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Personnel shifts will pay dividends for Sooners, Stoops says OU football players (shown left) began spring practice Monday with a few key position changes and new faces breaking into the roster. Absences and injuries were a couple reasons for the spring shuffle, coach Bob Stoops said at a press conference.

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Spring elections employ a number of restrictions and regulations on candidate conduct during the general campaign period leading up to campuswide elections March 29 and 30. During the campaign period, candidates are required to maintain open lines of communication with election chairwoman Natalie Jester. All correspondence between the election

chairwoman and candidates is subject to open records law and therefore conducted primarily through email, UOSA vice presidential candidate Katherine Borgerding said. Jester carries a binder containing the UOSA Code Annotated and election rules, as well as copies of emails sent between her and the candidates. “There is always room for improvement in communication, but Natalie has really taken initiative to open the lines of communication and has made sure the election board is very open and transparent,” said Melissa Mock,

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University College freshman Gwyn Stackable lays in the grass while studying Wednesday on the South Oval. The warm weather has caused a surge in sunglasses in shorts, while students adapt to the season change.

The Interfraternity Council may have a new executive position by fall if this spring’s trial run goes well. IFC President Daniel Jones appointed University College freshman Seth Carter to the community engagement chairman position in January. Carter is responsible for finding community service needs in the area and relaying information to each chapter’s philanthropy chair, IFC adviser Kevin Estep said. “We want to improve the whole greek image with the community,” Carter said. “I’m just trying to build that up through community service.” Jones said he believes the position will raise awareness of opportunities to help serve the community in greek circles on campus. Carter, a member of Lambda Chi Alpha, said he likes the position because he can take a hands-on approach, and evaluate the needs of the community and place them with the correct chapter. “I see everything that is going on,” he said. “It’s not really overwhelming or intimidating.” If the position became a permanent office, Carter said he would be interested in serving again. “It’s a great way to really make a big impact on the community,” he said.

6 Sooners to vie for Miss Hispanic OU HSC provost to step T down Contestants will compete for $1,000 scholarship while sharing culture with campus MEGAN LAWSON

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he Miss Hispanic OU Pageant promises a night of beauty, talent and Hispanic culture when it kicks off with the theme “Expect the Unexpected” Saturday evening. The pageant will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s

Meacham Auditorium, according to the pageant’s Facebook page. Sponsored by the OU Hispanic American Student Association since 1996, this year ’s Miss Hispanic OU Pageant will feature six contestants who are competing for the crown and title of Miss Hispanic OU, said Claudia Schaff, t h e O U Hi s p a n i c A m e r i c a n Student Association adviser. The six contestants will be judged on an interview, cultural presentation, talent, industriousness and Miss Congeniality, Schaff said.

The winner will win a $1,000 scholarship, Schaff said. The money comes from the ad sales each contestant sold prior to the pageant, she said. The contestants, who applied to be in the pageant last fall, must fulfill several requirements including a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, and have an understanding of the Hispanic culture, Schaff said. During each contestant’s cultural presentations, they will focus on a particular country, Schaff said. Some women may

focus on their parents’ or grandparents’ home states or countries, she said. “The pageant is important to the Hispanic American Student Association because it brings them together as a club and helps them reflect on their cultural and historical past,” Schaff said. The pageant’s intermission will feature a performance by two singers and the Latin Dance club will perform one dance routine, Schaff said. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5.

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Student gun club to hold first meeting at gun range OU students organize association aimed at bringing together gun enthusiasts LANEY ELLISOR The Oklahoma Daily

A new student organization will fire its first rounds today with a visit to the gun range. The Student Firearms Association will have its first event at 6 tonight at Sgt. Everett’s Concealed Carry and Pistol Range, organization President Court Hill said. The event will serve as the club’s first meeting. Before the shooting begins, mandatory safety training will be provided to all participants, Hill said. The association’s biggest focus is safety, Hill said. Students who do not undergo training will not be allowed to shoot firearms. After training, members will shoot indoor paper targets. Any OU student is invited to attend, Vice President Cody Poage said.

Students who don’t bring their own firearms will be allowed to use other members’ firearms under supervision, Hill said. There will be no guns provided by the range. The organization started with Hill and Poage as executive officers and with sociology professor Mitchell Peck as its faculty adviser, Hill said. The idea for the group came when the two were talking one day, said Hill, a mechanical engineering junior. Hill is Poage’s resident adviser. “We wanted a place where people could come together and discuss firearms and their proper use in a safe and controlled environment with other students who shared that passion,” Hill said. The organization is not a political group and is not trying to change any gun laws, Hill said. It is strictly a social organization. The association already has about 66

A LOOK AT WHAT’S ON A record-number 5,400 Sooners have signed up to volunteer in Big Event, a campuswide service day set for April 2

undergraduate and nine graduate members, said Poage, a University College freshman. Students participating in recreational hunting make up many of these members, Poage said. Some OU Police Department officers have even shown an interest in the association, Hill said. In addition to a president and vice president, the association also has an elected treasurer, secretary and membership recruitment officer, Hill said. So far, there is about one female member for every four men, Poage said. The association plans to reach out to women in order to change that, Hill said. There will be a $5 charge for today’s event, which covers range fees, targets, safety training, pizza and drinks. Ammunition will be sold separately. Srg. Everett’s Concealed Carry and Pistol Range is located at 5626 Huettner Drive, Suite B.



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The Health and Sciences Center will soon begin looking for new leadership. Joseph Ferretti, HSC senior vice president and provost, announced he will be retiring from his position in June, according to a press release. Chris Shilling, university spokesman, said the search for his replacement will take time and may focus on OU employees. “There are many talented and capable people at the university,” Shilling said. “It can cost thousands and thousands of dollars to do a national search.” Ferretti, 73, said he thinks it is time for new leadership at the OU Health Sciences Center, and Boren will announce his replacement soon.



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Today around campus Âť Logan Lockhart will discuss “Deciding on a Major or Minorâ€? at 3 p.m. in Wagner Hall, Room 245. Âť Shell Colloquium Series will feature John Oldow, who will lecture on “Spatial and Temporal Pattern of Late Neogene and Quaternary Fault-Slip Rates in the Alvord Extension Basin, Northwestern Great Basin.â€? The event will occur 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Sarkeys Energy Center, Room A235. Âť The Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth will host an open house to offer insight and information about the organization 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Three Partners Place. RSVP is required to ccew@ or Âť 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. Âť The OU Choirs will perform at 8 p.m. in Catlett Music Center’s Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall. Retiring Director Steven Curtis will conduct the concert, and tickets are $5 for students and staff.

