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pre-existing health condition, a university spokesman said in an email to The Daily. Ennis Koonce, 33, was found dead in his room by a staff memRACHAEL CERVENKA ber at about 6 a.m., university Campus Reporter spokesman Michael Nash said. The university is currently inAn OU graduate student died of natural causes Thursday in vestigating further into Koonce’s Adams Center as a result of a death, Nash said.

Koonce was a resident director at Adams Center and lived alone, said Clarke Stroud, dean of students and vice president for Student Affairs. Koonce was loved and respected by his peers in Housing and Food Services, and this loss is tough for the organization, Stroud said. Koonce was a valuable and

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university College freshman Dani Nagel takes in her freshly shaven head during St. Baldrick’s Day on Thursday on the South Oval. Her shave was the second of 31 participants that day. Nagel raised $1,180 of the more than $4,000 raised by Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity in partnership with St. Baldrick’s, which raises money for childhood cancer research and encourages people to shave their heads in support of cancer patients, who often lose their hair during treatment. For complete coverage of Thursday’s St. Baldrick’s Day event, including a photo gallery, visit


Israel crucial to national security, lawmaker says Democratic process a key reason for support CHRIS MILLER

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A strong diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and Israel is crucial for both nations’ stability, a U.S. congressman said during an on-campus speech Thursday. Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., delivered his speech, titled “Stronger To g e t h e r,” i n t h e O k l a h o m a Memorial Union’s Heritage Room. During his speech, Lankford presented and discussed a series of slides taken during a recent trip to Israel, which he said influenced his opinion of the nation’s politics and importance to the U.S. “There is a perception of Israel as ... the United States’ younger

brother,” Lankford said. “That is certainly not the case.” During his travels, Lankford met with current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in addition to seeing many of the nation’s most historic sites, he said. When he spoke with both Israelis and Palestinians, he was struck by the fact that both groups sought a long-term solution for peace in the region, he said. “When you talk about peace in the Middle East, you meet two groups of people who want nothing more than for their children to grow up in peace,” he said. “How is that done? Security is a big issue.” Israel’s status as the only functioning democracy in the Middle East CHris miLLer/tHe daiLy and existing trade agreements be- Oklahoma Rep. James lankford describes a photograph taken during his visit to Israel. tween the two nations both can con- During his speech Thursday, lankford detailed reasons Americans should support a tribute to that security, he said. strong relationship with Israel, which can be of mutual benefit to both countries, he said.

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An uncontested election and lack of campaigning may have contributed to the lowest UOSA Spring 2012 General Election voter turnout in the last 11 academic years. Of the 22,290 students enrolled on the Norman Campus, 2,222 students, or 10 percent, cast votes in the election. The Campus Activities Council chair race was the only contested high-profile UOSA seat. The election also featured 13 uncontested elections, including the UOSA president and vice president. Election Board chairman Cole Jackson said he was pleased with the work of his election board, but the election turnout was a different story. “It ’s pretty obvious we are lacking voters,” Jackson said. “I’m not too happy with it.” The uncontested elections led to less campaigning, which meant students were less aware about student government, Jackson said. Students aren’t inherently apathetic, but they can’t care about something if they don’t know about it, he said. Jackson’s election board filed its election report with the UOSA Superior Court in accordance with UOSA’s Code Annotated. The court has 96 hours after the polls close to meet and validate the election results. If there are no grievances filed, elected officers will be inaugurated a week after the results are validated.

