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New bonds hinge on economic recovery • Bonds will fund previously approved projects JERRY WOFFORD Daily Staff Writer The OU Board of Regents approved Wednesday more than $63 million dollars in bonds to be taken at the university’s discretion. The funds will go to projects that have already been approved by the board but need additional funding to be completed. The bonds would be taken out when OU officials believe the bond market and the economy improve, OU President David L. Boren said at the meeting in Norman. The other 32 items on the agenda were
Meters may go up at Huston Huffman • Students without parking permits may benefit
approved unanimously, including a total budget last year or even last spring. At one point a few weeks ago, the bond marof $76 million for a new chilled water plant and changes to the faculty and staff paid leave ket was non-existent. That put a strain on many governments and institutions and nearly drove policy. the state of California to ask the federal government for a $7 billion loan. Bond issues Now, interest rates, even on highly rated The $63.4 million bond issue would be used bonds are enormous. Boren said OU officials to fund projects that are already in the works or would wait to take the $63 million in bonds until are absolutely necessary for OU to function. those rates improved and money became more However, the bonds will not be sold until OU available. officials believe the time is right. Boren said projects he would like to start “We will not take action to actually sell the now will have to wait until market conditions bonds until there is improvement in the bond improve and more funds are available. markets,” Boren said. “We shouldn’t stop dreaming our dreams and In order for OU to get the money it needs, thinking of ways to be better,” Boren said. “But brokers must be willing to buy the bonds, giving what we do have to realize is that sometimes, OU the money with an expected return including what we intend to do in one year, it may now, interest. Because of the current volatility of the because of financial conditions, be a two-year market, brokers are buying fewer bonds at much higher interest rates than they were this time BONDS Continues on page 2A
College of Education becomes first OU college named after woman Jeannine Rainbolt would have been “very pleased” with state of the College of Education, which now bears her name, her husband said. H.E. Gene Rainbolt, Jeannine’s husband and chairman of BancFirst Corp., thanked the crowd gathered at the OU Board of Regents meeting Wednesday after the board approved naming the College of Education after Jeannine, who died in 2007. This is the ﬁrst college in OU’s history to be named after a woman. “Jeannine would have been very pleased,” Rainbolt said. Rainbolt’s donations to the college over the years, totaling more than $8 million, has helped fund the renovation to
Norman police receive $100K state grant to fight underage drinking • Money to fund “Too Much to Lose” campaign WILL HOLLAND Daily Staff Writer
he Norman Police Department recently received a state grant to improve efforts to stop underage drinking. The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office awarded the department a $108,660 grant that it will use to improve its enforcement of Oklahoma’s “Too Much to Lose” campaign, Norman Police Capt. Leonard Judy said. According to the group’s Web site, the campaign is a statewide
initiative focused on reducing and preventing underage drinking through law enforcement and community efforts, social norms and youth leadership. Most of the grant — $86,160 — is set aside to help the department enforce alcohol laws, according to a Tuesday article in The Oklahoman. Judy said this money will be used to fund sobriety checkpoints, special patrols to target people breaking alcohol laws and compliance checks, where an underage volunteer attempts to purchase alcohol at a Norman business. The remainder — $22,500 — will be used for the department to host two traffic safety schools for 30 law enforcement officers, including at least five Norman officers, the article said. Judy said funding for the grant will begin immediately and run through September.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Tie-dye is back, and some students have cre taken to creating colorful clothing for themselves. Read our feature in A&E. Page 1B.
SPORTS In an oﬀense full of superstars, Matt Clapp tends to get lost in the shuﬄe. But the OU coaching st staﬀ is well aware of what he brings to the table table. Page 5B.
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CAITLIN HARRISON Daily Staff Writer UOSA is considering replacing up to 10 commuter parking spots with metered spots so students without a parking permit can drive to campus and work out. The meters will be installed in the new parking lot across from the Huston Huffman Center, on the east side of Jenkins Avenue, said Chase Roberts, UOSA director of off-campus living and transportation. He said the UOSA executive branch decided to pursue the project after listening to the concerns of students who live off campus and want to work out at the Huff but do not have parking permits. “We feel like there are a large number of commuter students,” said Roberts, entrepreneurship and finance junior. “The whole Greek community generally doesn’t have commuter passes. They can’t necessarily park [at the Huston Huffman Center].” Benjamin West, entrepreneurship and venture management sophomore, said he usually parks at Lloyd Noble for class but likes to work out in the evening. He purchased a gym membership for $90 a semester at Sooner Fitness because it was cheaper and more convenient than buying a permit that would allow him to park at the Huff. Roberts said UOSA will send an e-mail survey to students to determine how many commuter students would use the meters before they decide to install them. “If we get a pretty good response out of it, then we’ll definitely put them in,” Roberts said. However, he said the initiative would need to be approved by Parking and Transit Services and possibly Graduate Student Senate before the meters are installed. Theta Dempsey, director of Parking and Transit Services, said the depart-
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Biologist receives six-figure cancer research grant • Grant to fund three years of breast cancer research MEREDITH MORIAK Daily Staff Writer OU researchers are set to receive part of $100 million in grant money earmarked to finding a cure for breast cancer that will be distributed to scientists across the country. Wei-Qun Ding, a molecular biologist at OU, was awarded a $597,500 grant for research on non-systemic breast cancer therapies by Susan G. Komen for the Cure. “I am very happy to receive this grant,” Ding said. “This is a very competitive and prestigious grant.” Non-systemic therapy focuses on the
specific part of the body affected by the tumors, as opposed to system therapies, which affect the entire body, according to Komen’s Web site. Ding said the grant will fund research for three years and allow him to recruit more scientists to participate in the study. He said he was surprised to receive the grant since it was his first year to apply. His research focuses on metal ionophores, which work as anti-cancer agents, and how effectively they kill breast cancer cells. Ding’s group has been researching metal ionophores for almost seven years and published its initial findings in 2005.
This research is the first of its kind. It demonstrates metal ionophores taking anti-cancer actions in cultured tumor cells and in laboratory experiments. Ding said the ionophores work as anti-cancer agents by bonding to tumors and taking away cancerous cells. He and his team are working with one compound that demonstrates how bringing metal ionophores into tumors can cure them. Ding’s research will develop a way for metal ionophores to be integrated into clinical practice for treatment. It is estimated that 182,460 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. during 2008, and 40,480
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As part of OU’s annual United Way campaign, Friday as been designated as Dress United Day on campus. Students, faculty and members of the community are encouraged to wear matching OU United Way shirts. “The OU United Way Committee hopes to white-out our campus with the oﬃcial shirt to encourage campus wide awareness and participation,” Josh Davis, campaign committee member said. The shirts are on sale for $10 in the University Bookstores and Student Aﬀairs oﬃce in the Union. $6.50 of each sale will be donated to the United Way of Norman. The annual campaign runs through Nov. 7.
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Students might have to shell out change to park near the gym, as UOSA discusses installing parking meters near the Huston Huffman Center.
Meters Continued from page 1A ment would be glad to provide parking meters for students if enough are interested. “We just don’t want to put parking meters and those spaces sit empty when other people with permits could use them,” she said. The parking meters will probably have a 50-minute time limit so students cannot use them for class, Roberts said. He said UOSA plans to install between five and 10 meters, and does not expect problems with taking up a few spaces that students with commuter passes could have parked in otherwise. “There’s going to be a couple hundred new spots, so 10 that you can’t use isn’t going to be a huge deal,” he said. “We think it’s a fair compro-
mise.” Dempsey said the new lot should open in three to four weeks, and it may open before the meters are installed. “We’re not really going to hold up opening the lot to wait for that,” she said. “We’re not going to order [equipment] until we know we’re going to use it.” West said if parking meters are installed, he would consider working out at the Huston Huffman Center next year. “It would certainly play into my decision,” he said. “I think anytime you can reduce costs toward things [students] are already paying for, it would be a good idea.”
