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Low membership hurts scholarships oZONE makes it difficult for honor society to recruit students, leaders say

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2008 enrollment — 515 students 2009 enrollment — 285 students* 2010 enrollment — 360 students

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A national honor society offering scholarships to undergraduates is experiencing problems locating potential members due to a recent software conversion. Alpha Lambda Delta membership is available to students who achieve a minimum 3.5 GPA their first year on campus; however, following OU’s 2009 switch to oZONE, members of the society have reported difficulties accessing the information of eligible students. Alpha Lambda Delta’s membership has


Alumnus to offer Soviet history lecture for students

*Year OU implemented oZONE — Source: Jordan Naylor, Alpha Lambda Delta president

dropped 43 percent since 2009, and the group could face loss of scholarships if the trend continues, faculty adviser Alice Lanning said. “We depend on the university to supply us with the information for whether or

not students qualify,” Lanning said. “With the change in student information systems from [a customer information control system] to oZONE it’s difficult accessing that information.” The switch has caused decreases in enrollment for the honor society, but leaders aren’t upset with the system, Alpha Lambda Delta President Jordan Naylor said. “This is one of those things that you are going to have to deal with when you develop a new system,” Naylor said. The Alpha Lambda Delta National Council claims an endowment of more than $3 million that provides undergraduate scholarships of up to $3,000 to more than 260 member institutions, according to its website.

ONLINE AT OUDAILY.COM » Link: View Alpha Lambda Delta membership qualifications and apply until Feb. 16

Naylor said the OU chapter awarded $6,000 in scholarships last year. “In the past, we have sent letters to the students and a copy to their parents, and typically we get a lot of responses,” Lanning said. “The national organization allows us to apply for national scholarships based on how many new members we have each year.” Alpha Lambda Delta will accept spring membership applications until Feb. 16.

“You get attached (to the dogs), but in the end you have to think about how it’s going to change a person’s life.” — JESSICA KINSEY, NEW LEASH ON LIFE TRAINER

An OU alumnus will give a free lecture about Soviet history at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Frontier Room. Paul R. Gregory will present “Politics, Murder and Love in Stalin’s Kremlin: The Story of Nikolai Bukharin and Anna Larina,” a story about two lovers in Stalin’s Russia, according to a press release. Gregory earned two degrees from the OU College of Arts and Sciences and funded an endowment to support a lecture program in his name, professor Emily Johnson said. For more information, contact Johnson at 405-325-1486.

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Early bird gets financial aid for law school

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Student group meetings required, open to public The Council of Student Organizations will hold its spring 2011 meetings at 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Regents and Associates rooms. A representative from each student organization on campus is required to attend this mandatory meeting on one of two nights, said Tolu Adenuga, council coordinator. However, he said the meeting also is open to the public. The council meets once a semester to bring student organizations together to learn about campus resources available to them, according to a press release. Adenuga wasn’t able to say what weight the council holds to make attendance mandatory or how this policy is enforced.

Group raises cash for clinic Students join educational sponsors to provide Norman residents with medical care

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Students seeking financial aid for law school for fall 2011 are encouraged to start their financial aid packet early, a pre-law adviser says. All schools have different criteria for financial aid and each school will have a deadline which students should take note of, said Elizabeth Base, pre-law adviser. Base said she urges students to begin the process now because schools will give first consideration to those who apply early. If students are unsure which school they want to attend, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, allows students to list up to 10 schools, Base said. Planning ahead is important for securing a law school loan, Base said. Students can obtain the free financial aid form and more information online at www.fafsa. or from OU’s Financial Aid office in Buchanan Hall.



Special-needs dog trainer Jessica Kinsey sits on the couch witih her dog-in-traning, Ben, on Monday afternoon. Kinsey volunteers with A New Leash on Life, a nonprofit organization that trains dogs to care for those in need.

