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Senior guard Danielle Robinson (shown left became the third women’s basketball player to notch 2,000 points, 700 assists and 300 steals.

Movie studios have begun switching 2-D movies to 3-D, like “Toy Story 3” (shown right) to make a quick buck. This reduces quality, The Daily’s Laron Chapman says.

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Gates to address spring grads Japan President David Boren asks longtime friend to deliver spring graduation speech HILLARY MCLAIN The Oklahoma Daily

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will deliver the 2011 spring graduation commencement speech, the university announced today. Gates, former CIA Director and Texas A&M University president, will appear at the ceremony at 7 p.m. May 13 at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, according to a press release. Gates’ appearance was likely made possible because of a long history with President David Boren, university

spokesman Chris Shilling said. “President Boren and Gates are really good friends, they’ve served together in a variety of forms,” Shilling said. “They go back a long time.” After joining the CIA in 1966 at an entry-level position, Gates spent 27 years in the institution, rising to the position of director from 1991 to 1993. He was named assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser under President George H.W. Bush from 1989 to 1991. Gates was made the 22nd Secretary of Defense on Dec. 18, 2006, under President George W. Bush. He is the only

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quake delays study abroad Education Abroad Office puts students’ travel plans on hold due to crisis

UOSA, CAC CANDIDATES EXPLAIN CAMPAIGN PLATFORMS

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UOSA candidates Forrest Bennett, Katherine Borgerding, Hannah Morris and Campus Activities Council candidate Bridgitte Castorino listen as a fellow candidate discusses platform issues during Monday night’s “Evening with UOSA” in Walker Center. More than 120 students attended the candidate forum.

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uring Monday’s “Evening with UOSA” candidates for CAC chair and two UOSA presidential tickets were questioned about a smoking ban on campus, their most important platform issue and why they’re qualified to lead the student body. When asked which platform issue is most important and how the candidates would implement

them if elected, presidential candidate Forrest Bennett said he wants to get students involved in UOSA so the administration realizes what a powerful unit it is. “We can’t do [anything] unless we all stand together,” Bennett said. “We want the administration to notice we are a power.” To increase involvement, presidential candidate Hannah Morris said her ticket will work to connect with student groups and hear their concerns. They will also encourage co-programming

Spring candidates UOSA president, vice president » Forrest Bennett, Katherine Borgerding » Hannah Morris, Laura Bock Campus Activities Council chair » Bridgitte Castorino » Greg Emde » Melissa Mock

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The OU Education Abroad Office postponed students’ study abroad plans to Japan last week as a response to the earthquake, tsunami and resulting nuclear radiation leaks, according to university officials. The Japanese spring semester begins in April, but OU students planning on studying abroad have had their plans postponed to later in the year because of the crisis. “As a result of concerns related to the initial earthquake and the continuing crisis, we have pulled students back from Japan for the spring semester,” OU Education Abroad Director Jack Hobson said. “We had about eight students planning on studying abroad ... It was tragic what happened, but we were lucky to have a swift and safe departure of students.” The office is in the process of trying to find other options for the students based on their specific situation, Hobson said. “ We a r e i n t h e p r o c e s s of sorting out their needs,” Hobson said. “Some have already studied abroad and this would be the second time. Some haven’t yet. Some can only do a summer program. We are trying to figure everything out for them.” Hobson said the disaster will not affect any future study a b ro a d re l at i o n s w i t h t h e country. Norman’s sister city in Japan, Seika, is located in the southwestern region of the country, was not near the earthquake and should not be heavily affected, Norman Mayor Cindy

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Proposed budget Student group crashes campus tour cuts prompt protest Gender-neutral housing proponents hope initiative Students for a Democratic Society requests meeting with College of Arts and Sciences dean

Students for a Democratic Society members attempted to interrupt a prospective student tour Monday to spread awareness for their genderneutral housing campaign. The tour guide would not let the prospective students stop to listen to members of Students for a Democratic Society, but the society’s members did present the prospective students with fliers regarding campaign information. Philosophy senior and Daily columnist Matt Bruenig participated in the event and said he feels it is important to reach out to prospective students.

“These are the students who are going to be in here next year. They are the ones who are going to need to be mobilized,” Bruenig said. “This, I think, is the best approach we have.” Creating change for gender-neutral housing lies with prospective students because they will be the ones facing the issue, said Elizabeth Rucker, international studies and interdisciplinary studies on the environment junior. “People in the dorms are moving out, so the housing and the administration doesn’t really have to deal with them,” Rucker said. “The prospective students coming in, they are the ones who are going to be encountering the problem.” Arielle Foldoe, OU employee and philosophy and anthropology auditor, interrupted the first student tour in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Foldoe said she made an impromptu speech to the students about gender-

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The potential loss of majors and the possible shift to online courses spurred a student organization to create a campaign intended to raise public awareness and open a dialogue with the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Students for a Democratic Society launched its Save the Arts and Sciences campaign this spring due to concern over proposed budget cuts to the college, said society member Lauren Brentnell. The organization plans to send a letter to the College of Arts and Sciences dean Wednesday regarding proposed cuts. “We are concerned because the national trend has included such things as cutting entire majors and shifting a lot of classes SEE CUTS PAGE 2

