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Thirsty? SGA wants to help SGA proposes additional filtered water refilling stations in buildings on campus KATE BERGUM

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Student complaints about the quality and availability of drinking water on campus prompted the Undergraduate Student Congress to pass a resolution to add 10 water bottle refilling stations to campus. The stations will be located in the following classroom buildings across campus: the Fine Arts Center, Catlett Music Center, Gould Hall, Gaylord Hall, Dale Hall, Price Hall, Adams Hall, Devon Energy Hall, Sarkeys Energy Center and the Physical Sciences Center, according to the resolution. Connor Bourland, Problems and Projects chair, said he

and other students noticed the lack of water bottle refilling stations around campus. Bourland, drama junior, said he talked to his constituents in the College of Fine Arts, as well as students in the business and engineering colleges, who were concerned about the lack of water refilling stations. “As the Problems and Projects Committee chairman, I try to have my ear to the ground as often as possible to hear these concerns and desires so that congress can do something about them,” Bourland said in an email. Additionally, Bourland said allowing students to refill their own water bottles would improve sustainability on campus. “Most of our plastic water bottles on campus are used one time and then hopefully recycled,” Bourland said. “These

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The OU Compliance office outdid its duties when it self-reported a violation claiming three student-athletes put too much pasta on their plates, and Compliance officials said they will continute to report such violations. Compliance officers reported that players received food in excess of reasonable refreshments at a graduation ceremony in May, according to a document obtained by SEE PASTA PAGE 5

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Geologists look at displays of well core samples at the Oklahoma Petroleum Information Center. Geologists study these samples that come from deep into the Earth’s crust.

Devon Energy funding rock core viewing area Room to allow further geological research KATE BERGUM

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evon Energy is funding a new well core viewing room inside the Oklahoma Geological Survey, headquartered at OU’s main campus in TONY RAGLE/THE DAILY Norman. The Survey’s new $302,000 room will be loRocks are lined up in th OPIC viewing room next to other samples taken from similar locations. The OPIC is cated in the Mewbourne College of Earth and scheduled to build additional facilities to further research funded by Devon Energy. Energy and will allow Devon Energy employees and researchers to view well cores. The well cores The cores are vertical samples of the rocks beneath the Earth’s surface. They provide are vertical information about rock patterns for people samples of the interested in what lies below the Earth’s surrocks beneath face, including oil companies looking to drill, said Randy Keller, director of the Oklahoma the Earth’s Geological Survey. surface. These The Survey’s core collection resembles Basically it’s like a provide infora library, Keller said. However, the shelves, tape recording of which are up to 20 feet high, hold rocks inmation about stead of books. what’s going on in rock patterns, Researchers look at the cores in the well the Earth’s system.” core viewing room, which holds long tables such as oil and bright lights, Keller said. GERILYN SOREGHAN, companies GEOLOGY PROFESSOR Despite the abundance of cores, schedullooking to drill. ing time to view the samples can be tricky.

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There is sometimes a three-week wait-list to view the cores, Keller said. Keller said Devon Energy, which constitutes roughly 25 percent of the collection’s business, does not always want to wait the weeks it would take to see a sample, Keller said. “They want it when they want it,” Keller said. Because of this, Devon Energy, the largest customer of the core collection, is paying for the new room. “They’re completely funding it, down to every last penny,” Keller said. Devon Energy is also willing to put forth the money to fund the construction of a new room inside an already existing room, Keller said. The new viewing room will be primarily used by Devon Energy, Keller said. This will decrease the wait time for the current viewing room, which may benefit researchers, the collection’s second most frequent users, Keller said. Keller said researchers from universities across the country frequently visit the well

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refill: SGA gains support for units Continued from page 1 stations will allow student to reuse plastic water bottles more easily than a typical fountain.” John Montgomery, International Area Studies senior and congress chairman, said the resolution was prompted by student complaints about drinking water on campus. “We are all aware of the quality of Norman water,” Montgomery said. “To be good students, we have to remain healthy.” Congress members decided to add water bottle refilling units to those specific buildings because many students spend time in them, Bourland said. The units are quoted to cost $9,390 total to install, and the locations of the refilling units within the buildings will be left to the discretion of Facilities Management workers, acCaleb Smutzer/The Daily cording to the resolution. University freshman Everett Brown fills up his water bottle at a filtered water station outside of Cane’s in Bourland said the congress doesn’t know Adams Thursday afternoon. A recently passed Undergraduate Student Congress resolution will aim to how the water filtration systems will be provide more of these stations in class buildings around campus. funded, but he hopes to use funds from the