Friday, March 25  The Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage will host a constitutional studies symposium from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Scholars Room.  The College of Engineering will host a discussion on technology’s role in the future of business with engineers from 2 to 3 p.m. in Devon Energy Hall, Room 270.  The Women’s Outreach Center will host Climb for Komen from 4 to 6 p.m. and 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.  School of Music faculty composers Marvin Lamb and Konstantinos Karathanasis will present their original compositions from 8 to 10 p.m. in Catlett Music Center’s Pitman Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

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March 24, 1981 International student loses lawsuit Mokhtar Matin, a junior from Shiraz, Iran, lost a civil lawsuit seeking reinstatement after being expelled for falsifying transcripts. A district court judge said Matin failed to state facts sufficient enough to constitute reinstatement. Matin was expelled after an anonymous phone call was made to OU accusing him — and five other Iranian students — of supplying bogus transcripts in Sept. 22, 1980. Three of the students were expelled. — Source: The Oklahoma Daily archives

following the rule of only two flyers per doorway, we found in some buildings, all election flyers were gone,� Borgerding said. Outside of the sign rule set by administration in August, all of Campus Activities Council chair candidate. Jester and the election board have kept organized, clear and the rules enforced are in the UOSA and OU codes, and current informative communication this year, UOSA vice presidential candidates should know them through previous press campaigns they were involved in with CAC and UOSA, Jester said. candidate Laura Bock said. “We have to take into account the people who work for the Jester said she frequently speaks with the candidates over university and have to clean up the fliers the phone concerning campaign rules to and materials.� Jester said. “But the limits do prevent violations. We have to take into cause less knowledge of the elections.� “It has calmed down a lot,� Jester said. “In When the rules are broken, candidates the beginning I would get 10 to 12 calls a day. account the people who are asked to pay a fine of varying amounts, Now it is only a few a day.� work for the university Jester said. OU administration created a new rule and have to clean up The process has improved on keeping concerning yard signs this campaign season, the flyers and materials. candidates informed about the rules since which UOSA and CAC candidates were unBut the limits do cause last year, but the grievance process is not set aware of leading up to the general campaign less knowledge of the up well, Mock said. period, UOSA presidential candidate Forrest “I think this process needs to be reevaluBennett said. Jester said she did not know of elections.� ated and involve more repercussions for the limitation originally. breaking rules so violations are less likely to “There are things that have affected all of — NATALIE JESTER, ELECTION happen in the future,� Mock said. the candidates,� Bennett said. “One of the BOARD CHAIRWOMAN The signs for CAC candidate Greg Emde biggest things was the sign fiasco after last are bigger than the regulation size in the year’s election.� During the 2010 spring election campaign period one UOSA code. The repercussion was a $20 fine, Jester said. The candidates are already spending an extensive amount campaign team placed nearly 1,500 signs around campus, of money on their campaigns, and the committee saw no need Borgerding said. There is a current limit of 50 signs. “We found out there was a limit of 50 signs the day our order for Emde to spend more money on new signs, Jester said. “Greg is really on the ball and started working in his camof 200 signs came in., Bennett said. “It was frustrating.� Bennett and Borgerding said they have struggled concern- paign far in advance,� Jester said. “When it came down to it, Greg knew the signs were too big, and the committee undering the placement of flyers inside buildings. “It takes a lot of time to place our materials, and even stood his position and decided on the fine.�

RETIRE: Provost says he will return to teaching Continued from page 1 Ferretti will return to the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, where he is a George Lynn Cross Research Professor, according to a press release. “I am stepping down from administration, not retiring from the university,� he said. Ferretti arrived at the university 42 years ago. Since then, he has occupied about every position at the university, he said. He has worked as senior vice president and provost of the HSC for 16 years, published extensive amounts of research, served as department chairman and as a professor in the OU medical school. During Ferretti’s term as provost, the HSC saw considerable research growth, according to a press release. Funding by the National Institutes of Health grew to $42.4 million, and total research funding increased 375 percent, rising to $148.7 million, according to a press release. During the same time, the overall campus

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budget increased from $205 to $800 million, Ferretti said. “The campus has grown so much, and it is the prima r y p r i n c i p l e e d u c a tion research and patient care place in the state of Oklahoma,� Ferretti said. “We are on the map nationally and are recognized for many different things.� When asked about his biggest accomplishment as provost, Ferretti could not name only one. He said it has been a privilege to see the university change so

dramatically through his time here. However, Ferretti said he is very proud of the new Peggy and Charles St e p h e n s o n O k l a h o ma Cancer Center that opens this year. The cancer center has been a big project at the HSC for the last 13 years, he said. He also expressed his gratitude and admiration for working with President David Boren. “I have done and accomplished a lot here and the university is in good shape. It is time for someone new to take over,� Ferretti said.

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U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., right, greets U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, right, after speaking at a rally by home school advocates Wednesday at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. More than 1,000 home-school advocates rallied on the steps of the Iowa Statehouse, cheered on by three potential Republican presidential candidates who joined their cause.

Possible Republican presidential candidates court parents in Iowa Government has gotten in the way of parents education many of whom are strong advocates of home-schooling. Public schools have changed since he was young, and that their children, speakers tell home-school advocates

those changes led to the home-schooling movement, Paul DES MOINES, Iowa — Three potential Republican said. Among those changes, he claimed, was an effort to keep presidential candidates courted home-school advocates discussion of religious issues out of the classroom. Wednesday in Iowa, saying the government may have “tramPaul argued that people are ahead of the government on pled” on the rights of parents to educate their children. the issue of home-schooling. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, U.S. Rep. Ron “There’s a revolution going on in the country,” Paul said. “It Paul of Texas and Georgia businessman just hasn’t gotten to Washington yet.” Herman Cain spoke before about 1,000 peoCain, a former executive at the Godfather’s It’s about freedom. ple outside the Iowa Statehouse at an annual Pizza chain, took a similar stand. rally in support of home-schooling. “Get government out of the way of our eduIt’s about liberty. It’s “The family has a level of authority that cation so we can educate ourselves and our about knowing our the government may have trampled on,” said children better than children,” Cain said. Bachmann. “We need to make sure that famiBachmann took note of the November the state knows our election, lies enjoy their untrammeled right without in which Iowa voters ousted three children.” state interference.” state Supreme Court justices who had joined Bachmann, who noted she had homein a unanimous 2009 ruling that legalized gay schooled her five children for a number of — MICHELE BACHMANN, marriage in Iowa. years, said parents have an absolute right to “What I love about Iowa is you are fightU.S. REPRESENTATIVE decide how their children are educated. ers, you don’t take no for an answer,” said “It’s about freedom. It’s about liberty. It’s about knowing our Bachmann. “If you have judges who thwart the will of the children better than the state knows our children,” she said. people you send them packing.” Bachmann said before the rally she likely would decide by After the rally, all three headed to a meeting of the Network summer whether to seek the GOP presidential nomination. of Iowa Home School Educators to tout what is a growing She has drawn heavy attention in Iowa, where precinct movement of home-school advocates. caucuses launch the presidential nominating process. The Republican caucuses are dominated by social conservatives, — AP

Film legend dies Wednesday Taylor, who became a film star at age 12, died of congestive heart failure LOS ANGELES — Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor, the violet-eyed film goddess whose screen life was often upstaged by her personal life, died Wednesday at age 79. She died of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized for about six weeks, publicist Sally Morrison said. “All her children were with her,” Morrison said. Taylor had grace, fame and wealth, and won three Oscars, including a special one for her humanitarian work. But she was tortured by ill health, failed romances and personal tragedy. “I think I’m becoming fatalistic,” she said in 1989. “Too much has happened in my life for me not to be fatalistic.” Her eight marriages — including two to actor Richard Burton — and a lifelong battle with substance abuse, physical ailments and overeating made Taylor as popular in supermarket tabloids as in classic film festivals. In November 2004, Taylor disclosed she had congestive heart failure. But she still periodically dismissed reports that she was at death’s door, saying she used a wheelchair only because of chronic back problems that began at age 12 when she fell from a horse. “Oh, come on, do I look like I’m dying?” she said

