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President, VP candidates square off in debate Student involvement touted by four pairs of candidates TROY WEATHERFORD Daily Staff Writer

UOSA president and vice president candidates discussed campus issues Wednesday night at a debate hosted by Student Media. The four pairs of candidates attended the debate moderated by OU Daily Editor-in-Chief, Jamie Hughes, in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom of the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

Candidates were restricted to one minute per answer. All of the candidates agreed on one point: No one thought UOSA was sufficiently relevant to students. Jess Eddy, presidential candidate, said UOSA must set up programs that encourage student participation. “Students are not in touch with UOSA, and UOSA does not make any substantial steps to bridge this gap,” said Eddy, religious studies and political science sophomore. Many people join UOSA in

order to improve their resume instead of the university, said Nicholas Harrison, presidential candidate. “There’s a belief out there ... that student government is really just about people trying to improve themselves,” said Harrison, law and business graduate student. Presidential Candidate Frank Zenteno, international and area studies and French senior, said he wants to advocate for all OU students. Ally Glavas, political science sophomore, said her platform

is based around trying to make UOSA relevant to students by improving advising and other issues. The presidential candidate said the OU administration does a lot for OU but could provide more. “We’re not asking enough ... I don’t think UOSA is challenging the administration enough,” Glavas said. Glavas said if she was not elected president, she would still work to improve campus. None of the candidates said they would support an increase in stipends for the president.

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SOONERS LEARN SELF-DEFENSE AUDREY HARRIS Daily Staff Writer

Students interested in learning self-defense can look to OU’s Student Martial Arts Association for a unique form of exercise. The SMAA is a student-led organization that meets for two hours every Sunday night at the Huston Huffman Center to review and practice multiple forms of martial arts. Martial Arts is a broad category that includes many different styles of fighting, including kick-boxing, karate, taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Krav-Maga or

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curriculums, one for beginners and one for experienced fighters. Sometimes instructors may even choose to talk about the culture of martial arts or an important figure in martial arts history. Windham said he likes to bring in readings about the material. “Our organization isn’t just about us getting in a room and beating a punching bag, or beating each other up. As a student organization, we’re supposed to be promoting a love of martial arts,” Windham said. “Without stories, we can’t appreciate the styles.” Golnoosh Kamali, electrical engineering junior, received martial arts training for nine years prior to joining the group. Kamali enjoys learning all of the different styles of martial arts

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Muay Thai. Muay Thai is one of the deadliest forms of kick-boxing, said Kevin Windham, SMAA president. Windham, computer engineering junior, said the organization focuses on promoting good exercise, health and self-defense practices as well as a love of martial arts. Windham has studied martial arts for about 16 years, and attends classes when he can at Conan’s Academy in Norman. Windham said several of the club’s active members are certified to teach in their particular styles, but any group member who wants to lead a session can. Before teaching, instructors must submit their routine for the executive board to review. Windham said the instructors must include two

Declining cash on hand, high debt burden hurt university’s credit outlook

A major bond and credit rating agency downgraded its outlook of OU’s ability to repay bonds the university sold Wednesday. Fitch Ratings changed its two-to-three year outlook from stable to negative, said Douglas Kilcommons, a senior director at Fitch. The change “reflects the consistently negative operating performance of OU coupled with an aggressive, largely debt financed capital plan that has not been met with a corresponding rise in resources available for its repayment,” a release from Fitch stated. OU also is challenged by low growth in the number of high school graduates in the state and the small number of those adults who attend college, Kilcommons said. The U.S. Census Bureau for 2006-2008 estimates state 22.4 percent of Oklahomans have a college degree, compared with 27.4 percent of the nation as a whole. OU’s negative operating margins in four of the last five fiscal years also hurt OU’s credit outlook, along with declining cash on hand and a high debt burden, Kilcommons and the release said. OU finishes each year with positive cash, said OU spokesman Jay Doyle. However, non-cash transactions, such as depreciation of capital assets and long-term health care liabilities “have a negative impact on the overall financial margin,” Doyle said. While OU President David Boren has said tuition hikes are likely for the next school year, according to Daily archives. Future tuition or fee hikes can’t be so high that they drive away students, Kilcommons said. Increases in student spending at OU need to be covered by federal and other forms of financial aid, and some of that increase needs to be focused on reducing OU’s debt load. OU’s enrollment has not been affected by previous tuition increases in the last 10 years, Doyle said, remaining “basically flat.” O U ’s o n - c a m p u s f a l l

Andrew Farha, an employee in the IT department, practices martial arts techniques during a practice session during the Student Martial Arts Association on Sunday evening in the Huston Huffman Center. The program is open to all OU students.

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OU Medical Center doctor builds cancer survivor a new face Dr. Ivan Wayne used cosmetic surgery procedures to repair girl’s face that was damaged from surgery, therapy RICKY MARANON

Assignment Editor An Altus family is thanking OU surgeons for a beautiful face and bright future. Laura Bacon, 16, was diagnosed with a rapidly growing tumor behind her right eye when she was a 4 years old. The tumor was removed, and surgery, followed by chemotherapy and proton therapy, destroyed the cancer. But because of the treatment, part of her face did not develop with the rest of her body. The right side of her face was left with a cavernous deformity . “Growing up, I thought I’d never be normal,” Bacon said. Leslie Bacon, Laura’s mom, said when her daughter was diagnosed with cancer and underwent treatment, she knew her daughter would have a hard time with her appearance. “Kids would look at her, and I’d have to explain to her that many people have never seen a bald girl,” Leslie Bacon said. “Some men would assume that she was a boy ... We just looked at her and told her ‘this might be your badge of courage, and let’s see what God has in store’.”

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But as Laura became older and her hair grew back, the right side of her face remained the same because the chemotherapy and proton therapy inhibited bone growth. As Laura became older, the right side of her face failed to grow and form with the rest of her body. Many people were not able to see the deformities on the side of her face because her hair successfully covered up the right side of her face, Laura said. Leslie said she and her family had hope a day would come when Laura would have access to the proper treatment. Laura had to wait for the rest of her body to finish growing before any surgeries could begin to repair the damage, Leslie said. The family considered one Texas doctor’s treatment, but found his procedures too drastic and risky for the family’s comfort. “He wanted to take a nerve from her arm, and turn it into a blood vessel on the side of her face that had been damaged,” Leslie said. It was then Leslie met with Dr. Ivan Wayne, Laura’s future surgeon, at the OU Medical Center where a multiple part procedure to reconstruct Laura’s face was planned. The surgeries began in December 2008. “She had lost a lot of fat in her face,” Wayne said. “Fat is CANCER CONTINUES ON PAGE 2

