Page 1

W E E K LY E D I T I O N | O C T O B E R 2 8 - N O V E M B E R 3 , 2 0 19 | O U D A I LY. C O M



Junior linebacker Kenneth Murray during the game against Kansas State Oct. 26 in Manhattan, Kansas.


Oklahoma’s defensive collapse leads to road loss against unranked Kansas State, leaving future of season in question


MANHATTAN, Kansas — Kenneth Murray sat on Oklahoma’s bench dejected, his body slumped with a towel draped over his head. Feet away, Lincoln Riley stood with his arms crossed as Kansas State was set to kick off, up 48-23. Oklahoma had just given up 24 unanswered points — 17 in the third quarter — and with 12:32 remaining in the game, Riley, Murray and the Sooners knew they had likely dug themselves a hole too deep. Eighteen unanswered points and a near onside kick recovery later, Kansas State (5-2, 2-2) fans flooded Wagner Field as the Wildcats shocked the college football world and knocked off No. 5 Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1 Big 12). Oklahoma was doomed by a disastrous third quarter — a quarter that may also have doomed its national title aspirations. “This team so often has been able to come out in the third quarter (with momentum), and we just did not play well in the third quarter,” Riley said. “You got to play hard, you got to be mentally tough, but give Kansas State credit — they beat us.” Oklahoma’s third quarter Saturday was likely the worst quarter the Sooners have played under Riley. The only other comparable quarter is the first in the 2018 Orange Bowl, when the Sooners fell behind Alabama 28-0. But Saturday was different. Oklahoma wasn’t facing the Crimson Tide. It was facing a Kansas State team that had put up 49 points total in its three previous Big 12 games. Kansas State outscored Oklahoma 17-0 in the third quarter. Kansas State had 173 total yards compared to

Oklahoma’s 12 in the third quarter, and Kansas State had the ball for 11:25 to Oklahoma’s 3:35. “I saw a sideline of guys who felt like they really had a chance to win the football game and stay in the football game against a great, great football team,” Kansas State head coach Chris Klieman said. “That’s, without question, a top-five football team to me.” The Sooners certainly didn’t play like it for three quarters Saturday, allowing the Wildcats to dominate them in nearly every aspect of the game. “It’s the mentality, effort, all that, but it’s also doing your job within the scheme, and I thought guys wanted to make a play so bad,” Riley said. “I can think of several examples on all three sides where we got out of the context of the scheme, and then a good team like Kansas State makes you pay.” Oklahoma didn’t look like a team that dominated Texas just two weeks ago. It didn’t look like a team favored to win the Big 12. And it certainly didn’t look like a team poised to make a run at the College Football Playoff. “If we play our brand of football, I don’t think there’s a team out there that can beat us,” center Creed Humphrey said. “Unfortunately, we didn’t play our brand of football in the second half.” For the Sooners’ playoff hopes to rise from the ashes, a couple obvious things have to happen. First, and most importantly, Oklahoma has to win out. Second, the Sooners need chaos to strike. They will likely need Alabama or LSU to lose more than one game, and anything on top of that — like a Clemson or Ohio State loss — certainly would help. The Sooners have been here before, as they’ve lost one game in each of the three years they’ve reached the playoff. They know what it takes to respond. And they have a leader, Jalen Hurts, who knows how to get

them there. “We’ve got to take every game one at a time,” said Hurts, who totaled 491 yards and four touchdowns in his attempt to lead a furious comeback. “We don’t skip from October to December, January, without getting over November. We’ve got to learn from this. We’ve got to appreciate this lesson right here.” After the game, only Oklahoma’s four captains were made available: Hurts, Humphrey, Murray and Neville Gallimore. All four said much of the same, speaking to how disappointed they were and how they will turn things around. Roughly 20 feet away, one moment summed up Saturday in just a few seconds. As Humphrey spoke, freshman wide receiver Trejan Bridges moped his way to the team bus. Bridges, minutes earlier, had unintentionally touched the onside kick Oklahoma recovered late in the game before letting it go 10 yards. He was 1 yard short of it being a legal play. Riley’s wife, Caitlin, stopped him in his tracks and put her right arm around him, patting him on the back and sharing a word of encouragement. On what was an awful day for Oklahoma, its biggest lesson may be learned from Caitlin Riley: If the Sooners are going to respond and make another playoff run, they’re going to need everyone. From Lincoln Riley, to Jalen Hurts, to Kenneth Murray, to Alex Grinch, to a freshman wide receiver. “Climbing this mountain is not easy,” Hurts said. “It’s treacherous.” George Stoia




Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2019 •



George Stoia, sports editor • phone: 405-325-3666 • Twitter: @OUDailySports


Freshman tight end Austin Stogner watches the OU onside kick during the game against Kansas State on Oct. 26 in Manhattan, Kansas.

Onside kick call ends comeback Ruling kills hopes of Sooner victory over Kansas State GEORGE STOIA @GeorgeStoia

MANHATTAN, Kansas — One yard short. No. 5 Oklahoma was just 1 yard away from recovering an onside kick in its 48-41 loss to Kansas State Saturday. Brayden Willis originally recovered the onside, but the call was overturned after the referees said Trejan Bridges

touched the ball before letting it go 10 yards. The officials’ call gave Kansas State the ball and, eventually, the win. During the play, it looked as if Bridges was blocked into the ball, which by rule, allows him to legally touch it. Articles 4a and 4b in the rulebook say, "A player blocked by an opponent into a free kick is not, while inbounds, deemed to have touched the kick ... An inbounds player touched by a ball either batted or illegally kicked by an opponent is not deemed to have touched the

ball." After the game, a pool reporter asked referee Reggie Smith about the call. "We did consider all aspects of forced touching," Smith said. "However, based on Rule 2-11-4-c, this is why we came to the decision that we came to. Rule 2-11-4-c was the primary determination for considering forced touching." Also after the game, OU head coach Lincoln Riley addressed the call saying, "He said that they didn't block him. It was reviewed from our spot in Dallas by