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Student Activity Fee Reserve. Montgomery said the resolutions passed by the Undergraduate Student Congress serve as the voice of the undergraduate students. However, the congress can’t directly control the actions suggested by a resolution, Montgomery said. According to the resolution, copies will be sent to the deans of the colleges included in the proposal and other university officials. Additionally, because the resolution calls for funds from the Student Activity Fee Reserve, a request needs to be filed with the Student Activity Fee committee, Montgomery said in an email. The vice president for Student Affairs, the Student Government Association president and the chairs of the Campus Activities Council, the Undergraduate Student Congress and the Graduate Student Senate make up the reserve, Montgomery said. The committee can determine which of the stations, if any, to fund. Kate Bergum, kate.c.bergum-1@ou.edu

What do you think about adding new water bottle refilling stations on campus?

Continued from page 1 core viewing room. “They come here from all over, really,” Keller said. Geology professor Gerilyn Soreghan co-hosted a workshop about the importance of well cores last year. When it comes to rocks, access to vertical samples means access to information about the aging of the rocks, Soreghan said. “Basically it’s like a tape recording of what’s going on in the Earth’s system,” Soreghan said. The cores are continuous, so they provide better information about an area’s geological history than other samples might. Additionally, continuous samples have better chances of being accurately dated, Soreghan said. By looking at the samples, researches can glean information, such as the sources of sediments and wind patterns over time, Soreghan said. Because extracting cores can be expensive, sometimes oil companies will use other methods to see the rock layers below the Earth’s surface, using various sensors to make logs. However, these methods don’t give as much complete information as the cores. “There’s a lot you can tell by doing logs, but you don’t have the rocks,” Soreghan said. More online at OUDaily.com

“I think it’s definitely an important issue. Water hydrates. We all need water. I’m all for this initiative.”

“I could definitely use that. I feel like it would be better than buying water bottles.”

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Students to make activism accessible Student-led symposium sheds light on various social justice issues on campus Matt Woods

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OU students will teach the community about activist issues by blending relevant research and discussion during a new social justice conference on March 1. Planned and organized by undergraduate and graduate students, Sooner Mosaic: Social Justice Symposium will include volunteer speakers addressing a wide range of topics, such as reconciling Christianity with GLBT progress and

sexism with internet memes, event chairman Kasey Catlett said. “Instead of bringing in people [to speak] from all over the country,” Catlett said, “We’re celebrating the voices that are already on our campus.” Focusing on the dark side of viral Internet memes like “Bad Luck Brian” and “Overly Obsessed Girlfriend,” computer science sophomore Sarah Otts will discuss the relevance of sexism and racism in digital culture. “We should not just think that because [a meme is] created by lots of people and it’s democratized that it’s free from sexism or racism,” Otts said. People might not think about the big picture when they share Internet humor, she said.

Another student will apply Biblical interpretation and his insights as a gay Christian to discuss the intersection of the GLBT movement and Christianity. Rhyker Benavidez, religious studies, mathematics and chemistry senior, will argue that a contextual understanding of Christian scripture requires affirmation of the GLBT movement within the church, according to Student Life’s website. To register for the free event and find details for all the presentations, visit student life’s website. Matt Woods, matt.woods@ou.edu

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Sooners For Israel lobby in favor of U.S.-Israeli relations Students visit Washinton D.C. to promote global awareness Kelly Rogers Campus Reporter @KellyRogersOU

A recently-revived student group is sending eight members to Washington D.C. next week to listen to speakers and lobby for stronger U.S.-Israeli relations on Capitol Hill. Sooners For Israel hasn’t been active since 2011, and the trip will establish the group as an active organization again, said Yonatan Schmidt, Sooners for Israel vice president. One of the main goals of the group is promoting global awareness both on and off campus, Schmidt said. The group members will travel to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference, or AIPAC, on March 1 to listen to speakers such as Israel’s Jessica Woods/The Daily prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Junior business major Yonatan Schmidt is a member of the group Sooners for Israel. Sooners for Israel President Barack Obama, and they will promotes positive US-Israel relations by working with elected officials and by being a positive presence on lobby for a strong U.S.-Israeli relationship the OU campus.