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Laura Bacon and one of her surgeons, Dr. Scott Sigler, pose for a photo before her surgery at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Bacon’s right eye and a portion of her face was damaged when she fought cancer as a child, but after 15 months of surgery, Bacon was officially released Wednesday from the OU Medical Center. VOL. 95, NO. 120


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more severe, budget cuts. fundraising, Kilcommons The news regarding OU’s said. bond worthiness isn’t all He said OU’s enrollment Continues from page 1 bad. Fitch maintained OU’s is expected to grow beAA- long-term credit rating. cause the capital improveenrollment has ranged from AA is Fitch’s second-best ments the bonds will pay 21,068 in 1998-99 to 23,035 creditworthiness rating, for, should attract new stuin 2008-09, with a high according to its Web site. dents from both out of state mark of 24,569 in 2004-05, A bond issued by an entity and in a higher proportion according to the 2009 OU with a AA risk has very low of Oklahomans who do atexpectations of default, tend college. Factbook. Wednesday’s bond sale “We have to balance rais- according to the Web site. ing tuition and fees with Fitch adds pluses or mi- raised $117.95 million for providing the best academ- nuses “to denote relative OU, Doyle said. OU will pay 3.59 percent ic experience possible,” status within a major ratings category,” the Web site interest on that debt, he Doyle said. OU’s funding from the states. The average rating said. The money raised by the state dropped 8.4 percent, for higher education bonds or $92 million, during the is A, or third-best, the re- bond sale will pay for the construction of a new utilcurrent fiscal year, the re- lease stated. OU’s AA- rating is sup- ity plant and the Stevenson lease from Fitch stated. Kilcommons said that p o r t e d b y i t s f l a g s h i p Life Sciences Research problem is not unique to status in Oklahoma, sus- Center, renovations to OU, and public institutions tained strong liquidity and Gould and Collings Halls around the country are suf- a diverse revenue base and improvements to stufering from similar, or even from both research and dent housing. from martial arts schools or academies. They don’t discipline, but instead are light-hearted, and joke a lot in class. “We don’t say ‘Oh hey you were late for a Continues from page 1 minute so for every minute you’re late you have to do 50 push-ups. We don’t discipline taught at the meetings. “Everyone has different backgrounds. For people like that, because if we did we would me, it’s not as much brushing up as it is learn- have probably 10 members,” Windham said. Windham said he thinks this approach ing different disciplines,” Kamali said. “The way I think about it is everyone is there learn- makes the sessions less intimidating for someone who’s never done it before. ing. There are so many different styles.” “A lot of people have a misconception that Kamali said she encourages her friends to attend the classes so they can practice self- you have to be in superior shape, or that you have to have been doing martial arts since defense techniques. “I’m an all over advocate of girls being in- you were six,” Windham said. Ian Hoffman, computer engineering sedependent and stuff. I tell all my friends who are girls to come out and learn a little bit, that nior, had no experience in martial arts when way you feel safer walking on campus and he joined the SMAA. Hoffman is the club’s know that you can defend yourself,” Kamali vice president. He said the organization does a good job of getting beginners interested in said. For beginners, instructors review basic martial arts, and is always looking to collaborate with other campus organizations to teach concepts and techniques in each session. “It helps us out in the end. The more we self-defense courses. “All we need is two weeks in advance to repractice a technique, the more likely it becomes second nature to us, if we ever got into serve a room at the Huff, and any one of the a conflict and needed to use the technique,” exec members would be qualified to teach a self defense seminar,” Hoffman said. Windham said. Windham said the club works differently

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UOSA President and Vice Presidential candidates (left to write) Nicholas Harrison, John Surles, Jay Kumar, Jess Eddy, Ally Glavas, Zac McCullock, Franz Zenteno and Cory Lloyd answer questions Wednesday about their platforms on issues facing UOSA and what they plan to do next year to fix what many saw as problems. student government can grow in the right direction. “Before we should open another branch, we should fix what we have now,” Continues from page 1 Kumar said. Zenteno said he is focused on diversity Eddy went a step further and said if he were across OU’s campus. elected, he would use the stipend to create “We want to send a message that OU is a scholarship. diverse and we will fight for all students,” The only vice presidential candidate Zenteno said. who announced support a referendum Harrison said there are many groups of to create a Student Organization Senate people with interest in the university. was John Surles, whose running mate, “We need to have a system of shared Harrison, authored the amendment. governance in which all the stakehold“I don’t think that our school’s govern- ers have a say in the university,” Harrison ment would suffer from more ideas, I think said. we currently suffer from lack of ideas,” said Harrison supports creating a university Surles, multidisciplinary junior. community council that would include However, Vice President Candidate undergraduate and graduate students, Jay Kumar said the creation of a new faculty, staff and community members. branch might create unneccasary comAround 80 people attended the debate. plications within UOSA before the UOSA elections are March 30 and 31. Over the next year, Laura would begin to show dramatic and quick improvement. “Usually the areas that are treated on a Continues from page 1 body by radiation do not bruise because a normal part of the body, and she had the fat and skin is practically dead,” Leslie lost bone and fat that would have helped Bacon said. “Soon after the second surher face develop when the cancer was gery we started seeing bruising, and I knew that things were starting to work.” removed.” “She looked in the mirror after her secWayne said he took fat from Laura’s ond surgery and said ‘Mom, I’m beautistomach and put it in the place where her face had not had any. Wayne and other ful again’,” Leslie said. “I’ve always known surgeons then took strips of bone from Laura was beautiful inside and out, and it was a good feeling to see her finally see her skull to repair the rest of her face. “We used procedures used during cos- that again.” Laura said she has had a complete turn metic surgery to help a cancer survivor recover from her treatment,” Wayne said. around in her life and in her appearance.