Students train service dogs for care group BY JENNIFER DELANEY The Oklahoma Daily

How to get involved Want to help but cannot commit to training a dog for a year? A New Leash on Life is always looking for volunteers. The organization needs people to groom dogs, clean kennels, take dogs for walks and file clerical work. For more information, call A New Leash on Life at 405-224-7715. — Source:

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A New Leash on Life offers volunteer opportunities to work with assistance dogs, student trainers say


t was January 2009 when Jessica Kinsey volunteered to work with a girl named Lauren who was afflicted with cerebral palsy. Lauren’s condition left her unable to perform many everyday activities, and Kinsey — with help from Lauren’s trained service dog — assisted in any way she could. Through working with Lauren and the service dog, Kinsey said she learned about A New Leash on Life, a local nonprofit organization that trains dogs to care for and assist those in need. The first time Kinsey walked into A New Leash on Life headquarters, she said she knew she had found something special. “One day I walked in and saw all the puppies; I knew I had to have one,” said Kinsey, an OU junior. “It was love.” New Leash trainers begin training an assistance dog when they are only two to three months old, Kinsey said. The trainers teach the puppies to sit, stay and pick up objects early on, while assimilating the puppies into everyday life, Kinsey said. Kinsey said she brings her trainee, Ben, to her lecture classes. “It teaches him to get used to people,” Kinsey said. “As soon as I get seated he lays down and doesn’t move throughout class.” It costs $10,000 on average to complete a dog’s training, and because the company is nonprofit all of the operational budget comes from donations, according to the organization’s website. New Leash on Life service dogs are trained to provide assistance to children and adults with disabilities or limitations, including mobility problems, hearing loss, seizures or other health issues. Once fully trained, the dogs are capable of performing tasks from picking up dropped items, opening doors or responding to a call for help, according to the website. The organization also runs a program that entrusts inmates at a correctional facility in Holdenville to train shelter dogs into dogs people can adopt, said Barbara Lewis, New Leash founder. “It’s a great chance for individuals with disabilities to increase their independence,” Lewis said. Lewis, who has trained dogs for 25 years, said her passion and dedication stem from the love for her work. After trainers have been with their dog for a year, they part ways and send the dogs away for a second tier of training. OU law student Grant Frankfurt, a dog trainer who will give up his assistance dog this week, said the temporary situation with A New Leash on Life has benefits for college students. “It allows college students the opportunity to raise and own a puppy but without the long-term commitment,” Frankfurt said. As Kinsey nears the one-year mark with Ben, she said it will be hard to part with him, but she understands. “Of course I’ll miss him — it’s hard,” Kinsey said. “You get attached, but in the end you have to think about how it’s going to change a person’s life, and that’s what I am here to do.”

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An OU student organization focused on medical ethics has donated nearly $2,000 during the past two semesters to a Norman-based free health-care clinic. The Medical Ethics and Issue Discussion Panel is a student organization that provides students the chance to learn about current medical topics, organization president Niekia Franklin said. Phy s i c i a n s and professors generally lead the group’s discussions and TIME: 6 to 7 p.m. o f f e r e x p e r- Feb. 1, 15 tise to students March: 1, 5, 29 exploring the April 12, 26 issues, said Franklin, zool- PLACE: Henderson-Tolson ogy junior. The organi- Cultural Center zation donated almost $800 to Health for Friends in spring 2010 and $1,055 in fall 2010, and the two organizations have had a strong bond for the past two years, zoology junior David Ahrabizad said. The money donated to Health for Friends was raised through member donations, philanthropy dues, and support from Kaplan and the Pr inceton Review, two of the organization’s principle sponsors, Franklin said. Health for Friends has led discussions for the organization and allows one member from the group to volunteer each day during the semester, Ahrabizad said. Health for Friends has functioned as a clinic for uninsured, low-income Norman residents since 1985, according to its website. “We continue to raise and donate funds to this great organization because as volunteers we experience firsthand the immense impact [Health for Friends] has on the community,” said Rachelle David, zoology biomedical sciences senior. The discussion panel has plans to hold a fundraising week later this semester and hopes it can raise more money than it has donated thus far, David said. He said the discussion panel will continue supporting Health for Friends for as long as it continues to serve residents in need of health care.

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THUMBS UP ›› Student group donates nearly $2,000 to Norman nonprofit health clinic (see page 1)

