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Water woes remain Conservation still needed as recent rainfall won’t end drought ARIANNA PICKARD Campus Editor

Despite recent rainfall, Oklahoma is still well below average annual precipitation levels, and it will take more than a few days of rain to pull the state of this drought. Droughts must be examined on a longer timescale than a day, week or month, Kyle Murray, hydrogeologist at the Oklahoma Geological Survey, said in an email. One year or longer is more appropriate to assess the drought or moisture status. Murray said he cringed when he was watching a weather channel a couple weeks ago while southwestern Oklahoma was getting up to six inches of precipitation and the meteorologist said something to the effect of “this storm will end the drought.” “Not even close,” Murray said. “A few days of rain do not make up for 3 years of a shortfall.” Statewide precipitation over the last year was almost 10 inches below average, he said. The average annual amount of precipitation is 34 inches, and over the last 365, Oklahoma has been 9.75 inches behind that. From 2010 to 2012 was Oklahoma’s third driest period since precipitation first started being recorded in 1895, Murray said. Periodic droughts can be expected in Oklahoma because of uneven spatial and temporal distribution of rainfall, Murray said. However, it takes the same amount of time to get out of a drought condition as it does to get into one, Murray said. “We would need a two- to three-year period of higher-than-average precipitation to balance out the previous two to three dry years,” he said. This long period of drought has inspired agencies and individuals in the state to increase effort to conserve water and moniter its use.

Declaring independence OU considering attempts to supply its own water AJINUR SETIWALDI Campus Reporter

OU officials are considering conserving water by supplying campus with water only from its own sources instead of buying water from the City of Norman. Because Norman’s water supply is still low because of the current drought in Oklahoma, mandatory conservation measures are in place, according to the 2013 Water Rationing Report released April 24, by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. Because of the city’s conservation efforts, OU officials are discussing whether OU should remain reliant on city water or be completely self-sufficient, said Brian Ellis, director of OU Facilities Management. OU used to get drinking water from university water wells, but because the wells did not meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for arsenic levels in drinking water, the university had to shift to using water from the city in 2008, Ellis said. In 2001, the EPA adopted new standards for arsenic in drinking water SEE WATER PAGE 2

Senior Sooner blogs about ‘living simply’ L&A: Maggie Cannon, advertising senior, writes about being a college student and becoming an adult. (Page 6)

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Oklahoma City needs second scoring option to emerge ILLUSTRATION BY MARY STANFIELD/THE DAILY

Sports: After losing Game 4 in Houston, the Thunder returns home for Game 5 at 8:30 tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Page 7)

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TODAY AROUND CAMPUS An exhibition about the role of weather in shaping our lives will be held from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the National Weather Center. The exhibition is open to the public and will be on display until June 2.


OU to use smarter Oklahoma water watering measures meets standards

Musical: The musical comedy “On The Town” will be performed at 8 p.m. in the Reynold’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for OU students, $25 for senior adults, OU faculty/staff and military and $30 for adults.


Campus to conserve by fixing water leaks

Shut Up & Write: Graduate students and faculty can get together and write in silence from 10 a.m. to noon in Wagner Hall, Room 280. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided.


Musical: The musical comedy “On The Town” will be performed at 8 p.m. in the Reynold’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for OU students, $25 for senior adults, OU faculty/staff and military and $30 for adults.

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The OU landscaping department is gearing up for another hot summer amid ongoing drought conditions in the region and considering landscaping options that require less water. The campus irrigation systems, which use private university-owned well water, have been used only a couple times during the previous winter months, landscaping director Allen King said. During the winter, the irrigation system wasn’t used as much because plants go dormant during the winter. Also, the snows in Norman have helped the campus ecology remain stable, he said. But now that the weather is warming up, the landscaping department is looking for smarter ways to irrigate and combat the heat, he said. “The heat will be the big problem in the summer, not the drought,” he said. Because of the state’s current drought conditions, OU should conserve water by fixing any leaky sprinklers and converting landscaping vegetation and grasses to species that use less water to reduce the need for irrigation, said Kyle Murray, hydrogeologist with the Oklahoma Geological Survey. Landscaping crews have made extra efforts to study which plants, grasses and

SATURDAY, MAY 4 Musical: The musical comedy “On The Town” will be performed at 8 p.m. in the Reynold’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for OU students, $25 for senior adults, OU faculty/staff and military and $30 for adults.