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OU STUDENTS PAY IT FORWARD TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Students Today Leaders Forever members spent their spring break helping others in six cities CASSI TONEY Daily Staff Writer

OU’s chapter of Students Today Leaders Forever hosted 37 volunteers in its inaugural Pay It Forward tour during spring break last week. “I did not want to do a stereotypical spring break this year,” said Stephanie Ferguson, marketing senior. “I wanted to do something different.” The bus of OU students stopped in six cities for 18 hours of community-service activities, daily touring and enrichment activities. Ferguson said she thought the cities had just as much impact on them as the students had on the communities. The group of students was very diverse in majors, ages, backgrounds and nationalities. Many international students participated in the trip. Jasmine Shumaker, University College freshman, said she most enjoyed experiencing the different cultures represented in the trip. She said there were students from Russia, Kuwait and many other countries. “It was really nice to see fresh faces,” Shumaker said. Andy Xiaowu, international neuroscience graduate student, said he had many

new experiences during the trip. He said he slept in a sleeping bag, cooked pancakes, slept in a cabin, iceskated, ate a s’more and painted for the first time during the trip. “Through this trip, I found I could do something else besides the nerdy science,” Xiaowu said. Many students said the quick bonding of the group surprised them the most. Ferguson said that she felt like she had known some of those people for a long time even, though it was only a week-long program. The group cleaned and painted for Shorter College in Little Rock, Ark., Saturday. The students visited two different nursing homes in Tennessee. In Raleigh, N.C., the group worked at a park. The students picked up trash in waterways at the last two stops in Williamsburg, Va., and Washington, D.C. Different students said they favored different city destinations in the trip. “The most enjoyable experience of the trip was being at a nursing home in Nashville, Tenn., and visiting with an elderly woman,” said Shelby Hays, University College freshman. “She could not believe we came all the way from Oklahoma just to see her.” Shumaker said the trip taught her to be more generous. “It doesn’t take a lot of money to impact someone’s life, just kindness,” Shumaker said.

CRIME BRIEFS OU STUDENT CHARGED IN FALSE RAPE REPORT

NORMAN POLICE LOOKING FOR RAPE SUSPECT

An OU student was charged during spring break with filing a false rape report. The Miami Herald reported March 17 that OU junior Megan Wheeler filed a rape report when she was visiting Panama City, Fla., last week. Wheeler said a Panama City Beach police officer raped her in the back of his patrol car. Police, however, said she wouldn’t consent to an examination and changed her story several times according to the Miami Herald. Panama City Beach Police Maj. David Humphreys told the Miami Herald the false report charge is rare and the agency hasn’t filed one all year. However, if a woman alleges rape after a PCB police officer takes her to the Bay County Jail, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office handles the case. Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Ruth Corley told the Miami Herald that during the last two weeks the agency has arrested five people for providing false information or filing a false report. —Daily Staff Reports

Norman Police are asking citizens for help in finding a man who is wanted in connection to the rape of an 11-year-old girl. Lonnie R. Correll, 44, is a suspect in an alleged rape to an area child, Norman Police stated in a press release. Police said they believe Correll may be in Midwest City but were unsure of his whereabouts. Correll was last seen driving a black 1999 Mitsubishi SUV with a luggage rack and slight damage to the front right fender. The license plate on the vehicle reads 422APD. Correll is described as a white man, 5 foot 3 inches tall, 125 pounds with blonde hair and green eyes. Norman Police are asking any one with knowledge to call Norman Crime Stoppers at 405-3667867 and Norman Police Detective John Stege at 405-321-1600. —Daily Staff Reports

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Emily Ward, University College freshman, plays bingo with nursing home residents in Newport, Tenn. This was one of the stops for Students Today Leaders’ Forever Pay It Forward Tour, where students volunteered on their way to Wahington, D.C.

CAMPUS EVENTS TODAY CAREER SERVICES Career Services will host a “How to Find an Internship” workshop from 1:30 to 2 p.m. in the Crimson Room of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. STUDENT SUCCESS SERIES There will be a Goal Setting and Achieving workshop at 3:30 p.m. in Wagner Hall, room 245.

ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE Students for the Exploration and Development of Space will host a general meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the union.

FRIDAY MUSLIM STUDENT ASSOCATION The Muslim Student Assocation will hold a Jummah, or afternoon prayer, session at 1:30 a.m. on the South Oval.

POLICE REPORTS The following is a list of arrests and citations, not convictions. The information given is compiled from the Norman and OU Police Departments. At times, the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department and the Oklahoma City FBI will contribute to these reports. All those listed are innocent until proven guilty. DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE Samuel Keith Asberry, 45, Southeast 24th Avenue, Tuesday, also transporting an open container Melissa G. Morgan, 31, West State Highway 9,

Tuesday, also transporting an open container

Paciorek, 25, Classen Boulevard, Tuesday

MUNICIPAL WARRANT Jamison Dane Domme, 21, East Stella Road, Tuesday, also possession of drug paraphernalia Steven Allan Hicks, 21, 1707 Avondale Drive, Tuesday Lindsay Anna Maidt, 18, 3499 W. Main St., Tuesday

POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA Gary George Hile, 38, 1000 W. Lindsey St., Monday

AGGRAVATED DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE Brody Allen Dyer, 20, East Alameda Street, Monday Lindsey Michelle

COUNTY WARRANT Michael Travis Keith, 25, 1707 Avondale Drive, Tuesday PETTY LARCENY Timothy Alan Koczorowski, 18, 3499 W. Main St., Monday Joshua Robert Newberg, 20, 3499 W. Main St., Monday

DISTURBING THE PEACE Jade Blair Strain, 21, 201 Woodcrest Drive, Monday, also molesting property Jasmine Michelle Stubblefield, 22, 201 Woodcrest Drive, Monday DRIVING UNDER SUSPENSION Janice Kay Bienhoff, 47, 500 E. Constitution St., Monday No driver’s license Kimer Salvador Dominguez, 29, 300 W. Boyd St., Tuesday, also expired tag and no insura


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In response to Our View on allowing parents’ health insurance to cover children until they’re 26.

“Is this the time to be seeking more handouts from the government or is this the time that every american stands up and figures out the solution to his or her problems with the least impact on others? We have become the generation of handouts, bailouts, and a help me with my life mentality. Our parents didn’t have the luxury of staying on their parents insurance till they were 26, why should we?” -cezlax16

We must take back student GUEST COLUMN loans from malignant banks We must exemplify forgiveness

Student loans may become much less complicated thanks to the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act that just passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the current system of student loans, banks give federally backed loans to students and charge interest; the current rate is 5.6 percent. Essentially, they loan money without risk. The new system is getting rid of the middlemen — the banks. We’ll get our loans from the federal government and pay them back, without for-profit banks sitting in the middle, soaking up risk free interest. This won’t mean more government, just less bank control over our lives. However, it may feel like more government because they’ll be more open about this service they’re doing for us. It may be anathema for those of us jaded by excessive government spending but in this case, eliminating waste from the system means cutting businesses that are profiteering on our education. Everyone but the banks will benefit from this. The government won’t be wasting taxpayer’s

money, the student won’t have such high loans and universities will have more students who can afford loans. The federal government recently bailed out these banks; this after the Federal Reserve has insured them for so long, which has effectively kept them alive. Yet these resurrected banks seem bent on the mantra of spending money to make money, even if they don’t understand what they’re spending their money on. This was the basis of the hedge fund system that allowed banks to make fiscally irresponsible loans, which is a big reason why we’re in this whole economic debacle. This economic mess destroyed the job market, which in turn made it more difficult for recent graduates to get jobs and pay back these 100 percent federally insured loans. It’s as though everything these banks do is going against our interests. Good thing the government is helping us take something back from them.

