, meeting location, and pet or other special considerations for a number of diverse disasters. If you’re staying in the dorms,

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review and inquire after emergency plans already in place. • Create an emergency kit for your home. Include a three-day supply of food and water, a flashlight, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries, sanitation and hygiene items, medications, a first aid kit, and copies of important documents. • Take a first aid course and stay informed on the types of disasters relevant to your area. • Give blood to aid your community’s disaster readiness. For scheduling, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800RED CROSS.

This semester marks the last fall OU’s Phi Kappa Sigma members will function as a campus fraternity without their house on 736 Elm Ave. The fraternity continued to recruit members and remain active on campus despite members not living at its communal house since 2005. Without a permanent residence, the members of Phi Kappa Sigma lived in a smaller, off-campus location until it was sold last summer. Now, they dwell in apartments while waiting for construction to be completed on the Elm property, said Kyle Conrad, Phi Kappa Sigma president and management information systems senior. “For a long time, there was talk of a renovation and now, finally, people can walk down Elm Avenue and see the construction happening,” Conrad said. Renovations to the fraternity’s permanent house started with a groundbreaking ceremony in April, said Chesley Potts, office manager and partner of Krittenbrink Architecture. Preparations for building the new house began in 2006, Potts said. Since then, the entire house has been gutted and restored to its former state, she said. The project will keep signature architectural elements to the house, such as the large staircase in the foyer, but the overall design will be modernized to compete aesthetically with other houses, she said. The newest additions to the house include a plumbing tower and columns that once framed the porch years ago, Potts said. Mark Krittenbrink, the principal architect of the firm, is a Phi Kappa Sigma alumnus from OU, which made the project particularly special, Potts said. “Most people can easily associate a certain house with

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plan: ‘Direct violation, misuse of school funds,’ business district rep. says Continued from page 1 However, some members of OU’s Student Congress don’t agree with allocating these fees to fund a scholarship because OU’s Student Activity Policy says the fee is set aside for nonacademic programs and services. “There are some concerns about whether or not this would count a s a n a c a d e m i c i t e m ,” said John Montgomer y, Undergraduate Student Congress chairman. Members of the committee decided to send a request to the regents to change their police to allow the funds to go to scholarships this one time, Ezeugo said. Only the regents can expand the use of activity fee money, said Clarke Stroud, vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students. OU President David Boren said he will recommend to the regents to modify the policy at its first meeting. “I think it is extremely generous for our students to reach out to help other students who need assistance in coming to the university,” Boren said. One reason business district representative Andrew Carlough said he doesn’t agree with using the fees to fund a scholarship is because the decision was made over the summer while most students were gone. On July 19, a committee made up of Stroud and four SGA leaders voted unanimously to give the money to scholarships, Montgomery said. The committee members should have considered more options and taken

AT A GLANCE Student activity fees breakdown Every student pays $5.95 per credit hour for student activity fees, said John Montgomery, Undergraduate Student Congress Chairman. Student activity fees support: • Student organizations and services • Counseling and testing • Student media • Career services • Campus facilities • Transportation services

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“This is a direct violation and misuse of school funds — students’ funds, students’ money — and personally I see it as an impeachable offense for our student leaders.” Andrew Carlough, business district representative

longer to think through their decision, Carlough said. “Not to mention that we’re now using money collected from students to pay other students to go to school here,” he said. Created by Boren in 2003, the Sooner Heritage Scholarship is designed to help middle-income students whose families may not be eligible for federal aid but still need help paying for college, said Caryn Pacheco,

director of Financial Aid Services. It also can help families with more than one student attending college. The scholarships range in amount from $500 to $1,000. The $500,000 from the student activity fee reserve fund would benefit a maximum number of 1,000 students — on top of those who already receive funding — if they each received the minimum $500, Ezeugo said. Ezeugo said directing the

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reserve fees to scholarships is intended to be a one-time action and will fulfill a platform goal from his election campaign last semester. He wanted to focus on increasing revenue to the Sooner Heritage Scholarship because it serves an important demographic at OU. “I don’t have a problem with finding a way to increase the scholarship fund, but these are not the funds to be used for that purpose,” Carlough said. There will be legislation seen in student congress expressing many students’ dissatisfaction with the decision, Carlough said. “This is a direct violation and misuse of school funds — students’ funds, students’ money — and personally I

see it as an impeachable offense for our student leaders,” he said. The $500,000 is in part from a 20-year bond agreement the university set in 1993 for renovations to Oklahoma Memorial Union, Stroud said. Last year, fees paying off the bond became available for other uses. Had the committee not decided to use the $500,000 for the Sooner Heritage Scholarships, it would have stayed in the Student Activity Fee Reserve, Ezeugo said. This reserve is where 2 percent of student activity fees are set aside every year, according to the Oklahoma Board of Regents policy manual. The committee’s decision will go to the regents Sept.

