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The University of Oklahoma’s independent student voice since 1916 Tuesday, April 26, 2011 Free — additional copies 25¢ OU IT makes changes to annual sale Bursar charges won’t be accepted Officials stretch LANEY ELLISOR The Oklahoma Daily The OU Information Technology Store will not accept charges to students’ bursar accounts during its upcoming three-day sale to prevent students from being unable to enroll due to outstanding balances, a spokesman said. Store administrators did not want to negatively impact students’ educations by affecting their ability to enroll, OU IT spokesman Nick Key said. First, the store lowered the charge limit from the one-sale limit of the bursar to $3,000. Then, bursar charges were eliminated completely, he said. This change was implemented to the website Jan. 6 and to the Campus Corner store within the same week, Key said. The decision was made after working closely with the Office of the Bursar and university administration, Key said. Key said he does not anticipate the payment policy will hamper revenue during the store’s upcoming three-day sale. The change in the store’s payment OU law group’s funding to see decrease policy was also intended to ensure students were making responsible purchases within their budgets, Key said. For this reason, the store is also considering providing financial education materials on-site. Before the change, the store often received phone calls from parents questioning charges on their children’s bursars, general manager David Goodspeed said. Now students are held accountable to their parents. sale to three days RACHAEL CERVENKA The Oklahoma Daily OU Information Technology Store employees are preparing for a three-day sale beginning Wednesday at their Campus Corner location. The IT Store is having its first three-day sale due to student feedback from previous sales, IT spokeswoman Becky Grant said. The OU IT store had its first one-day SEE STORE PAGE 2 SEE CHARGES PAGE 2 STUDENTS BRAWL IN VIDEO GAME COMPETITION Uncontested election may have contributed to funding decrease LINDSEY RUTA The Oklahoma Daily The largest student organization associated with the OU College of Law will experience a funding cut in the fall 2011 and spring 2012 academic year. The Student Bar Association will receive $8,500 in funding next year, a $500 drop from the previous two years’ funding, according to the UOSA budget. The situation is frustrating because the proportion of student fees paid by law students to UOSA is not comparable to the money they receive in funding, Student Bar Association treasurer Jared Davidson said. UOSA Representative Aaron White said he was unsure why the Student Bar Association’s funding went down, but it may have been affected by student participation in the SEE FUNDS PAGE 2 REINA LYONS/ THE DAILY University College freshmen Tanner Severson and Tyler Minton play in a “Super Smash Bros. Brawl” tournament Monday night in Couch Restaraunts. Students signed up to play at the event and were put into tournament brackets. Rainfall relieves campus groundskeepers Heavy precipitation can cause flower beds to be washed away, director says HILLARY MCLAIN The Oklahoma Daily New OU regent recommended by state committee The State Senate Education Committee voted unanimously Monday to recommend Clayton Bennett’s nomination to the OU Board of Regents. Bennett was appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin on March 25. Bennett has served as the head of the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise’s ownership group. In 1981, he married Louise Gaylord — the daughter of Edward Gaylord. He serves as president of the Oklahoma City-based investment firm Dorchester Capital and as chairman of the Oklahoma State Fair and the Oklahoma Industries Authority. In the past, Bennett has served as chairman of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, the Oklahoma Heritage Association, Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. and the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation. Bennett’s nomination now goes to the full State Senate for confirmation. If it is approved, Bennett will take Larry Wade’s seat, which was vacated March 6 when Wade died just before the expiration of his term. Bennett would serve on the OU Regents for seven years. — Nicholas Harrison/The Daily This week’s rainfall has provided slight relief to campus groundskeepers after two months without precipitation. The recent drought has presented problems conserving water on campus, Facilities Management Director Brian Ellis said. “It’s been a challenge to keep things green, and we have to limit the amount of water we use,” Ellis said. Whenever droughts occur and surface water is depleted, communities must turn to using ground water, so Facilities Management tried to conserve water, Ellis said. Facilities Management employs a series of wells and an aquifer for its water needs instead of surface deposits, Ellis said. The amount of water available to Facilities Management isn’t restricted, but administrators remain cautious about the amount they use, especially during dry periods to help recharge the amount of water borrowed from the aquifer, Ellis said. Stormy weather does present its own challenges, Ellis said. Inclement weather can sometimes affect power in research areas where cooling or constant power is needed, Ellis said. Electrical problems did occur on campus during Sunday’s rainstorm. A few buildings, including Price College, lost power, Ellis said. Any time it rains, flower beds and areas with mulch also have to be restored, but the benefits of heavy rainfall after a drought far outweigh any negatives, Ellis said. Restoration of flower beds after rainfall is considered a part of daily operation, and maintenance and doesn’t cost any extra funding, Ellis said. Business booming for new O’Connell’s, owner says Move to Campus Corner location brings larger crowds to bigger location, owner says ALEX EWALD The Oklahoma Daily For local restaurant O’Connell’s Irish Pub & Grille, the beer really may be greener on the other side of campus. Since the original Lindsey Street location’s demolition more than a month ago, the Campus Corner location known for its green beer is bringing in more business than ever, owner Jeff Stewart said. “It’s just bigger; it’s much bigger,” Stewart said. “There’s more late-night kids on the weekend. That’s what it’s all about.” At the new O’Connell’s, the rooms are larger, the patio is brighter and the marble-topped bar is shinier, but the moose head still hangs on the wall in honor of its original location. Employee Sabrina Wallace began working at O’Connell’s after she graduated from OU in December, several weeks before the original site closed in January. Things are different now that all business comes to Campus Corner, Wallace said. “There was a tradition about [the original] that I really enjoyed when working there. The people who come in have been coming in there for years, so it has a homey feel to it,” Wallace said. “It’s interesting to see the two crowds from the old store combine.” READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE AT OUDAILY.COM A LOOK AT WHAT’S ON Visit the L&A section to read about the OU Civic Orchestra’s spring concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Catlett Music Center ALEX EWALD/ THE DAILY Morgan Cronin, an O’Connell’s Irish Pub & Grille bartender, restocks the beer behind the bar Monday afternoon. The Campus Corner O’Connell’s location opened in 2008. THE OKLAHOMA DAILY WHAT’S INSIDE VOL. 96, NO. 140 © 2011 OU Publications Board Campus ................. A2 Classifieds ............. B4 Life & Arts .............. B1 Opinion ................. A4 Sports ................... A5 TODAY’S WEATHER 70°| 54° Tomorrow: 50 percent chance of thunderstorms

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