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Tanning beds added to dangerous-radiation list As skin cancer rates for tanning bed usage grows, U.S. Senate weighs pros and cons of tax on tanning services CAROLINE PERRYMAN Daily Staff Writer
A listing of the most dangerous forms of radiation that cause skin cancer now includes a new item: tanning beds, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Tanning beds are now said to definitely cause cancer, not just probably cause it, and the American Cancer Society suggests people stop tanning in tanning beds completely, the foundation stated. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer found in the United States,
according to the American Cancer Society. More than 1 million cases are diagnosed each year and about 2,000 Americans are killed from this disease each year. Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, kills more than 7,000 Americans and strikes more than 59,000 Americans each year. The American Cancer Society also found that 75 percent of people who use tanning beds before the age of 35 develop melanoma. A Mayo Clinic dermatologist said people may not know they can receive rashes, warts, HPV, cellulitis, cataract and retina damage and infections along with skin cancer from tanning beds. Premature aging and wrinkling of the skin is directly related to sun exposure. People are much more likely to develop melanoma or nonlife-
threatening skin cancer by 55 percent from being exposed just once a month. If no action is taken, more people will not only continue to tan and develop wrinkly, aging skin, but also develop skin cancer and possibly die. Recent reports show skin cancer rates are increasing by 2.3 percent in females and 7.7 percent in males each year, said Len Lichtenfeld, American Cancer Society deputy chief medical officer. The problem is that some people are unaware of the dangers of ultraviolet radiation from tanning beds, Lichtenfeld said. Tanning also may become more expensive. The proposed 10 percent federal tax on indoor tanning services was added to the latest U.S. Senate health care reform bill in December, according to the
International Smart Tan Network, The 10 percent “Tan Tax” could lead to more than 1,000 tanning business closures, resulting in more than 9,000 lost jobs in 2010. The tax on the nation’s professional tanning facilities would generate less than $170 million in its first year and even less in subsequent years due to business closures, an estimated 40 to 50 percent less than what bill sponsors projected to collect in taxes over 10 years. “Body image is sadly too scrutinized in this nation for a 10 percent tax to affect anyone’s behavior,” said Amy Taylor, accounting junior. “The media has focused several campaigns against tanning for health factors and it has deterred few from tanning, so a small tax will not stop people from tanning.”
CART implements security cameras Installing security cameras makes buses safer, encouraging students to use transportation, officials say
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Cleveland Area Rapid Transport Services recently completed placing security cameras on its transportation system for passengers’ safety and security. CART began implementing the cameras last fall and completed them this spring with a grant from Federal Transit Administration administered by Oklahoma Department of Transportation to CART Services, said Cody Ponder, grants and planning manager for CART Services. The security cameras were put in all of the CART operations including 15 buses, four trolleys and 12 vans available to Norman residents who uses these public transportation, s a i d K r i s G l e n n , C A RT spokesman. “ The focus of placing these cameras really is for security and safety of the passengers and the drivers, also as a learning tool to teach our drivers to show them as a source if there is any issue about what they are doing that they are not aware of,” said Wayne Wickham, manager of operations for CART Services. Ponder said the security cameras also serve a customer service role. “For example, when we get a complaint phone call, we can run back the tapes and see what had actually happened to get better idea about the situation and respond to the customers in a better way,” Ponder said. Some of the benefits about monitoring the security cameras on public transportation systems are reductions of vandalism like graffiti, broken windows and damaged seats. Also the busses with security cameras had reduction of injury claims, improved route scheduling, and passenger load management CART CONTINUES ON PAGE 2
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JAPAN NIGHT FEATURES TRADITIONAL, MODERN ENTERTAINMENT Students join the Japanese Student Association for a night of karaoke, dance, costumes CASEY WILSON Daily Staff Writer
Karaoke singing, magic tricks and battling dojos were all part of Japan Night, a show hosted Tuesday by the Japanese Student Association. The show also included performances of traditional Japanese drumming, hip-hop dancing and a musical duet. Japan Night is an event that happens every year at OU, said David Truong, Japanese Student Association president. Japan Night showcases both the traditional and pop culture aspects of
