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The university has collected $7,760,534 during the past three years from its pouring rights contract with Coca-Cola Co., however only 3 percent of that sum has been used to fund student activities.

The OU Board of Regents approved the university’s current 10-year pouring rights contract in 2008 upon the recommendation of a threeperson evaluation committee composed of administrators from Administration and Finance, the Athletics Department, and Housing and Food Services. No faculty or student representatives were included in the process. The contract granted Coca-Cola Co. the exclusive right to sell beverages on campus. Under the terms of the agreement, no other products,

such as Pepsi, Dr Pepper or Mountain Dew, may be “sold, distributed, offered for sampling, advertised, or promoted” anywhere on campus. In return Coca-Cola Co. pays the university various sums of money considered unrestricted or discretionary funds. Chris Kuwitzky, associate vice president for Administration and Finance and OU’s chief SEE SODA PAGE 2

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Compensation for the new associate provost of external relations at the OU Health Sciences Center will not come from public funds, OU President David Boren said Tuesday. Askins will be paid the same salary she received as lieutenant governor — $114,713. However, her pay will come from clinical funds provided by the Health Sciences Center, Boren said. “The Health Sciences Center is so different than [the Norman] campus; it really pays for itself,” Boren said. Clinical funds are revenues collected from patients who see doctors at the Health Sciences Center, Boren said. Instead of patients’ pay going directly to doctors it goes into a general clinical fund that is disbursed to doctors and other institutional commitments because the hospital is part of a medical school. Between 80 and 90 percent of the Health Sciences Center’s budget is dependent on clinical funds, Boren said. Boren had appointed former Lt. Gov. Jari Askins to the associate provost position at the Health Sciences Center to advocate for programs such as the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Oklahoma Cancer Center, the Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center and the Tisdale Clinic, according to a press release the university issued March 2. The press release didn’t state the appointment was subject to approval by the OU Board of Regents and did not specify a source of funding for the hire because the university is in a SEE ASKINS PAGE 2


Kristina Kave, criminology junior, interacts with a puppy from OK Save a Dog Society during UOSA’s “Puppies with UOSA” event Wednesday afternoon on the South Oval. The society is a nonprofit animal shelter in Prague, Okla.

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local animal shelter hoped to alleviate students’ midterm stress Wednesday afternoon on the South Oval. OU students were able to take a study break and walk, hold and play fetch with 11 dogs from the OK Save A Dog Society from noon to 4 p.m. “I personally just love puppies, and there’s just something about them I feel like they make people really happy,” Ranya Forgotson, UOSA Interior Department resolution advocacy coordinator, said. “You

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can’t see a puppy and have a negative reaction, in my opinion.” Forgotson said she got in touch with the animal shelter OK Save a Dog Society after asking Petco where it gets the animals it uses for events and was directed to the 10-year-old shelter. OK Save a Dog Society is a nonprofit, no-kill shelter in Prague, Okla. that houses around 150 dogs, the majority of which are puppies and younger dogs, the shelter’s events coordinator Sunshine Bush said. “It’s a lot of confusion for dogs when they come out to such a large group of people, but … these are dogs I’ve had at events before so they’re used to the people walking by and things like that,” Bush said. The shelter facilitated 615 dog adoptions in 2010, Bush said, adding that two dogs, a Labrador-mix and a Boxer Pyrenees, were adopted by the end of the day Wednesday. The application process to adopt a dog from the shelter is extensive, as more than 1,000 people applied for adoption at the shelter last year, but not everyone is SEE PUPPIES PAGE 3

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Kissinger postpones speech event A special event featuring Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State, planned for this evening has been postponed indefinitely, a university spokesman said. Kissinger was not feeling well when OU President David Boren spoke with him Wednesday morning, and Kissinger’s doctors required him to stay in New York today for routine, precautionary tests, university spokesman Chris Shilling said. The Fireside Chat and President’s Associates dinner was set to begin at 6 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Student Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom. Boren said both he and Kissinger are hopeful the event will be rescheduled. — Daily staff reports


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Today around campus » AAPG/SEG Spring Break Student Expo will give students interested in the petroleum industry the opportunity to meet with industry representatives to make employment and internship matches. The event will take place in Sarkeys Energy Center through Friday. » Immigration in the Heartland, a conference exploring the effects of immigration in Oklahoma and other Heartland states, will be held through Friday at Gaylord Hall. » Graduation Gear-Up will occur from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Union’s Beaird Lounge, Traditions and Pioneer rooms. » Animal Volunteers Alliance will host Pet Food Drive from noon to 7 p.m. in the Union in front of WIRE. » There will be a research librarian in the Writing Center to answer students’ research question from 1 to 3 p.m. in Wagner Hall, Room 280. » Performance of a staged reading of Italian playwright Dacia Maraini’s play “Mary Stuart” will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Old Science Hall Lab Theatre.

