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Because of a lack of student responses, every position for the upcoming Student Government Association’s spring elections is uncontested — and it’s the first time in OU’s history, election chairman Avik Mukherjee said. After the deadline to apply for positions closed on Feb. 27, only two positions were contested: the Housing Center Student Association president, and seat from the engineering district in the Undergraduate Student Congress. However, two candidates have dropped out of the running, so every position is now uncontested, Mukherjee said. “This certainly is unexpected,” Mukherjee said. Although SGA reached out to candidates in all the usual ways, including mass emails and social media notifications, students simply seemed less interested in applying for government positions, Mukherjee said. “I guess it just wasn’t appealing to many students,” said Jacqueline Barbee, candidate for an open business district seat in congress. “Maybe it just got lost among with all the other mass emails we get.” Not only is Barbee uncontested for her seat, she is the only candidate for any of the four open business district seats. With the need for campaigning unexpectedly removed, some candidates are unsure of what they will do during the days preceding the election. “Since filing closed, we’ve limited our efforts a bit in the interest of saving money,” said Matt Epting, who is running for SGA President. In the meantime, Epting and his running mate Sarah Campbell are staying active on social media and are updating their website. “It is really important for us to run a visible campaign because we want students to learn about our ideas and about SGA in general,” Epting said. Barbee said she’s nervous and excited to be guaranteed a spot in student congress. “I had hoped that I’d have people to work with and talk to ... but it’s nice to know that I’ve already won,” Barbee said. Despite the uncontested seats, the election will still take place on April 1 and 2, and debates will occur Monday, Mukherjee said. “Only elected candidates can be appointed, so the elections still must happen, even if only as a formality,” Mukherjee said. While the lack of competition is a relief to some candidates
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OU introduced new safety practices Tuesday to deal with severe weather that could cause campus to close early on high tornado threat days to give students, faculty and staff time to seek shelter. When conditions strongly indicate the posAT A GLANCE sibility for long-lived, Campus safe strong and violent torspots na d o e s, t h e Nat i o na l Oceanic and Atmospheric • Dale Hall Administration Storm P re d i c t i o n C e n t e r i n • Gould Hall Norman can declare a • George Lynn Cross Hall Particularly Dangerous Situation day far in ad• Richards Hall vance, OU President David Boren said in an • Bizzell Memorial Library email. Boren may choose to • Physical Sciences close campus early on Center these days to give the • Fine Arts Center community ample time to move to recently safe• Carson Engineering ty-rated refuge areas, Center university spokesman Michael Nash said in an • Devon Energy Hall email. • Lawrence G. Rawl “It is my strong feeling Engineering Practice that the university needs Facility to upgrade its capacity to cope with severe storms, • Adams Center including major tornadoes,” Boren said in an • Walker Center email. “Our top concern • Couch Center must always be the safety and security of our stu• Huston Huffman dents, faculty and staff.” Fitness Center Plans are also underway to fund an additional • Law Center $12 million in new above• Lloyd Noble Center and belowground storm shelters for Norman’s Source: Best Available Refuge Area map campus, Nash said. Students are advised to seek immediate shelter when they hear tornado sirens or receive an emergency notification, Boren said. However, it’s recommended to avoid using vehicles as shelter since they’re easily tossed and destroyed in a tornado, according the National Weather Service website. A complete summary of safety information and the new Best Available Refuge Area maps will be mass-emailed to the OU community on Wednesday. The email will outline safety procedures and directions to the appropriate Best Available Refuge Areas. These maps will be placed on the back of all doors in the residence halls and campus apartments, Nash said. The change comes less than a year after a three-day long stint of significant severe weather that culminated on May 20 when an EF-5 tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., killing 23 people, according to the National Weather Service Forecast Office’s website. Illustration Provided
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Uncontested: No competition relieving for candidates, yet concerning Continued from page 1 now certain of victory, the development does pose some challenges. “It is certainly better for SGA to have a contested election because it attracts more attention and gets students more engaged with student leaders,” Epting said. “Personally, it’s a slight relief to not have to worry about losing the election. But at the same time, we’re going to work as hard as we can during the campaign and throughout our term to get students engaged.” OU’s last uncontested SGA presidential race took place in April 2012 when Joe Sangirardi and Rainey Sewell received 1,766 votes, representing 7.9 percent of the student body, according to Daily archives. For the April 2012 election an estimated 2,222 students voted in total with
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Students and faculty can learn what open educational resources are available to them during OU’s first Open Education Week this week. The week of events began Monday and will continue through Friday, said Stacy Zemke, open education resources coordinator for OU Libraries. OU’s Open Education Week comes two weeks after the national Open Education Week. Open Education Week is highlighting open educational content, such as open textbooks or YouTube videos, that save students money and give more flexibility to professors, Zemke said. “When you get a textbook, you’re stuck with it,” Zemke said. “When you get an open textbook, [professors] can modify … or adjust the textbook to create a custom book.” Today, there will be an open textbook viewing table in Bizzell Memorial Library students can visit and compare a regular textbook to an open textbook, Zemke said. The table will also be open Thursday in the library.