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neutral housing to make them aware of the fact it’s not offered at OU. The lack of gender-neutral housing could be blamed not only on the university, but also Oklahoma’s political climate, Bruenig said. “Well, basically this is a state-funded university and people in Oklahoma don’t like gays and they don’t want to look like they are being proponents of the gay agenda or something like that,” Bruenig said. Bruenig, Foldoe, and Rucker all agreed they don’t expect gender-neutral housing changes to occur by the end of this year, but they are hopeful the movement will pick up steam in the next few years. More tour crashes will hopefully take place in the future, Rucker said. The directors of prospective student services could not be reached for comment by The Daily as of press time.

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ABROAD: Association to raise money for Japan Continued from page 1

The Japanese clubs at OU — the Japanese Student Association, the OU Japanese Club, the Japanese Animation and Manga Society and the Arashi Taiko drummers — are planning fundraising events, Kabir Rosenthal said. “I have sent messages to the mayor of Seika, Japan,” said. “We found out about the earthquake right after our Rosenthal said. “It’s on the south and western part of the Japan culture night,” Kabir said. “We country, so it is far removed from the imwere all so high off of that and then mediate earthquake. The whole country saw news online and statuses about the is obviously affected though.” earthquake. It was a weird feeling.” Though she has not heard back from Make a $10 donation by texting: Plans are not concrete yet, but Kabir Seika yet, Rosenthal said she under» “QUAKE” or “JAPAN” to said he plans to meet with UOSA stands it is not a high priority for the 80888 for the Salvation Army President Franz Zenteno this week to city’s mayor right now. create an event similar to those for Haiti » “REDCROSS” to 90999 for The Norman City Council will vote last spring, he said. on a resolution this evening expressing the Red Cross “We are thinking about doing somesympathy for the country and asking » “JAPAN” or “TSUNAMI” to thing in the South Oval with drummers residents to keep the country in their 20222 for Save the Children and dancers to get attention and do thoughts and prayers, Rosenthal said. more fundraising,” Kabir said. “A lot of Currently, the OU Japanese Student Association is part of a statewide group called the things are in the idea stage right now and will be planned Oklahoma Earthquake Support Group that is creating soon.” Visit OUDaily.com for more information as events are a relief program in Oklahoma, association president planned. Russell Kabir said.

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Today around campus » The Women’s Outreach Center will be tabling and selling tickets for Climb for Komen in the lobby of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Tickets are $10 and include a T-shirt, instructional rock climbing, information on breast cancer and food. » OU Law students, Federal Clerkship Perspective from former Judge and Career Clerks will be speaking on “How to start your legal careers” from at noon in Sneed Lounge. » Christians on Campus will host a Bible study at noon in the Union’s Traditions Room. » The OU School of Music will present a free tuba and euphonium concert at noon in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. » The Virtues of Academic Success will be presented by John Dell of University College from 3 to 4 p.m. in Wagner Hall, Room 245. » Dr. Willard Sakiestewa Gilbert will give a talk titled, “Promoting Academic Achievement among Native Students: Integration of Western Science with Traditional Knowledge (Ways of Knowing)”. The event will be held in the National Weather Center Auditorium from 6 to 7 p.m. » Tibetan Buddhist Monks will visit OU at 7 p.m. in the Union’s Meacham Auditorium for “The Inside Story: Images of Tibetan Monastic Life.”

Wednesday, March 23 » The Writing Center will give free waffles to students working on their papers 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Writing Center. » The seminar series of “Bringing fuels for the future” will speak on the topic of solar power from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Sarkeys Energy Center, Room M-204. » An OU School of Music professor, Sarah Reichardt, will speak about “The Musical Depiction of Modernity in Karl Freund’s Mad Love” from 5 to 6 p.m. in Catlett Music Center, Room 131.

