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Chase ends in Cale Gundy’s front yard Suspects flee from officers in Moore with stolen vehicle, say police CASEY WILSON Daily Staff Writer

A police chase in Moore that turned into a manhunt in Norman ended near the residence of OU football coach Cale Gundy. The incident began around 9 a.m. Wednesday when one suspect, Jill Trent, entered the Tinker Federal Credit Union in Moore and attempted to pass a forged check,

said Jeremy Lewis, Moore Police Department spokesman. Lewis said an off-duty Moore police officer who was working at the credit union became suspicious of the woman. The off-duty officer requested for a Moore Police officer to come and investigate the vehicle in which Trent had arrived. Officers discovered the vehicle had been reported as stolen, Lewis said. Lewis said when officers attempted to make contact with vehicle driver Dustin Vanderpool, he and two passengers,

Christina Mabrey and Jeremiah Fisher, fled from the scene in the vehicle. Lewis said officers chased the vehicle south to Norman. The suspects abandoned the vehicle near the Brookhaven Edition in Norman and then fled on foot. One suspect, Mabrey, was found in the vehicle. The other suspects were arrested 20 minutes later in the front yard of Gundy’s home. The suspects had attempted to enter Gundy’s home through the back door, Lewis said. Gundy did not have a statement regarding

the incident, said Kenny Mossman, OU athletic communications director. Truman Elementary School was placed on lockdown due to the manhunt’s proximity to the school, said Jennifer Newell, Norman Police Department spokeswoman. Norman Police provided additional officers and a canine to assist with the manhunt, Newell said. Moore Police, Norman Police, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department and the District 21 Task Force participated in the chase, Lewis said.

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Aviation sophomore Tom Bishop logs his flight Tuesday. Bishop said he was disappointed about the increase in tuition fees.

Students not discouraged by fee increases ranging from $57 to $611 AUDREY HARRIS Daily Staff Writer

The OU Board of Regents approved increases for nine course fees for aviation students during their last meeting in January. The increases range from $57 to $611 per course. The majority of the courses will increase by about $300, and the fees will go into effect fall 2010, Aviation Department Director Ken Carson said by e-mail. The fees will address increases in the cost of fuel and parts occurring in the aviation industry as well as salaries for OU’s certified flight instructors, Carson said. In addition to an increase in the costs of parts, petroleum costs spiked in early 2009. Petroleum costs have now stabilized, but averages of the

stabilized costs were still higher than the course fees in place, Carson said. “A number of college aviation programs nationwide have increased their flight fees significantly during the last two years as fuel and parts costs have increased,” Carson said. “We deliberately decided not to immediately pass increased fuel/parts costs on to students through increased fees in hopes that these increases were temporary spikes.” Carson said the department’s approach is “no longer sustainable” given the current aviation environment. The increase in fees will help to better account for current fuel prices in the cost per flight hour. The department briefed the fee increases to the Aviation Student Advisory Board, a 12-member board that meets several times a year to provide input on department curriculum and regulations, Carson said. In compliance with university and UOSA policies, the aviation department

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also held an open all-student session early in the fall semester to go over the increases and why they are occurring, Carson said. Andrew Steinle, vice president of the Sooner Aviation Club and an aviation professional pilot sophomore, said the increases have been a long time coming. “They’ve been considering raising the fees for several years now,” Steinle said. “It’s kind of something that’s expected with the cost of fuel and inflation. It’s just bound to go up at some point.” Tom Bishop, aviation professional pilot sophomore, is also an (officer) in the Sooner Aviation Club. Despite the fee increases, Bishop said he’s not going anywhere. “It’s not going to make me go anywhere, because the program is so good,” Bishop said. “I’m in it for the long run.” Both Bishop and Steinle said they understand the need for the fee increases. AVIATION CONTINUES ON PAGE 2

Area residents get sneak peak of Porter Avenue future Proposals include making street three lanes to accommodate bike traffic CASEY PARVIN Daily Staff Writer

Possible plans for the future of the Porter Avenue corridor were showcased Wednesday. The presentation focused on the options for possible streetscape designs of Porter Avenue. Streetscape is the public right of way and includes sidewalks, curbs, bike racks and lights, said Susan Atkinson, project manager for the Porter Corridor

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Project. Atkinson asked the attendees if they thought Porter Avenue should have a distinct identity or if the design should tie into other Norman streets. “We like getting input from the community about design issues,” Atkinson said. “If we were to create the public’s living room, what would it look like?” The presentation included nine material boards with information stretching from widths of sidewalks to the types of pavement. Striped bike lanes are not an option for the Porter Corridor because the street isn’t wide enough, Atkinson said. PORTER CONTINUES ON PAGE 2

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Susan Atkinson, product manager for the Porter corridor project, talks about possible city street scape for Porter Avenue. © 2009 OU PUBLICATIONS BOARD

OU students volunteered themselves to be auctioned at the College Republicans Date Auction to raise money for the student organization. Participants traded in their U.S. currency for “stimulus dollars” to purchase dates with OU students. “[Stimulus Dollars] are like tokens at the arcade except you can change them back in for real money at the end of the night,” said James Braid, College Republicans member and University College freshman. Following the auction, winning bidders had their date at an ice cream social in the Regents Room of the Union. In addition to the auction, a table was set up to register voters, sign people up for College Republicans, give out stickers and sell College Republicans T-shirts. Shirts were sold for $10 apiece or $20 for two shirts and free membership into College Republicans. The dates were not all Republicans. Bethany Gerber, industrial engineering junior, is not politically active and doesn’t associate herself with either party but she donated herself to the auction because she’s friends with College Republicans members. The money raised will help the organization hold events on campus as well as helping pay for some members to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. “We’ll learn new and different methods on conservative political action [at the conference],” said Daniel Swanson, chairman of the College Republicans. The money also will go toward “Global Cooling Day” when College Republicans will hand out free sno-cones from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13 on the South Oval, Swanson said. Swanson called the “Global Cooling Day” a “tongue in cheek event” with no real political message. Trey Wylie is a histor y sophomore, and a Republican. He said that because of the event, he would ACTIVISM CONTINUES ON PAGE 2

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Porter Continues from page 1 The proposed material boards featured a three-lane road, including a center turn lane. Atkinson said this would make Porter bike friendly, but there would not be painted stripes. Along with making room for bicycle traffic, a clear identification line to distinguish commercial and housing area needs to be made, said

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Susan Connors, director of Planning and Community Development. The streetscape designs mark phase two of the Porter Avenue Corridor Project. The Norman City Council will vote on the plans in April, Connors said. Budget discussions will take place at that time. With the material boards focusing on streetscape design, Debbie Farris, administrative manager at the Weather Center, said she was more concerned about the flow of traffic than the beautification of Porter. “I drive from northeast Norman

Activism Continues from page 1 like to join the College Republicans. “I think it’s pretty cool that they do fundraisers like this,” Wylie said. The next College Republicans meeting will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Frontier Room of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. For more information on College Republicans contact Swanson at OklahomaCR@gmail.com. YOUNG DEMS Mayor Cindy Rosenthal encouraged the OU Young Democrats club to become politically active in Norman Wednesday night. Approximately 20 students attended the meeting in the Sooner Room of the Union where Rosenthal fielded questions about Norman. She said Norman is doing very well through the economic crisis. Rosenthal attributed the city’s success to a good management team, lean staff and a watchful city council. “We are a very well-managed city. We are not in any funding crisis ... We’re in good shape coming into this period,” Rosenthal said. Local politics often get overlooked in lieu of national politics, but they are actually very important to our lives, said Grant McLoughlin, OU Young Democrats president. “National politics may grab the headlines

to campus every day on Porter,” Farris said. “I’m concerned about the businesses on Porter and what is going to happen to them. And I’m worried about football traffic. Depending on the decision, the plan will divert traffic [off of Porter].” Depending on the city council’s decision in April, the next step is to study the traffic flow of Porter Avenue, Atkinson said. “Traffic needs to be calmed,” Atkinson said. The Porter Avenue Corridor Project started 25 years ago, and the purpose of the renovations are to

but it’s really on the local level where a lot of things get done,” McLoughlin said. “The most important part of politics is what effects us on a daily basis.” Rosenthal was optimistic about her chances in the upcoming March 2 election but encouraged Democrats to not give in to apathy. “If you get out and walk for us you’re walking for a winner. Our biggest enemy is complacency,” Rosenthal said. Rosenthal said she is doing what she can to learn about student concerns. “I teach on campus and I have a lot of involvement with students,” Rosenthal said. “Sometimes students don’t always feel like they’re welcomed into the community in the way we want them to.” To find out about student concerns, Rosenthal said an inclusive community meeting was held on campus last February. City Council members James Griffith, Ward 6, and Carol Dillingham, Ward 4, also spoke at the Young Democrats meeting. Dillingham said she attended the inclusive community meeting on campus and learned a lot from it. “I was so fortunate to be in this room full of university students ... the thing everyone wanted to know was ‘What are you going to do for me?’,” Dillingham said. She said students didn’t feel like they had any reason to stay in Norman after they graduated. Dillingham said this issue was a “huge wake-up call.” With the Porter Corridor Project, Dillingham said she would like to give students a reason to stay in Norman.

improve the quality of living for both businesses and neighborhoods, Atkinson said. The former highway 77 was a twolane road before it was repainted to accommodate four lanes, Atkinson said. She also said that the expansion of Porter Avenue was having a negative effect on the surrounding neighborhoods. In September, the Norman City Council accepted the $95,000 study done by Ochsner Hare & Hare, LLC. concerning their in-depth study of land use issues, economic

development issues and quality of life, Atkinson said “The future of Porter Avenue is not about just making a place to spend money,” Atkinson said. “This is a huge opportunity to create smoothly running nice street and serve businesses that are now there better.” Jim Gasaway, chairman of the Porter Avenue Steering Committee, said there have been eight public meetings since September to discuss the possible streetscape of Porter and more public meetings will follow with the start of phase two.

Aviation Continues from page 1 “Those fees aren’t lab fees. They include the cost of fuel for the airplane. There are so many factors going into these fees,” Bishop said. “It’s not like paying for glassware and lab goggles.” Steinle said the program will still remain one of the more affordable aviation programs at state schools. “Even with this increase, we’re still middle to the bottom of the ranks as far as costs go,” Steinle said. Carson said the department works as hard as possible to contain program costs, including by competitively shopping for parts

savings and purchasing in bulk units when possible. “No stone is left unturned to try to reduce costs for the program. However, one thing is also certain, we cannot and will not sacrifice quality of parts or safety for costs,” Carson said. According to Carson, OU’s course fees for the flying courses will remain within the average of university flight programs found within the region and the Big 12. “If I’m paying off my loans until I’m 50, at least I’ll be doing it as a professional pilot,” Bishop said.