Selected mandatory fees can be waived for: • Full-time employees of the university who are students • Students who are enrolled solely in programs sponsored by external agencies Source: Office of the Bursar website

18 and Sept. 19 in Tulsa and Claremore. If they approve giving the student activity fee funds to the scholarships, the money will be released immediately, Stroud said. Kaitlyn Underwood kaitlyn.underwood5@gmail.com

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we understand how the absence of our house is a big part of that reason.” Not having a permanent residence has been challenging for the fraternity, but the members have managed to carry out usual activities and traditions as well as participate in Interfraternity Council functions, Conrad said. “Until the fences went up, we actually continued to hold meetings and various events on the chapter’s property,” Conrad said. The fraternity also participated in fall rush by using the Delta Gamma sorority house as a temporary venue, Conrad said. “When it comes to recruitment, we want potentials to tour our house and leave with a lasting image of who we are,” Conrad said. C o n ra d s a i d t h e n e w house will accommodate up to 54 residents, and those residents will be able to move in by next fall. “We’ve always been very close-knit but having a house really strengthens the brotherhood, as it allows members to really get to know each other,” Conrad said. The Phi Kappa Sigma alumni network funded the $2.5 million renovations, Conrad said. “The new house, for us, means reclaiming our identity on this campus,” Conrad said.

A p. 1 online reference in Thursday’s edition of The Daily about students celebrating the Jewish New Year misspelled the name of the holiday. The holiday is Rosh Hashanah.

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Today around campus A meet up for graduate students and faculty will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in Wagner Hall, Room 280. Refreshments will be provided. A contest to guess the outcome of the Sooner football game against West Virginia University will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Oklahoma Memorial Union’s food court. Those with the closest score can win a prize at the end of the season. A free movie screening of “Man of Steel” will show at 6 p.m., 9 p.m. and midnight in Meacham Auditorium. A game of bingo will be played at 6:30 p.m. in Oklahoma Memorial Union’s food court. Free food and prizes will be available.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 7 A football game against West Virginia University will start at 6p.m. at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Gates open for students at 4pm.

Sunday, Sept. 8 An exhibit titled, “Beautiful Beasts: The Unseen life of Oklahoma Spiders and Insects” will close at Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. The exhibition includes photographs and descriptions of insects from artist, Thomas Shahan.

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An OU museum curator will lead a field trip to find fossils in Oklahoma Sept. 20-21. Paleontology curator Steve Westrop at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History will lead the field trip to find invertebrate fossils at White Mound in the Arbuckle Mountains near Sulpher, Oklahoma, said Jen Tregarthen, public relations and marketing officer. A maximum of 25 people can participate, and there are 14 spots still available, she said. Participants will be accompanied by Westrop and several members of the museum educational staff, she said. The cost of the whole field trip is $60 for members and $70 for nonmembers, she said. Maxine Janerka Campus Reporter

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Interfaith Youth Core speaker to visit OU on Monday to discuss faith One of the nation’s leading scholars in religious and interfaith studies will speak to Sooners twice on Monday for an informal discussion and again during the President’s Associates dinner. Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, will be talking to students, faculty and staff about interreligious understanding on college campuses, according to the press release. The Interfaith Youth Core collaborates with colleges across the country to create new courses and teach students how to answers questions concerning their faith and understand the religious practices of others, according to the release. President David L. Boren said in press release that Patel is an important global leader working to “strengthen interfaith dialogue,” “mutual respect” and understanding among different religions. “Clearly, religious intolerance is a major cause of violence in the world in which we live,” Boren said. “His cause should become the cause of all of us.” Limited seating for the event is available for Sooners by reservation and overflow seating is available to the public. For reservations or any other questions contact OU Public Affairs at (405) 325-3784 or email specialevents@ou.edu. Staff Reports

