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David Maloney raised $1.26 billion in gifts, pledges in 12 years

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Consultant died Monday in OKC MIKE WORMLEY Campus Reporter

An OU fundraiser’s last re q u e st b e f o re h e d i e d Monday was not to send flowers but to gift money to a church’s fundraising pool. University fundraiser and fundraising consultant David Maloney, 71, died

Monday in Oklahoma City. The reason for his death was not given, according to his obituary. Maloney raised $1.26 billion in gifts and pledges during his 12 years as OU’s vice president for development. He retired in 2006 and began work as a consultant,

according to the obituary. “The entire university community has suffered a great loss with the death o f D a v e Ma l o n e y ,” O U President David Boren said in a statement. “Dave was a remarkably talented leader who gave generously of himself to the university.” Among the institutions Maloney consulted for were the Knights of Columbus’ Center of Family Love in

Okarche, Cameron College. “I only saw University in him in passing but Lawton, St. Gregory’s he was happy to see University in Shawnee everyone he came and Oklahoma City in contact with.” Community College. Jennifer Harrison, “I used to see him director of developall the time...he al- DAVID ment at Oklahoma ways had a smile on MALONEY City Community his face,” said Virgil College said that Teter, administrashe cherished her tive assistant to the vice relationship with Maloney. president of community at Oklahoma City Community SEE FUNDS PAGE 3

Award to revamp scholarships ALISON HAUSNER Campus Reporter

ACADEMICS

SERVICE MEMBERS

Student adjusts to OU lifestyle Two million homeschooled students in U.S. MELODIE LETTKEMAN Campus Reporter

While the majority of his more than 4,000 freshman classmates came to OU from a public or private high schools — familiar with a secular learning environment and the feeling of hundreds or even thousands of students pushing past them in the hallway — Jon Parks, University College freshman, had to learn that lesson on the fly. When Parks came to OU in August, he left the ranks of more than 2 million home-schooled students in the U.S., according to the National Home Education Research Institute. He attended Christian Fellowship Homeschool Co-op, a homeschool group in Oklahoma City. After spending kindergarten and first grade in the public school system, Parks’ family decided to SEE ACADEMICS PAGE 3

Syrup brings Portland culture to Norman L&A: A breakfast boutique will host its grand opening on Main Street on Saturday. (Page 8)

Democrats have made real strides for GLBTQ rights Opinion: Inclusion of marriage equality in the party platform is only the beginning of the historic support. (Page 4)

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Christopher Rogers, public relations senior, stands next to a framed magazine showing an iconic photo from the Oklahoma City Bombing in Gaylord Hall Wednesday. Rogers, a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, assisted in cleanup efforts after the attack, and said the photo had a big impact on him.

Veteran raises PTSD awareness Christopher Rogers gave 22 years of service to his country MELODIE LETTKEMEN Campus Reporter

A yellowed newspaper clipping in a frame on the third floor of Gaylord hall was the big sign that said “this is it” for one student returning to OU nearly 30 years after his freshman year. One-year-old Baylee Almon in the arms of a firefighter is an image from the Oklahoma City bombing that is burned into Christopher Rogers’ mind. A student veteran, Rogers also battles post-traumaticstress-disorder, part of which he developed while assisting with cleanup in the days after the attack. Since his freshman year ended

IN DEPTH What is PTSD? Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health problem that can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like war, assault or disaster. Source: Department of Veterans Affairs website

in 1983, Rogers, public relations senior, has seen a lot, and his quest for help with his own disorder has now led him to help others. After leaving OU after his freshmen year, Rogers bounced around other schools in Oklahoma and finally joined the Air Force, hoping to learn about his late father, who was killed in service when Rogers was

18 months old. Rogers said he thinks that losing his father at a young age made him more vulnerable to PTSD, but a 22year military career cemented it. Recalling his time in Saudi Arabia, Rogers said he started to see behavioral changes in himself and the people he was serving with. “There are no Atheists in the foxholes,” Rogers said. “I worked with a pretty rugged group of guys in [civil engineering] … whooping and hollering and partying on the weekends. The first weekend there … was hardly anybody at the church services.” Two weeks later, the tent was filled to capacity with the sides rolled up and chairs brought in to accommodate more people. “We had our first [missile] attack,” Rogers said. SEE SERVICE PAGE 2

OU’s College of Liberal Studies received a $1 million endowment and a $50,000 bridge grant to revamp a scholarship program that helps students who dropped out of college for personal reasons come back to OU. The endowment will allow the college to plan ahead without waiting to receive an annual grant, said Missy Mitchell, special events and scholarship coordinator for the college. The $50,000 grant will enable the college to continue providing scholarships during 2012 and 2013 while the endowment interest accumulates, Liberal Studies Dean James Pappas said in a press release. The B er nard O sh er Foundation invited the college to apply for the endowment. The B er nard O sh er Foundation, founded in 1977, “seeks to improve quality of life through support, higher education and the arts,” according to the press release. The San Franciscobased organization “provides post-secondar y scholarship funding to colleges and universities across the nation, with special attention to reentry students,” according to the foundation’s website. The scholarship program itself reaches out to SEE GRANT PAGE 2