our people." Riley went on to say it reminded him of an onside kick against Baylor in 2017. In that game, Baylor kicked the onside and an OU player pushed a Baylor player into the ball, and the Bears recovered. The officials still ruled Baylor ball, the opposite of what was ruled Saturday against Kansas State. "If memory serves me correct, we had a very similar situation up at Baylor," Riley said. "That was the play that kept coming back to my mind because they engaged our player first and then the

ball hit our player. It definite- the Baylor one was very simly hit him before 10 yards, ilar … It was a 50-50 call, it but I was certainly under the didn’t go our way." impression that if they engage your player into it, that there’s no illegal touching. George Stoia "Again, I may be wrong on the Baylor deal, but I know

FORCED TOUCHING DISREGARDED RULE “A player blocked by an opponent into a free kick is not, while inbounds, deemed to have touched the kick.” Source: NCAA Football 2016 and 2017 Rules and Interpretations

OU’s defensive past haunts playoff chances Oklahoma allows 48 points, achieves zero takeaways VIC REYNOLDS @vicareynolds

MANHATTAN, Kansas — Forty-eight. That ’s the number of points that gave Oklahoma its first loss of the 2018 season in a 48-45 game against Texas, and history repeated itself on Saturday as the No. 5 Sooners (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) lost, 48-41, to Kansas State (5-2, 2-2 Big 12). A year ago, the 48 points weren’t surprising. They were a norm that plagued the Sooners from reaching the heights they desired, and they were points that led to the firing of then-defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. Now, after the January hiring of Alex Grinch as Stoops’ replacement, the 48 points are a shocking number that Sooner Nation hoped would be a bygone of the Stoops era. In his first seven games with the Sooners, Grinch led a turnaround that was reflected not only in the defense’s swagger and energy level, but also in the Sooners' ranking in the top 40 in the nation in seven defensive categories. But Oklahoma ranks 83rd in the nation in one defensive stat, which is the one that Grinch has emphasized

Redshirt linebacker Brian Asamoah during the game against Kansas State Oct. 26 in Manhattan, Kansas.

the most in his 10-month tenure: takeaways. Grinch’s scheme is predicated on forcing takeaways, and the Sooners have failed to do so in the last four games. It didn’t matter too much, as they won the first three of those games by an average of 23 points. But the zero takeaways against Kansas State? That contributed to the most points the Sooners have allowed since November 2018, when they beat then-No. 20 West Virginia, 59-56. “The lack of takeaways

reared its head. We talk about, 'Takeaways equal victories,' and it hasn’t applied yet, but it certainly applied today,” Grinch said. “We knew we were going to come down this road at some point, and unfortunately we’re going to have to learn a real hard lesson that way.” The game began with what Sooner Nation has come to expect with Grinch on the sideline: a quick three-andout. But after that first drive, Kansas State’s Devin Anctil wouldn’t punt the ball again until the fourth quarter, after

eight Wildcat scoring drives. Kansas State coach Chris Klieman didn’t crack Grinch’s defense through any complex scheme or offensive trickery. On the contrary, the Wildcats played classic football — they ran the ball for 213 yards to Oklahoma’s 102, had the ball for more than 38 minutes to Oklahoma’s 21 and simply outplayed the Sooners physically. Quarterback Skylar Thompson played a similar game to Texas’ Sam Ehlinger in the 2018 loss by barreling


through the Sooner front seven en route to four rushing touchdowns, and he kept the ball in the hands of the Wildcats for more than 38 minutes. “They didn’t go and reinvent the wheel — they ran the ball well, they got out of tackles, and we made more mental mistakes than I know we have all year,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. "Against a group like that, when you don't get off the field, you put yourself in a bad position. We had a chance to really separate

ourselves early in that game — we didn’t do it and we let a good team in it, and they whipped us in the third quarter.” The loss has potentially catastrophic implications for the Sooners’ College Football Playoff hopes, but they've been here before. In three of the previous four seasons, Oklahoma lost an early game, won out and reached the national semifinals. Before the Sooners even think about making the playoffs, they need to focus on how they’ll bounce back from this defensive blunder. With a bye week next week, then a home matchup against No. 23 Iowa State — which has one of the Big 12’s best quarterbacks in Brock Purdy — the Sooners will need to improve defensively. At least according to junior linebacker Kenneth Murray, there’s no way the Sooner defense will unravel in a similar way to 2018’s team. “If push comes to shove, I want the weight of the world on my shoulders,” Murray said. “There won’t be any going down the stretch and having back-to-back bad games or stuff we’ve seen in the past. No, this is different. We had one bad Saturday — that's life, move on. We’re going to get this thing fixed.” Vic Reynolds


Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2019 •


First loss for quarterback Hurts Missed chances, limited possession lead to OU defeat CALEB MCCOURRY @CalebMac21

