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Sharp Concert Hall was packed with 2,500 listeners Monday during the third annual Teach-In, an all-day conference at which published historians spoke about the American Civil War. This year the event, which is held by the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage at Catlett Music Center, had six speakers and an open panel about the American Civil War. During the panel — which was led by the institute’s director, Kyle Harper — speakers and selected audience members discussed some of the earlier presented topics as well as entirely new subjects. Audience members asked questions about art history’s relevance in telling American history and the story of the Civil War and eventually the topic turned to the effectiveness, benefits and drawbacks of online education. The Teach-In is in its third year and becoming more popular. This year’s Teach-In brought in the largest combination
of students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the public, OU President David Boren said. Boren said there is a connection between history-aware citizens and a strong nation, saying history gives people the ability to put current events into perspective. “I don’t think we can remain a great country if we don’t know how we became great in the first place … It all rests with the educated, informed, active citizens and that’s what we should all become no matter what our views might be,” Boren said. OU alumnus John Geurkink used the Teach-In to continue learning, even while retired. “When I went to college here, I studied the classes I had to take. Now I can study things I like,” Geurkink said. “I find it very rewarding.” After the open discussion panel, the audience moved to the Oklahoma Memorial Union to eat dinner and hear the sixth and final speaker, Ed Ayers, president of Richmond University, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of ten books. Speaking to an audience that filled both the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom and the Beaird Memorial Lounge, Ayers highlighted the complex reality of the years leading up to the Civil War and explained the intertwining nature of history. Ayers closed his speech by telling the audience to take charge of the history forming around them.
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“I’ve learned so much in my ‘night job’ at City Hall that I can bring into the classroom to illustrate,” Rosenthal said. Rosenthal said her interest in politics began when she reported on county government for a publication in California. She moved on to work with To raise awareness for groups that worked with and consulted women on OU’s campus during Women’s History legislators. Month, The Daily is Working within the political system running a series of during the ’80s, Rosenthal said she weekly profiles on various began to see the underrepresentation OU women throughout of women in politics. March. We also will be When she star ted work at OU, running stories about Rosenthal helped establish National women’s issues in maleEducation for Women’s Leadership, dominated fields, such as an initiative that encourages women to engineering and politics. take an active role in public service. “In a country built upon representative democracy, it’s really important to have different perspectives, different ideas come to the table,” Rosenthal said. Today, women are generally as successful as men when they run for
Inspired by recent hate crimes, campus programs and personal experience with racism, an OU junior has started a photographer project to show what it means to be black on college campuses. Entrepreneurship junior Carey Flack’s project, titled “Being Black On Campus” or #BBOC, is based on a style of photojournalism similar to that used in the blog “Humans of New York.” Flack plans to take photos of interested students and then ask them questions about diversity and what it means to be black on their campus. Flack hopes to document a range of opinions from different students to spark the discussion of race on campus in an unbiased, candid and meaningful manner, as well as demonstrate the similarities among campuses nationwide. “I want to create racial awareness so people see that there are other races on campus, and we do feel ignored and we do want a voice,” Flack said. The project will include interviews mainly from black students who are male, female, student athletes, in predominantly white groups or majors — such as pre-med, engineering and National PanHellenic Conference organizations — and in predominantly black groups and majors — such as African and African American Studies, Black Student Association and National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations.