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id you know that if NEWS columnist you’re alone and crying at 1 a.m. in a Village Inn restaurant, they still offer you pie? I learned this first-hand last December. I’m so lonely without my cigarettes. It’s been about 40 Sam Higgins hours — by the time you’re reading this, probably around 56 to 60 hours. Maybe only eight. Today is easier than yesterday, though the emptiness is setting in. Yesterday, my withdrawals were so pronounced that they compensated for the void. I’m having extreme difficulty paying attention; writing this column is especially difficult, as it requires me to think. Time itself seems to have slowed down, especially during my daily commute, which seems to take four times as long. Aside from my unadulterated nicotine craving, I want sugar. And alcohol. I’m not sure if my craving for alcohol stems from the desire for sugar due to their chemical similarity or due to a reflexive need to combat the oppressive anxiety I’m experiencing. Cigarettes really deprive a person of their anxiety. I believe cigarettes can induce anxiety; however, they also can combat it, no matter the stimulus. Anxiety is an important sensation; it’s the reason people get things done. You can accomplish a lot because of anxiety. Or you can smoke. Anxiety can be overwhelming at times, but I prefer its manic high to the bottomless depths of depression that seem impossible to climb out of. You escape depression with anxiety; they are Yin and Yang. It’s not like I had to have something in my mouth all the

Today around campus The softball team will compete against Texas Tech at 7 p.m. at Marita Hynes Field. Health Sciences Center representatives will speak to students interested in pursuing a health-related career through the center. The discussion will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Wagner Hall, Room 145. A free opening reception for the Foundations Exhibition will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s Lightwell Gallery.

saturday, april 7 Arabian Night, hosted by the Arab Student Association, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center. The String Students Chamber will perform a free recital from 8 to 10 p.m. in Catlett Music Center’s Pitman Recital Hall. The softball team will compete against Texas Tech at noon at Marita Hynes Field.

time — just once every few hours or so. Those few minutes were cherished. My first day of university cessation classes was not at all what I had suspected. First, it was me and one other dude. I’m told there will be others joining us when we meet again in two weeks. Which brings me to another point that surprised me: We won’t be meeting again for another two weeks. The point of the first session was for us to prepare ourselves for quitting and set the big date. I don’t really have two weeks to procrastinate on quitting. I’m aware that my withdrawal symptoms will last around two weeks, and I don’t want to deal with them when I have to combat finals. The class had some good information, and I’ll continue to be a part of it, but I’m going to have to jump ahead. The group is led by Nicole Pritchard, a soft-spoken, endearing young woman perhaps only a few years my senior. She didn’t come down on us about the health risks of smoking. She was very positive. She suggested some techniques to prepare us for quitting, such as switching brands and finding other pleasures in life. I like hearing this. I should add some pleasure to my life. She suggested having a beer, getting some exercise or doing some yoga. I do alright during the days, especially when it’s sunny out. When it’s dark, it’s more difficult. My relationship to smoking was intimate, and night is an intimate time. Smoking at night helped me avoid feeling so alone in a strange town. I don’t know what I’ll do tonight. Maybe I’ll exercise and have a drink. Maybe I’ll go to Village Inn. Sam Higgins is a journalism junior and a campus reporter for The Daily.

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man, and he was doing what he loved to do,” Stroud said. When an incident like this behind a host of friends on occurs, the university is conthe campus,” Boren said in cerned with working with a prepared statement. “On the student’s family and behalf of the entire university, I extend my sincere sympathy to his family.” Koonce arrived at OU in August 2011 to pursue his higher education doctorate, Stroud said. Koonce is originally from Georgia and most of his family resides there, Stroud said. Koonce’s ultimate goal was to become the Dean of Students, Stroud said. “He was a fantastic young

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“The argument from Dawkins that God must be complex is derived directly from the opposing side which claims that complex life cannot arise by simple means. The logical conclusion to this is that God must be complex. If he is not then the whole argument loses water. Complex life no longer ‘needs’ the complexity of a God, when simpler answers will suffice.” (cdsmith80, RE: ‘New atheists missing the point’)