Friday, March 11 » Graduation Gear-Up will occur from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Union’s Beaird Lounge. » Animal Volunteers Alliance will host Pet Food Drive from noon to 7 p.m. in the Union in front of WIRE.

financial officer, said these funds are not encumbered by third-party restrictions as to their use. The president ultimately determines how these funds are allocated, Kuwitzky said. During the past three years, $1,845,127 went to the Athletics Department, which is one of the only self-supporting collegiate programs in the country, according to its website. However, these funds also represented advertising and sponsorship fees, Athletics Department spokesman Kenneth Mossman said. “These university agreements provide Sooner Sports Properties with only compensation consistent with other similar sponsors of athletics that receive the same benefits and athletics inventory,” Mossman said. “At many universities, all of the affinity revenue of these types of agreements are retained by the athletics programs. However, at OU these revenues are designated for the university.” The next largest sum, $1,041,334, went to institutional commitments. Kuwitzky said these institutional commitments were essentially advertising and consulting costs, including airport advertising, state and federal government relations, and legal services. The Oklahoma Memorial Union received $250,000. Clarke Stroud, OU’s vice president for Student Affairs, said this allocation was originally put in place while he was the union’s

Continued from page 1 budget-cutting year and has implemented a general hiring freeze to offset costs. Askins’ position is meant to bring more business to the Health Sciences Center, OU spokesman Chris Shilling said. “What’s funny is a lot of people in Oklahoma don’t know some of the important centers we have on the Health Sciences Center — like the Dean McGee Eye Institute — which is one of the top three eye institutes in the country,” Shilling said. Boren said he approached Askins after she lost the gubernatorial race, telling her the Health Sciences Center would soon have a position open. “I said, ‘We’re going to have this need coming,’ and then when she didn’t get the Supreme Court, I really then zeroed in and tried to recruit her into the job,” Boren said. Askins could have received higher compensation through the Health Sciences Center’s clinical funds, but she declined because she is dedicated to the position and wants it to be her last, Shilling said in an e-mail.

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director. He said that the funds offset the cost of making rooms available to student organizations in the union and the revenues supported student programming. The university also paid $200,000 for vending services over the past three years. “The university’s contract with Coca-Cola is administered internally by vending services, a self-supporting auxiliary enterprise.” Kuwitzky said. “The annual allocation to it from Coca-Cola pouring rights revenues funds the administrative effort required to oversee the contract.” This entity was not responsible for actually filling the vending machines or maintaining them, Kuwitzky said. It coordinated the movement and placing of new vending machines, evaluated monthly inventory and sales reports, and took calls regarding products. However, in spite of these allocations, a considerable sum still remained. $4,424,073 has built up over the past three years. The OU regents discussed using these funds, in conjunction with private donations and other unrestricted or discretionary funds from the credit card affinity agreement, to support renovations to the Arezzo monastery when they approved the project in 2009. The university plans to use the site in Italy as part of its study abroad program.

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Askins said in an e-mail she hopes her new position will be the final chapter of her career. She never explicitly stated she would not run for office again. The Health Sciences Center provides many critical services and it will be her job to make these services known throughout the state, Askins said in an e-mail. “My familiarity with local communities across Oklahoma and my advocacy for better health care will be assets as I work to inform all Oklahomans of the resources available right here in our state,” Askins said in an e-mail. Askins said since leaving the office of lieutenant governor, she received several job offerings from law practices, non-profit foundation work and other higher education roles including teaching. “The [OU Health Sciences Center] is an engine that promotes research, education and patient care, all critical to the economic growth of our state and the quality of life for our citizens,” Askins said in an e-mail. “I am excited to continue my advocacy for these areas and to join the [Health Sciences Center] team.” Askins’ start date is anticipated to be April 4, pending approval by the regents during its next meeting, Shilling said. The next regent’s meeting is March 23.