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bout 20 months into her career as a professional journalist, Cindy Simon Rosenthal decided she wanted to take a more active role in politics and public service. Now as a professor of political science, the director of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center and the mayor of Norman, Rosenthal seems to have accomplished that goal. Rosenthal, who has been elected mayor three times, said it can be difficult to juggle her roles as mayor and professor, but people working at OU and Norman City Hall offer their help. Councilman Stephen Holman, who serves with the mayor, said Rosenthal’s ability to balance the two jobs is impressive. “I really don’t know how there’s enough hours in the day for (Rosenthal),” Holman said. Though finding balance can be challenging, Rosenthal said her two jobs are complementary. While her knowledge of the political system helps her serve as mayor, her practical experience with government helps her teach. WEATHER
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DIVERSITY: A single picture can speak a thousand words Continued from page 1 Flack also will ask nonblack students about their perspective on the black campus experience to get the most concise consensus for how students feel. “I want everyone to be a part of it,” Flack said. “I don’t just want it to be for the black students on campus. I think the only way to create racial awareness is if everybody gets involved in it.” Flack started promoting her project in early 2014 after hearing about the success of groups such as Being Black at the University of Michigan and Being Black at OU. Flack will start interviews soon, one of the first with international studies senior Kiana Billups. Billups identified with many of the #BBOU tweets which circulated Twitter in early February, and after competing in Ms. Black Oklahoma USA and chairi n g M s . B l a c k O U, s h e wanted to respond to questions regarding why separate black pageants were necessary. Billups, like Flack, hopes the project will get more people talking about racism and race on campus. She also hopes it will bring the African American community closer together and positively change the university’s perspective on the black community. “I’m hoping that this kind of sweeps the nation like its own student civil rights movement,” Billups said. Since Flack is from Michigan and will be working for Elle Magazine in New York this summer, she hopes to cover ten universities in those areas between now and mid-2015. Flack hopes to interview five to ten students from each of the various colleges she will visit throughout
MAYOR: Fights adversity Continued from page 1 o f f i c e. How e v e r, f e w e r women than men run for governmental positions, Rosenthal said. This phenomenon is known as “the pipeline problem,” and poses many questions for researchers, Rosenthal said. Research suggests women are less likely than men to consider holding an office, to be recruited by political elites and to feel qualified to be in the political arena, Rosenthal said. The National Education for Women’s Leadership program seeks to combat these three fronts, Rosenthal said. Rosenthal said the initiative — along with other movements on campus promoting civic engagement — helped propel her to run for city council in 2004. “At that point, here I am presented with this opportunity to live up to my words of encouragement to students,” Rosenthal said. Rosenthal said serving in city government has helped her fulfill two of her passions: teaching students and serving the public. Councilman Greg Jungman, who serves on the city council with Rosenthal, said Rosenthal’s desire to help the city drives her work as mayor. “It’s all for the community. It’s all for Norman,” Jungman said. And the work of public service is all worth the sense of achievement that follows, Rosenthal said. “The rewards are much, much greater than you m i g h t e v e r i m a g i n e ,” Rosenthal said.
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Entrepreneurship junior Carey Flack interviews engineering junior Delaun Lofton for her new project over the black student experience at OU. Flack is carrying out this new project in addition to owning her own student housing business and photography business.
Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan and New York. Hoping to eventually cover the west coast as well, Flack is applying for the National Endowment for the Humanities grant and the W.E.B. DuBois Harvard C e nt e r s c h o l a r s h i p s t o get funding for the travel expenses. Flack has been working with photography since she was in ninth grade and started her own photography business when she graduated high school in 2011. Flack said because of this experience, she understands the medium and the power it has to relay messages. “In our day and age pictures are worth more than a thousand words,” Billups
said. Walker Center coordinator Rodney Bates has been helping Flack with the project and said it’s important for OU to bring together the university’s black communities and show black students that they are not alone in their feelings and frustrations. “I think [Flack’s] doing a really good job,” Bates said. “I think she’s really good at capturing the true essence of being black. I hope that she succeeds.” Being Black On Campus can be found on Instagram and Twitter @#BBOC and will be posting soon. Amber Friend firstname.lastname@example.org
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Christina Fallin embarrasses self, family Our View: Our governor and her family should know better than anyone the importance of respecting cultural boundaries, especially those of Native Americans in Oklahoma.
recent strike down of the state’s gay marriage ban, and not for ridiculous proposed legislation, laughable education funding and culturally insensitive poIt is absurd that in 2014 in Oklahoma, a state litical figures. with the phrase “Native America” on its license Christina Fallin is a political plates, we would need to talk about Governor figure in Oklahoma, whether Mary Fallin’s daughter’s grossly disrespecting she likes it or not. Her relaNative American culture. tion to the state’s governor The Our View Of course, Christina Fallin is puts her under the microis the majority scope, and she should know an adult, and her mother isn’t reopinion of sponsible for controlling her every better than to rile up controThe Daily’s move. However, we had hoped versy for the sake of getting a eight-member the daughter of Oklahoma’s goveditorial board few more views on her band’s ernor would have a little more social media pages. sense than to pose for a photo in a Don’t get us wrong. We are Native American headdress. all for appreciating world Fallin posted a photo of herself in a red, feathcultures, and we support the ered headdress on Facebook and Instagram last arts in Oklahoma. However, Thursday as a promotion for her band “Pink appropriating an over-hyped, Pony.” The photo immediately caused uproar misused cultural symbol to somehow promote on social media and even inspired an article on your music isn’t appreciating Native American BuzzFeed. culture. Fallin used a stereotypical icon for her Great, that’s exactly the kind of publicity own benefit, just as white people have done for Oklahoma needs. We want to see Oklahoma in the years in films that inaccurately portray Native headlines for good things, like a federal judge’s Americans.
