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The University of Oklahoma’s independent student voice since 1916 Friday, April 22, 2011 Free — additional copies 25¢ Student football tickets on sale Monday morning STUDENT LEADERSHIP CHANGES HANDS Student season tickets for the 2011 OU football season go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday. Tickets will be on sale through May 13. Season-ticket packages for students are $170. Charges will be posted to the student’s bursar account. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Students will be able to purchase tickets at or in person at the OU Athletics Ticket Office. Only full-time students enrolled in 12 credit hours or more through fall 2011 are eligible for student tickets. The Sooners are coming off a 12-2 season, which culminated in a win over Connecticut in the Fiesta Bowl. — RJ Young/The Daily Music festival seeks volunteers Norman Music Festival coordinators are seeking 150 volunteers for the upcoming event April 28 to 30. Volunteer duties include crowd control, festival cleanup, hospitality, parking and other duties. Volunteers will be asked to serve a four-hour shift, but volunteer coordinator Gizem Aydin said organizers can work with volunteers who have less time. Volunteers must attend one of the two orientation sessions prior to the event, Aydin said. The meetings take place at 2 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Monday at the Norman Public Library, and will assign volunteer duties. No experience or prior knowledge is necessary to be a volunteer, Aydin said. Volunteers will be invited to attend a volunteer party May 4 and will receive a free T-shirt, Aydin said. To volunteer, email CARMEN FORMAN/THE DAILY Incoming UOSA president Hannah Morris, political science and public relations junior, delivers closing remarks during Thursday’s inauguration ceremony for UOSA student leaders in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Beaird Lounge. Morris was elected March 30 with 2,699 votes. New campus leaders sworn in Outgoing UOSA president, vice president and CAC chairwoman say goodbye, good luck to new officers during Thursday’s inauguration CARMEN FORMAN The Oklahoma Daily T hursday marked the beginning of new eras for UOSA and the Campus Activities Council, as a new UOSA president, vice president and CAC chairwoman were inaugurated in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Hannah Morris, political science and public relations junior, and Laura Bock, zoology junior, were inaugurated as UOSA president and vice president, respectively. Melissa Mock, international and area studies junior, formally began her term as CAC chairwoman. Outgoing student-leaders reminisced about their terms, and the incoming leaders outlined their plans for the upcoming year. Outgoing CAC chairwoman Valerie Hall said she had made lifelong friends participating in different roles within UOSA during her time at OU. Attendees should make the most of their four years at OU, Hall said. “Don’t cry because it’s over — smile because it r. Seuss. happened,” Hall said, quoting Dr. o include more Mock spoke about her plans to ganizations on co-programming between organizations C chairwoman. campus during her term as CAC OSA presiFranz Zenteno, outgoing UOSA dent, said he will remain at OU next year but does not plan on playing a major part in UOSA. “I think we all have our chance to make a difference. I think this was my chance,” said Zenteno. “I think I will be a student, and as a student I will be supportive of the new administration.” A f t e r Z e n t e n o’s s p e e c h , n Morris and Bock were sworn in by Graduate Student Senatee Superior Judge Justice Barrettt Powers. ch Morris gave the closing speech ad of the evening and said she had high hopes for next year. “A better experience, a betterr system, a better OU,” Morris said. — Sarah Martin/The Daily Short plays to target big laughs Laura Bock RELIGION Student to hold non-traditional bar mitzvah 19-year-old to hold belated bar mitzvah ceremony after becoming interested in Judaism RACHAEL CERVENKA The Oklahoma Daily An OU student is embracing his Jewish faith by having a bar mitzvah ceremony at the age of 19. The majority of Jewish men have their bar mitzvahs when they are 13 years old. However, meteorology sophomore Jonathan Wille said despite his age he wants the ceremony and to become a man by the standards of his faith. When Wille came to OU from New Jersey, his perspectives on religion took a dramatic turn. “Moving to Oklahoma definitely has an effect on people,” Wille said. Once he moved to Norman he began to notice how important religion was to people here, Wille said. He said observing the devout nature of this faith led him to begin observing Jewish traditions and seeking out members of the local Jewish community. Wille began participating in activities with Oklahoma Hillel. Hillel is a pluralistic home for Jewish students from all backgrounds, as well as for non-Jewish students interested in learning about Judaism and supporting What is passover? » Passover is an eight-day festival celebrated in early spring commemorating the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt » Passover began April 18 and will continue through Saturday — Source: the campus Jewish community, according to the organization’s website. When he began feeling comfortable with Hillel, Wille said he also began to think about his own spirituality. He started speaking to rabbis, and said they helped him find his own path to Judaism. “I wouldn’t say that I found God, but it just became more obvious to me that I do believe in something,” Wille said. Once he had this realization, Wille said he began to ponder the idea of a bar mitzvah. Hillel Executive Director Keren Ayalon said it is very special to have a bar mitzvah at Wille’s age. “A lot of Jewish children have bar mitzvahs because it is what is done, but when you do it later on in A LOOK AT WHAT’S ON Visit the news section to read about OU’s re-selection as one of 311 “green” colleges in a Princeton Review guide MERRILL JONES/THE DAILY Jonathan Wille, meteorology sophomore, stands outside the sanctuary at Hillel where his bar mitzvah will be held Sunday. life it is because you want to do it,” Ayalon said. Wille’s bar mitzvah will be slightly different from the average ceremony, he said. Being older grants him the privilege of choosing what he would like to do. His whole family is traveling from New Jersey and Los Angeles for the occasion. “The ceremony means that the community is supporting me in my ambition to become a THE OKLAHOMA DAILY VOL. 96, NO. 138 © 2011 OU Publications Board responsible Jewish man,” Wille said. Once Wille has completed his ceremony he will begin attending regular services. “The Jewish community loves having people that are already Jewish embrace their Judaism, and they don’t care what age they are as long as it is meaningful to them,” Wille said. Wille will travel to Israel this summer, Ayalon said. WHAT’S INSIDE Campus ................. Classifieds ............. Life & Arts .............. Opinion ................. Sports ................... 1 3 2 2 4 An OU student theater club will present a collection of halfminute skits today on campus. Presented by the Student Theatre Initiative, 30 Second Plays will feature comedic shorts beginning at 11 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center, Room 317. The skits will range from three to 45 seconds, initiative co-president and scenic design junior Chris Fitzer said. “Our goal for the end of the show is to give students a break and some breathing room to just relax and have a good time before finals hit,” troupe captain and drama junior Madison Niederhauser said. 30 Second Plays were first presented on campus in 2007 when student Michael Ferguson created the forum, Niederhauser said. When Ferguson graduated, however, the event was left without a leader and wasn’t presented last year, Niederhauser said. The absence of the event led to Niederhauser’s involvement, she said. More than 80 skits have been accepted for the performance, but submissions are still being evaluated and can still be accepted, Fitzer said. A 12-person troupe consisting “You don’t need two hours of a play to entertain somebody. You can entertain somebody in 30 seconds if you just do it right,” Niederhauser said. — Tyler Dunn/The Daily TODAY’S WEATHER 86°| 63° Tomorrow: Isolated thunderstorms with a high of 72 degrees

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