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Storm puts classes on ice

Higher Ed to ask for more funding Additional state dollars requested despite million-dollar budget shortfall NICHOLAS HARRISON The Oklahoma Daily

Chancellor of Higher Education Glen Johnson didn’t let inclement weather stop him from outlining the state higher education system’s agenda for the upcoming year Thursday at Rose State College. Johnson is asking the state Legislature for $115.6 million in additional appropriations — a 5.6 percent increase from last year. He hopes to replace $59.8 million in stimulus funds and $16.5 million in debt-service reduction. He also said another $30.9 million was necessary for operating obligations. To bolster his case, he pointed to the success of the state higher education system during the past 10 years. He said higher education will have cut $112.3 million in costs from 2009 to 2012. At the conclusion of Johnson’s presentation, Rep. Gary Banz, R-Midwest City, said he believed nobody makes the case for higher education better than Johnson, but the state will face a difficult budget year. “It’s a tough year. There’s no question about it. We’re looking at between a $500 million to 600 million budget shortfall,” Banz said. Johnson said although it will be tough, his obligation is to work with institutions to make the case. The Legislature has been good about prioritizing in recent years, Johnson said. In addition to discussing the state system’s budget request, Johnson also outlined other priorities in higher education, which include funding for bond payments to clear the $267 million backlog for the endowed chairs program, opposing concealed weapons on campus and protecting the Promise Scholarship Program and the State Regents’ tuition-setting authority. The presentation was the sixth stop on Johnson’s legislative tour and about 90 people attended his speech. Although the audience was composed mostly of regents and administrators from four colleges in the Oklahoma City area, state legislators also were in attendance. Rose State College President Terry Britton said he was pleased with the attendance and happy to host the event and show off his campus. He said he had heard Johnson outline the year’s legislative goals at another event, but he learns something new every time and likes the clarity of Johnson’s message.


History junior Drew Slagle de-ices his car Thursday afternoon in the Traditions East parking lot after the overnight winter weather. Ice built up on cars and roads across campus in the early morning and resulted in canceled classes.

Not all students receive class cancellation alert OU’s emergency notification system did not text some students who had not signed up for the website CARMEN FORMAN The Oklahoma Daily


lasses were canceled on all three OU campuses Thursday, but many students awoke without notification from university administration. OU employs an emergency communication system intended to send text messages in the event of an emergency, such as a school shooting, or in this case, canceled classes. The emergency-communication system was used at 6:55 a.m. Thursday, university spokesman Chris Shilling said. “A s o f n o w , O U [ I n f o r m a t i o n Technology] is reviewing the logs from this morning’s inclement weather messages to ensure that the emergency communication system performed as intended,” Shilling said in an e-mail. He said a text message about the cancellation was sent to those who had signed up for the system.

But photography junior Carli Lewis said although she has received text messages from the university in the past, she received nothing Thursday morning. “I don’t know why I didn’t get a text message, but I didn’t find out [that school was cancelled] until way later,” Lewis said. Lewis said she found out classes were cancelled when a friend told her he saw the update on OU’s website. Students and employees can sign-up to receive emergency text message alerts at Students must enter their full ten-digit phone number on the website if they wish to be notified. Within 24 hours, those registered will receive a text message asking them to confirm the activation. In order to confirm the activation, they must reply to the text message with “Y SOONER.” If anyone decides at a later point they do not want to receive emergency communication notifications, they can text “STOP SOONER” or “QUIT SOONER” to 23177. At the website, they also can choose to add their e-mail address as a means of receiving notifications.

›››› Sooner Sampler: What did you do on your day off from class? “I slept in and watched ‘Modern Family.’” ANNIE DELSIGNORE, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE FRESHMAN

“I slept in and went for a drive.” AUSTIN DONNELL, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE FRESHMAN

“I slept in until noon and had a two-hour lunch.”

Campus cleanup complete Author to address Middle East issues

Facilities Management director warns students to be alert for ice in isolated areas of campus

The Center for Middle East Studies is bringing a noted author with insight on the situation in the Middle East to speak on campus. Author Graham E. Fuller will speak at 5 p.m. Monday in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Meacham Auditorium. Fuller is the former vice-chairman of the National Intelligence Council and is coming to OU to discuss his book, “A World Without Islam.” It’s important to bring Fuller to OU because of his international knowledge, said Nur Uysal, event organizer. “It is a chance of a lifetime to get to see him and ask him questions,” Uysal said. Fuller’s talk will provide students insight into the war on terror, said Joshua Landis, The Center for Middle East Studies director. “The U.S. has spent well over a trillion dollars on the war on terror, and Graham Fuller will tell why much of that money has been misspent,” Landis said.