MANHATTAN, Kansas — With less than two minutes remaining, senior quarterback Jalen Hurts was telling his team, "You got to believe," after he and the offense finished an 18-0 r u n t o pu t t h e S o o n e r s w i t h i n a t ou c h d ow n o f tying the game. But after the referees called an illegal touch on f re s h m a n w i d e re c e i ver Trejan Bridges in the Sooners' onside kick attempt with less than two minutes left, that hope was replaced with the feeling of defeat. The 19 carries for 96 rushing yards, 395 passing yards and four touchdowns were not enough for Hurts in the No. 5 Sooners’ (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) 48-41 loss to Kansas State (5-2, 2-2 Big 12). The fourth-quarter heroics to cut Kansas State's lead to just 7 points after being down 25 at the start of the fourth weren’t

e n ou g h e i t h e r. A n d a l though Hurts put together another performance worthy of remaining in the Heisman conversation, he and the Sooners didn't do what was needed to beat the underdogs, who were predicted to lose by a spread of 23.5 points. The Sooners put themselves in a position where they needed an onside kick to be in their favor. And when it wasn't, the Sooners had to watch Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson take a knee in victory formation and see the swarm of fans in purple rush the field in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. "What spark we had, resurgence we had, whatever you want to call it," Hurts said, "it wasn't enough." Hurts and the Sooner offense, ranked No. 1 in the FBS, couldn't capitalize on their limited possession time. The Sooners had the ball for just under 22 minutes compared to the Wildcats' 38 in the entire game. Hurts only got to touch the ball twice in the third quarter, and both drives ended in punts. It could've been three opportunities if it hadn’t been

for a fumble from running back T.J. Pledger on a kick return. The lack of making plays when needed led to 24 unanswered points from the Wildcats, digging the Sooners a hole big enough to overshadow 220 yards of total offense and 18 points from Oklahoma in the fourth quarter alone. "I think, simply put, we've just got to take advantage of every opportunity we have," Hurts said. "Every time we touch the ball, we gotta put it in the paint." Hurts showed flashes of brilliance in the fourth quarter. After junior wide re c e i v e r C e e D e e L a m b caught a short pass from Hur ts and ran 70 yards for a touchdown, Hurts marched down the field with five rushing attempts f o r 3 5 y a rd s, u l t i mat e ly muscling his way for a 1-yard touchdown, then finding Lamb in the back of the end zone for a 2-point conversion to put the Sooners within a touchdown of tying the game. But when sophomore fullback Brayden Willis' onside kick recovery was called back after an illegal


Senior quarterback Jalen Hurts during the game against Kansas State Oct. 26 in Manhattan, Kansas.

touch from Bridges, all of the Sooners' mistakes in the match were exposed. Instead of just field goals or punts, Hur ts could have led his team to touchdowns. Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Charleston Rambo could have caught the ball instead of letting it bounce off him, just to have it land

into the hands of a Kansas State defender in OU’s red zone. Pledger could have avoided fumbling on the punt return to give Hurts an extra chance at scoring. Hurts and the offense could have scored four t ou c h d ow n s i n st e a d o f four field goals. “Should've, would've, c o u l d ' v e ,” H u r t s s a i d .

"Regardless of what happened, the result is what it is. It wasn't enough. So, back to the drawing boards we go. “We'll move for ward. We'll be okay." Caleb McCourry

Fans question playoff hopes, team growth Daily sports editor responds to first loss uncertainty GEORGE STOIA @GeorgeStoia

MANHATTAN, Kansas — The No. 5 Sooners (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) fell to Kansas State (5-2, 2-2 Big 12), 48-41, Saturday afternoon. It was Oklahoma's first true road loss in the Lincoln Riley era, and it severely complicates OU's chances of a third consecutive College Football Playoff appearance. After the game, The Daily's sports editor, George Stoia, answered readers’ questions about the loss. @eduardoo_405: How does one naturally cope with a loss? I don’t know what to do with myself. Braum’s makes everything better. @slagle747: When will I stop letting 19-year-olds dictate my happiness? A great question and a reminder that Saturday is what makes college football great. For one program, it's a hisCAITLYN EPES/THE DAILY toric win. For another, it's an OU coach Lincoln Riley and OU assistant head coach Shane Beamer yell at the referee during the game against Kansas State on Oct. 26 in Manhattan, Kansas. embarrassing loss. Kids make mistakes and have bad days. Oklahoma @4WallerOU: Was that the in recent years. The games of the rule, if someone is pains, and Saturday may Kennedy Brooks should played like crap Saturday. worst-coached game of the that come to mind are 2014 blocked into the ball on end up being the biggest of have had more carries. But They'll be better in two Riley era? Baylor and 2017 Iowa State a free kick, then the ball them all. that’s far from why OU lost weeks. It has to be. It's definite- — ju st s h o ck i ng l o ss e s is still live even if it didn’t the game. ly up there with 2018 Texas where Oklahoma was out- go 10 yards. In this case, it @PapeFord: Are the play@bobbylepak: Does any and the 2018 Orange Bowl. coached, outplayed and should have been OU’s ball. off hopes over? @StevenCarter96: What’s conference have a better The difference in those outphysicalled. But the officials’ explanaNegative, ghostrider. going to be the biggest emslate of coaches running games is that the Sooners tion, according to Riley, is T h e y ' r e n o t g r e a t , phasis for the bye week? their “middle of the pack”/ were playing formidable @ e h u d 1 9 9 7 : R o o t i n g that an OU player pushed but they're not dead. If Running the ball on ofnon-bluebloods? Klieman, opponents. Kansas State against Coach O and all of the Kansas State player into Oklahoma wins out, it still fense or filling the gaps on Rhule (Baylor is doing well had no business beating my favorite playoff-proba- Trejan Bridges, who then has a great shot of making defense? this year, but not a blueb- Oklahoma on Saturday. The ble team coaches is going touched the ball. the playoff. The Sooners will Neither. I think it's forcing lood), Campbell, Gundy, Sooners were all out of sorts to be really hard. How do I I don’t know what should need some chaos, which turnovers. Wells, Brown, Patterson on all three sides of the ball, do this? have been the call, honestly. college football most cerI don't think the offense and Miles are all fantastic and they looked unprepared As Jalen Hurts would say, And in that case, it probably tainly always delivers. needs to work on much. And coaches. and undisciplined. should have been whatever you just do it. No excuses. T h e q u e s t i o n w i l l b e the defense, yes, needs to fill No, I don't think so. was called on the field. But I whether a one-loss Alabama gaps better. But they really The perception of this @Kgeezy10: Should we @B S orrell98: Kenneth digress. or LSU gets in over a 12-1 Big need to get some takeaways. conference is that it's top go ahead and let Spencer Murray... did he forget how The onside kick didn’t 12 champion Oklahoma? And I have no idea how they heavy. But I think Saturday, Rattler play the rest of the to play defense? lose OU that game. The third That, I don't know the an- fix that. They've had opporwith Oklahoma, Texas and way out? Ya know, for next Probably one of the worst quarter did. swer to. tunities and fail to convert. Iowa State losing, it proved year’s team? performances of his career. it's anything but. Jalen Hurts had 491 total He couldn't get off blocks. @truejb: Was this a one-off, @TerryRobbins76: Why @Ros emanHowie: Is it Th e Big 1 2 ha s ab ou t yards and four touchdowns. He missed tackles. And he or has our defense been ex- don’t we use the running okay if I cry? seven teams right now that That is my answer to that didn't fill his gaps. posed for what it really is? backs anymore? Yes. can beat anybody in the question. I think it's a little bit of Murray has been unbeThe easy answer: Jalen conference on any given lievable up until this point both. I still think this de- Hurts. Saturday. That's impressive, @soonerfan432: The hell in the season. I expect him fense is much improved. I I don’t think it ’s that George Stoia and a big testament of that is was that? The entire game. to bounce back, but man, think Grinch and the de- Lincoln Riley isn’t calling to the coaches in the league. Just what did we witness? Saturday was not a good fense laid an egg Saturday, run plays, I think Hurts is When was the last time you sign. He likely lost any and Kansas State had a great just keeping them most of @j_mat4: How miserable remember OU getting em- chance he had at winning game plan. Page 1 image: the time. Linebacker Nik Bonitto is the defense’s next two barrassed like that? Grinch has this defense the Butkus Award. I know some people are during the game against weeks about to be with Alex That was ... I still have heading in the right direc- upset with the playcallKansas State on Oct. 26 Grinch and a bye week? no idea. It was complete- @HaydenBlake4: Article 4? tion, don't fool yourselves. ing, but 41 points should in Manhattan, Kansas. On a scale of 1-10, based ly unexpected and one of This is in reference to the Remember last year, this be enough to win a footon Grinch’s mood after the the most lackluster perfor- onside kick controversy. ha p p e n e d e v e r y ga m e. ball game against Kansas CAITLYN EPES/THE DAILY game, I would say a 13/10. mances I can remember From my understanding There's going to be growing State. Yes, Trey Sermon and

Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2019 •



Jordan Miller, news managing editor • phone: 405-325-3666 • Twitter: @OUDaily

Creative therapies aim for healing Participants see program benefits at Children’s Hospital GREYSON SIERP @greysonsierp

Walking into a large play space at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medicine, visitors see a new centerpiece on display. Patients’ creations, made of torn pieces of construction paper, are hung up all over the wall. An array of colors fill the area, from depictions of a guitar and sun to a stitched heart — all created by patients. What most see as a collection of torn pieces of paper and glue, a child sees as a firetruck, with every piece exactly where it should be. These creations are continually collected to form a gallery, displaying the culmination of the hospital’s recently created artist-in-residence program. The artist-in-residence is Oklahoma City artist Ginna Dowling, who works with the kids, accumulating their art and displaying it throughout the halls of the hospital. Dowling’s project, “The L a n g u a g e o f Ho p e a n d Courage,� is a year-long installation of artistic creations made by the kids. “ W h a t ’s n i c e a b o u t Ginna’s project — because it’s big and a year long — that’s going to be a really good showpiece for us to be able to communicate to the community like, ‘Look at what we can do with these kids,’� said Sara Jacobson, director of child life and volunteers. “With an artist and kids, you can make these amazing things happen. We need this every day.� Jentri Whitford, coordinator of The Zone at the hospital, said Dowling has been working with both children and parents alike. The Zone is a community-funded, 6,000-square-foot play area where patients and siblings can explore, learn and socialize, according to the hospital's website. “The experience that patients and families are having by being able to express ... sometimes it's the reason


A collection of patients’ art made out of torn pieces of construction paper and glue on display in The Zone at The Children’s Hospital Oct. 8.

why they’re here — a lot of times it’s more of a sign of hope,� Whitford said. “Everyone has a place to participate.� Jason and Heather Davey have a 4-year-old son named Liam who went through multiple open heart surgeries at the hospital as young as 2 years old. Liam participated in the artist-in-residence program recently, creating a firetruck out of strips of construction paper. The Daveys have seen the hospital before and after the implementation of the hospital’s numerous therapy

programs, and Heather said the hospital’s therapy dog program was comforting for Liam. “It was fantastic,� Heather said. “My son was 2 at the time — it was nice to have that familiarity and comfort. Any type of therapy program is critical for the hospital.� Jason said therapy is helpful because it breaks up “the monotony of the hospital lifestyle.� “Therapy brings you back to a sense of normality,� Jason said. “Anything that stimulates the brain and stimulates creativity has a

lasting and healing benefit to it that — I don’t know if they can even calculate that.� The Children’s Hospital is now seeking someone to run a permanent art therapy program as well as coordinate the rest of its child therapy programs, which the Daveys said have made a positive impact. Jacobson said the hospital has the resources, but nobody to run the program. “A lot of times we have the stuff, but we don’t have the staff,� Jacobson said. “Our goal is to have someone here daily that is able to do art

Universal Crossword Edited by David Steinberg October 28, 2019 Editor in Chief News Editor Sports Editor Visual Editor Video Editor

Nick Hazelrigg Jordan Miller George Stoia Caitlyn Epes Will Conover

contact us

160 Copeland Hall, 860 Van Vleet Oval Norman, OK 73019-2052

The OU Daily is a public forum, the University of Oklahoma’s independent student voice and an entirely student-run publication. The Editorial Board, which consists of student editors, meets Monday to Thursday in Copeland Hall, Room 160. The newsroom is open to the public. To advertise in The Daily, contact the advertising manager by calling 405-325-2521 or emailing


Paxson Haws Julia Weinhoffer Abigail Hall Daniella Peters Carly Orewiler



Enterprise Editor Engagement Editor Culture Editor Copy Chief Design Editor





One free copy of The Daily is available to members of the OU community. Additional copies may be purchased for 25 cents by contacting The Daily business office at 405-325-2521. Corrections: The Daily is committed to accuracy in its publications. If you find an error in a story, email or visit oudaily. com/site/corrections.html to submit a correction form. VOL. 104, NO. 45 Copyright 2019 OU Publications Board FREE — Additional copies 25 cents



Previous Solution         


Instructions: Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9. That means that no number is repeated in any row, column or box.