Strip-search ruling strips rights a threat. We object to the forced visual inspection of people’s mouth, anus and genital areas. America has once again chosen fear over liberty. In the cases of the minor offenses in question Monday’s 5-4 Supreme Court decision legalizing here, most of these individuals are not malicious strip searches for individuals in jail — for even the criminals. Most have been stopped and detained most minor offenses — sacrifices the right to pritoo suddenly for them to plan to bodily smuggle vacy in the name of security. something into the jail. The court’s decision comes in response And let’s be frank: Most would never The Our View to arguments by jail administrators that consider doing so. is the majority opinion of strip searching many or all individuals beThis mindset that anyone and everyone The Daily’s fore they are admitted to the general popucould be Al Capone or Timothy McVeigh nine-member lation would significantly decrease the in hiding directly contradicts this nation’s editorial board risk of drugs or weapons being smuggled most important values. Citizens are to be into the facility. They also claimed it would treated as innocent until proven guilty. help fight the spread of disease and combat gang Our Constitution protects us from unreasonable violence. searches and seizures. And our lawmakers and The majority opinion, penned by Justice Anthony judges are charged with protecting our rights and Kennedy, found that these security needs were liberty against intrusion by the state. compelling reasons to allow strip searches across We appreciate the need for security in overthe board with no consideration of reasonable crowded jail facilities. suspicion. The court could have followed the Maine statute After all, the decision notes, it’s difficult to tell that allows for strip searches only in cases where which individuals pose the most danger — some of the prisoner has been accused of a crime involvthe most violent offenders were caught on minor ing weapons, drugs or violence, or where there is offenses. sufficient reason to suspect the prisoner is hiding But this rationale does not hold up to scrutiny. something. These are jails we’re talking about, not prisons. In cases without these components, there is no The people in these facilities have not been conreason to presume guilt and put possibly innocent victed of a crime and have not yet had their day in citizens through humiliating, intrusive searches. court. In the liberty vs. security debate, when difficult Now, they can be subjected to a questions like this one arise and humiliating and degrading experithe nation must balance two es“In the liberty vs. ence with no reasonable suspicion sential priorities, our highest court security debate, that they pose a threat. They are being should always side with the liberty of when...the nation must treated like felons, when they had not individuals. balance between two been proven guilty yet. But, however misguided and damAnd we’re not dealing with mob essential priorities, aging, this ruling is a reality. So, debosses and gang leaders here. This tention centers in Oklahoma and our highest court case deals with the most minor across the country, we caution you should always side of offenses — some so minor, it’s not to take this ruling as blanket perwith the liberty laughable. mission to abuse strip searches. of individuals.” Briefs filed in the case document If you haven’t already found it necexamples of individuals being strip essary to strip search everyone who searched after being detained for crimes such as enters your facility, do not start now just because it “driving with a noisy muffler, driving with an inop- is permissible. Widespread strip searching of even erable headlight, failing to use a turn signal or ridthe most innocuous offenders could take on the ing a bicycle without an audible bell.” role of “industry standards” or best practices if inFor these trivial offenses, individuals can be dividual jails — and state policy makers — do not forced to remove their clothing in front of correcguard themselves against it. tions officers and, as described in the court’s deciThe future of Americans’ constitutional rights sion, “to move or spread the buttocks or genital hangs on what individual administrators and pubareas or to cough in a squatting position.” lic officials do in the coming years. No one is arguing that jails should not be able to If all of us are careless and freely give up our frisk every prisoner who enters the facility, send rights, historical precedent shows us that all our them through metal detectors or subject them to rights will be in danger. anti-lice showers. Take personal responsibility for defending perWe do object when prisoners are stripped of sonal liberty and stand up against this misguided human dignity and forcibly degraded after being Supreme Court decision in your personal actions. accused — not convicted — of minor offenses and giving officers no reason to suspect they might pose Comment on this at Our View: Strip searches in jails should be restricted to cases with reasonable suspicion.