AT A GLANCE Scholarships Fall 2011: 61 applicants – 16 scholarships awarded Spring 2011: 57 applicants – 17 scholarships awarded Summer 2011: 7 applicants – 4 scholarships awarded Source: Missy Mitchell, College of Liberal Studies special events and scholarship coordinator

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Club started year with few memebers BROOKE HANKINSON Campus Reporter

After a semester of inaction, a new student president is trying to revive a struggling organization. Zoology junior Kathryn Bautista is attempting to get the Hogwarts on Campus organization back on its feet this year despite starting the year with low membership and no UOSA funding.

After a shaky second year, “I created Hogwarts the organization was left with no funding after officers on Campus because failed to apply to UOSA in the I didn’t feel like I spring. fit in with any of The organization applied the other groups for $1,225 in UOSA funds in 2011, according to docu- at the University of ments requested by The Oklahoma, and I Daily. But the request was denied because her organilove Harry Potter.” zation hadn’t been at OU for AMANDA YATES, a full year yet, former presiFORMER HOGWARTS ON dent Amanda Yates said. CAMPUS PRESIDENT The failure to apply was due to a transition in officers, said in an email. Officers are club adviser Kyle Butcher applying for funding this

coming year, Butcher said. The organization transitioned officers last spring when Yates —a broadcast and electronic media junior — handed leadership over to Bautista. Between three jobs, miscommunication and decrease of student interest, Yates said she had trouble managing Hogwarts on Campus last year. “I couldn’t handle the organization on my own,” Yates said. “I couldn’t dedicate the time the organization needed

and deserved, so I decided to hand it over to Kathryn.” Yates was one of the founding members of Hogwarts on Campus. She started the group in the fall of 2010 with Maggie Rogers, broadcast and electronic media senior. “I created Hogwarts on Campus because I didn’t feel like I fit in with any of the other groups at the University of Oklahoma, and I love Harry Potter,” Yates said. Then, Rogers studied SEE HOGWARTS PAGE 3

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TODAY AROUND CAMPUS Guess the Score will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the first floor lobby of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Students will be able to guess the score for Saturday’s game to win prizes. A presentation about dressing professionally for interviews will be held from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. in Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Regents Room. A meet-and-greet hosted by OU Health Sciences Center will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Lissa and Cy Wagner Hall, Room 145. Free screenings of “Men in Black 3” will be held at 6, 9 p.m. and midnight in Meacham Auditorium in Oklahoma Memorial Union.

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Three attempts to shoot down the missiles failed, and the crew ran to the bunkers and began preparing for a possible biochemical attack. “We’ve got people that, all of a sudden, the realization of ‘this ain’t a game anymore’ has come to them. And they’re screaming. Some of them just lost it,” he said. The Sunday following the attack, church services were highly attended. Rogers said his PTSD was brought on by working in high-stress environments during his service career. “Imagine sitting in a room, where you are safe, but the doors are locked and the windows are covered,” he said. “Imagine knowing that if you even peek outside, there is someone just waiting to hurt you. Some people can turn that switch on and off. But what happens when the switch breaks?” While dealing with his own switch, Rogers has turned to help fellow veterans through the Moore Veterans of Foreign Wars post. Rogers said the fellowship is some of the best therapy for the veterans. “They want group therapy, but they don’t want it with a bunch of doctors who don’t know,” Rogers said. “That, and just a simple ‘thank you for your service’ when someone sees them is very therapeutic.” His time with the VFW has brought him a lot of understanding of PTSD. “You can’t wrap it in a pretty bow. It stems from all kinds of things. From watching a buddy get blown up or being in an attack, to being in a high stress environment,”

“Imagine knowing that if you even peek outside, there is someone just waiting to hurt you. Some people can turn that switch on and off. But what happens when the switch breaks?” CHRISTOPHER ROGERS, WAR VETERAN

