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MONDAY NOVEMBER 9, 2009 THE UNIVERSITYY OF OF OKLAHOMA’S OKLAHOMA’S INDEPENDENT IN STUDENT VOICE ANYTIME AT OUDaily com news City Council is looking at ways to improve the condition of Norman parks. PAGE 3A Find a recap of the Sooners’ loss to Nebraska Saturday inside. PAGE 1B Read about proper text messaging etiquette. PAGE 5B OUDAILY.COM » BECOME A FAN OF THE OKLAHOMA DAILY/OUDAILY.COM ON FACEBOOK FOR UPDATES, STORIES, VIDEOS AND ALL YOUR DAILY FAVORITES. Tuesday’s Weather 65°/45° CAMPUS BRIEFS UOSA FALL GENERAL ELECTION The UOSA fall general election will take place Tuesday and Wednesday online at Students will be able to vote on the recall of 17 Congress members, for college-based student representatives and on a constitutional question calling for an amendment redistricting several colleges. For more information and to view the candidate profiles, go to HUMAN RIGHTS WEEK FACILITATES LOCAL ACTIVISM Events hosted by organizations each day to educate students TROY WEATHERFORD Daily Staff Writer This week, campus organizations are working together to host events designed to promote human rights and to prevent human rights abuses. UOSA, the Union Programming Board and the Student Activist Network are presenting the first Human Rights Week at OU today through Friday. “It is important to have something like this to bring people out of the woodwork and give them the opportunity to find a cause that they feel passionate about,” said Isaac Freeman, UOSA coordinator of international activism. ACTIVISM CONTINUES ON PAGE 2 MARCIN RUTKOWSKI/THE DAILY This week is OU’s Human Rights Week, which will be hosted by the University of Oklahoma Student Association, the Student Activist Network and the Union Programming Board. Oil-drilling ship simulator gives experience ACTIVISTS PROTEST ABORTION BILL AT STATE CAPITOL SOWER MAGAZINE WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED THIS MONTH Sower magazine, a publication of Student Media, will not be published this month due to low advertising sales. The winter issue and last issue of the semester will appear online at Nov. 16 with feature articles on winter fashion, how to survive the holidays with family, how to make holiday dinners and offer advice on buying gifts. Petroleum, geological engineers to benefit from new installation MARA NELSON Contributing Writer OU TO PARTNER WITH KYOTO UNIVERSITY FOR SYMPOSIUM OU will partner with Kyoto University to present the International Symposium on Radar and Modeling Studies of the Atmosphere Tuesday through Friday in Kyoto, Japan. The symposium is being organized by OU’s College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences and Atmospheric Radar Research Center in collaboration with Kyoto University’s Disaster Prevention Research Institute and Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere. Information will be exchanged on a wide range of ongoing and future research at both institutions, including the latest weather radar and lidar technologies and assimilation of radar data into high-precision numerical prediction models. “This symposium represents one of several efforts to better link research and graduate study between OU and Kyoto University in the common areas of weather radar and numerical modeling research,” said John Snow, OU College of A&GS dean. “Kyoto has world-famous programs in these areas that are synergistic and complementary with similar programs at OU.” LECTURE ON CURRENT TRENDS IN JOURNALISM Two Native American journalists from the Osage News in Pawhuska will speak about current trends in the journalism industry at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications. Shannon Shaw, interim editor of the Osage News, and Benny Polacca, a staff writer at the Osage News, will discuss current trends in journalism including layoffs and transitioning content online. Shaw is a former reporter from The Santa Fe New Mexican and a graduate of OU. Polacca is a former reporter from The Forum newspaper in Fargo, N.D., and a graduate of Arizona State University. The event is hosted by the OU chapter of the Native American Journalists Association. A mixer will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the first floor in the new wing of Gaylord Hall. The lecture and discussion will follow at 6 and will be held in Gaylord’s stateof-the-art auditorium. The public is invited to both events. -Daily staff reports FREE — ADDITIONAL COPIES 25¢ LAUREN HARNED/THE DAILY Students and activists from across Oklahoma gather at the Capitol building in Oklahoma City Friday afternoon to protest the House Bill 1595. The bill will ban gender-based abortions and would require women who receive abortions to have personal information placed on a public, state-run Web site. A