Biologist Continued from page 1A women will die of the disease, according to the American Cancer Society. Hala Moddelmog, president and chief executive of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, said in a press release that Komen has revamped its research program to challenge scientists to solve breast cancer issues. “These grants are geared toward results – finding cures, tailoring treatments and resolving the
issues that have stymied the search for a breast cancer cure,” Moddelmog said. The foundation has funded more than $1.2 billion in breast cancer research and community health programs over the last 25 years, according to a press release. The $100 million grant is part of its initiative to invest an additional $2 billion in research in the next 10 years.
plan or a three year plan.” Some of the projects that the bond issue will help fund include: • $6.5 million for Gould Hall renovations, • $5 million for Cate Center renovations to create more office space for faculty, • $3 million for Collings Hall renovations and • $26.4 million for a new steam and chilled water plant for new and renovated buildings. Boren said there are three or four projects he would like to begin now, but in order to keep tuition and fees as low as possible, they will have to wait. “The students and their families are going to face tough times in the coming years,” Boren said. “We don’t want to get ourselves under the pressure that would push more cost to students.” Boren said taking action now, like taking out as few bonds as necessary and putting a freeze on hiring, will help ease the strain on OU’s budget. So far this year, Boren said the rate of increase in OU’s operating costs has declined by about $5 million, or about 20 percent. This year’s operating cost increase is smaller than last year’s, which has helped push tuition up nearly 10 percent this semester. Boren said revenue will begin to flow from several of the projects, like the steam utility plant, that will help pay off the bond debt once it is taken. “A number of these [projects] are self-funded from the revenues that will be produced,” Boren said. “The funds will be coming in to service this debt.” However, Boren said he does not expect the markets to get much better any time soon. He called on Gov. Brad Henry to tap into Oklahoma’s rainy day fund, which has almost $600 million, to help institutions and the Oklahoma government itself pull through the economic difficulties with as few bruises as possible. “If this isn’t a rainy day, I don’t know when you’d ever have a rainy day,” Boren said.
Chilled Water Plant One of the largest projects in the bond is a $76 million utility plant that needs to be built soon to provide air conditioning, heating and electrical services to the new and renovated buildings on campus, Boren said. The plant, which is the fourth on campus, will be constructed north of the Huston Huffman Center. More than $26 million of the funding for the project would come from the bond issue that was approved Wednesday. “Obviously, it’s dependent on the same contingencies related to the bond financing,” said Nick Hathaway, vice president of finance and administration at OU. Boren said this project, which has not started construction, will provide necessary utility support to several new buildings, such as Devon Energy Hall, Gaylord Hall Phase II, Old Science Hall and the Student Academic Services Center. “It’s one of those things we can’t put off,” Boren said. “This has to go through.”
Other items approved • Air Charter Service for the 2008-2009 basketball season will cost $554,640, which will come from the Athletics Department operating account. • Mark White was named as the first curator to the new Adkins Collection, containing more than 3,300 items. The collection will be housed in a new addition to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. • Elm Avenue Parking Facility will be repaired and restored during Winter Break for no more than $450,000. • The property at 720 W. Boyd St., known as the Logan Apartments, is being sold by OU to a developer who will renovate the vacated building into highend apartments. The proceeds from the sale will go to the Logan Family Scholarship Fund, per the families’ request at the time OU bought the property.
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Collings Hall. “We are deeply grateful to the Rainbolt family for this thoughtful and meaningful gift, which underscores Jeannine’s commitment to advancing education in our state and the importance of a quality education for our schoolchildren and future teachers,” said OU President David L. Boren. “It is both ﬁtting and historic that the College of Education will now carry her name.” When Boren announced at the meeting that this would be the ﬁrst college named after a woman at OU, a crowd of faculty, staﬀ and students from the college gave a standing ovation. Joan Smith, the current dean of the college, said Jeannine’s lifelong commitment to education will serve as motivation to current education majors. “I see it as a reminder to our students of a lifetime of education,” Smith said. Construction has begun on the building. — JERRY WOFFORD/DAILY STAFF WRITER
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World Bank official describes hurdles in Pakistan’s struggle to join the ‘modern era’ • Speaker emphasized need for economic development in Central Asian nation WHITNEY ORTEGA Daily Staff Writer A World Bank representative who operates out of Pakistan told students the strategically important Central Asian country of Pakistan is suffering the effects of a lack of education and infrastructure at a lecture Wednesday. Students and professors from different fields attended the lecture to hear how the World Bank could help Pakistan build the infrastructure necessary for growth. The World Bank is a source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. In his lecture titled “The World Bank in Pakistan: Supporting Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction,” Tom Buckley, World Bank senior country officer for Pakistan, presented facts and graphs about the economic situation in Pakistan. He said Pakistan was at one time poised for growth, but it never happened.
“There are so many binding constraints to growth,” Buckley said. “Power is off for nearly half of the day in Pakistan - not good for businesses. Children don’t have basic skills when they come out of primary education.” He said public spending does not often go to those in need, and Pakistan remains behind the times. “I think bringing the whole country into the modern era is going to be such a challenge, Buckley said. “If the solutions aren’t fully bought into by the government, it’s never going to work.” Mitchell Smith, associate professor of International and Area Studies and director of graduate students for IAS said people attended the lecture to hear facts about Pakistan from somebody in the field, not an academic. “This was a chance for people from all over the campus to come and discuss and we had really good discussion,” Smith said. “It was good to hear about the facts from a representative, a different source to compliment academic view points,” Students like Taylor Krebbs, internatiaonl studies and economics sophomore, agreed with Smith. “Being a double IAS and economics major a lot of my interest lies in economic development,” Krebbs said. “I wanted to broaden my horizons and learn from people who came before me.” Krebbs said she visited the World Bank in
Washington D.C. and wanted to hear more in-depth information about their plans to help different countries, which was the main theme of Buckley’s lecture. “I wanted to have them get an understanding of how the world bank approaches fixing problems generally dealing with poverty and the economy not just in Pakistan but all nations that we work with,” Smith said. Smith thinks many students were drawn to Wednesday’s lectures because of the globalization of not only the world, but the OU campus. “There’s an effort to globalize education on this campus as well as others and I think students see that and want to know how this is effecting other nations,” Smith said. “I think they want to know what institutions are doing to address problems like poverty and education.” Buckley said that he appreciated being invited to OU to speak with students who seemed to be genuinely interested in world economic growth. “I think international development is one of the most interesting topics. I enjoy speaking about it,” Buckley said. Krebbs said the lecture opened her eyes. “It made me really excited. I’m an economics major, but I don’t know what I want to do with my life,” Krebbs said. “But I know I want Merrill Jones/The Daily to deal with economic development. I learned Tom Buckley, World Bank’s senior country officer for Pakistan, speaks Wednesday in things I didn’t know and it was really interestHester Hall. ing.”
Baylor gets low marks for paying freshmen to retake SAT • Students who boosted score 50 points earned $1,000 scholarships RYAN BRYANT Daily Staff Writer Baylor University stopped offering financial incentives to students for retaking the SAT after it was harshly criticized by collegiate professionals late last week. Until Oct. 16, the private university in Waco, Texas, offered this year’s incoming freshmen a $300 bookstore credit for retaking the SAT. Students received $1,000 in scholarships if they raised their scores by 50 points or more. The program was funded by Baylor’s financial
aid office at an estimated cost of $862,000 per year. Lori W. Fogleman, director of media relations at Baylor, said the policy ended up being a bad idea, even though the university’s motives were pure. “We shouldn’t have offered the incentives,” she said. “We’ve heard the criticism and take that to heart.” Fogleman said the university would continue to allow incoming freshmen to retake the SAT to potentially end up in a higher scholarship bracket. However, she said Baylor would stop offering monetary incentives to students for raising their scores. Anita Pere, editor-in-chief of The Lariat, Baylor’s student newspaper, said she thought Baylor enticed students with money in hopes that raising SAT scores would better the university’s U.S. News and World Report ranking. In Tuesday’s edition of student newspaper The Lariat, an editorial condemned Baylor officials for hurting the university’s reputation. “While it’s commendable that the university hum-
bly admitted fault, this admitwant it to hurt us in the tance came only after receiving long run.” national negative publicity,” the Bethany Roth, Baylor editorial said. “In short, the SAT international studies retesting has cast a shadow of senior, said the program doubt on the ethics of the highwas unfair and unethical. er-ups at our university.” “I don’t think the uniStudent reactions to the proversity officials should gram and its effects on Baylor’s have condoned this at status amongst other universiall,” she said. “You know, ties have been negative. I didn’t have a great SAT Kambrie Kriegshauser, score, and the fact that Baylor psychology and sign freshmen were given the language freshman, said she opportunity to raise their initially thought the plan was a scores for a profit just good idea, but decided it wasn’t isn’t fair. I have a huge ethiworth putting Baylor’s character at risk. cal problem with it.” “I think a university’s reputation is more important Baylor’s Faculty Senate also passed a motion last than its ranking,” she said. “Even though I think the week criticizing the SAT-retesting program for its acaprogram was a good incentive for students, I wouldn’t demic dishonesty.