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he OU Facilities Management and the Landscape and Grounds Department directors said they were pleased with the pace of campus cleanup in the wake of Wednesday night’s winter storm. Most of the cleanup operation was finished by 10 a.m., Facilities Management Director Brian Ellis said.

The Landscape and Grounds Department monitored the weather leading up to the storm and put down salt on high-traffic areas before the storm hit, said Allen King, department director. “At around 4 a.m. we had crews ... working on the steps, stairs and handicapped ramps around the residential areas on campus,” King said. Ellis warned students, faculty and staff that even after the completion of the cleanup, there may still be isolated patches of ice on campus sidewalks and shortcuts. “We can’t cover every square inch of campus, so be alert where you’re stepping to ensure conditions are safe,” Ellis said.


“I spent time hanging out with friends before school starts.” LAUREN DAVIS, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE FRESHMAN

OU College of Law to host Pre-Law Day for American Indian students interested in law A Feb. 12 event sponsored by three Oklahoma law colleges will provide interested Native American students insight into future law academics and careers. The Native American Pre-Law Day is free and will bring in American Indian lawyers and law students to the OU College of Law to share their experiences with undergraduate students. The event also will include information regarding admission and financial aid for law school, according to a press release.

A LOOK AT WHAT’S ON AAlthough the hot cocoa was nice, The Daily’s Margo Basse says the unexpected day off came too early

The event is sponsored a grant from the Law School Admission Council and also is being hosted by OU’s College of Law, Oklahoma City University School of Law, the University of Tulsa College of Law and the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, according to a press release. Although the event is free, there are limited slots available.

» Native American Pre-Law Day will be 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 12 at OU’s College of Law To register, contact Brittany Mayes at 405325-8521 or e-mail

— Alyssa Dudek/The Daily

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THUMBS UP ›› Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson asks state Legislature for $115 million

Jared Rader, opinion editor • phone: 405-325-3666


Canceling classes costs students more than cash When news spread about canceled lighten the load as a result of inclement classes Thursday morning, it’s reasonable weather — instead, we just start the semesto believe most students were pleasantly ter behind. surprised. However, in a state that only receives Sleeping in and watching silly YouTube bad weather two to three times a year, it’s videos is always fun, but by noon not necessary to have the sun had come out and the sand tr uck fleets the roads were fine for driving. size of Minnesota’s and Students pay set A few colleges — the University Wisconsin’s. tuition and fees of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Instead of investing in for classes and State University’s Oklahoma City large fleets, the state saves when you divide it money by closing public campus and Oklahoma Christian out over 16 weeks, offices and institutions University — had predicted roads each day missed would thaw and decided to open during bad weather. after noon, while OU students We aren’t trying to uncan cost residents had the entire day off. dermine the university’s more than $25.” Believe it or not, opting to candecision to close — icy cel classes has a downside. roads caused at least two Students pay set tuition and fees for fatalities Thursday morning — but it is time classes, and when you divide it out over 16 to reevaluate what kind of weather warrants weeks, each day missed can cost residents full campus closure. NEIL MCGLOHON/THE DAILY more than $25. Ice partially covers a campus In our experience, most professors don’t Comment on this column at sidewalk Thursday afternoon.


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What happened to OU’s e-mail alerts? I just wanted to ask, by way of the editorial page, why it is that the university is capable of sending out (over the course of one day alone!) an e-mail from Student Housing (which doesn’t apply to me), one about study abroad opportunities (also inapplicable to me), two copies of the same e-mail about the emergency response system, two copies of the same message about mid-semester courses and four copies of the same “This Weekend @ Your University” e-mail (which borders on spamming) — but seems incapable or unwilling to send out an e-mail about, say, the university being closed? Text messages cost money, which is why many of us opt out of the system, and putting it on the home page is not exactly a triumph of communications genius (are they under the misapprehension that the student body eagerly checks the home page on a regular basis?). Useless, unwanted information, they can get to me no matter how hard I try to stop them from doing so. Important and relevant information, they seem determined to keep under wraps. Good going, OU. — Landon W. Schurtz, philosophy graduate student

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Local hip-hop artist raps ‘to inspire children’ Rapper uses past to connect with at-risk children living in similar situations as he did