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Me l i s s a Mo c k , c a n d i d a t e f o r Campus Activities Council Chair, said she wants to embrace diversity in CAC and encourage participation in the organization from all students on campus. Mock said she has always thought about running for CAC chair, but the campaign process intimidated her. “In the last month or two I have realized fear is not a good reason not to run, especially if I think I can make some changes that will make CAC better,� Mock said. “I wanted to give it a shot and put myself out there and see if I can make it all a reality.� Melissa Mock M o c k ’s c a m p a i g n s l o g a n i s , “Creating A Community (CAC).� Allison Mrasek, international stud- student organizations for its events. Big Thing contest to help identify the ies junior, said she met Mock her This will create a lot of opportunities event students want most. freshman year and has been around for CAC to learn new perspectives “The situation is right in CAC for a her ever since. from all campus organizations, Mock new event,� Mock said. “She genuinely cares about the fu- said. Jia-Haw Chiem, finance and ecoture of CAC,� Mrasek said. “She saw She also wants to extend the CAC nomics senior, said Mock has been platforms not being represented and Crew community. CAC Crew is a vol- dedicated to including international wants to make a difference about it.� unteer group that receives updates students and that’s why he feels she Mock has compiled on volunteer oppor- would make a good CAC chair. five main platform isREAD MORE AT OUDAILY.COM tunities for all CAC “I want CAC to reach out not to just sues she believes can events. She wants to American students but internationbe accomplished in her create a chair posi- al and other students on campus,� one-year term as CAC tion within Crew to Chiem said. chair if she is elected. coordinate the volunMock, an international and area “The major role of teer opportunities as studies junior, said she got involved CAC chair is to bring well as social events in CAC her first day as a freshman at yourself and your perwithin Crew that will OU. sonality into it and help volunteers get to She is the public relations chairmake the changes that you see are know each other. woman and she has served on some necessary,� Mock said. Mock said she also wants to educate form of the public relations commitMock has been working closely with the OU community on CAC’s skills. tee for CAC the last three years. her campaign team to spread the word She will do this by scheduling events Mock also is involved in the interabout her campaign and perform any such as the Sponsorship Seminar ear- national community on campus, she physical marketing which is necessary. lier in the year so organizations know said. She is vice president of external She has also attended meetings with how to properly fill out sponsorship affairs in the International Advisory other student organizations to spread packets prior to sending them. She Committee, which is the umbrella the word about her campaign. also wants to implement seminars on organization over all international Mock said she wants to eliminate publicity and programming. organizations. She is also on the OU paper applications and make them “I know that a lot of the smaller Cousins Advisory Board. available for submission online as an organizations that may have just environmentally conscious initiative. started don’t really know what steps Editor’s Note: This is part three of a Mock said she aims to expand the to take to do all these things,� Mock three-part series profiling the candidates involvement of community on cam- said. “It would be really beneficial to for CAC chair. Read for pus and will accomplish this by hav- everyone.� profiles on Bridgitte Castorino and Greg ing CAC co-programs with other Mock also is facilitating CAC’s Next Emde.

accepted, Bush said. Anyone considering adoption can either send an application online or through traditional mail. Before adopting a dog, applicants are required to be at least 21 years old and pay an adoption fee, which Bush said varies depending on the dog’s breed, age and includes worming, shots and flea control. “I’ve actually been told [the process is] worse than adopting a child,â€? Bush said. Bush said all dogs at the shelter must be spayed and neutered to lower health risks. The shelter also runs a foster dog program, in which the shelter assigns dogs to temporary owners until adoption. Âť A dog will be more Ashley Lewis, University College affectionate and less likely to freshman, said she roam or get in fights wished the dog she was holding when the Âť Neutering a male reduces event ended, which the chance of later-life she nicknamed Annie, prostate enlargement and were her puppy. cancer diagnosis Lewis, who is studying music educaÂť Spaying a female eliminates tion, took her first the chance of developing midterm of the week uterine or ovarian cancer, Wednesday before she and reduces the chance of decided to play for an breast cancer hour outside with the dogs. — Source: “I would spend all day [with the puppies] if I could,â€? she said. “I’ve had a pretty stressful day, so I just figured I would come and enjoy the puppies.â€? Forgotson said bringing more puppies back is likely because the event was so popular with students. The idea of having another event after the upcoming UOSA elections on March 29 and 30 was thrown around in meetings as a way of encouraging more voter participation, Forgotson said. “We’re not sure, so this is all tentative, but we were thinking since we want to get more students to vote, as a reward we could be like, ‘Hey, if this number of students votes on this day, then we’ll bring a whole puppy bash as a celebration the next day to students for voting,’â€? she said.

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Save national public radio Uninsured National Public Radio President and CEO Vivian Schiller resigned Wednesday after a video released to the public depicted NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller (no relation to Vivian) insulting the tea party, Republicans and other conservative groups. The video went so far as to claim NPR would be better off without government funding. An undercover conservative reporter claiming to represent an Islamic group that wished to donate money to NPR recorded the video of Schiller making his claims. Republicans have repeatedly claimed NPR is overly liberal and Schiller was just the linchpin the GOP was waiting for. Republican leaders are using these actions as a way to lobby the government to cut NPR’s funding and say citizens can’t afford to pay the extra taxes needed. However, had they listened to NPR for more than 15 minutes they would hear the familiar phrase NPR is funded by government spending “and listeners like you.” NPR asks its listeners to donate funds during their regularly scheduled pledge drives and anyone who listens to NPR can attest to how vigorously NPR plugs these events and is dependent upon listener support. Unfortunately Ron Schiller either doesn’t listen to NPR or forgot about these ad campaigns, because NPR needs listener

support in order to maintain quality in its product. NPR performs a necessary duty for its listeners. Not only does the organization perform its journalistic duties as government watchdogs but also report on its own organization. As early as 9 a.m. Wednesday, NPR began reporting about Vivian Schiller’s decision to step down from her position and continued to update its article throughout the day as new details came forth. In addition to losing the news that NPR provides citizens, we would lose out on such entertaining shows as “Car Talk” and “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me.” It appears the GOP is using Ron Schiller’s statements to try and remove the very annoying thorn in their side. In an Associated Press article, White House spokesman Jay Carney said President Barack Obama would not cut funding to NPR because of the contents of the video. It’s good to see our representatives know how important public radio is to citizens. KGOU is OU’s NPR affiliate and starts its spring fundraising drive April 2. It’s important we all listen and donate something to save public radio.