THIS WEEKEND AT YOUR UNIVERSITY T hursday, Oct. 23
Intramural Update | Whiffleball entries today! For more information visit recservices.ou.edu or call Mark List, (405) 325-3053. Student Success Series: Grammar Check Can Do It All | 2:30 p.m. in Carnegie Building, Room 200. Presented by University College. Student Success Series: Test Anxiety | 4 p.m. in Carnegie Building, Room 200. Presented by University College. Dream Course: Russian Arts in the 20th Century | 4 p.m. in the Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. “Eisenstein, ‘Alexander Nevsky’ and the Soviet Cinema,” presented by Heidi Karriker, Russian Cinema and Victor Youritzin, Art History. For more information call (405) 325-4938. Fred Films: “Easter Parade” | 7 p.m. in the Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Fred Films Presents “Easter Parade” (1948/music by Irving Berlin) 107 minutes. Free admission to students with a valid OU ID. For more information call (405) 325-4938. University Theatre: “Chicago” | 8 p.m. in the Rupel Jones Theatre. Winner of six Tony Awards, and an Oscar nomination for best song, Chicago is a thrilling smash-hit with murder, greed, corruption, and adultery... all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts. Spotlighting the finest of Bob Fosse choreography. Who says murder’s not an art? Guest Director Ron Kellum, Rated PG-13. Call the Fine Arts Box office for ticket information, (405) 325-4101. OU Opera: Lakme | 8 p.m. in the Reynold’s Performing Arts Center. Please call F.A.C.T.S. Fine Arts Tickets Service at (405) 325-4101 for more information. American Artists from the Russian Empire Art Exhibition | Now through January 4, 2009 at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Comprised of over ninety works by artists such as Nicolai Fechin, Leon Gaspard, Jacques Lipchitz, Mark Rothko, Ben Shahn, Pavel Tchelitchew, and Max Weber, this exhibition examines the impact of American culture on Russian artists living in the United States during the first half of the twentieth century as well as the lasting influence these same artists had on the development of American art. For more information call (405) 325-4938.
Friday., Oct. 24 Guess The Score | 11:30 a.m. in the union food court. Think you know Sooner Football? Prove it at the Union Programming Board’s pre-game predictions for a chance to win great prizes. Play every Friday during football season to earn points and increase your chances of winning. Who Loves You, OU? FREE Film: “Step Brothers” | 4, 7, 10 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. in Meacham Auditorium. Presented by the Union Programming Board and CAC Film Series. NCAA Football Tournament | 4-10 p.m. in the Associates Room, Oklahoma Memorial Union. Admission is $10, will be played on X-Box 360. Bring your own controllers, $100 1st prize. Presented by the Muslim Student Association.
EA Sports: FIFA 09 tournament | 5 p.m. in Crossroads Lounge. Presented by EA Sports and the Union Programming Board.
Oklahoma Soccer OU Student Night: OU vs. Nebraska | 7 p.m. at John Crain Field. Celebrate OU Student Night with the Oklahoma Soccer Team! A lucky OU Student will win a Nintendo Wii! Also, the student organization with the largest number of members in attendance will win a $250 MidFirst Bank Gift Card to use for expenses for their organization. Winners will be announced immediately following the game. As always, OU Students are admitted FREE to OU Soccer with a valid OU Student ID. For more information, please visit soonersports.com. Karaoke Night | 8-10 p.m. in Crossroads Lounge, Oklahoma Memorial Union. Free Karaoke and video games presented by the Union Programming Board. Who Loves You, OU? University Theatre: “Chicago” | 8 p.m. in the Rupel Jones Theatre. Call the Fine Arts Box office for ticket information, (405) 325-4101. OU Opera: Lakme | 8 p.m. in the Reynold’s Performing Arts Center. Please call F.A.C.T.S. Fine Arts Tickets Service at (405) 325-4101 for more information. Late Night Snacks | 9:30 p.m. in Meacham Auditorium Lobby. Enjoy some free snacks courtesy of the Union Programming Board and then see the 10 p.m. showing of “Get Smart.” Who Loves You, OU?
Saturday, Oct. 25 OU @ Kansas State Watch Party | 11:30 p.m. in Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union. Don’t have tickets? Come and see the game for FREE on the big screen in Meacham. Presented by the Union Programming Board. Concert: MC Chris | 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) in Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union. Tickets available through okctickets.com. Presented by the Campus Activities Council Concert Series and the Union Programming Board. University Theatre: “Chicago” | 8 p.m. in the Rupel Jones Theatre. Call the Fine Arts Box office for ticket information, (405) 325-4101. OU Opera: Lakme | 8 p.m. in the Reynold’s Performing Arts Center. Please call F.A.C.T.S. Fine Arts Tickets Service at (405) 325-4101 for more information.
Sunday, Oct. 26 University Theatre: “Chicago” | 3 p.m. in the Rupel Jones Theatre. Call the Fine Arts Box office for ticket information, (405) 325-4101. OU Opera: Lakme | 8 p.m. in the Reynold’s Performing Arts Center. Please call F.A.C.T.S. Fine Arts Tickets Service at (405) 325-4101 for more information.
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Meters a must Honestly, no one likes parking meters. But the installation of parking meters near the Huston Huffman Center would save students a lot of trouble. UOSA is trying to get meters installed in the parking OUR VIEW lot near the is an editorial gym, east selected and debated of Jenkins by the editorial board and written after a Avenue. majority opinion is The meters formed and approved w o u l d by the editor. Our View is The Daily’s oﬃcial replace up opinion. to 10 parking spots that currently require a commuter parking pass to use. (See page 1 for details.) This is a fantastic idea. All students should be able to use the Huff, even if they do not have parking passes. Students pay for the use of the Huff through their required student fees, so it is imperative that they be able to use it without having to worry about paying a parking ticket. The current parking situation makes it inconvenient for students who don’t have permits to work out, and the situation is only going to get worse as the weather gets colder. It is unhealthy for students
who have just spent an hour sweating have to walk a long way to their car in subfreezing temperatures. It also is dangerous for students to be walking alone at night in search of their cars. Parking meters near the Huff would help alleviate those risks. Some may argue that metered spaces will just be taken by students who want to park before class. But the Huff is so far south that it often is inconvenient to park there when trying to get to classes. Freshman who live in the dorms will not take up those spaces because they already have parking permits. While we do hope the parking meter initiative is passed, we also hope the parking meters will have more the than the currently-proposed 50-minute parking limit. While this time limit would deter those using the spaces who are not working out, it is too short for many students to have a good workout. Students already pay enough for the Huff. They shouldn’t be expected to shell out hundreds of dollars for a parking pass for the privilege of parking in the same zip code as their gym.
Joe the Plumber unclogs Obama campaign’s rhetoric Leave it to Joe the Plumber to unclog the golden turd of political rhetoric Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has flushed upon the American people. Days before the final debate, Obama was selling his bill of goods to the working-class people of Holland, Ohio. Joe Wurzelbacher, a plumber from the area, asked Obama a question about his economic vision: Do you believe in the American dream? Wurzelbacher prefaced his question with information about his financial background. He has been a plumber with a company for a number of years and had positioned himself to buy the business, which makes more than $250,000 each year. Under Obama’s tax plan, small businesses like these will be required to write disproportionately large tax checks to Uncle Sam. Uncle Sam then, as Obama said, could “spread the wealth around.” This sounds familiar. Back in the mid-1800s, Karl Marx was hanging out, seeing how long he could grow his beard, and the idea of wealth distribution popped into his
head. The crazy old man decided to write a “manifesto” to explain his theory of “socialism.” The junior senator from Illinois embraced those ideas. Obama tried to convince Joe the Plumber that his plan was a tax-cut for 95 percent of the American people. C u r r e n t l y, 40 percent of Americans don’t pay income taxes. How does one cut taxes for people who don’t pay MATT taxes? Simple: You FELTY and I write them checks. Taxes are not all bad. Education, infrastructure and national defense are worthy programs in need of tax dollars. Obama, though, believes taxes should be levied to let the government level the playing field. Guys like Joe did not work hard to have the government tell them how much of the pie they can eat.