SUNDAY, MAY 5 Musical: The musical comedy “On The Town” will be performed at 8 p.m. in the Reynold’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for OU students, $25 for senior adults, OU faculty/staff and military and $30 for adults.

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WATER: Thunderbird not enough

flowers will do well in the dry and scorching summer conditions, King said. “My assistant and garden supervisors work with the staff to know when and when not to water and how to water smarter,” he said. Some tactics the crew uses include watering areas in 15-minute periods so that the water has time to soak into the ground and beginning morning shifts as early as 4 a.m. in order to begin the watering process before the sun is out, he said. Sprinklers that spray water into the air have been removed from campus as some of the water collects on sidewalks and evaporates, he said. The campus has over 500 in-ground irrigation areas that operate no more than once every three days in summer, usually from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m., he said. There are irrigation systems spanning from Highway 9 to Boyd Street, with only a few places in between not irrigated or watered, King said. Irrigation also continues to expand as the research campus grows, so the campus-wide systems make a huge project for the department to oversee. “If there is something that can be improved in regards to smart irrigation, we are looking for it,” King said.

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City takes steps to maintain quality MATT RAVIS

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OU and other state water distribution and treatment locations were declared in compliance with EPA standards for contaminants in the two most recent reports. The consumer confidence report for the city of Norman is released annually. It details water usage, production and distribution statistics. For all contaminants, including lead, copper and arsenic, all water treatment plants and OU were considered compliant, according to the 2010 and 2011 report. The report is generated with data from the water treatment plants and distribution

centers, said Trenton Brown, university environmental health and safety officer. The university’s environmental health and safety office provides OU’s water data. In 2011, total water production during the peak month of July was 20.5 million gallons per day, according to the report. Peak usage occurred on August 5, with 23.94 gallons being produced. Norman utilized 95.3 percent of its permitted allocation from Lake Thunderbird, according to the report. In 2011,Norman took steps to keep Lake Thunderbird cleaner from chemicals in runoff from storm water, said Cindy Rosenthal, mayor and chairman of Norman Utility Authority in a letter. The effects of this remain to be seen.

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Continued from page 1 from 50 parts per billion to 10 parts per billion, according to EPA regulations. This new standard did not go into effect until 2002, and those who did not meet the required level had to comply by 2006, according to EPA regulations. Since the shift to city water in 2008, OU has taken action to conserve water on campus, Ellis said. New buildings have been equipped with low-flow

toilets, water faucets and showerheads, while fixtures in older buildings are being replaced with more energy efficient appliances, he said. But, like the city, OU officials recognize that Lake Thunderbird — the city’s main water source — may not sustain the city and the university in the long run in its present condition, he said. While city officials are discussing plans to sustain the city, the university also is working on long-term sustainability plans, he said. “It’s gotten us thinking

about our future … about preserving our water security here on campus,” Ellis said. As for now, the best thing members of the OU community can do is conserve water, he said. “We as a culture and as a society waste an awful lot of water,” said Robert Puls, director of the Oklahoma Water Survey. Students should be aware of their water use and report malfunctioning faucets, showerheads and other appliances on campus, Puls said.

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Somali region executes 13 people by firing squad An official in a semiautonomous region of Somalia says the government has executed 13 prisoners, including a woman. Abdifatah Haji Aden, Puntland’s military court chairman, said the prisoners were executed by firing squad on the outskirts of Bossaso, Puntland’s commercial hub, on Tuesday. Six of the prisoners were convicted for the murder of Ahmed Abdirahman, a religious leader killed in December 2011. The other seven were convicted of various other crimes, mainly targeted killings.