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Tax cuts do not improve economy Another Oklahoma income tax cut is expected STAFF COLUMN MN to come into effect Jan. 1, 2012, despite evidence that Evan strongly suggests the tax DeFilippiss cut’s adverse impact on public services and income equality far outweigh its contrived benefits. The initial justification for the cut was based on projections that state revenue would rise by 4 percent next year, but such optimistic projections failed to account for the recent recession and concomitant revenue shortfalls that Oklahoma has since suffered. The tax cut also was based tenuously on the speculation that a tax cut would stimulate growth—a specious assumption given the recession’s impact on demand. What’s worse is this cut is merely a continuation in a series of income tax cuts that took place from 2004 to 2006, during which the top income tax rate was reduced from 6.65 to 5.5 percent. According to research by the Oklahoma Tax Commission, the lost revenues from these tax cuts in 2010 amount to $776.9 million, which is far greater than our current budget shortfall of $500 million. According to analysis done by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, these past tax cuts had little-to-no positive impact on economic growth and hurt economic sustainability by depriving the government of much needed revenue. To be blunt, recent history has unequivocally demonstrated that previous income tax cuts have been woefully ineffective at stimulating economic growth, and have largely contributed to our current revenue crisis. Unless legislation is enacted to stop it, an automatic trigger will reduce the top rate to 5.25 percent in 2012, thereby reducing state revenue another $120 million and seriously damaging economic recovery. So what justification could there be for pursuing another tax cut? The impact of the 2004-2006 tax cuts should provide a litmus test for what we can expect if legislation is not passed to stop another tax cut from going into effect in 2012. In

response to a 30-year revenue collection low, exacerbated by the insistence on cutting income taxes, the governor has approved of 10 percent monthly cuts to general revenue allocations for the rest of the year. Consider the impact such drastic policy changes have already had on vital public services: school districts have completely eliminated programs, laid off productive teachers and cut staff; the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services has removed rehabilitation facilities for children with mental problems and adults with substance abuse issues; and the Office of Juvenile Affairs removed its gang prevention program. So rather than raise income taxes on the wealthiest Oklahomans and thereby save programs that have an enormous impact on social welfare and economic sustainability, our solution is to instead cut income taxes to an even more egregious low — we already have one of the lowest income tax rates in the nation — and pray that history doesn’t repeat itself. There is another reason to scrutinize the efficacy of an additional tax cut: its impact on income distribution. The top 20 percent of Oklahomans will receive 73 percent of the benefits, while the bottom 20 percent will receive nothing. Individuals making over $399,000 will receive nearly a third of the benefits. We have a situation in which the most vulnerable Oklahoma citizens have to suffer even more so the superrich can have a few more dollars in their pocket. The poor and middle classes are already bearing the disproportionate burden of financing public services. Given the regressive nature of state and local taxes, to demand a policy that exacerbates suffering for no reason other than greed is despicable. There can be no “collective sacrifice” when state policies strategically target the very group that has already sacrificed enough. — Evan DeFillipis, political science and economics junior

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Representative acts inappropriately I believe that elected officials serve their communities rather than dictate to and control them. However, a disturbing incident that occurred on March 3 in the Oklahoma Memorial Union between students and faculty attending a sponsored program and state representative Aaron Stiles. Two events were scheduled that night that catered to widely differing audiences. In the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom, there was an event for the Eden Clinic, a crisis pregnancy-counseling center. Next door, in the Regents Room, the Center for Social Justice of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program sponsored a talk by Shelby Knox, the Activist-inResidence. It was apparent to both groups these were two organizations with very different belief systems. This would not have been problematic if all parties had been courteous and accepting of differences. This, however, did not occur. The CSJ event focused on “Why Women’s History Matters.” After the event, several students, faculty members, guests and the speaker were standing outside the room talking. The event in the ballroom also let out around the same time.

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Suddenly, a man stormed up to the faculty and students, demanding they leave immediately, saying they would be arrested if they did not and the police had been called (they had not). His behavior was intimidating and bullying. He shoved his way into the group and began taking pictures of everyone standing there without asking permission. He brought up the student code, asking if the individuals were familiar with it, and he stated he had written the student code. Then he left, with the parting shot that we had two minutes to leave or we would be arrested. I had a staff member contact the police to make a report. After the police arrived, we were able to determine the man was the newly elected state representative for east Norman, Aaron Stiles. He had assumed, without checking, that we were there to protest the Eden Clinic event. He was rude, threatening and tried to intimidate us, and he made no effort to determine facts. I find this disturbing behavior in an elected official. First, none of us knew there would be an event for the Eden Clinic in the Union that night. We were there for our own event. Second, we were standing in a sort of

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circle, and those closest to the hall had their backs turned to the people walking by, hardly a protest stance. The WGS group had no signs, stated no slogans, and were not interacting with the crowd leaving the Eden Clinic event. I believe that Stiles acted inappropriately and owes the WGS program and their guests an apology for his rude and bullying behavior. Of course, I do not expect to receive any apology. Instead, I expect him to continue blaming us for his own unacceptable behavior. However, I believe that his constituents have the right to know what transpired. As a faculty member, I am appalled by his behavior, and I am concerned about the lack of consequences that Stiles has faced as a result of this incident. Gathering and chatting in the student union is an especially important part of being an undergraduate student at OU. If students can’t feel safe chatting in the union, where can they feel safe? — Susan F. Sharp, Ph.D., Department of Sociology professor Editor’s note: This column has been edited for space. Visit to read the complete version.