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to write about anybody else,” she said. The London-born actress was a star at 12, a bride and a divorcee at 18, a screen goddess at 19 and a widow at 26. She appeared in more than 50 films, and won Oscars for her performances in “Butterfield 8” (1960) and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1966), in which she starred opposite Burton. She accepted her many health problems with a stoic attitude. “My body’s a real mess,” Taylor told W magazine in 2004. “If you look at it in the mirror, it’s just completely convex and concave.”

in May 2006 in a rare television interview on CNN’s “Larry King Live.” ‘’Do I look like or sound like I have Alzheimer’s?” Tabloids report such things “because they have nothing else dirty — AP

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The blowout preventer designed to shut down the BP well in an emergency couldn’t stop the gush of deep sea oil into the Gulf of Mexico because a damaged piece of drill pipe got in the way, according to a federal report released Wednesday. When the Deepwater Horizon rig crew lost control of the well, the force of rushing oil buckled a section of drill pipe, which became stuck in the blowout preventer. The device had been activated, but the mangled pipe made it impossible for shearing rams to close and plug the flow of oil. The report was compiled by Det Norske Veritas for the Department of Interior after the contracting firm examined the blowout preventer as part of a series of investigations. ___

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Face of statehood dies at 65 The man who became inextricably linked to Hawaii’s 1959 statehood as a grinning newsboy in an iconic photo has died. A son of Chester Frank Kahapea said the former newsboy died March 4 at a Honolulu hospital from complications caused by Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 65. In 1959, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin ran a picture of Kahapea smiling and holding a newspaper with the headline, “Statehood.” The picture went on to be used in numerous publications, including The New York Times. ___

3. Boston

Lawyer charged conspiracy plot A prominent Boston defense attorney was charged Wednesday with conspiracy and money laundering in what federal prosecutors say was a plot to conceal the source of more than $225,000 in drug money. Robert George, 56, was arrested at his home by federal drug agents. He made a brief initial appearance in U.S. District Court and was later released on $50,000 unsecured bond. — AP

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Why are we intervening in Libya? Keep to the topic, lose the bitterness When the U.S. intervened in Libya, many said this would be a repeat of the war in Iraq. However, there are many key differences between these military actions, but this one still deserves scrutiny. First, and perhaps most significant, the United Nations Security Council approved military intervention in Libya. This did not happen with the U.S. invasion of Iraq. We think the fact that the U.S. waited for UN authorization is a positive step in foreign policy decision making. Along this line, America was not the first to intervene in Libya. The U.S. followed the lead of its French and British allies. While these differences the U.S. war in Iraq, we still have to question many aspects of the Libyan intervention. First, we still haven’t defined a clear reason for intervention, no matter what our leaders say. So far, the only reason given has been to save Libyan lives. This is a noble goal and we agree that action must be taken to prevent Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi from killing his own people, but does that mean we are also preparing to intervene in other countries experiencing uprisings? Yemeni troops massacred 46 protesters on Friday. Similar atrocities have occurred in Bahrain, Syria and Yemen. So why haven’t the U.S. or other countries called for intervention in these countries? Lives are being lost there too? Given America’s foreign policy history, this is because we have a vested interest in the country we have chosen to give the gift of democracy. Libya is an important oil-producing state. While it may produce only 2 percent of the world’s oil supply, that could be a valuable resource if put under the control of Western powers. This would only be accomplished by a regime

change, something the UN did not authorize. However, regime change seems to be the shaping goal in Libya. Western forces have been attacking ground forces and bombarded Gaddafi’s headquarters. This goes beyond the parameters of the no-fly zone authorized by the UN. Another issue that needs to be explored, and the mainstream media has failed to discuss, is what do the rebels of Libya truly want. While it’s probably a safe assumption that most of the common people in Libya would like democracy, the rebels are made up of many differing tribes currently united in their effort to remove Gaddafi. What this will bring once Gaddafi is removed is unclear. As Libyan expert Hanspeter Mattes states in a Der Spiegel interview, there are about 140 different tribes and large families in Libya, and about 30 that have any real political influence. Ones that were loyal to Gaddafi received benefits while those opposed were suppressed. While the tribes are united now, will they all agree with who gets to rule next? In the same interview with Der Spiegel, Mattes notes that Libya has not had a constitution since 1977 and is much less familiar with democratic governments than Tunisia and Egypt were. If leaders had investigated which groups were truly committed to democracy and given arms and aid to them, there would be less chance of less democratic groups from gaining power once Gaddafi falls. We want to see democracy in Libya. But it needs to be the Libyan people’s democracy, not Western-imposed democracy.

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Reckless cyclists need class It is hard to fathom what it is like to almost As I have already stated, bicycles are the be ran over by a bicyclist without first-hand equivalent of a motorized vehicle, so it is STAFF COLUMN MN experience, but surely you or someone you required they yield to pedestrians. Also, know, whether a friend or a mere acquainwhen crossing a crosswalk, cyclists are reKyle tance, has had a close encounter with a bicyquired to walk their bike across the walk, Margerum clist at OU. It is a traumatizing experience to not ride. say the least. Stop signs and stoplights do not lose all Any OU student or faculty member knows about the bi- meaning for a bicyclist. Yes, they too have to stop at them. cycle lane on the South Oval. It is a luxury to the bikers, who Finally, it would be very helpful if they learned how to signal are trying to get to class without hitting the other scurrying when they are turning. students in the process, but this lane comes at a cost to the For those who wish to ride a bike around campus, a class pedestrians trying to cross from one should be required to inform the particiside of the South Oval to the other, as pants of the rules and regulations they one has to literally look both ways behave to conform to. After the class ends, Bikers should extend fore crossing the bicycle lane. Still, it is they will be required to register their bike some leeway for those like the bicyclists seem to come out of with university police. Lastly, they will be individuals who are merely issued a certificate, much like a driver’s linowhere. This lane is part of the issue. attempting to cross the When I first toured OU, my guide cense, indicating that you did participate warned us to not walk unnecessarily in in the class. This will be good for the dulane, without injury.” the bicycle lane, as the bikers would hit ration of your stay at OU. anyone in their way — and she was not Furthermore, university police should kidding. However, bikers should extend some leeway for more actively patrol the bikers on the South Oval, handing those individuals who are merely attempting to cross the out fines for dangerous behavior — as they would for any lane, without injury. After all, bicycles are considered a ve- motorist. The amount will vary depending on the severity hicle, so they should have to yield to any pedestrian trying of the infraction. After so many infractions, the certificate to safely cross their path. will be suspended until the class is retaken. As a driver, I am required to yield to pedestrians, as well Encouraging students to ride safely will not only prevent as share the road with bicyclists. However, I have almost injury to the biker but pedestrians and drivers as well. hit more cyclists at OU in almost two years than I have anywhere else. It could be due to the increased number of peo- — Kyle Margerum, ple who ride a bike, but I believe it mostly comes from the professional writing sophomore fact that cyclists do not know the proper roadway safety precautions they have to take to be able to ride a bike without Comment on this column at harm to themselves or anyone else around them.