They worked hard, just as we work hard in school, to achieve something better. Obama’s government would dictate to Americans how big they can dream. Or not dream at all. In the event Obama talks himself into the Oval Office, small businesses like Joe’s would be required to provide health care for all employees. When an overwhelming majority of small businesses fail anyway, why burden them with this extra expense? I’m not saying health care is unimportant. But it is the responsibility of the individual. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., endorses this belief. His tax plan calls for a $5,000 health care tax credit for American working families. Government should embrace individuals; individuals should not embrace government. Obama’s partner in crime, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., called wealth redistribution “patriotic.” While it may have been patriotic elsewhere, this is America. What people earn is theirs to keep or spend at will. Joe’s question made him
Members of the media and the Obama campaign cannot let a plumber from Ohio swing the election. It is time, they believe, to bash him over the head with his own plunger for asking the wrong question. superstar of the month on YouTube, made him more cited in the last debate than Iraq and got him interviews with media big-hitters like Diane Sawyer. But the tide has turned. Members of the media and the Obama campaign cannot let a plumber from Ohio swing the election. It is time, they must believe, to bash him over the head with his own plunger for asking the wrong question. Reports from The New York Times revealed the Earthshattering story that Joe’s name is actually Samuel. Joe is his middle name. Surely you can sense my surprise that the paper suddenly cares about middle names. Hussein the presidential candidate? Other outlets have blasted
Joe for not having a plumber’s license and for owing $1,200 in back taxes. Joe has responded that the company he worked for had an umbrella license that covered him. His back taxes are hardly tax evasion. Dirt like this is being uncovered by opposition researchers. The slime of the political universe is normally reserved for political candidates’ attacks on opponents. The Obama campaign wants, of course, to change the rules. Ask the wrong question, trap Captain Eloquence, and they unleash the dogs. They will dig through your trash. They will slander a single father trying to make a living. Wurzelbacher was not looking for a fight. He and his kid were throw-
ing the ball in the front yard when Obama’s Socialist Sleigh galloped into his neighborhood. Obama has accused McCain of not focusing on the issues, but this startling episode shows that Obama only wants to focus on issues on his terms. A real question from a real voter elicited the wrath of our country’s most dangerous orator. One only hopes small business owners and those with like aspirations see that eloquent words and pearly-white smiles cannot mask an agenda for long. Joe the Plumber is cleaning the pipes that are Barack Obama. MATT FELTY IS A PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION SENIOR. HIS COLUMN APPEARS EVERY OTHER THURSDAY.
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campaign here. Oklahoma doesn’t exist in Illinois Democrat Sen. Barack Obama’s mind, and McCain thinks about it only when he’s counting up his secure electoral votes. Not only do individual Oklahomans’ votes mean nothing, Oklahomans themselves mean nothing to the candidates. All this news I’m being inundated with? None of it pertains to me. Not one bit. I don’t live in a battleground state, and I’m not being indecisive about whom to vote for. And really, are there truly any of these indecisive people left? With all the media coverage of this election, I feel like anyone who hasn’t chosen a side yet is stubborn, lazy or living under a rock. Maybe all three. I wish we could shorten the election process. If we moved the primaries back to eliminate the long summer months of nothing but incessant stumping, things would be more tolerable. Chopping two or three months off this pro-
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guarantees that my electoral votes will go to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., regardless of whom I actually vote for. Voting is almost a moot point in Oklahoma. If you look at a color-coordinated party map, our state is so red it practically glows. Democratic votes will cancele Republican votes. Individual votes really don’t matter all that much. Until America adopts a popular vote system instead of an STEPHEN electoral vote system, feeling like your vote means something CARRADINI in Oklahoma is humorous at best. I think that if I were able to go to a rally or an event where either candidate was speaking, I might be more passionate about the election. But due to the fact that our state glows a certain color, candidates don’t visit here. They don’t run ads here. They don’t even attempt to
When it comes to the presidential election, I feel like a little kid in the back seat of the family car heading toward Disneyland. Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Nov. 4 can’t get here fast enough for me. I cannot wait to see who the next president of the United States is going to be. But I don’t want to know the winner of the McCain/Obama race just because I’m ardently supporting a candidate. I want to know the winner because it will mean the entire circus will be over. Finally. I’m sick of the election. The election cycle has been in full swing for over a year now, and I’m burned out on the whole idea. News about the election takes over everything: newspapers, magazines, Internet, television, people’s yards, people’s conversations. There are several good reasons for my burnout. One is the fact that I vote in Oklahoma almost
cess would be amazing. The way we currently have it, the media’s been at fever pitch since about August of last year. This is entirely too long, especially for states that don’t get much attention or have much power. The ultimate fix, like I stated previously, would be to have a popular vote system in which my vote actually would matter. But, alas, it really doesn’t. There will be a president chosen on Nov. 4 Hopefully. I’m crossing my fingers that we don’t have drama like there was in 2000. I don’t know who the winner will be, but I do know that we finally will be able to stop hearing about the thing for (maybe) three years. I’ll rejoice for the cessation of campaigning more than I’ll rejoice for my candidate if he wins. STEPHEN CARRADINI IS A PROFESSIONAL WRITING JUNIOR. HIS COLUMN APPEARS EVERY OTHER THURSDAY.
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Child advocacy group director fired for funny bookkeeping • Officials investigating ammout of discrepancy RON JENKINS Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY — The executive director of an organization that advocates for deprived children has been fired and an investigative audit has been ordered over alleged financial discrepancies. Officials confirmed Wednesday that the board that oversees Oklahoma CASA Association, Inc.’s state office has dismissed executive director Anna Naukam. She did not immediately return telephone calls for comment. The office of Attourney General Drew Edmondson requested an investigative audit by Auditor and Inspector Steve Burrage. First Asstant Attourney General Tom Gruber, in an Oct. 15 letter, wrote that the AG’s office had “received a complaint concerning financial and inventory matters” and had concluded that “an investigative audit for criminal and other types of misconduct should be conducted.” Charlie Price, spokesman for Edmondson, declined further comment. Under the CASA program, court-appointed special advocates voluntarily provide services to children in foster care. There are offices in several counties. Cleveland County CASA official Sheryl Marseilles is serving as acting director of the state office. Marseilles said problems in the agency were discussed at an Oct. 7 meeting and Naukam was “relieved of her duties.” “Some discrepancies were found and the board of directors, in line with their fiduciary responsibilities, decided to turn their concerns over to the proper authorities,” Marseilles said. “We don’t know at this point,” she said of the amount of money involved. The attorney general’s office was contacted after information was initially taken to the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office. Marseilles said CASA programs across Oklahoma are “continuing to provide good services to kids” and state-appropriated funds distributed by her office were not affected. “All of those funds are well accounted for,” she said. The agency’s budget also relies on contributions.
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008
Shiite bloc holds off OK on US-Iraq pact ROBERT H. REID AND QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press
BAGHDAD — Prime Minister Nouri alMaliki’s ruling Shiite coalition withheld support Sunday for the proposed security pact that would keep U.S. troops here for three more years, dealing a setback to American hopes of a speedy approval of the agreement. The statement by the United Iraqi Alliance called for unspecified changes to the draft agreement, which parliament must ratify by the end of the year when the U.N. mandate expires. The group’s move comes a day after tens of thousands of demonstrators, mostly Shiites, took to the streets of Baghdad to show their opposition to the agreement. The Shiite alliance holds 85 of parliament’s 275 seats and al-Maliki needs its solid support to win approval of the agreement by a strong majority. The 30 lawmakers loyal to antiAmerican Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have already said they will vote against the agreement, and some Sunni lawmakers have spoken out against it too. But the alliance represents the groups that profited the most from the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled their archenemy Saddam Hussein. The
fact that it was hesitant to commit to the agreement underscores the ambivalent feelings many Iraqis have toward the Americans after five years of war. In its statement, the alliance said the agreement, hammered out in months of difficult negotiations, contained some “positive points” but more time was needed “for discussion, dialogue and to amend some of its articles.” The alliance established a committee to solicit views and study the agreement in detail, the statement added. Al-Maliki aide Yassin Majid said Sunday that the prime minister had postponed a planned visit this week to Australia to deal with the security agreement. The alliance did not specify what it considered positive or negative, and Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari warned it would be difficult to reopen negotiations. The agreement provides for American troops to leave Baghdad and other Iraqi cities by the end of June 2011 and withdraw from the country entirely by the end of that year unless the government asks them to stay. It would also give Iraq limited authority to prosecute U.S. soldiers and contractors for crimes committed off post and off duty, limit U.S. authorAP Photo ity to search homes and detain people and give Iraqis more say in the conduct A U.S. soldier plays soccer with an Iraqi kid during a routine patrol Sunday in the of American military operations. village of Talia’ah, 20 miles northwest of Diwaniyah, Iraq.
