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“As long as I’m healthy and as long as my mind is still working, there’s nothing else that I’d want to do.” DAVID BOREN, UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT AT A GLANCE Flow of power, responsibility The OU Board of Regents has an order of succession in case the university president is temporarily unable to perform his or her duties due to “official business, vacation, illness or other unavoidable cause.”



Senior vice president and provost of Health Sciences Center (Dewayne Andrews)


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President David Boren is in his 17th year at OU. Despite his contributions and accomplishments at the university so far, Boren says he doesn’t have plans to retire anytime soon and hopes to surpass former President George Lynn Cross’ reign of 25 years.

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At least eight more years. That’s how long students can count on ducking into Evans Hall and seeing the man affectionately called “D-Bo.” President David Boren is in his 17th year at OU , and a recent

study by the Chronicle for Higher Education shows university presidents are primed for retirement , but the man in the crimson Jaguar says he isn’t driving off any time soon. “A s l o n g a s I ’ m h e a l t h y and as long as my mind is still working, there’s nothing else that I’d want to do,” Boren said. The president said he hopes to surpass former President George Lynn Cross’ record of 25 years at the helm of the university. He recently passed David Ross Boyd,

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OU’s first president, last spring to become OU’s second-longest serving president. Retirement looms for multiple top research institution university presidents, the report suggests. The report stated the average age of a college leader is 60. Boren, at 70 years old, is the thirdlongest reigning president among the nation’s top research universities and one of the oldest, according

Vice president for Administrative Affairs of Health Sciences Center (Kenneth Rowe)


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Presidential tenure President David Boren is planning to serve at OU for at least 25 years, but he already has outlasted most OU presidents.

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John Herbert Hollomon, 1968–1970


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Junior catcher Jessica Schults throws the ball during OU’s fall season opener against Seminole State last week. The Sooners host Western Oklahoma State College tonight. (page 5)

An OU College of Engineering student is being recognized for rocketing to the top of his class. Computer science senior Bradley Pirtle received a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation and was given the award Sept. 28 by Apollo astronaut Charlie Duke. “ I w a s BRaDlEY really sur- piRtlE prised [I won], to be honest,” Pirtle said. “It’s a pretty prestigious scholarship, and a lot of smart people apply. I never made the presumption I would even be nominated, much less accepted.” Pirtle was nominated by the OU College of Engineering and went through the application process of writing essays, asking for letters of recommendation and sending transcripts, he said. Pirtle said he found out he won in the summer of 2010. Duke called Pirtle a leader in computer engineering at OU. “He is a prime example of everything an Astronaut Scholar is supposed to be: intelligent, perseverant and destined for greatness,” Duke said in a press release. This award is the largest merit-based award for undergraduates in the science and engineering fields, according to its website. The organization gives only 25 awards each year to deserving students. “The most direct way it helps is it pays for school,” Pirtle said. “But also the motivation and recognition help. I put in a lot of time in the lab and in school. It’s really great to be recognized.”

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The question, “Should I come out of the closet?,” still plagues graduate student Derek Xu. “Most of the time I won’t feel anything; it is just when I feel lonely, that I think about my life, and I find myself wondering what it would be like if I came out,” Xu said.

As a new student, Xu found little support from fellow graduate students. But Xu found comfort in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Xu has been a part of the OU community for almost two months after moving to Norman from China as an international studies student, but after working up the courage to come out of the closet in the presence of OU friends, he said he see COMING OUT paGe 2


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Coming Out: Tuesday’s event fosters support Continued from page 1 remains unsure of coming out to his family in China. “It’s quite a difficult decision because in China if I tell my friends it will get back to my family, and I think it is better to keep this from my family; they will live a happier life if they don’t know,” Xu explained. “I think if I told my family, their lives would be destroyed, and for their good I won’t tell them.” Xu was one of the students on Tuesday’s National Coming Out Day who walked through a doorway on the South Oval, set up for those wishing to come out of the closet publicly in the presence of GLBT supporters. The event brought comfort to those coming out of the closet and spread awareness, with groups including Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and the LGBTQ Advisory Board offered their support to the event. Computer science

Today around campus The collaborative art exhibit titled “Satan’s Camaro” is on display in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s Lightwell Gallery. The exhibit, featuring the work of Justin Strom and Lenore Thomas, will be on display until Oct. 21. A seminar on research-paper writing will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. in Wagner Hall, Room 200. The seminar, titled “Starting Research Writing from Scratch,” is part of the Student Success Series. A lecture on the modern U.S. Senate will be given by Steven Smith, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, at 3:30 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Room in Gaylord Hall. The lecture is free. A film titled “Culture Wars of Venice and the Birth of Public Opera” will be presented by the OU School of Music at 6:30 p.m. in Catlett Music Center’s Pitman Recital Hall. The film is free.