Neutral media is key for elections The Oklahoma Daily has a monopoly on printed communication in our community. Students rely on its articles to be informed about events on campus, sports and occasionally about our student government. Yesterday The Daily ran an article titled “OUR VIEW: Elections Need Debate.” While I agree that there is always room for improvement, I know that progress does not come about without change. This year’s forum was preceded by what The Daily described as “stale debates.” Despite the competitive nature of elections, candidates are not interested in verbally contending one another. The purpose of the forum was to give the candidates the opportunity to present their platforms and answer the students’ questions. This opens doors for students to evaluate the merit of the candidates’ aims as opposed to judging them as orators. Additionally, this forum has not been the only event at which the candidates have spoken. Each of them has worked diligently to share their vision for our campus to a number of student groups and individuals. While I hope for betterment in next year’s election season, I will encourage 2012’s election staff to build upon the precedence set by this year’s forum. Furthermore, I want to express my dismay with The Daily’s disregard for the standard of ethics expected from journalists. David Brooks, a journalist for The New York

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When you write an article about homosexuality, STAFF COLUMN MN there is no need to come up with a clever first senTrevor Clarkk tence to catch people’s attention—the word itself is enough. It already carries a tremendous amount of emotional baggage. The term may conjure feelings of pain for people who have been ostracized or otherwise wounded on account of their sexual orientation. Maybe the feeling is hate, or different kinds of fear: fear of the so-called homosexual agenda and fear of being found out. Homosexuality has often been discussed in two spheres: the political, in debates about same-sex marriage and homosexual parenting, and the religious. Often the two overlap or motivate the other. Sometimes there is a near militant atmosphere in the lines drawn during these discussions. Our own campus certainly functions this way. Liberal groups view moral and religious objections to homosexuality as an affront The Christian to personal freedom and community is identity, a bigoted sort of realizing that bullying. Sometimes, that is true. I exhortations think of Brother Jed spewagainst ing derogatory terms on the homosexuality South Oval while touting do not exist in a the fake skull of “Chad, the vacuum; rather, homosexual, who is now burning in hell”. they are cloaked How do we respond to in the command to that? How do we divorce ‘love your neighbor ourselves from unhealthy as yourself.’” animosity while still having these sorts of discussions, or is the best tactic to be divorced from the discussions themselves? Some of the animosity will be hard to lose. Christians who believe in the Bible, for instance, adhere to a moral standard inherently opposed to the homosexual lifestyle. I think that biblical opposition to homosexuality, though, should not manifest itself in hatefilled hearts. The Christian community is realizing exhortations against homosexuality do not exist in a vacuum; rather, they are cloaked in the command to “love your neighbor as yourself.” There is sin in the Christian’s life, and they want to be healed, not hated. I think they should treat others accordingly. There are groups dedicated to this perspective. One such organization is “First Stone Ministries”. If you are interested, they will be presenting tonight at 8 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Meacham Auditorium. Former homosexuals will bring a talk on “relational wholeness” and sexual healing. To many, this perspective is patronizing, perhaps inauthentic. Or maybe, who cares whether it’s sincere or not – it’s still opposed to human diversity and the freedom to be who you are” Some in the Christian community have adopted this perspective. They seem to have swung the pendulum to the other end of the spectrum. Love now exists in a vacuum apart from biblical disapproval of homosexuality, and the love expressed is more rooted in the actions of 1960s activists, and less rooted in that of first-century carpenters. Conversations between these groups (and others) are present now and guaranteed for the future. The push for gay rights and acceptance is constant, and admonitions against homosexuality remain written. Hopefully, as those conversations arise on our campus, people will steer clear of the bitterness common to most of the many sides of the issue. I hope that those conversations continue, however, because they are incredibly important. If homosexuality really is something to be embraced, those opposing it are committing grave errors. If, however, homosexuality is actually a form of sexual brokenness, stifling those who say so prevents many from accepting truths that allow them to abandon certain lifestyles and enable them to maintain healthy, rewarding relationships. — Trevor Clark, professional writing and religious studies junior

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o showcase some of the most talented and up-andcoming Oklahoman musicians, the Campus Activities Council Concert Series is hosting Sooner Soundcheck. Sooner Soundcheck is free and will be held from 3 to 11:30 p.m. Friday at the Walker-Adams mall, according to the event’s facebook page. Sooner Soundcheck’s lineup is highlighted by Oklahoma City rockers The Pretty Black Chains. The Pretty Black Chains, described as “loud rock music with much precision” on its Facebook page, consists of Kellen McGugan, Derek Knowlton, Jonathan Martin and Kurt Freudenberger. “We first started writing songs in October of 2008 and played our first show in February of 2009,” Freudenberger said. The band released an album in September, but were already working on its next album, “Awakening,” which will be officially released in May. The Pretty Black Chains took its music to Austin for the second year in a row at the music festival South by Southwest. “After last year, we feel our shows this year were more mature and we’ve settled down with our music,” Freudenberger said. “We had a lot more fun with it. One of the best weeks we’ve all had in our lives.” Freudenberger said he appreciates the community between the Oklahoman musicians. “Everyone is so close. At some point, everyone has crossed paths with music and friends,” he said, “Especially in Norman, Oklahoma City and Stillwater. It’s a pretty tight knit group.” The Pretty Black Chains also has written seven or eight more songs since finishing “Awakening” and have played numerous shows the past two months, Freudenberger said. “It’s kind of like a job in a way, but a good job,” he said. “It’s cool to see the labor pay off.” Jabee, another artist on the lineup, said he wrote his first rap when he was 7 and first started performing when he was 15. Jabee

Derek Knowlton and Kellen McGugan of The Pretty Black Chains perform. The band will perform along with six other artists at Sooner Soundcheck Friday on the Walker-Adams mall.

said he has been professionally making music for eight years. He released his first album, “Little Earth,” in 2003 then released more albums in 2005 and 2006. In 2008, his album “Blood is the New Black” came out and in December, he released his “Lucky Me” EP. Jabee has been all across Oklahoma and was one of the main stage performers at the 2010 Norman Music Festival. “I think the biggest thing was that it was hip-hop on the main stage,” Jabee said. “I was honored that it was me. It was probably one of my favorite shows I’ve ever performed.” Jabee also was at this year’s SXSW, performing six shows between Tuesday and Friday, sometimes even two or three shows a day. However he’s still partial to Oklahoma. “What makes the Norman and Oklahoma music scene special is it’s close community and variety, I think it’s about the diversity,” Jabee said. “When I‘m in L.A., it’s all hiphop or it’s all rock or it’s all DJs. I like that Oklahoma music isn’t like that. I also like that we try to stick together and have each

other’s back.” Jabee said he also is looking forward to Friday’s showcase in particular because his cousin Cameron Clark, who plays basketball at OU, will be in attendance.