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itt Romney lost OPINION COLUMNIST the 2008 nomination and his own party has called him a flip flopper, a moderate and someone who does not speak the Republican language. But now, his party is Jennifer Camacho forced to stand by his side. Marco Rubio’s endorsement all but guarantees Romney the nomination, but I always have known that Romney was bound to gain the nomination. His weak opponents make Romney shine. Romney has played a safe game — after all, he doesn’t really have anything dangerous to bring to the table anyway. His previous attempt toward the nomination made him memorable to some voters. His safe game plan and his successes in the private sector are some reasons he has followers. The truth is, if Romney had stronger competition, it would have been difficult for him to gain the nomination. But his current opponents face controversy, ranging from infidelity to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to a mouth too big for one’s own good. According to, Romney has a 37.13 percentage advantage as the front runner, leaving Santorum in second with 28 percent. If Romney continues his current game plan and if the

party listens to Rubio’s comment about there simply being no reason for a “floor fight in August,” Romney will hold the nomination. Rubio stated in a Fox News interview that the party should support Romney “not only because he is going to be the Republican nominee, but because he offers such a stark contrast to the president’s record — a man who ran the country not very well and has no experience beyond that in the private sector or the free enterprise system.” Rubio attempts to enlighten voters by stating, “Forget about the Republican party, our country cannot afford this,” when talking about Obama. I do not believe Rubio’s endorsement, while perhaps enough to unite Republicans behind Romney, is enough to push Romney ahead in November. Currently, Obama is leading Romney in the polls by 4 percent, according to Romney will have to gain the support of both strong conservatives and moderates. During election season, Romney will endure an enormous amount of negative press for his changing positions on issues and the fact that many people believe he is out of touch with the struggles of the average American. Rubio believes Romney is the “clear alternative to the direction the current president will take our country,” only time will tell if Rubio is true. Jennifer Camacho is a political science and journalism sophomore.

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ees are an absoOPINION COLUMNIST lutely vital part of the world’s ecosystem. We depend on bees as a part of agriculture and economics. Beekeepers have important jobs, and as you may know, their industry Paige Willett is simply vanishing. The drastic and sudden bee population decrease has been an issue in the scientific community since 2006 when it began. While this story has been circulating for years now, I was surprised when I was talking with friends last weekend, and they had no knowledge of the situation. It definitely warrants revisiting, especially since there are recent and promising developments. Last week, two new studies were published regarding this issue in Science, an academic journal. Scientists are working to find out what causes this “Colony Collapse Disorder,” as it has been named. Studies have pointed to parasites, viruses and even cellphone use as potential culprits. But to me, none of those possibilities quite made sense. The studies said that insecticides produced by Monsanto, an agricultural biotechnology corporation, may be at least partially responsible for the decline of the bee population. These types of widely used insecticides, classified as neonicotinoids, attack the central nervous system of insects, including bees. The insecticides deteriorate the bees’ “homing device,” which is particularly important to a bee’s survival in the winter months. “These types If bees cannot return to of widely used the hive, they die, which explains why hundreds of insecticides ... bees seemingly drop dead attack the central after becoming unable to find their way back home. nervous system Monsanto has grown of insects, this type of insecticide into including bees.” crops, affecting the plants’ roots, seeds and pollen. This process was at first an environmental and cost-effective way to treat plants. The studies published at the end of March are the next step in proving neonicotinoids are harmful to bees. Bees pollinate about a third of the world’s crops, and Colony Collapse Disorder has become a worldwide epidemic. But in a world where a corporation as vast and powerful as Monsanto effectively backs itself through the government, you may ask, “What can I do about the bees?” The best answers I can come up with are to buy your food as locally as possible, spread the word about this situation and question where your food comes from. Organic and whole food stores are a great place to start. Look to buy insecticide-free food and crops as you are shopping — or at least attempt to minimize your purchases of treated crops. You can help support local businesses and farmers this way, and the food is more healthful and more environmentally friendly. Education on this issue is important. I was surprised to find out that someone I considered knowledgeable and well-read had no idea this was happening. If you’d like to watch a documentary on the subject, “Vanishing of the Bees” is available on Netflix. I encourage everyone to be a conscious consumer. Think about where your money is going before you buy anything, especially food. Researching the stores and companies you buy products from is extremely important. I’d also like to point out that there is no definitive cause for Colony Collapse Disorder in the scientific community. There are many studies suggesting that the bee population decline is a culmination of factors. This one seems like a fairly plausible explanation to me, particularly when considering the insecticide discussed in this article has been banned in some European countries. This issue is another example of how, as a consumer, you can speak with your money. Live intelligently, curiously and responsibly. Paige Willett is a broadcast and electronic media senior.

