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SPORTS • PAGE 8 LIFE & ARTS • PAGE 5 Robinson hits career benchmark Films should play carefully with 3-D Senior guard Danielle Robinson (shown left became the third women’s basketball player to notch 2,000 points, 700 assists and 300 steals. Movie studios have begun switching 2-D movies to 3-D, like “Toy Story 3” (shown right) to make a quick buck. This reduces quality, The Daily’s Laron Chapman says. The University of Oklahoma’s independent student voice since 1916 Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Free — additional copies 25¢ Gates to address spring grads Japan President David Boren asks longtime friend to deliver spring graduation speech HILLARY MCLAIN The Oklahoma Daily U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will deliver the 2011 spring graduation commencement speech, the university announced today. Gates, former CIA Director and Texas A&M University president, will appear at the ceremony at 7 p.m. May 13 at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, according to a press release. Gates’ appearance was likely made possible because of a long history with President David Boren, university spokesman Chris Shilling said. “President Boren and Gates are really good friends, they’ve served together in a variety of forms,” Shilling said. “They go back a long time.” After joining the CIA in 1966 at an entry-level position, Gates spent 27 years in the institution, rising to the position of director from 1991 to 1993. He was named assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser under President George H.W. Bush from 1989 to 1991. Gates was made the 22nd Secretary of Defense on Dec. 18, 2006, under President George W. Bush. He is the only SEE SPEAKER PAGE 2 Robert Gates quake delays study abroad Education Abroad Office puts students’ travel plans on hold due to crisis UOSA, CAC CANDIDATES EXPLAIN CAMPAIGN PLATFORMS KATHLEEN EVANS The Oklahoma Daily JALL COWASJI/THE DAILY UOSA candidates Forrest Bennett, Katherine Borgerding, Hannah Morris and Campus Activities Council candidate Bridgitte Castorino listen as a fellow candidate discusses platform issues during Monday night’s “Evening with UOSA” in Walker Center. More than 120 students attended the candidate forum. Candidates answer student questions Student involvement, organizational transparency key issues for election DAILY STAFF REPORTS The Oklahoma Daily D uring Monday’s “Evening with UOSA” candidates for CAC chair and two UOSA presidential tickets were questioned about a smoking ban on campus, their most important platform issue and why they’re qualified to lead the student body. When asked which platform issue is most important and how the candidates would implement them if elected, presidential candidate Forrest Bennett said he wants to get students involved in UOSA so the administration realizes what a powerful unit it is. “We can’t do [anything] unless we all stand together,” Bennett said. “We want the administration to notice we are a power.” To increase involvement, presidential candidate Hannah Morris said her ticket will work to connect with student groups and hear their concerns. They will also encourage co-programming Spring candidates UOSA president, vice president » Forrest Bennett, Katherine Borgerding » Hannah Morris, Laura Bock Campus Activities Council chair » Bridgitte Castorino » Greg Emde » Melissa Mock SEE FORUM PAGE 3 The OU Education Abroad Office postponed students’ study abroad plans to Japan last week as a response to the earthquake, tsunami and resulting nuclear radiation leaks, according to university officials. The Japanese spring semester begins in April, but OU students planning on studying abroad have had their plans postponed to later in the year because of the crisis. “As a result of concerns related to the initial earthquake and the continuing crisis, we have pulled students back from Japan for the spring semester,” OU Education Abroad Director Jack Hobson said. “We had about eight students planning on studying abroad ... It was tragic what happened, but we were lucky to have a swift and safe departure of students.” The office is in the process of trying to find other options for the students based on their specific situation, Hobson said. “ We a r e i n t h e p r o c e s s of sorting out their needs,” Hobson said. “Some have already studied abroad and this would be the second time. Some haven’t yet. Some can only do a summer program. We are trying to figure everything out for them.” Hobson said the disaster will not affect any future study a b ro a d re l at i o n s w i t h t h e country. Norman’s sister city in Japan, Seika, is located in the southwestern region of the country, was not near the earthquake and should not be heavily affected, Norman Mayor Cindy SEE ABROAD PAGE 2 Proposed budget Student group crashes campus tour cuts prompt protest Gender-neutral housing proponents hope initiative Students for a Democratic Society requests meeting with College of Arts and Sciences dean Students for a Democratic Society members attempted to interrupt a prospective student tour Monday to spread awareness for their genderneutral housing campaign. The tour guide would not let the prospective students stop to listen to members of Students for a Democratic Society, but the society’s members did present the prospective students with fliers regarding campaign information. Philosophy senior and Daily columnist Matt Bruenig participated in the event and said he feels it is important to reach out to prospective students. “These are the students who are going to be in here next year. They are the ones who are going to need to be mobilized,” Bruenig said. “This, I think, is the best approach we have.” Creating change for gender-neutral housing lies with prospective students because they will be the ones facing the issue, said Elizabeth Rucker, international studies and interdisciplinary studies on the environment junior. “People in the dorms are moving out, so the housing and the administration doesn’t really have to deal with them,” Rucker said. “The prospective students coming in, they are the ones who are going to be encountering the problem.” Arielle Foldoe, OU employee and philosophy and anthropology auditor, interrupted the first student tour in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Foldoe said she made an impromptu speech to the students about gender- THE OKLAHOMA DAILY WHAT’S INSIDE will gather steam HILLARY MCLAIN The Oklahoma Daily LANEY ELLISOR The Oklahoma Daily The potential loss of majors and the possible shift to online courses spurred a student organization to create a campaign intended to raise public awareness and open a dialogue with the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Students for a Democratic Society launched its Save the Arts and Sciences campaign this spring due to concern over proposed budget cuts to the college, said society member Lauren Brentnell. The organization plans to send a letter to the College of Arts and Sciences dean Wednesday regarding proposed cuts. “We are concerned because the national trend has included such things as cutting entire majors and shifting a lot of classes SEE CUTS PAGE 2 A LOOK AT WHAT’S ON It’s one week until polls open for UOSA elections. Visit for a recap of the candidates and their main platform issues. VOL. 96, NO. 115 © 2011 OU Publications Board Campus ................. Classifieds ............. Life & Arts .............. Opinion ................. Sports ................... 2 6 5 4 7 neutral housing to make them aware of the fact it’s not offered at OU. The lack of gender-neutral housing could be blamed not only on the university, but also Oklahoma’s political climate, Bruenig said. “Well, basically this is a state-funded university and people in Oklahoma don’t like gays and they don’t want to look like they are being proponents of the gay agenda or something like that,” Bruenig said. Bruenig, Foldoe, and Rucker all agreed they don’t expect gender-neutral housing changes to occur by the end of this year, but they are hopeful the movement will pick up steam in the next few years. More tour crashes will hopefully take place in the future, Rucker said. The directors of prospective student services could not be reached for comment by The Daily as of press time. TODAY’S WEATHER 81°| 53° Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, high of 74 degrees

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