Continued from page 1 to the report. With Boren’s extended tenure, these findings raise the question of who would assume responsibility of the university if Boren were unable to perform his duties. A c c o rd i n g t o t h e O U Regents Policy Manual, in the event of Boren’s absence because of official business, vacation, illness or other unavoidable cause, the next person to stand in would be the senior vice president and provost of the Norman campus, currently Nancy Mergler. If Mergler were absent or unable to perform the respected duties, Dewayne

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BRIEF Congress adds secretary, debates meeting minutes The secretary position and meeting minutes were again the topic of much debate in Tuesday’s Undergraduate Student Congress meeting. Minutes were approved with objections for the second week in a row as chairwoman Alyssa Loveless was unable to amend last week’s minutes due to a technical problem with the tape recorder she used, drawing ire from some representatives. Amid concerns regarding the minutes, former Physical Science Representative Sean Bender was elected as Congress secretary. Bender was elected by a margin of 27-2-1. He has served as the chairman of the Undergraduate Student Congress Ways and Means Committee and worked in the Campus Activities Council, as well as the executive council. Bender promised greater transparency and plans to update voting and attendance records weekly on Congress’ website. He also recognized the importance of taking accurate minutes and plans to tape record every session and edit his minuets accordingly. “I have experience with the Oklahoma’s Open Meetings Act and as secretary I will work to ensure that we are in compliance with it,” he said. Three bills amending the code annotated, a bill concerning the creation of smoking areas and a resolution welcoming TCU to the Big 12 were added to next week’s meeting agenda. Joel Shackelford, Campus Reporter

sophomore Spencer Hanes said the day is a chance for him to support others after having gone through similar experiences. “This really does help promote visibility saying we’re here and we’re just like everyone else — it’s not

like we’re some small group of people,” Hanes said. “I walked through the door as a remembrance of my own coming out but also in support of others coming out. I came out to my family about a year ago and I think it strengthened us.”

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An opera titled “The Coronation of Poppea” will be performed by the OU Opera Theatre at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center’s Weitzenhoffer Theatre. Tickets are $10 for students; $17 for adults; $14 for OU faculty/staff and senior adults.


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GLBT supporters stand next to the doorway set up on the South Oval on Tuesday afternoon for National Coming Out Day. Students could walk through the door to officially “come out” with support present.

A few students such as music composition junior Atiba Williams showed support by setting up musical instruments and playing for their GLBT friends. “A lot of people carr y around the stress of being in the closet; Coming Out Day gives people the platform to eliminate that,” Williams said. “I am an international student and coming out at home would probably put me in moral peril. OU is tolerant considering some of the other places I have visited around the world and how they feel about the GLBT community; this is kind of a safe place for gays.” Williams, like Xu, has kept his sexuality a secret from his family in the Caribbean for fear of their reaction, but both said they feel comfortable in the OU community. “This is something that I must do sooner or later, and I am happy to do it now; I made it today,” Xu said. “I’m proud of myself right now, but there is still a long way for me to go before I entirely come out.”

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Andrew, senior vice president and provost of Health Sciences Center, would stand in. In case the senior vice president was forced to stand in as president, the first thing Mergler said she would do would be to turn to her colleagues. “I would immediately call together all the vice presidents and deans that I know so well and say, ‘Help!,’” Mergler said.

oudaily.coM Story: Boren counts union, landscaping among his favorite projects at OU In the event that Boren resigns or is unable to perform his duties for an excess of 30 days, the board of regents will designate an interim president and will state whether the appointee is eligible for

the permanent position. And although Boren said he isn’t ready to leave office, he acknowledged that someday the time will come. When it does, he stressed the importance of finding a successor likely someone already at OU with a love for the university. “I would hope there would be four, five, six great choices internally, who have been here that have been a part of seeing our university really move up,” Boren said.





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Minutes demand more focus Our View: Potential Student Congress violations of the Open Meeting Act leave more at stake than trivial details.