on Capitol Hill, Schmidt said. “For us, the conference is really the first step we’re taking to put ourselves out there as a student organization,” Schmidt said. AIPAC officials have waived registration fees for Sooners For Israel students, Schmidt said. Schmidt and Sylvie Staines, current Sooners For Israel president and international security junior, went to a similar conference over winter break and that’s where they began planning to revive Sooners for Israel, Schmidt said. Instead of creating a new organization, Schmidt and Staines decided to revamp the established Sooners For Israel organization because it had a lot of potential, Schmidt said. In addition to lobbying in D.C., the group also has ties to the Oklahoma Capital through Lindsey Weiss, the group’s campus legislative coordinator. For Weiss, being in the group is an outlet for her political interests, she said. More online at OUDaily.com

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University blows whistle on pasta bandits Our View: Punishing OU athletes for eating too much pasta is an appropriate and worthy pastime of the NCAA

As careful consumers of carbs, we are shocked and outraged by the recent publication of OU’s self-reported National Collegiate Athletic Association violations from last year, which include required donations from three football players who ate too much pasta at a graduation banquet. How dare they consume more than the NCAAapproved portion of those delicious noodles? The violations have been deemed “pastagate” on Twitter, and rightfully so. The self-proclaimed “pasta bandits” have caused a scandal right on par with Watergate. We believe overeating $3.83 worth of pasta is definitely an offense worth suspending a player’s eligibility over, so bravo, NCAA. (See Gabe Ikard’s Twitter account @GabeIkard for “pasta bandits.”) OU linemen Gabe Ikard and Austin Woods are two of the three pasta-eating offenders. The pair of jokesters took to social media Wednesday and responded to a tweet from ESPN’s SportsCenter account about the pasta-related The Our View donations to charity. is the majority Ikard declared he and Woods opinion of are “proud to be 2 of these infaThe Daily’s mous pasta eaters. Also, we donateight-member ed $5, not $3.83. #Boomer.” Well editorial board Ikard, we believe this is no joking matter. There is nothing more important for the governing body of college sports to worry about than how much football players eat at their own graduation banquets. Woods piped up on Twitter too, exclaiming, “that was some great pasta! We felt we ate more than $3.83 so we donated $5.” (Twitter: @AwesomeWoods_50) Penalizing such

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he Department Opinion Columnist of the Interior’s stated goal may be “protecting America’s great outdoors,� but, considering their recent actions, we should expect no such concern. In December, the department offered wind Corbin Brown farms permits to kill eagles, brown.corbin.h@ou.edu without legal ramifications, for up to 30 years. According to a 2013 study published in the scientific journal Biological Conservation, approximately 234,000 birds are killed annually by U.S. wind turbines. Some wind industry firms have already faced lawsuits as a result of their alleged violations of the Endangered Species Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The grossly corrupt ties between the wind industry and the U.S. federal government extend to other areas. In addition to issuing five-year-long, and now decades-long, licenses to kill numerous formerly protected bird species in the name of “clean� energy, our government has provided the wind industry with tax credits worth tens of billions of dollars. What has the industry done with those credits? Lobby Congress, of course. The American Wind Energy Association, which represents over 1,200 wind industry firms, has donated to a number of legislators, including Senators Harry The issuance of Reid, Max Baucus and John permits to slaughter Thune. These three members of eagles is for the Congress are all vocal prosole convenience ponents of the need to deof the wind industry velop wind energy or, more put, line their own and its lobbyists in honestly pockets. Washington.� For example, in 2010, Reid pushed a $450 million stimulus grant for Chinese firm A-Power Energy Generation Systems, which would be used to build a 36,000 acre wind farm in west Texas and produce turbines in China. Supporters of the firm donated thousands of dollars to help Reid’s reelection campaign. John Thune added his own venality to the mix when he voted, as a member of the Senate Finance Committee, to extend tax credits for the wind industry. This extension, passed in 2012, cost taxpayers $3.3 billion, according to an article in the New York Times. And Baucus is equally guilty of furthering his own gain under the guise of promoting clean energy production, according to a Politico column.