His attitude hasn’t changed much since then, as all the children got a free copy of his recent album “Lucky Me” for Christmas a month ago. MATT CARNEY “He’s so able to relate to them,” said Bross ,who praised The Oklahoma Daily the rapper’s work ethic and disciplinary skills with the kids. “They really respect him.” Jabee Williams was only 7 years old when he learned the A sample from Kanye West’s “Good Life” open shock value of hip-hop. “Imagination,” the third track from “Lucky Me.” He adopts “You know who Bushwick Bill is?” he asked from across Kanye’s adolescent hopes for piled-up money and bright the little white table in the corner of Sara Sara Cupcakes, not lights, transforming them into his own vision of a healed far from the east side of Oklahoma City where he grew up. neighborhood: “Ain’t no love in this city, I imagine that there I nodded, hazily aware of the most famous member of the is if I can dream it I can make it, see it I can take it.” Geto Boys, a depressed, alcoholic midget. Jabee expressed himself the same way he does in his hip“They had an album cover — he’d shot himself — they hop: with frank positivism, even in dire, terrible circumwent to the hospital and shot the album cover right after stance. He lost his younger brother to gang violence in the he’d shot himself,” Jabee said. “You see that picture of him neighborhood where he grew up, but he doesn’t advertise on the gurney, with the bullet wound in his face and listen- that to bolster a gangster reputation. Instead, he acknowling to “Mind Playing Tricks on Me,” he was edged the potential everybody has for evil, talking about Halloween and stuff like that himself included. cause he was real graphic.” “I came from the same gun that killed One of Oklahoma’s most talented and acmy bro, grew up with the same folks that complished rappers, Jabee has rejected gangkilled him though,” he raps in the openWHAT: Jabee opening sterism and violence in his own song writing, ing of “Don’t Forget About Me,” a short for The Cool Kids a choice that’s helped to change hundreds of but standout rap from his “Must Be Nice” Oklahoma City middle schoolers’ lives for mixtape. WHEN: 8 tonight the better, said Masie Bross, director of Whiz I ask him why he doesn’t just record Kids, an inner-city tutoring program. Christian hip-hop and his focus sharpWHERE: The Farmer’s “They just follow him and love him,” Bross ens, like he’s been thinking hard about just Public Market, 311 S. said. “You can see why; he’s like a rock star that. Klein Ave., Oklahoma City to them.” “When you get saved, Christian musiJabee works as the coordinator for The cians do this, they say: ‘Who do you listen PRICE: $18 Club, the middle school division of Whiz to?’ And you say, ‘Man, I listen to Mos Def’. Kids, where he spends time with at-risk chilThen they say, ‘Well, the Christian version INFO: dren at Taft Middle School and John Marshall of him is this.’ To me, that’s whack, man. Mid-High School. Many of them from the That’s not original, you don’t have your same neighborhood where he grew up. identity,” Jabee said. “We help them with their homework and Jabee backed up a little to clarify that he we do a Bible devotional,” he said of the program, which doesn’t have anything against Christian rap. is partnered with a pair of churches in the area, Northwest “Not that that’s wrong — I’ve done that. But my purpose Baptist and Crossroads Community. is different,” he said. He’s been mentoring for eight years. “They have different He sees his purpose in hip-hop just the same as when he activities like basketball, cooking, stuff like that,” he said. goes into Taft and John Marshall to spend time with chil“I do it because someone did it for me, and if someone dren. He’s not perfect but that’s not the point. hadn’t reached out to me, I would probably be dead or in “They want somebody who understands you, somejail,” Jabee told aboveGround magazine in 2009. body who’s real,” he said of the secular audience. “I feel like

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Local rapper Jabee poses for a photo Tuesday at Sara Sara Cupcakes in Oklahoma City. Jabee will open for Chicago-based hip-hop duo The Cool Kids tonight in Oklahoma City.

if I were a Christian rapper, I’d be fake. It wouldn’t be real, man.” Jabee has immediate plans for “Lucky Me” that include a re-up with extra songs, new songs and remixes released this summer, and a proper full-length album in the near future, as well as an appearance at South By Southwest music festival and conference in the spring. “I’ve got a long way to go, and I’m not where I’d like to be,” he says. “But I’m grateful for everything.”

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Senior raises game to match name Roethlisberger hopes to emulate former Sooner star’s on-court presence ANNELISE RUSSELL The Oklahoma Daily

When people start throwing out the name Amanda Thompson, you are clearly doing something right. Senior forward Carlee Roethlisberger, known more for her last name than her play on the court, finally has some people taking notice. OU faces Kansas on the road Sunday, and Roethlisberger’s improved defensive intensity around the boards and shot selection could not come at a better time. The senior from Ohio is averaging more than seven rebounds a game and 6.4 points in conference play, and though she has a long way to go, there is a similarity between her and Thompson, a former Sooner standout. “[Thompson] brought energy and could rebound offensively and defensively like no other, so it’s an honor that someone would say that,” Roethlisberger said. Thompson averaged a double-double her final season with the Sooners, but her contribution was more than just the point totals; it was intensity and drive. “Coach talks about this all the time — that when we’d be down, don’t have energy or just missing shots, Amanda would always come up with a big play,” Roethlisberger said. “Such an amazing player like Amanda, just how


Senior forward Carlee Roethlisberger (left) fights for a loose ball against a Texas Tech player in the Sooners’ 71-61 win over the Lady Raiders on Wednesday. Roethlisberger said she strives to have the same drive and intensity as former Sooner Amanda Thompson.