More than 45,000 refugees return to Syria, Jordan says Jordan says that more 45,000 refugees in its territory who fled Syria’s civil war have chosen to return since last August. Col. Zaher Abu Shihab, who directs Jordan’s largest refugee camp at Zaatari, says 45,865 Syrian refugees have so far been voluntarily repatriated. Some refugees have complained of the harsh environment at the camp. Sporadic protests have demanded improvements.


Iran: chemicals ‘red line’ but blames rebels over regime Iran’s foreign minister insists use of chemical weapons in Syria would be a “red line” for Tehran, but suggests rebel forces should be investigated rather than Iran’s allies in Damascus. Ali Akbar Salehi’s comments reflect the deep divide between Tehran and the West over Syria’s civil war. Iran remains loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad despite recent suspicions that his forces used chemical agents. The Associated Press


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Forum discusses financial woes Boren calls on legislature to boost education funds CEDAR FLOYD

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Higher education in Oklahoma continues to struggle under cuts in state funding as the date for the announcement of legislative funding decisions draws near. OU President David Boren discussed the current budgetary struggles and the dependence of higher education on allocations from the state at an open presentation in Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Beaird Lounge on Tuesday afternoon. Boren emphasized the need for legislatures to invest in higher education lest it become increasingly privatized, expensive and inaccessible to lower-income families. Since 2008, a gap of $100 million has grown in OU’s annual budget, a result of direct funding cuts by the state in addition to $200 million in uncompensated fixed cost increases that are beyond the university’s control, Boren said. These fixed cost increases include financial aid, faculty and staff promotions and health insurance, among

others, leaving OU at least $8 million in million burden of repaying the bond the hole, Boren said. issue of 2005, he said. State funding now accounts for only “We’re at a tipping point where we re17.5 percent of OU’s budget, compared ally can’t make any more budget cuts,” to the 38.1 percent it composed in 1980, Boren said. “We’ve run out of magic Boren said. tricks. If this disinvestment continues … In the same time period, though, pri- we won’t be able to [balance our budvate gifts to the university have grown get] just by cutting or we’ll start to cut from 4.7 percent to 9.7 quality.” “We are percent, a full 5 perHow e ve r, B o re n i s centage points, Boren “guardedly optimistic” transforming said. Despite the inthis will be the year affordable public that creased funding, there the trend of disinvestuniversities into ment will be reversed. was still slack in the budget, which had to Additionally, the uniunaffordable be picked up through versity will continue to increased tuition and private universities.” think creatively to save fees. students money, such PRESIDENT DAVID BOREN “We are transformas encouraging the use ing affordable public universities into of online materials to reduce textbook unaffordable private universities,” costs, Boren said. Boren said. The legislature’s decision for the alloCurrently, Boren is unable to say cation of funds to higher education will whether fees or tuition for OU students be announced in two to three weeks, will increase next year, he said. Boren said. Those kinds of changes are depenStudents and families should expect dent upon the decision currently facing to receive communication regarding Oklahoma state legislators and wheth- that decision and any resulting changer they vote to reverse the decline in es in tuition and fees, as the university is state-allocated funds for higher edu- dedicated to transparency, Boren said. cation or to shoulder Oklahoma higher education with the additional $5.5


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THUMBS UP: Basketball player Jason Collins of the Washington Wizards became the first openly gay male athlete in a major American sport with an announcement Monday.


State should pay its share of higher education costs Our view: Student must be funding advocates.