ACROSS 1 Command used with Cut and Copy 6 IV amounts 9 Not suitable 14 Bargainbasement 15 Pitching stat 16 Takes it easy 17 “Hurry up, dancer!�? 19 Happen next 20 Like some coincidences 21 Accurate statement 22 Alpine transport 25 “Hurry up, music producer!�? 29 Shady spots in gardens 31 Sleep 32 Mowgli’s bear friend 33 Celebrated 35 “Hurry up, smelter!�? 40 League members 41 Participate in, as a contest 43 Cheese gadgets 47 Huge Starbucks size 48 “Hurry up, watchmaker!�? 51 Pay attention to 52 “My bad!� 53 ___ Cheese (Doritos flavor) 10/28

55 Japanese dog 57 Request for a next-day delivery, say, and what each of 17-, 25-, 35- and 48-Across is 61 In need of sleep 62 “___ the season ...� 63 “I’m at your service� 64 Plain bagels don’t have them 65 Sault ___ Marie 66 Spy’s mission, for short DOWN 1 Mac alternatives 2 Response to a rubdown 3 Red or Dead 4 Become entrenched 5 Blunt blade 6 Salsa singer Cruz 7 Stream 8 What old sofas do 9 Suffix for “percent� 10 Like some healthy yogurt 11 ___-Lorraine 12 Full of moxie 13 Fly with a reduplicative name 18 Triceps’ places

22 Folder projection 23 Be a blowhard 24 Partner of “ready� and “willing� 26 ___ Park, Colorado 27 “Take ___ Train� (Duke Ellington song) 28 Boat’s steering device 30 No-good 33 Meal at a palace 34 “Slippery� tree 36 Grinder, by another name 37 Small town descriptor 38 Alternative magazine founder Eric 39 Head, in Calais

42 “Awesome!� 43 What a bad winner does 44 Novice 45 Aim 46 Tried out 47 “(I’m a) Ramblin’ Wreck From Georgia ___� 49 Language group that gave us “kayak� 50 Billiards shot 54 Eleventh ___ 56 Commercials 57 Signal boosts on Twitter, briefly 58 Mo. when Kwanzaa starts 59 Mood music? 60 “The ___ & Stimpy Show�


programming with our kids. There is art and creation everywhere, but there’s nobody there to really direct it.� The hospital currently has therapy dog programs and a number of child life specialists who help patients and families cope with hospitalization and other challenges related to hospital life. The hospital recently took on a new music therapist, but before that it took several years to establish the music therapy program, which began in summer 2016. “It took us about eight years to fundraise and really

Fast! by Paul Coulter

Greyson Sierp

HOROSCOPE By Eugenia Last

Copyright 2015, Newspaper Enterprise Assn.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2019 ASTROGRAPH by Eugenia Last Adapt, engage and make things happen. Be the master of your destiny and make the decisions necessary to bring you joy. Your happiness rests on your shoulders. If you do things in your own unique way, you will have no regrets. Make self-improvement, meaningful relationships and romance your priorities. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Embrace what life has to offer. Don’t get sidetracked by the actions of others. Do things your way and make adjustments that ease your stress. Romance is encouraged. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Helping others is a nice gesture, but before you commit to doing something, find out exactly what’s expected of you. Someone’s motives appear to be shady or impractical.

10/27 Š 2019 Andrews McMeel Universal 10/21 Š 2019 Andrews McMeel Universal

get support,� Jacobson said. “We did a research project to prove (the program’s worth), and once we did, the hospital saw that. We had $4,000 worth of instruments before we had someone to use them.� Heather said the benefits of happiness in children go a long way. “When kids are happy, their bodies are happier and hopefully a little healthier,� Heather said.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Discuss your intentions with someone who could be instrumental in helping you reach your goal. A positive change is heading your way, and preparation will be essential. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Stay focused on what you must achieve. Refuse to let anyone take advantage of you. A sensitive issue should be handled delicately. Mull over your options before you respond. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- If you are direct and you keep things simple, you will make headway. Negotiations and contracts are favored, and promises can be made. Romance is in the stars. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Look at the big picture and take things down a notch. Know your capabilities and

reserve something substantial to use as a wild card. Intelligence and experience will help you come out ahead. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- A change is encouraged. Consider what you want, and make a proposal that’s hard to refuse. Your wit, candor and charm will draw attention and help you get what you want. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -Physical activity should be a priority. Listen to what others have to say, but don’t believe everything you hear. Choose to do your own thing instead of getting involved in a joint venture. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -Concentrate on what you want to accomplish. Don’t be afraid to do things differently. Your unique approach will draw interest and secure approval and support. Romance is on the rise. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Keep busy. Work toward something that will broaden your awareness and encourage you to look ahead. Refuse to let someone rain on your parade or play mind games with you. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Get involved. What you do to help others will end up being to your advantage. Someone you encounter will offer valuable information that will bring about positive lifestyle changes. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Don’t get angry when you can get moving. Think about what’s happening and broaden your options. It’s up to you to make things happen. Don’t wait for someone to make a decision for you.


Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2019 •


SGA candidates talk platforms Upcoming election will feature three presidential tickets ARI FIFE @arriifife

St u d e n t G ov e r n m e n t Association presidential elections are quickly approaching, with three campaigns vying for the positions of president and vice president. A l l o f t h e ca n d i d at e s have focused their campaigns on student concerns like diversity, unity and campus safety in the wake of several racist incidents over the past two semesters, along with a rumor of a possible gunman in early October that was found not credible. Vocal performance and marketing junior Justin Norris is running for president, with political science sophomore Dalton Gau as his running mate. Norris is the current Mr. Black OU and has served in the past as an executive on Campus Activities Council and Black Student Association, among other groups. Gau is the current SGA external affairs committee chair and a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, and he has worked as a U.S. Senate legislative intern in the past. Norris and Gau’s campaign motto is “Tomorrow Together,” which they said is based on their shared experience in a broad range of groups on campus. Among other plans, the pair would like to implement a Diversity and Inclusivity Action Week, which would include a series of programmed events for students and hopefully, Norris said, would partner with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Gender + Equality Center and Mu l t i c u l t u r a l S t u d e n t Programs and Services. They also want to implement an inclusivity officer in each greek organization, which Norris said would be a good way to be proactive in handling racism on campus. “We understand those (racist) actions, those beliefs, those immoral things don’t represent the values


The 2019 SGA presidential candidates (from left to right) Justin Norris, Vivek Vijay and Jamelia Reed at the debate Oct. 24.

of the fraternity and sorority programs or at the University of Oklahoma, and in order to really promote a greater sense of inclusivity, we think it’s best to do so by holding conversations between all five of the greek councils,” Norris said.

p l a n n i n g t h e i r e v e n t s, which is a volunteer and leadership development program, according to its website. Norris and Gau emphasized that their platform is a working platform that will adapt to the needs of the student body, which will continue if they are elected. C i t y p l a n n i ng g ra d u “We understand ate students Vivek Vijay and Behin Sanei are also those (racist) running for president and actions, those vice president, and said beliefs, those they want to create a unitimmoral things ed campus and increase campus safety with their don’t represent platform. the values of the Vijay serves as the acafraternity and demic affairs chair in the sorority programs Graduate Student Senate, a s w e l l a s t h e d e p a r tor at the University mental Student Planning of Oklahoma, and A s s o c i a t i o n s e c re t a r y . in order to really Sanei is also involved promote a greater in the Student Planning sense of inclusivity, Association. Vijay and Sanei said a we think it’s best to more unified campus will do so by holding allow different colleges to conversations use their resources more wisely and engage in more between all five of the greek councils.” research initiatives, ultimately raising OU’s overall ranking. JUSTIN NORRIS, SGA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE “As a long-term dream, what I see in mind is, I want They also want to uti- a student who is going out lize C AC Spark more in of OU to feel like they are

coming out of Harvard,” Vijay said. The pair said they want to actively address divers i t y i s s u e s o n c a m p u s, as well as campus safety. Vijay also said they want to implement a required nonviolent communication training for all professors and teaching assistants. “ I h av e h e a rd f ro m a lot of students, and even I have faced it personally — professors using violent communication to students, and TAs using violent communication to students,” Vijay said. “So as president, I would (raise) the issue to the dean and the OU president until they make up a legislation or something so that every professor has undergone a nonviolent communication class.”

congress to increase its efficiency and reform the code annotated that congress follows.

“There’s no point in doing diversity and inclusion if everybody’s not invested in it.” JAMELIA REED, SGA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

African and AfricanAmerican studies junior Jamelia Reed is running for president alongside electrical engineering pre-law junior Rosa SanRoman for vice president. The pair’s campaign motto is “Real Change Today,” which they said means creating a more inclusive, accessible and united OU. Re e d is involve d as a “I want a student co-director of the Black who is going out of E m e r g e n c y R e s p o n s e OU to feel like they Team and a member of the LGBTQ Program Advisory are coming out of Board, among other Harvard.” groups, and SanRoman has been involved as an activist VIVEK VIJAY, SGA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE in large organizations like Dream Act Oklahoma and V i j a y a n d S a n e i s a i d United We Dream. Both are the y w ould als o like to also members of the SGA work with the current SGA executive cabinet.

The two want to emphasize allyship with multicultural and LGBTQ groups on campus with their platform and create more accessible ways for those groups to get involved in decision-making. “Basically ever y marginalized identity you can think of, we’re trying to reach out to but also ... educate the majority ... because there’s no point in doing diversity and inclusion if everybody’s not invested in it,” Reed said. Reed and SanRoman want tangible solutions for each of their platform points, including expanding on-campus food availability for students with different needs. “So one of the things that we’ve been talking (about) with different students is in terms of dietary restrictions, whether that be for allergies, cultural or religious reasons — things like that could really go a long way with making sure that people from different communities feel included on campus,” SanRoman said. Th e e x p e r i e n c e Re e d and SanRoman have would make for an effective administration, SanRoman said. “We’ve done organizing on campus and in the c o m m u n i t y , b u t w e ’v e also done policy through SGA as cabinet members,” SanRoman said. “So we’ve not only organized and mobilized communities, but we’ve also done the SGA way of filing resolutions, researching and talking to students. So I think two different experiences and backgrounds together would make a really effective administration.” The candidates participated in a debate Oct. 24. SGA elections will be held Oct. 29–30. Ari Fife

HOW TO VOTE SGA elections will be held Oct. 29–30, and students can vote for their presidential and vice-presidential choices on OrgSync.