Japan, said Truong, english junior. “We’re having traditional dances and we’re having modern dances,” he said. Students from Ritsumeikan, a university in Japan, are incorporated into Japan Night, Truong said. These Japanese students are at OU for a month, and one intention of Japan Night is to help those students generate friendships with the Japanese Student Association, Oklahoma Christian University and with the community in general, he said. Truong said Japan Night is a way to help strengthen the relationship between the general community and the international community. Though not Japanese, Truong said he loves the culture of Japan and the Japanese Student Association. Andy Nhin, biology sophomore at OCU, said he was seeing Japan Night JAPAN CONTINUES ON PAGE 2
UOSA encourages Boren to pass smoking restrictions Resolution calls for enforcement of current 25-feet laws, eventual full ban TROY WEATHERFORD Daily Staff Writer
UOSA passed a resolution encouraging OU President David Boren to restrict smoking on the OU-Norman campus. Citing health concerns, unsightly litter and campus opinion, Student Congress passed the resolution with 22 in favor, 13 against and 2 abstains. The resolution also asked that the current laws prohibiting smoking within 25 feet of
entranceways be enforced. UOSA will work to provide programs to make quitting smoking easier for our university community, the resolution stated. The resolution also stated UOSA would support a partial ban beginning in 2011 and would consider a full ban in 2012. A partial ban would include banning smoking on sidewalks and most areas of campus, Representative Joseph Ahrabizad said. “Hopefully, [the board of regents] consider banning smoking on the University of Oklahoma Campus,” said Ahrabizad, political science senior. Ahrabizad said after a ban goes into effect, people will have to leave campus to smoke.
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Representative Joe Sangirardi voted against the resolution. “A lot of my constituents, freshman, smoke, and so I don’t think I can be for this since I’m representing them,” said Sangirardi, University College freshman. He said there is already a policy restricting smoking in front of entranceways that should be enforced, and no more rules are needed. “This is incredibly restrictive and I think it’s wrong,” Sangirardi said. Representative Forrest Bennett was in favor of the resolution. He said he asked a smoker to stand farther away from a door and was told to “suck it.” Ahrabizad said the country is moving in the UOSA CONTINUES ON PAGE 2
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for improved customer ser vices, according to Videosurveillance.com. The security cameras in the busses are not monitored 24/7, but only the manager of operations person can run back the tapes. When there is an incident or complaint, they need to be looked at closely to figure out what had happened and handle the situations, said Wickham. There are two to three cameras on each bus, and one of them faces outward i n c a s e o f a n a c c i d e nt, Glenn said. He said this can help prove the faults and determine exactly what happened. “ Hav i n g t h e s e c u r i t y cameras makes the busses safer and it deters from making people doing something bad, so it encourages the students to use the busses more often and benefit from them,” said Christina Miles, University College freshman. Glenn said installing the security cameras was a natural progression for 21st century technology, and this helped CART catch up with similar technology already implemented in other states. “The CART Services is glad to be moving ahead and trying to be progressive with the systems they offer,” Wickham said.
direction of smoking restrictions. “Sometimes you have to do what your representatives want, sometimes you have to do what is best for your constituents,” Ahrabizad said in support of the bill. A bill also was passed 24-9-1 to require that “any entity campaigning for or against a campus-wide referendum must also register their cause and abide by regulations in the same manner outlined for candidates.” This bill would also limit spending by any individual entity to $1,000 per election cycle. Before passing, the bill was amended to remove restrictions on elected members of UOSA from offering opinions on referendums. The current rules allow anyone to campaign for any referendum, said UOSA Secretary Brett Stidham, human relations
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management junior. UOSA also passed an act requiring that votes be cast in uncontested elections. The “Always Take a Vote Act,” will make the requirements for recall petitions more reasonable, Ahrabizad said. The number of signatures required for a recall petition is based on the number of votes cast in the last election, so requiring votes in uncontested elections will affect that amount. Also approved was $1,570 in funding to eight student organizations for programs, events and activities. International Advisory Committee ($300), Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Student Society ($275), Society of Portuguese Speakers ($250), Sooners for Israel ($200), United Students ($150), American Constitution Society ($100), Spanish Club ($200) and the student chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architecture ($95) received these funds. Nine UOSA liasons also were appointed at the meeting.
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UOSA Representative joe Ahrabizad speaks about his bill regarding the university’s smoking policy. The new bill proposes that a ban on smoking be gradually instated and to be in full effect during the next school year.