BUDGET: Enrollment could determine class cuts Continued from page 1

changes might include increased class sizes and more online and hybrid courses, particularly language courses, according to Daily archives. Although budget cuts affect the entire university, most online, which we believe is a short-term solution to budget problems and will only harm the college in the long run,” members of the student organization are in the College of Arts and Sciences, so they decided to begin there, Brentnell said. Brentnell said. The idea to compose a letter originated at a “The potential cuts to Arts and Sciences meeting after the organization contacted Bell If you increase are especially important when you consider and received no response, said Brentnell, an class size, hybridize that we’re hiking tuition and fees while enEnglish, psychology and political science secourses and decrease rolling ever-larger freshman classes,” Rucker nior. The letter requests a meeting with the the number of full said. “If you increase class size, hybridize College of Arts and Sciences deans to discuss courses and decrease the number of full proprofessors, you end their plans to handle cuts. fessors, you end up paying more for a diluted “We chose this approach because we … up paying more for a education.” want to voice our concerns directly to the diluted education.” Bell said spring enrollment numbers people in power,” said Elizabeth Rucker, could determine which programs will be campaign spokeswoman and international — ELIZABETH RUCKER, removed, according to Daily archives. If studies and interdisciplinary perspectives CAMPAIGN SPOKESWOMAN the deans agree to the meeting, the camon the environment junior. paign will ask how those numbers will effect The letter was a collaborative effort written by many of the organization’s members and will be sent change, Brentnell said. If the campaign receives no reply to the letter, it will continthrough email so there is no cost to anyone, Rucker said. President David Boren told colleges to prepare for 5 per- ue trying to meet with the deans, Brentnell and Rucker said. In addition, Rucker said the campaign will work to raise cent budget cuts Nov. 8 at a Faculty Senate meeting, according to Daily archives. This would mean a $1.7 million cut to the public awareness through panel discussions, working with other student organizations and word of mouth. College of Arts and Sciences in the 2012 fiscal year. Dean Bell wasn’t available for comment. College of Arts and Sciences Dean Paul Bell said resulting

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» The Women’s Outreach Center will host Climb for Komen from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Huston Huffman Fitness Center. The event costs $10 and includes a T-shirt, instructional rock climbing, information on breast cancer and food.

» This day in OU history

March 22, 1975 OU fieldhouse saved its best moment for last The OU fieldhouse, home of OU basketball, hosted its last game with an 84-79 win against Iowa State University. The fieldhouse, which had been part of the OU campus for 48 years, was replaced by Lloyd Noble Center that year. No set policy in drug cases A student was arrested in the dorms for possession of marijuana and was taken to felony court. Previously, students charged with drug possession on campus were tried in a student court, but the OUPD police chief was re-examining that policy. Although there was no specific policy outlined, OUPD said it planned to choose which court based on the seriousness of the offense, including the type of drug and amount of drug.

Secretary of Defense asked to stay in his position after a new president — Barack Obama — entered office. “It is a great honor for our university for him to be with us,” Boren said. “He is one of the leading American statesmen of the 20th and 21st centuries, having served in critical positions under eight presidents of both political parties.” Gates’ position allows him to share the perspective of someone who has helped shape the U.S., Shilling said. “What he brings to students, faculty and staff is a strong sense of where we are as a country and where we are headed,” Shilling said. Gates is a timely choice given today’s global society, Shilling said. “As the secretary of defense, he is playing a key role in dealing with America’s most pressing national security challenges around the world,” Boren said.

— Source: The Oklahoma Daily archives

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Candidate quotes: FORUM: Candidates participate in meet and greet “Our ticket is a challenge. A vote for us is a challenge to yourself to step up and be responsible. We want you to know that you are UOSA and to be effective we all have to work together. We want the administration to know UOSA is a power and we have a voice.” FORREST BENNETT, UOSA PRESIDENT CANDIDATE

“The most important thing we can do is figure out the needs of the student body and communicate back to them what our plan is. We really hope to increase visibility of not only UOSA but the student groups. ...We hope to go out and speak with students and figure out their needs.” LAURA BOCK, UOSA VICE PRESIDENT CANDIDATE

The executive branch has a lot of potential to do a lot for students, but things aren’t being talked about. First, our main issue is to increase involvement and then would be to increase transparency on what we are doing, to do what the students have asked us to do.”

Continued from page 1 events and creating an environment where student groups can build relationships. “We want to make every effort possible to reach out to students, to be as transparent as possible, and by building those relationships and connecting with [students]… we can create things together on campus,” Morris said. Morris’ running mate and vice presidential candidate Laura Bock said her campaign hopes to increase the visibility of UOSA and student groups. They also want to speak with students and figure out their needs. The Bennett campaign is centered on two main ideas — increasing student involvement in UOSA and improving communication with the student body, vice presidential candidate Katherine Borgerding said. If elected, they would create a South Oval Office for Bennett where he would meet with students and hear their concerns, Borgerding said. They would also create an online forum where students could voice concerns and read about what UOSA is doing. CAC candidates Bridgitte Castorino, Greg Emde and Melissa Mock also fielded questions. All three expressed an interest in expanding existing programs like CAC Crew, fundraising workshops and co-programming efforts as

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ways to strengthen CAC. “[CAC] is utilizing your activities fees for you,” Castorino said to the audience. “We want to help you out and create these events for you.” Both Bennett and Morris seemed to agree the issue of a smoking ban will take cooperation from more than just the student body. Bennett cited resistance from faculty members as a key reason why progress hasn’t been made. Both candidates said they would work on the issue if

students voiced a large concern but neither indicated it was a major issue. University college freshman Tyler Campbell said he already knew which candidate would get his vote for CAC chair, and that he has been campaigning for said candidate. “I came because I wanted to get to know the candidates more, listen to their platforms and have an idea of what they want to do next year if they win,” Campbell said.