But at a state university, the state government should pay for the majority of any cost increases. The There were more suits and ties than T-shirts and state must make a statement that higher education flip-flops at President David Boren’s budget forum is worth funding by increasing allocations by at least Tuesday. Students were noticeably underrepre$27 million to higher education in the upcoming sented among administrators and other attendants. budget. If the state increases higher education fundBecause students are directly impacted by higher ing by $27 million, OU will receive about $4 million, education budget decisions, students must advocate enough to cover the shortfall with the 2 percent raise for higher education funding. In the forum Tuesday, in tuition. Boren said OU likely faces approximately $6 million Boren continually explained the difference bein fixed cost increases not covered by current state tween public and private universities during the appropriations levels. forum. While there is little chance OU will become a OU has three options to deal with profully private institution, Boren’s characterjected budget shortfalls for the coming ization is dead on. The state of Oklahoma The Our View fiscal year. First, the university could acis the majority contributes only 17.5 percent of the uniopinion of cept that, as a state institution and given versity’s total budget, while tuition and fees The Daily’s Oklahoma’s economy, it can’t do everything make up 29 percent. If voters do not encournine-member an Ivy League institution could — it must age the state government to pay their fair editorial board reduce or limit some programs and services. share of higher education costs, students Second, OU could receive funding from will be responsible for higher tuition costs. state allocations. If neither scenarios occur, raising For students and their parents, now is the time to tuition is the third option. act. Right now, the state legislature is deciding alStudents should not be immune to the effects of locations for higher education for the coming year. fixed cost increases, but the state should shoulder a They could make a decision within the next few significant portion of the responsibility. A balanced weeks and your voice matters. Since state lawmakers approach that increases tuition slightly along with rarely hear from constituents, every phone call you a strong call for increased state allocations is the make or letter you write is important. best approach. Boren said each percentage-point If you are living in Norman from out of state, call increase in tuition amounts to about $1 million in Governor Mary Fallin or State Senator John Sparks, revenue. If the state does not increase budget appro- D-District 16. If you are from Oklahoma, tell your priations, tuition could increase by 6 percent. parents, your aunts and uncles and your friends to It is easy to decry tuition increases, but as healthcall or write to their state senator and state represencare, utilities, salaries and living costs increase, stu- tative and ask them to increase funding for higher dents should be willing to pay a little more in tuition education by $27 million. Every phone call made to to help cover those costs and maintain the quality Oklahoma lawmakers means you could pay less in education OU is known for. Students should be will- tuition next year. It is time for students to become ing to accept a 2 percent increase in tuition to help advocates for higher education. cover these costs. OU’s tuition already is the second lowest in the Big 12 and a small increase will not overly burden students. Comment on this on

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Budget director corrects editorial funding numbers Editor’s note: A p. 4 story Tuesday about OU’ budget cited the wrong budget in analyzing funding percentages. The numbers came from the Education and General Budget, not the total campus budget. Yesterday The Daily printed an editorial in which numbers were used which were attributed to reports from OU’s Budget Office. While we applaud The Daily for making use of these online resources, the information was not interpreted correctly and thus led to inaccurate information. The Daily’s editorial yesterday stated that, “For the Norman central campus, state allocations make up 30.7 percent of the total operating budget.” However, this is not the case. This statistic references the University’s Education and General budget of $466,464,544, not the total operating budget of $838,471,625. In fact, the University’s Norman campus only receives 17.5 percent of its total operating budget from state-allocated funds. The Daily’s statement that, “Tuition and fees make up 52.2 percent of the Norman campus’ total operating budget” is also incorrect for the same reason. It is utilizing the E&G budget, not the University’s total operating budget. Tuition and fees actually make up 29.0 percent of the total operating budget on the Norman campus. The Daily was correct in that we estimate approximately “$140 million in grants in the 2013 fiscal year” for the Norman campus. However, The Daily reported that the Norman campus only expects to, “receive $11.8 million, or 2.7 percent of its budget from grants and other contracts during 2013.” The Norman campus in fact expects to receive this full $140 million in grants and contracts. The $11.8 million referenced by the The Daily is the overhead cost associated with the projected $140 million in grants the Norman campus expects to receive. We are glad to see The Daily actively engaged in voicing their concerns about the decrease in state funding for higher education. We stand ready to assist The Daily in correctly interpreting any financial data related to the University to make sure that it is accurate. Linda Anderson is the Director of the OU Budget Office


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arlier this month, assistant Editor Dove released a three minute advertising campaign in which an FBI-trained forensic artist draws two different pictures of women. First, the woman sitting behind a curtain describes herself to the artist Kayley Gillespie and he draws her ingly. Then, a person who just met the woman sitting behind the curtain describes her. Predictably, the pictures looked different because the woman sitting for her picture perceives herself differently than her new acquaintances perceive her. The message about true beauty is lost through this hypocritical advertising campaign, which stigmatizes beauty and works within incorrect race and gender binaries.