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Music school to bid director farewell School of Music will honor Curtis’ 27-year career with choral concert OU School of Music will be putting on a special choral concert to honor School of Music Director Steven Curtis at 8 tonight. Set to retire at the end of the spring 2011 semester, Curtis will end his 27 years as a faculty member and six years as the director of the School of Music at OU. Curtis said he knew as early as fourth grade he wanted to be a teacher. “Even as a fourth grader I remember watching my teacher and the way she taught and thinking to myself, ‘that’s something I would probably do as a teacher,’ or ‘I would never do that,’” Curtis said. “And a goal of mine pretty early on was to prepare music teachers. I knew that’s what I wanted to do.” Curtis came to OU the summer of 1976 when he was entering the doctoral program for the School of Music. He spent two years working toward his doctorate and returned in 1984

If you go WHAT: Choral Concert WHEN: 8 p.m. tonight WHERE: Sharp Hall, Catlett Music Hall PRICE: $5 for students, senior citizens and faculty members, $8 for adults

Steven Curtis when a spot opened for him to join OU’s faculty. In 1989, he was awarded Outstanding Professor for the Norman campus by the OU Student Association, and in 1996 he was named Director of Distinction by the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association. Curtis has maintained a hands-on approach to his job during his six-year stint. He still directs the University Chamber Singers and can be seen walking around Catlett

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School of Music Director Steven Curtis stands on stage and leads a group of students in singing. Music Center talking to staff members and students alike. “I wish I knew every student by name; I wish I could do that,” he said, after being complimented for recognizing several undergraduate students. Mark Lucas, University Singers director and one of the organizers of tonight’s concert, sees Curtis as a friend and a mentor worth

honoring. “It’s hard to find someone who’s so musically talented and such a very good person,” Lucas said. Curtis credits the concert to his peers. “Dr. [Richard] Zielinski and Dr. Lucas have been wonderful in putting this together,” Curtis said. “This was their idea completely.” Tonight’s concert will include performances

by several of the OU choral ensembles, including University Chorale, University Singers, University Chamber Singers (which Curtis directs himself ), Singing Sooners and OU Men’s Glee. The pieces performed include works such as Franz Schubert’s “Mass In G.” The concert will end with one piece that holds special significance to Curtis

the traditional folk song “Shenandoah.” Curtis has used the piece every two or three years throughout his time at OU. “The arrangement by James Erb is one of the finest arrangements of an American folk song that I’ve ever heard,” he said. Several of Curtis’ former students will join the choirs on stage for the concert’s finale.


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Thursday, March 24, 2011 • B1


Spring ball under way More on ‘Twittergate’ I messed up. In a column in Tuesday’s edition of The Daily titled, “Football needs social-media policy,” I misrepresented the intent of a Twitter post by junior tight end Trent Ratterree earlier this month.

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It’s time for spring football. “Time to get out of the weight room and play some football,” OU coach Bob Stoops said during a press conference Monday to kick off the Sooners’ spring action. With the spring game right around the corner on April 16, the team is addressing some question marks. Junior defensive back Jamell Fleming’s status is still uncertain for the fall due to off-field issues, and Stoops offered no further insight. “Since he’s not here, I’m not going to talk about him,” he said. “I’m not sure whether I’m allowed to or not.” In Fleming’s place, 5-foot11-inch sophomore Aaron Colvin is slated to start at strong safety. He appeared at corner or special teams in all 14 games last season and started against Texas. Although he has little experience at safety, Stoops said he believes the “experimental” move will be good for Colvin. “The way that strong safety plays, in today’s world, the guy has to have corner-like ability, to be able to run and change direction, because of the nature of so many spreadout teams,” Stoops said. Several other Sooner starters will miss spring action or have limited participation due to injuries and offseason surgeries. All-Big 12 second team freshman fullback Trey Millard and junior tight end Trent Ratterree will both be


Freshman quarterback Blake Bell takes a snap during a spring scrimmage Monday. Bell redshirted last season.

out all spring recovering from shoulder surgeries. Even though Millard won’t be ready until summer, Stoops said he wants to use the Columbia, Mo., native more next season. “He’s one of the best players on our team. I would like to see us enhance more of what we do with him,” he said. Freshman tailback Roy Finch, who missed the Fiesta Bowl with a stress fracture in his left foot, is expected to go, Stoops said. Sophomore hybrid defensive end Ronnell Lewis also is expected to be active this spring after sustaining

a neck injury during OU’s 48-20 Fiesta Bowl win over the Connecticut Huskies. “We want to be smart on how much (action) we give [Lewis], but he went through the whole second half of our winter with no problems,” Stoops said. Stoops raved about incoming tailback recruit Brandon Williams, who graduated from high school early for a head start in the program. “He’s a very exciting guy to be around and coach — very, very competitive and tough,” Stoops said. “He’s got a bunch of talent, so he’s going to be an exciting guy to watch.”

compliance office or a student paper, Sooners on Twitter have enjoyed complete freedom to post what they will. But at what cost to their images, or the image of the OU football program? Twitter has a tremendous influence on today’s culture, redefining the interactions between people and celebrities or, in this case, athletes and fans. It’s a powerful tool that, if used right, can enhance the overall @trent_ratterree experience for student-athletes and fans. The lady gymnasts emailing But when it’s used incorrectly, it everyone in their classes can sour the reputations of everyone begging for fans. @OUProblems involved. March 1 Who am I to guess whether TwitterI thought Ratterree was mocking the savvy players like Ratterree, freshman women’s gymnastics program, but after wide receiver Kenny Stills or freshman talking with him Wednesday, he told me defensive back Tony Jefferson have conhe was joking and meant to bring light to sidered the implications of being so the team’s situation more than mock it. transparent? I’d like to apologize to Ratterree for my However, I’d encourage them to exererror; however, the entire situation goes cise caution, because people have noback to proving a point I meant to make in ticed, including coach Bob Stoops. the column: Twitter can be dangerous. During a press conference Monday, Because of the limiStoops said he’s going to tations of conveying a install a system of guidethought in just 140 charlines for social-media use STAFF COLUMN UMN acters, there’s too much because of what his playroom for misinterpretation ers already have posted. James Corley rley and misunderstanding. The freedom of speech Try as we must, we can’t is a right guaranteed by always ensure what we the Bill of Rights, but the post on social-media sites accurately rep- university reserves the right to limit those resents our intentions, yet another rea- freedoms if its scholarship athletes appear son why everyone — including athletes to be abusing them, including but not lim— should be careful what they post on the ited to the use of social media. Internet for the world to see. I am not on a crusade to smear the footBut in the end, what I as a normal OU ball team, nor do I hold any kind of anistudent, or even as the sports editor of The mosity for any reason toward the players I Daily, post on Twitter or Facebook carries mentioned in my last column. significantly less weight than posts from But since figures like football players OU student-athletes — most notably foot- represent me, as an OU student, in the ball players. public eye, I beg them to think before they Whether it’s by mocking Bedlam rival tweet. Oklahoma State for celebrating a share of the Big 12 South Division title without — James Corley, a trip to the championship game, OU’s journalism senior


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Sooners face uphill battle in tough Big 12 schedule Team enters conference play in 7th, hopes to climb against tough competition

By Tobi Neidy

No. 12 Texas (24-3) The Longhorns came away with the Judi Garman Classic crown after posting an unbeaten record in the tournament last weekend. Sophomore Blaire Luna continues to lead the way on the mound, holding down a .96 ERA. Texas has key wins this season over then-No. 4 Washington, 12-0; Louisville, 6-2 and 14-4; and LSU, 2-1. No. 14 Nebraska (24-3) The Huskers have been successful against ranked teams, downing then-No. 18 Stanford, then-No. 25 BYU and No. 10 Hawaii last month. The team’s last win over a ranked team came against then-No. 1 Florida, 1-0, in the Under Armour Showcase in Clearwater, Fla., on March 12.