An environmental writer will discuss the post-wilderness state of the planet at 7p.m. Wednesday at the OU College of Law. Emma Marris, a freelance writer and author from Klamath Falls, Ore., will discuss the controversy of a half-wide, global, garden planet as opposed to a planet with untouched wilderness, said Zev Trachtenberg, philosophy professor. Marris worked at the science journal, “Nature” and has appeared in various publications such as, “Conservation,” “Slate,” “Nature Medicine,“ and “OnEarth,” Trachtenberg said. The lecture, “The Ethics of the Rambunctious Garden,” is a part of the Presidential Dream Course, “Mind Bending: Morality, Law, Science,” which is taught by professors, Douglas Gaffin, David Ross Boyd, Joseph Thai and Trachtenberg, he said. The course promotes critical thinking about a variety of controversial issues while bringing in experts to challenge ideas and respond to questions, Trachtenberg said. The lecture, free and open to the public, will take place in the Bell Courtroom at the College of Law at 300 W. Timberdell Road. For more information contact Zev Trachtenberg at (405) 325-6324 or ztrachtenberg@ou.edu. Susanna WIlson Campus Reporter

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The total operating budget for OU Libraries for each of the following years: 2012, 2007, 2002, 1997, and 1992 — To see how much money is spent on technology and compare that with how much is spent on books over the years

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The number of cases of sexual assault (e.g., rape, non-consensual sexual intercourse or non-consensual contact) and sexual harassments (e.g. gender based discrimination, stalking, etc.) where at least one related party was a student of the university that were reported to the Office of Sexual Misconduct between Jan. 1, 2008 to present as well as the actions taken to relieve/resolve the situation in each case — To see the number of reported cases on campus

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Electronic copies of incident reports from the Huston Huffman Recreation Center from Aug. 1, 2011 to Aug. 31, 2013 — To see what the monthly trends are for the number of thefts at the Huston Huffman Recreation Center.

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Copies of any written complaints given or sent to OU president David Boren in regard to new Pride of Oklahoma director Justin Stolarik, including any complaints that came through the President’s Action Line — To see any complaints about the new Pride director

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Get out of your comfort zone, welcome diversity Our View: Embrace the diversity OU has to offer its students.

The whole point of attending a university is to broaden your perspectives on people, places, politics, life… OU is a public education based fa- everything. cility with tons of majors and minors It’s fair to say that today, it is to choose from. But people don’t just frowned upon to discriminate, avoid come here to memorize words in a or slander someone of a different book; they come to grow as a perrace than you. So what makes judgson, joining the thousands of others ing and excluding someone in the who will someday run the world with LGBTQ community acceptable for them. example? Nothing does. Our nation is College is a place that will learning to accept people for The Our View surround you with all walks of who they are, and we need is the majority that to prevail on campus. life. You’re just one of many opinion of unique human beings who Minorities of any kind do The Daily’s came to the same establishnot deserve to be pushed nine-member ment to live and learn. away, disrespected or beliteditorial board By choosing to come to this tled. We’re all equal, no matschool, however, you should ter how different we are from be well aware that you’ll cross paths one another, which is why OU has an with people that are far from who you exchange program. OU has hundreds are. We want to remind everyone to of foreign exchange students on cambe respectful, have an open mind and pus every year and there’s so much embrace diversity while here — don’t we can learn from them. Embrace shun it. ALL of the diversity we have amongst To restrain from acknowledging or us — diversity makes our school befriending someone of a different stronger. background, physical orientation, Whether it’s someone you sit lifestyle, religion/beliefs, race, etc. next to in class, stand next to on the is ignorant. That’s not what you’re bus, or live among in the residence here to do — you’re here to get a taste halls, don’t be afraid to talk to them of the greater world that’s out there. and get to know them. One united

community is stronger than a bunch of small communities. Diversity improves our communication skills, builds tolerance and prevents misunderstandings. Different behaviors and views spark innovative thinking.