Student Congress has eliminated the requirement that members validate that information at the beginning of the next meeting. Public bodies must approve the former minutes at the beginning of On Thursday, we reported that certain aspects each meeting as a way to hold the body accountof the Undergraduate Student Congress’ pracable for its past actions, and to hold each inditices may be in violation of the Oklahoma Open vidual representative accountable for his personal Meeting Act. However, the law itself is voting record. obscure on the salient points, our critiThis technique is a form of double The Our View cisms are technical and the violations checking to ensure the accuracy of the is the majority — if they are violations — were clearly publicly available records. This keeps opinion of unintentional. organizations and individuals honest in The Daily’s It would be easy to say that it’s “no big situations where it would be tempting to 10-member deal.” But these details do matter, because editorial board “tweak” the details. they affect the ability of students to hold We don’t think this possible violation by their representatives accountable. Student Congress was intentional, and we In essence, the problem revolves around certainly don’t think it is trying to hide or misrepStudent Congress’ decision to remove the voting resent the voting records. Most likely, this change record and attendance from the minutes of each was simply a well-meaning misstep. And it’s easy meeting, listing them separately on the website. to see how this mistake came about. At almost any This makes it easier for students to find and acpublic meeting one attends, the approval of the cess these vital pieces of information. But the former minutes seems to be a formality, undertakOpen Meeting Act requires public bodies to keep en without any real consideration or weight. written minutes of their meetings, which should This blasé attitude has clearly taught our include the attendance of members, any discusStudent Congress representatives not to value sions that take place and all actions taken (includ- this essential mechanism. We hope this minor ing voting). controversy will spur them to further examine the By moving some of this information outside of importance of an examined and approved voting the minutes, Student Congress might be in viola- record for the public. tion of these requirements. It’s clear that in doing The solution to this problem is simple: Student this Student Congress was attempting to increase Congress should include this information both transparency, and that is always to be applauded. within the minutes and in it’s own spot on the But in this particular instance, it has made a funwebsite. That way, it can comply with the letter of damental error that is about more than the techni- the law while preserving its good intentions. calities of the law. By removing the voting record from the minutes, Comment on this at


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am writing in response to Chase Cook’s Oct. 6 article “Student Congress minutes under fire” in which he alleges possible failure to comply with the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act, whereby the Undergraduate Student Congress placed attendance and voting records next to, rather than within the physical meeting minutes. When evaluated through a true legal lens, yes, some recording policies of Undergraduate Student Congress are inconsistent with the Act by small technicality. However, this was not done willfully, and the reason for the slight error was Congress’ effort to make meeting activities more transparent and easily accessible. If only all publicly elected bodies committed crimes with such intent for clarity and openness for its constituents. Section 312 of the Act requires public bodies such as the Student Congress to record written minutes “showing clearly those members present and absent, all matters considered by the public body, and all actions taken by such public body.” These minutes must also be “open to public inspection.” All votes must be “publicly cast and recorded,” according to section 305 of the Act. Oldham v. Drummond Board of Education explains this is to ensure votes are cast at the public meeting and are in fact recorded. An act supplement provided by former Assistant Attorney General Debra Schwartz expounds the primary thrust of these provisions are to ensure votes are cast in-person, not behind closed doors or by anonymous mail. Indeed, the UOSA Code Annotated even requires voting done “in such a manner that anyone attending the public meeting at the time the vote is taken can tell how each member voted.”

The Student Congress makes voting records, attendance, and meeting minutes available online, on paper in the UOSA offices, and upon personal request. The votes are cast and attendance taken aloud and during the public meeting in compliance with aforementioned case and statutory law. Requests for clarification are invited. Congress business is conducted in-person and record of such is open to public inspection. The only legal misstep is by Congress placing records of attendance and voting literally next to rather than in the meeting minutes, it technically violates the Open Meeting Act. Alyssa Loveless, chairwoman of Congress, states this was done to make it easier for members of the public to access attendance and voting actions without having to comb through the full copy of the meeting minutes. The purpose of Congress in this case was surely not to mislead. It was quite the opposite. Moreover, it was certainly not a willful violation according to section 313 of the act, so Congress would not even be subject to legal liability. I encourage students to use the bounty of opportunities to get more involved in student government. Our (General Counsel) office is near those of the elected officials, and I can assure all of you these young men and women take their jobs very seriously. Going forward, I urge more participation and discourse — rather than blanket criticism and overemphasis on technicalities — when the purpose all along was to make you, the public, more informed. Matt Zellner is the UOSA general counsel and a fourth-year graduate and law student.