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African Student Association to host OU African Queen Pageant The OU African Student Association will hold “The Essence of Africa: OU African Queen Pageant” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Meacham Auditorium. Nine contestants will be participating and representing different African countries in the pageant. The doors will open at 7 p.m., said Bola Ipidapo, OU African Students Association public relations chairwoman. “Expect to see the talent, personalities and heritage in the contestants competing,” Ipidapo said. African Students Association members will be selling tickets for $5 from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday in the Union For more information, contact Ibidapo at bola@ ou.edu.
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People deserve unabridged T.V. have the opportunity to learn about evolution, not to watch suspiciouslyedited versions of scientific TV programs. Television viewers in the Oklahoma City area didn’t get to see the entire first episode of the new science-focused show “Cosmos,” which aired on March 9. A 15-second segment toward the end of the show that discussed human evolution was conveniently edited out to make room for an awkwardly-placed promo for the evening news. The Oklahoma Fox affiliate KOKH-TV has chalked up the digression from the show as an accidental editing error. What we want to know is whether the skipped segment was an editing mistake or a choreographed deletion. You can decide for yourself by watching both the original segment and Oklahoma’s edited version on our website, OUDaily.com. Either way, it’s a pretty big coincidence to us that the only part of the program that mentioned human evolution was cut from the Oklahoma City broadcast. We believe that Oklahomans were deprived of the same broadcast the rest of the country got to see, and whether the segment was cut out because of error or intention, that the Fox station should apologize to its viewers. We all know Oklahoma is one of the most conservative states in the country. Many Oklahomans bleed crimson, not just for OU but also
for their political party. Oklahoma also happens to be a deeply religious state. We’re in the Bible Belt and even have a statue commemorating the Ten Commandments at our state capitol. With those facts in mind, it seems laughable to us that KOKHTV is claiming the edited show was a mistake. Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution has been supported by evidence The Our View throughout the natis the majority ural world. Fossil reopinion of cords and scientific The Daily’s eight-member research indicates editorial board that human beings evolved over a period of millions of years following the Big Bang that created the universe. Some Christian traditions, however, teach that humans were created just as we are now by God only a few thousand years ago. It doesn’t matter whether you side with science or religion, Oklahomans should be exposed to both schools of thought, which is exactly what would have happened if “Cosmos” had been aired
unedited. Attempts to deny or obscure the theory of evolution in Oklahoma don’t stop with the edited TV show. For example, Oklahoma Sen. Josh Brecheen authored an anti-science education bill this year that would require school districts to “assist teachers to find effective ways to present the science curriculum as it addresses scientific controversies,” according to the National Center for Science Education’s website. While not explicitly described in its text, the bill is likely intended to allow teachers to tout creationism over evolution and attempt to discredit global warming. Oklahoma still has a long way to go before it effectively embraces both science and religion, and TV programs such as “Cosmos” are a way for Oklahomans to receive exposure to various modes of thought. The possible subordina-
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tion of an educational scientific TV program to religious beliefs is unacceptable. We believe it is vitally important that people have opportunities to learn about and consider multiple ways of thinking. Closemindedly pushing one religious agenda does not encourage creative reasoning or challenge individuals to think about their belief systems in new ways. We hope all future episodes of “Cosmos” and other scientific shows are aired untouched in Oklahoma. It is broadcasters’ duty to accurately show their content. Edit your own work all you want, but leave the finished programs of others alone, especially during a premiere broadcast.