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Askins: Law students have place in politics Lt. Gov. Jari Askins speaks to OU Law students about using their degrees in political sector CHARLES WARD Daily Staff Writer

Lt. Gov. Jari Askins said the critical thinking and problem-solving skills she learned while an OU law student have played big roles in her career. Askins spoke Wednesday at the OU College of Law as part of a “Lunch and Learn” panel, which focused on how students and lawyers can use their degrees to work in local and national politics. “Not everybody in the Legislature needs to be a lawyer, but I’m telling you, having legal experience when you’re writing laws is helpful,” said Askins, a former member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. “Just think about it: You’re making laws and there are people who don’t even know what’s going to happen to the law or how it might be applied down the road.” Askins said her life did not unfold as she had originally planned. She said she initially had no plans to go to law school while she earned her undergraduate degree in journalism at OU. Once she became a lawyer in 1980, she returned to her hometown of Duncan, with plans to work for an oil and gas firm there until she could get a job in oil and gas in Tulsa, which she said served as headquarters for several oil companies at that time. However, Askins said, she

received a call from a local judge asking her to consider an opening for special district judge. “There went my plan to leave town in two years,” she said. “I realized if I moved to Tulsa, I wasn’t going to get a phone call from a judge asking me to take an appointment because no one knew me there.” After eight years on the bench, Askins lost a bid for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, but received an appointment to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board. She said her eight years on the bench allowed her to learn about her role on the board quickly. Askins later ran again for the State House and won, and later was elected lieutenant governor. She is now running in Oklahoma’s Democratic gubernatorial primary. Stephen Cortés and Amanda Miles joined Askins on the panel. Cortés is general counsel for Gov. Brad Henry, while Miles worked for several years as a congressional staffer in Washington, D.C. “Working for the governor is one of those jobs where you’ll probably never, ever practice that kind of law anywhere else, no matter where you go,” Cortés said. He described the governor’s legal team, which includes Cortés and two deputies, as a law firm with just one client. “And that’s the governor,” he said. “It’s not the state of Oklahoma, it’s not the employees in an office, it’s really not even the people of

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Stephen Cortés, general counsel for Gov. Brad Henry, addresses a “Lunch and Learn” panel Wednesday in the Sneed Lounge at the OU College of Law. Cortés spoke as part of a panel discussing how law students can use their degrees to in careers in government work. Lt. Gov. Jari Askins and Amanda Miles, a former U.S. Congressional staffer, also sat on the panel. Oklahoma. My client is the governor, period.” One of the general counsel’s main duties is to review legislation before the governor signs or vetoes it, Cortés said. He also said he drafts executive orders. “About the worst thing I have to do is participate in executions,” he said. “That’s not fun at all.” Cortés said the atmosphere around the state Capitol building when the Legislature is in session is “intoxicating.” It was his desire to be a part of Oklahoma’s political atmosphere that prompted Cortés, a self-described “computer nerd,” to leave a job with the Oklahoma Court of

Criminal Appeals that combined his legal training and his computer skills and move to a small law firm. Cortés later became a deputy general counsel for Gov. Brad Henry before heading to work for Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison and Lewis. The Turpen in that firm is Mike Turpen, former Oklahoma attorney general and a prominent Democrat. Cortés said that experience allowed him to combine traditional legal work with political and charitable activism. Miles, who spent more than five years as a Congressional staffer in Washington, D.C., discussed the qualities a good lobbyist should have by discussing her first meeting

with such an influencer. She said he discussed all sides and aspects of his issue, taking time to teach her instead of taking advantage of her inexperience. “The word lobbyist has gotten a bad reputation, and some of it’s fair; some of it’s warranted,” she said. “But I also believe lobbyists can be an incredibly useful advocate for their client and can provide valuable information to decision makers.” Miles, now an attorney for Devon Energy, said legal training and experience are also helpful for lobbyists to have. “You need to know the law; that’s the most important thing, and knowing how a small piece of legislation affects the broader body of law,” she said. Miles became a staffer with former U.S. Sen. Don Nickles, R-Ponca City, shortly after earning her undergraduate degree. She said she always knew she eventually wanted to go to law school, but her work in Washington, D.C. and as a media relations director for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce delayed her return to school. “As soon as I got [to Washington, D.C.] I was like, ‘this is what I’m supposed to do,’ she said. “It makes sense to me; I’m good at this. I enjoy it and it makes me smile.” One of her first assignments for Nickles was to help him decide how to vote on Stephen Breyer’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. “That’s pretty compelling for someone who’s been out of college for about 15 minutes,” she said.

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BILL REQUIRES SHELTER PLANS Oklahoma City - A House committee passed legislation to protect Oklahomans from tornados Wednesday, the same day that marks the one-year anniversary of the devastating tornado that struck Lone Grove. State Rep. Pat Ownbey, R-Ardmore, said in a press release he has amended the legislation to include RV parks. House Bill 2835 would require the owner of a mobile home park or RV park to provide tenants a plan for sheltering

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or evacuating them during a tornado, high winds or flooding. The legislation requires the plan be developed with the assistance of the municipality where the mobile home or RV park is located or the county emergency operations office or the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. “I believe this legislation is an important first step in reducing deaths caused by tornadoes,” Ownbey said. “Lives could have been saved with more access to

tornado shelters.” Ownbey noted seven of the eight people who died in the Lone Grove tornado lived in a mobile home park. “Both mobile home and RV parks are particularly vulnerable and my hope is that through this legislation, they will have adequate shelter plans,” Ownbey said. Ownbey said because the legislation has no cost, its passage will have no effect on Oklahoma’s shrinking budget.

SNOW POSSIBLE TODAY More snow could come to OU today. According to the National Weather Service’s Web site, an inch or less of snow is possible in the Norman area. There is “a chance of snow before noon then a chance of rain and snow,” the Web site forcasted. The Web site said the high temperature for the area will be 37 degrees with calm winds. The chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Thursday night there will be a 30 percent chance of snow, the Web site stated, but Friday temperatures should reach 48 degrees. Less than half an inch of snow is possible, the Web site stated. -Daily Staff Reports

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DANCE MARATHON SCHEDULED FRIDAY The OU Dance Marathon will take place from 4 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Huston Huffman Center. Dance Marathon raises money for the Oklahoma City Chapter of Children’s Miracle Network. According to a press release, this year’s goal is to have 1,000 students attend and to raise $50,000.

The Children’s Miracle Network matches student fundraising dollar-for-dollar. Students may register for the event online at www.helpmakemiracles.org/event/ou. There also will be a children’s carnival open to the public outside the Huston Huffman Center from 4 to 6 p.m. that evening. -Cassi Toney/The Daily

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“YES! It is so good to see someone picking up the mantle of MPW in keeping OU’s feet to the fire on the clocktower. You know that if they put up a new face then it’s almost a law that each face will need to have a different time. This could all be fixed if OU would install a big Crocodile clock tower (yes, you’re thinking of the right one, it also ate Captain Hook) because it’s low enough that you don’t need dangerous loitering robots to fix. JJanowiak

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VALENTINE’S DAY DESTROYS ROMANCE Valentine’s Day is an institutionalized day of romance and love. It is a day of red roses, pink hearts, dark chocolates and sweet wine. It is a day commercialized nearly to the point of obsolescence. Valentine’s Day has become predictable, one expects to go on a special date, be romanced and, ironically, one expects spontaneity. That is nearly impossible. The Valentine’s date is forced on couples, effectively eradicating all spontaneity that may have somehow found its way out through the unobtainable expectations. This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, the day all Oklahoma liquor stores are closed and we can’t buy a bottle of wine, which is arguably the most enjoyable part of the day. Wine, after all, is always a good idea, and this year we have to plan ahead. Instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day, it would be better to surprise your date on a day when romance is unexpected; a day when

spontaneity is a reasonably achievable goal. But the catch-22 of institutionalized romance destroying the romance of the institution does not only apply to Valentine’s Day. Celebrating a person on their birthday isn’t nearly as complementary as celebrating them on another day; celebrating their day doesn’t have the same meaning. We should celebrate holidays commemorating our glorious past on an unexpected day, letting our loved ones know we really do care. Love your nation on days other than July 4, plant trees on days other than Arbor Day, love your mother on days other than Mother’s Day, celebrate our father on days other than Father’s Day. We need to celebrate those things we care for on days other than when they’re expected. That gives them so much more meaning. So, be spontaneous this year and celebrate your love on a different day. After all, don’t you still love them, even if it’s not Valentine’s?

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“Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are ‘It might have been.’” The headline is a quote from Kurt Vonnegut. brief months, there was a real chance this would no longer be a place Since the election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts, the prospects where cancer patients are denied coverage because they forgot to for successful passage of any sort of comprehensive health care re- tell their insurance companies they had been treated for acne. And form have been growing dimmer and dimmer, despite the for a few brief months there was a real possibility that fact that bills have been passed in both the House and the access to affordable health care would be recognized as Senate. an essential component of life, liberty and the pursuit of The unwillingness of the House to pass the Senate’s version happiness. of the bill and the shocking inability of the Senate to do anyAlthough neither of the bills that passed the House and thing at all with fewer than 60 Democratic votes means the the Senate was perfect, they were both steps away from chance of a conference committee bill ever being approved in a system that is a blemish on a country as advanced as both chambers is vanishingly slim. And despite presidential ours. appeals to bipartisanship, it seems unlikely the “party of no” The most appalling aspect of this failure to legislate is is going to change a political strategy that has been incredibly CHRIS that it did not happen in the wake of real debate or as the successful for them in the past several months. result of honest, irreconcilable philosophical differences. DEARNER The sort of comprehensive-but-moderate reform painstakHealth care reform failed because of overblown, absurd ingly negotiated in 2009 is now trapped between those who rhetoric about “death panels” and “socialized medicine” toe the party line and manipulate unfocused popular anger to score coughed up by hyperventilating con-men masquerading as pundits political points and those who cannot or will not understand that and news anchors. It failed because there are not enough legislareform is never an all-or-nothing endeavor. Even if efforts at health tors who are capable of doubting a little bit of their own infallibility. care legislation continue in a “two-track” fashion, we will at best end It failed because people who were legitimately angry about legitiup with a system that is barely workable and only marginally better. mate problems were sold empty slogans manufactured by the most Unless there is a seismic shift in the Washington political culture, Machiavellian elements of red team/blue team politics. any sort of meaningful health care reform is dead in the water. This failure and this loss are the fruits of aggressively partisan This represents a tremendous blow to Americans. For a few brief politics. And until the political climate in this country changes dramonths, there was real hope that we would move from a system matically, we will continue to reap what they sow. that rations health care according to employment and wealth and towards one that rations health care according to need. For a few Chris Dearner is an English and linguistics senior.