Focus protests on possible pipeline The student activism evidenced by the Occupy Norman event Friday was inspiring. One issue generating little local reaction is the proposed KeystoneXL tar sands oil pipeline, projected to cut through Oklahoma as it carries the world’s dirtiest, most expensive source of oil to Texas refineries . The oil industry touts it will create 14,400 jobs and lower gas prices. The Department of Defense conveniently

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ignored the Environmental Protection Agency’s report on the environmental impact of the pipeline. Profit margins depend on oil prices remaining high, and most of the actual 6,000 jobs would be temporary . If the U.S. developed the infrastructure needed to exploit clean, sustainable energy sources (wind, solar, hydro and geothermal energy), workers would get permanent jobs. We lag behind Germany and China in clean

technology. U.S. tax payers foot the bill for oil and gas subsidies and the accompanying health and environment costs of carbon-based fuels. A carbon fee on producers, paid back to consumers as a tax dividend, would reflect the true price of carbon fuels and make alternative energy affordable. Burning the tar sands oil reserves will raise global carbon dioxide to the point that, according leading climate

scientist James Hansen, ‘it is essentially game over’ for climate as we know it. Recent extreme tornados, wild fires, hurricanes, severe drought and melting glaciers offer a preview of tomorrow’s earth. Because the Keystone project requires President Barack Obama’s signature, this is an issue on which student protests could have an immediate impact. Ola Fincke, Department of Zoology


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he scene at Kerr OPINION COLUMNIST Park in Oklahoma City last Friday was fascinating. Standing together were both protesters adorned in the stars and stripes, and those clad in the merchandise of their favorite punk band. Jason Byas Despite that the ing was primarily procedural, planning for future protests, it was still something to behold. The single unifying principle was they were “the 99 percent” and they were upset with corporate influence. Immediately apparent were three interrelated threats that also stand true for the Occupy movement as a whole. Those threats are being disorganized, being co-opted and misunderstanding the root of the problem. Near the end of the meeting, Edmond Memorial High School senior Grayson English noted his concerns that outside of agreeing “the 1 percent” was “being [unprintable synonym for ‘jerks’],” there didn’t seem to be much of a message. The sentiment so far seems to be roughly something to the effect of, “What do we want? We don’t know! When do we want it? Now!” Individuals within the movement seem to have plenty ideas of their own. Kalen Kattestad, education senior, said she was interested in libertarian solutions, such as combating the Federal Reserve’s inflationary policies. However, when the proposition was made for the Occupy OKC movement to have Oklahoma-centric demands, many in the crowd reacted negatively, one saying he didn’t want any “of that libertarian crap” to be part of the demands. Regardless of what the Occupy movement’s message turns out to be, it certainly needs to have one. Without clear, concrete demands, the movement can make no impact other than showing people are mad. Further, it leaves the movement susceptible to the false salvation of politicians, more than willing to co-opt the movement for their own gain. Already, mainstream progressive politicians such as President Barack Obama have begun to claim they are responsive to the complaints of the Occupy Wall Street protests. It is absolutely crucial that the Occupy movement rejects this false kindness. Though many in the Occupy movement would be insulted by the comparison, they would do well to note the recent historical tragedy of the Tea Party. Initially very libertarian, principally enraged at the bailouts and even with strong anti-war sentiment, it fell apart as soon as Fox News and the Republican Party gave their “help.” Almost immediately, the decentralized grassroots libertarian operation was transformed into a cringe-worthy Astroturf display of conservative populism. The original intent of the Tea Party has even fallen so far down the memory hole that Paul Ryan, who voted in approval of all the bailouts, is now considered an archetypal Tea Party Republican. For the Occupy movement to turn into a Democratic Tea Party would do nothing but silence this brief public outcry and stifle any attempts at real change. The final problem faced by the Occupy movement is the most unavoidable. Most political discussion is essentially a fake argument: big business versus government. Seeing the two as somehow in conflict, critics of government reflexively defend inequality and the actions of big business, as the product of a free society. Critics of big business see government as the answer, able and willing to defend the interests of common people and create social justice. Nothing could be further from the truth. The malign nature of Wall Street as we know it is the monstrous creation of its symbiotic relationship with government. Almost all government action — not only including, but especially, regulations — serves the already financially powerful. Industry giants know they cannot survive with the power they do in a truly free market. Thus, they lobby for their own regulations, which prevent smaller businesses from getting off the ground, while the Walmarts of the world can absorb costs like a speeding ticket. Small businesses are not the victim of corporate victory in market competition but of corporate fear of market competition. There is reason to be hopeful for the Occupy movement. However, there also is reason for cynicism. Real change only will occur when the public has clear demands that cannot be twisted by power-seeking politicians, and do not just feed the problem by treating a government in constant collusion with corporations as a solution to the problem of government collusion with corporations. Jason Byas is a philosophy junior.