Rogers said. “Some experience strong guilt because they were trained and then the war was over before they got to do the good they thought they were.” A stigma surrounding getting help for PTSD led many veterans he knows to avoid seeking treatment. “[Service members with PTSD] don’t talk,” Rogers said. “They worry they could lose clearance and work rights.” The fear of coming forward hindered research on PTSD for a long time, Rogers said, but as awareness of the disorder spreads, more is being done, including zoology professor Tom Ray’s research on how PTSD affects the mind. R ay ’s s t u d y , “ Me n t a l Organs and the Origins of Mind” breaks the mind down into hypothetical organs, based on receptor locations on the brain. Ray became interested in PTSD research after watching someone close to him go through it. Understanding that PTSD does not necessarily come simply from witnessing or experiencing a single event, Ray’s research may help doctors understand that

treatment is not always a one-size-fits-all process. “It is a very difficult condition to treat. It cannot be cured with a pill,” he said. Rogers said there’s one therapeutic method that comes without a prescription, appointment or even knowledge of PTSD. The best way the average person can help a veteran is to thank them for their service, he said. They make a big sacrifice, Rogers said, “and when they get back, they don’t expect anything more than a simple ‘thank you.’ When you see a veteran, just stop and say ‘thank you for your service.’ You could drop the winning lottery ticket in front of them, but nothing is better or more therapeutic to a veteran than being thanked.” Melodie Lettkemen melodie.lettkeman@gmail.com

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percent of Vietnam veterans Source: Department of Veterans Affairs website

given per semester

Continued from page 1 students who have had to drop out of school for uncontrollable reasons such as financial, family, or health issues, Mitchell said. About 60 students apply for the scholarship each semester, Mitchell said. At least 20 scholarships are required to be disbursed per year, but an average of 17 scholarships are awarded per semester, said Mitchell. To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA from previous coursework and be returning to college after a gap of at least five years. This gap does not have to be continuous, but a student also must intend to pursue his or her first bachelor’s degree, Mitchell said. The latter stipulation exists because the program is designed to get adults aged 25 to 65 into the work force, Mitchell said. Although the funds are administered by the College of Liberal Studies, the scholarship is available for students from all colleges, Mitchell said. Any remaining funds from the fall and spring semesters will be awarded to students enrolled in summer courses to help as many students out as possible, Mitchell said. Alison Hausner alihausner@ou.edu

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HOGWARTS: OU Quidditch returning Continued from page 1 abroad during the 20112012 school year, leaving Yates to manage Hogwarts on Campus all by herself, she said. The organization had 250 members during its first year, according to documents requested by The Daily. Bautista said she does not have an exact count of current membership, but the organization actively recruited at the Involvement Fair at the start of this semester. Bautista did manage to organize an event at the end of the spring semester to engage with members. The group hosted a Yule Ball — a Harry Potter themed dance party, she said.

Bautista said she called it the “Not So Yule Ball” because the event was in April instead of the winter like in the book. It included a costume contest, Harry Potter themed music, trivia and food funded by UOSA through Couch Restaurants. Although the organization struggled the past year, Bautista said she hopes to get it back on its feet. As the new president, she is working to set up an informative meeting at the end of this month to engage potential members, she said. No date has been set yet. She also has some creative ideas to revamp the organization and to spark interest from new students — one of those ideas is Quidditch tryouts.

Quidditch is the magical sport of the wizarding world of Harry Potter that includes broomsticks, various playing balls, hoops for goals and a snitch. In real life, Quidditch combines the speed of basketball with the physicality of rugby while on a broomstick between your legs. Bautista said the team will practice and compete yearround. The team will try to compete in Oklahoma’s Quidditch Kickoff on Sept. 22 at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, she said. Bautista said she also plans on having another Yule Ball this December before finals. Brooke Hankinson Brooke.K.Hankinson-1@ou.edu

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Rachel Lampi (left), University College freshman, and Isabel Victoria Bautista, political science sophomore, members of Hogwarts Club walk down the stairs in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. The student group is attempting to rebuild after losing UOSA funds and members last year.

ACADEMICS: Community of students joins co-ops, sporting activities Continued from page 1 begin home schooling him. His older siblings, having heard from friends how enjoyable home schooling was, convinced their parents to try it. “We went into it thinking we’d try homeschool for just a few years,” Parks said. “We ended up loving it. My older brother and sister tried public school again freshman year and absolutely hated it.” Despite the stress home schooling her four children presented Parks’ mother, he said she enjoyed being a stay-at-home mother. She looked to another homeschool mother, who had told the family about the co-op, as a mentor. “When I joined eight years ago, it was really small, with only about 100 of us,” Parks said. “The teachers are mostly the mothers of the students. It was really nice, basically knowing everyone.”

KYVEN ZHAO/THE DAILY

Jon Parks, University College freshman, stands outside Bizzell Memorial Library Tuesday. Parks, who attended a Christian homeschool group in Oklahoma City, says his experiences being homeschooled helped him adjust to University life. .

The student population grew to about 250 during Parks’ education. “We have to turn away a lot of people now because we

don’t want it to get too big,” Parks said. With more than 120 times more students, OU is a stark contrast, Parks said.