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insure rates stay high Have you ever been in an auto acSTAFF COLUMN UMN cident? Worse yet, did you discover the Tom Taylor or driver who hit you was uninsured? Did you have to pay the damages yourself, or did you purchase uninsured motorist coverage to protect yourself against the selfish, inconsiderate morons on the road who drive around uninsured? How would you feel if there was a national movement crying about how unfair it is to require everyone driving on the roads to have insurance? Do you feel just a little angry about how you have to pay more in insurance costs just because the guy in the lane next to you doesn’t pay any? This is how I feel about the current outrage over the individual mandate in the new healthcare law. For those who haven’t been paying attention, the new healthcare law requires all U.S. citizens to have healthcare. This, for some reason, has resulted in countless lawsuits by Republican politicians claiming the law to be unconstitutional. When you go to the emergency room or have surgery, the actual cost of the medical care is adjusted to recover losses the hospital incurs by treating the uninsured or under-insured. As your insurance pays for a large part of your bill, this drives up the cost of your insurance. So once again, you end up paying for the irresponsible behavior of others. This is one reason the new Perhaps law requires everyone to mainthe new rule tain a minimum amount of inshould be surance. If everyone is covered, the right of the hospitals can lower their prices and the cost of insurance hospitals will go down. to deny I truly understand that insuremergency ance is expensive and not evtreatment to eryone can afford it. those that T h e g o v e r n m e n t u n d e rstands too. don’t have This is why the law expands insurance and Medicaid coverage to those don’t qualify making under 133 percent of for Medicaid.” the poverty level and it is why the law subsidizes the insurance costs for those who make too much for Medicaid yet make too little to afford their own insurance. My problem is with the short-sighted jerks that can afford insurance yet refuse to purchase it. I don’t care about how healthy you are right now. I don’t care about how long it has been since you’ve been sick last. I don’t even care about how much money you have saved up for emergencies. The simple fact is you cannot predict accidents nor can you predict the future costs of unknown untreated medical conditions. Because of you, everyone else has to pay higher insurance costs. This is simply not fair. I suppose one simple solution would be to change the way we handle emergency care in America. Perhaps the new rule should allow hospitals the right to deny emergency treatment to those that don’t have insurance and don’t qualify for Medicaid. If you can afford insurance and refuse to purchase it then maybe you should be allowed to die in the hospital parking lot. At least this way you won’t have to worry about whether being required to purchase insurance is trampling your Constitutional rights. In all honesty, I don’t believe that denial of care is a plausible solution. It is simply too cruel and it does not embody the values that make America great. So this leaves us with the solution of individual mandates. As the Supreme Court has a long history of upholding the right of Congress to make all laws necessary to regulate commerce, I’m fairly certain that the mandate will be found Constitutional. But what if it doesn’t? What if the whiners get a ruling that the government can’t require people to purchase insurance? What then? Essentially, one of two things will happen. If the court throws out the entire healthcare law, then young adults will be kicked off their parents’ insurance and it will be legal again for insurance companies to deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. If the court strikes down the individual mandate, but keeps everything else in the law, then most Americans will be priced out of the market as insurance premiums will skyrocket to keep up with the shifting ratio of unhealthy to healthy people that are insured. It’s just another example of how the uninsured morons of America cost the rest of us more. — Tom Taylor, political science graduate

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ombie Vs. Shark, The Needles, Felonious Funk, John Wayne’s Bitches. The members of these bands clink plastic cups together as they drink champagne in celebration of their first meeting as an organization. Tattoos and piercings seem to be a part of the dress code, and every guy who shows up has a more impressive beard than the last. They meet in the mostly empty building on 115 S. Crawford downtown, planning their open house Friday. This is an average meeting for Downtown Sound, a new arts collaboration aiming to bring music and art to downtown Norman. Downtown Sound was originally conceived by OU expository writing professor Robert Scafe. Scafe said it started as

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Downtown Sound is a new arts collaboration aimed at bringing music and art to Norman. It was originally conceived by OU expository writing professor Robert Scafe and opens at 6 p.m. Friday.