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Graduate students need to unionize I am not a graduate student so I cannot claim to fully understand graduate student concerns or what the best solutions for their issues would be. With that said, of the concerns I have seen raised, forming a union seems like it could be a positive step towards having them addressed. So what are some of these concerns? The health plan offered to students is awful. Among the many complaints is that, with few exceptions, it ties your health service to Goddard. For those who have dealt with Goddard, it is almost always inundated with people, making the MATT acquisition of timely apBRUENIG pointments nearly impossible. This is something all students who use the student health plan have to deal with, but graduate students in particular are more likely to need the student health plan because their life status usually disqualifies them from the insurance of their parents that many undergraduates are able to utilize. Graduate student are clearly prioritized behind undergraduate students at OU. I am sure this point will get some opposition from the administration, but graduate students know this to be the case and observant undergraduates will confirm this as true. Even The Oklahoma Daily is guilty of this. Every week, we get an article running down the usually uneventful minutes of the UOSA Undergraduate Student Congress, but rarely get articles about the Graduate Student Senate which hasn’t even bothered meeting yet this semester. Finally, there are the complaints that graduate students have as employees. The pay is low for the work demanded. They have little say in the decisions of the university. The Graduate Student Senate, their advocacy body, is powerless, not to mention ineffective. They do not get as much academic discretion as they should be allowed as evinced by their complaints about grade inflation earlier this year. The list of problems could certainly go on but the point is this: Graduate students are simultaneously relegated to the role of secondclass students and second-class employees. Yet as a result of their low prioritization they do not have the requisite influence to change this. So in comes the union. Graduate students are very valuable to the university. Not only are they essential if the university wishes to be taken seriously, but they also provide hard-to-replace instruction to undergraduates. The necessity of having graduate students at the university happy and working makes collective bargaining a useful way to establish influence. The threat of a strike or even the embarrassment of the successful creation of a strong union could provide graduate students with a real voice and real influence. This would be a great improvement over the influence of the Graduate Student Senate which even when it bothers with trying to do anything useful only has the power to suggest changes. A union would have the power to demand changes and have the threat of strikes or other collective action to actually back it up. Now some might say starting a union is dangerous. Oklahoma is after all a right-to-exploit state. But the circumstances of a university make the prospects of success much higher. First, the university cannot simply move to another city or state to avoid the union as so many companies do. Second, the work of graduate students is very highly skilled and hard to replace quickly. The seasonal nature of admissions and specificity of each course would make it hard for the university to quickly insert scabs, a tool also used by many companies. Finally, the environment of higher learning and the fact this is a public university would make it far more difficult to bust a union than other more conventional private workplaces. Whether or not to unionize is obviously a decision to be made by individual graduate students. Instead of lamenting the problems graduate students have or deferring to the incompetent and powerless Graduate Student Senate whose leadership appears more interested in obtaining a faculty position than fighting for the interests of graduate students, I think graduate students should seriously consider the benefits unionizing can bring. Matt Bruenig is a philosophy junior.

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OU ALUMNUS TO TREAT OLYMPIC ATHLETES Tetsuya Hasegawa joins medical staff to assist bobsled, skeleton teams during winter games

skeleton teams ever since, he said. While at OU, he worked as a student athletic trainer for football and wrestling. He said having the opportunity to work with athletes at the collegiate level really helped his deMATTHEW MOZEK velopment as a chiropractor. Daily Staff Writer “Most of the sports care is done by athletic trainers,” Hasegawa said. “Having done chiropractic and athletic trainAn OU alumnus will play an important ing at OU I was able to prove I was ready to work with profesrole at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in sional athletes.” Vancouver and Whistler, Canada, beginHasegawa also said he believes being an athletic trainer ning Friday. at a university with a proud athletic tradition The United States Olympic prepared him for dealing with professional “The USOC has put Committee announced earathletes. lier this year that Tetsuya together a great “You have to keep in mind that athletes at Hasegawa, who holds a bach- health care team this level hope to play professional sports,” elor’s degree in health and for the 2010 U.S. TETSUYA Hasegawa said. “There’s a lot of pressure worksports sciences at OU, is part HASEGAWA ing with athletes at this level because the work Olympic Team.” of the 47-member medical you do not only impacts your career, it impacts staff that will support the 200theirs as well.” JAMES MOELLER, USOC plus U.S. athletes at the games, according to a The U.S. medical staff consists of some of the CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER university press release. United States’ premiere physicians, Certified Hasegawa, who graduated from OU in 2002 Athletic Trainers, chiropractors and massage and works as a chiropractor for the Gonino therapists, said James Moeller, USOC Chief Medical Officer. Wellness Group in Dallas, will treat members of the U.S. bob“The USOC has put together a great health care team for sled and skeleton teams. the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team,” Moeller said. “The health of our “It’s an awesome feeling,” Hasegawa said. “I’m proud to athletes will be in the hands of some of the best doctors, chirepresent the United States and I look forward to helping the ropractors, trainers, physical and massage therapists availathletes achieve their goals.” able in the sports medicine field, and I’m looking forward to Three years ago, while in chiropractic school, his mentor working with this team behind the team.” asked him if he would like to help the U.S. bobsled and skelMike English, USOC Chief of Sport Performance, said their eton teams for a week. Following a good review, they asked primary responsibility is the overall health of the athletes. him to stay. Hasegawa has worked with the U.S. bobsled and

“We feel that our medical professionals for the U.S. team are the best in the world in what they do,” English said. “The athletes of this team have trained for years to be on this stage. Our medical staff has also trained for this moment and will support these athletes in Vancouver and Whistler.” The U.S. medical staff will be in place at the Olympic Winter Games sites at both Vancouver and Whistler to administer aid before and during competition, practice and in the Athlete Villages.

CAPITOL BRIEFS BILL TO BAN USE OF INFANT DNA MOVES TO SENATE FLOOR A bill banning the unauthorized use of infant DNA for research was approved unanimously by the Oklahoma Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Senate Bill 1250, authored by State Sen. Jonathan Nichols, R-Norman, prohibits any medical facility from storing or using infant DNA for research without the parents’ permission. In other states, medical facilities faced lawsuits after they used small blood samples taken after birth to test for diseases and used them for research, Nichols said in a press release. Privacy and ethical concerns arise on behalf of the parents and children with the unauthorized research. This issue has not occurred in Oklahoma and the bill requiring consent by law will help ensure that it never will, Nichols said. Senate Bill 1250 now moves to the full Senate for consideration. -Kristine Sims/The Daily

SENATOR MOVES TO CUT LEGISLATIVE SALARIES The state legislature is considering a resolution that would allow citizens to vote on a state constitutional amendment providing emergency measures to cut legislative pay. A resolution sponsored by State Sen. Kenneth Corn, D-Poteau, will allow the Board on Legislative Compensation to meet under a state budget crisis if approved by Oklahoma voters. The independent board, formed under the state constitution, meets every two years to set legislative pay because legislators are prohibited from voting on their own salaries and benefits, Corn said in a press release. “The current budget shortfall means agency budgets are being cut,” Corn said. “I don’t think it’s fair that thousands of Oklahomans are struggling with this recession but legislative salaries cannot be touched.

This legislation would create a mechanism to cut lawmakers’ pay during a budget crisis. The board could then reduce our salaries for the remainder of the fiscal year by the same percentage as the projected revenue failure.” The amendment could be voted on as early as the July 27, 2010 primary election ballot. -Anna Marie Stone/The Daily

LEGISLATURE CONSIDERING HAZARD PAY EXEMPTIONS FOR UNIVERSITY MILITARY PERSONAL University military personnel will have to wait for financial relief from State Rep. Neil Brannon’s bill to grant hazard pay exemptions to the income limitations of the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program. The Oklahoma House of Representatives education subcommittee of the house appropriations must approve the bill before any funds are available. Committee Chairman Lee Denny’s office could not speculate on when a vote will take place. State Rep. Brannon, D-Arkoma, proposed this bill last week to help the families of military services members who had been denied financial assistance for education because of inflated incomes due to hazard pay, said Eric Berger, spokesman for Brannon. Hazard pay for military members is extra pay given for time spent in hostile fire zones, combat zones and imminent danger zones. “I believe that brave men and women who put their lives in serious jeopardy to defend our nation should be rewarded rather than penalized for their effort, and exempting hazard pay from OHLAP income calculations is one way we can show our appreciation,” Rep. Brannon said in a press release. -Jennifer Marsh-Curtis/The Daily

Delayed abortion bill to be heard in court Law requiring questionnaire prior to abortion invades women’s rights, opponents say CASEY WILSON Daily Staff Writer

Legislation that addresses abortion in Oklahoma will be heard in court next week after being put on hold in December. Oklahoma County District Judge Daniel Owens delayed the passage of House Bill 1595 during a December session because it did not deal with only one subject per bill. The bill requires women who are seeking an abortion to fill out a questionnaire that includes information such as the age and race of the mother, the county in which the abortion was performed and the method of payment for the abortion. The physician who performed the abortion would then send the information to the Oklahoma Department of Health, which would publish this information on a public Web site that would provide statistical information about abortions in Oklahoma. The bill also prohibits an abortion on account of the sex of the fetus. Caitie Thompson, Oklahoma State University graduate and founding member of Oklahomans for Reproductive Justice, said she and the organization oppose the bill. Thompson said the bill infringes on privacy rights. “No other medical records are published in this way. And we feel that the original intent of the bill was not to take a survey, but it was to shame and humiliate women by putting them into a spotlight,” she said. If the bill becomes law, Thompson said she would not be surprised. “I feel that Oklahoma doesn’t take seriously into

account women’s rights and women’s reproductive justice,” she said. Thompson said the decision to receive an abortion is very private and personal, and Oklahoma is trying to make people feel bad about it. “To get an abortion in the first place, you have to be an incredibly strong person,” she said. “And it takes a lot personal thought and consideration of family, values and morals.” Nathan Reneau, founding member and former president of the OU Right to Life Association, said he supports the bill because it will bring to light to statistical information about people who are receiving abortions. “I think once that information is out there and people can’t refute that information, people will become so appalled that they will call their senators and congressmen

and demand that things be put in place to reverse Roe v. Wade,” Reneau said. Reneau, an OU graduate with political science degree, said he does not think the idea the information on the Web site could be used to identify women who seek abortions is a valid criticism of the bill. Reneau also said the portion of the bill that restricts abortions on account of the sex of the fetus is a good idea. Christina Escamilla, a member of the OU Women’s and Gender Studies Organization and a founding member of the group Youth For Choice, said she opposes the bill because it invades a woman’s privacy. Escamilla, multidisciplinary studies senior, said the portion of the bill that restricts an abortion on the basis of the gender of the fetus is unreasonable.