“My smallest class [at the co-op] had two students, me and another,” he said. “Most of my classes had 15 or so. I like it though, having

freedom. If you missed class at the co-op, everyone knew. I like that it’s on me to go to class.” Parks is the only homeschooled student in the President’s Community Scholars program, he said, and also is pledging Beta Upsilon Chi fraternity to get involved on campus. He credits homeschool life with the ease of his adjustment to public university life. “You have to be outgoing as a homeschool kid,” Parks said. “You learn to be social through homeschool sports and activities. It’s not like the idea of students staying at home and being uninvolved. There is plenty to do as a home-schooler; it’s a big underground community.” Though data from the National Home Education Research Institute suggest home schooling is on the rise, a rise in home-schooled college students may not be on the rise. While Parks’ parents emphasized going to

BY THE NUMBERS Home schooling

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students home schooled nationally

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freshmen were home school students ’11-’12 Source: National Home Education Research Institute and OU’s Institutional Research and Reporting

college from the beginning, for many homeschool families, “it’s a personal decision,” Parks said. “It’s very specific to the family,” he said. “A lot of my friends didn’t go because their parents were okay with that. They’ve just always lived in an environment that told them that’s just fine.”

Melodie Lettkeman melodie.lettkeman@gmail.com

FUNDS: Maloney’s last request was for church fundraising donations Continued from page 1 “Personally, he was my friend of 10 years and my mentor,” she said. “I would not be as good as I am as a fundraiser without Dave Maloney in my life.” “He loved helping others all over the state of Oklahoma. He was genuine, kind, loving and giving of himself whether he was working with OU or OCCC.” Maloney is survived by his wife Roberta; two daughters, Denise Maloney and

GO AND DO Prayer service When: 7 p.m., Sunday Where: Smith & Kernke Funeral Home on 14624 N. May Ave., OKC, OK 73134

Burial Service: When: 11 a.m., Monday Where: St. Eugene Catholic Church on 2400 W. Hefner Road, OKC, OK 73120 Source: Smith & Kernke Funeral Home website

Kelly Lynch; two grandchil- Maloney, according to the dren, Michael Lynch and obituary. Sophia Lynch; two brothMike Wormley ers, Tom Maloney and Ed m.wormley@ou.edu Maloney; and a sister, Kay

RESEARCH

Climate Science Center hires permanent director The first ever permanent director has been named for the climate center that is housed in the university. Kimberly Winton has been selected as the director of the Department of the Interior’s South Central Climate Science Center, which is headquartered at OU. The South Central Climate Science Center is made up of partners from OU, Texas Tech University, Louisiana State University, The Chickasaw Nation, The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, according to the center’s fact sheet. “This particular job brings all my passions and technical experience together involving water, agriculture and eco-

systems,” Winton said. “I’m a native of Oklahoma, and it’s my passion to do research for the area I’m from and the area I know.” Winton has a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a master’s in agronomy from Oklahoma State University. She also received her doctorate in agronomy from the University of Arkansas. The center doesn’t just provide climate predictions, Winton said but also helps researchers anticipate, plan and manage climate change at a large landscape scale. The center also provides information on agriculture and how that affects human health, she said. “I would like to see us ultimately not just having the South Center, but being as a national and international resource,” Winton said. “I think this group has that knowledge. I would also like to see us building partnerships with other universities as well.” Jenna Bielman jenna.a.bielman-1@ou.edu

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They’re here, they’re queer, they’re blue — get used to it Our View: Historic convention shows genuine

progress for the GLBTQ community.

This week’s Democratic National Convention is making history for the inclusion of all Americans in the political process. Not only does this year’s Democratic platform endorse marriage equality, but the convention features three gay members of Congress among its speakers and the most GLBTQ delegates in history. Those delegates total 486 from across the nation, which is more than 8 percent of delegates. Three states — Alaska, Arkansas and Mississippi — have openly gay delegates for the first time, according to the Stonewall Democrats. This event represents a huge victory for the GLBTQ community, which has long been underrepresented in politics. In fact, until relatively recent strides, GLBTQ Americans were all but invisible in the halls of power. Gay rights only recently became a topic for political discussion, but once it did, the community was understandably impatient to see action. So, when President Barack Obama took office, celebrations of his progressive stance on GLBTQ rights quickly were joined The Our View is the majority by frustration. Commentators were quick to opinion of The Daily’s point out that Obama had yet to fuleight-member fill many of his key promises (like editorial board the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell) and still opposed marriage equality. Though he did eventually accomplish many of his large goals, the president did not endorse marriage equality until well into the campaign season for his second term. While it still was a historic moment worthy of celebrating, when the endorsement did come, it wasn’t exactly the courageous moment many had been waiting for. It was a clearly political move, precisely timed to boost the president’s campaign — coming, conveniently, not long after the first poll results showing the majority of Americans support marriage equality. And while it was transparent of Obama to explain

