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The University of Oklahoma’s independent student voice since 1916 Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Free — additional copies 25¢ OU e-mail malfunctions Students encounter 4-hour delay when sending mail from external accounts ensure that anyone’s e-mails ... bounce back,” further than what Key described. Key said. “Because people “Whenever I click on the e-mail don’t always notice if it does.” it says error and I’ll wait 10 minOU has multiple servers utes and I will get back on in 10in different locations to help minute intervals and it still won’t with sending and receiving ework,” Cozad said. If you’re having problems mails. When the server malCassi Toney, public relations with the Internet and functioned it was restarted in sophomore, said she hasn’t dealt e-mail services at OU, an effort to fix it, Key said. with any problems. call 405-325-4357. Key said mail sent from one OU IT has fixed the problem and OU account to another was students, staff and faculty should not affected. not have any more delays, Key said. Rani Cozad, University College freshman, said he has had problems recently, but his went Carmen Forman contributed to this report. To get help JENNIFER DELANEY The Oklahoma Daily OU’s e-mail service experienced delays after a server malfunctioned and had to be restarted Sunday. Students sending e-mails from external accounts — such as Hotmail — were delayed four hours, OU Information Technology spokesman Nick Key said. “We regret the four-hour delay, but we always Honors College to hire new faculty Non-Western studies to gain stronger focus with addition of unchosen professor Leaders outline state of UOSA SOONER EXPLORES SOUTH AMERICA Student Congress plans for increased representation, new projects, members say ALYSSA DUDEK The Oklahoma Daily PHOTO PROVIDED OU pre-med finance student William Prueitt stands in front of Machu Pichu in Peru. Prueitt stayed in South America to explore the continent after studying in Chile during the fall semester. Student extends time abroad Encountering other cultures, people add to educational experience, student says previously known about, compare the cultures of different countries, volunteer and generally take advantage of his freedom in a foreign land. LANEY ELLISOR The Oklahoma Daily “I thought staying to travel would be a great chance to learn more about the world and my Like many OU students, William Prueitt place in it,” Prueitt said. spent last semester studying abroad. What After the semester ended, Prueitt began travmakes his story unique is that he didn’t eling on his own. He began his trek in Brazil return. and later traveled across Argentina with his As a pre-med finance student in his fifth family after meeting them in Buenos Aires. year of study, Prueitt chose to study at La William and his brother Matt, a freshman at Universidad de Viña del Mar in Chile to ad- OU, then continued on to Tierra del Fuego. vance his Spanish skills and take Next he traveled to Punta the time to refine his ideas about Arenas, Chile, where William a future career path. I thought staying was trapped for a week due to a To immerse himself fully, Prueitt to travel would be strike that shut down all transtook a break from his major coursHe spent much of a great chance to portation. es and studied Latin American his time near the protests and learn more about was even interviewed by CNN history, literature and culture in the world and my Chile for a piece about tourists’ his time at La Universidad. The Chilean family that housed reactions to the strike. place in it.” Prueitt treated him like family and Finally, William camped even took him to their son’s iniand hitchhiked across more of — WILLIAM PRUEITT, tiation ceremony for the Chilean Argentina and Chile, including PRE-MED FINANCE Navy’s equivalent of the Navy the Chilean Lake District. SENIOR SEALs. After more than two months Prueitt also taught English at of traveling, William was invita local public middle school during the fall ed back into the home of his host family. His semester. next travel destination is Argentina, where he After a semester of courses at La Universidad, plans to visit Cordoba and Iguazu Falls. Prueitt decided to make the most of his time “I’ve made friends everywhere I’ve gone,” in South America and take time to travel the William said. “It’s been incredible to meet and region. spend so much time with people from across This scenario is not uncommon, but there the world.” aren’t exact statistics regarding students who William’s plans for his semester away from stay abroad after a semester since the students his studies are to spend most of his time volare no longer affiliated with OU when they unteering. First he will work with Pastoral da elect to stay, Education Abroad Director Jack Crianca in Brazil, which promotes the eduHobson said. cation of underprivileged children. He also Prueitt cited many reasons for his decision will work