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GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- This is one of those days when people tend to put the social graces under a microscope. Any form of misconduct or overindulgence on your part will be frowned upon and talked about for a long time. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- If you find yourself being forced to accept another person’s desires in spite of your own needs, chances are you’ll rebelliously do the opposite. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) --Usually you would simply shrug off anyone who is not in accord with your views or desires, but if the way the offending party goes about it ticks you off, you won’t hesitate to bury him or her. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- When you’re put in charge of the financial

affairs or resources of others, be as prudent as possible. Even then, unless you first consult the sponsor, you could get in trouble. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) --Be on guard and ready to deal with some opposition from an unexpected source. Regardless of how out of line it might be, it’ll give you a big, fat headache. Forewarned is forearmed. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Excuses won’t be any help whatsoever where neglected promises are concerned. When you are not in total control of matters, they will simply control you. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Don’t allow yourself to get caught in the middle of two warring friends. You wouldn’t be able to help at all, plus you’d get hammered from both sides. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) --Take nothing for granted in negotiating a competitive development. If your opposition has more going for him or her than you surmise, you could get in way over your head. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) --There is a good chance that you’ll be far more vulnerable than usual to high-pressure sales pitches. If this is the case, you could impulsively do something that would prove costly. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- When it comes to issues about which you feel strongly, be extra careful about expressing them when confronted by someone who holds equally strong opposing viewpoints. Keep mum.




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Friday, April 6, 2012 • ››


The OU baseball team dropped 4-3 loss against Texas A&M in 12 innings Thursday night in College Station. Oklahoma


Greg Fewell, sports editor Kedric Kitchens, assistant sports editor • phone: 405-325-3666


Texas Tech


Sooners win 3rd straight opener Team overcomes early deficit to defeat Red Raiders

AT A GLANCE Tale of two offenses


While the final score was deceptively close Thursday, the Sooners dominated Texas Tech in the hits category. Junior OU pitcher Keilani Ricketts allowed one home run in the first inning. However, that was the only Red Raider hit of the entire night. The Sooners, on the other hand, were on base early and often. The team finished the game with eight total hits and three runs batted in. Meanwhile, Tech only was able to record the single RBI thanks to Ricketts’ stellar pitching. The junior finished the game with only the one earned run to go along with 11 strikeouts.

Sports Reporter

It may have not been the perfect victory for Patty Gasso and her fifth-ranked Sooners, but the head coach was ultimately impressed w i t h t h e w ay h e r t e a m earned the come-frombehind, 3-1 win over Texas Tech on Thursday night. “Tech is a really good, veteran team with lots of seniors,” Gasso said. “They know how to play these tough games. But it was just a matter of us setting ourselves up for runs. Once we tied it up, everyone exhaled and started hitting hard.” After five innings of action, OU finally was able to take the lead over the Red Raiders. After falling behind in the first inning, the Sooners (31-4, 7-1 Big 12) were forced to battle from behind to win their third straight opening game of a series. Junior starter Keilani Ricketts allowed the first inning home run by Tech’s Sandy James before collecting 11 strikeouts to finish out the game. Ricketts continues to have a dominating earned run average, budging to a .75 ERA with the one-earned run during Thursday night’s contest. “I was really impressed with Keilani tonight, because it was one of her better games,” Gasso said. “It wasn’t about the home run or the limited strikeouts, but it was the adjustment she made to get the inside of the plate. (Tech) dared her to

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Freshman pitcher Georgia Casey sprints to first base after a hit during the opening game of the threegame series between the Sooners and the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Thursday night at Marita Hynes Field in Norman. OU grinded out a 3-1 victory and will look for its third straight Big 12 series win at 7 tonight.

