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The University of Oklahoma’s independent student voice since 1916 Friday, January 28, 2011 Free — additional copies 25¢ Low membership hurts scholarships oZONE makes it difficult for honor society to recruit students, leaders say By the numbers JOSH BURKS 2008 enrollment — 515 students 2009 enrollment — 285 students* 2010 enrollment — 360 students The Oklahoma Daily A national honor society offering scholarships to undergraduates is experiencing problems locating potential members due to a recent software conversion. Alpha Lambda Delta membership is available to students who achieve a minimum 3.5 GPA their first year on campus; however, following OU’s 2009 switch to oZONE, members of the society have reported difficulties accessing the information of eligible students. Alpha Lambda Delta’s membership has BRIEFS Alumnus to offer Soviet history lecture for students *Year OU implemented oZONE — Source: Jordan Naylor, Alpha Lambda Delta president dropped 43 percent since 2009, and the group could face loss of scholarships if the trend continues, faculty adviser Alice Lanning said. “We depend on the university to supply us with the information for whether or not students qualify,” Lanning said. “With the change in student information systems from [a customer information control system] to oZONE it’s difficult accessing that information.” The switch has caused decreases in enrollment for the honor society, but leaders aren’t upset with the system, Alpha Lambda Delta President Jordan Naylor said. “This is one of those things that you are going to have to deal with when you develop a new system,” Naylor said. The Alpha Lambda Delta National Council claims an endowment of more than $3 million that provides undergraduate scholarships of up to $3,000 to more than 260 member institutions, according to its website. ONLINE AT OUDAILY.COM » Link: View Alpha Lambda Delta membership qualifications and apply until Feb. 16 Naylor said the OU chapter awarded $6,000 in scholarships last year. “In the past, we have sent letters to the students and a copy to their parents, and typically we get a lot of responses,” Lanning said. “The national organization allows us to apply for national scholarships based on how many new members we have each year.” Alpha Lambda Delta will accept spring membership applications until Feb. 16. “You get attached (to the dogs), but in the end you have to think about how it’s going to change a person’s life.” — JESSICA KINSEY, NEW LEASH ON LIFE TRAINER An OU alumnus will give a free lecture about Soviet history at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Frontier Room. Paul R. Gregory will present “Politics, Murder and Love in Stalin’s Kremlin: The Story of Nikolai Bukharin and Anna Larina,” a story about two lovers in Stalin’s Russia, according to a press release. Gregory earned two degrees from the OU College of Arts and Sciences and funded an endowment to support a lecture program in his name, professor Emily Johnson said. For more information, contact Johnson at 405-325-1486. ALLISON NICHOLS The Oklahoma Daily Early bird gets financial aid for law school — Rachel Cervenka/The Daily Student group meetings required, open to public The Council of Student Organizations will hold its spring 2011 meetings at 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Regents and Associates rooms. A representative from each student organization on campus is required to attend this mandatory meeting on one of two nights, said Tolu Adenuga, council coordinator. However, he said the meeting also is open to the public. The council meets once a semester to bring student organizations together to learn about campus resources available to them, according to a press release. Adenuga wasn’t able to say what weight the council holds to make attendance mandatory or how this policy is enforced. Group raises cash for clinic Students join educational sponsors to provide Norman residents with medical care — Sara Groover/The Daily Students seeking financial aid for law school for fall 2011 are encouraged to start their financial aid packet early, a pre-law adviser says. All schools have different criteria for financial aid and each school will have a deadline which students should take note of, said Elizabeth Base, pre-law adviser. Base said she urges students to begin the process now because schools will give first consideration to those who apply early. If students are unsure which school they want to attend, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, allows students to list up to 10 schools, Base said. Planning ahead is important for securing a law school loan, Base said. Students can obtain the free financial aid form and more information online at www.fafsa. or from OU’s Financial Aid office in Buchanan Hall. COMMUNITY SERVICE HELEN GRANT/THE DAILY Special-needs dog trainer Jessica Kinsey sits on the couch witih her dog-in-traning, Ben, on Monday afternoon. Kinsey volunteers with A New Leash on Life, a nonprofit organization that trains dogs to care for those in need. Students train service dogs for care group BY JENNIFER DELANEY The Oklahoma Daily How to get involved Want to help but cannot commit to training a dog for a year? A New Leash on Life is always looking for volunteers. The organization needs people to groom dogs, clean