Shop, baby, shop? GOP spent $150K on Palin clothes
Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, speaks to supporters during a rally Tuesday in Henderson, Nev.
NEW YORK — Who knew looking like a hockey mom was this darned expensive? Certainly not Wanda Routier, a proud hockey mom in Hewitt, Wis., who spends her time in sweat pants, turtlenecks, ankle boots and heavy coats. She was dismayed to hear Wednesday that the Republican Party had spent $150,000 on clothes, hair styling and accessories for Sarah Palin and her family from such upscale stores as Saks Fifth Avenue and Nieman Marcus. “I was put off by it,” Routier said. “I mean I know they have an image to project, but that’s a lot of money when we’re talking about the economy the way it is! And the burden on ordinary Americans.” But another hockey mom defended Palin. “I can certainly imagine her clothes would cost that much,” said Page Growney, a mother of four in upscale New Canaan, Conn. “What did you want to see her in, a turtleneck from L.L. Bean?” As much of the world knows, Palin introduced herself at the GOP convention — in what’s been widely reported to be a $2,500 Valentino jacket — as a “regular hockey mom,” and boasted of having saved Alaska’s taxpayers from “over-the-top”
expenditures like her luxury jet, her personal chef, even the ride to work. She has often talked of “real Americans” and “Joe Six-Pack” and projected a folksy demeanor in her vice presidential debate. “Let’s do what our parents told us before we probably even got that first credit card,” she said in that debate. “Don’t live outside of our means.” The average U.S. household spent $1,874 on clothes and services in 2006, the last year for which figures are available from the government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. So her detractors were naturally having a field day with the revelations, first reported on Politico. com. They included a whopping $75,062 shopping spree at Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, one for $49,425 from Saks Fifth Avenue, $4,902 at Atelier, a stylish men’s store, and even a $92 romper and matching hat with ears for baby Trig at Pacifier, a Minneapolis baby store. “Nothing says Main Street quite like Saks Fifth Avenue,” wrote Talking Points Memo’s David Kurtz.
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Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008
AP poll: Race tightens in final weeks
Reward offered in bank threat
WASHINGTON — The presidential race tightened after the final debate, with John McCain gaining among whites and people earning less than $50,000, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that shows McCain and Barack Obama essentially running even among likely voters in the election homestretch. The poll, which found Obama at 44 percent and McCain at 43 percent, supports what some Republicans and Democrats privately have said in recent days: that the race narrowed after the third debate as GOPleaning voters drifted home to their party and McCain’s “Joe the Plumber” analogy struck a chord. Three weeks ago, an AP-GfK survey found that Obama had surged to a seven-point lead over McCain, lifted by voters who thought the Democrat was better suited to lead the nation through its sudden economic crisis. The contest is still volatile, and the split among voters is apparent less than two weeks before Election Day. “I trust McCain more, and I do feel that he has more experience in government than Obama. I don’t think Obama has been around long enough,” said Angela Decker, 44, of La Porte, Ind. But Karen Judd, 58, of Middleton, Wis., said, “Obama certainly has sufficient qualifications.” She said any positive feelings about McCain evaporated with “the outright lying” in TV ads and his choice of running mate Sarah Palin, who “doesn’t have the correct skills.” The new AP-GfK head-to-head result is a departure from some, but not all, recent national polls. Obama and McCain were essentially tied among likely voters in the latest George Washington University Battleground Poll, conducted by Republican strategist Ed Goeas and Democratic pollster Celinda Lake. In other surveys focusing on likely voters, a Washington Post-ABC News poll and a Wall Street Journal-NBC News survey have Obama up by 11 points, and a poll by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center has him leading by 14.
• More threating letters appeared Wednesday LARA JAKES JORDAN Associated Press WASHINGTON — At least a dozen more suspicious letters turned up Wednesday at financial institutions nationwide, but all appear to be harmless, the FBI said. The U.S. Postal Service offered a reward of up to $100,000 for help in arresting those who mailed a total of about 50 threatening letters over the last several days to Chase Bank branches and federal regulatory offices in 11 cities. Some of the letters were filled with white powder that has so far tested negative for poisonous or otherwise dangerous toxins, FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said in Washington. An FBI spokesman in Oklahoma, where eight letters turned up, said local preliminary assessments showed the powder was harmless calcium powder. The letters were mailed to banks and financial institutions in and around Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Denver, Newark, N.J., New York City, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, San Francisco and Arlington, Va. The letters first began surfacing Monday, forcing some bank branches to close. No injuries were reported, but some Chase employees, including a pregnant woman, were examined as a precaution. Chase branches around the country “are on alert,” said JPMorgan Chase spokesman Greg Hassell. Authorities said the letters appear to be from the same source, and were focusing on possible suspects near Amarillo, Texas, where the envelopes were postmarked. The incident is being investigated as a possible first, if extreme, public backlash over the nation’s financial crisis. Meanwhile, the New York Police Department is investigating another letter containing suspicious white powder that was sent to The New York Times. The newspaper’s offices in midtown Manhattan remained open Wednesday. A law enforcement official said the letter sent to the Times does not appear to be related to those sent to the financial institutions. The Times letter was not postmarked from Texas and contains a different substance than that in the bank letters, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the case. The Times letter also tested negative for dangerous toxins, the official said.
In this image made available by Madame Tussauds’ Wax Museum on Wednesday in London, clay head molds of U.S. presidential candidates Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama, are displayed at Madame Tussauds’ Studios. The artists have been studying hundreds of photos and watching hours of video footage to create the clay head molds, and will use their research to ultimately finish the figures as well. Polls are snapshots of highly fluid campaigns. In this case, there is a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points; that means Obama could be ahead by as many as 8 points or down by as many as 6. There are many reasons why polls differ, including methods of estimating likely voters and the wording
of questions. Charles Franklin, a University of Wisconsin political science professor and polling authority, said variation between polls occurs, in part, because pollsters interview random samples of people.
Dropping gas prices fail to counter decreased consumer spending JOHN PORRETTO Associated Press HOUSTON — It’s almost like a surprise stimulus check: Gas prices have fallen so fast that the nation has found itself with an extra $125 billion to spend. But don’t expect the freed-up cash to pump much life into the economy. Filling up for less than $2.50 a gallon in some places hasn’t done much to boost confidence — not when disappearing jobs, sagging home prices and the financial meltdown are everyday worries. “Let’s try six months. Let’s try a year. Then we can talk about how much it’s saving me,” said Jacob Curtis of Columbus, Ohio, who paid $2.48 a gallon this week. “Right now, I’m just trying to
make ends meet.” One in three Americans fears losing a job, half are worried about keeping up with mortgage and credit card payments and seven in 10 are anxious about shrinking stock and retirement portfolios, according to a recent Associated Press-Yahoo News poll of likely voters. With worries like that, saving $20 or $30 on a tank of gas doesn’t amount to much of a silver lining. Make no mistake, the drop in gas prices has been dramatic. A gallon of gas is 30 percent cheaper today than it was when prices peaked this summer. On July 11, a gallon of regular averaged $4.11. On Wednesday, it was $2.86. That’s almost as cheap as the $2.82 reading of a year ago. As lawmakers debate whether to
send a second round of stimulus checks to Americans to lift the economy, the decline in gasoline prices could amount to as much as a $125 billion stimulus all by itself, according to calculations by Lawrence Goldstein, the director of the Energy Policy Research Foundation Inc., which studies energy economics. That figure takes into account the amount of fuel used not only by drivers and households but also by businesses. “We already have the equivalent of an invisible stimulus package going if [oil] prices bottom out in the $75 to $80 range,” Goldstein said. Oil prices tumbled close to $66 a barrel Wednesday as fear of an extended global economic slowdown outweighed a likely OPEC crude production cut later this week. The difference is that the couple of
hundred bucks that in previous years might have turned into a holiday splurge will probably be tucked away for safekeeping this time. “Because of the economic circumstances, a lot more people are going to be cautious with that kind of money,” said Joel Naroff, an economist and president of Naroff Economic Advisors in Holland, Pa. “Consumers are worried. They don’t know what’s going to happen to their jobs.” Jean Stewart knows the feeling. The 68-year-old, semi retired housekeeper, who filled up her Saturn sedan in suburban Denver on Tuesday for $2.57 a gallon, said she struggled when prices neared $4 a gallon. “I’ve been very, very careful,” Stewart said.