“Obviously you don’t want women running out and getting abortions because they don’t want baby girls,” Escamilla said. “But how do you limit that without limiting women’s rights in general? That’s a really tough issue.” Escamilla said if the bill becomes a law it would further ostracize Oklahoma from the rest of the states. Jared Haines, president of Pro-Life Ambassadors at OU, supports the bill because the information in the statistics would be useful in forming public policy. Haines said he does not believe the information the bill would require to post online could be used to identify women who seek abortions. Haines said in the Oklahoma counties large enough to have abortion clinics it would be impossible to identify someone w i t h t h e d e m o g ra p h i c

information. “A n d n o c o u n t y i n Oklahoma that is small e n o u g h by p o p u l at i o n where someone would be able identify someone else on the basis of the demographic evidence is going to have an abortion clinic,” Haines said.

Haines said the questionnaire the bill would put in place could make women who seek an abortion think about their reasons for doing so. “Ideally she’s already thought about those reasons,” Haines said. “If she has, it will make her think

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STATE LEGISLATURE CONSIDER MARRIAGE BILLS Multiple bills affecting divorce, defining marriage discussed by House, Senate RICKY MARANON Assignment Editor

With Valentine’s Day approaching and the Oklahoma Legislature in session, The Daily is taking a look at what marriage bills are currently being considered in this legislative session.

HOUSE BILL 2279- INCOMPATIBILITY IS NO EXCUSE

State Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, authored a bill that would eliminate incompatibility as a reason for the state of Oklahoma to grant a divorce under certain circumstances. If the law is passed, a divorce would not be granted if the couple falls into one or more of the following categories: there are living minor children of the marriage, the parties have been married 10 years or longer, or either party files a written objection to the granting of a divorce.

SENATE BILL 1977- THE END OF COMMON LAW MARRIAGE

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State Sen. Earl Garrison, D-Muskogee, authored a bill that would require the state of Oklahoma to no longer recognize common-law marriages formed after Nov. 1. “A common-law marriage in this state or any other state shall not be recognized

as a valid form of marriage in Oklahoma; provided, however, any common-law marriage recognized as valid by a court of competent jurisdiction in this state or any other state prior to November 1, 2010, shall continue to be recognized as valid in this state,” the bill states in its original form.

HOUSE BILL 2339- DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP RECOGNITION BILL

State Rep. Al McAffrey, D-Oklahoma City, authored a new law that would establish domestic partnership benefits and recognition by the state of Oklahoma. McAffrey states in the bill that samesex couples and the elderly will benefit greatly from the bill. The bill states the need to establish a domestic partnership law because of the disadvantages presented to same-sex couples not being able to marry under current state law. “It is therefore important for the state to offer domestic partner benefits to its state employees in order to give the state a competitive edge in attracting and retaining qualified individuals for employment with the state,” McAffrey stated in the bill. The bill also establishes a legal definition to who qualifies as a domestic partner along with establishing benefits for those who work for the state of Oklahoma.

HOUSE BILL 2543- LET’S TALK ABOUT IT

State Rep. John Wright, R-Tulsa, has authored a bill requiring a couple to attend at least one hour of marriage counseling before being permitted to file for divorce. The bill would require proof of counseling at the time of filing for a divorce, and only the counsel of a licensed professional or a faith-based counselor will be recognized.

HOUSE BILL 1026- CREATING A COVENANT MARRIAGE

State Rep. John Wright, R-Broken Arrow, authored a bill that would expand the definition of marriage between a man and a woman. “A covenant marriage is a marriage entered into by a man and a woman who understand and agree that the marriage between them is a lifelong relationship. Parties to a covenant marriage shall obtain counseling emphasizing the nature and purposes of marriage and the responsibilities thereof,” the bill states in its original language. This bill would add the definition of a covenant marriage to currently existing law. The bills listed are in their original form as filed this January. The bills are subject to change on the floors and committees of Oklahoma House of Representatives and Senate. Source: oksenate.gov and okhouse.gov

NEW FACILITY TO BE DEDICATED BLACK LAW STUDENTS RAISE OU will dedicate its ExxonMobil Lawrence G. Rawl Engineering Practice Facility in a public ceremony at 2 p.m. Monday. ExxonMobil gave $5 million toward building the facility for engineering students to gain work experience by applying what they learned in the classroom to challenges they may face in the future. The building also will host activities designed to expose gradeschool students to engineering, math and science-related careers. “We are grateful to ExxonMobil for making possible this new cutting-edge facility on campus, which will be a center for creativity and new technological innovations at the

University of Oklahoma,” President David Boren said in a press release. The building is named in memory of former ExxonMobil chairman and OU petroleum engineering graduate Lawrence G. Rawl. After serving a two-year tour of duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, Rawl began his studies at OU and earned his bachelor’s degree in 1952. Rawl received numerous awards for his scholarship in 1992 and 1993. He created the Lawrence G. Rawl Scholarship in 1995. For more information about the ceremony or for accommodations on the basis of disability, contact the Special Events office at 405-325-3784.

NEARLY $400 FOR HAITI RELIEF The Ada Lois Sipuel chapter of the Black Law Students Association raised almost $400 that will be donated towards the American Red Cross’ Haiti Relief Fund during its Haiti Relief Week Feb. 1 to 5. “We want to express our thanks to everyone who helped make Haiti Relief Week a complete success,” said Christopher Staine, third-year law student and BLSA president. “If it wasn’t for the entire school participating we wouldn’t have raised any awareness or money.” The BLSA held a bake sale Monday through Wednesday and asked the College of Law community to wear red to recognize earthquake victims in Haiti. The organization teamed up with BJ’s restaurant in Norman to donate 15 percent of all proceeds collected between 4 and 10 p.m. Thursday from customers with a BLSA flyer for Haiti Awareness Week. -Daniela McCormick/The Daily

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CIA officer discusses agency divisions Don Hughes gives overview of careers in the CIA during question-and-answer session GREG MAUS Daily Staff Writer

CIA Officer in Residence Don Hughes gave an overview of the ins and outs of the CIA followed by a question-andanswer session yesterday in Hester Hall. Punctuated by pop culture portrayals of the CIA and espionage, the lecture focused on the CIA’s division into four directorates. The Directorate of Intelligence is responsible for analyzing, archiving and synthesizing intelligence, as well as gathering intelligence from open sources. The Directorate of Support provides communications, logistics, human resources and other such services both domestically and internationally. Hughes stressed that though these are the sort of positions one would find in any large organization, those working in this branch of the CIA have unusual jobs. “These are the can-do people of the universe.” he said, relating a story in which the directorate arranged to have a large group of camels provided in Afghanistan within 24 hours. The Directorate of Technology, which Hughes compared to James Bond’s Q, provides a wide variety of technical solutions and “Incorporates more than 50 different disciplines ranging from computer programmers and engineers to scientists and analysts,” according to the Hughes’ Power Point presentation.

Finally, the National Clandestine Services is responsible for gathering foreign intelligence covertly, primarily from human sources, Hughes said. “These are the sort of people you see in pop culture ... But their job is to collect information that the U.S. government believes is necessary or at least advantageous,” Hughes said. “For those who may conjure up images of CIA agents infiltrating terrorist organizations, that almost never happens. What we try to do is identify information that would be useful to our country ... and try to find someone who has access to that information and recruit them.” Shayna Daitch, international security studies and Judaic studies junior, asked about whether Hughes felt the CIA was given disproportionate attention for its failures. “If you’re going to come work for the CIA, the only thing that makes it worthwhile and fulfilling is if you happen to believe in the mission,” Hughes said. “People don’t come to work for the CIA for the money and they don’t come because of the recognition that they get ... People come to understand that there’s not going to be public recognition.” Hughes also emphasized the agency’s low turnover rate, which “allows people to gather a large amount of experience, but if people aren’t leaving it makes it hard to get some new blood.” Maura Cremin, University College freshman, asked about qualities the CIA looks for in individuals when recruiting. Hughes said ”There’s no road map to the CIA. We employ people with all kinds of different skills. We have lots and lots of folks who are not political science or international studies or government majors ... Ultimately we’re looking for certain kinds of people for where we need them.”

POLICE REPORTS The following is a list of arrests and citations, not convictions. The information given is compiled from the Norman and OU Police Departments. At times, the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department and the Oklahoma City FBI will contribute to these reports. All those listed are innocent until proven guilty.

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A Student Success Series Seminar will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in Wagner Hall room 245. WOMEN’S OUTREACH CENTER Tickets for the Pink and Black Ball go on sale by the Women’s Outreach Center at 5:30 p.m. in Cate Center main building.

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Senior guard Nyeshia Stevenson moves in to score during Wednesday night’s game against Baylor. The Sooners won 62-60 in overtime.