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There was an offensive overflow during Oklahoma’s five-game homestand to open the season, but stouter competition awaits the squad as it hits the road for a tournament in the Sunshine State. The Sooners (4-1) will face a trio of tough teams, beginning today, in Orlando, Fla., at the University of Central Florida tournament. Coach Pete Hughes’ squad will travel east on a wave of momentum that has carried the team to four straight victories. The scoreboard at L. Dale Mitchell Park was brightly illuminated Tuesday and Wednesday as the Sooners struck Arkansas Pine Bluff with hit after hit. “We put up — I don’t know many runs during these two games, but I know the guys are looking forward to the weekend,” senior second baseman Hector Lorenzana said. “We’re all fired up and feeling confident at the plate.” Tallying 27 runs over two

We’re going to have our work cut out for us.” PETE HUGHES, OU BASEBALL COACH

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Sophomore Kolbey Carpenter swings at the baseball on Tuesday against Arkansas Pine Bluff. The Sooners beat the Golden Lions 16-6.

games might be the reason behind their fiery confidence. The OU bats have been hot all season and haven’t shown signs of cooling off. Eight Sooners are averaging north of .300 on the year. Oklahoma has scored eight or more runs in every game since its loss on opening day. The Sooners have been free swinging with the arrival of Hughes’ aggressive style of play. “We have a few guys that

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are really hot right now throughout the lineup, not just in certain spots,” freshman third baseman Sheldon Neuse said.

Neuse has been among the hottest in his first year. The Fort Worth, Texas native is hitting .316 and has clubbed a pair of home runs — a

power surge that has been contagious in the clubhouse. Much of the power in college baseball has been squelched in recent years, but the Sooners have been an exception early this season. Oklahoma has blasted seven long balls through five games. Continuing their torrid pace at the plate will be crucial this weekend. The squad will face The Citadel, UCF and Ohio State in Orlando. “We’re going to have our work cut out for us,” Hughes said. “This is a tough tournament. I’m looking forward to see what we can do against stiffer competition and on the road.” The Citadel, who OU opens with, has already logged victories over Louisville and Virginia Tech, where Hughes coached before taking the Oklahoma job.

The Sooner roster is littered with youth, and for many players, the road trip will be the first of their collegiate career. For Lorenzana, the tournament will be a gauge to see how good the team really is. “I want to see how we play on the road,” he said. “It’s going to be a big test for our new guys. I’m looking forward to playing some good, well-known teams.” Oklahoma will face The Citadel at 11 a.m. today. The team then returns to action at 5 p.m. Saturday against UCF before concluding the tournament versus Ohio State at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Joe Mussatto jmussatto@ou.edu

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Sooners look to preserve nation’s top rank in OKC After reclaiming the No. 1 spot, Oklahoma faces two top-10 teams JENNIFER ROGERS

Gymnastics Beat Reporter @jenrogers315

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Punter Jed Barnett (left), tight end Taylor McNamara (middle) and quarterback Trevor Knight (right) enjoy their plates of pasta in the Headington Hall cafeteria Thursday evening. Three football players like these guys, two of whom were Gabe Ikard and Austin Woods, were asked to donate $3.83 after reports to the NCAA that they were consuming too much pasta at a graduation banquet in May 2013.

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increase in secondary violations, such as the pasta incident, to be reported because of the compliance JOE MUSSATTO office’s large size, whereas smaller Assistant Sports Editor schools don’t have the staff to closely @joe_mussatto monitor their student-athletes. The OU compliance office O U ’s c o m p l i a n c e outdid its duties when it team consists of nine self-reported a violamembers. tion claiming three Oklahoma’s last s t u d e n t- a t h l e t e s major NCAA violaput too much pasta tion came in 2005 on their plates, alwhen quarterback though more frivoRhett Bomar was lous reports can be paid for hours he expected from the didn’t work at a local department. car dealership. Compliance officers By self-reporting as reported that players much as possible, the received food in excess school is working to reGabe Ikard of reasonable refreshduce its risk of being ments at a graduation cerpunished by the NCAA emony in May, according to a docagain. ument obtained by Moris, “Our history would indifootball sports inforcate that we’re thorough mation director, said when reporting secSooner fans should ondary violations,” appreciate the Moris said. “There’s report. been a precedent “We’ve made a set.” commitment to Gabe Ikard and being diligent no Austin Woods, who matter how trivial admitted to being it may seem,” Moris two of the alleged eatsaid. “Even when it may ers, just finished their seem inconsequential, senior season on the we have an obligation to Austin Woods football team and were report on it.” each required to donate Moris expects an $3.83 to a charity of their

