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State debt to OU grows $2M OU finds ways to endow professors, chairs despite delay from Legislature JARED RADER and RENEÉ SELANDERS The Oklahoma Daily
The Oklahoma Legislature’s commitment to match private donations for endowed faculty chairs just got more difficult with an Ohio couple’s $2 million gift to OU to create a chair in anthropology and archaeology. OU Public Affairs announced Arnold and Wanda Coldiron’s gift to create the Robert E. and Virginia Bell Endowed Chair in Anthropological Archaeology on Thursday. The Oklahoma
Legislature is obligated by law to match the $2 million donation. The state began matching private endowments to higher-education institutions in 1988 with the Endowment Fund Program, according to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education policy and procedures manual. However, in response to the 2008 financial crisis, the Legislature put a temporary stop on the endowment-matching program because the state accumulated a debt of $364.8 million to Oklahoma’s higher-education institutions.
Endowed backlog Twenty Institutions and branch campuses have 712 accounts awaiting state funding Number of accounts awaiting funding at OU: » OU-Norman: 154 » OU Health Sciences Center: 180 » OU-Tulsa: 44
Election board urges turnout Student government elections will be held online, at physical location Tuesday, Wednesday
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CULTURE | MISS HISPANIC OU CROWNED SATURDAY NIGHT
Vo t i n g f o r U O S A p r e s i dent, vice president and CAC chair takes place Tuesday and Wednesday, and the election board chairwoman said she hopes to improve voter turnout figures from previous years. Election board chairwoman Natalie Jester said she encourages all students to vote online at elections.ou.edu using their university account name and password or at the polling location in front of the Bizzell Memorial Library. “The polling location is physical reminder for students to vote,” election chair Natalie Jester said. “Most students on campus have somewhere to be, so we primarily want a big physical reminder for students to vote.” A majority of students do not live in university housing, and the voting website gives access to voters even when they are off campus, said Jester, international security studies junior. “The website is the most accessible way for this campus, and is therefore the most democratic,” Jester said. Jester said she encourages students to become familiar with candidates’ platforms. “I want all students to educate themselves on each of the candidates so the right candidates are elected for this student
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Jazmin Madrigal, human relations sophomore; Esmeralda Lopez, University College freshman; Brianna Narvaez, advertising junior; Melanie Duran, film and video studies and broadcast and electronic media sophomore; Nina Becerra elementary education sophomore; and Mariah Najmuddin, University College freshman stand on stage after the Miss Hispanic OU contest Saturday in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Meacham Auditorium. Narvaez was crowned 2011 Miss Hispanic OU and awarded $1,000. Visit OUDaily.com to read more.
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Campus auction to raise OU group to raise money for Japan association to accept donations money for scholarships Student for relief efforts all week, will host larger fundraiser next month, president says Online auction items include autographed football, gift certificates to local restaurants, assistant director says
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Today marks the beginning of Campus Campaign, an online auction for faculty, staff and retirees to raise money for university scholarships. The auction, which lasts until Thursday, raised more than $18,000 last year, said Beckie Tramel, Annual Giving Programs assistant director. In preparation for the auction, the university accepts donations from local businesses, local celebrities and departments within the university, Tramel said. This year’s auction items include lunch with ONLINE AT women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale, autoOUDAILY.COM graphed footballs, gift certificates to local restau» Link: Visit the rants and a yearlong family membership to the auction website YMCA, she said. The Campus Campaign raises money to be donated to different programs chosen by OU faculty and staff. It runs on all three OU campuses, and this year’s theme is giving from the heart, Tramel said. Last year, the campaign raised more than $1.8 million, a 16-percent increase from the previous year and a 42-percent increase in donations from the Norman Campus, Tramel said. “We believe in the value of higher education and show our belief through our giving that creates support for the current generation of OU students,” Campus Campaign faculty chair Brian Britt said. This year’s campaign goal is to either meet or exceed the amount of donations made last year, Britt said. “This year has been really hard because of the economy, and so the donations have been a little low this year,” Tramel said. “But it’s still donations so we are thankful that we have them.”