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LEFT: Lauren Caldwell, elementary education sophomore, Mary Beth Omido, human relations sophomore and Ashley Studdard, Spanish sophomore, jump off the Price Hall fountain located behind Price Hall Wednesday afternoon. The girls are wearing tie-dyed shirts which Omido and Caldwellâ€™s brother dyed. RIGHT: Tie-dyed shirts hang on clotheslines. The trend of tye-dyeing is seeing a renewed surge in popularity among some OU students.
Tie-dye: itâ€™s a trend â€” again STEPHEN PYLE Daily Staff Writer The 1960s have been dead for decades, but the bright, colorful fashion from the era is still alive and healthy. Tie-dye has found its way back to being trendy. Students canâ€™t walk down the South Oval without catching glimpses of swirls, waves and bright spirals. This tie-dyeing trend, however, is not just for fashion. Tie-dyeing has become a social event where students gather around buckets of dye and spend their afternoon coloring whatever fabrics they can find. Mary Beth Omido, human relations sophomore, said she spends hours a week tie-dyeing with her friends. â€œIt is just a cool way to spend time with friends while being creative and making something awesome,â€? Omido said. Omido said she began tie-dyeing a year ago with friends and roommates.
â€œIt really is weird how it has come back into style; itâ€™s starting to catch on with the hippie and indie looks,â€? Omido said. The trend reaches beyond indie and hippie, and has even bombarded mainstream fashion. Rick Miller, a manager at the Norman Hobby Lobby, said students, including many sorority girls, have been arriving in flocks since late summer to buy tiedyeing kits. Miller said he does not expect the sales to go down until November or December. Even major clothing brands like Hermes and Prada have begun selling accessories highlighting the tie-dye trend. But like any worthy trend, there are purists. Shawn Stanford, pharmacy graduate student at OU Health and Sciences Center, said he can tell what is handmade and what is not. â€œThe handmade objects are too per-
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fect,â€? Stanford said. Some prefer to make their own designs, rather than purchase from a store. â€œI donâ€™t see the point in machine-made tie-dye,â€? Omido said. â€œIt may look good, but my pride in wearing it is that I made it â€“ itâ€™s my badge of honor.â€? Perhaps the most attractive aspect to tie-dyers is the creativity they are able to express. Stanford, whose tie-dye technique includes cooking his shirts in the oven, has discovered how to create the OU logo, as well as other signs and symbols on his shirts. Turning a white shirt into a colorful shirt is something that is hard to mess up, Stanford said. Many tie-dyers donâ€™t stop with shirts. Students have boasted of tie-dyeing shoes, socks, leggings, curtains, bed sheets and headbands. â€œIâ€™m always going to find new and different ways to do it and think of new things to tie-dye,â€? Omido said.
How I tie-dye veryone who tie-dyes has a different theory about which way is best. Even tie-dye kits provide different instructions. Iâ€™ve heard everything from washing your shirt before you dye to wrapping it in Saran-wrap after youâ€™ve finished to putting it in the oven to let the color sit. The ways to avoid bad tie-dye are simple. First, watch what colors you put next to yellow. For example, yellow and purple make brown, and no one CALLIE wants brown tie-dye, since it completely negates the purpose of making a bright, colorful shirt. Learn from KAVOURGIAS your mistakes and try again. One rule I still firmly believe is that the dye needs to sit in the shirt for at least eight hours so your shirt will be as bright and bold as possible. Make sure that you inject dye in all the little crevices that the shirt creates, otherwise youâ€™ll end up with a mostly white shirt. Also, you donâ€™t really need those gloves that come with the sets, since they donâ€™t really work anyway. Sure, your hands will get some dye on them, but take that as your badge of honor for creating something awesome. Besides, a little bleach cleaner and some scrubbing will take that color right off.
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Thursday Throwdown: Man, that’s really embarrassing • The Daily recounts awkward social situations in this week’s five-way throwdown. You’re blushing, we can tell. have a difficult time recalling embarrassing moments — I like to repress them. You could say it’s a coping mechanism. But there are some that are too good to forget. You know, like the time NANETTE when you thought you saw LIGHT someone you knew so you waved. You may even have shouted their name before realizing that you have no idea who the person is. Or if you’re me, you tell them a story. In my defense, it was a crowded metro station in Washington, D.C. last spring, and the girl had hair just like my friend Kantele’s. But that didn’t stop me from having a conver-
sation with a stranger, who I talked to like we were best friends through the metro gates and to the escalator. But it gets better. Once I actually turned, looked at the girl and realized I didn’t know her, I didn’t stop talking. “Oh ... I don’t know you,” I remember saying. And then there was the, “Wow, that’s really awkward.” Why couldn’t I shut-up? Seriously, as if she already didn’t think I was crazy. And no, for the life of me, I can’t remember the story I told my new “friend.” I like to think it’s better this way. As for Kantele, she was walking behind me witnessing the whole scene. Some friend.
icture yourself, if you will, reading out loud or telling a really great story. Or you could just be talking in general. Your words are flowing right along — after all, you’ve had plenty of years to become accustomed AMY to the English language — when you suddenly slip up. FROST You’re so wrapped up in telling your story that you hardly notice when your audience starts to snicker or even bust out in full laughter. “What?” you ask. “Do you know what you just said?” your friends ask as they try to control their laughter. Ladies and gentlemen, you just made a Freudian slip or “parapaxis.” A particular instance that comes to mind from my experience is reading from the textbook in my ninth grade biology class and repeatedly saying “orgasm” instead of “organism.” Oh, you think that’s funny, do you? Even more recently, here in The Daily’s newsroom, I was recalling a scene from “Top Gun” in which Goose “ejaculates from the plane.”
Yeah, that’s definitely supposed to be “ejected from the plane.” Don’t worry friends, it happens to the best of us. You get caught up in your story and something, some thought or someone’s comment, interrupts your thought process and is projected into your story, catching you off-guard. Tips for this situation? Don’t be bothered by distractions when telling a story or reading aloud. Keep your eye on the prize. If you do manage to slip up, just laugh along with everyone else because, hey, it’s funny and not fatal. The only time a Freudian slip can be potentially fatal is when it involves a significant other. It can be something small, like being at a sushi restaurant during a first date and the topic of favorite foods comes up and you say that the only food you dislike is seafood, or, heaven forbid, the classic saying of someone else’s name while in the middle of ... well, you get the point. So watch your words before you say (or scream) something like, “I’d like to spank all teachers,” (thank you, George Bush), because that’s just embarrassing.
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t is difficult for me to think of a truly awkward social situation. Not that I am super suave or smooth, believe me, I am anything but. I have simply tried to remove any embarrassments from my memory bank through hard drugs and alcohol. When I sat down to really think ELLIS about it, one embarrassing event GOODWIN popped into my head. As simpleminded high school students, my friends and I thought it was hilarious to flip off people for no reason whatsoever, but at my senior prom, this gesture inadvertently offended hundreds of people. As I rose to receive an award for school spirit, one of my close friends began to gibe me. He was hooting and hollering, and in retaliation I turned around shot both arms straight out and flipped him the double bird. It just so happens a spotlight hit me at that exact moment and more than 300 prom-goers witnessed my extended middle fingers in all their glory. Instead of bringing my hands immediately to my side, I panicked and kept them up as the crowd began laughing and hollering along with my friends. I walked with my fingers up halfway to the stage before I finally realized what I was doing and put them down. In the end, most people thought it was hilarious, and so did I, even if it was at my expense. I learned two things from that night: First, everybody does stupid things and second, if you do something stupid in public your friends will never stop reminding you.