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and open communication

Whatever one believes about how the understanding of the incident is a prodworld works, one thing remains clear: uct of my own perception. Since that little can be discussed without facing time she has never said much about the necessity of interpersonal relation- how she felt, or why. Many times have ships. Whether these relationships are I wished she would have told me what of an intimate variety or, as in the case she thought, even if it meant saying of many types of work, very thin and some very mean or hateful things. At impersonal, the benefits of open com- least I would have more to go on bemunication and some measure of for- sides my own best guess. giveness are almost ubiquitous. To be fair I did not do as well as I I had an interesting experience in could have with respect to communithis regard over spring break. cating, and with respect to keepMy sister came to visit, and ing my anger in check I failed one evening I had the oppormiserably. There are times tunity to chat with her at great when I am neither a paragon of length over dinner. forgiveness nor extremely adept After a time our discussion at communication. I have a very veered away from business long way to go, especially when and into more personal matit comes to dealing with people ters. My sister was elaboratwho also have trouble with these ing on the necessity of mainnotions. JAMES taining a level head amidst Yet even with such an adthe treacherous seas of her GREEN mission I have found my faith work when she began to talk in notions like forgiveness and about our father and the rough spots, openness suffered a blow after my which have come up between the two friend and I ceased having anything to of them over the years. do with each other, not only because I have always held in high regard of how she behaved but also because I the virtues of both forgiveness and the may well have failed more seriously to desire to be open with one’s thoughts, live up to my own expectations than I but as I sat listening to my sister give have in the past. accounts of various troubling episodes The worst part remains knowing I will both professional and personal I real- likely never learn her side of the story. ized I was listening to someone else I cannot help but think if we had both describe her own long years of learning tried to talk more openly and been less the value of these very virtues. harsh with each other we might have at When the evening was concluded least come away without so many negaand we had said our goodbyes I found tive feelings. I for one would certainly myself feeling much wiser for what have far fewer questions than I do. my sister had to say. However, as I sat What is done is done, but in the end thinking it all over both the loss of my I began to remem- “Given the world in which we friend and the eveber another, far ning I spent chatmore personal — live, particularly with respect to ting with my sister and far less pleas- the growing sense of disunity have taught me a ant — experience people are exhibiting across great deal. Both I had not so long stories exemplify the country, it is vitally imporago which was far the importance of less pleasant to tant we all do our best to both forgiveness and the endure. ability to commuconfront our own problems Not long ago as well as maintain a healthy nicate effectively. I had a very bad Given the world falling-out with a tolerance for others.” in which we live, woman very dear particularly with to me. It all haprespect to the pened because of one argument, some- growing sense of disunity people are thing we can all agree is quite common. exhibiting across the country, it is viWhat was not so common is that it was tally important we all do our best to the first we had ever encountered. both confront our own problems as Even now I do not fully understand well as maintain a healthy tolerance for what happened. I have my guesses others. about it, of course — but therein lies a James Green is a computer science graduate large part of the problem. I tried to talk student. to her about what happened but at alCOMMENT ON THIS COLUMN most every turn she fell silent. As a result, almost my entire AT OUDAILY.COM

A.J. Stafford is a psychology senior.

BREAD WEEK- DAY 4

The week of Feb. 18-25 we asked our readers (you) to vote on topics that piqued your interest. Bread recieved 117 votes; abortion, 59; gay rights, 51; health care, 21; nature, 14; Afghanistan, 9; and Haiti 1.

Because of the overwhelming support for the discussion of bread, every day this week we will have at least one column on, or related to, bread. Thank you for voting.

An in-bread conversation on third party reproduction Bread is a broad topic reaching into many fields of yeast rises in bread but how parents raise their children. study such as international trade, agriculture and dietet- Science is yet again aiding in the simplest of tasks. Refer ics. Whether studied here or abroad, bread quality should to the New York Times article “Building a Baby, With Few be important to all students at OU. Most male undergrads Ground Rules,” for the latest breeding fad, third-party apply themselves to study a broad or two. This occareproduction. sionally leads to breeding. More on that later. Third-party breeding goes something like this: So, bread quality? Woman “A” pays “X” dollars for Woman “B” and For quality bread, pick Panera every time. The resRandom Guy “C” to cough up their reproductive taurant’s bakers and bakestresses arrive at 8 p.m. to goods. Doctor “Y” performs in vitro fertilization — bake bread for the following day. Their shifts usually again, for a fee — and nine months later, Woman end 7 a.m. the following morning. Panera even offers “B” delivers Baby “N.” Custody of the baby is given a calorie chart upon request. to Woman “A,” the orchestrator of this spermalThe Panera in Norman is near Hastings on West square dance, and everyone is happy. Main and 24th Avenue. Try the soup and sandwich Legal complications rise — not unlike good combo. It totals $8.09, plus tax, and comes with a BRYAN bread — when a custody battle emerges between whole wheat baguette (unfortunately, whole wheat HONEYCUTT Woman “A” and Woman “B.” Oh, the distances isn’t tax exempt, yet). When ordering, ask for the traveled for quality bred children. bread bowl and avoid being rude to the waiter or Being well bred, despite Science’s intervention, waitress. is now more important where it concerned domesticated Disrespect, especially to the wait staff, is characteristic animals. Consider that a purebred Bengal (a hybrid domesof bad breeding. It is a fact that fewer and fewer Americans tic cat breed) has a starting cost of $900. Bengal’s are feline’s today are well bred. This is true in spite of the hours spent of superior breeding. On the other hand, cats of inferior breeding in dormitory laundromats and other locales. breeding are up for adoption through Hands Helping Paws The bred quality debate should not take issue with how at the Petsmart on Lloyd Noble.

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Hands Helping Paws is a “nonprofit incorporated organization aimed at reducing and stabilizing unwanted feral cat populations via trap, neuter/spay, and release program in Norman.” Cats adopted through this organization are onefifteenth the cost of the aforementioned Bengal. That’s $60 for you English majors. Panera Bread is hosting a fundraiser, April 22 for Hands Helping Paws. If you tell the cashier or cashieress you are there for HHP between 5:00 and 9:00 pm that night, Panera will donate a percentage of the sales made that night. Hands Helping Paws has a Web site (www.petfinder.com/ shelters/OK252.html) and Facebook page if you are interested in volunteering or otherwise supporting. At the very least, consume quality bread April 22 while helping poorly bred cats find a home. The moral of the story is this: Why spend money for quality breeding when there are so many strays, orphans or otherwise unwanted pets and people in the world. Think of how that money might be spent on better bread! If you decide to adopt, don’t disrespect your pet or child. That too is a sign of bad breeding. Bryan Honeycutt is an English graduate student.