an idea he posted on an Oklahoma Musician’s Forum on Facebook asking if anyone would be interested in buying a space in the downtown area that would act as a practice space for musicians. “It’s a secure, steady place


to practice,� Scafe said. “Lots of bands in the area are annoyed by issues you have to deal with when finding dependable places to play.� When his post received immediate positive attention from several area musicians, Scafe started to search

out a space. Scafe called the building on Crawford a “raw space� that was perfect for the needs of the group. Scafe said he received lots of support and encouragement from fellow musicians Katie Stephens and Andy Beard, who are now

a part of core group making up Downtown Sound. “This is not a job I could’ve done by myself,� Scafe said. There are five bands financially committed to the group, and they’re trying to bring in one or two more. Rhett Jones, a member of The Needles, one of the bands involved in the group, said that there are many advantages to Downtown Sound. “Allowing bands to leave their merchandise would give these bands the opportunity to spread their art that they normally might not be able to have the chance to

do,� Jones said. Another focus of the group is to create a network of musicians that will take away some of the difficulties and obstacles that come with being new or unknown in Norman. “We want to become an advocate for musicians,� Scafe said. “Someone needs to be encouraging the local music scene.� Zach Walchuk, an engineering masters student, said the need for local support is great. “I know musicians who don’t know where to get started when they start playing music here in Norman,� Walchuk said. “It’s always good for musicians to meet up with other musicians and network.� D o w n t o w n S o u n d ’s current project is to prepare their first open house Friday. They plan to present art of all sorts by local artists in their building. “For our open house, we’re looking to have art on the walls, low key music playing, even comedy,� Scafe said. “Anything that shows what we’re about. When bands feel excluded, we’ll be their way in.�


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After winning showcases, two local bands will head to Arkansas festival in June EMILY HOPKINS The Oklahoma Daily

Two local bands will be doing Oklahoma proud at the 2011 Wakarusa Music Festival. MONTU, a “jamtronica� band from Norman, and Coleslaw, a blues/funk group from Tulsa, are two of over 100 artists playing the event. It will span four days, June 2 to 5, in Ozark, Ark. To make it onto the stage of the festival, each band played a Waka Winter Classic– a competition against three other bands, with the winner being decided by the audience at the end. Coleslaw won the Jan. 18 Tulsa showcase and MONTU won the Jan. 27 classic in Norman. “This is a festival we have all been to before and know what a privilege it is to get to play there,� MONTU bassist Jon Godsy said. “We were all planning on going anyway to see our favorite bands and now getting to play alongside them is so special.� Because it was the band’s second try at a Waka Winter Classic, MONTU drummer Colby Cowart said he was more relieved than anything. Being their first opportunity to play in a big festival, Coleslaw bassist Taylor Graham said his initial reaction was pure shock. “I was super excited. I couldn’t even believe it, it was so incredible,� he said. “We definitely celebrated very hard WHAT: Wakarusa 2011 that night. It’s a dream come true.� WHEN: June 2 to 5 Graham said the band plans to create a set-list early in order WHERE: Ozark, Ark. to practice persistently up until the big day. “When we get up there we want it to be second nature so we can just run through it front and back,� he said. “There’s a little nerves there but mostly it’s just excitement. “ Coleslaw vocalist and guitarist Dylan Angleton said winning the regional showcase has helped the band come together and collaborate more as songwriters and artists. “It kind of opened up all of our styles we like to play and kind of mixed them together,� he said. “I come up with the big picture, like how I want the song to sound and what point I want to get across but the other guys kind of come up with how they want it to feel. It’s working out really well.� Angleton said Coleslaw’s Wakarusa show will be interactive and fun, hopefully drawing in the audience and, of course, new fans. “This is a big one — in none of the other festivals have we been able to gather enough of a crowd, or it hasn’t been a big enough of a festival for us to get anywhere,� he said. “I think that’s what Wakarusa is going to do for us. We’re going to be able to use that momentum and actually get our name out there.�

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Anty Shanty, a vintage store with clothing, art and music will open Friday. At the opening, the store will be showcasing local bands including Chrome Pony, Brother Gruesome, Kite Flying Robot and Depth and Current. The store itself is like stepping into generations of American history. Racks filled with clothing nearly 100 years old, all hand picked and delicately handled all for fashion’s sake. Julia Gingerich is the co-owner of Main Street’s newest addition along with her husband Corey Gingerich. The two brought their style and exWHEN: Doors open pertise from L.A. to bring Norman it’s at 10 a.m. Friday, very own vintage store. concert at 6 p.m. “Julia has been collecting things for a really long time and pretty much WHERE: brought all of that with them from 318 E. Main St. L.A.,� said Courtney Gilman, OU graduate and the Gingerich’s friend. Julia Gingerich, who graduated from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, plans to bring different styles and eras to her collection. The couple set out to bring something to Norman that didn’t already exist and is different to the downtown district. Corey will work to feature bands other venues can’t. “With my record label [Slanty Shanty] I put out some stuff that is barely marketable,� said Corey Gingerich. “But I love it for it’s artistic value. I want to be able to have a show that even if just 10 people show up then it’s OK because it’s more of an expression of the art.� What started as an innocent trip to see friends, turned into a giant step and move across the country although they had only visited a couple of times. They assessed the community, interviewed local businesses and asked the artist community if there was a need for the vintage business they were looking to start. Leaving behind a busy lifestyle in L.A. to come back to the