It was sheer pandemonium at Lloyd Noble Center on Wednesday night as the Sooners won a close 62-60 victory over the Lady Bears of Baylor. The game came down to two points by senior guard Nyeshia Stevenson, but that was after a long game with two of the Big 12’s strongest teams. Defense was the name of the game early where the score stood at 6-5 with seven minutes gone in the first half. Both teams struggled to find offense with Baylor shooting 13 percent with seven minutes remaining in the first half and OU only fairing slightly better at 22 percent. OU maintained a one to two possession lead throughout most of the half, and it was not until the 1:57 that the Sooners surpassed 20 points to go up 21-15. OU closed out the half strong by taking it to the basket when Baylor freshman center Brittany Griner sat on the bench for the final minutes. The Sooners headed into the locker room with a 27-15 lead. The first half rebounding competition was easily won by the Sooners who almost doubled the Lady Bears 31-16. “It was not only our blocking out, but it was our desire to go after the basketball,” head coach Sherri Coale said. The second half opened up much like the first, with Lady Bears’ Griner shooting over senior center Abi Olajuwon, but OU responded with a three from Stevenson. Midway through the half OU still held onto a 44-37 lead, but Baylor closed it to one with 8:14 left. Baylor took the lead with 6:56 remaining, and the Lady Bears and Sooners traded buckets for the remainder of the half with

neither team pulling away. With 1:38 left, Olajuwon put the Sooners back up by two 57-55. Senior forward Amanda Thompson was a force of nature in the second half, especially with both teams making shots. She totaled 19 rebounds in the game. “Every time we had to have a big play it seemed like she made it,” Coale said. Junior Danielle Robinson agreed with Coale on this point. “I’m so proud of Amanda. I honestly just think she was possessed the whole night,” Robinson said. Baylor responded with 42 seconds left but neither team could close out sending it to overtime. OU scored the first point of overtime on a free throw, but a three put Baylor ahead by two. Robinson would respond to knot the game at 60. The overtime came down to the last chance shot by Baylor after Stevenson’s made basket, and OU recovered the ball to run out the clock. “(Stevenson’s) shot late in the game… huge,” Coale said. Thompson finished the game with 19 points on 8-16 shooting. Robinson added 19 points and Stevenson put up 12 of her own. OU won the eventual rebounding battle 58-41 over a Lady Bears’ team that outrebounded the Sooners the last time the two played. “Rebounding is typically an effort statistic,” Coale said. Next up for the Sooners is a home contest with Colorado Saturday. “It’s a long season and we can’t stop growing now,” Coale said.

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Inconsistency in several areas makes OU’s future unpredictable After losing at home for the first time, the only consistency, Sooners’ future completely up in the air

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Sophomore guard Willie Warren gets the ball past a Texas Tech player during the Sooner men’s basketball game Tuesday night in Lloyd Noble Center. The Sooners lost 72-71.

THE TEAM PAYS FOR THE MISTAKES OF THE FEW Freshmen forward Andrew Fitzgerald and guard Steven Pledger certainly have hurt their team’s chances after being cited for petty larceny Saturday evening after the win against Texas. They are both suspended indefinitely. Fitzgerald is a valuable big body, something OU does not have much of. He has also started several times this season and has scored in double-digits three times. Pledger is a great shooter and has produced big numbers before as well. After only losing by one point to the Red Raiders, one can only speculate to whether things would have been different with the two in the lineup.

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Many different twists and turns have occurred in Oklahoma’s season over the past few weeks. Just look at the past three games. On Jan. 30, OU lost to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who were winless in the Big 12 at the time. One week later on Feb. 6, the Sooners down the No. 9 ranked (AP) Texas Longhorns at home after a great shooting display. The next game, Tuesday night, the Sooners lost their first home game of the season to the Texas Tech Red Raiders. So what does this mean for the rest of the season? Assuming that OU plays every game like they did against Tech and Nebraska, the Sooners are doomed. However, CLARK if the games are played anything FOY close to how OU handled the Longhorns, then things are looking up. The answer seems to lie somewhere between the two assumptions. The Sooners have seven games left; three at home and four on the road. At Lloyd Noble Center, the Sooners have No. 9 Kansas State, Baylor and Texas A&M. While OU is no longer invincible at home, they still boast an 11-1 record at Lloyd Noble Center, which is a great record no matter where you go. OU has such a strong home record, but Kansas State is ranked in the top 10, and the Sooners were blown out 91-60 by Baylor earlier in the year. I think it is safe to say OU will lose at least one of those games. On the road, the Sooners face Oklahoma State, Colorado, Kansas and Texas. The Sooners have been nothing more than awful on the road this season, but Colorado is 11-12 on the season and the game in Stillwater is a rivalry. For a best-case scenario, assume they somehow pull both out. The Jayhawks and Longhorns are a totally

different animal (no pun intended). With OU’s road tendencies, playing in two very hostile environments does not bode well. (Rock)chalk up two losses there. While assuming the Sooners don’t have a secret weapon hiding somewhere on their roster or completely collapse, this leaves the team at 17-13 on the season, 8-8 in conference games. If the Sooners finish strong and win multiple games in the Big 12 tournament, then they might redeem themselves. But, with the way things are going with this team, it would be foolish to try and map out the conference tournament. In short, the Sooners could have really used those two wins against Nebraska and Tech. 19-11 looks much better than 17-13 on a tournament resume, especially when considering the 10-6 improvement over an 8-8 record in Big 12 play. With OU entering the hardest part of its schedule, a run towards a spot in the dance seems unlikely. Not impossible, but unlikely. Freshmen seem to be a continuous theme here. What happened to MasonGriffin? Where did Gallon come from? Freshman guard Tommy Mason-Griffin has been a fan favorite recently while leading the team while Willie Warren has been injured. However, Mason-Griffin had just nine points against Texas Tech and shot 3-13. On the other hand, forward Gallon had been struggling up until his game against Tech. Gallon had 13 points and five boards in 23 minutes and was the go-to guy for much of the second half. While both freshmen have shown flashes of brilliance and promise, neither will perform great every single game. They are simply too young. This year’s Sooners truly are a streaky bunch. And again, anything is possible, but some of the trends and facts just do not add up to a birth in the NCAA tournament. In better news, the team includes six freshmen, and head coach Jeff Capel has another talented recruiting class coming in this year. Clark Foy is a journalism junior.

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Norman design blog hosts first art show RACHEL LANDERS Daily Staff Writer

People with an eye for design, taste for coffee and ear for music might want to stop by Gray Owl Coffee for the The Apache House art show at 9 p.m Friday. The Apache House, created by OU visual communication senior Tate James and recent OU graduate Seth Clark, is a design blog — named for the fact they lived in a house on Apache Street at the time of its creation. James and Clark, visual design majors, said they wanted to showcase local graphic design, and the blog eventually expanded to encompass local art and music. “We wanted to make a meeting point where people could go and see local art,” Clark said. “We mainly wanted to put cool stuff up that we would like.” The show will basically be a physical form of the blog. It will feature work not only by James and Clark, but by other local artists such as

Eyakem Gulilat, Cassie Stover, Jared Flaming, Zach Davidson, and Curtis Jones. Also, Daniel (s) will play live music. The Apache House enjoys opportunities to celebrate around art. “We’ve hosted parties, but none of our own,” James said. “This is a way for us to host our own and other’s work.” While James and Clark are both passionate about art — and create their own — neither plan on making a career out of The Apache House, though they enjoy sharing their artistic take on Oklahoma. “I draw a lot from Oklahoma themes,” Clark said. “I just think Oklahoma animals are cool.” While Clark derives inspiration from the land he loves, James’ work is heavily influenced by patterns, textures and family themes. “I usually take one thing and repeat it over and over and something different comes out every time,” said James. “It doesn’t start with an emotional or family theme but that’s where it ends up.” Through The Apache House, James and

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Jared Fleming’s “untitled” on woodcut with mixed media. The first The Apache House art show takes place at 9 p.m. Friday at Gray Owl Coffee, 223 E. Gray St. Clark hope to see the creative community in Oklahoma flourish. “I think Oklahoma has a huge potential,” Clark said. “A lot of people think Oklahoma

sucks and want to move away, but I want to show people that Oklahoma is cool and something to be proud of.”

Sooner Theatre opens new murder mystery with food , music LUNDEN ENGLAND Daily Staff Writer

The doors will open at The Hall at Old Town tonight at 6:30, kicking off the three-night run of The Sooner Theatre’s annual murder mystery musical dinner theatre. By tradition, this year’s original musical “Death at Rehab: A Murderous Mystery Tour” is written and performed by community members and will serve as a fundraising event for Norman’s Sooner Theatre. What this means is those still scrambling for last-minute, unique date ideas for Valentine’s Day weekend can stop hyperventilating. “Death at Rehab” (which is intended for audience members age 21 and older) will feature live music, catering by Benvenuti’s Ristorante of Norman, as well as a cash bar. Written by Norman residents Jud Foster and James Briggs and choreographed by Sooner Theatre Executive Director Jennifer Baker, “Death at Rehab” throws attendees into the

ever-popular world of celebrity culture and then allows them to play sleuth along with the show’s characters. The comical story commences with the discovery of a murder at a celebrity rehabilitation center, and then all-out musical hilarity is to ensue as a slate of “fallen star” characters, as well as the staff of the rehab center, set out to discover the true killer. (For the added pleasure of those of us who enjoy the hilarious failings of celebrities, the characters will be recognizable as real-life stars, although their names have been altered.) The show, which is performed in five acts, will feature “mixes” during the four intermissions, during which the characters will intermingle with audience members at their respective tables. “The actors mix and mingle, and they stay in character throughout the whole evening,” Baker said of the show’s interactive nature. “They’ll go out and talk to people before the show, just to introduce themselves as the different characters at celebrity rehab. Then, during the mixes, the actors go out and audience members will have the

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opportunity to buy clues as to who committed the murder.” If the intrigue of murder and comedy are not already enough of a hook, music fans are sure to be drawn in upon learning that “Death at Rehab” is set entirely to the PLAYBILL music of The Beatles, which is to be performed by a live What: “Death at Rehab: A band. Murderous Mystery Tour” Although “Death at Rehab” will take place at a When: February 11 to 13 (doors venue outside of The Sooner open nightly at 6:30) Theatre, its proceeds will still go to benefit the theater’s fu- When: February 11 to 13 (doors ture productions. open nightly at 6:30) “The money raised tonight actually does help secure Tickets: $50 (available at The the deposits for our upcom- Sooner Theatre ing season and the produc- box office or by phone) tions that we would like to go ahead and book,” Baker said of the dinner theater. “It’s a crazy event — it’s funny and wacky, and a quirky skit, but through all of that they really are raising money for a great cause.”


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AROUND NORMAN Nod your head to some local hip-hop when Jabee performs with TiRon, Ayomari, S.O.S., 8bit Cynics and ADDlib. The evening will be hosted by h.a.y.b.i. and will also include giveaways, roses and Valentine’s candy. The show begins at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Opolis, 113 N. Crawford.

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ON CAMPUS: Sink your fangs into some chocolate as you watch the vampire love sensation “New Moon” at 4, 7, 10 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. in Meacham Auditorium, presented by The Union Programming Board.

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AROUND NORMAN: Stop in at the Opolis where the lovely trio of Sherree Chamberlain, OK Sweetheart (Erin Austin) and Samantha Crain will start Valentine’s Day weekend off with a lovely bang at 9 p.m. Friday.