Our history would indicate that we’re thorough when reporting secondary violations.” PETE MORIS FOOTBALL SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR

choice — the cost of pasta per serving, according to the report. Both players took to Twitter to confess. Ikard said he and Woods were proud to be two of the “infamous pasta eaters.” The pair of linemen donated more than the required amount. “ That was some great pasta,” Woods tweeted. “We felt we ate more than $3.83 so we donated $5.” The 246-page report that outlines dozens of secondary violations consists mostly of text messages and phone calls from coaches to recruits during impermissible periods. Joe Mussatto jmussatto@ou.edu

This past weekend, the Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team took back the top rank in the country. The team posted the nation’s highest overall score of the season in the Metroplex Challenge against LSU, Arizona and Kentucky. The No. 1 ranked Sooners now look to the Perfect 10 Challenge at 6:45 p.m. today in Oklahoma City. This weekend, Oklahoma will face No. 5 Alabama, No. 7 Michigan and West Virginia. The Sooners clicked on all fronts as they posted a 198.175 at the Metroplex Challenge. LSU placed second with a 197.875. Oklahoma needed this boost after having an uncharacteristic performance when the Sooners fell in a narrow loss to the Tigers Feb. 9 in Norman. The Metroplex Challenge was a redemption match against LSU and senior Taylor Spears acknowledged the Sooners were extremely motivated going into the meet. “After losing two meets in a row, that definitely motivated us,” she said. “We were all on the same page. We knew what we needed to do, and we did it.” There was no doubt that Oklahoma wanted a victory, and it delivered in remarkable fashion. Sophomore Haley Scaman, fresh off her first Big 12 Gymnast of the Week, posted a perfect 10.0 on floor. This score was both the first 10.0 for Oklahoma since 2010 and the second in program history for this event. This week, Scaman received her second Big 12 Gymnast of the Week award, following her stellar performance at the Metroplex Challenge. Coach K.J. Kindler talked about what this means for the program as well as for Scaman and her teammates. “Any time you score a perfect 10, you are kind of solidified in the record books for the rest of your life. That is a big deal,” Kindler said. “It is a confidence builder for her as well. We know that any time she goes out there on vault or floor, it could be a 10.0. She is that good, but now she knows that it is fact.” Scaman was joined by several other teammates on the Big 12 weekly honor list. Chayse Capps picked up her fourth Newcomer of the Week award after posting her career-best 9.975 on beam. Additionally, senior Madison Mooring was awarded Event Specialist of the Week for the first time this year, after she tied two personal season-highs on vault and beam. The team is not letting the No. 1 ranking change its mindset, and the gymnasts are keeping their eyes on the big picture. “Honestly, being No. 1 just makes us want to work even harder so that we keep the spot going forward because what really matters is nationals,” freshman McKenzie Wofford said. The Sooners will carry this momentum forward as they head to the Perfect 10 Challenge. Oklahoma has been consistent throughout the season, and its focus is on point. “We are going to go about our business the same way we always would. We probably have a target on our back, and we are going to do our best to defend that position,” Kindler said. Jennifer Rogers, jennifer.rogers-1@ou.edu


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LIFE&ARTS

Tony Beaulieu, life & arts editor Luke Reynolds, assistant editor dailyent@ou.edu • phone: 405-325-3666 oudaily.com/life&arts • Twitter: @OUDailyArts

ROCK BAND

UNION

Dance off to benefit charity UPB hopes contest will be annual affair SAMA KHAWAJA

Life & Arts Reporter

PHOTO PROVIDED

From left to right: Tony Manganaro, bassist for Glow God, European studies senior Taylor McKenzie and guitarist Tim Buchanan have rehearsal in Oklahoma City on Feb. 16. Glow God recently came back from a tour along the West coast and are exciting to play more local shows.