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aggressive and tough she was — that’s what I strive for.” And while Roethlisberger’s contributions aren’t always accurately shown on the record books, she’s finding a role for herself — a role kind of like Thompson’s. “Whether it’s taking a charge or helping down on a screen, that just kind of gets somebody going,” she said.

“I think that’s the little stuff that doesn’t show up on the stat sheet.” She will have the opportunity to bring that toughness to Lawrence, Kan., where she may see some time in the paint with the Jayhawk post players. “There’s some big girls in there, so I think it’s just being smart, readying the shot and just crashing to


OU to start with Shockers Oklahoma opens spring play with best preseason ranking since 2005 JOSH HELMER The Oklahoma Daily

OU’s women’s tennis team hosts Wichita State at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion after a strong fall campaign. OU enters the spring season at No. 39, its highest preseason ranking since 2005 (No. 26). The Sooners were not ranked in the top 75 at the start of last spring. “Our preseason ranking shows how far we have come in a short time,” OU coach Dave Mullins said. “It is nice that we received recognition from coaches around the country.” Mullins said he and the team understand preseason rankings mean very little once the season gets underway. “It is a good starting point for us, but we hope to continue moving in the right direction in the next few months,” Mullins said. Senior Ana-Maria Constantinescu and freshman Alice Radu are ranked 31st in the doubles preseason poll. The pair went 5-1 during the fall, winning the 2010 Central Region double

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Senior Ana-Maria Constantinescu (pictured) and the women’s tennis team face Wichita State in its spring home opener Sunday. championship Oct. 25 in Fayetteville, Ark. At the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Indoor Championships in November, Constantinescu and Radu notched an 8-4 win over 58th-ranked Kristie Ahn and Nicole Gibbs of Stanford in the 16th round. The OU duo’s only doubles

loss came against top-ranked Mari Andersson and Jana Juricova of Cal, 9-7. Constantinescu and Radu will face Wichita State’s highly touted freshmen duo, Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul and Carla Venticinque, who lost a pair of doubles matches in the Shockers’ opener last weekend.

get the ball,” Roethlisberger said. Undersized for a post, her rebounding ability allows coach Sherri Coale to play her at the five spot and test typically slower defenders. On the other side of the court, Roethlisberger’s ability to pull defenders out of the paint, shoot from outside or drive is a plus, she said. And working KU’s post players is what her team needs on Sunday. “It’s not the baskets that you’re making a lot of the time — even sometimes not the rebounds — but just little things that can get your team going,” Roethlisberger

said. “To be able to get in there and get fouled, especially against Kansas with their post being so good, if we can get them in foul trouble, that would be good.” OU tips early against Kansas — 12:30 p.m. — and Roethlisberger said the team likely won’t get into the gym for as many shots as they would like. But when it comes to game time, that shouldn’t matter. “It’s always tough going on the road and trying to get used to the baskets, but great players and great teams get those things done, and you can’t let that affect you,” she said.

Sooners seek 2nd Big 12 win The OU men’s basketball team is gearing up for a battle against the Colorado Buffaloes at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Lloyd Noble Center. Oklahoma is coming off its first conference win this season, while the Buffaloes (14-5, 3-1 Big 12) are coming off their first conference loss. OU is 9-1 in Norman this season and hopes to continue its winning ways. In order for the Sooners to pull out the win, they will have to defend the Buffaloes on the perimeter. Colorado’s leading scorers are sophomore guard Alec Burks (19.8 points per game), the conference’s secondleading scorer, and senior guard Cory Higgins (16.2 ppg), the ninth-leading scorer in the conference. The pair could cause problems for the Sooners, whose guard play has been rag-tag all season. Oklahoma will have to rely on the inside scoring of sophomore forward Andrew Fitzgerald. His play, along with consistent outside shooting from sophomore guard Steven Pledger and senior guard Cade Davis, will be key to an OU victory. The game will air on the Big 12 Network (KOCB Ch. 34 in OKC; KJRH Ch. 2 in Tulsa; ESPN Full Court) and — Jordan Marks/The Daily

The Oklahoma Daily  

Friday, January 20, 2011

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