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A member of the Japanese Student Association performs a rendition of OnePlay, a popular manga cartoon, at Japanese Night in Meachum Auditorium Tuesday night. Japanese Night was organized by the Japanese Student Association and included songs, magic, fashion, and culture.
for the first time. Nhin said he was happy to see a large amount of people in attendance at the show, and he particularly enjoyed the Soran Bushi, a Japanese dance about fisherman. “I like all the dances,” he said. Zachary McWilliams, computer-engineering sophomore, said he saw Japan Night last year, thought it looked fun and decided to perform in it this year. McWilliams performed with the percussion group Arashi Taiko, and said he and his group have been practicing for Japan Night since last semester. “It’s been a lot of fun,” McWilliams said. James Bryan, professional writing junior, said he learned about Japan Night through the Anime Club. Bryan said he performed in the fashion show that included performers dressed in casual clothes, tradition clothes and cosplay. The latter is a performance art in which performers wear costumes to represent characters from anime, video games, movies and other media. “Everybody’s pretty excited for the cosplay,” he said. “Cosplay’s going to be the best, for sure the best.”
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and ready to go. Unlike a regular ambulance, a mobile intensive care unit includes IVs, fluid warmers, a cot, defibrillator, monitors and a wide BRYAN DUGAN range of medications for any event, COURTNEY SILVA Yarbrough said. Contributing Writers The rear of the ambulance sits on two large air bags, which are activatThe flashing lights and the sirens of Norman Regional ed when the back doors are opened, Hospital’s new mobile intensive care unit are the same as any and gives the ambulance one of the smoothest rides possible, Yarbrough other ambulance, but its size and purpose differ drastically. The new unit, which is the biggest ambulance in the state, said. Another state-of-the-art feature, was special ordered and purchased three weeks ago from St. Louis, Mo., said Steve Yarbrough, Norman Regional Hospital Yarbrough said, are the two independent air conditioners used to cool the critical care paramedic. The vehicle’s main purpose is to transport critically injured unit. In the event that the air condipatients to other hospitals over long distances, Yarbrough tioner in the back fails, it will switch over and run off the other in the front. said. “It’s brand spanking new and took about three years to For extra precaution, an inverter is build,” Yarbrough said. “If you would’ve asked me to build my also carried on the vehicle, which will dream ambulance, this is exactly what I would’ve asked for.” power the system if needed. “There’s absolutely no chance that The ambulance is 29 feet long, around 8 feet wide and the back will ever go without an air conditioner,” he said. 10 feet tall, similar to the height of a semi-truck. A semiThe ambulance was built to withstand truck’s legal height is 13.5 feet, according to the elements of weather, including rain, ice MULTIMEDIA Department of Transportation’s Web site. and snow, Yarbrough said as he reached Holding around 100 gallons of gasoline, below the steering wheel to lift a red lever, the vehicle drives a range of about 750 miles, Go online for a video touring the inside of the ambulance. activating the vehicle’s snow chains. Yarbrough said. “About two years ago, we had a child “It can get us from here down to Houston we were transporting from Ada back to without refueling,” he said. With a four-person cab, the ambulance is designed to Norman and we had some problems in the snow,” Yarbrough transport two paramedics, a respiratory therapist and nurse said. “Now, in an instance like that, we just flip this switch in addition to the critically injured patient, Yarbrough said. and arms come down and engage the wheels, which lock the Depending on the severity of the situation, a physician may snow chains into place.” Yarbrough said about once or twice a year paramedics are replace the nurse, he said. called to rescue someone stuck in inclement weather. “We get a call or two a day that needs this vehicle,” The ambulance cost about $325,000 after purchasing Yarbrough said. “As we get each call, we evaluate the call and medicine and equipment, Yarbrough said. The project was decide if it needs a regular ambulance or this.” The ambulance helps paramedics better care for patients paid for through federal grant funding, as well as donations because it gives them all the equipment in one place, set up from the Norman Physician Hospital Organization, Norman
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. PUBLIC INTOXICATION Reina Margarit AguirreDeserrano, 27, 1800 W. Main St., Monday
Auxiliary Hospital, Norman Health Foundation and a group of private donors. Courtney Marino, OU arts and sciences sophomore, said she thought Norman Regional Hospital made a good choice in purchasing the life-saving vehicle. “I think this money is put to go use,” Marino said. “One of my friends was in a life threatening accident and I would have felt better if something like this could have gotten to her faster and helped her needs.”