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Local band looks to future Norman rock band plans album, tour SARAH PITTS

Life & Arts Reporter

For Norman garage rockers Glow God, music has become an all-consuming pastime. It’s been a busy two years since the band first came together in October 2012. Glow God have released their first album, “House of Distractions,” and have gone on two tours, but their passion for music started much earlier. “I can think of my cousin speeding down back roads blaring Van Halen,” said guitarist and contributing vocalist Tim Buchanan. Bassist and contributing vocalist Taylor McKenzie is a European studies and German senior with plans to travel to Berlin soon. Even so, McKenzie said he still has long term plans for Glow God after his graduation in May. “Regardless, we are going to play music and try to record an album,” McKenzie

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NUMBER ONE is nothing to celebrate.

Regardless, we are going to play music and try to record an album.” TAYLOR MCKENZIE, GLOW GOD BASSIST

said. “And maybe do a little tour.” With the help of Seattle band Darto, Glow God was able to set up an extensive itinerary of shows from Oklahoma to Vancouver. The ensuing West Coast tour consumed much of winter break for the group. “It’s really, really connected over there,” McKenzie said, referring to Glow God’s West coast tour. The band found an overwhelming support from venues and other bands all along the way. “Ever ybody still really cares about bands our size,” said drummer Tony

Manganaro. The success of the tour inspired Glow God to begin planning a Midwest tour, McKenzie said. Right now only three members are living in Oklahoma, with the fourth member, guitarist and vocalist Payton Green, driving up from Denton, Texas, every couple of weeks. He is planning to move to Oklahoma soon, but for now Glow God practices when they can. “We’re very work oriented,” McKenzie said. “We don’t really like to rest.” Glow God’s next show will be Feb. 22 at Beerland in Austin, Texas. “The only reason this band happened was bec a u s e i t ’s s o m e t h i n g that all of us individually are going to be doing,” Buchanan said. “So this is just the current combination, and it’s one of the cooler things that I’ve experienced.”

The Union Programming Board will hold a Dancing with the Stars event at 7 p.m Saturday in Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Meacham Auditorium. The event will be based on the popular ABC show, said Alex Grant, event organizer and advertising sophomore. Contestants will be paired up with campus “celebrities” and given a dance style to choreograph and perform in the show. The winner will have money donated to a charity of their choice, Grant said. It is one of the few UPB events focused on charity, said Lillian Bocquin, act coordinator and University College freshman. “That’s the main incentive of the show,” Grant said. Amelia Ginac, entrepreneurship sophomore and coordinator for the event’s sponsorships, said in order to get the campus “celebrities,” UPB invited experienced dancers from among students and faculty as well as from the Sooner Ballroom Dance Club and dance majors. “We have people like Mariah Najimuddin, who is Miss Hispanic OU, and Ray Wolber, homecoming king,” Grant said. The couples have two weeks to practice and perfect their dance routines before the event, she said. Grant also said that the panel of judges will include Miss OU Brooke Hamilton, Women’s Outreach Center graduate assistant Kasey Catlett and associate director of residence life Johnnie-Margaret McConnell. It will be up to them to decide which couple performs the best. “There will also be multiple awards

INTERNATIONAL AREA STUDIES JUNIOR ROBIN RAINEY AND PSYCHOLOGY JUNIOR NEAL WALIA PREPARE FOR UPB'S DANCING WITH THE STARS EVENT. THE EVENT IS A DANCE COMPETITION AMONGST OU STUDENTS AND WILL BE HELD SATURDAY.

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handed out, such as crowd favorite,” Bocquin said. Last year, the first ever OU Dancing with the Stars event had such a great turnout, UPB is attempting to make it an annual event, Grant said. “We’re also doing some promotional games, which will hopefully draw people in,” she said. Some of the games include a scavenger hunt where players must find hidden stars around the Union in order to win VIP seats to the event. Another way student can get VIP seats is by taking a picture with a campus celebrity and sending it to the UPB, Grant said. “It’s free and open to everyone on campus,” Ginac said. Sama Khawaja Sama.Khawaja-1@ou.edu

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