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o whom it may concern, Coming to college means many things, and everyone’s experience is different. When you attend a large public university like OU, you are bound to come across people who are vastly different from yourself — you may even have to live with them. As a member of the LGBTQ community, I know that this is one aspect of me that makes me different from the other girls I live around. Yes, it is OK to acknowledge this Darian Storms difference, but I am still a human being and should be Darianstorms@gmail.com treated as such. When I first came out in middle school (looking back, it probably wasn’t the best idea), I experienced a lot of bullying. People talked about me behind my back, called me names and even vandalized my locker once. I became very depressed and struggled with self-harm for about three years. I am definitely not the only victim of bullying because of my sexual orientation. According to a 2009 survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, LGBTQ youth have experienced verbal and physical harassment, and are more than twice as likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. Since I had already experienced bullying in middle school because I’m a lesbian, I figured college would be another world where I was not a rarity. I thought it would be a place where I wouldn’t have to worry too much about feeling alienated or subject to petty gossip. I was wrong. I’ve heard girls in my residence hall talk about me, and in the hall above, I’ve heard that some of the girls would move out if they ever got a lesbian roommate. Hearing these things certainly upset me, but I think it’s important to try understanding things from different perspectives and provide more insight of what it’s like from the other side. People are often scared of things they don’t understand, so I figured it would help to expel some myths surrounding my community and provide some pointers on how to deal with people that are different, just like me. 1) Just because I am attracted to some girls, does not mean I am attracted to you. 2) I won’t watch you when you change. That’s just weird. 3) I’m not going to touch you while you sleep. Again, that’s just really weird. 4) I’m in an exclusive relationship, just as many of you are with your boyfriends, and I take my relationship just as seriously as you take yours. 5) Yes, I do have a rainbow flag in my room. No, I won’t take it down. 6) You don’t have to be scared of me. 7) You won’t catch the gay. It isn’t contagious, I promise. 8) Remember that I am a human being, too, and that I deserve just as much respect as everyone else. 9) Questions are OK, as long as they’re respectful. 10) We are more similar than you think. It is of utmost importance you remember that people, no matter how different or strange they seem to you, deserve respect. Don’t gossip about them, even when you’re sure they won’t hear you. It makes you seem closed-minded, ignorant, and petty. In reality, I’m just another 18 year-old girl who likes nail polish, Starbucks, pretty dresses and shoes. I’m probably not so different from the girls I live around, but I think getting past the gay thing has been a challenge for some. So I hope that what I’ve said has helped some to realize that just because I’m different, it doesn’t mean we don’t have things in common. It doesn’t mean that I don’t deserve to be treated with respect and dignity just like any other human being.

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ast-food workers have turned up the heat. opinion columnist Employees at New York City fast-food restaurants began citing stagnated wages and limited hours preceding a series of walkouts that spread to Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago and dozens of other cities. These protests come four weeks after a four-day, seven-city strike and nine months after a strike by fast-food workers in New York City. Before labeling the current minimum wage rate as “unfair,” consider the reasoning, or lack thereof, behind this Corbin Brown number. Rather than reflecting the value of the work done brown.corbin.h@ou.edu by low-level workers, the current rate simply represents an arbitrary amount deemed fitting by the government. Those fast-food workers participating in the August walkouts demand a “living wage” of $15 an hour, a rate significantly higher than the $9 minimum wage proposed by President Barack Obama. These positions were originally intended for the young and the unskilled. When McDonald’s was first founded, its employees were generally young people wanting a disposable income. The mean age of fast-food employees has risen from 22 to 29.5 since 2001. We can also expect a rise in the number of older people seeking jobs because of the most recent economic downturn. The discrepancy between minimum wage and the mean hourly rate paid to employees nationwide has shrunken dramatically. When McDonald’s was founded in 1948, the minimum wage rate was only four percent of what the average American employee received. Today, that percentage is over 30 percent. While some consider this a tremendous victory for low-level workers, it is fraught with unintended consequences. Basic economic theory states that when a price floor is set on a certain good, the supply of that good usually outstrips the demand for it. The government imposes difficulties on employers and those actively searching for work by imposing a price floor on the cost of labor. Without such a barrier, companies such as McDonald’s would be able to hire more people and thus provide a larger segment of the population with the skills necessary to progress in a competitive labor market. Skill-building should be the primary goal among fast-food workers, not increased salaries. Those attempting to abolish the minimum wage rate face an uphill battle. Support among Americans for an increased minimum wage, while not at an all-time high, is still substantial. A February 2013 Pew Research survey found that 71 percent of American adults would vote for an increase. The number of supporters for such a measure is surprising, considering the fact that workers who earn minimum wage only make up about one percent of the total work force in the U.S. Some of the hardest hit would be the 50 million Americans who order from a fast-food restaurant on a daily basis. The sustainability of more than just the McDonald’s Dollar Menu would come into question. Fast-food companies would undoubtedly scale back the number of persons employed if faced with a doubling or near-doubling of all low-level workers’ salaries. If politicians are to continue artificially raising wages, they must ask themselves, “At what point do we stop?” Presumably, when the number of votes they get from doing so levels off. In actuality, the number of additional votes they would receive for voting in favor of such an increase would be a paltry prize compared to the boost in campaign donations. These August strikes are not wholly spontaneous. Rather, they are promoted through the technical and financial support of the Service Employees International Union’s. The SEIU is no stranger to political activism. This union has spent over $16 million on lobbying efforts since 1998. Its total political contributions since 1990 come in at a staggering $181 million. Like all colossal lobbying groups, the SEIU requires a substantial amount of paying members. Supporting the efforts of the striking fast-food workers is a rather straightforward method to accomplish this goal. Regardless of how well-intentioned those striking fast-food workers are, the fact still remains that a rise in minimum wage will only burden the consumer with increasingly expensive menu items. Customers are fickle creatures and an increase in prices will do little, if anything, to lure them toward the Golden Arches. Nor will increased operating costs encourage restaurants to hire more workers. When considering whether the minimum wage should be raised, ask yourself: Are you willing to pay even more for that Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese? Corbin Brown is a business economics freshman.