The discussion was held in Walker Center and hosted by Walker Center Faculty-in-Residence and Center Middle Eastern Studies director Joshua Landis. Landis asked candidates questions that had been submitted pr ior to the event. Psychology sophomore Kelsey Kuehn wasn’t sure who she was going to vote for when she came to the forum. “I think it gave me some direction. I’ll probably have to check out their campaign websites and read all of their points,” Kuehn said. “I think just being able to hear their campaign platforms helped a lot.” — Carmen Forman contributed to this report

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“CAC kinda has a stereotype of a certain group of people being involved and I definitely think we need to reach out. Right now, there’s kind of a stigma that there’s only a certain type of people, so if I were elected CAC chair I really want to branch out and involve everyone.” BRIDGITTE CASTORINO, CAC CHAIR CANDIDATE

“When I was in high school I slept. That’s what I did. I slept and I went to class. ...I’m a little bit of a changed man by now. I learned all of that through CAC. The accumulation of leadership skills, communication skills, programming, sponsorship, how to program an event and how to lead has been my greatest accomplishment on campus.” GREG EMDE, CAC CHAIR CANDIDATE

“I think CAC is the community builder on campus. I think a lot of people have great memories of where they met a lot of friends and had fun and got leadership experience through CAC, so I think it’s important to expand that and offer it to every student because a lot of people don’t know what CAC is.” MELISSA MOCK, CAC CHAIR CANDIDATE

“Suggestive power can go a long way. The Martin Luther King Jr. campaign, their whole thing was suggestive power. They rallied behind an idea and he changed the world. Laura and I don’t seek to change the world in a year by any means, but we do seek to change what we can on OU’s campus.” HANNAH MORRIS, UOSA PRESIDENT CANDIDATE

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Boren’s commencement connection a good grab

Humanitarian efforts in Libya far cry from Iran

A press release from the OU office of public affairs announced current U.S. Secretary of Defense and former president of Texas A&M, Robert Gates, will give this year’s commencement speech. When President Barack Obama was inaugurated, he asked Gates to remain in office — making Gates the first secretary of defense to retain his or her position under a new administration. This means Gates has had the opportunity to see both sides of the political spectrum. Although Gates does not have the name recognition of Barack Obama or George W. Bush, he is a key decision maker for the government and aware of the growing conflict in Libya. He can offer students insight and provides a perspective few others have. No matter what side of the political spectrum you fall on, Gates has plenty of topics to talk about to cater both to conservatives and liberals. Even if you haven’t heard of Robert Gates until reading this column, you will be able to find something he has done during his illustrious career to align yourself with. Students who side with the Democratic Party will appreciate that Obama tasked Gates with putting an end to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and for organizing the United States’ strategy for withdrawal from Iraq. More Republican leaning students can appreciate Gates’ work under the Bush administration implementing Operation Iraqi Freedom and how the Defense Department handled protecting post 9/11 America under Bush. For students who are stressing about searching for jobs post-graduation perhaps Gates can regale us with stories about his climb from an entry-level position in the CIA to becoming the director. Gates is the only career officer in CIA history to achieve this feat. OU President David Boren said OU is lucky to have Gates coming because he has a packed schedule and multiple responsibilities. However, Boren and Gates have a history, which goes back to well before most freshmen were born. Their friendship might provide some insight into how OU obtained such a prestigious speaker. Prior to Gates’ nomination as CIA director, Boren wrote an op-ed in the Sept. 16, 1991, issue of the New York Times detailing the positive traits Gates would bring to the organization. Many senators had a problem with how Gates

Robert Gates handled information gathered during the Iran-Contra affair and Boren stepped up to defend him. In his column, Boren wrote, “I am not among those who have rushed to a negative judgment about Mr. Gates. He would clearly bring valuable experience to the position.” Furthermore, in a U.S. News & World Report article from Oct. 21,1991, Boren reportedly burned a few bridges amongst his fellow Democratic Party members. Boren and Gates have a long friendship that appears to be mutually beneficial. Because of Boren’s many connections OU has been able to secure prominent speakers on campus in the past. We’re glad to have such a prominent political figure coming to address the student body. With graduation fast approaching, hopefully we will have a better understanding of how involved the U.S. hopes to be in libya and what Gates’ role will be in assisting international efforts in Libya. Robert Gates’ commencement speech will take place at 7 p.m. May 13 at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