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CITIZEN ASKS CITY COUNCIL TO UPDATE SANITATION SYSTEM BARKING DOG Cody Gene Burchette, 23, 1801 Aladin St., Sunday
Kyle Andrew Warren, 19, 1100 W. Lindsey St., Sunday, possession of drug paraphernalia
PETTY LARCENY Jennifer Lynn Russ, 30, 3499 W. Main St., Friday
AGGRAVATED DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE David Tyler Burshik, 25, 12th Avenue, Monday
Lief Erickson Rantala, 21, 24th Avenue, Saturday
MUNICIPAL WARRANT Donna Sue Shumway, 43, 201 W. Gray St., Monday
POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA David Braden Cox, 18, 1100 W. Lindsey St., Sunday, possession of drug paraphernalia
POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA Clint Aaron Mayes, 23, 1400 Southern Heights Ave., Sunday, also interference with an official process and municipal warrants
COUNTY WARRANT Seth Dewayne Starr, 21, 2800 W. Tecumseh Road, Monday
The Norman City Council discussed new sanitation systems, awarded individuals and heard public concerns about new speed bumps at the City Council meeting Tuesday night. A Norman layman spoke to the council about Norman’s need for a new transfer station for the waste management. The new station will renovate the method of loading the trash onto trucks and add a second weighing station. It will cost Norman $3.59 million.
Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal declared March 2010 as International Demolay month in the City of Norman. Demolay International is an organization to train 12to 21-year-old young men to be successful leaders. A Norman citizen said he and his neighbors did not want new speed bumps on their street. Another citizen said doubling the speeding fines would be just as effective in reducing speeding. -Cassi Toney/The Daily
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Co-ed housing is the solution to gender blind concerns Students across campus have been calling for genderblind housing. This is meant to give students the opportunity to live with someone with whom they are more compatible. Instead of gender-segregated housing we should have co-ed and gender-neutral housing. This would solve many of the potential problems of either having or not having merely gender-neutral housing. The prospect of gender neutral housing has caused a lot of controversy. It provides fears that gender-neutral students will be isolated into a small corner of campus, possibly making them targets for hate crimes and other acts of abuse or violence. Co-ed housing would solve this by providing gender-neutral housing, but not segregating them into particular spot. It
would spread individual dorms around campus, promoting integration rather than isolation in the OU community. Were we to make one of the dorm towers co-ed, students would be further removed from the stereotypical bubble of campus life. In the rest of the world boys and girls mingle. Co-ed student housing would allow students to get more real world training while still in college. The best part of co-ed housing is it would be an option. Those who wish to live in gender-neutral rooms may do so, and those who wish to remain in their gender-segregated hallways may do so as well — but students should have the option. This would give OU a chance to shine as an example to a largely unprogressive state. “To be honest with you we live in the state of Oklahoma,
Japanese education does not lead to higher suicide rates
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Grow as a person and closer to nature I want to lead you to find awe in the interworkings of the organisms plots of land you can manipulate to your everyday surroundings, and you pass by every day. I want you to produce some of the most amazing help you find solace in the wonder- probe into this area of study because fruits and vegetables that will ever ful world of Science-the science of in my short time here, I have seen a hit your taste buds. Plots of land plants. A science that not terrifying ignorance among that will help reduce your carbon only teaches you about the population at large that footprint. Plots of land that will help the value of your envidoes not want to understand you gain the most precious jewel — ronment, but meddles where their food comes from, knowledge of the earth and the great with many other importhe difficulties in cultiva- bounty that she provides you. tant issues like the agony tion or the complexity of our However, if you are one of the of the hungry, the greed ecosystems. These problems many students who live in areas of corporations and are creating a world that will that do not provide a space for you even the exploitation of soon not be inhabitable by to sharpen your gardening skills religion. mankind and many other then I want to direct your attention Botany turns the av- CHRISTOPHER more beautiful organisms to some student groups on campus erage into the extraordi- GIBBONS than ourselves. that are pushing toward installing nary — a Napoleon if you I know some readers are a very overdue community garden wish. Botany teaches the committed individuals in closer to student housing. student at the macro level as well as their