OU regents select chair, discuss new hire Board hears from student, president on diversity office STAFF REPORTS

After two days of committee meetings and a regular meeting, the OU Board of Regents selected a new chair and lost one of its members. The regents held a lunch meeting at noon Tuesday amid various committee meetings, where they chose Regent Gary Pierson — who Gov. Kevin Stitt appointed to the board in April — as the board’s chairman and reelected Renzi Stone as vice chair effective March 2020. But hours later, Stone resigned from his position — effective immediately — in a statement via Twitter, which said that with new opportunities on his plate and the university moving in the right direction, he “decided it was a good time to make a change” for him and his family. NonDoc reported that the selections were made during a lunch meeting in Gould Hall, Room 345, that consisted of the seven regents, OU General Counsel Anil Gollahalli, contracted attorney Drew Neville and Vice President for University Governance Chris Purcell.

Cu r re n t C h a i r L e s l i e Rainbolt said in a press release that Pierson was appointed because Bill Burgess, whose term Pierson was appointed to finish after Burgess’ death, "would have become chair next year." "It seems fitting we maintain the sequence in honor of Regent Burgess by appointing his replacement ... to serve as the next Chair," Rainbolt said in a press release. "Since joining our board, Regent Pierson’s expertise in business and law, as well as his experience leading large complex enterprises, has been invaluable in helping us bring resolution to some significant matters in the past several months." Stone’s resignation leaves a third vacancy to be filled by Stitt in the past year. Stitt appointee Eric Stevenson lives in Ohio, and Pierson also reportedly resides out of state. Rainbolt said Pierson missed the Oct. 23 meetings due to a commitment that was scheduled before his appointment, but that the changes to the board should not cause future scheduling problems. “(Pierson) was a little bit hampered by, he already had things scheduled, and

things were already scheduled here,” Rainbolt said. “But going forward, everybody will work out those days (in advance). I don’t have any concerns about that. It’s a great board, we’ve got great leadership. Good days are ahead.” Pierson was selected to replace Stone as current vice chair during the regents’ general meeting Oct. 23 after Stone’s resignation. The board also approved revisions to OU’s conflicts of interest policy, passed a new health care provider misconduct policy, appointed a new College of Nursing dean and approved the selection of Belinda Higgs Hyppolite as vice president for diversity and inclusion. During the meeting, interim OU President Joseph Harroz discussed the ninemonth national search for Hyppolite, and said the decision between her and current interim Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Jane Irungu was “almost impossible” to make. Joy Douglas, women and gender studies senior and the main organizer of an Oct. 21 rally in support of Irungu, also spoke before the board and emphasized the importance of the impact and accomplishments Irungu made as interim.

OU Board of Regents meeting in Gould Hall on Oct. 23.

“Seeing the transition that’s been made in the last 15 months alone,” Douglas said, “with all the incidents that we’ve had on campus, it’s very disheartening to see that we’re again replacing somebody that was in place, that was doing a lot of that work, making a lot of the changes.” Harroz said he spoke with Irungu the previous week for more than an hour and that he hopes she stays in

the administration in some capacity. He said Irungu told him she wants to make the transition as smooth as possible. “We want her as a leader on campus, we want her to be someone who continues to be the fabric of this


university,” Harroz said. “So if I have my way, and if we have our way, she continues. Not in this leadership role, but in another leadership role.” Staff Reports

Page 1 image: Interim OU President Joseph Harroz at the OU Board of Regents meeting in Gould Hall Oct. 23. JACKSON STEWART/THE DAILY

Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2019 •



Abigail Hall, culture editor • phone: 405-325-3666 • Twitter: @OUDaily

History behind OU’s ghosts MOLLY KRUSE

@mollykruse98 •

From the Bizzell Memorial Library to the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, almost every building at OU seems to have a ghost story attached to it. When freshman programs instructor and author Jeff Provine backpacked through England in 2009, he found that every town had its own ghost tour. “When I came back, I was like, ‘We might have one or two stories here,’” Provine said. “We’ve got a lot.” The abundance of tales inspired Provine to write a book called “Campus Ghosts of Norman, Oklahoma,” which investigates popular campus tales. While OU’s many ghost stories are fun to tell, sometimes the truth is even more hair-raising. Here are three popular campus legends from decades past, fact-checked.


Beds in Hygeia Hall infirmary, now Ellison Hall.

CATE RESTAURANTS Myth: Employees at Cate Restaurants have long reported odd occurrences and strange sounds in the building’s basement. According to Provine’s book, the basement’s creepy atmosphere is attributed to a boy who is said to have died in a dumbwaiter. Truth: The dumbwaiter accident actually did happen. In 1986, Jonathon Erick Yost, the teenaged son of a temporary human relations instructor, was playing in the basement. He climbed inside the dumbwaiter right before an unknowing employee called it up to the first floor, according to the Oklahoman. Jonathon’s neck was caught between the elevator platform and wall of the shaft, killing him. Police reported that someone had tampered with safety devices on the dumbwaiter, but they believed the death was accidental, according to the Oklahoman. The dumbwaiter still exists in Cate’s basement, but it hasn’t been used for a long time and no longer has power connected to it, wrote Amy Buchanan, director of marketing and communications for OU Housing and Food, in an email.

ELLISON HALL Myth: People working late in Ellison Hall report strange noises, blurs of motion and lights going on in empty rooms. This hall is the most active supernatural spot on campus, with ghosts haunting from the top floor to the basement and even the stairwell, said Tanya McCoy, the founder of the Oklahoma Paranormal Association and president of the Paranormal Council of Oklahoma. Many phenomena are attributed to a boy who was rollerskating outside the hall when he either got an asthma attack or was hit by a car. Truth: While this story cannot be confirmed, many people did die — and got cured — within the walls of Ellison Hall. The building was called Hygeia Hall, after the Greek goddess of health, and served as the campus infirmary in OU’s early days. Visitors to Ellison Hall may not find ghosts, but evidence of the building’s history is still in sight. The same check-in windows where patients would check in to the health clinic are now check-in windows for student advising, according to the College of Arts and Sciences website.