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A student organization will accept donations for Japan this week in the Oklahoma Memorial Union in the wake of recent earthquake, tsunami and nuclear-reactor leak disasters. The OU Japanese Student Association is part of the Oklahoma Earthquake Support Group, association president Russell Kabir said. The group consists of organizations across the state with connections to Japan, including the University of Central Oklahoma Japanese Student Association, the Japan-America Society of Oklahoma
and a Japanese culture club at the Baptist Temple Church in Oklahoma City, Kabir said. The group will man a booth from noon to 2 p.m. each day in the union. Students can donate cash or use laptops provided by the organization at its booth to make donations online. All the money raised will go to the U.S.-Japan Council, which donates to non-profit organizations without any administrative fees, Kabir said. “The money goes to an organization in Japan called the Center for Public Resource Development. It usually does relief efforts around the world but is now needed in its home country,” Kabir said. The organization also will host an event fundraiser from 4 to 6 p.m. April 9 in Couch Restaurants, SEE JAPAN PAGE 2
Awards honor students, organizations Officials present awards to housing, greek students from each class LANEY ELLISOR The Oklahoma Daily
Several OU students were recognized at an annual awards ceremony Friday in Catlett Music Center’s Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall. Student Affairs Vice President Clarke Stroud introduced the deans before OU President David
Boren gave his remarks at the annual Campus Awards Ceremony. In his speech, Boren said students don’t attend college to absorb information like a sponge; instead, they actually help shape the university. Boren said he feels sadness each year around graduation due to the loss of seniors he has come to know. He thanked students for their friendship and the sense of optimism they give him regarding the future of the United States.
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“This is always an emotional event for me,” Boren said. “The seniors will never know how attached to them we become.” The first awards announced included PE-ET, the J.R. Morris Campus Life Award, the George Henderson, Jr. Award and Big Man and Woman on Campus. Recipients had their pictures taken with Boren after Stroud called SEE AWARDS PAGE 2
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Kabir said. OU Housing and Food Services has agreed to donate food for the event, and the organization hopes to provide entertainers such as traditional Japanese drummers. “There is no set number we are trying to raise through all this,” Kabir said. “We just want people to give whatever they can. Most importantly, we want everyone to know that they can be involved in the event and the fundraising efforts.” With the money raised, Kabir said he
hopes Japan can move from the relief phase to the recovery phase. “It’s easy to say, ‘Oh, they should have thought about this or that’ looking back at the situation, but this was a highly unlikely series of events,” Kabir said. The Norman Rotary Club would be doing similar fundraisers for relief in Japan, Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said last week. However, Norman Rotary Club President Basha Hartley said he did not know of any such plans yet within his club or the other two within the Norman area.
Today around campus » Free Arbor Day picnic open to the public at 11:30 a.m. in Couch Restaurants, 309 W. Third St. The OU Jazz Combo will play prior to the program. A tree planting will follow at Kraettli Apartments, 212 Wadsack Ave. » Enjoy mid-day music from student artists at noon in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Food Court, 900 Asp Ave. » Career Services presents “How to Use Social Networking in Your Job Search” by Kari Mirabal at 3 p.m. in the Union’s Crimson Room, 900 Asp Ave. » Lecture titled “Dualities in geometry and topology expressed through categories of representations” will be presented by Jonathon Block of the University of Pennsylvania at 3:30 p.m. in the Physical Sciences Center, Room 1105. » Student Success Series presents “Study Abroad Academic Success” at 4 p.m. in Wagner Hall 245, 1005 Asp Ave.
Tuesday, March 29 » Christians on Campus Bible Study at noon in the Union’s Alma Wilson Room. » Juan A. Morales, CEO & President of Language Associates will present a Translation/Interpreting career workshop at 1 p.m. in Kaufman Hall, Room 232 and 230.