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Sheen needs psychological help After watching weeks of Charlie Sheen, sincerely apologizes to Lorre for being foolish I’ve noticed he has become quite the attenand unprofessional. tion whore on CNN, CNBC, Fox News, The Bill O’Reilly, from Fox News, wrote a quixotic STAFF COLUMN UMN View, CBS and even in his own web-show, column about Charlie Sheen’s recent behavior. “Sheen’s Korner,” where only a select few of Sage Mauldin His missive was, “Charlie Sheen might be better din his diehard fans are winners. suited for the E! Network, but that is not where In 1988, Sheen was a neophyte — though the money and prestige is. Today in America, surprisingly efficacious — in the world of the cable news primetime people can become Hollywood. He was on Larry King Live, speaking outwardly stars. That is something Sheen embraces, telling the Today about his future as an actor. He expressed to King during the Show, ‘I’m tired of pretending I’m not a total bitchin’ rock interview, “To me, it’s not about being bigger; it’s about get- star from Mars. And people can’t figure me out; they can’t ting better, it’s about focusing on the work. You know, staying process me. I don’t expect them to. You can’t process me with true to myself—not abusing the body, and just trying to put a normal brain.’” across performances that people are entertained by.” If O’Reilly believes hiring this madman to save his network Since the interview, his ethos has changed substantially, is commonsense, he’s in for a surprise. And I wouldn’t be landing him a seat within the unemployment circle. What surprised if O’Reilly is equally as crazy as Sheen. But, really, changed him? The fame and fortune did, of course. O’Reilly doesn’t want to risk being called a troll, someone Today, Sheen has taken a polar opposite mentality with who doesn’t espouse his endeavors, for saying he’s a screwstark captivation. He’s different than he was on Larry King up. Sheen already said the normal person is inept in underLive two decades ago. He’s no lonstanding him, and it’s true: we can’t, and ger the fledgling who lives a sensible, we probably never will. The old saying, “Out of healthy, well-balanced life as an eduNot to sound ridiculous or pretentious, cated, well-minded actor; he’s become sight, out of mind” doesn’t but I’ve done my fair share of research on a blatantly maniacal thespian of “realapply to Sheen — he needs Sheen and the media; he doesn’t have what ity” with a drug and alcohol addiction it takes to be a talk show host. He needs to to always be in the media to prove it. completely reevaluate his life if he is to for his own safety ... ” Completely naive of the effects of his gain respect from people like myself who wrongdoings, he has lost all sense of have watched Fox News for years. If Sheen morality and has become torporific with dark circles around is to work for the cable network as a shoo-in, thanks to Bill his eyes. The old saying, “Out of sight, out of mind,” doesn’t O’Reilly, he will be a mockery to the many news-anchors who apply to Sheen — he needs to always be in the media for his have earned their positions with years of laborious work. own safety, this means monitoring him to the far corners of A couple days ago, Sheen posted a picture of himself the earth. dressed as a tiger. He was holding a stuffed tiger by the tail If this isn’t considered offbeat, let me extrapolate. Sheen in his left hand, wearing a tiger glove on his right hand, and has referred to himself as the “Malibu Messiah” and is de- wore a T-shirt that read, “losing” in a prohibition symbol. He claring “a holy war upon CBS.” Sheen has become a self-pro- also wore a bloody tiger mask. The picture was enough to claimed prodigy who doesn’t plan on backing down any time prompt any psychiatrist or clinical psychologist to grab their without a fight. diagnostic manual for a quick diagnosis. In an interview, he unapologetically named Chuck Lorre Frankly, his instincts are all wrong. He needs psychologi— the writer, producer and director of Two and a Half Men, cal help. Nothing he does is impressive. His children need a Grace Under Fire, Cybill, Dharma & Greg— a “silly clown” father they can respect, not a father who lives an immature, and a “worm hiding in a hole.” Lorre wasn’t too keen on horrific, life-threatening double life. Sheen needs to break the bashings he received, but Sheen was unashamed and away from the party scene to grasp the responsibility of being supercilious. a parent and adult. As a troll, I stand firmly behind my opinThose disparaging comments inevitably caused a per- ion as the “winner’.” sonal upheaval for Lorre. He wasn’t too fond of Sheen’s non-farouche remarks; therefore, it was no coincidence the — Sage Mauldin, show would be cancelled. The same man who was bank- psychology junior ing $2 million from each episode is now jobless. Within the coming months, I hope Sheen takes a turn for the better and Comment on this column at OUDaily.com