this change in his views came from a personal evolution, it was disheartening to hear the nation’s most progressive president still required a journey to come to terms with the concept of marriage equality. But the fight for GLBTQ rights isn’t all about the big issues. During his first term, Obama and his party have achieved more progess for the GLBTQ community than all the former presidents combined. In just four years he has: • Signed legislation to protect sexual orientation and gender identity under hate crimes laws. • Extended hospital visitation rights to same-sex families. • Strengthened and funded the nation’s HIV/ AIDS strategy. • Ensured equal benefits for federal employees who are members of GLBTQ families. • Protected equal access to housing. • Included guidelines to help prosecuters deal with same-sex relationship violence. • Fought GLBTQ bullying. • Ordered U.S. officials working abroad to protect and promote equality for the GLBTQ community. That’s not to mention the major, unmeasurable cultural shift that comes with having pro-equality leadership in place. With Obama at the helm and a solidly pro-equality platform in place, Democrats could multiply these gains substantially during the next four years. So, despite the sometimes uninspiring political dance around a community’s safety and well being, it’s clear that the progress made by Democrats is real and this historic level of inclusion is genuine. The GLBTQ community and anyone who values equality has found an ally in the Democratic Party. Maybe it’s time the Republican Party remembered its devotion to individual responsibility and personal freedom, and tried to offer the same. For now, it is clear the Democratic Party is the choice for GLBTQ Americans who desire equal treatment and the rights of full citizens.

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eople weird me OPINION COLUMNIST out. There are endless examples of accepted cultural practices and traditions that confuse and concern me, but none more than male circumcision in the U.S. Even Trent Cason though it was done to me cason.trent@yahoo.com (without my consent) as an infant, I honestly can say that it never would occur to me to cut off a piece of a newborn baby boy. The American Academy of Pediatrics released a report last week that found “the benefits outweigh the risks” of circumcising male children. To say the least, my eyebrows shot to my slowly receding hairline. According to the report, which was written for an American audience, circumcision helps prevent urinary tract infections and the spread of HIV. The catch? The studies used to compile the report were conducted in Africa, on a population without universal access to antibacterial soap or condoms. I don’t doubt the biological conclusions that circumcision will help prevent the spread of HIV. Circumcision destroys a gland by scarification, closing off one potential path for HIV to enter the body. In a population terrifyingly saturated with cases of HIV, it makes sense. Taking this information and trying to apply it to the U.S. population is downright insane. You don’t have to be a doctor to figure that out, but fortunately plenty of doctors have spoken up since the report came out. The group Doctors Opposing Circumcision states in its rebuttal to the American Academy of Pediatrics report, “It is clear that the members of the task force were chosen with a view to obtaining an outcome favorable for the continued practice of circumcision of male children and to provide for third-party payment to doctors.” They claim circumcision produces more than a billion dollars annually in medical costs, both from the procedure and from follow-up treatments to deal with complications. If correct, that’s quite a motive to push for circumcisions to continue. I was able to find several peer-reviewed papers that directly debunk the findings of the report in advance, and those studies were done on the American population. In fact, in the U.S., more circumcised men have HIV or AIDS than non-circumcised men do. Plus, we have access to soap and condoms. And the risks? Approximately 117 infants die annually from infection or other complications due to unnecessary circumcision in the U.S. Other risks include permanent damage to the reproductive system and urinary tract. And then there’s always the “whoops” factor — actually botched circumcisions. These risks, compared to a UTI, are severe. So why would a group of doctors like the American Academy of Pediatrics, whose very title implies that the well-being of children is its primary concern, release a report recommending the unnecessary surgical alteration of a child’s genitals? Every one of the doctors on the “task force” has made it clear they harbor religious beliefs concerning circumcision. That’s why they were chosen to compile the report, because they already had their minds made up about the issue and only needed to find data that would both be easy to manipulate and support their position. I’m sure the money was also a factor. Circumcision should be the choice of the person being circumcised. Holding down a baby and slicing off a healthy, functioning part of him is unethical. If the reasons for the procedure are religious, then let him make that decision for himself. If the reason is to prevent HIV or UTIs, I suggest the teaching of very basic hygiene and condom use over surgery. If the reason is purely aesthetic, then you are performing plastic surgery on a baby. That’s just sick. Many of us plan to start families when we graduate, and many of us already have. If and when you do, whether you adopt or have kids of your own, please think about the medical decisions you make on behalf of your child. Any surgery is potentially life threatening and dangerous, so please, don’t let someone perform a surgical procedure on your infant unless you really have given it a lot of thought. I know I wish my parents had. Trent Cason is a literature and cultural studies senior.

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four true freshmen who have served starting roles. It will take a few more games before they really adjust and start playing on a consistent level. However, a big upset against then-No. 1 Stanford shows West Virginia can handle big games. Expect to see WVU in the running for a Big 12 championship late in the season.