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MASON-GRIFFIN, WILLIS TO LEAVE TEAM After several days of rumors, head coach Jeff Capel cleared the air about the status of two men’s basketball players CLARK FOY Daily Staff Writer

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Tommy Mason-Griffin, freshman guard, prepares to shoot a basket March 6 during the men’s basketball game against Texas A&M in Lloyd Noble Center. Mason-Griffin intends to enter the NBA Draft after one season at OU.

Men’s basketball coach Jeff Capel announced today that freshman guard Tommy Mason-Griffin and sophomore guard Ray Willis will not return as Sooners next season. “Tommy visited with his family over spring break last week and he informed me that he is going to pursue a professional basketball career,” Capel said. “I thank him for his contributions this season and wish him success.” Rumors leaked out earlier this week that MasonGriffin had not returned from spring break to Norman and had no intentions of coming back. His repeated Facebook posts throughout the week hinted that the rumors were likely true. “On a mission...its a official dat i am leavin skool and enterin draft so if yue see me and ask me y i aint doin anotha yr yue mite get ignored,” he wrote Tuesday evening. Mason-Griffin, a third-team All-Big 12 pick this year, averaged 14.1 points and 5.0 assists in 35.7 minutes per game for the Sooners. He set OU freshman records for 3-pointers (70), 3-point percentage (.424), assists (154) and average minutes. The Houston native contributed significantly in Big 12 play, ranking ninth in the league in scoring (16.9 ppg), fourth in assists (4.6 apg) and forth in 3-point percentage (.430). Along with Mason-Griffin, Willis officially announced his decision of not returning to Norman. “Ray has expressed a desire to transfer,” Capel said. “I wish him well, wish him luck and will do what I can to assist him in finding another school.” Willis played in 13 games this season and averaged 2.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 12.2 minutes per game. He shot .250 from the field and .316 from 3-point range. The 6-foot-6 guard played in 16 games his freshman season and averaged 3.3 points and 1.4 rebounds. Just as Mason-Griffin did, Willis made his announcement Tuesday morning on his Facebook page. “Its official no longer a sooner, its been real like my man Russell Simons say,” he wrote. Capel also said sophomore guard Willie Warren has not yet made a decision on whether to return or to pursue an NBA career.

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Keilani Ricketts, freshman pitcher, swings at a ball during the women’s softball game against North Texas on March 10. The Sooners won the game 6-4.

OU bounces back to beat Arkansas Sooners end road trip 1-1 behind complete game from Ricketts

earlier from a fielder’s choice. The Sooners would score one run in the top of the fourth off of a double by sophomore Katie TOBI NEIDY Norris to score freshman centerfielder Brianna Daily Staff Writer Turang. In the top of the fifth, the Sooners would tack on two WHAT’S NEXT The Sooners bounced more runs from a passed ball back from the loss against after Jones doubled to right cenThe Sooners will return Tulsa to beat the Arkansas ter and was replaced on base by home to open Big 12 acRazorbacks 6-1 Wednesday sophomore pinch runner Evan tion against No. 3 Missouri n i g h t i n Fa y e t t e v i l l e . Sallis. Freshman first baseman Tigers at 2 p.m. Saturday Freshman pitcher Keilani Jessica Shults singled to right to afternoon followed by a Ricketts pitched her 13th score junior left fielder Haley second matchup at noon complete game and moved Nix after a fielding error put Nix Sunday in Norman. to 16-6 while OU moved to on base. 26-7 for the season. The Sooners continued Ricketts allowed four hits, to hold on to the 4-0 lead while three walks, and one unrain delayed the game. The final two runs for earned run through seven innings. Ricketts also the Sooners came in the seventh off of a single threw six strikeouts for the contest. from Nix, a walk by Shults, and a single to cenOU jumped out to a quick lead in the top of ter field by Turang to score Nix. Junior third the third off of a double by senior second base- baseman Dani Dobbs hit a sacrifice fly to score man Amber Flores followed by a single by ju- Shults and to put the Sooners ahead 6-0. nior right fielder Chana’e Jones to put two runThe Razorbacks only run would be in the sevners on base. Jones would steal second to put enth inning due to a fielding error that would two runners in scoring position. The first run score right fielder Brittany Robison. for the Sooners would be from an illegal pitch The Sooners extended the overall series to that would score Jones after Flores was put out 16-2 against the Razorbacks.

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After a 28-4 vote Tuesday, the NFL officially changed the overtime rule for postseason games. The rules change prevents overtime from ending on first-possession field goals, and also prevent the games from being able to end in ties. Now, teams will play as many 15-minute overtimes as they need to decide a game. Many have said the change is great and long overdue. In reality they didn’t go far enough. CLARK Thankfully, the NFL will be having another meetFOY ing in Dallas and will vote whether to extend the new rule to regular season games as well. If the teams want to get it right, they will vote to apply the rule to the regular season as well. The reason is simple: A game ending in a tie is the worst way for a game to end. Just ask Plaxico Burress. No fan wants to see his or her team battle another for an extended period of time and not come out a defined winner or loser. Think about it. What is the point of competing in anything? To prove what team is the better team. With a tie, nothing is accomplished. Some will say those teams must be “equally talented”, but we all know that isn’t true. Need proof? Just look at the last tie that occurred in the NFL. Nov. 16, 2008: the Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals ended after overtime 13-13. The Eagles were not great at 5-4 on the season before the tie. The Bengals were absolutely awful, having just one win with eight losses. I may be biased here, but look at what that did at the end of the season. Philadelphia passed the Dallas Cowboys and went to the playoffs with a 9-6-1 record, while the Cowboys were sitting at 9-7. Had the Eagles lost, the Cowboys would have gone to the playoffs. Had they won, there would be no controversy to the Eagles advancing. And no, I am not some bitter Cowboy fan longing for more playoff wins. I am a fan of competition. I want a winner and a loser in every game. Nobody won in that Philadelphia and Cincinnati game, but some certainly did lose and it wasn’t the Eagles or the Bengals (clearly). If you had the misfortune of watching that game, as I did, then you were the loser. Congratulations, you wasted four hours of your life watching Donovan McNabb cough the ball up left and right and tie one of the NFL’s worst teams at the time. At the next meeting in May in Dallas, the NFL will have a chance to get things right. Hopefully it does for all of our sake. There is nothing more anti-climactic than watching a game end with nothing decided. Clark Foy is a journalism junior.