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IN OKC: Bang your head to Nico Vega when it burns into Oklahoma City with Wild Yaks and Kite Flying Robot at 8 p.m. Friday at the Conservatory, 8911 N. Western Ave.

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AROUND NORMAN: See a splash of ‘Nawlins in Oklahoma when the Mardi Gras parade wraps around downtown Norman at 6:45 p.m. Saturday.

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AT HOME: Celebrate a quiet evening at home on Valentine’s Day. Whether with a group of friends or that special someone, cooking is a great, fun way to spend the evening.

JAY LENO ENDS HIS NBC PRIME-TIME EXPERIMENT NEW YORK – Jay Leno ushered out one of television’s biggest flops without sentiment on Tuesday, the final night of a prime-time experiment doomed by bad ratings and bad vibes. Leno told a few barbed jokes about “The Jay Leno Show,” and Donald Trump told him “you’re fired.” Leno will return to his old perch at the “Tonight” show after the Olympics. Desperate to keep both Leno and Conan O’Brien, NBC gave Leno a show five nights a week at 10 p.m. EST and made O’Brien the “Tonight” show host. “The Jay Leno Show” was one of the boldest scheduling moves in years, but the size of Leno’s audience — while fine for late night — couldn’t cut it in prime time. Late news shows following Leno on NBC affiliates dropped sharply in the ratings. With some affiliates threatening to yank Leno, NBC proposed cutting his show to a half-hour at 11:35 p.m. and moving O’Brien back a half-hour. O’Brien refused and took a buyout from NBC.

“It seems like just yesterday I was telling NBC this was not going to work,” Leno said in his final monologue, and it wasn’t clear he was joking. “This show was supposed to be on for two years,” Leno said, “but we got five months for good behavior.” Leno said he should have known it wasn’t going to last, and he showed a film of him pulling his car into a parking space that said, “Jay Leno, No Parking After Feb. 9.” Leno didn’t talk about the “Tonight” show move. The studio set, if it’s kept, will require some changes: the number 10 is now inlaid onto the stage where Leno stands to deliver his monologue. When the show ended, there wasn’t any time to say goodbye. A question-and-answer session with NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas appeared to run long, and Leno barely had time to urge his viewers to stay tuned for the late local news. -AP


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OU students celebrate another new year ALEX EWALD Daily Staff Writer

This year is a lucky year for Meng Xi: Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year are on the same day. Xi doesn’t have to choose where to go on New Year’s, also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year, because she doesn’t have a boyfriend. “This year is a really hard time for couples to choose [where to go for dinner],” said Xi, a Chinese language junior. “If we’re a couple, and when the Spring Festival’s happening, we will choose which family the couple will go to celebrate. The wife always wants the husband to go with her, but the husband also has his family.” Luckily, as a foreign exchange student, Xi doesn’t have to worry about that. Instead, she plans on spending this New Year’s with several friends at a professor’s house to celebrate the most important Chinese holiday. “Our Chinese teacher here invited my friend and I to go to her home to make dumplings ... and we’ll maybe play cards or play mah johngg [a gambling game] and just chatting,” Xi said.

Make the best out of Valentine’s Day

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With Valentine’s Day approaching, I feel that a brief history regarding the semi-holiday is necessary because — let’s face it — some of us had to go and ruin it for everybody else. And by “everybody else,” I mean just that. Single people, committed people, single people so very near to achieving commitment with other people, deeply-committed, engaged, freshlymarried, divorced, bitterly divorced and long-time-married people everywhere suffer from the abuse many of you have caused Valentine’s Day. What abuse could that be? Well first, we must understand the progression of Valentine’s Day from its mysterious origins to the Hallmark-driven, product-placing, western spend-to-prove-your-love-fest it’s become. According to Catholic media outlet SQPN, two saints, Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni (who some scholars MATT maintain are actually the same person) are responsible for the day’s namesake, but CARNEY nobody’s quite sure why. In fact, the feastday was removed from the General Roman Calendar in 1969 because “apart from his name, nothing is known of Saint Valentine except that he was buried on the Via Flaminia on Feb. 14.” Retired University of Kansas professor Jack Oruch argued convincingly in 1981 that Chaucer’s 1382 poem Parlement of Foules first introduced romantic love to February 14th, celebrating the first anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II to Anne of Bohemia. This contradicts the commonly held belief that Pope Gelasius produced Valentine’s Day as a Roman Catholicized form of the ancient pagan holiday Lupercalia. Those of the latter school of thought claim the work of a mysterious Valentine, a 3rd Century Roman priest, who in an act of disobedience, married soldiers to their lovers at a time when Emperor Claudius II decreed that his army must remain unwed. Popular legend holds that he gave a love letter to the jailor’s daughter (though many church historians hold that Valentine actually healed the girl of a disease and that the pair weren’t romantically linked) shortly before achieving martyr-status, hence the birth of the Valentine and the power of popu2010 lar storytelling. T h e G re e t i n g Card Association (yes, there is such a thing) traces the first greeting card back to 1415, and from then to the end of the 18th Century, homemade paper Valentines were very popular. Midway through the 19th Century, these handmade cards went the way of the buffalo, replaced by the greeting card as a result of advances in printing and mechanization associated with the Industrial Revolution. From here, the Valentine traveled along history much like any other form of media message, augmented by electronic technology and globalization, ultimately developing into the Hallmark Holiday ($7.5 billion is generated by the retail sale of greeting cards every year) it now is. So how exactly are some of us ruining this thing? Simple: We’re buying into it. So many people follow the course of their lives along without ever pausing to consider how or why something happens, thereby perpetuating societal standards to which we’re all accountable. By setting a low standard (i.e. going to Walgreen’s to purchase your significant other a card and flowers), we ignore our abilities to think creatively while simultaneously distilling the aesthetic value of the things purchased. Valentine’s Day is a thing of fascinating historical and legendary note (mine was an extremely brief account of its development) and by sating ourselves with such simple fulfillment as a card and flowers, we’re implicitly denying our unique ability to listen, learn and act in a manner that values those disciplines. We ruin it for others when we expect such basic formalities in lieu of greater truth, as it discourages the desire for originality. So I’m sure you can guess my suggestion for you this Valentine’s Day: Sit and think awhile to try and cook up something original for your girlfriend/boyfriend/fiancée/ husband/wife/lover/awkward crush. Consider it an act of good towards society at large.

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Matt Carney is a professional writing junior.

Originally from Yun Nen, a Chinese province near Tibet, Xi said celebrations back home included things like dragon dances and parades, drum-beating and playing with clawmasks. People of all ages participate in the festivities. “[In my memory, I was] maybe 5 or 6 my first time to join the activities or join the games,” Xi said. “I really liked it! It was really fun; you can get a prize ticket and you can get some prizes if you can do this game well. Children always like the Spring Festival more than adults because they can get the red envelope that contains money, a popular New Year’s tradition. “Actually, the most important [difference] is there is no atmosphere here,” Xi said about the difference between the U.S. and China’s celebrations. “In China, everything will be printed as red: red lamp, red envelope, red paper, red bowl, red clothes, red everything. Red is for lucky. Chinese always like red.” Lucky for Xi, red will be in abundance come Sunday at OU.

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LET’S TRY SOMEWHERE NEW If you are looking to take that special someone out to somewhere different for Valentine’s Day, here are a few quick suggestions from The Daily staff to make the night that much more special. RED PRIME STEAK 504 N. BROADWAY AVE., OKLAHOMA CITY

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For those with a modern flair, Red Prime may be the place for you. Housed in an old industrial building, red neon lights and exposed ventilation give the restaurant a loft-feel. Its reinvented steaks and gourmet take on comfort food will please even the pickiest palate.

THE MELTING POT 4 E. SHERIDAN AVE., OKLAHOMA CITY

This isn’t your grandm o t h e r ’s f o n d u e . T h e Melting Pot offers a fun, interactive experience as you cook your own food, and few restaurants can offer the privacy it does with its enclosed booths. They too offer a special Valentine’s Day menu.

GAIJIN SUSHI 326 E. MAIN ST., NORMAN

The atmosphere of Gaijin Sushi — boosting wild art, exposed ceilings and dimly lit interior- makes the simple sushi experience all the more lovely. Unique takes on sushi rolls and high-end appetizers promise you a special date night.

THE METRO WINE BAR AND BISTRO 6418 N.W. AVE., OKLAHOMA CITY The Metro is an elegantly romantic restaurant located in the Nichols Hills area in Oklahoma City. They offer a number of delectable menu choices, and also have a cornucopia of wines available. While they may not be the most inexpensive choice, the taste is great. And aren’t we supposed to splurge on our significant others on Valentine’s Day? They will be offering a special four course gourmet menu with wines chosen to accompany the meal. CAFE DO BRASIL 440 N.W. 11TH ST., OKLAHOMA CITY Cafe Do Brasil is a deliciously authentic RYAN Brazilian restaurant located near down- QUERBACH town Oklahoma City. They offer delicious appetizers and entrées, with plenty of wines to match. Though not cheap, the price is certainly worth the taste that follows. The atmosphere is perfect for a Valentine’s date, and like the Metro they’ll be offering a special menu for the occasion. VICTORIA’S PASTA SHOP CAMPUS CORNER, NORMAN Victoria’s offers a romantic setting for Valentine’s Day, and a little bit closer to home. The atmosphere is highlighted by romantic lighting and soft music, and the food is very tasty. The food is also very reasonably priced, which works better for you budget daters out there.

For those who have yet to venture out and try Indian food, an exotic, and romantic, time awaits at Misal. Savory, spicy dishes are served in a relaxed, understated and most importantly, quiet, setting.

CHEEVER’S CAFE 2409 N. HUDSON AVE., OKLAHOMA CITY PHOTO PROVIDED Cheever’s is yet another delicious choice for a lovely Valentine’s evening. The cafe is located near the Paseo in Oklahoma City. They offer a number of unique menu items, and the atmosphere is great for a date night with your loved one.

Joshua Boydston is a psychology sophomore.

Ryan Querbach is a journalism sophomore.