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With over half the regular season in the books, the No. 9 Oklahoma softball team has already faced several of the best teams in the nation and came away with a few key wins over top-10 opponents. But some of the toughest adversaries are still lurking around the corner in OU’s conference schedule. When the Sooners open up Big 12 action Friday against Nebraska in Norman, OU begins the daunting task of continuing to work on mistakes and weaknesses that have plagued the Sooners early in the season. However, the team will have to do it against a conference slate boasting eight top-25 teams. “It’s the toughest I’ve ever seen the Big 12,” OU coach Patty Gasso said. “It will be an absolute dogfight and a tremendous accomplishment to whatever team can pull this off.” Gasso has reason to strap her team in for the long haul of conference action. Even though the Sooners were picked during the preseason to top the conference standings at the end of the year, OU hasn’t fared as well against ranked competition. OU leads the Big 12 in the national polls but sits in seventh place in the conference standings with a 26-7 record, all seven losses coming at neutral sites. Most Big 12 teams will have four or fewer losses on their records entering conference action, but Gasso believes she has her team ready for the challenge. “We’ve played a tougher schedule, and it is going to pay off,” she said. But what the team learned


No. 17 Missouri (22-3) Almost a month has gone by since Missouri last lost, Feb. 26 against then-No. 2 Alabama, 3-1. The Tigers are still riding on the conference’s long win streak — 19 games. No. 18 Baylor (24-4) The Bears defeated the defending national champion UCLA Bruins to kick off the Campbell/Cartier Classic on March 3 in San Diego, Calif. Since then, the Bears won a three-game series (2-1) over Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. No. 20 Oklahoma State (25-6) The Cowgirls lost consecutive games to Auburn and Oklahoma during The Preview earlier this month at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. However, OSU isn’t a team to overlook since the Cowgirls downed LSU on Feb. 18 before beating top-ranked Georgia on Feb. 24. No. 21 Texas Tech (35-1) Tech sits atop the Big 12 standings with single loss to Alcorn State at home this season. The team is on an 11-game win streak and has a perfect 11-0 record on neutral fields so far this season. But Tech may get a rude awakening when the team faces the tough competition of ranked conference opponents.


Junior Allee Allen warms up in between innings during the Illinois-Chicago game March 5. OU opens Big 12 play Friday.

early in the season is that any contest away from Marita Hynes Field gives Sooner opponents an edge, a factor OU can’t afford to keep giving since the team starts anywhere from five to seven freshman and sophomores. “I’ve got to remember this is a young team,” Gasso said. “I’ve got sophomores behind the plate and on the mound; freshmen at second and [shortstop]; and a sophomore and a freshman out in the outfield.” For the youth on this team, it could be a rude awakening

as the Sooners move through their conference schedule. If the team loses more than a couple of road games in the Big 12, it may end up with a ranking that could sabotage the team’s journey through the postseason. But consistent wins on the road and at home could have the Sooners talking about a trip to the Women’s College World Series. The Big 12 is certainly stacked enough with ranked talent that whoever survives the conference slate will have that luxury.

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No. 22 Texas A&M (26-7) A&M sports a similar record to OU with losses to ranked teams in the first half of the season. The Aggies fell to Arizona, 6-3, before falling to Washington, 11-4, and Georgia, 6-2, in the Cathedral City Classic. Iowa State (14-8) With seven canceled games in the past week, ISU has missed opportunities boost its record. The Cyclones are in last place in the Big 12 standings, and without experiencing tough competition from the West — or competition of any kind since March 13 — the team could see themselves in that same spot at the end of this season. Kansas (26-3) The Jayhawks are in the midst of their best start ever, including eclipsing last year‘s win total already this season, but their only win against a ranked opponent was over then-No. 25 North Carolina, 5-4, in the Jacksonville University Tournament on Feb. 11. Their record may have the Jayhawks sitting in the No. 2 spot for the Big 12, but Kansas remains unranked on the Softball and USA Today/NFCA Coaches polls. Kansas State and Colorado do not field softball programs.

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SESSION II, 10:15-11:45 Fine Arts, Conference Room A Presenters: Sco White, Anna Claire Brunelli, Caie Bogenrief, Taloa Hixon, Alex Neimeyer, Clare Springer, Terra Easter, Hope Lane

Culture and New Technologies, Conference Room B Presenters: Nathan Crain, Mahdis Koohestani, Leslie Neal

Computer Engineering, Forum (upstairs) Presenters: Bradley Pirtle, Dylan Powell, Jeremy Rand, Ma Summersgill

Architecture, Room A-2 Presenters: Jessica Hester, John Posc, Kristen Rosenkranz, Jenna Ross, Beth Ann Rubin, Adelle York

Chemistry/Chemical Engineering, Room A-3 Presenters: Kathleen Evans, Christopher Gibbons, Christopher Golden, Huong Thi Thanh Nguyen

Engineering and the Environment, Room A-4 Presenters: Gerardo Conanan, Zachary Thomas Dunn, Derek Reid, Allison J. Quiroga, Katherine Ryan

History/Internaonal Issues, Room A-5 Presenters: Christopher Kemp, Tom Phenicie, Natalie Levy Seefeldt, Nick Was, Madison Richardson, Nick Schlekewey

Literature, Ancient and Modern, Room A-6 Presenters: Ian O’Kidhain, Ma Berry, Gerard Keiser, Meghan Riley Microbiology, Room B-1 Presenters: Jennifer Cosby, David Schwebs, Blake Stamps, Aaron Tyler

Petroleum Issues, Room B-2 Presenters: Sangho Bang, Siavash Monfared, Cory Morton, Jacob Thomas, Victor Tran, Zachary Vick, Gerardo Conanan, Jason Edwards, Benjamin Graham

Polical Issues, RoomB-4 Presenters: Mahew Bruenig, Blake Jenkins, Megan Marks, Doug McKnight, Jake Rupert, Annelise Russell

Social Issues, Room B-5 Presenters: Brad Brooks, Aubrey Gamble, Emily Mapes, Karen Nielsen, Lauren Warkenne

Zoology III, Room B-6 Presenters: Rohaid Ali, Luke Engelman, Richard Swearingen, Keely Voytovich, Stewart Whitney

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Thursday, March 24, 2011 • B3

OU STUDENTS YOU ARE INVITED! “Striking the Balance Between Freedom and National Security”

Dinner and Discussion commemorating the first Constitutional Studies Symposium “Habeas Corpus: Law and Legitimacy in Times of Crisis”

The Honorable Raymond Randolph Circuit Judge Washington, D.C.

David Cole Professor of Law Georgetown University

6:30 p.m. - Reception 7 p.m. - Dinner and Discussion

Friday, March 25 Molly Shi Boren Ballroom Oklahoma Memorial Union For reservations, please call the Office of Special Events at 325-3784 or e-mail For accommodations on the basis of disability, call the Office of Special Events at (405) 325-3784. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution.