new simulator, which will train OU students for life on an oil-drilling ship, is being installed in the ExxonMobil Lawrence G. Rawl Engineering Practice Facility. National Oilwell Varco constructed the simulator and donated it to OU. Four of these simulators exist in the U.S., and OU is the only university in the nation to have one. Final installations and tests are currently underway in preparation for drilling classes to begin in January, said Luanne Howk, College of Engineering facility coordinator. The simulator will function as if students were on a drill ship, said Chandra Rai, academic director of petroleum and geological engineering. “It is a digital machine where students can actually hear the sounds and feel the vibration,” Rai said. There are three drilling chairs and 12 SIMULATOR CONTINUES ON PAGE 2 Anti-abortion organization aims to explain position Group works to defend against misconceptions NATASHA GOODELL Daily Staff Writer Members of Pro-Life Ambassadors will be passing out pamphlets and hosting a table in the Oklahoma Memorial Union throughout this week. They will also host speakers at 6 p.m. Thursday in the union’s Sooner Room to make people more aware of their opinions on the issues surrounding abortion. “We firmly believe it is not a reproductive rights issue, it’s a human rights issue,” said Jared Haines, president of Pro-Life Ambassadors. “We think women have rights over their bodies but not by violating the rights of others.” The Pro-Life Ambassadors’ events are simultaneous with OU’s Human Rights Week, but Haines said they are not part of Human Rights Week nor is UOSA sponsoring the events. Haines, philosophy and economics junior, said the ambassadors want to have civil conversations in order to discuss what people think and why. “We just wanted to have a time when we try to make people think more about the issue with a focus on the fetus being a human, with human life beginning at conception,” Haines said. He said they have about 20 to 30 students participating with the ambassadors’ efforts. He said they will also be chalking baby feet across campus as part of their attempt to raise awareness and make people think about the topic. Jacquie Meyer, English senior, said she started participating with the Pro-Life Ambassadors last year when it first became a student organization. She said she will be handing out pamphlets on the South Oval that explain the anti-abortion position. “It explains what pro-life is and why it makes sense,” Meyer said. Meyer said the Pro-Life Ambassadors have created a Web site for the information that is PRO-LIFE CONTINUES ON PAGE 2 Gov. Henry appoints OU alumnus as new judge of state court William Hetherington to succeed retired judge RICKY MARANON Daily Staff Writer Cleveland County District Court Judge William C. Hetherington received an appointment Friday to the State Court of Civil Appeals from Gov. Brad Henry. Hetherington graduated from OU in 1970 and earned his law degree from Oklahoma City University in 1979. He will succeed Judge Glenn Adams, who retired last September. “I am honored to be chosen,” Hetherington said. “I want to thank everyone. I have great respect for Gov. Henry for putting his trust in the people who I work with, from the other judges in Cleveland me.” Hetherington said despite the County to every lawyer who has come in my courtroom. job change, he will comThe new job will be very mute from Norman to different from what I do Oklahoma City every day. now.” “I’ve spent most of my life Hetherington will be a living within three blocks of part of a three-judge panel the football stadium, and I that will mainly look at don’t plan on changing that briefs and hear appeals, he anytime soon,” he said. said. Hetherington said his “With the job I have new job will present him WILLIAM now, I do a lot of work in with new challenges he HETHERINGTON the trenches, and it can didn’t face in the Cleveland be very messy,” Hetherington said. County District Court. “I couldn’t be any more excited,” “The new job will require some Hetherington said. “But I will miss other things out of me that I didn’t © 2009 OU PUBLICATIONS BOARD do at my old post.” Henry said Hetherington’s experience made him a very qualified candidate for the position on the court of appeals. “William Hetherington has the intellect, integrity and temperament that will make him ideal for the Court of Civil Appeals,” Gov. Henry stated in a press release. “It is my pleasure to make this appointment to the bench.” Hetherington has been a district judge in Oklahoma’s 21st Judicial District since 1992. Before that, he served as a special district judge and was in a private practice. Hetherington said he will take his new post Nov. 19. VOL. 95, NO. 57

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