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


Fee consolidation a bad move If you picked up Thursday’s paper, you might have noticed the thumbs up we gave to a decision the OU Board of Regents made about student fees at Wednesday’s regents meeting. The Board of Regents is the official governing body of the university and makes decisions that impact students — including fees. At the meeting, the regents decided to eliminate more than 1,800 course-specific fees, consolidating them into 12 collegespecific fees. Under this new system, students will pay a flat fee per credit hour. The fees range from $8 per credit hour in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education to $26 per credit hour for courses in the Right now, Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass the fees are already Communication. What this means is vague. Now, when you look at your it will be bursar bill, the numereven harder ous fees for things like college activities, buildto track down where ing renovations, reequipment and your money search speakers and symposia is spent.” will be rolled into one lump sum. In the rush of meeting deadlines, this idea of consolidation sounded like a good one to us, so we gave it a tip of the hat. However, in retrospect, we realized this is actually a very bad idea. Right now, the fees are already vague, with names like “academic excellence fee,” “events fee,” “enrichment fee” and “assessment fee.” Now, it will be even harder to track down where your money is spent. It seems to us the regents are putting up a wall to make fees harder to understand. OU President David Boren said this decision came about in response to the “request of students, parents and virtually everyone.” This is strange because we haven’t heard anything about a call to consolidate fees. Students have complained about paying


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multiple, undefined fees but haven’t necessarily been asking for a consolidation of those fees. A more helpful approach would be to simply detail in bursar bills exactly how much specific courses cost, and what other fees, like “academic excellence,” actually apply to.


It might mean a longer bursar bill, but the transparency would be helpful for students trying to make sure their money is well spent. As Boren said during the meeting, tuition is expected to increase this year because of insufficient state funds. In addition, technology fees will increase 10

percent because they have been frozen for the past two years. Students need to have the ability to easily track their money, because every penny counts these days.

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Novel dark look at young adult life “ Fa l l Fo r A n y t h i n g ” by C o u r t n e y Summers was released Dec. 21. This teen novel is about the struggles of a young girl named Eddie Reeves who lost her father, Seth, to suicide. Reeves wants to answer the question of why her father committed suicide. Narrated by Reeves — a 17-year-old high school senior — the setting cultivates the new world Reeves is forced to live in. It is a world where, not only is her father gone, but in place of her father, Beth, her mom’s best friend, moves in with Reeves and her mom after her father’s death. Beth and Eddie do not get along, and Beth’s relentless nagging drives Reeves to near insanity. Luckily, Reeves has the undivided attention of Milo, her best friend. But their relationship becomes strained after her father’s death. “We don’t talk. It’s quiet between us lately. All the time. Sometimes I’m afraid my dad’s death has stolen whatever sparked between us back in second grade,” Reeves says. Still emotionally voided by her father’s death, without a best friend to talk to about it and pressed for answers, Reeves seeks refuge in a new friend, Culler Evans. Culler Evans was Reeves’ father’s photography student. Though the two had just met, their instant connection through Reeves’ father ties them together. Together, Evans and Reeves try to unlock the mystery of her father’s suicide and answer that one nagging question. Through six black-and-white photographs in various locations stacked neatly in a little taped black box that Seth had made before the night of his death, Evans and Reeves find clues to Reeves’ father’s suicide. Etched on an old piece of rotting wood, in one of Evan’s photos taken of the first photograph — a barn — are two words that send Reeves into a whirlwind of unanswered

OU to feature dessert, edible art during annual Chocolate Festival The 29th annual Chocolate Festival will be held 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 5 in OU’s Forum Building. The festival provides restaurants and chocolate lovers a chance to sample desserts and edible art in one location. Tickets for the festival begin at $20. Admission includes 10 samples of chocolate. Proceeds from the festival will be given to the Firehouse Art Center. For more information, contact Carla Chew at 405-3294523 or visit — RJ Young/The Daily

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questions and mysterious thoughts — “FIND ME S.R.” I liked how Summers added a plot change toward the end of the novel that I believe no reader would expect. I also like how Summers told her story through the eyes of the 17-year-old protagonist. Summers made Reeves a likable character. Reeves’ cynicism and naivety kept me entertained. This novel is great for young college students as it is dark, bold and has a few plot devices that kept the story moving briskly. Summers’ novel digs deep into a touchy subject tactfully, while maintaining the intricate details of a 17-year-old’s life. Summers’ novel is a quick read. I recommend this novel for leisure-time reading. — Danielle Landrum, University College freshman

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James Corley, sports editor • phone: 405-325-3666

Other Sooner athletics in action this weekend: Wrestling, men’s and women’s tennis, track & field, women’s basketball



OU to clash with Gophers

Sooners’ sights set on Cyclones

Sooners seek to stay unbeaten in top-10 matchup with Minnesota

Team could reach .500 in conference play with win against Iowa State on Saturday in Ames, Iowa