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The video standardizes beauty and insinuates you not only must be white, but thin in order to be beautiful. Women who described themselves cited protruding chins, freckles, big foreheads and rounder faces as insecurities. “Good” qualities, described by acquaintances, were visible cheekbones and thin chins. Another woman who sat for her portrait admitted, “Appearance imphoto provided pacts the choices in the friends we A woman stands next to two portraits of created as part of a Dove “true beauty” commermake, the jobs we apply for, how we cial. The picture on the left is the result of a self-description to a forensic artist. The pictreat our children … It couldn’t be Perception is not a gender issue ture on the right is a result of a descriptive of the woman by a stranger to the artist. more critical to your happiness.” One woman who sat for her portrait admitted, “We While an overweight parent might spend a lot of time, as women, analyzing and trying to fix time, Axe “help[s] guys get the girl” and boasts of its “attenencourage his or her child to eat things that aren’t quite right and we should spend more healthier, and depression and other illnesses cued by one’s tion-grabbing ads [that] never fail to push boundaries.” time on things we do like.” Insecurity is not a gender issue. appearance and life circumstances might affect how one By “attention grabbing” Axe means ads featuring headMen are insecure about their bodies, too. Foregrounding less breasts to represent a woman because “they are what interacts with others, these examples are not the norm. women as individuals who are concerned about their apa man notices first on a woman,” women uncontrollably People think appearance is critical to happiness because pearance simply because they are women is disastrous. women in Dove’s commercials claim appearance “couldn’t removing their string bikini tops at the beach or a room full Our culture has created two binaries within which to be more critical to your happiness.” Our image-driven cul- of women whose tops miraculously unbutton and nipples work — the hyper masculine and the hyper feminine. harden because a man wearing Axe body spray has entered ture and consumerism are our self-fulfilling prophecies. Men are just as much victims to society’s expectations the room. If you ask someone who has battled cancer, he or she as are women. Muscle magazines are displayed next to Unilever simultaneously targets women and men might claim health is critical to happiness. Ask an injured beauty magazines. The newest action movies have atthrough different brands. If you think beauty cannot be athlete and he or she might say exercise is critical to haptractive, muscular men saving the waif damsel in distress. standardized and that all women are beautiful, I encourage piness. Ask a student and he or she might say maintain“Metrosexual” has made its way into our lexicons. On a nayou to research the companies you support because many, ing learning is critical to happiness. Of course if you ask tional average, men are three times as more likely to underlike Unilever, are contradictory. a woman on a Dove commercial she will claim beauty is go Botox procedures than they were in 2000. critical to happiness. It is all about (skewed and unrealistic) If you maintain beauty is critical to happiness, I encourperspective. Race and representation age you to find a hobby, meet new people, read, write, Not surprisingly, white women are awarded most of the exercise, cook, paint — do anything but obsess over your Unilever air time during the three minute video. The same few white reflection. Dove has no idea what it’s talking about and you How can Unilever — a corporation that owns the real women narrate the video and most of the panning and still beauty-loving Dove — also own Axe, a company that rouare beautiful. shots feature white women. Only about 20 seconds of the tinely objectifies women in order to make sales? Dove is video lacks narration or still shots from white women and “committed to helping women realize their personal pofeatures non-white women. Kayley Gillespie is an English literary and cultural studies tential for beauty by engaging them with products that What is Dove claiming of real, natural beauty? You’re senior. deliver real care,” according to At the same

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TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013 Devote as much time and effort as you can to fulfilling your ambitious expectations in the year ahead. Minimize frivolous get-togethers -- you’ll have plenty of time for those later. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- It’s OK to be your own person, but draw the line if your needs come at the expense of someone else’s. You don’t want to cause any undue damage. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Don’t allow yourself to be put in a position in which you’re out of your depth. Avoid the situation by being honest about your capabilities.