Fallin and her band did “apologize” for the reaction the photo caused on their Facebook page, but they also defended the use of the headdress as “innocent” and claimed they wanted to get closer to Native American culture, which is not their own. We believe it is inappropriate to use symbols from a culture that is not your own as a prop to gain more followers or fans. Perhaps Fallin should have consulted a Native American to see how they would feel about her usage of the headdress before plastering it on social media. We know we would be offended if we saw aspects of our individual cultures misrepresented for the sake of a promo. PHOTO PROVIDED Oklahoma is better than this, and we believe Fallin should make a sincere apology for her misrepresentation of Native American culture and take down the photo.
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1. Sleeping in: Sometimes that dream where you show up to class in nothing but your underwear is preferable to actually showing up to class. Staying asleep instead of doing things is an American tradition that goes all the way back to the founding fathers. Ben Franklin was notorious for sleeping in. But he also wrote a book about farts, so maybe heâ€™s not the best role model â€Ś or is he?
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3. Netflix (Warning! â€œHouse of Cardsâ€? spoilers ahead): The number of people who stopped reading this paragraph after that should indicate how pervasive this habit is among college students. The shear number of you who kept reading because you know Frank becomes the president at the end of the second season is also a testament to Netflixâ€™s mass-pacifying effects.
7. Sugar: Candy, pastries, soda, chocolate, desserts â€” splurging on sweets is a great way of coping with the crippling psychological stress of college. We used to watch â€œWilly Wonka and the Chocolate Factoryâ€? with watery mouths when we were kids, but little did we know thatâ€™s basically every Friday night in college. After you parents canâ€™t police your eating habits, itâ€™s first class on the crazy train to sugar-ville. We may get diabetes, but it tastes â€Ś so â€Ś good.
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4. Prophylactics: We came to college to get a degree, not make babies, so take a moment in your drunken, lustful stupor to slap a biscuit protector on your doorknob. Ladies, itâ€™s 2014, and we have magic pills that prevent babies from happening. The future is a wonderful thing. Also, condoms protect you from all sorts of nasty diseases so heinous they arenâ€™t even mentioned in your microbial illness class. Make prophylactics a habit, because we believe â€œVDâ€? should always stand for â€œValentineâ€™s Dayâ€? and not â€œVenereal Disease.â€?
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2. Social media: Lets face it, face-to-face interaction is overrated. Who wants to make eye contact with other human beings? Not me! Finding out a girlâ€™s last name so you can look up her relationship status on Facebook is the new standing outside her bedroom holding up a boom box and blasting â€œIn Your Eyesâ€? by Peter Gabriel. Both are equally creepy romantic gestures, if you ask us.
6. Mom and pop stores: Whether youâ€™re picking the latest Diarrhea Planet album at Guestroom Records, getting a giant cappuccino at Michelangeloâ€™s or enjoying an Eggarito at The Diner, buying local is always cool. It also boosts the sense of community unique to medium-large college towns like Norman. And with initiatives like Keep It Local, thereâ€™s no excuse not to shop at Norman-owned businesses. Rock out any night of the week at Opolis or enjoy a locally brewed Mustang lager at McNellieâ€™s. Youâ€™re not getting drunk and partying, youâ€™re building community.
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TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014 Your generosity could stand in the way of your success this year. While itâ€™s an admirable pursuit, helping others with their problems will reduce the amount of time you spend on your own goals. You must learn to say no if you want to achieve your ambitions.
The plan you are involved in should be kept secret for the time being. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You will be successful today, provided you have all the relevant documentation in place. Keep a close eye on your competitors. They will be looking for an opportunity to derail your plans.
PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Being in contact with children will help you see the lighter side of life. If youâ€™re honest in your dealings, you will avoid questions about your motives.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- You have the power of persuasion on your side. Donâ€™t sit back and wait for events to transpire. Present your ideas to those in a position to help you reach your target.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Itâ€™s important to keep an open mind. Consider the solutions being offered by others. Respecting the opinions of your colleagues will be half the battle. Compromise will be necessary.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Success is in sight. After much hard work, you will realize your ambitions. Maintain your current course and ignore those who try to change your mind.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You are likely to take on too much today. Look for possible changes that could help you cut corners, and delegate more jobs in order to free up some time. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- You will be given an opportunity to increase your income. Look at an old problem in a new light to find a way to advance. Listen to someone with experience. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- After much deliberation, you now have the knowledge and resources to make positive changes in your life. Overcome your fear of failure and take the plunge. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- You will receive an unexpected financial gain. Legal issues are in the process of being resolved.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- An old friend will unexpectedly come back into the picture. Love is in the air. Spice up your personal life by offering someone special a little romance and adventure. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You may need to make some alterations in your quest to move ahead. Find a more imaginative way to present your ideas. What works for others may not work for you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Take care of nagging health issues by making medical appointments that youâ€™ve been postponing. You will need to be at your best for the challenges that lie ahead.