THE STADIUM Myth: The tale of Mex the dog is more cute than creepy. Visitors and athletes in the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium sometimes report feeling a dog lick their fingers or lean up against their legs — but when they look down, nothing is in sight, Provine said. Truth: Long before horses pulled the Sooner Schooner around the stadium, the first OU mascot was a small terrier in a red sweater and cap, according to a book called “Tales from the Sooner Sidelines.” Army field medic Mott Keys found Mex while stationed at the Mexican border during the Mexican Civil War in 1914. When Keys attended OU, he took Mex with him, and the dog became the football team’s mascot from 1915-1928, according to Sooner Sports. OU fans linked Mex’s presence to game day wins, and the “besweatered pup” was buried on or near the football field when he died in the late 20s, according to the Oklahoman. Over the years, the football field has gone through many renovations. In 1994, when the field’s turf was replaced with real grass, the Oklahoman speculated that Mex’s casket might be unearthed — but Mex was never found.

Page 1 image: A nurse talks to a student on the lawn of Ellison Hall, 1958. VIA WESTERN HISTORY COLLECTIONS, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA LIBRARIES

OU rolls into lucrative e-scooter market Sooner-branded vehicles will help organize transport JILLIAN TAYLOR @jilliantaylor_


A new electronic scooter and bike brand will replace Bird and Lime scooters and Crimson Cruisers at OU in the coming months. The university is in the process of constructing a new contract with an unannounced company to create exclusive OU-brand e-scooters and e-bikes to be used on campus by the spring 2020 semester, said Kris Glenn, director of transportation and parking. Glenn said they are unsure of how companies such as Bird and Lime will be affected by the change until the contract is finalized. Crimson Cruisers will be replaced with e-bikes, a pedal-assisted bicycle that costs $1 to unlock and an undecided amount per minute of the ride. “We decided that, as a university, we wanted to have scooters on campus,” Glenn said. “They’re obviously very popular with students, we just wanted to make sure we had an exclusive vendor that would follow our rules, share revenue with the university and that it was the lowest cost possible for students.” Over 71 percent of students use Bird and Lime scooters instead of Crimson

Cruisers because they are more accessible, according to data compiled from an OU Daily Twitter poll with 53 student participants. “I always see people on scooters. It’s almost easier than having your own bike because you can leave it wherever you want to, and it doesn’t matter unless you’re a charger — then you have to find them,” said Kourtney Daugherty, film and media studies senior and Bird charger. Students said it’s difficult to find where Crimson Cruisers are located and that the Social Bicycles app used to unlock the bikes is difficult to navigate, according to findings from the OU Daily poll. The Crimson Cruisers can only be found in certain hubs around campus, whereas scooters are available almost everywhere and can be located via their respective apps. For Casey Shaw, a regular Crimson Cruiser rider and political science and environmental sustainability senior, getting rid of the Crimson Cruisers is not a welcome change. “The argument for Crimson Cruisers over scooters would mainly rely on their lower cost,” said Shaw. “It’s a lot more financially responsible to ride a bike for free than to ride a scooter for as much as $7 or $8, depending on the length of the ride.” What many students don’t know is that for the first hour of usage, Crimson Cruisers are free. Riders are charged $5 per minute if they exceed this hour and $50 if they park bikes in an undesignated

spot. Even though the Crimson Cruisers will no longer be available, the new contract will still provide biking options for students. The bikes replacing the Crimson Cruisers will be pedal-assisted, meaning motorized bikes will make it easier to pedal to class. The new university-based scooter system could also change the game for e-scooter chargers. For Daughtery, mornings start early. After parking next to Catlett Music Center, Daugherty uses her twohour break between classes to gather scooters to charge. “If I have time to kill, I’ll just go get a Bird,” Daugherty said. Daugherty collects and charges Birds to pay for small expenses, such as her morning coffee. Daugherty said charging a scooter pays anywhere from $3 to $5 based on the scooter’s location. “I’m in 21 hours this semester, and I don’t want to have a job right now,” Daugherty said. “It’s easy because I can do it whenever I want to. I’ve had a few months off, and they don’t care.” Glenn said the contract will be responsible for hiring people to charge and maintain the bikes. “It won’t just be anyone random who charges it,” Glenn said. “They will ... have to be employees of that company, and they will make sure the scooters are charged, they are distributed on campus evenly and they are parked in the correct places.”


Bird and Lime scooters parked on campus with a Crimson Cruiser bicycle Oct. 22.

Gotcha, an electric transportation company and current bike provider for Crimson Cruisers, is now ending its two-year contract with the university. The contract, sourced by the OU Student Government Association, placed Crimson Cruisers on campus and kept costs down for students. Glenn said the university paid an estimated $100,000 on Crimson Cruisers. Gotcha no longer offers that business model and is instead switching to a model in which students pay for their ride. “That model just doesn’t work anymore,” Glenn said. The new contracted scooters and bikes will have parking locations similar to

those currently in place for Crimson Cruisers, Glenn said. “We don’t want scooters just strewn all over campus in doorways, laying sideways in the grass,” Glenn said. “We want to create either virtual hubs or paint graphics on the ground … making it much more organized.” Glenn said this new parking method will be convenient for students while also providing more organization than Bird or Lime scooters offer. By offering these new scooters and bikes, Glenn said OU Parking and Transportation hopes to provide more accessible transportation to students. With the new contract, OU

Parking and Transportation plans to put revenue earned from the scooters and bikes back into the university. “I think what we are hoping for this partnership is that they share revenue with the university, and that revenue would go back into infrastructure for bike lanes, bike and scooter parking ... creating more sustainable forms of transportation,” Glenn said. Jillian Taylor

Sydney Schwichtenberg

Profile for OU Daily

Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2019  

Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2019