Corey and Julia Gingerich in their new vintage clothing shop, Anty Shanty. Anty Shanty opens Friday, located at 318 E. Main. Midwest and create something both Corey and Julia could be passionate about was a decision they don’t regret. “It’s stuff that we get really excited about and we literally, genuinely love to do,� Corey said. This includes insisting on keeping their prices low, encompassing dresses in good condition from the ’30s to sweaters from the ’50s with the price tag still intact. “We are not pricing to be a museum store,� Corey said. “We want to bring really cool stuff and have it be affordable we want to make it available to someone that will really truly care about it.� Corey and Julia want to make their store an outlet not only for those that are looking to experience something fresh and new to Norman but also those that are artists and crafters. The store will eventually be featuring handmade goods and artwork. “Being both from Iowa we kind of have an impression of what a small town is like already but this one is kind of exceptional,� Corey said. “I think this town has really just charmed us, I haven’t had one bad experience yet.�



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TOMORROW ›› Staying in Norman for Spring Break? The Daily lays out a complete guide to sports events next week

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



Oklahoma swats Bears, 84-67

OU spring sports outshine football

Oklahoma upsets Baylor, without key starter, to advance to second round KANSAS CIT Y, Mo. — Cade Davis scored 24 points and Oklahoma hit nine 3-pointers en route to an 84-67 victory over shorthanded Baylor in the first round of the Big 12 tournament Wednesday. A few hours before tipoff, Baylor’s standout freshman, Perry Jones, was declared ineligible by the NCAA. The issue is whether he or his family received preferential treatment or improper benefits before he enrolled. Baylor said it would appeal the decision. The 6-foot-11 Jones, one of the nation’s top freshmen, averaged 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds and had been a forceful defensive presence. The 10th-seeded Sooners (14-17) split with Baylor in the regular season but have dominated over the years. They took charge with an 18-2 run in the first half, fueled by 3-pointers from Davis and Steven Pledger, and seized a 27-15 lead. “When we built that lead, we wanted to make sure we kept pushing it and kept trying to knock them back even more,” Davis said. “We didn’t want them to get back in the game at all and have any hope of any momentum.” Oklahoma has beaten s e ve nt h -s e e d e d Bay l o r (18-13) in 32 of their last 35 meetings. Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn, the Big 12’s all-time leading scorer, spent much of the first half on the bench with three fouls and had only


Sophomore guard Steven Pledger (2) attempts to block Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn (24) during the first round of the Big 12 men’s tournament Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo. OU won 84-67. two points when he canned a 3-pointer with 11:10 to go in the second half and Oklahoma leading 56-34. Dunn, who led the Big 12 this year with 19.8 points per game, finished with 11 points on 3-for-14 shooting. Carl Blair had 14 points

and 11 assists, and Clark Cameron had 10 points for Oklahoma, which faces No. 10 Texas on Thursday in the second round. Oklahoma lost twice to Texas in the regular season.

Up next WHAT: OU vs. Texas WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday WHERE: Kansas City, Mo.

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OU may be a football school, but the highest STAFF COLUMN athletic achievements could be earned in the Luke spring this year. McConnell Four Sooner teams are ranked in the top 10 in their respective sports right now. The baseball team is off to a 14-0 start, best in program history, and sits as high as No. 2 in the polls as the only remaining undefeated team in the country. Behind a powerful offense and a terrific starting rotation, the Sooners are off to a great start in their quest to return to Omaha, Neb., for the College World Series. The softball team currently checks in at No. 10, and while the Sooners 17-5 record doesn’t indicate the most dominating of performances, looks can be deceiving. Three of the Sooners’ losses came at the hands of top10 competition while the other two came against No. 17 Hawaii and Long Beach State, which was on the fringe of’s poll. Men’s gymnastics is the best in the land, sitting atop the polls with two meets to go before the conference and national championships. Women’s gymnastics is No. 4 in the country but is also the only team that has yet to lose a meet. That’s a lot of things to be proud of if you’re an OU fan, and none of them have to do with football. This spring has the potential to be an extremely successful season for OU athletics, and fans should recognize that and support these teams — as well as the tennis and golf teams — in their quests for national championships. There are very few schools in the country that can boast this kind of success in as many sports as Oklahoma can, but it’s very easy to lose sight of that in the shadow of the football program. No one can deny Oklahoma is known for its football tradition and success. The numbers speak for themselves — the wins, the national championships and the attendance figures. But there are other sports in Norman too, and Sooner fans everywhere should celebrate the accomplishments these sports achieve year in and year out, especially this year. There could be a lot of celebrating in the next few months. — Luke McConnell, journalism junior

Bears star declared ineligible KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Baylor freshman Perry Jones was declared ineligible by the NCAA on Wednesday after an investigation about whether Jones or his family received preferential treatment or improper benefits from an AAU coach before enrolling in college. The NCAA’s decision came only hours before the Bears played Oklahoma in their first game at the Big 12 Conference tournament, leaving them without a starter. “We are profoundly disappointed in the timing and determination in this matter,” Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said in a release from the school. “This outcome appears to be inconsistent with other recent, widely discussed NCAA decisions.” The school’s release said Jones had no knowledge of three, 15-day loans between his mother and an AAU coach provided while Jones was in high school. The loans were repaid in a timely manner, according to interviews conducted by Baylor officials and the NCAA staff. Jones’ AAU coach also paid for the player’s travel to a professional preseason football game in San Diego before getting to Baylor, the release said. McCaw indicated that no Baylor representatives were aware of any preferential treatment between the AAU coach and Jones’ family, whose relationship dates to at least the sixth grade. Quincy Acy, primarily the Bears’ sixth man, started in Jones’ place against Oklahoma.