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CANCER (June 21-July 22) -Someone who is just as strongwilled as you might try to be the dominating force in your peer group. If you feel compelled to oppose this person, a collision is likely. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Poor results are highly likely if you have difficulty distinguishing between those who are in your corner and those who are not. Try to use your best judgment. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -Surprisingly, you’ll be better able to handle large ideas than small ones. Be careful, however, because overly grandiose schemes could lead to your undoing. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Unless you’re extremely careful, it could be

unwise to invest in certain situations or people that you know little about. Don’t shirk the research. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Those with whom you’re involved won’t like it one bit if you take them or what they do for granted. Things could get volatile, so be extra careful. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Assignments you neglect early on will return to haunt you. Don’t delude yourself about the urgency of certain matters. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Overly complex arrangements are destined to fail, so do your best to keep all of your involvements with friends as low-key and uncomplicated as possible. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- It won’t do anyone any good to compare the achievements of an outsider against your family. You could be prejudiced against nonfamily members. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- A surefire way to have others come down hard on you is to find fault with their thinking. Don’t be the one to introduce controversy into a relationship. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Be extra careful and prudent in your commercial affairs or in the handling of financial funds, whether yours or someone else’s. If your judgment is off, a loss is probable.


• Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Emma Hamblen, life & arts editor Megan Deaton, assistant editor • phone: 405-325-3666 • Twitter: @OUDailyArts


Sooner shares how to ‘Live Simply’ LIFE & ARTS COLUMNIST

LIVE SIMPLY ON SOCIAL MEDIA QR Code: http:// maggienificent.

Jessica Murphy


aggie Cannon, advertising senior, writes about her life as a college student attempting to navigate gracefully into adulthood on her blog, “Live Simply.” The blog discusses topics everyone at this age faces, like pretending to be on your phone to avoid someone or the fear of graduation, Cannon said in an email. “I think that blogs glamorize life too often,” Cannon said. “From clothes to hair, we are constantly comparing ourselves to these picture-perfect bloggers and this picture-perfect lifestyle. I hope that people read my blog and think, ‘Wow, that girl’s life is perfectly average.’” Average, maybe, but it’s certainly not boring. The first post I read was “Why Growing Up Just Ain’t My Thang,” which humorously compares graduating to being slaughtered at a pig



Maggie Cannon, advertising senior, writes about life as a college student and transitioning into adulthood on her blog “Live Simply.”

farm. Cannon said professors and mentors are our farmers, who herd us toward success only to make us graduate, or “slaughter” us. She further states why she isn’t ready for the adult world because of her fear of car washes — which is totally understandable — the fact

she can never finish a game of Monopoly and her skill set is limited to unlocking her iPhone screen in the sunlight. Another favorite of mine includes “Jesus Christ(mas),” wherein she writes her Christmas list consisting of pepper spray to give to

the girl in “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” sticky boobs that don’t look like chicken cutlets (I mean, really) and better luck at Dirty Santa. Because while everyone else ended up with gifts like DVDs and Nerf guns, Cannon received a phallic toothbrush and shot glass.

You have to see the pictures. Laughing to myself as I read through Cannon’s blog, I found the reason I liked it so much was because it was relatable. Everyone knows you should never eat at Wong Key’ Taco Bell doesn’t ever give you enough hot sauce; and middle school

was hands down the most embarrassing time of your life. I could add a few things to her “The Years I Wish I Could Forget” list, including my braces, bright purple eye shadow and obsession with the duck lips and peace sign combo. She had always wanted to start a blog and finally did as a class assignment, Cannon said. She started looking forward to her weekly blog post and kept writing even after the class ended, though less frequently. “Blogging is all about just finding your style and rhythm,” Cannon said. “I never thought I would receive the reaction I have from my blog posts.” Jessica Murphy is a public relations sophomore.