GREG FEWELL The Oklahoma Daily

The No. 4 Sooner men’s gymnastics team is 4-0 this season, and the team has had to beat three other ranked teams to get to this point. Rather than facing easier competition, OU keeps that trend going at 7 p.m. Saturday when it hosts No. 7 Minnesota. The Sooners started the year by winning the program’s 12th straight Rocky Mountain Open, demolishing No. 9 Nebraska, No. 13 Air Force and Arizona State in the process. Oklahoma scored a team total of 346.500, and Nebraska was next with 334.500. The men improved by scoring 358.350 to top No. 8 Ohio State by 18 points Saturday. Only two other teams — Stanford and California — have scored higher this season, and those squads are No. 1 and No. 2 in the country. While the Sooners looked impressive in their opening victory, the team looked nearly unstoppable against Ohio State.

JORDAN MARKS The Oklahoma Daily


Sophomore gymnast Troy Nitzky competes on the pommel horse during OU’s win against Ohio State on Saturday in Norman. Nitzky and the Sooners host No. 7 Minnesota this Saturday. OU won every team event title and five of six individual event titles. Jacob Dalton won his second all-around title in as many meets. The sophomore claimed the individual title on vault, parallel bars and high bar, while also setting a new OU record on vault (16.550). Dalton also was named the College Gymnastics Association National Gymnast of the Week for his

efforts, in addition to weekly conference honors. Senior Steven Legendre had a big night for the Sooners against the Buckeyes, scoring 16.250 to win floor and 16.000 to finish second on the vault. Sophomore Alex Naddour grabbed OU’s fifth individual title with 15.250 on the pommel horse. Minnesota has had success early this year, and most

recently the team showed it can compete with the best in the country by finishing just behind third-ranked Illinois. The Gophers also beat Nebraska handily in the same meet. The Sooners have at least one athlete ranked in the top 10 of all six events, so the team’s confidence is high despite tough upcoming competition.

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1. OU (60.225) 2. Stanford (60.050) 3. Illinois (59.450) 4. Michigan (57.750) 5. Penn St. (57.267)

1. Illinois (57.150) 2. Stanford (57.125) 3. California (57.000) ... 6. OU (55.525)

1. Penn St. (59.800) 2. Stanford (59.750) 3. OU (58.925) 4. California (58.500) 5. Ohio St. (57.400)

1. OU (63.775) 2. Illinois (63.100) 3. Minnesota (62.900) 4. Stanford (62.825) 5. California (62.525)

1. California (59.300) 2. Illinois (58.300) 3. Stanford (57.400) 4. OU (56.900) 5. Michigan (56.450)

1. California (59.775) 2. Stanford (59.400) 3. Illinois (58.850) 4. OU (57.075) 5. Michigan (56.850) — Source: NCAA

The OU men’s basketPlayers to watch ball team looks to continue its recent Big 12 success OKLAHOMA and win its first road game » Year: since the 2009-10 season Sophomore at 8 p.m. Saturday against Iowa State in Ames, Iowa. » Position: Oklahoma has won its Guard last two games, bringing its record to 10-9 overall, » Hometown: Carl 2-3 in conference play. Houston, Texas Blair The Sooners will face a Cyclone team that startAveraging 6.8 points, 4.5 ed the season 13-2 before assists and 2.2 rebounds per conference play but has game this season since gone 1-5 in the Big 12. In its last home game, Iowa IOWA STATE State lost to Texas Tech, 92-83, on Wednesday. » Year: The Sooners will be Senior charged w ith slow ing » Position: down the high-spaced ofGuard fense of Iowa State, especially senior guard Diante » Hometown: Garrett, the fifth-leading Milwaukee, Wis. Diante scorer in the Big 12, avGarrett eraging 17.4 points per Averaging 17.8 points, 5.9 game. assists and 3.8 rebounds per Opposite Garret, OU game this season sophomore guard Carl Blair will look to feed off his success of late. Blair is coming off of a 13-point, seven-assist performance against Colorado on Saturday. He is the fifth-leading assist man in the Big 12. In Oklahoma’s last win, senior guard Cade Davis made a few hustle plays that sparked life into the Sooners, and he’ll likely have to raise the team’s energy level again Saturday. If the Sooners do not win this road test, it will only be harder for them to get a road win down the back stretch of conference play.

The Oklahoma Daily  

Friday, January 28, 2011

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