establish the inside of the plate and when she did, they couldn’t touch it.” The mid-game adjustments also were important to Ricketts after the ace knew what type of team she was facing going into the

contest. “I knew that Tech was a tough hitting team going into tonight, and before when they’ve hit off me, I’ve usually just rolled over and gave them more hits,” Ricketts said. “But now I

trust my team on offense and they’ve made some really good defensive plays for me.” The OU offense kept producing scoring opportunities, leaving the bases loaded in the second before

finding ways to plate runs in the final three innings. Sophomore centerfielder Destinee Martinez snuck in the first Sooner run on a fielder’s choice to tie up the game in the fourth inning before freshman second baseman Georgia Casey’s bunt allowed the winning run to score. Martinez ended up leading the Sooners, going 2-of-4 in the lead off position. “We need perseverance for tomorrow and we know we really have to go out there and fight,” Gasso said. “I’m ready to come out tomorrow and see this team after getting to see both of their pitchers tonight.” The Sooners look to take the series win during tonight’s 7 p.m. contest.


OU seeks 8th conference title in 10 years Sooners unbeaten against conference foes this season GREG FEWELL Sports Editor

When the No. 2 Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team takes the floor at 6 p.m. Saturday in Colorado Springs, Colo., it will be going for the program’s eighth conference title in the last ten years. The Sooners enter the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship with a 15-1 record, the best in the nation. More importantly, though, the team is a perfect 5-0 against its conference foes this season. The Sooners topped

No. 3 Stanford twice. The first time was in a tri-meet with Stanford and No. 7 California on February 12 in Berkeley, Calif. OU put up a 351.600 , easily topping Stanford’s 343.700 . Cal came in second place in the meet with a total score of 349.400. The second victory over the No. 3 team in the nation came March 3 in Norman. The Sooners put up a team-high score of 357.050, blowing Stanford’s respectable 351.400 out of the gym. The win prompted coach Mark Williams to tell his team, “This is how you win national championships.” The Sooners also have topped conference foe Air Force twice this season. The first time came in the


very first meet of the year, the Rocky Mountain Open. OU scored a 343.7, easily topping Air Force’s 333.3 en route to the program’s 13th straight open title. On paper, OU appears to have a distinct advantage over its conference foes. However, this meet is about more than simply winning yet another conference title for the program. The Sooners were ranked No. 1 in the nation for nine of the 11 weeks of the regular season. They’re goal all along has been to finish the year at that same spot. However, to do that, the

team will need a dominant, all-around performance when it hosts the NCAA championships at Lloyd Noble Center beginning April 19. Williams indicated his team has used the two-week break following the conclusion of the regular season to rest and heal its wounds. He also said he hopes the athletes will put up a solid performance at the MPSF championships to use it as a springboard heading towards NCAA’s, where the team will be shooting for a very impressive ninth national title.

Grace Evangelical LUTHERAN CHURCH Planting a new church in Norman Worship service begins at 1pm. 3750 W. Main St./Behind J. Boties Gas Station Phone: 405-821-1630


PLAYER PROFILE Michael Heredia Year: Senior Position: Floor, vault and high bar Hometown: Reno, Nev. Season stats: Heredia made his first NCAA championships as a Sooner last season, scoring a 14.450 on the floor exercise. Heredia has played a bigger role this year, competing in every meet of the 2012 season.

Peterson to give $1M gift Money to support hall, scholarship Former OU football player Adrian Peterson pledged a $1 million donation to OU athletics, the department announced Thursday. The donation will support the new student housing building, Headington Hall, and establish the Adrian Peterson Football Scholarship Endowment. Peterson’s gift is the largest given to the university by a former football player. “This was something that I had been thinking about doing for a long time,” the current Minnesota Vikings r u n n i n g ADRIAN back said in PETERSON a prepared statement. “I always hoped to be in a position to be able to donate back to the University of Oklahoma and make it an even better place; do whatever I could to help the university that did so much for me. “It was a no-brainer.” As a thank you for the donation, the football program plans to rename the team’s meeting room — currently called “The Red Room” — the “Adrian Peterson Team Meeting Room.” OU President David Boren said Peterson is helping to assure OU’s athletic tradition continues by setting a positive example for current Sooners. “I not only appreciate his generosity but also the example he is setting for others by giving back to the program in which he was an outstanding participant,” Boren said. OU football coach Bob Sto o p s sa i d h e’s g la d Peterson’s name will appear in Headington Hall as a reminder of the AllAmerican’s example of “selfless dedication and generosity.” Peterson played for the Sooners from 2004 to 2006 and is the program’s thirdleading rusher. Headington Hall is the 230,000-square-foot housing center for OU students and student-athletes currently under construction on the southeast corner of Lindsey Street and Jenkins Avenue. The building is scheduled to be completed by fall 2013. Daily staff reports