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Oklahoma State Cowgirls Coming off an astounding season that ended in an Elite Eight overtime loss to eventual national champion Stanford, OSU looks to become the first Big 12 team to win a national championship in soccer. Leading the Cowgirls on this journey is preseason All-American goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, who gives them a chance to win any game they play. OSU also is anchored by three other preseason All-Big 12 players — Carson Michalowski, Taylor Mathews and Megan Marchesano, who leads the Cowgirls in scoring. Last season, the Cowgirls finished a conference-best 222-2 and have started this season right where they left off by winning their first six games, including an early-season test against the 24th-ranked Memphis Tigers. Right now, the Cowgirls are No. 3 and are a clear preseason favorite to win the Big 12.

The Bears finished third in the conference last year and have been projected to do the same this season. However, their powerful offense is leading the Big 12 in every offensive category so far this season, and, if they stay consistent, could lead Baylor on a run late in the season. Senior forward Dana Larsen and junior defender Kat Ludlow lead the offense with three goals each, but most of the scoring is spread out with 10 players having scored at least one goal. Baylor’s defense is no slouch, either, having shut out its opponents in four of its first six games and only giving up three goals total. Baylor is 5-1 with its only loss coming to then-No. 16 Long Beach State.

Kansas Jayhawks

After making a surprise appearance in the NCAA tournament last season, the Jayhawks look to make an even deeper run this season. Returning all 11 starters from the 2011 squad, Kansas can count on experience to be its key component to a successful season. Freshmen forWest Virginia Mountaineers ward Ashley Williams is turnThe Mountaineers return six starters from last year’s Big ing heads, leading the Big 12 in East champion squad. While WVU coach Nikki Izzo-Brown goals (five) and points (11). said the Big East was a strong conference, she believes the The Jayhawks are 4-1-1, with Big 12 to be better from top to bottom. their only loss coming in overtime against Northwestern. West Virginia will be led If Williams can continue her success and Kansas can defensively by senior Bry capitalize on its veteran experience, it only should add to McCarthy, who gained the competition in the Big 12 this year. international experience Texas Tech Red Raiders with the Canadian National Team in the offseason. If there is a dark horse to win the Big 12 this season, it is Offensively, junior forthe Red Raiders. Texas Tech began the season with two preward Frances Silva earned season All-Big 12 team members — sophomore defender preseason All-Big 12 honJaelene Hinkle and senior midfielder Tiffini Smith — but ors, yet sophomore Kate its real offensive threat is juSchwindel leads the team in nior forward Jessica Fuston, goals. who is second in the Big 12 West Virginia is a newcomer in the league yet has earned in goals (four) and already early respect from other Big 12 schools because of the has recorded a hat trick this Mountaineers’ past success. WVU’s record is 2-3-1, but 20 season. of its 28 players are freshmen or sophomores, including Although the Red Raiders’ nonconference schedule has been light so far, it heats up right before Big 12 play Vegetarian specials Tandoori with a matchup against No. 15 Long Beach State. After that game, the Red Raiders could be seen as legitimate contenders in the Big 12 or as just another promising team. Tech is 5-1 with its only loss coming on the road against Ole Miss.

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The Longhorns seek to improve on a disappointing 2011 season with the addition of first-year coach Angela Kelly. Texas returns several key players from last year’s team, including preseason All-Big 12 team midfielder Kristin Cummins and forward Hannah Higgins. Although the team is off to a rough 2-4 start, it has had a tough nonconference schedule with one of its losses coming against No. 9 Virginia. Also, freshman goalkeeper Abby Smith has yet to play after being away with the U-20 Women’s National Team for the Women’s World Cup in Japan. Once Texas gets all its pieces together, it should win more games through its tough defense and excellent

goalkeeping. However, the Longhorns’ offense still is a question that has yet to be answered.

Oklahoma Sooners

First-year coach Matt Potter has his hands full with the Sooner offense. On the attacking side of the ball, OU has been outmatched in almost every game, yet its impressive defense gives it a chance to stay competitive in every contest. Oklahoma’s defense is led by senior goalkeeper Kelsey Devonshire, who is the catalyst of the Sooners’ solid defensive play so far this season. Devonshire leads the Big 12 in saves (33) and is on pace to break OU’s all-time saves record. Also, she is five shutouts away from breaking the all-time shutout record. But the Sooner goalkeeper is not the defense’s only shining light; senior defender Katharine Nutman is a veteran leader for the back line. When the Sooners have been clicking offensively, it has been because of senior forward Renae Cuellar, who leads the team with four goals. Cuellar adds an X-factor the team needs to stay competitive with its high-ranked opponents. Through six games, the Sooners are 3-2-1 with both losses coming in the late minutes of double-overtime games against LSU and UNLV. In the LSU game, the Sooners outmatched the Tigers throughout the whole game but squandered too many opportunities to seal the victory. The bottom line is if Oklahoma’s offense doesn’t get more consistent, it could be an ugly season. If it does, look for the Sooners to make a top-five finish in the Big 12 and possibly make some noise in the NCAA tournament in November.