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OUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last rodeo in Aggieland Texas A&M hosts OU for final match in College Station


Sooners to host second fall game OU to play top-tier local junior college in Norman as part of exhibition season

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The OU volleyball team w ill face Texas A&M in College Station for the last time as Big 12 foes at 6:30 tonight. The Sooners held steady at No. 22 in this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s AVCA coaches poll while Texas A&M received 16 votes and was the sixth team outside the polls. Oklahoma comes into tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s match off a 3-1 loss Saturday night at No. 15 Iowa State. The Sooners hit only .157 for the match against the Cyclones. OU coach Santiago Restrepo said mental errors ultimately cost the Sooners the match. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did some very good things,â&#x20AC;? Restrepo said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we just had too many errors. Both teams went back and forth on defense, picked a lot of balls up.â&#x20AC;? Restrepo said it is tough to keep the mentality that one game doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make the season irrelevant, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something the team has to do in order to move forward from its first conference loss. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obviously, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough because one of our goals was to win the Big 12 championship, and obviously, this is a little setback,â&#x20AC;? Restrepo said. The Sooners and the Aggies have split the past two season series. OU won in College Station in 2009 but dropped a 3-1 decision last season. Restrepo said the team is developing a better road mentality, but it still has to concentrate on playing through the entire set. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the bottom line is you have to be extremely concentrated and be very

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Junior outside hitter Morgan Reynolds (8) attacks against Texas in a game earlier this season. Reynolds and the Sooners will play their final conference match against Texas A&M in College Station today.

disciplined all the way to the end,â&#x20AC;? Restrepo said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one thing we have to learn to make sure that we maintain our concentration all the way to 25 points.â&#x20AC;? This could be OUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last trip to College Station for a long time since A&M is joining the SEC, and Restrepo said the team wants to leave the Aggies with a parting gift. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to send them with a loss, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be extremely tough to beat,â&#x20AC;? Restrepo said.

AT A GLANCE Texas A&M Aggies 2011 record: 14-4 (3-2) Last game: Beat Kansas, 3-2, on Saturday in Lawrence Last game vs. OU: Beat the Sooners, 3-1, in College Station in 2010

Key players: Senior OH Kelsey Black (3.61 kills/set, 3.25 digs/set), junior MB Lindsey Miller (2.56 kills/set, 0.98 blocks/set), junior OH/MB Alisia Kastmo (2.56 kills/set)

Restrepoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a team that has given us headaches on the road, so we have to come out very strong there and play our game. Kelsey Black is a very good outside hitter, and she passes the ball extremely well. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a player we have to stop. Overall, their setter is very offensive. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a very well-coached team and a very balanced team. We have to come out strong and see what we can do.â&#x20AC;?

Two top teams in their respective divisions will come together in an exhibition match when Oklahoma softball (1-0) hosts Western Oklahoma State College at 6 tonight in Norman. OU won its fall season opener with a 27-0 rout of Seminole State in an extended 10 innings last week. The Pioneers are coming off an impressive 2011 spring season that posted a 47-14 overall record, complemented with 23 new school records, including team batting average (.362) and home runs (94). The junior college in Altus features 14 GO AND DO Oklahoma-grown playOU vs. Western ers, including sophomore Oklahoma State Tyresha Washington out of Enid, who finished last seaWHEN: 6 tonight son with a team-leading 27 stolen bases. The Pioneers WHERE: Marita Hynes Field had five players on their at OU Softball Complex roster last spring who had 10 or more stolen bases, PRICE: Free for students and the team notched 124 with a valid OU ID total free bases during the season. Another batter the Sooner pitching staff shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t overlook is infielder Martha Thomas. Last season, the North Richland Hills, Texas, native hit for .392 with 16 home runs and a .480 on-base percentage. Thomas also received National Junior College Player of the Week honors after the second baseman finished with five doubles, four homers and 11 RBIs in a single week in March. But OU also dominated in its own division, finishing last season with a trip to the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College World Series and a 43-19 record with a .304 team batting average and 72 homers. OU is led by junior All-Americans Keilani Ricketts and Jessica Shults. Last season the pitcher-catcher duo earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors on Feb. 15 for teamwork at the plate and on the mound. Shults finished the season with .338 batting average and 19 homers even after the Valencia, Calif., native sat out much of the postseason because of an illness. Ricketts, who continues to rewrite OUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pitching record books, threw 33 complete games with nine shutouts while striking out a school-record 452 batters last year. The southpaw pitcher also is coming into her own at the plate in the Sooner lineup. Ricketts finished with a .286 batting average that accounted for 45 RBIs and 13 homers last season. Ricketts is off to a good start this fall, launching two home runs during OUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opener against Seminole State last week.