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• Friday, April 6, 2012

Life&arts Shows, events and more

THe Daily’s

Oklahoma Weekender

Galleria Walk

Go to The First Friday Gallery Walk at the Paseo Arts District in Oklahoma City. The event is held the first Friday and Saturday of every month. The walk is from 6 to 10 tonight and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. — Rachel Cervenka

africa night

Go to Africa Night at 7 tonight in the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. There will be a fashion show, student performances and more to celebrate the African culture. Tickets are $12 at the door. — Maya Sykes

Egg Hunt

If you celebrate Easter, have a giant egg hunt around Norman with your friends. — Westlee Parsons

jazz concert

The Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey plays at The Deli at 10 p.m. Saturday. This Tulsa band is playing the main stage at this year’s Norman Music Festival so go get acquainted. — Courtney Goforth

easter brunch

Easter weekend means amazing brunch options. My personal favorite is Picasso Cafe, 3009 Paseo St., in Oklahoma City. — Mariah Webb

This weekend ›› Visit for a review of the Lady Antebellum concert Saturday night at Lloyd Noble Center

Lindsey Ruta, life & arts editor Mariah Webb, assistant life & arts editor • phone: 405-325-3666


Country band to perform Lloyd Noble Left: Hillary Scott (left) and Charles Kelley, of musical group Lady Antebellum, perform “Truly” at ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends in Concert on Monday in Las Vegas. The band is on tour for its third album, “Own the Night,” through the end of July. Lady Antebellum stops in Norman for a performance at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center.

Lady Antebellum’s tour visits Norman this weekend Mariah Webb

Life & Arts Reporter

Sooners will have a chance to catch a live concert from a Grammywinning artist when a country-rock trio visits Norman this weekend. Lady Antebellum’s “Own the Night” tour stops at L l oyd No b l e Ce nte r o n Saturday. The show will include performances by f o r m e r Ho o t i e a n d t h e Blowfish lead singer Darius Ru c k e r a n d T h o m p s o n Square, the 2012 Academy of Country Music Vocal Duo of the Year. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. The Lloyd Noble Parking lot will open at 3 p.m. and will cost $10 for regular vehicles and $20 for vehicles with eight or more passengers. “Own the Night” is the third album by Lady Antebellum, which formed in 2006. The album was awarded Best Countr y Album of the year at the Grammy Awards in February. The trio is composed of co-lead singers Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott alongside Dave Haywood. The band first found popularity after signing with Capitol Records Nashville in 2007, according to its website. Lady Antebellum’s first single, “Love Don’t Live

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Here,” off its self-titled debut album reached No. 3 on the country charts. Other songs, including “I Run to You,” received radio play. In 2008, the Academy of Country Music named Lady Antebellum the Top New Vocal Duet/Group of the Year. Its second album, “Need You Now,” earned the trio five Grammys in 2010, including Song of the Year for the title track and Record of the Year. “Need You Now” also won the Countr y Music Association’s Single of the Year.

Below: Dave Haywood (left), Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley, of musical group Lady Antebellum, pose backstage with the award for vocal group of the year at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday in Las Vegas. The country-rock trio formed in 2006 and signed with Capitol Records Nashville in 2007. The band has released three albums since 2008, including its second album, “Need You Now,” which earned Lady Antebellum five Grammys.

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The band has performed at the Grand O le Opr y, as well as opened for big names like Phil Vassar, Rodney Atkins and Carrie Underwood.

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