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OU student finds success despite hearing impairment (page B1) The University of Oklahoma’s independent student voice since 1916 T H U R s DaY, m a R C H 2 9 , 2 012 W W W.O U DA I LY.C O M 2 011 S I LV E R C R O W N W I N N E R DIVeRSITY OU faculty diversity has little parity Racial, ethnic minorities misrepresented by university faculty AJINUR SETIWALDI Campus Reporter The representation of racial and ethnic minorities in the OU faculty is disproportionate compared with the demographics of the student population, despite affirmative action and equal opportunity plans. Approximately 62 percent of students at OU were white in 2010, and more than 71 percent of fulltime faculty members were white, according to the 2011 OU Factbook, which lists data for fall 2010. Black full-time faculty members represented a little more than 2 percent of the faculty, and there were 35 black faculty members on campus, according to the OU Factbook. Black students represented more than 5 percent of the student population. This falls below the average of 7 percent black college and university faculty in the U.S., according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. About 79 percent of all faculty were white. Asian students made up more than 5 percent of the student population at OU and more than 10 percent of full-time faculty, according to the OU Factbook. The number of American Indians in the faculty, about 3 percent, was low compared Fall 2010 full-time faculty see RACE paGe a2 White : 1,038 (71.1%) American Indian/Alaskan native: 42 (2.88%) Asian: 157 (10.75%) Black/African American: 35 (2.4%) Hispanic: 47 (3.22%) International: 109 (7.47%) Other: 8 (0.54%) Not reported: 24 (1.64%) Source: 2011 OU Factbook GrapH By James CorLey ReGeNTS cOMMUNITY SeRVIce Board to vote to add limits New admission criteria to include entrance essay CHRIS MILLER Assistant Campus editor she said. “We had a huge number of students in those areas prior to Y2K. And that came and went, and the job market just shriveled up into nothing. Now the demand has picked back up.” Career Services allows students to upload resumes and apply for jobs at more than 7,000 companies through a An upcoming OU Board of Regents vote could put an end to OU’s automaticadmission criteria. The regents will consider an agenda item that would require high-school students to complete an application essay for fall 2013 admission and provide teacher or counselor recommendations for fall 2014 admission, according to the regents’ meeting agenda. The policy is intended to admit a class with a higher degree of success than the current automatic-admission policy that approves students based on a combination of ACT, GPA and class rank factors, according to the agenda item’s rationale. Data from several sources show that standardized test scores are strongly correlated with family attributes over which students have no control, and this can unfairly disadvantage some student populations, according to the agenda. “Internal research demonstrates that by using a number of measures beyond ACT, GPA and class rank, [OU] can select students with a greater likelihood of persistence and graduation,” according to the agenda. If approved, the new admission process will be a significant improvement and change, according to the agenda. To ease the transition, Oklahoma residents entering in the fall 2013, 2014 and 2015 semesters will be admitted if they conform see CAREER paGe a3 see VOTE paGe a9 meLodie LettKeman/tHe daiLy Austin Kipp, management informations systems sophomore (left); doug Gaffin, University College dean (center); and Caleb forbes, University College freshman, help dig a hole for a tree Wednesday. The tree was the 1,000th tree to be planted by OU students during annual Arbor day celebrations. Sooners put down new roots Arbor Day volunteers plant 1,000th tree since event’s creation making lasting improvements to the Norman campus’ landscape. OU Arbor Day 2012 celebrations included an outdoor picnic, speeches by university adCHRIS MILLER ministrators and the planting of Assistant Campus editor 75 trees, including the 1,000th Hundreds of OU students, planted by event volunteers in the faculty and staff came togeth- event’s history. Participants congregated at er Wednesday with the goal of 11:30 a.m. at David A. Burr Park for a hamburger picnic and speeches, the latter of which began when UOSA president and event master of ceremonies Hannah Morris thanked attendees for their interest in campus beautification. Morris specifically thanked Molly Shi Boren, wife of OU President David Boren, and members of the OU Landscape and Grounds Department for their dedication to improving the overall look of campus. Morris introduced Boren, who said it was fitting this year’s event was held in David A. Burr Park. OU Arbor Week was launched see ARBOR paGe a3 eMPLOYMeNT Career Services benefits upcoming graduates Department helps Sooners seeking jobs SAM HIGGINS Campus Reporter Oklahoma’s unemployment rate and efforts by OU Career Services are helping graduating students find jobs. As of January, Oklahoma’s unemployment rate was 6.1 percent, compared to the national rate of 8 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In January 2010, the Oklahoma unemployment rate was 7.2 percent, the highest since 1990. Management information systems senior David Blaine Lewis Jr. will graduate in May and already has a job lined up with ConocoPhillips in Bartlesville, he said. The field wasn’t his first choice, but it was best for him in terms of finding a job. “I wanted to be a lawyer and still have a passion for law,” Lewis said. “I would like to practice criminal defense law, but the job market for lawyers wasn’t ideal, so I chose to pursue a job right out of undergrad.” Lewis said he attributes getting his job to attending the Fall Career Fair held by OU Career Services in Lloyd Noble Center. Despite the low unemployment rate, the hardest job a student will ever have is finding a job, Career Services director Bette Scott said. Certain fields are better for employment than others, Scott said. “The hot majors right now are in the IT-related fields,” eDITORIAL VOL. 97, NO. 127 © 2012 OU Publications Board FREE — Additional copies 25 cents Campus ........................ Classifieds .................. Life & Arts ................... Opinion ...................... Sports ......................... A2 B7 B1 A4 B6 The Daily’s open record requests Legislators must stop divisive abortion rhetoric Requested document and purpose The communication from the House over the personhood Act illustrates the damaging power of dirty tactics. (Page A4) NOW ONLINe AT SPORTS Student crowned Miss Hispanic OU on Wed. Sooners win first Bedlam series of season in OKc If you missed out on the pageant, see the competition and which student took home the title. (Multimedia) The OU softball team sent the OSU Cowgirls packing with a 4-0 loss Wednesday at Hall of fame Stadium. (Page B9) KeLsey HiGLey/tHe daiLy Carlos lopez, University College freshman, (right) plays his guitar while Aneesh Shukla, University College freshman, reads the newspaper Wednesday on the North Oval. See page A10 for more photos of the day. Date requested The most recent OU Information Technology budget — To learn how funds are distributed and whether funding is allotted to pay fines for Internet piracy. March 15 The number of students who have been cited for inappropriate OU Wi-Fi use — To learn how often the university intervenes in cases of Internet piracy using the strike system. March 15 A list of all 2012 Big event sites — To compare the number of sites this year to previous years; to gather information about the site locations. Wednesday Visit for a complete list of The daily’s requests

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