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If Saturday’s game between No. 16 OU and West Virginia is anything like last year’s, defensive coaches will have headaches, the scoreboard may run out of space and fans — well, there’s no telling what the fans will do. Morgantown, W.Va., was home to scoring fest 2012. In a 50-49 game, more back and forth than a tennis match, former quarterback Landry Jones fired a slant to former receiver Kenny Stills in the end zone on the game-winning drive for the Sooners. Saturday’s matchup could be different — the defense could show up. “We’ll see if we can hold them under 778,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said with a laugh. But it wasn’t a joke. Stoops’ defense surrendered that exact number of yards to the Mountaineers a year ago. Now, Jones and Stills are long gone, as is the West Virginia trio that terrorized the Oklahoma defense: former quarterback Geno Smith, and former receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. Redshirt freshman quarterback Trevor Knight

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recently won the starting job at OU, and West Virginia GO AND DO still is in the midst of a quarOU vs. WVU terback battle between juniors Paul Millard and Clint When: 6 p.m. Saturday Trickett. Where: Oklahoma Where the Sooners and Memorial Stadium Mountainers are struggling to find rhythm through the air, both offenses have put a higher emphasis on their running back Charles Sims, who rushed for 120 yards in ground game. West Virginia’s r ush- week one. Ne i t h e r o f f e n s e i s a s ing attack is led by transfer

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efficient as they were late last fall when the two squads faced each other, but what else could be expected?

Each side has played just one game. Last week, the Sooners surged late to tally 34 points against Louisiana-Monroe, while the Mountaineers managed only 24 in a seven point win over FCS opponent, William & Mary. “I just feel like this is going to be a more defensive game. They’re more physical up front,” senior running back Roy Finch said of the

improved West Virginia defense. “If we don’t come out with the fast start it’s going to be pretty hard to jump on these guys, because these guys can play.” Coach Dana Holgorsen’s teams always have been characterized by a high-profile spread offense, but co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said he has noticed improvement from a Mountaineer defense that gave up 43 points per game on average last season in conference play. “They’re playing harder, they’re more physical and they’re tackling better. It’s a big test for us,” Heupel said. The test comes earlier in the season than normal for the two squads. Conference play typically doesn’t start as soon as week two, but coach Bob Stoops said he doesn’t care when the games are played, because you’ve got to play them all eventually. West Virginia, set to begin its second year in the Big 12, is still adjusting to its conference opponents, and Holgorsen was candid in his response to the timing of the game. “I’ve been asked a lot if I’m excited about playing Oklahoma week two or if I’d rather play them week 12,” the coach said. “The truth is I’d rather play them never because they’re pretty good.” Joe Mussatto jmussatto@ou.edu

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Coach Matt Potter understands the legacy the Sooners have left across college sports, but to make their own mark, OU soccer needs to take the next few steps in developing their program into a national contender. The team will make an important step this weekend when it travels to Florida for two games against premiere national competition. The Sooners will open their weekend Friday night against the Florida Gators in Gainesville. Florida — the No. 10 team in the country, boasting a 3-1 record as reigning SEC champions.

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Freshman forward Jamie Iurato fights for possession of the ball against Texas State in the Sept. 1 season opener at John Crane Field. The Sooners will play Florida and Florida State this weekend.