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POWER OUTAGES AFFECT UTILITY MANAGER, FIRE CHIEF MANGUM, Okla. — Among the more than 3,600 homes and businesses still without power after the Jan. 28 winter storm is a city utilities superintendent and city fire chief. Terry Warren and his wife, Cela, have no electricity, and it doesn’t appear they will any time soon. “I spoke with a lineman four or five days ago,” Warren said Tuesday during a break from work. “They told me to expect another month.” Warren is the superintendent of Mangum’s utilities and a former lineman for Harmon Electric Association Inc., the very company working to restore power throughout parts of Harmon, Greer and Jackson counties. “I hear they have over 2,000 poles down this time around. This ice storm will be etched into my mind until I go to my grave,” he said. Like most in this region, Warren accepts his hardship with a touch of humor and a cheerful spirit.

Warren’s attitude is common in these parts. “Out here people really pull together,” said Altus Fire Chief J.R. Wheeler, who lives in the north part of Jackson County outside Warren. “People have been calling me, asking if I need a generator or wood. That’s been real nice.” Wheeler’s family has been without electricity since Jan. 28. At first, Wheeler, his wife, Melanie, and their two children— Ashley, 17, and Cody, 14—relied heavily on a wood-burning stove for heat, but now are using a borrowed generator. “Really, it hasn’t been as bad for me as it has been for my family,” Wheeler said. “I’ve been down here” at the fire station. Wheeler and his firefighters were anchored to Altus during the first two days of the ice storm. Electrical poles snapped from the weight of the ice, causing live power lines to

fall all over the city. “We had fires everywhere,” Wheeler said. “Our main job was to cordon off streets and areas to make sure people didn’t get hurt. We had lines falling on roofs, fences, roads ... and people are coming out of their homes, wanting to look. We were literally screaming at people to stay put.” Altus Fire Marshal Neil Bonds shakes his head at the thought of those nights. “What I’ll never forget is how dark it was all over town,” Bonds said. “It was like a ghost town. Streets you had been down hundreds of times were hard to find. It was weird.” The state Corporation Commission reported 3,637 homes and businesses remain without power from the storm. All are members of the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives.

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Purcell firefighter Jason Benefie, center, l cuts limbs obstructing traffic Friday, Jan. 29, in Purcell after a winter storm. Heavy ice brought down electrical lines and trees limbs, leaving more than 179,000 homes and businesses in Oklahoma without power, according to the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.

STATE BRIEFS

Committee clears tornado shelter measure Former court clerk Girl’s mom receives nothing from suit settlement pleads guilty to OKLAHOMA CITY — Legislation to require the owners of mobile home OKLAHOMA CITY — The mother of a 2-year-old girl who died in October 2005 after enduring child abuse won’t receive anything from parks to have a plan for protecting tenants and evacuating homes in case of a drug charge tornado is on its way to the state House floor. the settlement of a wrongful-death lawsuit. TULSA — A former court clerk in Catoosa faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to federal drug-related charges. Federal prosecutors say 55-year-old Phyllis June Matthews pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Tulsa to distributing the prescription painkiller hydrocodone. Matthews — who has also used the last Addington — admitted providing the painkiller in October and twice in November. She said she didn’t sell the pills — but gave them to an unspecified person. Prosecutors say Matthews faces up to five years when sentenced May 10 although federal sentencing guidelines could allow her to avoid prison. Matthews was fired when the federal indictment naming her was unsealed in January.

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Raye Dawn Smith is in prison after being convicted of enabling the abuse of her daughter, Kelsey Smith-Briggs of Meeker. Smith had asked for half of about $345,000 left over from the settlement, but a federal judge ruled Tuesday that the money instead will go to Kelsey’s father, Lance Briggs. Briggs was returning to Oklahoma from military duty when Kelsey died. He sued the state Department of Human Services and others in 2006, alleging Kelsey died because of “systemwide failures” at DHS. The state paid $525,000 and a private agency provided another $100,000 to settle the lawsuit.

The bill was approved by the House Economic Development and Financial Services Committee on Wednesday, the first anniversary of a deadly tornado in Lone Grove in southern Oklahoma. Rep. Patrick Ownbey of Ardmore says his bill is a response to the tragedy. The tornado touched down Feb. 10, 2009 and ripped through homes and businesses. Eight people were killed and dozens more injured. Four of those killed lived in mobile homes. The measure requires that the shelter and evacuation plan be developed with the help of the city or town where the mobile home park is located.

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Woman dies in Claremore house fire House committee passes puppy mill bill CLAREMORE — A Claremore woman has been killed in a house fire while a teenager escaped the flames and a 75-year-old woman was rescued by firefighters. Fire department spokesman Mark Owens says 57-year-old Robin Trout of Claremore died in the Tuesday morning fire. Owens says Trout was found in her bedroom. He says a teenager was able to get out of the home and the 75-year-old woman pulled from the burning house was taken to a local hospital in undisclosed condition. Owens says the fire was reported about 3 a.m. Tuesday and appears to have been started by a smoldering cigarette. He says the home had several smoke detectors — but none with working batteries.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — A state House panel has passed legislation calling for the voluntary regulation of puppy mills in Oklahoma. The measure by Rep. Lee Denney of Cushing has been proposed in the Legislature for three consecutive years. Previous bills would have made regulation mandatory. The bill would authorize breeders who sell at least 35 dogs or cats a year to obtain a license from the state requiring their breeding operation to be inspected. Denney is a veterinarian and says she is concerned that few breeders will participate in the licensing plan because of its voluntary nature. But she says it is a first step to regulating breeders. The bill passed 6-2 Wednesday by the Economic Development and Financial Services Committee and goes to the House floor.

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EVACUATIONS LIFTED FOR LA-AREA FOOTHILL AREAS LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. (AP) — Evacuation orders were lifted for hundreds of foothill homes Wednesday morning as a winter storm that threatened mudslides moved off without causing any serious damage. Residents of 541 homes were being notified that they could return to affected areas in La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Acton and two canyons, said Los Angeles County fire Capt. Mark Savage. “The thunderstorm has moved in the other direction and residents are safe to go back to their community,” he said. The homes north of Los Angeles were threatened because they lie beneath slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains that were burned bare by wildfires. Without plants to hold the soil, heavy rain could have sluiced mud, boulders and tree limbs downslope. “We had public works and fire personnel patrolling the area all night, just looking for any activity,” Savage said. “We really did not get any significant rain pass

through the area. That was obviously good news.” Deputies went door to door Tuesday issuing orders for people to leave and making them sign waivers if they refused. Savage said about 40 percent of those contacted chose to stay — despite the fact that a mudslide last weekend damaged 43 homes. Several mountain school districts declared snow days and closed. However, the frequently snow-bound Grapevine area of Interstate 5 remained open. The high mountain pass 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles is a major route between Northern and Southern California. The weather was expected to clear by afternoon and continue dry and mostly sunny through the beginning of next week. Meanwhile, a fleet of 300 dump trucks and backhoes continued to clear debris basins that filled from earlier storms. AP PHOTO

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Water flows past sandbags and a barricade on Ocean View Boulevard where residents are being asked to follow mandatory evacuation orders.

Would older models quell too-skinny debate? NEW YORK (AP) — The models auditioning for New York Fashion Week were undeniably thin. But it was only after the fashion industry started worrying about too-skinny models that casting agent James Scully began asking their age. Most, he found, were under 16. “Things are very seriously wrong at this moment,” Scully said. As another round of runway shows kicks off on Thursday, fashion insiders are again taking up the cause of emaciated models, this time with a new target to blame: youth. The Council of Fashion Designers of America hosted a panel discussion Tuesday night on changing the standard model “sample size,” part of the health initiative it started after the death three years ago of a model with an eating disorder. Spain and Italy adopted mandatory weight guidelines at the time, but the CFDA opted instead for voluntary measures that put the focus on nutritional and emotional counseling. Since then, some models have been red flagged and removed from the runway to focus on eating and living well, said CFDA president Diane von Fursternberg. Tuesday’s panel, “The Beauty of Health: Resizing the Sample Size,” initially focused on whether increasing the size of sample garments used in fashion shows and magazine photo shoots from 0 to 4 would result in healthier models. But designers, models and agents agreed that part of the problem was the dominance of very young models. “You can’t address the sample size 0 without addressing age,” said David Bonnouvrier, head of DNA Models.

Among the CFDA guidelines was a recommendation that models under 16 be kept out of fashion shows, and models under 18 kept out of fittings or photo shoots past midnight. Those guidelines clearly haven’t stuck and remain purely voluntary. The current youthquake happened as runway tastes moved from Brazilian bombshells like Gisele Bundchen to Russians and Eastern Europeans, such as Natalia Vodianova, who previously disclosed her weight struggles, Scully said. When scouts first fell in love with the very angular, narrow Eastern bloc look, those girls were ill-prepared to be away from home in the highpressure, competitive fashion world, added DNA’s Bonnouvrier. Even American models were younger — 17-year-old Karlie Kloss, for example, did her first round of shows with her dad by her side. Designer Zac Posen traced the problem started to Kate Moss back in the early ‘90s, and said it could take a long time to erase the cultural impression of the waif. It’s natural for a 13- or 14-year-old to be slim, have a small bust and hips that measure no more than 33 inches, but as those models age — to all of 18 or 19 — they will do “terribly dangerous things” to fight nature and their increasingly womanly bodies, Scully said. Model Doutzen Kroes, 25, is a Victoria’s Secret Angel but says her fashion-show work has slowed to almost nothing. The reason? She’s too big. “I’d love to do shows but I don’t fit in the sample size,” she said in an interview after the panel. -AP

POLICE: PHOENIX GIRL KEPT IN BATHROOM FOR 2 MONTHS PHOENIX (AP) — A malnourished Phoenix girl was locked in a bathroom without running water for two months, beaten with metal rods, and forced to exercise until exhaustion because her father said she had stolen food and cheated on a home-school test, police said Wednesday. Scott and Andrea Bass, the 14-year-old girl’s father and stepmother, were arrested Feb. 4 for investigation of child abuse, kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment. “No one on this earth needs to be treated the way this child was treated,” Phoenix police Officer Luis Samudio said. Andrea Bass, 31, who was released from custody Tuesday after posting a $36,000 bond, did not immediately return a message left at her home Wednesday morning. The Maricopa County Sheriff ’s Office did not immediately respond to a request Wednesday to interview Scott Bass, 33, who remained jailed on a $45,000 bond. The girl escaped from the bathroom through the attic on Feb. 4 and rode her bike to a nearby

movie theater, where a concerned couple gave her $50. She then rode about 13 miles to a Phoenix strip mall and bought water, food, a backpack and clothes because she hadn’t been allowed to change for weeks, Samudio said. The girl then rode to a coffee shop in Scottsdale, where she asked an employee to call police. Samudio said when police arrived at the girl’s home to interview Scott Bass, he thought the girl was still in the bathroom and was “visibly surprised” when he unlocked the door and she was gone. Inside the bathroom, police found a 5-gallon bucket containing human waste and a blanket on the floor that served as the girl’s bed, according to a probable-cause statement released Wednesday. Scott Bass told investigators that he locked his daughter in the bathroom because she stole food from the kitchen and cheated on a home-school test, according to the document. -AP

THIS WEEKEND AT YOUR UNIVERSITY Thursday, Feb. 11

Revisiting the New Deal: Government Patronage and the Fine Arts | new exhibition on display now through May 9 in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Visit www.ou.edu/fjjma for more information. Intramural Update | Racquetball and dodge ball entries today at the Huston Huffman Center! For more information visit recservices. ou.edu or call Jonathan Dewhirst, (405) 325-3053. Student Success Series: Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions (Motivation) | 3 p.m. in Wagner Hall 245. Presented by University College.