majors I hope you will the micro. It teaches the beauty of and will re- “There are many ways probe your university cultivating the earth by your own fuse to drop resources to discover to go about pursuing hands into a well-managed area that t h e i r m u n these groups and give sustains the human body as well as dane studies Botany, but the most them your support — the mind. It teaches the complexity for the bril- practical (and the most support that is not just that is the central dogma; it teaches liance botany fun) is tilling the land with wanted, but needed. the brilliance of our evolutionary is. However, I We need more stuhistory from single-celled organ- implore you your own two hands.” dents interested in this isms to the sophisticated multi-cel- t o g e t y o u r field because at the lular beings we are today. The sub- hands dirty. rate our Earth is declindisciplines of botany are diverse and There are many ways to go about ing we cannot afford to be ignorant the opportunities are even more pursuing botany, but the most anymore. rewarding. practical (and the most fun) is tilling Gibbons is a botany and chemWhy I am shoving my one love the land with your own two hands. Christopher istry junior. down your throat? I merely want There are always empty plots of land to entice you to become more that need human cultivation (but COMMENT ON THIS COLUMN AT aware of your surroundings and be careful where you tread). These OUDAILY.COM
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our values are not necessarily the same elsewhere,” OU President David Boren said about gender-neutral housing Feb. 9. Are we really going to allow ourselves and our administration to hold such a mindset when we’re being challenged to expand ours? The administration needs to at least try co-ed dorms for a year as a test run. If OU, the state’s largest and leading example of progressive thought, can’t make accommodations for all walks of life, then Boren’s previous statements will never change. Our values, like not accepting each other as we really are or not giving every student an equal sense of security, will never change.
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In honor of Japanese night, I’d a row in 2009. These high numlike to correct a common myth bers might be attributed to recent about the Japanese education economic turmoil and unemsystem. ployment in Japan, but this is not Ask anyone in this country and entirely a recent trend. It is more most will tell you that the Japanese likely attributable to uniquely educate their children better than Japanese views on honor and we do. It’s pretty common knowl- suicide. edge that the U.S. is pretty far beThe suicide rate, combined with hind the rest of the world in the stereotypical view education quality, at least as of Japanese education far as test scores can show. and culture as oppresAnd it’s also pretty comsive and highly stressmon knowledge that the ful, leads to the false Japanese education system assumption that the is rigorous, their culture rate of suicide among stresses the importance of Japanese students is a good education and the exceptional. combination of these fac- MARY The perpetration tors produces high-per- STANFIELD of this negative view forming students. is doing great harm But many of those same to this country, as it people you ask will make this an- makes it possible for us to write swer with a corollary. It is a com- off the lessons we could be learnmon belief that the same traits ing from Japan’s success. It’s easy that create the strength of the to ignore their strengths, and the Japanese system also create an changes we could be making in environment of excessive stress accordance to strengthen our and stifled creativity. They claim own system, when we’re afraid of the system generates adults with overworking students and raising little individuality or creativity, already high suicide rates. and worse, they claim that presJapan consistently outranks sure to be perfect leads students and outperforms the U.S. in interto suicide. national indicators of the quality These myths are easily perof education systems, inpetrated because they are cluding subject-specific based in reality. Japanese test scores and literacy culture does stress indirates. Japan consisviduality less, and group tently ranks among culture more, than we do world leaders in stuin the U.S. — though they dent math performance; have a similar focus on creative the U.S. is consistently below expression and the arts. And average. Though much of students in Japan are greattheir renowned educaly pressured to make their tional strength comes families proud, to keep up from the intense years with the rigorous curriculum of preparatory schooling stuand to prepare themselves for dents undergo before entrance into universities taking the university (which is a much greater entrance exams, the feat than in U.S., often restrength of the pubquiring years of study at lic education system “cram schools”). But the cannot be ignored. fact is, the suicide rate among We should be evaluating Japanese students is not as what factors lead to this exceptional as commonly success, and figuring