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Student-produced dance show to open this weekend (Page 7) The University of Oklahoma’s independent student voice since 1916 W E D N E s DaY, J a N ua R Y 2 5 , 2 012 W W W.O U DA I LY.C O M 2 011 G OL D C ROW N F I N A L I S T Smoke-Free CampUS regents snuff out tobacco use at oU All forms of tobacco will be banned on Norman campus starting July 1 CHRIS MILLER Assistant Campus Editor The days of unrestricted tobacco use on OU’s Norman campus are officially numbered after the OU Board of Regents voted unanimously Tuesday to implement a ban this summer. The campuswide Tobacco-Free Policy was approved as an addition to the Regents’ Policy Manual and designated two areas on campus as acceptable smoking areas while enacting fines for repeat offenders. The policy is set to take effect July 1. OU President David Boren proposed the ban to the regents in the Robert M. Bird Library Auditorium on the OU Health Sciences Center campus in Oklahoma City, and during an address before the vote, he said university administrators felt morally obligated to enact it. “We want to join the leadership of other universities who Gender gap evident in OU dean positions SEAN LAWSON Campus Reporter T he position of collegiate dean is becoming less glamorous, which may be contributed to a gender disparity in the positions at OU, university administrators said. Across the three campuses in the OU system, 45 men and 21 women occupy 66 dean and associate dean positions, according to OU department websites. On the Norman campus alone, 31 men and 13 women occupy 44 dean and associate dean positions, according to department websites. Fixing this discrepancy can be difficult because see ROLE PaGe 3 see BAN PaGe 3 ConSTrUCTion ConFerenCe reSearCH Groups moved during remodel Comedy twins to emcee forum Course to teach water hygienics Union upgrades displace student organizations SYDNEY HOBBS Campus Reporter Construction on the Oklahoma Memorial Union is displacing OU student groups that previously held meetings there. The renovations began Dec. 19, after an anonymous donor gave the university $1 million for that project and to renovate the University Club, university spokesman Michael Nash said. The work on the Union is set to conclude March 18. Areas affecte d i n c l u d e t h e Mo l l y Shi Boren Ballroom and the Frontier, Governors, see UNION PaGe 2 Brothers follow passion for improv, present at TEDxOU JAKE MORGAN Campus Reporter When a local performer received his first $7 for working a three-hour improvisation show, he proudly called his father to tell him that he was “now a paid actor.” His father’s response: “Don’t quit your day job.” “‘Learn a skill,’” Buck Vrazel and his twin brother Clint simultaneously said as they parroted their father’s advice. The twins, two halves of an improvisational duo christened Twinprov, will lead the first of 11 presentations at Friday’s sold-out TEDxOU event, co-organizer Adam Croom said. They will also act as emcees to facilitate the transitions between discussions. The brothers’ expertise at improv and their unique compatibility made them naturally attuned to speaking at the innovation conference, Croom said. “We needed a host ... who ediTorial VOL. 97, NO. 86 © 2011 OU Publications Board FREE — Additional copies 25 cents INsIDE Campus .......................... 2 Classifieds .................. 6 Life & Arts .................. 7 Opinion ...................... 4 Sports ......................... 5 NOW ON oU’s gender gap must be addressed Class to be held during summer PAIGHTEN HARKINS Campus Reporter KinGsLey Burns/tHe DaiLy Buck vrazel (left) and Clint vrazel laugh while performing an impromptu freestyle rap Tuesday night in their living room. The brothers, founders of the improv comedy group Twinprov, will speak about creativity, inspiration and freestyle rapping as the opening presentation at Friday’s TEdx conference. could be the anchor for the entire event,” Croom said. “Naturally, people who are humorous fit that bill.” The profound nature of the TED events often leaves audience members either emotionally drained or emotionally pumped up, Croom said. “When you’re watching deep talks throughout an entire day, it tends to be emotionally draining, and Students hold watch party for State of the Union dearth of female leaders involves the entire system. (page 4) liFe & arTS oscar nods snub noteworthy films daily staffers weigh in on Tuesday’s movie award nominations. (page 8) neWS SporTS researchers assist oil, gas production Sooner hoops gets bitten by the Bears Project intended to lower costs at the pump ( The OU men’s basketball team lost to Baylor, 77-65, Tuesday. (page 5) ParKe MetZer/tHe DaiLy University students wait for President Barack Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address in david l. Boren Hall on Tuesday. The event was hosted by the young democrats. you need that comedic relief,” Croom said. “You need that anchor throughout that keeps it fun, brings the culture of what TED is ... and see SPEAKERS PaGe 2 A course intended to help students prepare for work in developing nations will be offered for the first time during the upcoming summer intersession. The Sustainable Development in Emerging Regions: Field Methods course will teach students basic water sanitation and construction skills, said David Sabatini, civil engineering and environmental sciences professor. “If they learn water and sanitations things in U.S., it will allow them to transition more effectively and be productive more quickly,” Sabatini said. Students will spend 80 to see FIELD PaGe 3 The Daily’s open record requests Requested document and purpose date requested Complete contract for dr. Chad kerksick — This document was requested to further explore the investigation of the professor. Monday The percentage of letter grades earned by oU-norman students overall each semester since Fall 2000 — This was requested to see how student grades have risen or fallen during the past decade. Monday The percentage of letter grades earned by oU-norman students broken down by college for each semester since Fall 2000 — This was requested to see how student grades have risen or fallen during the past decade and to compare trends between colleges. Monday

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