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here’s about five months left until football comes back to Oklahoma. That might seem far away, but there’s one thing keeping me sane until then: spring football. That’s right, spring football is here in Norman. Practices are closed and the closest bit we get to see is Instagram pictures from the OU football account, but there’s still a buzz on campus. But what’s the deal with spring football? We don’t get to see practice,
and it culminates in the annual Red-White spring game, which I still don’t understand the scoring process of. Spring football gives players additional time with coaches. During the offseason they often work out on their own, but for these next few weeks, they get on-field time directed by the guys who get paid the big bucks. It’s valuable time on the field. So in this two-part series, we will outline what players will benefit most from this extra practice time. Up first, the offense.
RECEIVING CORPS After graduating, receivers Jalen Saunders and Lacolton Bester, young receivers have a chance to make their mark for a starting job. Sterling Shepard is the only returning receiver for the Sooners. Durron Neal and Derrick Woods made the most of their field time last season, but others, like Jordan Smallwood and Dannon Cavil, could be right on their heels. This spring will be important for the wide outs to build a strong relationship with Knight. Chemistry between a receiver and quarterback can be more important than actual talent. Those who have the best chemistry will win the starting position. Whatever the case, there are two starting positions up for grabs.
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TREVOR KNIGHT This spring is extremely important for the young quarterback. After struggling in the regular season, Knight was able to put his skills on full display against Alabama — but will it last? Sooner fans heard how great Knight was in practice but often failed to see that translate come game time. With a season under his belt, and the confidence from the Sugar Bowl win, Knight should be able to put together all the pieces this offseason — starting with spring practice. In addition, this is Knight’s time to mark himself as a leader on the team. Knight has a lot to prove on Aug. 30, and spring ball is the perfect time to work on consistency, especially in the passing game.
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BLAKE BELL Bell made the switch from quarterback to tight end after Trevor Knight’s Sugar Bowl performance in January. The move makes sense. Measuring in at six-foot-six-inches and 264 lbs., Bell is one of the biggest tight ends on Oklahoma’s roster. After graduating fullback Trey Millard, the Sooners are going to need some of Bell’s size to block. OU could also use Bell’s time at QB for a few trick plays. Having never played this position, this spring will be extremely valuable for Bell. He has all the raw materials to be a successful tight end at OU, but he also had all the raw materials to be a successful quarterback, too. In the end, it comes down to execution. Come April 12, we will all be looking to the spring game to see Bell’s transition.
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Lon Kruger names AP Big 12 coach of the Year Just one day after being snubbed by the coaches, OU coach Lon Kruger was named AP Big 12 Coach of the Year. Kruger was selected by members of the media, after leading Oklahoma to its best regular-season record since 2008-09. The Big 12 named Texas coach Rick Barnes as Coach of the Year yesterday, an award picked by the conference’s coaches. LON “This award is very obviKRUGER ously a reflection of how well our guys have played, the progress they’ve made and the strong finish they had to the regular season,”
said Kruger in a press release. “Now the challenge is to continue to get better and finish strong in the postseason.” No. 23 OU is 23-8 (12-6) heading into the Big 12 tournament, good for the No. 2 seed behind Kansas. The Sooners have the No. 8 scoring offense in the nation and finished 4-0 against rivals Texas and Oklahoma State. Kruger’s team accomplished all this, despite losing the top three scorers from last year’s roster and having to replace 68 percent of that team’s scoring. The media also recognized OU guard Buddy Hield with a second team All-Big 12 honor. Forwards Cameron Clark and Ryan Spangler were given honorable mentions.
Catcher Mac James named Big 12 Player of the Week Oklahoma baseball’s Mac James earned his first career weekly award Monday as he was announced Big 12 Player of the Week. The junior catcher went 13-19 at the plate in OU’s fi ve-game homestand and raised his season batting average to .517. He hit safely in each game to bring his hitting streak to eight games.
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