Iowa State Cyclones The Cyclones are probably the most underrated team in the Big 12. When looking at the caliber of teams in the league, it is understandable to see why ISU has been picked to finish eighth. Through six games, the Cyclones have posted a 4-2 record with one of their losses coming in a close 1-0 game against 11th-ranked Virginia Tech. Midfielder Emily Goldstein and goalkeeper Maddie Jobe earned offensive and defensive player of week honors the first week the awards were available. With Iowa State proving it could be a factor this year, the Big 12 is shaping up to be one of the tougher conferences in the nation.

Texas Christian Horned Frogs While TCU has been picked to finish last in the Big 12, it does what every other team in the Big 12 does well: play defense. Coach Eric Bell has admitted his team will see bigger, faster and stronger athletes in the Big 12 compared to the Mountain West, but he said his team takes great pride in being able to shut down teams defensively. The Horned Frogs have proven this by staying close with teams and have given up more than one goal only once this season. So far, senior midfielder Monica Alvarado has carried the load for the Horned Frogs, leading them in goals, but Bell said forward Brittany Slyman is the team’s most dynamic offensive threat. TCU will struggle in its transition year from the Mountain West, but don’t expect it to be a certain last place finish.

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t ’s t i m e f o r t h e 11th annual Union Programming Board Foam Party. First time foam party participants might be in for a shock. If you’ve never been, picture a parking garage full of so much foam you can’t see five feet in front of you, complete with flashing lights and supersonic music. In the past, there have been mishaps, so here are some tips to keep you from suffering any permanent damage.

Don’t wear flimsy shoes or shoes you care about. While flip flops may seem like a good idea because of all the squishy foaminess, they will be slippery and are prone to breakage. Closed toe shoes will prevent people from damaging your toes, so wear some old tennis shoes. If you leave your shoes outside the garage, thieves will be way less prone to steal your smelly sneakers than your expensive Sperrys. This seems counterintuitive with hundreds of fellow students covered in foam and dancing; it’s the ultimate social experience. However, after about 20 seconds of foam in your hair and all over your adorable sundress, you’ll be wishing you went with a swimsuit, shorts and a T-shirt. No one will be able to see your cuteness with all that foam in their eyes anyway. Bonus points go to anyone who wears goggles and a scuba mask.

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Students are swallowed by foam on top of the Union Parking Garage during the Union Programming Board’s annual foam party on Sept. 9, 2011.

like water. No further explanation needed. Get your- Don’t forget your self a waterproof disposable OU ID. camera if you must take Since the foam party is pictures. Yes, those still do a UPB event, you need to exist. be an OU student to participate. Besides, you never Don’t lose your know when all that foam and friends. dancing is going to leave you L i n k a r m s w i t h y o u r craving one of those giant friends and hold on for dear cookies from Crossroads. life. The foam party is not Hooray for meal points! a good time to divide and conquer. Solidarity is the best strategy. Without your Megan Deaton is an phone, you’ll never find your international and area Don’t bring your friends in the giant cloud of studies and journalism phone. The foam basically is soap foam that makes real storm junior. and water. Electronics don’t clouds look puny.

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A third annual picnic to celebrate the arts will take place Sunday at Lions Park. The Luncheon on the Grass picnic will take place from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by a concert at 7. The community picnic was rescheduled for Sunday due to inclement weather in May. The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman Arts Council, Public Arts Board, Jacobson House Native Art Center and the Firehouse Art Center

collaboratively hold the event adjacent to the Art Center on 450 S. Flood Ave. “Luncheon on the Grass celebrates some of Norman’s larger arts organizations and gives the community an opportunity to get to know each of them a little better,” said museum spokesman Michael Bendure. Visitors are encouraged to bring picnic blankets, food and drinks. Event organizers will provide dessert, music and a variety of hands-on art festivities for all ages,

according to a press release. Native American sounds from people from the Jacobson House will include flute music, storytelling and powwow singers, according to a press release. This local entertainment will precede Austin-based quartet, The Trishas, who will perform the final live show of the Summer Breeze Concert Series. The Art Wall creations and the “Duck Colorfest” in the Norman Arts Council tent will commemorate the

two 4-foot-tall Fiberglas duck sculptures that were installed in Colonial Estates Park and Andrews Park last May, shortly after the original event date. The Public Arts Board commissioned the sculptures that were created by local artists Chris McDaniel, Christian Pitt and Joshua Pitt, who painted the ducks with Oklahoma themes, according to a press release. Molly Evans, mollyevans@ou.edu

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when he said, “life’s about making mistakes, moving on and being happy or at least fine.” All three men had to accept that even if each of them was able to overcome his own personal conflicts and be happy, some choices permanently stay with them. For those of you wondering if Cooper could make the transition to a more dramatic role, rest assured. His future is only looking brighter after “The Words.” The role of Cooper’s wife was played by Zoe Saldana, whose poise and sweet innocence made her the perfect match for Cooper’s troubled and artistic melodrama. While Cooper and Saldana made a convincing pair, Quaid left much to be desired. So don’t go to the theater with high expectations on his account. If you don’t mind spending your evening watching a movie with an ambiguous ending, this movie definitely is worth seeing. The open ending leaves the characters’ futures up to your own interpretation, so be ready to fill in the blanks. Courtney Aldridge is an international business junior.