Florida’s only loss this season came at the hands of OU’s Sunday opponent, Florida State. The No. 3 Seminoles are 4-0 thus far,

including a 3-0 thumping of the rival Gators. Potter wants this team to be considered elite, and playing well with elite competition can do just that. “To be the best, you’ve got

to play against the best,” Potter said. “We want to be on the biggest of stages, and that’s what the tradition of Oklahoma sports is. We’re no different in our sport.” Last season, the Sooners

lacked the type of matches Potter wants to play. In their only game against a ranked team, the 2012 Sooners beat No. 3 Oklahoma State 1-0 at home. But Potter doesn’t think the team will be outmatched in real tests against perennial powers, saying his girls are just as athletic and skilled as those at UF and FSU. “I think it comes down to smarts,” Potter said. “Our smarts have to be at the highest accord ,and to do that, we’ve got to be physically and mentally attuned to the game plan.” Sophomore forward Devin Barrett said the team’s preparations so far this season have made them very capable of succeeding this weekend against tough competition. “Both of them are good teams, but we’ve prepared

ourselves, and we feel pretty good going into the game,” Barrett said. “I think we’re going to have a positive result.”

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Student finalizes in music battle Zachary Alexander went far in the Hard Rock Café’s Hard Rock Rising competition Briana Hall

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Unbeknownst to most, this year’s new freshman class contains one of the finalists of Hard Rock Rising, a competition to identify the best upcoming musical artists. Hailing from Kentucky, Alexander, a psychology freshman, came to OU this year in hopes of continuing his academic career as well as his musical career. Alexander was a finalist in the Louisville Hard Rock Café competition. Taking on the stage name “Ocean City,” Alexander has come a long way from when he began playing piano in 8th grade. “I think the first song I ever wrote was for a girl for her birthday,” Alexander said, though he also admitted that his involvement with music was gradual. “There was never a point where I said ‘hey I’m going to write my own songs.’ It just kinda happened.” A l e x a n d e r ’s m o t h e r, Rebecca Alexander, confirmed her son’s charming sound. “He has a large base of self-named ‘fan girls!’” she said. While Alexander’s lyrics are often about love and relationships, according to his long-time friend

profile Zachary Alexander Year: freshman Talent: musician and singer Stage name: Ocean City Accomplishment: finalist in the Hard Rock Rising competition

and mentor Josh Brown, whom Alexander played w ith in a youth church band for about five years, Alexander’s music is refined and focused. “A lot of teenagers are starry eyed, and they want to be everything,” Brown said. “He’s willing to be able to refine and evaluate or analyze things and make a good product. That’s usually something you see with someone who’s a bit older who’s been through those experiences.” While Brown continuously compared Alexander to a laser of sorts, displaying a focused beam of light to the world, he also noted the fact that his friend is a great actor — a skill that Brown believes aids in the genuineness of his music.

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Zach Alexander, University College freshman, plays the guitar in Walker-Adams Mall Thursday afternoon.

“He’s able to turn a phrase that can move his listeners through a series of emotions.” Rebecca alexander, Zachary alexander’s mother

“When you hear him, you believe what he’s doing,” Brown said. Alexander agreed, stating that he’d like people to hear his music and feel what it means rather than knowing who he is. “I want people to listen to the music. I want them to know how I was feeling

when I wrote the music, not what I was wearing on the album cover,” Alexander said. Alexander’s mother recounted the first time she heard him play an original song, confessing that she mistook it for a cover and was surprised when she realized it was his own.

“He has a smooth, cont e mp o ra r y s ou n d ,” s h e said. “He’s able to turn a phrase that can move his listeners through a series of emotions.” Though Rebecca Alexander said she has missed her son ‘more than words can describe’ since he has started college, she does wish that he continues on the path he is on now. “I hope he continues making music, becomes a productive member of society, keeps God first, and stays close to family,”

Rebecca Alexander said. Zachary Alexander also said that he’d like to continue his music career, hopefully, for the rest of his life, alongside a career in psychology. The most important thing about Alexander’s music, though, is that he continues to produce it as an outlet of expression and have it be enjoyed by others, he said. Briana Hall briana_hall@ou.edu

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Convenience is a key part of OU’s recycling program

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Life & Arts reporter

As football season enters full swing, stadium seating, parking lots and beer mugs aren’t the only things overflowing. You may notice how full the trash and recycling bins get as fans pour in and out of the stadium on game days. Where do all those materials go? The Norman campus recycling facility collects the recycled materials generated from this traffic. With more than 30 outdoor recycling bins spread across campus, the opportunity to recycle while students make their way across campus has become one of convenience. “I think OU makes it really easy for students to recycle,” Hannah Silver, communications junior and Norman Michelle Nehrenz/the daily resident, said. “The recycling bins are everywhere and very Gigi Nieto, a University College freshman, recycles at Traditions West in January. easy to find.”