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Win over Tech payback for OU OU routs Tulsa Oklahoma advances to play Aggies with win over Texas Tech on Wednesday

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Softball run-rules Golden Hurricane behind 13 strikeouts from sophomore Keilani Ricketts

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Robinson, Roethlisberger and revenge. Senior guard Danielle Robinson and senior forward Carlee Roethlisberger led the Sooners, who were seeking revenge for a 61-56 loss at the end of the regular season, against Texas Tech Wednesday night. OU triumphed over the Lady Raiders, 71-69, in the quarterfinals of the Big12 tournament in Kansas City, Mo. Robinson finished the game with 19 points, and Roethlisberger added 18 in a game that was fiercely competitive from the beginning. Six early points from Robinson gave the Sooners a 13-4 lead with 13:52 to play in the first half, forcing a Tech timeout. The Lady Raiders responded with a 6-0 run to close within three, 13-10. OU played the half at fullspeed but was hampered by 11 turnovers, and Tech took advantage. In the minute before halftime, Tech took its first lead of the game, 33-32. It carried a narrow 35-33 lead into halftime. The senior duo of Robinson and Roethlisberger led OU scorers with eight points in the first half, despite spending the final minutes of half on the bench with two fouls. Roethlisberger downed six points to kick off the second half and put the Sooners back up on Tech. Freshman guard Morgan Hook’s 3-point shot gave OU the 55-50 lead with 11 minutes to play. Tech battled back to tie it, 63-63, with six minutes to

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It was a quick five-and-out for the No. 10 Sooner softball team Wednesday night. OU put together eight runs in the second inning before run-ruling Tulsa, 9-0, in five innings at Marita Hynes Field. “It was the best offensive explosions that we’ve had in a long time,” OU coach Patty Gasso said. “And I’m not talking about home runs; I’m talking about two-strike battles turning into base on balls, hard hits up the middle and finding ways to score runners.” Even with the Big 12 Conference’s home run leader, sophomore CHANA’E JONES catcher Jessica Shults, in » Year: the lineup, OU produced Senior no home runs against » Position: Tulsa. First baseman Instead, the Sooners » Hometown: scored six of their eight San Jose, Calif. runs with two outs in the » Game stats: bottom of the second, Two hits, three runs batted in all off of base hits and Golden Hurricane fielding errors. Sophomore Keilani Ricketts led the Sooners in the shutout, allowing just three hits and striking out 13 of the 19 batters she faced. Ricketts improved to 9-2 this season and carries a 1.01 ERA. But Ricketts credits her teammates for her ability to strikeout 10 or more batters in games. “We were so explosive on offense,” Ricketts said. “It just gives me more momentum on the mound.” And that confidence in the circle is something Gasso has seen in the team’s ace pitcher as Ricketts’ career continues to improve. “The changes from last year are her confidence and staying ahead (of batters),” Gasso said. “You don’t see her walk very many (batters), and she’s much more composed and focused.” Offensive leader Chana’e Jones had two hits and three runs batted in during the contest. The senior first baseman hit a single down the left-field line and advanced to second on the throw to score two of the Sooners’ eight runs in the second. OU will host the Oklahoma Festival this weekend, beginning with a Saturday doubleheader against Indiana at 3:30 p.m. and Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 5:45 p.m. at Marita Hynes Field in Norman.

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Sophomore Whitney Hand, junior Jasmine Hartman and freshman Morgan Hook celebrate after beating Texas Tech, 71-69, in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament Wednesday.

play. More troubling for OU, though, was Robinson picking up her fourth foul. OU led Tech, 68-66, going into the final two minutes, but the brand of basketball turned ugly down the stretch. Both offenses looked sloppy, and OU missed opportunities at the free-throw line and in the paint. It all came down to the

final two minutes. Robinson put the Sooners up, 70-66, with a pair of free throws, and Tech came up empty on the other end as the clock ticked under a minute. After Roethlisberger went 1-for-2 at the free throw line, the Lady Raiders closed, 71-69, with a 3-point basket. An airball by Robinson gave Tech its first attempt

at an equalizer, but a steal by freshman guard Aaryn Ellenberg stalled the Lady Raider response. Ellenberg missed the layup, and the Lady Raiders took their second opportunity to tie the Sooners, but OU ended Tech’s hopes by grabbing the final rebound. OU will play Texas A&M on Friday in the semifinals.

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