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This week the 96th Annual Students’ Exhibition opened, showcasing the work of OU art and art history students. The free public reception will be held 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. “There are 51 pieces this year,” said Jordan Strickland, art school graduate and staff assistant who has helped organize the show. “They range from undergrads to grad students.” The oldest annual art show in Oklahoma, the 96th Annual Students’ Exhibtion is the only juried show on campus. Awards will be announced at 7 p.m. and range from many cash prizes to the coveted T.G. Mays Purchase Award. The winner of the T.G. Mays Purchase Award receives the privilege of having their work of art become a permanent part of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s collection. “What makes this show special is that students from the beginners to the advanced have the ability to shine,” Strickland said. “It’s an open show to the school and it’s a big honor to be selected. Most of our other shows are very specific.” A diverse array of works will be featured at the students’ exhibition. “We have everything from photography to sculpture to film and video,” Strickland said.

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Multiple forms of student artwork fill the Lightwell Gallery at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. The exhibition opened this week and runs until April 9. This year’s show also features a sight specific piece by Kate Jackson and a split channel video installation by Benjamin Pointer. “Kate’s sight specific piece was created to exist only in the Lightwell Gallery, it isn’t permanent.” Strickland said. “Benjamin’s split channel video installation has two monitors displaying hand-drawn animation.” The public receptions, is made complete with free food and live music at 8 p.m. by the Ivan Pena

Trio. “Our opening on Friday is going to be a big party. We expect 400 to 500 people,” Strickland said. The exhibition runs through April 9 when a closing reception will be featured on the Norman Gallery Association’s Second Friday Circuit of Art from 6 to 8 p.m. PETER DAVIS/THE DAILY The Lightwell Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through “Monument”, by Katie Jackson, is one of the many pieces of Friday. It is located in the Fred Jones student art being exhibited in the Lightwell Gallery in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Art Center at 520 Parrington Oval.

Literature festival returns to campus JOSHUA BOYDSTON Daily Staff writer

The 2010 Puterbaugh Festival of World Literature & Culture begins today with events celebrating literature going on across campus. The festival began in 1968 and focuses on a specific world culture each year. This year’s festivities center around American Indian contributions to the world of literature. The keynote speaker will be award-winning author Sherman Alexie, best known for his collection of short stories “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.” He will speak and hold a book signing

session at 11 a.m. Friday in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom in Oklahoma Memorial Union. The author will be honored with the 2010 NWCA Lifetime Award at a ceremony followed by a screening of the film “The Business of Fancy Dancing” at 6 p.m. tonight in Kerr Auditorium. The festival begins with an exhibition of short films running from 1:30 to 5 p.m. today, highlighted with the premiere of full-length “Barking Waters.” Several conferences and lectures led by OU and national professors will also take place over the course of the two-day event.

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MTV is holding a casting session for the hit television series “The Real World” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 3 at Bricktown Brewery. Participants in the casting session must be 18 to 24 years old and should bring a photo ID to the session. Season 23 of “The Real World” is currently airing on MTV and season 24 will return to New Orleans.

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Favorite tradition cometh WE DIDN’T START THE FLIER to Norman yet again COURTNEY SILVA Daily Staff Writer

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f you’re looking for a fun, interesting teresting and cheap way to spend your weekend, look no further than the 34th-annual 4th-annual Medieval Fair starting Friday and continuing through Sundayy at Reaves Park in Norman. Since 1976 the Medieval Fair ir of Norman has been bringing the culture of the Middle Ages to life with traditional raditional costumes, arts and crafts, games, jousting tournaments and musical sical performances. Linda Linn, Medieval Fair coordinator, oordinator, said people don’t have to be fanatics of the Middle Ages to enjoy njoy the fair and all that it has to offer. “This event can be enjoyable ble for everyone,” Linn said. “There will be over 200 artisan booths selling pottery, jewelry and other crafts. You don’t n’t have to like the Middle Ages to like shopping.” The average attendance forr the Medieval Fair each year is 300,000 people making ng it the third largest event in Oklahoma each year. There will be many musical al performances by internationally known bands ds that will perform traditional Renaissance and Celtic music. Some of the bands that will play include lude Scottish Rogues, Tullamore and Owain Phyfe, e, an internationally known musician who plays and d sings popular songs from the 16th century. Some of the highlights of thee fair include jousting tournaments with knights on riding horseback, a human chess tournament and nd two wedding ceremonies that will be open to the he public using the traditional customs of the Middle dle Ages. Linn said the fair is a great way for people to escape the realities of today without spending pending a dime. “Admission to the fair is free ee of charge,” Linn said. “With the way that the economyy is right now people are looking for a cheap way to escape pe and have a good time with their family and friends.” The Medieval Fair is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. beginning Friday and ends Sunday. The T fair is at Reaves Park on Jenkins A Avenue venue and admiss admission sion is free. For more information on the Medieval Fair of Norman, visit www.medievalfair.org.

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There comes a time in every student’s day when she finds herself on the frontlines of a battlefield. You’ve got a 1:30 at Dale and you just spent the last hour and half watching old Colbert Reports in the library and now you have to walk across South Oval during peak traffic hours. The risks are great. Self-righteous bikers, talkative geology lab acquaintances and every person you may or may not have drunk texted last weekend flood onto this central sidewalk just in time for your midday journey. CAITLIN You take all of the necessary precautions. Looking TURNER both ways before you cross the bike lane. Keeping your phone handy for that well-timed fake phone call you are about to get. Having your eyes open for possible alternate routes. You pass Nielsen and Gittinger Halls problem free. You feel confident, turn that hood Internet song up in your headphones and even go so far to sweep your fingers through your bangs. Oh hell yeah! You own this oval. You throw nonchalant head nods and chunk up waisthigh deuces like it is your job. You don’t stop and talk. Your sunglasses are way too dark for something that mundane. Something comes over you that makes you wish you had put Rihanna’s “So Hard” on your iPod and then you instantly make a mental note to never tell anyone that. Nothing can touch you. This is your kingdom. This university is in the palm of your hands, but wait a second … something else is in your hands. Can it be? NO! DARN IT ALL! YOU HAVE BEEN FLIER-ED! How did it happen? Everything was going so well and suddenly your paws are full of advertisements for whatever cancer, culture or cause needs your money and participation this week. What now? You can’t throw it away. The kid who forced it on you lived on your hall freshman year and when you turn around his overachieving eyes are still watching you. And I know that you are not about to litter. Come on, does crimson and green mean nothing to you people? You reach to shove it in your pocket and that is when you discover the dozens of other fliers that you have mindlessly stashed away. You, comrade, are a victim, but you are not alone. Every day countless people are trapped in this same scenario. That is why I have developed a few strategies to avoid