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Being green can easily become a way of life. All it takes is a little discipline and creative thinking.” Greg Brezinski, OU recycling supervisor

The pro-recycling attitude has been an ongoing characteristic of the OU community, said Byron Millsap, chairperson for the sustainability

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committee on campus and associate vice president of the administration and finance office. Millsap explained that the Norman campus recycling facility is organized under Facilities Management, creating an effective alignment of campus departments whose ultimate goal is to keep the campus a pleasant and clean environment for students, faculty and visitors. The collection and processing facility is located on the south campus, where materials are sorted, bundled, and transported off to the appropriate commercial processing plants. OU recycled 932.55 tons of materials in 2012 alone, a 20 percent increase of recycled

Contact Facilities Management’s Refuse and Recycling: 405325-8068 To order office recyling containers, email recycling@ou.edu

students are becoming increasingly aware of their environment. The importance of remaining environmentally aware is one that can benefit us now and for years to come, Millsap said. “Anything each of us in the OU family and Norman community can do to put less strain on resources and help keep our air and water clean is a good thing,” Millsap said. Greg Brezinski, supervisor for OU recycling since 1999, has been able to watch OU grow as a recycling community throughout his years with the university, he said. Brezinski said his phone is always busy with calls requesting recycling bins in new areas around campus. In depth “Look for the blue conWhat is tainers,” Brezinski said. recyclable? Recycling can be as easy as throwing those empty conAluminum cans tainers away; the only difference is the color of the bin Plastic #1 through #7 you put it in. While the convenience of White paper recycling opportunities has Newspaper a major impact, the importance of waste reduction is Batteries (special also vital to sustainability, containers available Millsap said. upon request) “Being green can easily become a way of life,” he said. “All it takes is a little discigoods from 2011, accord- pline and creative thinking.” ing to the Crimson & Green website. As the ‘go-green’ trend Kelly Rogers kelly.n.rogers-1@ou.edu becomes evergreen all year rou n d , m o re a n d m o re

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here is no better time to be in Norman than right now. Friends are reunited, the South Oval is flooded with students and the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium has come roaring back to life as we Christopher Corbaz cheer on the Sooners. christophercorbaz@ou.edu With all the excitement and energy returning to town, there is no doubt the 2013 CAC Oklahoma Creativity Festival, from Sept. 19-21, will be one of the best events to start the school year right. The purpose of the CAC Oklahoma Creativity Festival is to unite OU’s campus by providing outlets of expression to showcase creative talents and outlets of exploration encouraging creative thinking among students. The Oklahoma Creativity Fair festivities kick-off Thursday, Sept. 19, and will be held on the South Oval. This event will showcase the “going green” initiatives of each college, as well as information about how each college is minimizing their carbon footprint. The day will continue with a colorful Paint Frenzy in Burr Park, followed by a Fashion Show in the Molly Shi Ballroom. The Oklahoma Creativity Focus will be the first of three events Sept. 19. Influential leaders will share innovative ideas in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Beaird Lounge about government policies and legislation. A freshmen talent show will take place in the afternoon as we showcase the best artistic, vocal, and other creative performances in the Meacham Auditorium. The annual BoomerFest Battleof-the-Bands will take place that evening on the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s East Lawn, Art Provided filling the Norman night with a range of music genres. Oklahoma Creativity Festival will come to a close Saturday with the Oklahoma Creativity Freedom event in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Molly Shi Ballroom. We encourage all students to come learn more about the issue of human trafficking happening across the street and across the world and what creative solutions can be made to eradicate this global injustice. To top off the night, the Oklahoma Creativity Festival will lead students across campus to the Union Programming Board’s Must Stay concert at 8 p.m. Located on the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s East Lawn, the concert will feature American pop duo, Karmin, with Bryce Vine opening. The Must Stay concert is free and open to the public. More online at OUDaily.com

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