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In addition to inheriting the financial misery of the past administration, STAFF COLUMN President Barack Obama also faces the paranoia and Steven Zoeller er skepticism left by failed operations in the Middle East. Hopefully, by now, Obama has realized the latter is healthy and the former is not. The depths of this paranoia are no better exemplified than in the unjustly cold opposition to the intervention in Libya to protect civilians. Politicians calling themselves realists have roundly criticized Obama’s recent action in the country, calling it imperialist and reminiscent of former President George W. Bush’s foreign policy. For realists, they are quite prone to exaggeration, and they’ve yet to realize Libya is the humanitarian fight Bush never fought. A few months from now, we’ll be proud of our involvement, and rightfully so. Weeks prior to the establishment of a no-fly zone, the two main objections to intervention were reminiscent of what haunted efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq: no intervention was broadly approved by the international community, and it would further entangle us in a region resentful of American meddling. Since last week, both objections have crumbled. The League of Arab Nations, which is comprised of 21 predominantly Muslim nations, was the first to condemn Muammar Gaddafi for his treatment of protesters. Then followed a resolution by the U.N. Security Council, which authorized “all necessary measures” to protect civilians from Gaddafi’s planned massacre. Now that a no-fly zone has been created, the opposition has gotten louder even as its arguments have grown pale. It claims that prolonged entanglement is inevitable since current military operations The two main are not enough to control the objections to crisis. intervention were To further put the realists reminiscent of at ease, the U.S. is just one nawhat haunted tion in the coalition against Gaddafi, and it’s not officially efforts in committed to anything more Afghanistan than civilian protection. and Iraq: no In justifying military acintervention tion, Secretary of State Hillary was broadly Clinton stressed repeatedly approved by the it’s a “broad international effort,” and Secretary of international Defense Robert Gates has community, said the U.S. will turn over and that it control of the mission to would further the coalition “in a matter of entangle us in a days.” Obama has even taken criticism from Republicans, region resentful like Sen. Lindsey Graham of American (R-SC), for “taking a backmeddling.” seat rather than a leadership role.” Where extensive military action might be concerned, Obama has not, at the time of this writing, said explicitly that he means to do anything but enforce the U.N. resolution. Complimentary to this, Admiral Mike Mullen reported on Sunday, initial operations had a “significant effect” on reducing Gaddafi’s forces and military operations were limited to protecting civilians and enabling humanitarian relief efforts. Of course, it’s a separate question whether Obama can be trusted to abide by this restrictive policy or keep U.S. involvement minimal. It seems likely Obama won’t fall into the same trap as his predecessor because his reelection campaign has essentially already begun. He knows another drawn out Middle East conflict would be unpopular, so it makes sense he’d avoid one. The idea of Libya being another Iraq or Afghanistan is currently incorrect. Now, skeptical and paranoid citizens should want to know what the intervention has going for it. Preventing Gaddafi murdering his own subjects is a moral response, an act of humanitarian concern. Prior to the resolution, Ibrahim Dabbashi, the defected Libyan ambassador to the U.N., warned a “real genocide” would occur if the international community didn’t take action. After withdrawing from the rebel-controlled city of Benghazi, a Red Cross spokesman added to the chorus of anxiety, claiming the Red Cross was “extremely concerned about what will happen to civilians, the sick and wounded, detainees and others who are entitled to protection in times of conflict.” The last part is important. The people of Libya are entitled to protection and the world powers are obligated to protect them. What makes this different than other humanitarian catastrophes the U.S. ignores? For one, the Libyan crisis has yet to reach a deadly crescendo and public awareness of the situation is currently high. If Obama was looking for a humanitarian itch to scratch, Libya naturally seemed to be the ripest of them. So pay no attention to Michael Moore’s flock of parrots; the president isn’t an imperialist, and our intervention in Libya isn’t something to be ashamed of. — Steven Zoeller, University College freshman

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Pictured is a movie still from “Toy Story 3.� Studio efforts to adapt films such as this into 3-D take away from moviegoers’ viewing experiences and cheapen the effect, The Daily’s Laron Chapman writes.

3-D movies must be done right barely tolerable in 2-D, and the additional dimension only magnified its lack of cohesion. Similarly, the latest installment in the “Saw� franchise used 3-D as a marketing tool by suggesting that the severed limbs of the victims on screen would be thrown at audience members. This modification directed viewers’ attention away from the screen rather than allowing them to have a connection with the images on it. Many of the films converted to 3-D in post production are perfectly adequate in their original format. The result is often a film with changes that are too subtle or barely visible. When the changes are apparent, the hurried alterations often dim colors that were once rich and vivid and make the visual focus of each film ambiguous. Such was the case with “Toy Story 3,� a great film on its own terms, undermined in exchange for a surcharge on viewers’ movie tickets. It seems the studios are less focused on quality and more concerned with profit. This is not to suggest that 3-D films are some kind of bad fad. In fact, many of them are made efficiently. However, when studios dish out inferior products in the name of a buck, it ultimately diminishes the appeal. Just as not every novel needs to be adapted into a feature film, not every film needs to inherit an extra dimension. —Laron Chapman, film and video studies junior

TRAVIS BARKER “Give the Drummer Some� (Interscope Records) Rating: ��

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necessarily all that good. Overall, the album is worth a listen for hip-hop fans. If you’re more a fan of Barker’s traditional music, you probably won’t buy into this one. Either way, don’t expect to be wowed. It’s certainly something different, and some may enjoy it more than others. — Ryan Querbach/The Daily NOAH AND THE WHALE “Last Night On Earth� (Island Mercury) Rating: ��

It’s clear that indie-rock band Noah And The Whale were aiming for the big leagues with its third studio album, “Last Night On Earth,� and this new mindset has made the band’s music almost unrecognizable from its previous albums. The band has traded in its mandolins and folksy sensibilities for shining pop synthesizers, cheery choirs for backing vocals and a singular desire to rewrite “Livin’ On A Prayer� 10 times over the course of an album. There are good songs amongst the pack (“Give It All Back� and “Just Me Before We Met� are two highlights) but the best material on the album is brought down by the uninspired stuff around it. — Conor O’Brien/The Daily

Travis Barker is no doubt a very talented drummer, and his crossover to hip-hop is interesting to say the least. Barker got about everyone you can think of for the album, including Lil’ Wayne, RZA, Lupe Fiasco and even his Transplants partners. It is refreshing to hear real drums on a hip-hop album, as opposed to computerized percussion. The instrumentation almost makes it seem as if each rapper is the front man to some superband when they rhyme. Some embrace Have any music news? An that role, others just don’t album suggestion for our quite fit in. The effor t isn’t ter r i- writers? Questions? Email us ble, although it’s also not at dailyent@ou.edu.