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these painful moments that, in extreme circumstances, can result in a very painful paper cut. Let’s start with the old stand by. The zigzag. In the distance, you spot a dude with a meaty stack of neon fliers. There is only so far that those arms can stretch and if you plan carefully you can avoid him. Sure, you look like you completely forgot where you were going for a couple of seconds. But it’s a risk I am willing to take in the name of flier-less living. The next approach I like to call not my hands, not my problem. You have two options here. One, always have a bunch of crap in your hands, books, technology devices, young children, your own vomit, really anything that says “No room for fliers in these puppies!” The other option is to MaryKatharine Gallagher your hands and stealthy hide them in your own arms. When I do this I like to look the flier man right in eyes like “Where you gonna put that flier now? Not my hands, not my problem!” Of course there is the traditional, some say polite way of declining the flier. A simple “No thank you,” combined with a tight-lipped smile. However, in all my years of flier avoidance I have found that this is usually the response that most pisses off the volunteer. In this situation niceness is just salt in the wound. If you aren’t going to take the flier then you might as well be an ass about it. Makes the person doling out those slips of paper feel even more motivated about promoting the event/candidate/screamo band. Lesser, but nonetheless effective choices for flier-evasion include avoiding eye contact, telling them you just got one or holding your hands up and making a face like you have a severe paper allergy. So to you, my South Oval soldier, I say Godspeed. Keep your head down and your hands to yourself. Caitlin Turner is a letters junior.

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Revisiting the New Deal: Government Patronage and the Fine Arts | new exhibition on display now through May 9 in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Visit www.ou.edu/fjjma for more information. Intramural Update| Co-ed soccer entries today and March 29-31 at the Huston Huffman Center. For more information visit recservices.ou.edu or call Jonathan Dewhirst, (405) 325-3053. Student Success Series: Goal Setting & Achieving | 3:30 p.m. in Wagner Hall Room 245. Presented by University College.

Friday, March 26 Mom’s Day and Parents’ Weekend | please visit http://cac.ou.edu for a full schedule of events. Presented by the Campus Activities Council. *Free Admission to the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History | Free admission March 26-27 for parents of OU students when accompanied by their student.

Free Movie: “The Lovely Bones” | free screenings at 10 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. in Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union. Presented by the Union Programming Board and Campus Activities Council Film Series. ALWAYS SOMETHING at the union!

Saturday, March 27 Fifth Annual Frensley 5K | 9 a.m. at the Beta Theta Pi house, located on the corner of Chautauqua and Brooks Street. Flower Arranging Workshop | 2 p.m. in the Alma Wilson Room, second floor of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Bring your mom or a friend to learn how to arrange flowers from a professional florist and leave with your own creation! Space is limited, please RSVP to mg@ou.edu. Presented by the Union Programming Board, www.ou.edu/upb . ALWAYS SOMETHING at the union! Sooner Softball: OU vs. Missouri | 2 p.m. at the Softball Complex. Admission is free with a valid student ID. Pea Porridge Hot Brunch and Housing and Food Services Awards Ceremony | 10 a.m.-noon at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

Free Snacks on the South Oval | 9 a.m.-3 p.m., presented by the Campus Activities Council Mom’s Day and Parents’ Weekend.

Twinkle Twinkle Talent Showcase | 4 p.m. in Dale Hall room 200.

Housing Fair | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union Food Court.

Stompdown | 7 p.m. at McCasland Field House

Campus Awards Ceremony | 4:30 p.m. in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom, Oklahoma Memorial Union.

Sutton Concert Series: Jonathan Shames and Dan Smiley, piano and violin | 8 p.m. in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students, faculty/staff and senior adults. Please call the Box Office at (405) 325-4101 for more information.

Art After Hours: Patrocino Barela (The Picasso of the West) | 6 p.m. in the Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Women’s Tennis: OU vs. Missouri | 6 p.m. at the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion. Admission is free for all fans! Free Movie: “WALL-E” | free screening at 7 p.m. in Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union. Presented by Crimson & Green campus recycling campaign, Campus Activities Council Film Series and the Union Programming Board. Diamond Casino: Diamonds are a Mom’s Best Friend | 7-10 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union Food Court. Bring you mom and the rest of your family to the Diamond Casino for FREE fun, including casino tables, food, live music and *prizes (*anyone can play, must be a student with valid OU ID to win). Presented by the Union Programming Board, www.ou.edu/upb . ALWAYS SOMETHING at the union!

Sunday, March 28 Sooner Softball: OU vs. Missouri | noon at the Softball Complex. Admission is free with a valid student ID. Women’s Tennis: OU vs. Missouri | noon at the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion. Admission is free for all fans! Sutton Concert Series: Jonathan Shames and Dan Smiley, piano and violin | 3 p.m. in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students, faculty/staff and senior adults. Please call the Box Office at (405) 325-4101 for more information.

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Do your own thing without driving off friends who want to do something collectively. You may satisfy a momentary whim, but once that’s gone you’ll have nobody left to do anything with.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You might think that finding a good excuse for why you can’t carry out certain responsibilities today will get you off the hook, but it will only postpone them to another time that is likely to be far worse.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) Unless you can get something off your chest, you may end up being a loner today. By holding things in and refusing to reveal what’s disturbing you, you’ll cut yourself off from everybody else.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - It’s to your advantage to avoid a certain clique that contains a couple of members you don’t like. If you insist on hanging out with them anyway, you’re likely to regret it.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) - Try to be helpful if you can without getting so involved that you get caught up in a friend’s complicated affairs. It will only make matters far worse for everyone involved.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) Don’t opt out of a challenging activity you like just because the opposition has some new members who look to be really tough. Even if you lose, it’ll encourage you to move to a new level.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - You may have your own way of doing things, which is fine and good if you’re working alone. However, when involved in a joint endeavor, yield to how the majority wants to handle things.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Subdue inclinations to tell a friend what s/he wants to hear instead of the painful truth that should be told. You may think you’re being kind, but holding back the truth will be more hurtful in the end.