The Daily’s editorial board sometimes gets itself into some rather embarrassing social situations, such as falling down a flight of stairs in front of a group of people. i c t u r e yourself as a 13-yearold at a formal awards ceremony. You’re firmly in the awkward stage of adolescence, and you’re COREY already disgustDEMOSS ed with the fact that your parents have forced you to accept an absolutely meaningless award. After almost two hours of boring speeches that have made you contemplate the merits of stabbing a sharp object into your ear, you hear your name called. You’re finally going to get your part of the way. You make your way on stage, and all you have to do is accept a piece of paper and shake a woman’s hand. Not a difficult process. But as you approach center stage, a microphone wire complicates things. You feel your foot tugged from under you, and fall flat on your face. If that’s not bad enough, you take the micro-
phone stand with you, creating deafening feedback that forces the backstage crew to turn off the amplifiers for more than a minute. Yeah, it’s not a pretty picture. Well, it happened to me, and I think it set my development back by about two years. Falling in general is embarrassing enough, but doing it on such a public stage (literally and figuratively) just makes matters worse. I never lived that moment down. My friends called me “stage tripper” for the next year. It was a lazy and uncreative nickname, but it still forced me to relive that horrible moment about once a week. So please, learn from my mistake. If you know you’re going to walk onto a stage, look at the floor and make sure you know where the cords are. Because one of them might just jump up and get you. — COREY DEMOSS IS THE DAILY’S SPORTS EDITOR AND A JOURNALISM SENIOR.
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alling off your bike and splitting your chin open when you’re nine? Not embarrassing. Falling off MEREDITH your bike and SIMONS splitting your chin open when you’re 19? Embarrassing. Even more so when it happens in the presence of two attractive young men who walked out of Adams just in time to see an idiot riding a bike and talking on her phone totally eat it when she hit a speed bump — not a curb, not a car, not a small dog, a speed bump. It gets worse as you are forced to stagger around, insisting to these two young men that you are fine, until one of them kindly says, “I think your face is bleeding,” forcing
you to admit that you are not, in fact, fine. The situation deteriorates further as they load your shaky self and your scratched-up bike into their SUV and drive you home, while you bleed on the T-shirt one of them has given you to hold up to your wounded chin. It hits rock bottom after you arrive home, when you succeed in not passing out (no, really, it was deep) while you put a BandAid on and sit down to wait for the friend who will drive you to the hospital to get 20 stitches in your chin. It’s then you realize you cannot for the life of you remember the names of these strangers. Some sort of bike crash-induced post-traumatic stress disorder has wiped your memory clean, and you will never be able to thank them, or return their bloody T-shirt. — MEREDITH SIMONS IS THE DAILY’S EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AND AN INTERNATIONAL AREA STUDIES SENIOR.
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fter seven football games, we’re supposed to have a pretty good idea of how the Sooners stack up with the nation’s elite. But with injury problems running rampant, OU’s identity has become harder to find. We know the team’s greatest strength: Sam Bradford. He has looked as good as any quarterback in the nation, and continues to be a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate. We also know the team’s greatest weakness: special teams. Unfortunately, all facets of special teams have looked bad at some point. The kickoff coverage has consistently struggled. The kick returners haven’t had much of an impact. Jimmy Stevens’ first real action came last week, and he didn’t look great. But what about the rest of the team? Who will take Ryan Reynolds’ place? Can one of COREY the running backs be a reliable contributor? Can the young secondary keep up with some DEMOSS of the Big 12’s more dangerous and athletic receivers? All of those questions still need to be answered, which is why the next three weeks are just what the Sooners need. OU’s next three opponents are Kansas State, Nebraska and Texas A&M. Kansas State has yet to show any consistency, Nebraska is a couple years from being a legitimate threat and Texas A&M has been just plain awful. With so many questions still surrounding this team, the schedule works completely in OU’s favor. Over the next three weeks, the coaching staff should be able to figure out the permanent replacement for Reynolds. I imagine it will be Austin Box, but maybe Box plays on the outside and Travis Lewis moves to the middle. Who knows? All I know is Nic Harris needs to be playing safety, not linebacker. We should also get a better understanding of which DeMarco Murray we’re going to see for the rest of the year. Against Kansas, he finally showed the quick step he had last year. He clearly has incredible ability, but I think his problem this year has been low confidence. Kansas State and Texas A&M have combined to allow nine 100-yard rushers this season, and their defenses should do wonders for Murray’s confidence. Now, I’m not saying OU should make the mistake of looking past these opponents. Obviously, the Sooners need to take things one game at a time if they want to stay in the Big 12 race. But the Sooners couldn’t ask for a better schedule. This is the easiest three-game stretch they’ve had (not counting the year’s first three games, since Chattanooga is a Division II school and Washington is playing like one). After these three games, the schedule smiles on OU again with a bye week before playing Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. Depending on how things play out in the Big 12, those could be the two most important games of the year. There cannot be any remaining questions about OU’s team — especially on defense — when Texas Tech and its potent passing game come to Norman Nov. 22. Maybe at that point, the Sooners will be back near the top of the national title chase. Only time will tell. — COREY DEMOSS IS THE SPORTS EDITOR AND A JOURNALISM SENIOR.
• Sooners’ Big 12 tournament hopes still alive JONO GRECO Daily Staff Writer This weekend, the OU soccer team begins a crucial three-game home stand to end the regular season. The Sooners (2-13-1, 1-5-1) will take on Nebraska Friday at 7 p.m. and Iowa State at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Sooners are coming off their first victory in more than a month, but head coach Nicole Nelson does not want the team to overlook its upcoming opponent. “We were happy to get the win at Baylor,” Nelson said. “But, I told them to enjoy it for the day and that we then had to get focused on getting two wins this weekend to get ourselves in the Big 12 tournament.” OU is currently tied for ninth in the conference, and the top eight teams qualify for the Big 12 tournament. The first hurdle in the mad dash to the finish comes in the form of a Nebraska team that has struggled of late. The Cornhuskers have lost three of their last four games, and two of the losses were on the road. Nebraska is coming off a shutout victory against Texas Tech that improved its record to 8-7-1 overall and 4-3 within the Big 12. In recent years, getting past NU has proven to be a struggle for the Sooners. The last time OU has come out victorious was during the 2004 season. All three games since then have been decided by one goal. Defender Ashley Bolden said the defense has been preparing for a direct Nebraska offense by working on clearing the ball out of the defensive zone. “Nebraska will put us under a lot of pressure, so we’ll have to work on getting those first-time clearances out,” Bolden said. Sunday afternoon’s game against Iowa State (5-9-2, 0-5-2) will be the first conference game in which OU will have a better conference record. During Big 12 play, Iowa State has been outscored 12-3, includ-
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Sophomore forward Whitney Palmer (8) fights for position during OU’s Oct. 3 game against Oregon. The Sooners are coming off their first win in more than a month, and will be attempting to win back-to-back games for the first time this season when they take on conference foes Nebraska and Iowa State in Norman this weekend. ing three consecutive shutouts, one of which was a 0-0 tie against Colorado. Despite recent struggle, the Cyclones have an 8-2-2 historical edge over OU. The Sooners’ last series win was a 4-0 route during the 2006 season. With only three games remaining, Nelson said she feels the
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Junior fullback Matt Clapp (34) celebrates his touchdown in the first quarter of Saturday’s game against Kansas with teammate Quentin Chaney (84). Clapp has seen increased playing time in recent weeks thanks to his improved blocking ability, which he learned from tight end Brody Eldridge. coaches, who have rewarded him with increased playing time. “He has been fabulous,” head coach Bob Stoops said. “Matt has been such big part of our team at that unheralded position, the fullback position. But if you look at him he’s a great athlete for a fullback -- he’s got size, he’s got range, he’s fast, strong, he can run with the football, catches well out of the backfield and he’s on virtually every one of our special teams. “He does so many things for us that aren’t necessarily TV shots, but he makes so many things go and work.” Clapp said the key to blocking well on every play is to be
focused on the job, but also calm and in control to make the right decisions. “You have to really be calm in a way because you really could get over-hyped in a way,” Clapp said. “Then you’re just going to be out of control, and lose mentally what your job is.” Patton said both Eldridge and Clapp have the mental edge necessary for becoming a strong and consistent blocker. “They’re great, they have a great mentality [for blocking],” Patton said. “You have to have a physical presence, you have to be able to tell someone you’re going to put your face on them and you have to have that physical attitude.”
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Patton said Clapp and Eldridge are able to come into games and block in any situation. He added that having two great blockers is a privilege. “Well when you have the best blockers on the field with Eldridge and Clapp, you find ways to put them in different sets,” Patton said. “And that helped us get the edge on some plays.” Clapp said he just wants to help the team in any way possible, whether blocking, catching or running. “When my time comes, getting open for a pass or making a run” Clapp said. “I just try to make the best of it.”