with an organization which brings to take a semester off. He said he wanted to improve his Spanish, see historical sites he hadn’t SEE ABROAD PAGE 2 A LOOK AT WHAT’S ON Student Congress approves a resolution to create a student-government conference with Oklahoma State University THE OKLAHOMA DAILY VOL. 96, NO. 96 © 2011 OU Publications Board Student leaders spoke of their accomplishments and wanted the student body to know UOSA is strong during this year’s State of the UOSA address Tuesday night in Adams Hall, Room 150. In Undergraduate Congress leader Brett Stidham’s speech, he celebrated student government’s role in getting Norman to honor LGBT month. Stidham spoke at length about UOSA’s dedication to working together. Campus Activities Council chairwoman Valerie Hall spoke about the state of CAC events. She said this year’s events have gone smoothly and been wellattended. On top of this, Hall, a public relations senior urged everyone to enter the CAC’s Next Big Thing contest. Graduate Student Senate chairman Derrell Cox laid out GSS’s plans that were still in the discussion stages. These included developing ways to create more competition in graduate student programs and a universitywide interdisciplinary research project to tackle social issues. He said the project would give graduate students, faculty and possibly undergraduate students a chance to publicize their research in academic journals. “We want to increase this type of interaction and try to explore strategies and elicit research from all over,” Cox said. UOSA Vice President Cory Lloyd encouraged students to continue voicing their concerns. The executive branch prides SEE UOSA PAGE 2 BROOKE MYERS The Oklahoma Daily A new professor will likely be invited to join the faculty of the OU Honors College within the next week, the college’s associate dean said. The Honors College will hire one or more new faculty members to teach honors courses on nonWestern subject matter, Honors College Dean David Ray said. The college wants to expand its curriculum to include parts of the world that don’t receive much attention in Oklahoma, such as East Africa and parts of Southeast Asia, said Rich Hamerla, associate dean and search committee chairman. College leaders also hope to increase the number of courses that satisfy general-education requirements, Ray said. “The Honors College believes that non-honors general education courses are some of the least challenging, least satisfying and intellectually weakest courses OU honors students find themselves taking,” Ray said in an e-mail. Budgetary concerns have caused departments to cut back, but Hamerla said the Honors College was awarded funds given to President David Boren to be set aside for specific academic reasons. Hamerla said he could not comment on the specific source of the funds. This year, four professors have lectured to faculty, staff and students on topics pertaining to their area of expertise, including Priya Lal, who lectured Thursday on gender, family and rural development in postcolonial Tanzania. Lal is one of more than 120 candidates for a position with the college, whose names could not be disclosed due to confidentiality rules, Hamerla said. The college is expanding beyond a solely American focus, said Sarah Tracy, Honors College associate professor. Amanda Minks, Honors College anthropology professor, was the first non U.S.-focused professor the college hired, Tracy said. During the selection process, the faculty will convene and vote on the best candidate and then reveal the choice to Boren, and if he approves, the Honors College will make a job offer, Hamerla said. The Honors College hopes to make the decision by next week, Hamerla said. Pulitzer Prize winner to speak Feb. 28 at OU Pulitzer Prize-winner Gordon Wood will present the keynote speech at the President’s Associates dinner Feb. 28 in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom. Wood wrote “The Radicalism of the American Revolution,” which won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for History, and also taught for nearly 40 years at Brown University, where he serves as the Alva O. Way Professor Emeritus. “No one has explained better than Gordon Wood the factors which came together to produce the unique generation that led the American Revolution and had the wisdom to write the American Constitution,” OU President David Boren said in a press release. Before the dinner, an informal discussion open to students will be held, according to the press release. OU students, faculty and staff can — Carmen Forman/The Daily WHAT’S INSIDE TODAY’S WEATHER Campus ................. Classifieds ............. Life & Arts .............. Opinion ................. Sports ................... 2 4 6 3 5 Gordon Wood reserve a seat for the event by calling the OU Office of Special Events at 405-325-3784. 74°| 58° Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, high of 78 degrees

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