kennels, take dogs for walks and file clerical work. For more information, call A New Leash on Life at 405-224-7715. — Source: — Laney Ellisor/The Daily A LOOK AT WHAT’S ON Need tax assistance? Visit the news section to read how to receive free income tax assistance in Norman. A New Leash on Life offers volunteer opportunities to work with assistance dogs, student trainers say I t was January 2009 when Jessica Kinsey volunteered to work with a girl named Lauren who was afflicted with cerebral palsy. Lauren’s condition left her unable to perform many everyday activities, and Kinsey — with help from Lauren’s trained service dog — assisted in any way she could. Through working with Lauren and the service dog, Kinsey said she learned about A New Leash on Life, a local nonprofit organization that trains dogs to care for and assist those in need. The first time Kinsey walked into A New Leash on Life headquarters, she said she knew she had found something special. “One day I walked in and saw all the puppies; I knew I had to have one,” said Kinsey, an OU junior. “It was love.” New Leash trainers begin training an assistance dog when they are only two to three months old, Kinsey said. The trainers teach the puppies to sit, stay and pick up objects early on, while assimilating the puppies into everyday life, Kinsey said. Kinsey said she brings her trainee, Ben, to her lecture classes. “It teaches him to get used to people,” Kinsey said. “As soon as I get seated he lays down and doesn’t move throughout class.” It costs $10,000 on average to complete a dog’s training, and because the company is nonprofit all of the operational budget comes from donations, according to the organization’s website. New Leash on Life service dogs are trained to provide assistance to children and adults with disabilities or limitations, including mobility problems, hearing loss, seizures or other health issues. Once fully trained, the dogs are capable of performing tasks from picking up dropped items, opening doors or responding to a call for help, according to the website. The organization also runs a program that entrusts inmates at a correctional facility in Holdenville to train shelter dogs into dogs people can adopt, said Barbara Lewis, New Leash founder. “It’s a great chance for individuals with disabilities to increase their independence,” Lewis said. Lewis, who has trained dogs for 25 years, said her passion and dedication stem from the love for her work. After trainers have been with their dog for a year, they part ways and send the dogs away for a second tier of training. OU law student Grant Frankfurt, a dog trainer who will give up his assistance dog this week, said the temporary situation with A New Leash on Life has benefits for college students. “It allows college students the opportunity to raise and own a puppy but without the long-term commitment,” Frankfurt said. As Kinsey nears the one-year mark with Ben, she said it will be hard to part with him, but she understands. “Of course I’ll miss him — it’s hard,” Kinsey said. “You get attached, but in the end you have to think about how it’s going to change a person’s life, and that’s what I am here to do.” THE OKLAHOMA DAILY VOL. 96, NO. 88 © 2011 OU Publications Board WHAT’S INSIDE Campus ................. Classifieds ............. Life & Arts .............. Opinion ................. Sports ................... 1 3 2 2 4 An OU student organization focused on medical ethics has donated nearly $2,000 during the past two semesters to a Norman-based free health-care clinic. The Medical Ethics and Issue Discussion Panel is a student organization that provides students the chance to learn about current medical topics, organization president Niekia Franklin said. Phy s i c i a n s and professors generally lead the group’s discussions and TIME: 6 to 7 p.m. o f f e r e x p e r- Feb. 1, 15 tise to students March: 1, 5, 29 exploring the April 12, 26 issues, said Franklin, zool- PLACE: Henderson-Tolson ogy junior. The organi- Cultural Center zation donated almost $800 to Health for Friends in spring 2010 and $1,055 in fall 2010, and the two organizations have had a strong bond for the past two years, zoology junior David Ahrabizad said. The money donated to Health for Friends was raised through member donations, philanthropy dues, and support from Kaplan and the Pr inceton Review, two of the organization’s principle sponsors, Franklin said. Health for Friends has led discussions for the organization and allows one member from the group to volunteer each day during the semester, Ahrabizad said. Health for Friends has functioned as a clinic for uninsured, low-income Norman residents since 1985, according to its website. “We continue to raise and donate funds to this great organization because as volunteers we experience firsthand the immense impact [Health for Friends] has on the community,” said Rachelle David, zoology biomedical sciences senior. The discussion panel has plans to hold a fundraising week later this semester and hopes it can raise more money than it has donated thus far, David said. He said the discussion panel will continue supporting Health for Friends for as long as it continues to serve residents in need of health care. Spring meeting dates TODAY’S WEATHER 76°| 40° Tomorrow: Sunny, high of 64 degrees

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