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Fleming earns weekly honor OU senior cornerback Jamell Fleming was named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday for his performance against Texas on Saturday in Dallas. The Arlington, Texas, native had a career-high 13 tackles â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 11 unassisted â&#x20AC;&#x201D;and returned a stripped ball 56 yards for a touchdown, one of three defensive scores for the Sooners in OUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 55-17 rout of the Longhorns. Fleming is the second Sooner to receive the honor this year. Junior Javon Harris earned the distinction after OUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s win against Florida State earlier this season. Daily staff reports


Broyles very close to breaking NCAA record for catches Oklahoma senior wide receiver Ryan Broyles is four catches from breaking the NCAA record for career receptions, which he will likely break Saturday against Kansas. The Norman native sits at 313 grabs, three shy of Purdueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taylor Stubblefield (2001-04). â&#x20AC;&#x153;National records, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to admit, are pretty amazing,â&#x20AC;? OU coach Bob Stoops said during his Tuesday press conference at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Broyles had a chance to break the record with 12 minutes left against Texas on Saturday in Dallas, but Stoops said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never made

a habit of leaving his players in during a blowout just to pad stats or break records. Stoops said the risk of a meaningless injury in a game thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already decided far outweighed the potential to break a national record. He said he prefers to let games run their course and said the records come when they come. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just wait to get it when it comes in the flow of our offense,â&#x20AC;? Stoops said. James Corley, Sports Editor

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he cast and crew of centuriesold opera â&#x20AC;&#x153;The C o ro n a t i o n o f Poppea,â&#x20AC;? will mean business at the University Theatre showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premiere at 8 tonight. The seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first opera will highlight the power of love, lust and ambition in Rome during Emperor Neroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reign, said professor Bill Ferrara , the director of the show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As you can imagine in a story about Nero and his mistress Poppea, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lots of sex and violence,â&#x20AC;? Ferrara said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is rated R, and we mean business, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s necessary really to the story.â&#x20AC;? Written in 1643 , the opera will be performed in Italian, but four screens will provide supertitles, which translate the dialogue into English without the audience having to take attention from the performance. The audience will surround the stage in the in-the-round setting of the Max Weitzenhoffer Theatre in the Fine Arts Center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since the [Weitzenhoffer Theatre] is in the round, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very close to the actors, which makes you feel almost a part of the opera,â&#x20AC;? said Suzanne Stanley , senior vocal performance major.

Top: OU students perform a scene from this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opera â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Coronation of Poppeaâ&#x20AC;? in the Max Weitzenhoffer Theatre on Monday.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone can relate to love making you crazy and making you make strange, spur of the moment decisions, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what this opera is about.â&#x20AC;? Suzanne Stanley, Vocal performance senior

Stanley will play the role of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amore,â&#x20AC;? the god of love, who has a profound effect on all the actions and decisions made in the show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most people in this opera are driven by love and lust to make their decisions, so Amore has a hand in lots of the decisions that are made in this opera, some for good, some for bad,â&#x20AC;? Stanley said. Stanley said people not familiar with opera should not be intimidated by the show, as anyone can relate to the characters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone can relate to love making you crazy and making you make strange, spur-of-the-moment decisions, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what this opera is about,â&#x20AC;? Stanley said. The set will be unique, Ferrara said, with the instrumental ensemble in the center of the stage. The actors will perform around the musicians and work closely

Center: Amore (right) played by Suzanne Stanley, rides atop a Roman with her bow held high. The opera will open at 8 tonight and run through Sunday.

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