believed. According to the out which could work Center for Disease Control the same for us. and Japan’s National Police That is not to say Agency, the U.S. actually has that the educational a greater number of studentsystem in Japan doesn’t age suicides than Japan. put unique stressors on stuThis misconception most dents. It’s simply that any likely arises from the fact that argument attempting to Japan has the ninth highest prove that those stressors suicide rate in the world, one cause serious problems that is much higher for students, and outweigh than all the other the benefits, must be more industrialized nacomplicated than an appeal to tions, according to the suicide rate. the World Health Mary Stanfield is a Organization. philosophy sophomore. The National Police Agency reports the COMMENT ON number of suiTHIS COLUMN AT c i d e s i n Ja p a n OUDAILY.COM passed 30,000 for the twelfth year in
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BALOGUN WORKS OUT AFTER MISSING SEASON The past 15 months have been full of confusion and frustration for senior linebacker Mike Balogun, but for three hours at OU’s Pro Day on Tuesday he finally got to play his final year of collegiate football. The last time the 26-year-old senior suited up was in the 2009 National Championship Game in Miami, Fla., when he started at middle linebacker against the Florida Gators. Balogun recorded six tackles in the loss. Since the moment he returned to Norman from Florida, the only news concerning Balogun has portrayed his eligibility in a negative light. His eligibility was de-certified by the NCAA in August for allegedly playing semi-professional football after the age of 21, a claim Balogun denies to this day. Since Balogun was denied his season, he had to cram a 13-game season’s worth of highlight reels and impressions into one practice session at Everest Training Facility in front of scouts representing almost every National Football League team. “I could have done better on some drills,” Balogun said. “There’s always better numbers you could put up, but I think I did good.” Tuesday morning was essentially Balogun’s 2009 season, and he had a productive season. Balogun hustled during the linebacking drills, put AP PHOTO up good numbers in the individual drills and im- Linebacker Mike Balogun, right, runs the 40 yard dash for NFL representatives during OU’s Pro Day at Everest Training Facility. pressed some scouts who approached him following his workout, Balogun said. Balogun ran a 4.72 40-yarddash, posted a 35-inch “I have no clue [if the lawsuit will hurt my draft status],” test you on, but you don’t know what position work you’re vertical jump and put up 18 reps on the 225-pound bench Balogun said. “I don’t think so. I don’t think [scouts] care. going to do. So when you come here you’ve got to be ready press. Once he was done with his on-field drills, he took the Surprisingly nobody asked me about the lawsuit.” for anything. It was a little different, but nothing I couldn’t Wonderlic Test, which he did not find so terrible, Balogun If Balogun had not been decertified for the 2009 season, adjust to.” said. his situation may have been a lot different. McCoy will redo the bench press drill in OU’s next Pro The best news Balogun could have received during the Pro “I would have had a great season,” Balogun said. “I know I Day on March 25 with Heisman-winner Sam Bradford and Day was when he was told his year out of the starting lineup would. I was ready to go.” other OU players who did not work out Tuesday. McCoy was and on the Sooners’ scout team did not hurt him and he still heavily criticized for posting 23 reps of 225 pounds at the NFL had the term draft-able attached to him, Balogun said. MCCOY HAS SHORT WORKOUT Combine in late February. “A lot of teams like me,” Balogun said. “If you give me The reason for the poor performance at the Combine was a shot, I’ll prove it to you. I’ll prove I deserve a roster spot. Junior defensive tackle Gerald McCoy worked out for a 15 nerves since the 23 reps was two less than he posted on his That’s all I need.” minute period Tuesday at OU’s Pro Day at Everest Training first day of training for the Combine, McCoy said. Balogun will continue to work out and will participate in Facility where he participated in individual drills in front of “I was just nervous,” McCoy said. “I’m just going to give OU’s next Pro Day that will feature Heisman-winner Sam scouts from most NFL teams. myself a little bit of time off, keep training and come back and Bradford on March 25, but Balogun’s collegiate work is far McCoy did not participate in the same drills he did at the do it on [March] 25.” from over. Balogun is finishing his remaining four credits NFL Combine, but rather more specific drills aimed at testing needed to graduate, and will continue his lawsuit against the the defensive line position. NCAA that he filed shortly after being decertified. None of the “I just wanted to come out here and move around a bit,” scouts at Pro Day asked Balogun about the lawsuit, meaning McCoy said. “[At Pro Day], you know what they’re going to CHINESE RESTAURANT that it hopefully will not hurt his future, Balogun said.