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Fax: 405-325-7517 Campus Address: COH 149A

Are you outgoing, energetic and charismatic? Do you enjoy a fun working environment? If so, WE WANT YOU! Traditions Spirits is accepting applications for COCKTAIL WAITRESSES/WAITERS for Riverwind Casino. No experience necessary. We offer flexible schedules and an enjoyable environment in which to work.

Auto Insurance Quotations anytime


Foreign students welcomed JIM HOLMES INSURANCE, 321-4664

Line Ad..................................................................................3 days prior

Auto, Home, & Renters Insurance Want a quote?

Place line ad by 9:00 a.m. 3 business days prior to publication.

Now Hiring! Blackbird Gastropub - New restaurant now accepting applications for all positions. Age 18 and up. Apply in person between 2 and 4pm at Blu Fine Wine & Food, 201 S. Crawford Ave, Norman, OK 73069.

Display Ad ............................................................................3 days prior Classified Display or Classified Card Ad Place your display, classified display or classified card ads by 5:00 p.m. 3 business days prior to publication.

Sanctuary Water Gardens: job opportunities working with mature wetland plants. Career opportunity for individuals ready to graduate and take over the state’s only aquatic nursery. Call Victoria at 761-5601


Research volunteers needed! Researchers at OU Health Sciences Center need healthy volunteers ages 18 to 30 who have a parent with or without a history of an alcohol or drug problem. Qualified participants will be compensated for their time. Call 456-4303 to learn more about the study and to see if you qualify. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution.


Legend’s Restaurant is now accepting applications for Line Cook, Daytime Wait Staff & Bussers. Apply in person, 1313 West Lindsey.


Payment is required at the time the ad is placed. Credit cards, cash, money orders or local checks accepted.


Charleston Apartments: Grounds & Pool person needed, 2073 W Lindsey. $7.50 start. PT during semester, FT during breaks. Call 364-3603, ask for Jamie.


Coffee Shop Barista. Hours vary 6am to 5pm, M-F. Barista experience preferred. Apply online at

Seasonal Retail! Earn extra summer money now! Sooner Bloomers is now accepting applications for Spring season: Apr, May, June. FT/PT. Call Debbie at 476-2977 for interview.

10-14 days.........$1.15/line 15-19 days.........$1.00/line 20-29 days........$ .90/line 30+ days ........ $ .85/line

1 day ..................$4.25/line 2 days ................$2.50/line 3-4 days.............$2.00/line 5-9 days.............$1.50/line

APTS. UNFURNISHED Next to OU Med Ctr, 727 E. Culbertson, 2 bd w/ofc, $560; 1 bd, 1 bth, $375, 90% med student occupied, cozy & quiet apts, water pd. Haley, 405-826-0983.


crisis line

325-6963 (NYNE)

OU Number Nyne Crisis Line

8 p.m.-4 a.m. every day

except OU holidays and breaks

STOP! LOOK! LEASE! Students Receive 5% Discount! Sooner Crossing 321-5947 FREE Basic Cable & Water Sparkling Pool, 24/7 Laundry on site! 2 bd apt, BILLS PAID, smoke free, no pets - 360-3850


Housing Sales

HOUSES 3 BR/2 BA for sale. 1712 Sumac Dr. Shown appointment only. Amanda Thompson 641-2409. Email amanda.

MOBILE HOMES Mobile Home For Sale in Goldsby: 1999 Clayton, 3bd/1ba, 3 car port, fenced yard, covered front deck. $20,000 - 301-5105


THE MONT Now accepting applications for the following position SERVERS, must be available for 4 day shifts per week beginning at 10:30 am-5:30 pm, server experience preferred.

Classified Display, Classified Card Ad or Game Sponsorship

Summer Rental at Campus Lodge - April or May 1 through August 15, $400/mo includes all utilities, cable, internet, swimming pool, gym, free tanning. Furnished, private bedroom & bath, shared kitchen with all appliances. Can choose own unit & roommates. Call Phil 313-2337

STUDENTPAYOUTS.COM Paid survey takers needed in Norman 100% FREE to join. Click on Surveys.

PAID EGG DONORS up to 6 donations, + Exps, non-smokers, Ages 18-29, SAT>1100/ACT>24/GPA>3.00 Contact:

There is a 2 line minimum charge; approximately 42 characters per line, including spaces and punctuation. (Cost = Days x # lines x $/line)


Bartending! Up to $300/day. No exp nec. Training provided. 1-800-965-6520 x133.

AVG $1,000-$3,000/mo Part-Time!! 15 yr Est Norman Co. needs Friendly, Reliable + Confident People in our Advertising Crew Hrs 4 pm - 8 pm, Mon-Fri Call Mike, 321-7503


help is just a phone call away

A drunk driver ruined something precious. Amber Apodaca. Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.

Photo by Michael Mazzeo

PLACE AN AD Phone: 405-325-2521 E-mail:

Cameron Jones, advertising manager • phone: 405-325-2521

Contact an Acct Executive for details at 325-2521.

YOU are responsible

2 col (3.25 in) x 2.25 inches

2 col (3.25 in) x 2 inches Sudoku ..............$760/month Boggle ...............$760/month Horoscope ........$760/month

for the world you live in...

Crossword ........$515/month



The Oklahoma Daily is responsible for one day’s incorrect advertising. If your ad appears incorrectly, or if you wish to cancel your ad call 3252521, before the deadline for cancellation in the next issue. Errors not the fault of the advertiser will be adjusted. Refunds will not be issued for late cancellations.

NUMBER ONE is nothing to celebrate.

The Oklahoma Daily will not knowingly accept advertisements that discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religious preference, national origin or sexual orientation. Violations of this policy should be reported to The Oklahoma Daily Business Office at 325-2521.

This year, more than 163,000 people will die from lung cancer—making it America’s


Help Wanted ads in The Oklahoma Daily are not to separate as to gender. Advertisers may not discriminate in employment ads based on race, color, religion or gender unless such qualifying factors are essential to a given position.

cancer killer. But new treatments offer hope. Join Lung Cancer Alliance in the fight against this disease.

All ads are subject to acceptance by The Oklahoma Daily. Ad acceptance may be re-evaluated at any time.

Spring Specials


Best apartment value in Norman!!!

By Bernice Bede Osol

Copyright 2010, Newspaper Enterprise Assn.

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w/d hook ups, westside

1 bd 1 ba 748 SF $430 2 bd 1 ba 832 SF $465 2 bd 2 ba 880 SF $475 2 bd 2 ba 968 SF $505 2 bd 2.5 ba 1150 SF - TH $595 3 bd 3.5 ba 1350 SF - TH $695 364-3603 No Pets

Georgian Townhomes 1 bd 1 ba 675 SF $425 2 bd 1 ba 875 SF $485 Apartments 1 bd 1 ba 748 SF $420 2 bd 1 ba 900 SF $485 3 bd 1 ba ABP 1000 SF $670

Monday- Friday 8:30-5:30 Saturday 1-5 p.m. 2072 W. Lindsey BISHOP’S LANDING

Monday- Friday 8:30-6 p.m. Saturday 1-5 p.m. 1932 W. Lindsey

Thursday, March 24, 2011 ARIES (March 21-April 19) -Don’t hesitate to take a chance on your talents or capabilities. If you believe you can do something to further your interests, by all means go ahead and give it a try. What do you have to lose? TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Something good could come out of a successful venture initiated by another. If there is a place for you and you’re invited to participate, don’t hesitate for one minute to do so.