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ACROSS 1 Stars and Stripes, e.g. 5 Declines in value 9 Bones affected by typing 14 Comstock’s famous find 15 Give off, as radiation 16 Negatively charged atom 17 Like cousins 18 Forbidden perfume brand? 19 ___ one’s time (waits patiently) 20 Faces up to hardship 23 Nimble deer 24 “___ got high hopes ...” (song lyric) 25 “___ the ides of March” 28 Circus-goers’ sounds 30 Gun moll’s weapon 33 Astaire sister 34 South African archbishop Desmond 35 Jason’s ship, in myth 36 Is obviously gullible 39 Like Tim, in a story or on stage 40 Marlon’s “The Godfather” role 41 Thicket of small trees

42 Printers’ measurements 43 Butter slices 44 Bill Haley’s band 45 ___-American 46 Concerto features 47 Takes in recent events 54 “West Side Story” ballad 55 Mark’s follower 56 Field measurement 57 Seed coats 58 Kuwaiti kingpin 59 The old you? 60 Visit for a second time 61 Castle’s protective device 62 Mammoth time units DOWN 1 Spare-tire stuff 2 Father of Hel 3 Colliers’ entry 4 As a rule 5 Small couch 6 Indian nursemaids 7 Cutting remark 8 Evidence of an admission 9 Brooklyn Bridge features 10 Dye-yielding shrubs 11 Carousel or Ferris wheel, e.g. 12 Robert Browning, for one

13 Walk-___ (clients sans appointments) 21 French social philosopher Georges 22 “Well, go on ...” 25 Moisten the turkey 26 “The Mystery of ___ Drood” (Dickens) 27 Disaccustoms 28 Topples from power 29 “Laura” director Preminger 30 Kool-Aid flavor 31 Discriminator against the elderly (Var.) 32 Bags at the mall 34 Foolish individual 35 Detest 37 Runningtrack shapes

38 French place of education 43 “I beg of you” 44 Partner in crime 45 Twinkle-toed 46 Thin line or band 47 Have the courage 48 Eye color area 49 Really pour, as rain 50 Sport for Japanese heavyweights 51 Canyon reflection 52 Brownish songbird 53 Receives socially 54 Dent or scratch

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HURLED BRICKS, THREATS SURROUND HEALTH OVERHAUL Bricks have been hurled through Democrats’ windows, a propane line was cut at the home of a congressman’s brother and lawmakers who voted for a federal health care bill have received phone threats in the days before and after passage of the sweeping legislation. Authorities are investigating incidents in Kansas, Virginia and other places, including Rochester, N.Y., where a brick tossed through the window of a county Democratic Party office had a note attached that said: “Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice,” roughly quoting the late Barry Goldwater, the 1964 Republican presidential nominee. The FBI and Capitol Police were briefing Democratic lawmakers on how to handle perceived security threats after at least 10 reported incidents, said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. Those who feel they are at

risk will be “getting attention from the proper authorities,” Hoyer said, declining to say whether any are now receiving added security. Normally only those in leadership positions have personal security guards. The threats surprised an official with a think tank that monitors extremist groups. “I think it is astounding that we are seeing this wave of vigilantism,” said Mark Potok of the Alabamabased Southern Poverty Law Center. In Virginia, authorities were investigating after someone cut a propane line leading to a grill at the Charlottesville home of U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello’s brother. Perriello also said a threatening letter was sent to his brother’s house. The home’s address was posted online by tea party activists angry about the Virginia Democrat’s vote in favor of the health care

overhaul. They had mistaken the brother’s address for that of the lawmaker. Potok compared the online posting of a public official’s address to tactics used by hate groups. “This is what neo Nazi leaders in America do today,” Potok said. “They post personal information about their enemies and sit back and wait for somebody else to act.” In western New York, police are investigating after bricks were thrown through windows at two Democratic offices, but there have been no arrests. One was thrown through a window at Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter’s district office in Niagara Falls early Friday. Slaughter, whose district stretches from Rochester to the Buffalo area, has been a key supporter of the health care reform bill passed by the House on Sunday.

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George Martin, left, and Walt Stoelting argue about health care reform during a rally March 18 outside Congressman Joe Donnelly’s district office in downtown South Bend, Ind. Groups on both sides of the debate on the federal health care overhaul are keeping up the pressure on three Indiana Democratic congressmen who say they haven’t decided how they’ll vote.

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Protest cancels Coulter speech

Critics riled by Pope’s silence on German scandal

OTTAWA — A protest by hundreds of students led organizers to cancel a Tuesday night speech by American conservative commentator Ann Coulter at the University of Ottawa. A spokesman for the organizers said Coulter was advised against appearing after about 2,000 “threatening” students crowded the entrance to Marion Hall, posing a security threat. “It would be physically dangerous for Ann Coulter to proceed with this event,” said conservative political activist Ezra Levant inside the hall. “This is an embarrassing day for the University of Ottawa and their student body . . . who chose to silence her through threats and intimidation.” A protest organizer, international studies student Mike Fancie, said he was pleased they were able to stop Coulter from speaking. “What Ann Coulter is practicing is not free speech, it’s

VATICAN CITY — Germans are asking just when Pope Benedict XVI might say something about the clerical abuse scandal rocking the Catholic church in his native country. As the scandal has intensified in recent weeks, he chose not to say anything Wednesday during his weekly public audience, an occasion when he offers greetings and issues pronouncements in nine languages. He took advantage of St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 to send his greetings to the Irish, and expressing his regrets over a decades-old scandal in that country and announce he was signing a special letter on clerical abuse addressed to Irish faithful. German Catholics believed he might make an allusion to them in

hate speech,” he said. “She’s targeted the Jews, she’s targeted the Muslims, she’s targeted Canadians, homosexuals, women, almost everybody you could imagine.” The announcement of the cancellation was greeted with shouts of “Shame” and “We want Ann” from about 100 people inside the hall. Outside protesters mockingly chanted “Goodbye Ann Coulter.” About 10 Ottawa police cars were called to the scene, but there were no incidents. Coulter expressed her outrage, calling the University of Ottawa a “bush league” institution in an interview for The Washington Times. “This has never happened before,” she told the newspaper. “I go to the best schools, Harvard, the Ivy League and those kids are too intellectually proud” to threaten speakers.

the Irish letter, but he didn’t. More than 300 former students in German Catholic schools and choirs have come forward since Ja n u a r y w i t h a b u s e c l a i m s. The country’s government announced Wednesday it will form an expert 40-member committee to investigate. The allegations have come almost daily, including Wednesday, when the Munich archdiocese confirmed that another person claims to have been molested as a youth in 1998 by a priest who was previously convicted of abuse, the Rev. Peter Hullermann. The church’s management of Hullermann’s case overlaps with the time that Benedict, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, served as Munich archbishop from 1977 to 1982. A spokeswoman for a prominent

German Catholic activist group criticized the pope Wednesday for his silence. “It is almost painful to see how this topic is being excluded,” Sigrid Grabmeier from “We Are The Church” told The Associated Press. On Wednesday, Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Bishop John Magee — an aide to three popes before assignment in Ireland — who has been accused of endangering children by failing to follow the Irish church’s own rules on reporting suspected pedophile priests to police. The announcement of the resignation was issued without prior notice or particular attention: it garnered two lines in the Vatican’s daily bulletin along with the nomination of a new bishop in Gurue, Mozambique.

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