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SPRING BREAK: 2010 GET A LITTLE FRESH AIR SKYDIVING Save perhaps for wingsuit flying and the Olympic ski jump, skydiving is the biggest outdoor rush one can achieve. The worldâ€™s fastest achieve speeds of 310 mph, but be sure to tell Mom that your freefall wonâ€™t get going quite that fast. BACKPACKING â€œOut here, itâ€™s just Father Sky, Mother Earth and your dear old Uncle Tony,â€? crazy Ben Stiller says in â€œHeavyweights,â€? a childhood staple of mine. Adventure trip backpacking isnâ€™t nearly as terrifying or torturous as Tony Perkis makes it out to be; in fact, one could argue that itâ€™s the ideal break for the disciplined student also seeking physical challenge. The Huston Huffman Center offers outdoor equipment rental for those who lack expensive tents, sleeping bags, tents and cooking stoves, all necessities for a successful weeklong hike
HOME SWEET â€˜HOMA CONCERTS Enjoy the spoils of SXSW when many of the hottest young bands across the nation make a stop in Oklahoma before heading down to Austin. You can catch Jaguar Love (March 14 at Opolis), Turbo Fruits, Mondo Dang (March 14 at the Conservatory), Vivian Girls, Abe Vigoda, Male Bonding (March 15 at Opolis), Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Band of Skulls (March 21 at Cainâ€™s Ballroom in Tulsa). The five-hour trip south isnâ€™t necessary to enjoy some amazing shows. SEE YOUR FAMILY They are the people that give you money. MOVIES A number of good movies come out over the break. â€œGreen Zoneâ€? puts Matt Damon back in kick-ass mode.
through the wilderness. Extended trips exclusively specific for backpacking are somewhat limited in Oklahoma, but nearby Arkansas boasts several great national parks, like Buffalo National River that trails along bluffs and caves for 135 miles. CAMPING Casual camping is a cheaper, easier and more relaxed alternative to a hardcore backpacking expedition. Campgrounds are in abundance wherever you go, and vary widely in options. Depending where you go, you can choose between tents or cabins, lakes or rivers, rock climbing or mountain biking, or if youâ€™re really lucky, all of the above. When it comes to camping, itâ€™s location, location, location. Outdoorsok.com lists an exhaustive collection of Oklahoma camping grounds with pictures, overnight options and recreational activities. BEACH Unfortunately, Oklahoma is somewhat deficient here, but that only increases the epic qualities of beach trips because they imply a double-
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Test blocks and busy schedules hamper our abilities to follow even our most favorite shows, so catch up using Hulu or the like. You can finally see the birth of Jim and Pamâ€™s baby or try and figure out what the hell is happening on â€œLostâ€? (you wonâ€™t be able to). READ A BOOK You have a week free to read whatever you like. Put down the calculus book and pick up â€œAbraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.â€? STUDY Pssssh. Joshua Boydston is a psychology junior.
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whammy. That is, a road trip is necessary just to arrive at said sandy location. Some opt for the huge social scenes in Cancun, Destin and other traditional MTV Spring Break haunts, but often times a diamond in the rough is all you and your friends need to live it up for the week. Surf and skim boards are cheap rentals for the adventurous types, while the more amorous can sunbathe and socialize. Camp out or rent a house, the choice is yours. Texas beaches are the nearest option, though the east coast beckons for those who want to go heavy on the road trip. ROCK CLIMBING/BOULDERING For bouldering, a pair of climbing shoes is the most basic and only truly necessary equipment for a dayâ€™s entertainment. Upgrade to rock climbing with ropes, harnesses and more experienced friends (donâ€™t try climbing on your own, especially if you lack the know-how) and you can make a week of it, exploring Oklahomaâ€™s great rock formations southeast in the Oachitas or southwest in the Wichitas. Matt Carney is a professional writing junior.
HIT THE ROAD, JACK LAS VEGAS If youâ€™re going to Vegas, youâ€™re probably not going to demonstrate the poise you learned as an upstanding attendee of our university. Chances are you are going to collect memories and are satisfied with a menu filled with fast food and beer. And it is safe to assume that other collegiate travelers to this location will have the same party-filled mindset. NEW ORLEANS If youâ€™re traveling to New Orleans, spring is a perfect time to escape the muggy, hot summers. Not to mention, they just won the Super Bowl. The energy for fun in New Orleans is at its peak. SOUTH PADRE ISLAND If you want to party but keep north of U.S.Mexican border, South Padre Island, Texas is easy access to the ocean. Studentcity.com named the city the top collegiate-greek U.S. destination. The future of America parties here. Georgia Basore is a communication junior.