Near Campus Across from Duck Pond


Eff, 1 & 2 Bed Apartments

From $263/mo

M-F 8:30-5:30, Sat 1-5p.m.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- You’ll be far more effective in committee situations if you let others think your good ideas were spawned by them. They’ll be far more cooperative if they think they are playing a role.

333 E. Brooks (one block east of OU.) ** No pets *Effective rent allows for comp. with apts. that are not all bills paid


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CANCER (June 21-July 22) -There’s no need to get confused if you have several opportunities to choose from. Before the day is out, you’ll be able to take advantage of all of them. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Don’t hesitate to take someone up on their offer to let you join their group. With that charismatic personality of yours, you’ll be right in your element. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Regardless of how offbeat one of your concepts appears to be, give it a try. If it should produce the favorable results you desire, you’ll look like a hero to everyone involved.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Don’t let another’s idea frighten you just because it is on a much larger scale than you think feasible. Give it a shot, because if it works, it’ll be totally awesome. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- If you think one of your endeavors can be greatly expanded upon, don’t hesitate to try out your idea. If it hits, you’ll reap some serious rewards. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Normally it isn’t wise to request business favors from friends, because it puts them in an awkward position. If you make it clear that they can profit as well, it’ll be OK. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Your best course of action is not to butt into what is already running smoothly. If everything is moving along well, keep your hands off the tiller and don’t try to alter anything. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- This is likely to be an exceptionally good day for working on or promoting something new, especially if it contains unique or innovative elements. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Don’t hesitate to join a friend in taking on a possibly quite rewarding project. Lady Luck is favoring this kind of arrangement.

Universal Crossword Edited by Timothy E. Parker March 24, 2011

ACROSS 1 Runway strutter 6 “Thou ___ make me clean” (leper’s words to Jesus) 11 Acid 14 Angle type 15 Tropical vine 16 Be short, in a way 17 Hippie emblem 19 Airportshuttle vehicle 20 Kilted boy 21 Roll of banknotes 22 “You ___ kidding!” 24 Subjugated 27 Elitist 28 Red-faced emotion 29 Bridge support 33 Knocked the socks off of 36 Needle and thimble case 37 Two threes, for one 38 U.N. workers’ group 39 Many a housewarming gift 40 What identical twins have in common 41 Hog feed 43 ___ the wrong way


(irritates) 44 Wander around leisurely 46 Tied one on 48 ___ sequitur 49 “Do not change,” to an editor 50 Like some forecasts 55 Command before “Go!” 57 ___ de la Plata 58 Neighbor of Ga. 59 Hugs indication 60 Hippie 64 Anti-apartheid org. 65 Adjective for a seance 66 Lounged (around) 67 “For shame!” noise 68 Sediment particles 69 Abrasive material DOWN 1 Syrup source 2 Arctic or Indian, e.g. 3 Twosomes 4 Catchall abbr. 5 Away from the wind 6 Glasgow waterway 7 Use a scope 8 Apprehend, as a perpetrator 9 Winter attire 10 Special ability

11 Accessories for 60-Across 12 Avian trumpeter 13 Small ding 18 Except for 23 Delightful diversion 25 One may do it through one’s teeth 26 Singles, compared to married people 30 Buttocks 31 “The Whole ___ Yards” 32 Buffet meal carrier 33 Genie’s largesse 34 Earthenware pot 35 Festival for 60-Across 36 Last Hebrew month 39 One who babbles

42 Back-hand compliments? 44 Eyewear for Col. Klink 45 Lennon’s lady 47 Griped 48 Film ___ (shadowy genre) 51 Canadian tribe members 52 Food at the first Thanksgiving 53 In worse health 54 Golfer’s aide 55 Barnyard milk giver 56 Geologic time periods 61 Unrefined lode 62 Barrister’s headpiece 63 Performer yukking it up



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FAR OUT, MAN! By Dallas Moore


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Thursday, March 24, 2011 • B5



Tulsa’s Wojcik: No contact from Georgia Tech

Ochocinco begins soccer team tryout

Despite reports, Golden Hurricane men’s basketball coach says he has not been approached for interview ATLANTA — Tulsa coach Doug Wojcik said Wednesday he has not been contacted by Georgia Tech and called reports he will be interviewed by the school “hilarious.� Several people have asked about reports Wojcik would interview for the men’s basketball job, he said. “It’s nice. It’s flattering,� Wojcik said. “I haven’t heard anything.� Georgia Tech is looking for a successor for Paul Hewitt, who was fired following a 13-18 season. Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich said Doug Wojcik he hopes to hire a replacement for Hewitt by the Final Four, which begins April 2 in Houston. Some potential candidates, including Virginia Commonwealth’s Shaka Smart and Richmond’s Chris Mooney, have teams in the NCAA Sweet 16. Radakovich said he is being assisted in the search by former Vanderbilt and South Carolina coach Eddie Fogler. Hewitt’s overall record in 11 years was 190-162, including 72-104 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He took Georgia Tech to five NCAA tournament appearances, including the 2004 national championship game. Tulsa finished 19-13 under Wojcik this season and did not receive a postseason bid after making the NIT each of the last two seasons. Wojcik was hired by Tulsa in 2005 and had a string of four straight 20-win seasons end this year.

Bengals wide receiver looks to join soccer club during NFL lockout NFL star Chad Ochocinco began his four-day trial with Sporting Kansas City by leading the a group of players out of the locker room and onto the field. After a few small group drills and some basic fitness, the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver broke apart from the team for individual training session with Kansas City assistant coach Zoran Savic. They were testing his footwork, ball skills and shooting. The media were out in full force, snapping pictures and following the actions of the six-time Pro Bowl wideout as he took shot after shot on goal with Savic and a few trainers.

Ochocinco did join the team for an 11-on-11 full-field scrimmage. He played as a forward on the right-hand side with a team of mostly reserve players. He touched the ball a few times during the scrimmage, but was never able to continue play and was dispossessed often quite easily. In a press conference following the training session, Vermes said that Ochocinco was “coachable.� A s f o r h i s p l ay o n t h e f i e l d , Ochocinco declared that he “ate humble pie� out there and has plenty more to learn and offer during his trial. Thursday also will be a closed-tothe-public session at Swope Park. — AP


NFL star Chad Ochocinco (85) kicks the ball around during a four-day tryout with Sporting Kansas City MLS soccer team Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo.


— AP

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You Are Invited!

Picnic: 11:30 a.m. Program: Noon Monday, March 28 David A. Burr Park President David L. Boren will speak about the importance of Arbor Day. Campus “Adopt-An-Area” winners will be announced and honored.

Bring your blankets and join us for a free picnic lunch celebrating the 2011 OU Arbor Day. The picnic is free and open to the public. Tree planting immediately following to beautify the Kraettli Apartments.

To volunteer for the tree planting, please contact Volunteer Programs at 325-2340. In the event of inclement weather, the picnic will be held in Couch Restaurants. For accommodations on the basis of disability, please call the Office of Special Events at (405) 325-3784.

The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution.

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