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The Norman Arts Council (NAC) will hold a fundraising event 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at MAINSITE Contemporary Art gallery â€” dubbed ONE Event â€” to raise money for future arts events in Norman. The NAC helps with Normal Music Festival, 2nd Friday Art Walk, the Norman Firehouse Art Center and different campus events, board member and ONE Event co-chair Susan Greer said. â€œWe grant money to arts organizations, and we support artists through gallery exhibits, funding opportunities and by offering a space for creative pursuits,â€? NAC executive director Erinn Gavaghan said. Many of the events put on by the NAC, such as the 2nd Friday Art Walk, are free to the public. But free isnâ€™t really free, Greer said. â€œONE [Event] raises money to support the operations of the NAC,â€? Gavaghan said. â€œThis is how we keep the lights on, pay the bills and pay staff.â€? More than 50 percent of the funds the NAC raises are funded back out into the community, according to Greer. The council tries to give as many grants as possible to fulfill their mission to support Norman arts, despite budget cuts. â€œWith the legislation trying to shut down funding for the arts, itâ€™s more important than ever that we have support from our public,â€? Greer said. As the fourth annual fundraiser approaches, the council is anticipating an even greater turnout. They have more sponsors than last year, and ticket sales are already up, according to Greer. This year, the fundraiser will be themed after Andy Warholâ€™s famous New York City art studio, The Factory. NAC plans to decorate MAINSITE after Warholâ€™s studio by covering the walls with tinfoil and silver. The theme was chosen because of Warholâ€™s groundbreaking artistic
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CAC Film Series will hold the Sooner Film Festival beginning 7 p.m. April 9 at Meachum Auditorium in Oklahoma Memorial Union. The festival will feature films from colleges all across Oklahoma and is free and open to the public, said CAC Film Series chair and film and media studies senior Sara Streapy. â€œThis event allows students to show their creativity to other students on campus,â€? said Streapy. â€œIt gives students an outlet to express their hard work and passion.â€? The festival will feature a panel of judges comprised of film and media studies professors that will award prizes in categories such as editing, writing, directing and many more. Film and media studies professor Andrew Horton, one of the three judges on this yearâ€™s panel, said he loves that the university is starting to put on events such as this to encourage
students to get out of their comfort zone. â€œIt is so easy to make a film these days, but getting honest feedback is what most filmmakers never get,â€? Horton said. â€œThis is a way everyone can learn how to make it better.â€? Students can submit a maximum of two films under 10 minutes each, according to the official Sooner Film Festival submission form. S t re a p y s a i d b e s i d e s some pre-show activities involving food and games, there will also be opportunities to win prizes such as movie passes, Final Draft editing software and more. Wi t h t h e s u b m i s s i o n deadline just a few weeks away, Streapy and her crew are working hard to create a realistic film festival environment with as many films as possible, badges, prizes, director Q&As and more. It will give filmmakers a chance to experience the feel of a film festival, albeit in a more relaxed environment, Streapy said. CAC Film Series vicechair and film and media studies and broadcast senior Melanie Duran hopes the festival will inspire filmmakers to fight past their
nerves and submit their work. â€œAs a filmmaker myself, it can be ner ve-racking to submit your film to be screened in front of so many people, but sometimes you really are your harshest critic,â€? Duran said. â€œPlus, the crowd response at the end of your filmâ€™s screening is a reward in itself.â€? The deadline for student filmmakers to submit their work for consideration in
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Personal contact and face-toface meetings will help you close a deal. Attend as many social and business gatherings as you can to meet people of influence. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- What you considered a
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Six a.m. workouts, school, afternoon practices, study hall, sleep, repeat. The life of a collegiate gymnast is nothing short of grueling. The Oklahoma Men’s Gymnastics team has a history of being one of the nations best programs, but there is something about this top-ranked team that sets them apart from the pack. Three gymnasts share their story of how their team became their family.