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Lupe Fiasco fans have been awaiting “Lasers� for some time now, and despite what some critics have said, it was worth the wait. There’s been a lot of hubbub about the album sounding too commercial — and to a certain extent it may be true. Lupe had to compromise with the label to release the album, which is the reason for it sounding as it does. Some of the songs do sound commercial, but even those exhibit Lupe’s outstanding lyrical ability. Combine that ability with powerful political messages, and you’ve got “Lasers.� No, it is not better than his previous two albums, but it is no doubt a solid and worthwhile effort. — Ryan Querbach/The Daily


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Daily staff columnist RJ Young wrote a column about junior defensive back Jamell Fleming’s suspension because of academic misconduct. Read the column, “Fleming repeats past mistakes,” on OUDaily.com.

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RJ Young who writes for the OU daily obviously doesn’t like the football team that much. Great article today buddy. #pausenot

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If the media and college football student-athletes had a relationship status on Facebook, it would be “it’s complicated.” Any interactions between the two are closely watched by the athletic department and coaching staff. Any interactions except on social media, like Twitter. As of Monday afternoon at OU’s spring practice press conference, coach Bob Stoops said the team does not have a social-media policy for its players but said he’s going to make one. “Guys that don’t know what they’re doing need to have it taken away,” Stoops said. “Some of the just really foolish things that are thrown at me that so-andso had this on their Twitter is hard to believe. It’s hard to believe they don’t get it. They still think they’re at East Handkerchief High School, where no one cares. And that’s not the case.” Earlier this month, we at The Daily experienced firsthand the lack of rules for players with social media. A pair of Twitter-savy freshmen voiced issues with two columns published by The Daily on March 1 and 3. The first, a column about junior defensive back Jamell Fleming being suspended from school for academic misconduct, was met with a mild response. The second, a column about Sports Illustrated’s

Hey, @RJ_Young, at least we know @KSTiLLS4 reads the @OUDaily now... #silverlining? March 1

@RJ_Young @jamesfcorley glad my man got to see that. Everyones entitled to there opinion but why not write about the positive things. March 1

@KSTiLLS4 I can send you some links to some stuff he wrote last semester, if you’d like. I promise we’re not just out to get you guys. March 1

@jamesfcorley oh it’s no big deal I was just giving my thoughts. You gotta write what people wanna read. I’m not really into reading but March 1

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Freshman wide receiver Kenny Stills (4) walks off the field during a spring-practice scrimmage Monday. Players who are active on social media, like Stills, currently have no usage guidelines. investigation into top-tier football players with criminal records, received a more poignant response. The Daily is used to criticism; it comes with the job. However, if the university wants to protect these players’ images and reputations, OU needs to draw up a social-media policy. But the players aren’t just lobbing barbs at the paper. A few have turned critical of their fellow studentathletes. Junior tight end Trent Ratterree posted this tweet March 1: “The lady gymnasts emailing everyone in their classes begging for fans. @OUProblems” The Oklahoma women’s

Sooners earn No. 1 seed in Norman Regional of postseason tournament The fifth-ranked OU women’s gymnastics program earned a regional top seed for the NCAA tournament, the association announced Monday. The Sooners host opening-round action at 4 p.m. April 2 at Lloyd Noble Center, where the team will face off against No. 7 Utah, No. 17 Washington, New Hampshire, Missouri and North Carolina. “We are honored to welcome this extremely strong field to Norman for the first round of the championships,” OU coach K.J. Kindler said. “The fans can expect to see some of the best gymnastics in the country.” Norman joins Ann Arbor, Mich., Athens, Ga., Corvallis, Ore., Denver and Tuscaloosa, Ala., as one of the six regional sites. “I am looking forward to filling the stands in the Lloyd Noble Center,” Kindler said. “We are aiming for a record crowd of over 3,000 people. The fan support will play a role in this championship, and we certainly want to have that advantage.” The top two teams from each regional advance to the NCAA Championships on April 15-17 in Cleveland, Ohio. — Daily staff reports

gymnastics program is ranked fifth in the country and finished the regular season undefeated with a bid to the NCAA tournament. After Tommy MasonGriffin’s very poor grammatical Facebook status announcing his intentions to enter the NBA draft last spring and former football player Jaz Reynolds getting kicked off the team for a tweet about the University of Texas shootings, OU should have put social-media guidelines in place. Fortunately, Stoops said one’s coming, just not soon enough. — James Corley, journalism senior

@jamesfcorley when I do I like to read positive, encouraging, enlightening info. Not degrading someone especially my teammates March 1

Daily staff columnist Luke McConnell wrote a column about Sports Illustrated’s investigation into players with criminal records. Read the column, “OU 7th in investigation of players with criminal records,” on OUDaily.com.