Film shows how cats clawed their way to Internet fame LIFE & ARTS COLUMNIST

AT A GLANCE ‘Lil Bub and Friendz’

Shannon Borden


n a world full of disagreement and arguing, there lived a hero who had a very special superpower capable of uniting all. The hero: 2-year-old disabled cat, Lil Bub. The superpower: overwhelming cuteness. Lil Bub was born the runt of the litter, with six toes on each paw, a mouth that won’t stay shut and no teeth. Lil Bub never let her disability keep her down. She overcame adversity and, with the help of her owner (and talent agent, essentially) Michael Bridavsky, she has reached what I’m sure was her ultimate life goal of becoming an Internet celebrity, joining the ranks of Grumpy Cat, Keyboard Cat and Garfield. America has become smitten with her wide eyes and her constantly stuck out tongue. She has a very active social media presence, with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and YouTube accounts, each with tens of thousands of followers. Yes, you read right. A cat has more followers on Twitter than you do. People are so infatuated with her that a documentary about her called “Lil Bub

Starring: Lil Bub, Mike “The Dude” Bridavsky, Ben Lashes, Grumpy Cat, Nyan Cat and Keyboard Cat Run time: 65 minutes

and Friendz” was not only made, but also won Best Feature Film at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. Internet culture is becoming just as important to the characterization of this generation as traditional forms of media. The question is, why are people so obsessed with Lil Bub and other Internet sensations like her? Why is there a film festival in Minnesota devoted to cat videos? Yes, this actually exists. “Lil Bub and Friendz” attempts to shed some light — and fur — on the reasoning behind the cat phenomenon. The preview for the film looks more like a Saturday Night Live, Andy Sambergproduced Laser Cats sketch than an actual movie.

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“Lil Bub and Friendz,” which attempts to shed light on the recent cat trend, won Best Feature Film at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.

However, “Lil Bub and Friendz” provides insight into the cyber culture we are living in today, with a new meme being plastered all over our Facebook timelines every week. Cats seem to be at the epicenter of Internet culture. Cat celebrities — two words I never thought I’d use together — like Lil Bub, in particular, seem to be growing in popularity, with single women more and more comfortable — and even proud — to label themselves “cat ladies.”

Whatever the reasoning behind the cat trend is, it genuinely seems to bring joy to people. I, for one, am happy to live in a world where watching YouTube videos of cats is not something to be embarrassed about. It’s not like you’re watching porn, though both do leave you with a slight hint of shame. Shannon Borden is a professional writing sophomore.

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Sports ›› The No. 12 OU baseball team lost on the road to Dallas Baptist, 2-0, Tuesday at Horner Ballpark.

Dillon Phillips, sports editor Jono Greco, assistant editor • phone: 405-325-3666 • Twitter: @OUDailySports


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OKC must find second scoring threat sports columnist

Zach Story


he Oklahoma City Thunder will look to wrap up its series against the Houston Rockets at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena after failing to do so Monday. OKC, playing in its second game without All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook, fell to Houston, 105-103, Monday to force the series to a fifth game with OKC leading 3-1. Kevin Durant played one of his best and most efficient games of the entire season, scoring 38 points on 12-of16 shooting from the field. Durant committed seven turnovers, but he’s become the team’s primary ball handler — a role he never has had to play since coming into the league. OKC’s role players will play a crucial part in Game 5 as they must work to help alleviate the pressure Durant will face from Houston’s defenders. Backup point guard Reggie Jackson has played well in Westbrook’s absence — averaging 16 points in the last two games — but he isn’t as assertive when pushing the ball up the court. The Thunder has scored only 15 fast break points in its last two games combined after ranking fifth in the league with 16.6 fast


break points per game. OKC’s largest contribution will have to come from sixth man Kevin Martin, who now becomes the Thunder’s second scoring option after Durant. Martin has had a tendency to vanish down the stretch throughout much of the first round, which will have to change if the Thunder wants to avoid going back to Houston for a sixth game. Houston guard James Harden, who has been inconsistent this series, will have to step up in a big way in Game 5, especially with the possibility of Jeremy Lin having to sit out a second-straight game because of a shoulder contusion. Harden has averaged 25.9 points per game this series but also has averaged close to five turnovers a game, which included 10 in Game 4. Chandler Parsons and Patrick Beverley have been Houston’s unsung heroes this series, with the duo scoring at a high rate, and in Beverley’s case, playing at a high-octane level. When Harden has gone cold or has had to sit because of foul trouble, Parsons and Beverley have been there to pick up the slack. Wednesday night’s contest will be, without a doubt, the most pivotal game of this series for both teams, as the Thunder wants to wrap things up in front of its home crowd rather than having to return to Houston for a sixth game, where Houston’s crowd will be in a total frenzy. Look for Kevin Durant to take more than 16 shots Wednesday as he, more than david j. phillip/associated press anyone, knows how critical Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant (35) goes up for a shot as Houston’s Omer Asik (3) defends during the Game 5 is. second half of Game 4 on Monday in Houston. The Rockets beat the Thunder, 105-103.