ALEC ROBIN The taxing workouts and inevitable injuries are an ever-present reality for junior Alec Robin. Starting June 2013, he was experiencing some shoulder problems, which inevitably led to surgery in August. The rehab was difficult, but his personal goals to get back to competition have lead him to being the nation’s top gymnast on floor. Although his rehab goals were personal, Robin said the team dynamic made him stronger. “I remember coming back from my shoulder injury, and my team supporting me throughout the whole process. Even as I was going through the tedious process of rehab, my teammates would motivate me to come back stronger than before,” he said. With limited time back home, the team has become a family. They do everything together, strengthening the bond, both in and out of
competition. The link of this bond and the outstanding success of the program are most certainly tied together. Robin said he is much more team focused since his injury. “Whenever I go up to compete, I am always thinking to perform my best because my team needs it. And if I happen to have a mistake, I know the next guy up will pick it up and back me up,” he said.
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The brotherhood was instantaneous for junior Michael Squires. The only Oklahoman on the team, talked about when he first joined the team. “I didn’t really know anyone. Most everyone else knew at least someone on the team. But what you go through in this sport, on this team, no one else can relate with,” he said. “The foundation of a brotherhood is set by the coaches and the type of program we have.” Squires, a walk-on from Edmond, is an event specialist on still rings. He was named the National Champion in 2013 on the event and is OU’s first still ring national champion since 2008. But his freshman year was a
The foundation of a brotherhood is set by the coaches and the type of program we have.” JUNIOR MICHAEL SQUIRES
RAYMOND WHITE On March 28, 2013, senior Raymond White lost his father after he suffered a severe stroke. His life was flipped upside down in an instant, but one thing remained steady throughout the pain of planning a funeral and the difficult task of returning to life as “normal,” the love and support of his teammates. “I was almost shocked with the way the team came together. You expect the ‘I’m sorry’ text messages, but the team really came together for me and my family,” he said. The team made bracelets for the White family, as well as everyone at the gym. It was a simple black bracelet with a white “W” on it. “That was just a small symbol, but it meant the world to me. The team gave me the comfortable environment to grieve but also be able to be happy and move forward with them,” White said. The incredible bond, the brotherhood that is this team, has propelled them through adversity of every kind. To be able to lean on your teammates through a physical injury or a personal tragedy offers a comfort and a chemistry that sets this Oklahoma Men’s Gymnastics team a part from their competitors.
Each of us have survived the blood, sweat and tears, and it took that brotherhood to help us get through it all.”
“Our bond gives us the chemistry when we compete. It is not about how you are going to win a championship. Here we have more than that. We sit and think how we are going to win a title together,” White said.
Our bond gives us the chemistry when we compete.” SENIOR RAYMOND WHITE
difficult one when he suffered a severe back injury. “I was basically immobilized, and my back would spasm any time I would move,” Squires said. What stood out to him about the injury was not overcoming the physical problem but was the support he had from his newly made teammates. “Being in the dorm with all of my teammates was what helped me recover both physically and mentally. With an injury like this, you can’t do anything in the gym, but the team would help me out whenever they could,” he said.
• Wednesday, March 26, 2014
You Are Invited!
Picnic: 11:30 a.m. Program: Noon Thursday, March 27 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 2014 OU Arbor Day. The picnic is free and open to the public.
SAM’S Best Buys Tree planting immediately following to beautify the Duck Pond. Big selection, latest styles
Family Wearfor the tree planting, please contact To Ski volunteer Children Chil Ch ildr dren en tto o King Kin Ki n Size
Volunteer Programs at 325-2340 or email Kari@ou.edu.
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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 Public Affairs at (405) 325-3784.
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