Friday, Feb. 12 Free Candy and Spring Movie Schedules | 11:30 a.m. in the first floor lobby. Get some FREE candy and a schedule of the movies that the Union Programming Board and CAC Film Series will be showing in Meacham Auditorium this semester. Men’s Tennis: OU vs. Arkansas | 3 p.m. at the OU Tennis Complex. Visit soonersports.com for ticket information. Free Movie: “New Moon” | free screenings at 4, 7, 10 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. in Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union. The Union Programming Board will have prize drawings and giveaways at the 10 p.m. showing. Presented by the Union Programming Board and Campus Activities Council Film Series. ALWAYS SOMETHING at the union! Dance Marathon | 4 p.m.-midnight at the Huston Huffman Center. Visit soonersports.com for ticket information. Dance Marathon is a Dance-A-Thon raising money for Children’s Miracle Network. There will be a free children’s carnival, a volleyball and basketball tournament as well as nonstop dancing. For more information, please call 405-325-3163. Participants can register at http://www. helpmakemiracles.org. Presented by the Campus Activities Council. Art a la CART | 6 p.m. at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Live music from the acoustic singer/songwriter showcase presented by NormanMusicScene.com, short film screenings and printmaking. Visit www.ou.edu/fjjma for more information.

Beauty & the Beast: Women’s Gymnastics and Wrestling | 7 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center. Come and watch the OU Women’s Gymnastics and Wrestling teams compete side-by-side at this unique event. Women’s Gymnastics: OU vs. Iowa State. Wrestling: OU vs. Chattanooga. Visit soonersports.com for ticket information. Blood, Love, Chocolate: New Moon & Chocolate Factory | 9 p.m. in Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union. Team Edward? Team Jacob? Or Team Chocolate? Nothing says Valentine’s Day like teen angst, vampires and chocolate! Come to the Union Programming Board’s Chocolate Factory for free chocolate and Valentine’s goodies and stay for a free screening of “New Moon,” at 10 p.m. There’s Always Something at the Union, www.ou.edu/upb. “To Kill a Mockingbird” | 8 p.m. in the Max Weitzenhoffer Theatre. University Theatre presents Christopher Sergel’s dramatization of author Harper Lee’s classic novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The production will continue at 8 p.m., Feb. 13 and 18-20 and Feb. 14 and 21 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors and OU faculty/staff and $14 for OU students. Call the Fine Arts Box Office for more information, (405) 325-4101.

Saturday, Feb. 13 OU Track: Oklahoma Christian III | All day at the Everest Training Center. Visit soonersports.com for ticket information. Women’s Basketball: OU vs. Colorado | 2 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center. Visit soonersports.com for ticket information. Men’s Gymnastics: OU vs. Nebraska | 7 p.m. at the McCasland Field House. Visit soonersports.com for ticket information.

Sunday, Feb. 14 Women’s Tennis: OU vs. Penn State | 11 a.m. at the OU Tennis Complex. Visit soonersports.com for ticket information. Wrestling: OU vs. Oregon State | 2 p.m. at the McCasland Field House. Visit soonersports.com for ticket information.

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Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- If an endeavor isn’t paying off as expected, put it back on the drawing board and re-examine things to make it viable and profitable. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20)

-- Should a persistent thought continue to bombard your brain, examine it in detail to see what you can create from it. This thought could be trying to tell you something of great importance.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) --

Examine your thinking and your goals before moving forward to see whether they are appropriate for what you’re trying to accomplish. Ask yourself whether habit or logic is dictating your actions.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

-- If you’re looking to advance your position at work, talk to the powers-that-be about how you might do so. It’s a good day to find a way to go about getting a promotion.

people will find you an enjoyable companion, mostly because you know how to get them to talk about themselves and their opinions, making them feel important.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

-- Because you demand so much of yourself, you’re likely to be productive and produce something of superior quality. Attention to detail is key.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- If you are merry and equitable in all social involvements, your good sportsmanship will make a lasting impression on your friends and won’t soon be forgotten. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22)

-- Being mindful of small details will be extremely significant in the accomplishment of your work, making it not just a thing of beauty but of superior quality and not easily matched.

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GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Dec. 21) -- You enjoy reciting innocent tales to the delight of everyone’s fancy, but when it comes to keeping secrets, and given a good reason to do so, there is no one better. You could be tested at this time.

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-- Some good old-fashioned logical thinking can be used to discover whether your actions are productive. Examine past experiences to see if they can help achieve present goals.

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-- You know how to use past experiences to your advantage. You might do so in order to advance a financial or commercial involvement.

19) -- Your ability to come up with fertile ideas that can produce big bucks is impressive. It won’t take much to dream up something big, especially when challenged.

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ACROSS 1 Attack with a beak 5 Fighting fish 10 Domestic squabble 14 Decorative needle case 15 Asian nannies 16 Clerical clothing 17 Add to a message board 18 Sphere of influence 19 Used to be 20 “Carrie” actress 23 Body art, briefly 24 Omit in pronunciation 25 Certain apothecary weights (Var.) 27 Brave opponent 28 Basic unit for the elements 32 Pointer’s word 33 Apple pie order 36 Winged god of love 37 Large, white, sleek swimmer 40 “Brady Bunch” name 41 Deviation from the norm 42 Print made using stone, briefly

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Aus!n: You are the love of my life. I am so glad we found each other and I love making new memories with you each day. Happy first Valen!ne’s day! Love, Your Alyssa. Shim, Hope you like the boots. They will help you wade through all of my crap. You smell nice. Love, Coach

To Summer: I love her smile. I love her hair. I love her knees. I love how she pouts her lips as she looks in the mirror. I love her li"le birthmark. I love it when she sleeps. -From Tom HAPPY BIRTHDAY MISS CRYSTAL! Love, Banana Bloody Cut Percy Pig Loganator Six Pack, Happy Valen!ne’s Day Best Friends. I will miss ya’ll so much a$er we graduate :( Love ya’ll, Ka!e Dear Roomie, You are so clean you are so nice, you don’t mind when I come home drunk at night. I love our chats about our crazy boyfriends, maybe some day we will marry them. Tonight is Thursday which is Grey’s and wine, so one ques!on I have, will you be my Valen!ne? Love, your roomie

To Howie: You’re “the Situa!on” and I’m your “Snooki” We need a vaca!on so let’s play hooky Even though we’re in college and poor We should take an RV to the Jersey Shore Get your fake tan and hair gel ready You and me for life forever steady HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!! I LOVE YOU -FrecklesMitchell, Roses are red, With stems that are green, It’s Valen!ne’s Day, So let’s get obscene. :) Love, Claire “Half man-half amazing: I don’t love you for who you are but for who I am when I’m with you. I am constantly thinking about you and even when your here with me, I’m STILL thinking about you. Come back to me soon. -Sweets” MorningDew/Young Normal, You are s!ll my favorite REAL vampire, even though you’re far away. Love, Fireheart/Lil Usual boomer sooner Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you. Realizing you are the only one to love me like I want to be loved. I miss my lover, my best friend. Hoping you have found the happiness you deserve. I’ll love you forever! gnloml

Love, Happy 5 Years and Happy Valen!ne’s Day! Veronica, I am so honored to spend my You’re my best friend. Love you! Valen!ne’s Day with you. You are a joy in my Love, Your Li"le Monster life and I love you!

To the best Valen!nes present a mom could ask for. Lanney and Peyton you are the best.

My dear one, I saw the world. I went to Paris and Milan. I saw so much but never felt like I belonged. I was searching for something that I could never hope to find. You were there for me right here the whole en!re !me. Every day was far too long we spent apart. Every night I was alone I was a lonely man at heart. Every day we are together I wish could last for now and ever. Every night I think of you and know this all will be all right. I am coun!ng down the days un!l the day you’ll be my wife, And when it comes my feet won’t touch the ground. Every day I’ll tell you that you are my greatest joy in life, And I’ll start coun!ng up the days instead of down. Tim

Happy Valen!ne’s Day TJ! You make every day special and I love you so much. You will always have me at hello! Love, Morgie

Maria Fernanda: No ma"er how far from home you are, our hearts are joint always for ever! I LOVE YOU so much Happy Valen!nes Day. God bless you.

Boo Bird-I love you so so much! Thank you for all the sweet tea dates and for all the !mes you make me laugh. Love,Your Habibi

Evan Mayse, Ever since I met you 4 years ago, I knew you were the one. Your comb over and cowboy boots get me wilder than Gene. I don’t care about your past and your misadventures with other people. You are a whizz and everyone knows it. Meet me on Valen!ne’s Day, underneath the bell tower at 5 PM. Wear your boots because cowboy bu"s drive me nuts. Your secret crush

Shai Allen “In 4 months I don’t want to marry the person I can live with, I want to marry the person I can’t live without. From the future Mrs. C” Samantha, Roses R Red, Violets R Blue, U R @ OU, & I am so BLUE -Love Mom Piglet- Thanks for being my bestest! Always, Pooh

If i had the le"ers ?HRT? and i could add ?EA? and get ?HEART? or add ?U? and get ?HURT?, I’d rather have ?U? and get ?HURT? than have a ?HEART? without ?U? Roses are red, violets are blue. In Soviet Russia, the poem writes you Happy Valen!nes Baby Babe! Love, your Baker Man I “L” you. -John Salvie

Hey Grizz, Are roses red and violets blue? All I know is that the planets were perfectly aligned the day I met you. Love you forever. Cosmos Girl Happy Valen!ne’s day bunny! We might have had ups and downs but you are s!ll my favorite Sarah :), ohh and scruffie miss ya!

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