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Senior wide receiver Manuel Johnson will not play in Saturday’s game against Kansas State with a dislocated elbow, but should return to play the week after against Nebraska. “Manny is still questionable,” Stoops said. “He’s a lot better from what I understand today. It will be Thursday or Friday how comfortable he is with the feeling of it.” Stoops also said that freshman defensive end Frank Alexander and junior defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger are both feeling much better after missing game time with injuries. Alexander participated against Kansas but did not record any defensive stats, while Granger recorded one tackle. Junior tight end Brody Eldridge had a sprained ankle throughout last week’s practice, and did not play at all against Kansas. “He was hurt in Texas and we were close to playing him [against Kansas], but decided not to,” Stoops said. “He’s further along this week so we expect him to play this week.”
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FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK Senior Nic Harris, who moved into the middle linebacker position temporarily last week after the injury to junior middle linebacker Ryan Reynolds against Texas , is expected to be back in the strong safety position against Kansas State Saturday. “Hopefully, we’ve had time to bring Austin Box along and guys like that,” said defensive backs coach Bobby Jack Wright. “They’re going to be really the guys that you want in there.” Harris has been working in the strong safety position this week, Wright said. But he admitted that using Harris in the nickel formation is an option. “Nic’s still a guy that we could possibly play in the nickel package with [Keenan Clayton],” Wright said.
KYLE BURNETT Daily Sports Writer If not for his long hair, fans might never notice junior fullback Matt Clapp. He isn’t a statistical juggernaut. Over the course of the 2008 season Clapp has rushed seven times for 21 yards and caught five passes for two touchdowns. But Clapp is a favorite of the coaching staff, thanks to his ability to run, catch and block equally well. Clapp’s versatility makes him an attractive choice for any formation. “He’s definitely a big part in what we do with the run game and protecting,” offensive line coach James Patton said. “He’s a physical player, he’s a big oneback that can carry the ball but he can also put his facemask on and light someone up.” Clapp has been improving his blocking skills by learning from junior tight end Brody Eldridge, another of the Sooners’ lessglamorous leaders. Coaches have repeatedly referred to Eldridge as one of the best blockers on the team, and several players said they watch film of Eldridge to improve their blocking technique. “In film, coach says every day that if you want to block good you have to watch Brody,” Clapp said. “You know, we all do that; me, Jermaine [Gresham] and Eric [Mensik] all do it. I think since spring my blocking has definitely improved.” Clapp’s skills as a complete player have impressed the
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Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008
NEWS BRIEFLY ORU settles with former professors TULSA — Oral Roberts University reached a settlement late Wednesday with two former professors who sued last year claiming they were forced out after uncovering ﬁnancial and ethical wrongdoing by the school’s former president and family. The conﬁdential settlement with Tim and Paulita Brooker came at the end of a court-ordered mediation session and brings to a close a ﬁnancial scandal that rocked the evangelical school founded in the 1960s by televangelist Oral Roberts and led to the resignation of his son, Richard, as president. Richard Roberts stepped down last November amid allegations he and his wife, Lindsay, dropped university money on shopping sprees, home remodels and a stable of horses for their daughters at a time when ORU was more than $50 million in the red. Those allegations were detailed in the Brookers’ October 2007 wrongful termination lawsuit. The Robertses, who have repeatedly denied wrongdoing, were also named as defendants in the Brookers’ lawsuit, along with former ORU regents and oﬃcials. “After a year in limbo, it’s nice to have some resolution to this,” Tim Brooker said late Wednesday.
Stocks slide as Wall Street takes another hit NEW YORK — Now what? After three days of relative calm, turbulence returned to Wall Street on Wednesday. Louder warnings of a deep recession and weak corporate earnings took the Dow Jones industrial average down 514 points amid fears that government intervention won’t be enough to prevent global economies from faltering. Previous dramatic drops — two of them more than 700 points — were followed by rebounds. If that doesn’t happen this time, the Dow could slip closer to closing below the 8,000 mark, which hasn’t happened since March 31, 2003. Wednesday’s sell-oﬀ came after poor earnings from large companies in disparate sectors — Wachovia Corp., Boeing and Merck & Co. — illustrated how wide the economic downturn has spread. One bright spot was McDonald’s Corp., where third-quarter proﬁts rose thanks to the strength of its low-priced meals. Even with the aggressive steps the government has already taken, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson told interviewer Charlie Rose on Tuesday that Americans would “have a number of diﬃcult months ahead of us in terms of the real economy.” Since stocks began tumbling on Sept. 15, the Dow has plunged as low as 8,451.19, its close on Oct. 10. On Wednesday, it closed at 8,519.21.
Donors boost Georgia with $4.5 billion BRUSSELS, Belgium — The European Union, United States and other international donors have pledged more than US$4.5 billion for rebuilding parts of Georgia that were damaged in its war with Russia. EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner says the international community “exceeded expectations” and produced US$3.7 billion in public money and US$850 million in private contributions. The European U, the United States and others have criticized Russia for invading Georgia in August in an eﬀort to back up separatist movements in South Ossetia and Abkhazia while repelling a Georgian oﬀensive in South Ossetia.
US Commandos free hostage in Afghanistan KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. Special Forces soldiers conducting a daring nighttime operation freed a kidnapped American working for the Army Corps of Engineers — the ﬁrst known hostage rescue by American forces in Afghanistan. The American, who was abducted in mid-August, had been held in a growing insurgent stronghold 30 miles west of Kabul, U.S. military oﬃcials told The Associated Press. They said several insurgents were killed in last week’s mission to free him. Taliban militants have kidnapped dozens of international aid workers, journalists and other foreigners in recent years and have demanded large ransoms or the release of imprisoned Taliban ﬁghters for their freedom. Increasingly aggressive crime syndicates have also raked in big money by kidnapping wealthy Afghans and foreigners and demanding ransoms.
POLICE REPORTS Names are compiled from the Norman Police Department or the OU Department of Public Safety. The report serves as a public record of arrests or citations, not convictions. The people here are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
PUBLIC INTOXICATION Todd Allen Berg, 40, 2400 block West Lindsey Street, Monday William Lee Coker, 20, 200 block East Daws Street, Tuesday, also for interference with official process
RECEIVE/POSSESS/CONCEAL STOLEN PROPERTY Troy Michael Garcia, 23, 2800 block Technology Place, Tuesday, also burglarysecond degree
NO VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE Chad Aaron Harper, 23, 2400 block East Lindsey Street, Tuesday, also driving under the influence-liquor or drugs/actual physical control of the vehicle, failure to carry security verification/no insurance and possession/transport of open bottle or container
MALICIOUS INJURY/ DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY James Jaye Jordanoff, 24, 2900 block
Castlewood Drive, Tuesday, also driving under the influence-liquor or drugs/actual physical control of the vehicle, eluding police officer, leaving scene of accident and county warrant
WARRANT Timothy Bryan Phillips, 29, 500 block South University Boulevard, Tuesday
TRESPASSING AFTER BEING FORBIDDEN Alison Michelle Polk, 21, 1800 block Northcliff Avenue, Tuesday, also possession of controlled dangerous substances and contributing to the delinquency of minors
POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA Darin Alan Witt, 43, 700 block 24th Avenue Northwest, Tuesday, also municipal warrant
MUNICIPAL WARRANT Zachary James Zimmerman, 23, 200 block B West Gray Street, Tuesday
NO INSURANCE Iklas Alzhanov, 20, East Lindsey Street, Tuesday, also an altered license plate, no driver’s license, possession of marijuana and misleading to represent as one’s own a license not issued to possessor.
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SRIHARIKOTA, WE HAVE LIFTOFF
TODAY FRED JONES JR. MUSEUM OF ART The film “Easter Parade” begins at 7 p.m. at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. SCHOOL OF MUSIC Opera Theatre presents Léo Delibes’ “Lakmé” at 8 p.m. at the Reynolds Performing Arts Center.
FRIDAY SCHOOL OF MUSIC Opera Theatre presents Léo Delibes’ “Lakmé” at 8 p.m. at the Reynolds Performing Arts Center.
Chandrayaan-1, India’s maiden lunar mission is seen soon after the launch at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre Wednesday in Sriharikota, about 63 miles north of Chennai, India. India launched it’s first mission to the moon Wednesday, rocketing a satellite up into the pale dawn sky in a two-year mission to redraw maps of the lunar surface.