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“ T h e Wo rd s” w a s a story, inside a story, inside a story. Sounds like “Inception,” right? While this movie doesn’t require quite as much concentration as the Leonardo DiCaprio thriller, it contains multiple layers, incorporating the stories of three men who are each struggling with the consequences of their choices. The movie begins as author Clay Hammond (Dennis Quaid) reads excerpts of his new novel, “The Words,” to an excited, receptive audience at a book reading. The story he’s reading is about Ror y Jansen (Bradley Cooper), a young author who is seeking success by any means necessary — even at someone else’s expense. As the layers are unraveled, the audience sees the str uggle b etw e en each man and his conscience. What started as one lie becomes the very foundation for Jansen’s prestigious career. When Jansen publishes the work of another man (Jeremy Irons), he suddenly becomes the successful author he always dreamed of being. But Jansen finds the success he always sought came at a price — his integrity, which is something he isn’t willing to live without. The path he must take to clear his conscience is obvious, but it just might cost him his wealth, his love and his dreams. The trailer left me hoping I was about to see a feel-good film — one that left every character blissfully content with their lives. Instead, I left feeling like the characters’ lives had inconclusive endings. Hammond made the moral of the movie clear

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Syrup brings coffee culture to Norman Breakfast boutique opens Saturday Westlee Parsons Life & Arts Reporter

A different breed of restaurant, inspired by the breakfast culture of Portland, Ore., has its grand opening just in time for OU’s first home football game. Syrup A Breakfast Boutique opens Saturday and promises something nicer than the greasy spoon food for Norman residents’ early-morning needs. Owners Jason and Ashley Kennedy, husband and wife, said they came up with the idea for Syrup after they moved to Portland shortly after they got married. They were inspired by the city’s breakfast, lunch and coffee restaurants. “They had great breakfast with wicked coffee,� said Jason Kennedy, who graduated from OU’s College of Law in 2011, “[Breakfast] is a cultural thing there.� The Kenne dy’s wanted to bring this culture to Norman. “There are great coffee shops and great breakfast restaurants in Norman, but we wanted to open something that was a combination of the two,� Kennedy said. They started the funding for Syrup about a year ago, Kennedy said. The beginning focus for Syrup came from something essential to the most important meal of the day — coffee. “At first, we focused on our coffee,� Kennedy said. They found a specialty coffee roaster out of Portland called Stumptown Coffee Roasters, he said. They also will be selling

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Diners chat over breakfast at Syrup A Breakfast Boutique on Thursday. The Main Street restaurant will host its grand opening Saturday. Many of the dishes served at Syrup are based on international creations the owners ate while overseas. Syrup will also serve Stumptown Coffee from Portland, Ore.

the coffee retail so people can just buy coffee if they want, Kennedy said. At a glance The feature food inspiraSyrup tion, however, comes from places that aren’t stateside. 123 E. Main Street Kennedy grew up in the 405-701-1143 Netherlands, which influHours of Operation ences some of the specials. “I grew up around the Tuesday- Friday Netherlands, so I love a real 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Belgian waffle,� Kennedy said. “So, we had two real Saturday- Sunday Belgian waffle makers 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. shipped over.� The waffles aren’t completely traditional, though. extensive traveling to placThe couple has done some es like Africa, which also

inspired the menu, Kennedy said. They use the Belgian waffle in a dish inspired by something they ate in Africa called a Morning Glory. The waffle is topped with scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese, Kennedy said. Some of the profit from the restaurant will be donated to non-profit organizations in some of the countries they have visited, Kennedy said. “We really try to handpick the dishes and handp i c k t h e i n g r e d i e n t s ,� Kennedy said. “This is why

we sort of coined the phrase ‘breakfast boutique’ rather than calling it a joint — it’s something a little nicer.� However, Kennedy said Syrup still can please the college crowd, as well as the “Main Street crowd.� “We love Main Street,� K e n n e d y s a i d . “ We ’ r e super excited for things like Norman Music Festival.� Syrup opens at 6:30 a.m. Saturday to feed the pre-game Norman horde. Kennedy expects things to run smoothly. “We opened the doors

[Tuesday] for practice,� Kennedy said. “It went better than we thought — just a little slow in the kitchen.� They wanted to make sure everything was working properly and that their chef was comfortable, he said. If this restaurant doesn’t seem buzzworthy enough as it is, Kennedy said they have big plans that will cater to students’ late nights, finals weeks and hearty food cravings once they get started. Westlee Parsons, Westlee.A.Parsons@ou.edu

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