KEY @KSTiLLS4 Kenny Stills Freshman wide receiver

Whoever wrote that paper is stupid i have no juvi record RT @KSTiLLS4: #besfriend in the paper @tonyjefferson1 March 3

@jamesfcorley James Corley Sports editor, The Daily

@tonyjefferson1 they just been ragging on the team lately March 3

@tonyjefferson1 Tony Jefferson Freshman defensive back

@KSTiLLS4 Didn’t write that to rag on you guys. You’ve got a good head on your shoulders and just need to use it. March 3

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@KSTiLLS4 @lukemcconnell1 but that ended up jus being a ticket for me . and its not even on my record anymore thats why im confused March 3


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With a stat line of 19 points, seven assists and one steal in OU’s Big 12 semifinal loss to Texas A&M, senior guard Danielle Robinson became only the third player in the history of women’s college basketball to score at least 2,000 points, distribute 700 assists and commit 300 acts of on-court grand larceny in her career. After four years, it isn’t a fluke. After four years, Robinson didn’t just get lucky. After four years, it is simply an indisputable fact. It’s no longer up for debate, and no rebuttal will be heard. Robinson is one of the greatest women’s basketball players of all time. After OU’s NCAA tournament opening-round win over James Madison on Sunday, Oklahoma’s captain and leading scorer has amassed a total of 2,104 points, 710 assists and 302 steals. But if Vegas was taking bets on which collegiate women’s basketball player would be the first to ascend into the same company as basketball legends Nancy Lieberman and Dawn Staley, even money would have likely been the line on Robinson. Robinson was a name ma n y p e o p l e k n e w b e f o re s h e c o m m i t t e d t o Oklahoma. As a prep senior, she was a McDonald’s AllAmerican finalist and Parade All-American fourth-team member. She came to Norman at the end of a truly amazing fouryear period in OU basketball history; a period in which the Paris twins, Courtney

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Senior guard Danielle Robinson drives against Baylor in OU’s 82-81 loss to the Bears on Feb. 27 in Norman.

Up next WHAT: OU vs. Miami (Fla.) WHEN: 6 tonight WHERE: Charlottesville, Va. WATCH: ESPN2 and ESPN3.com and Ashley, rewrote records and forced the NCAA women’s basketball spotlight on a small town some 20 miles outside of Oklahoma City. As a Sooner, Robinson has been able to find out just how athletically and mentally gifted she is. She has amassed nearly 20 national

honors as a college basketball player to date — one of which bears the name of Lieberman. Despite hearing about the elite company Robinson has joined with the career benchmark, a friend of mine still didn’t get it. “Okay, but how great is she?” he asked. He wasn’t wrong for asking a question — he was simply asking the wrong question. What’s more important than how great Robinson has been is how she will later redefine that greatness. — RJ Young, professional writing grad student

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Nancy Lieberman was the first woman ever to reach the benchmark. She helped lead Old Dominion to two national championships. She also led Team USA to gold in the 1975 Pan-American Games and silver in the 1976 Montreal PHOTO PROVIDED Olympics. Lieberman is the only female professional basketball coach in the world who coaches men, and she also is the only female to both play and coach men’s professional basketball. She currently coaches the Texas Legends, an NBA minor league franchise in Frisco, Texas. Lieberman wasn’t given the job as a publicity stunt nor because she was hard up for work; the Brooklyn, N.Y., native was hired because over the course of her 30-year career in professional and international basketball, she proved she knows the game.

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Dawn Staley hit the benchmark 16 years ago at the University of Virginia. Staley was a member of Team USA from 1996-2004 and helped lead the U.S. to three consecutive gold medals in the Atlanta, Sydney and Athens summer Olympics. Staley also played eight seasons in the WNBA (1996-2004). In 2000, Staley began coaching Temple, where she helped the Owls advance to the postseason in seven of her eight years as coach. She’s now the coach of South Carolina, starting in 2008. — RJ Young/The Daily

Native Science Speaker Series

GEOL/METR 1034: Native Science and Earth Systems of North America Sponsored by the University of Oklahoma’s Diversity in Geosciences Project and the American Indian Cultural Center & Museum

Willard Sakiestewa Gilbert “Promoting Academic Achievement among Native Students: Integration of Western Science with Traditional Knowledge (Ways of Knowing)” Sakiestewa Gilbert (Hopi) is a professor of education at Northern Arizona University. His expertise is in the areas of curriculum and instruction, American Indian education and bilingual/multicultural education.

Tues, Mar. 22, 6 p.m. This Dream Course event is free and open to the public!

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Other speakers in this series: Steven Semken 4/21 4/21 James mes Rattling Leaf 4/28 4/28

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