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Sooners to host one of three NCAA Championship Regionals OU’s fourth-ranked women’s golf team received a No. 2 seed from the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Committee and will host the NCAA Central Regional on May 9 through 11 at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman. “It’s exciting for us to be seeded No. 2,” coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell said in a news release on Monday. “We’ve worked hard to be where we are and it’s great to see the hard work pay off. But we still have to go out there and play golf next week.” The Sooners will compete against 23 other teams, headlined by third-ranked and top-seeded Duke. The top eight teams will advance to the NCAA Championship finals at University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga., where they will face the top eight teams from the East and West regionals. OU also boasts the defending individual national champion, junior Chirapat Jao-Javanil.

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Dear OU Students, Thank you for the input that you gave to me during our open forum on the OU budget held in Beaird Lounge yesterday. This has been one of the greatest years in the history of our University. Our freshman class is academically the highest-ranked class in state history. We also once again rank number one in the nation among public universities in National Merit Scholars enrolled. The University ranks in the top ten among all universities, ranking ahead of such private universities as Princeton, Stanford and MIT. Our students also won Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Truman, Goldwater and Fulbright scholarships. OU is the only university in the nation, public or private, to have students win these scholarships this year. Intellectual vitality has never been stronger. The Honors College has organized over 80 informal student book clubs in the past year. Study abroad programs and opportunities continue to expand across the globe. In the last ten years, the proportion of OU students studying abroad has increased from 2% to almost 25%. More funds have been raised for scholarships to enable more students to take advantage of study abroad programs. Our faculty and staff members have received unprecedented national and international recognition. Having been recognized in the top tier of research universities by the Carnegie Foundation, faculty research continues to set new records. Even in these difficult times, private giving to the University has already surpassed $175 million this year and our scholarships campaign has reached $217 million in total gifts. This progress has taken place in spite of continued reductions in the percentage of our budget coming from the state. OU has undergone severe budget cuts for four straight years. While holding tuition and fee adjustments to levels near the bottom nationally, OU has absorbed in the last four years about $108 million in budget cuts and uncompensated fixed-cost increases including those for health insurance. This year, the original executive budget

before the legislature had no increases for higher education. Unless the Governor and the legislature act before the end of the session, OU would have to pay $5.5 million in costs to service state higher education bonds adopted by the legislature in 2005. In addition, we would have to fund approximately $6 million in fixed costs increases without any help from the state. That would bring the total effective cut to the University to $11.5 million. Within the next few weeks we should know whether or not state leaders have reached an agreement to help cover these costs. We are very hopeful that they will decide to provide increases for higher education to cover all or at least a part of these unavoidable cost increases. If they do not, we will be forced to consider possible adjustments in tuition and fees. We are still working with state leaders to try to avoid that result. If they become necessary, we will seek to keep those increases as low as possible without sacrificing the high standards of excellence and the course offerings our students deserve. I wish it were possible for me to give you final decisions about our budget and any possible increases in tuition and fees. Unfortunately, I cannot do so until the legislative session has ended. All across the country the percentage of state funding provided to public university budgets has been declining rapidly. As the percentage of public university budgets coming from the state has declined, the gap has been filled largely by increased student tuition and fees. If this trend continues, it will be more and more difficult for average Americans to afford higher education. Public universities will continue to look more and more like expensive private universities. It is up to all of us to work together to save public higher education by helping to inform our public officials about this dangerous trend. I appreciate the understanding of our entire university community and the sacrifices being made by our faculty, staff, students, and their families so that the University of Oklahoma can continue to meet the highest standards of excellence now and in the future. Sincerely,

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