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musical theater to classic theater pieces, even several Disney numbers. Love said the audience should wait and see The OU School of Musical Theater’s Class what songs are performed so as to find out of 2011 will perform its recital Thursday eve- their meanings at the recital — each selection ning to reflect on the students’ time in college will be explained before it is performed. and to honor a friend and classmate who died “Every single song is pertinent to a lesson of cancer her sophomore year at OU. that we’ve learned in college,” Love said. “We The recital, at 5:30 p.m. in the Morris R. have an excerpt that we’ve written [in the proPitman Recital Hall in Catlett gram] that incorporates a few Music Center, is dedicated to quotes from Amy’s journal PLAYBILL Amy Boe’s memory as a fundwith lessons that we’ve learned What: “Class of Twenty Eleven” raiser for the Amy Elizabeth from her and from her life.” When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday Roe Memorial Scholarship Love said Boe and her famFund. ily believed the cancer had Where: Pitman Recital Hall The Class of 2011 dedigone into remission after Cost: Free cated the recital to Amy Boe, treatments in her senior year a drama major who sucof high school and freshman cumbed to cervical cancer in October after year at OU because of positive signs like hair the disease returned last summer, because regrowth. they believed they learned lessons from her However, she said Boe never showed relife, said Kristina Love, one of the performers gret or pity that she was ill, and instead tried to and drama junior. make people laugh with her — both on-stage “Our recital is not just about singing and and off. performing,” Love said. “We’re picking songs “This girl you would never know had canthat are important to us, and we’re feeling cer from her performing,” Love said. “She was those issues are important to us are important so dedicated to it. [She] had a disco ball in her to the human heart and to the audience.” car — she was that kind of girl.” The recital will feature solo, duet and group Donations for the Amy Elizabeth Boe numbers among the eight performers, in- Memorial Scholarship fund will be accepted cluding songs from contemporary pop and at the door.
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Like the washing machines in Walker Tower dorms, college life can set a student’s health on spin cycle. Whether it’s studying or partying that saturates the majority of a student’s time, living a nutritionally balanced lifestyle in such an unpredictable environment is a demanding task. Daphne Oz (daughter of the well-known author and television host Dr. Mehmet Oz) will visit OU on Wednesday to discuss strategies concerning college health and her new national best seller “The Dorm Room Diet.” There are a plethora of doctor’s offspring around the globe, and they are certainly not all qualified to write books, so why listen to Miss Oz at all? It is her personal story that renders her book so credible. Throughout high school, Daphne was struggling with her weight, and more specifically, an emotional dependency on food. Finally, she discovered a pathway to success when she lost 10 pounds within the first three months of her freshmen year. In her book, she synthesizes personal experience with years of advice from a family of health experts. Not only is her father a heart surgeon, but her uncle is a neurosurgeon, grandfather a heart surgeon, grandmother a nutritional specialist and mother a vegetarian. She was surrounded on all nutritional fronts. Oz says in her book, “With all these health experts in my family, I grew up hearing about what I should be eating, what I should be taking for vitamins, and how I should be exercising to maintain ideal health. Of course, what I should have done is not always what I did.” Oz uses her book to map a utilizable plan of action concerning how to succeed nutritionally in college. “The Dorm Room Diet” explains how to wrangle challenges like late night studying, impulsive eating at social events and limited time for exercise. She divides her book into an eight step program to lead students to dietetic victory. Daphne Oz will present her book for discussion and signing at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Beaird Lounge of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. It’s a healthy road to the land of Oz.
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Ed Brubaker’s and Sean Phillips’ story arc on their Eisner award-winning series comes to an end this week as Tracy Lawless finds himself in the ultimate catch-22 with no tricks up his sleeve. Very vague, I know, but I don’t want to give anything away to new readers. Many have described “Criminal” as the best noir comic published ever, even ranking higher than Frank Miller’s “Sin City” and the always wonderful “100 Bullets.” Channeling classic pulp writers like Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, Brubaker is able to combine all the basic noir tenets with his own modern twist, making this a fascinating page-turner. Sean Phillips’ gritty and visceral artwork should also be mentioned; his hard lines and use of shadows create the perfect symbiosis with Ed Brubaker’s well-crafted crime stories that make them one of the greatest teams working in the comic industry today. Be sure to get the back issues of “Criminal: The Sinners” at your local comic book stores, and while your at it, you might want to get the deluxe hardback edition of “Criminal,” which collects the first four trades for only $30. Osi Aken’Ova is a visual communication and film and video studies senior.