AWARDS: Students receive prizes Continued from page 1
Letzeiser Honor List and Medalists. The medalists were not announced until the ceremony. Bronze, silver and gold medals were awarded to the three men and three their names. Next were the awards from individual OU women selected as most outstanding among colleges. Masters of Ceremonies Matthew the Letzeiser winners. Stroud listed the accomplishments of each and Taylor Krebs announced these awards, which were received from the deans of the winner and quoted them from an application essay before announcing respective colleges. the name. After the college awards, The bronze medal for men Boren recognized the This is always went to Shane Pruitt, the silver President’s Trophy Winners. an emotional medal to Caleb Gayle and the These awards had been anevent for me,” gold medal to Michael Nash. nounced at a separate cereBoren said. The bronze medal for women mony earlier in the day. The award for Outstanding “The seniors will went to Nicole Doherty, the silver medal to Valerie Hall Housing Center went to Walker never know how the gold medal to Rachel Center. The Outstanding attached to them and Ratcliffe. Sorority was Kappa Alpha we become.” “I had no idea,” Nash said. Theta, with Kappa Kappa “I was just happy to be up [on Gamma as runner up. The — DAVID BOREN, stage]. It was an incredible Outstanding Fraternity was OU PRESIDENT feeling.” Sigma Phi Epsilon, with runBefore the ceremony ended, ner up Lambda Chi Alpha. Kayley McCoy led the audiBeth Huggins and David Postic were named Outstanding Commuter ence in singing the OU chant. Leadership Development and Students. Next was the Walter Neustadt Award, Volunteerism Director Becky Barker said which was presented by UOSA President she enjoys the Campus Awards Ceremony Franz Zenteno. The award went to Brynn because freshmen are able to see what the honored students have done in their time Daves. Next were the President’s Award for on campus. Many award winners could not attend Outstanding Transfer Students, Freshmen and Sophomores and the Regents’ Award the ceremony because they were studying abroad; however, their names were still for Outstanding Juniors. Saved for last were the recipients of the called and their parents were encouraged to
Continued from page 1 body,” Jester said. Students can become more involved on campus by voting, UOSA President Franz Zenteno said. “As students, we are a part of the OU family and we should not take everything for granted,” said Zenteno, international studies graduate student. Because there are three candidates running for CAC chair, there is the possibility no one will receive more that 50 percent of the vote, Jester said. If a candidate does not receive more than 50 percent of the votes, there will be a run-off election next week, Jester said. UOSA congress seats also are part of the elections. Students only vote for representatives for their college’s district. “This year, the campaigning has been very public and I think having the candidates promote themselves in the open discussion debate in Walker [Tower] was a great idea,” election board member said Miranda Shaughnessy, international securities and Arabic sophomore. READ MORE AT OUDAILY.COM
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ENDOWMENTS: Government program places no time limit on repayment Continued from page 1 Three years later, the debt has been reduced to $267 million, according to the regents’ November budget proposal. Currently, the Legislature has no money to address the remaining backlog, and it won’t for some time, said Rep. Denney Lee, Oklahoma House’s Appropriations and Budget subcommittee on education chairwoman. “To be quite honest, it won’t happen this year,” said Denney, R-Cushing. “We’re hoping times will be better.” The Legislature can’t match the donations because of the ongoing recession and Oklahoma’s $500 million budget shortfall, Denney said. Basic functions of government are the Legislature’s primary concern at the moment. “I feel confident that eventually we will get the debt paid,” she said.
MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR BACKLOGS
Glossary of terms
By the numbers
Endowed chairs and professorships: Endowed chairs and professorships are created using private donations of at least $500,000 and $250,000 respectively. These donations are then matched by the state.
Endowment Fund Program: A law passed in 1988 that obligates the Oklahoma Legislature to match all private donations to create endowed chairs and professorships. There are no time limits on the Legislature to match funds.
Clawback provision: An agreement between the OU Foundation and donors allowing donors to receive a full refund of their donation if the state has not matched the donation within three years. No OU donors have used this provision, according to OU
As of 2010, the state’s endowment debt to OU is $116.8 university and the OU Foundation have worked with domillion, said Chris Kuwitzky, administration and finance nors to ensure their money is put to use, Kuwitzky said. associate vice president and chief financial officer for the Private donations to OU are given to the OU Foundation, university. a private, nonprofit corporation of which OU is the sole OU and Oklahoma State University have the largest share of beneficiary, according to the Foundation’s website. The the state’s $267 million backlog. OSU’s backlog is about $148 OU Foundation invests donors’ money and uses the investmillion, according to OSU spokesman Gary Shutt. ment earnings to compensate a chair holder’s or profesOf the $163.8 million OU had waiting to be matched in sor’s expenses. 2008, the Oklahoma Legislature matched $47 million in 2010, “We continue to believe the funds will be matched by Kuwitzky said. the state in the future,” Kuwitzky said in an email. “In the This was possible because Gov. Brad Henry signed a bill in meantime ... a number of strategies are assuring donors April authorizing the Legislature to issue a $100 million bond that their investment is serving the university.” to address the state’s then-$364.8 million backlog, according One way the university and foundation have worked with to an April 15 Associated Press article. Most of the money went donors is asking donors who have provided endowment to OU and OSU, according to the article. money for multiple chairs to combine those funds to esBonds are similar to loans in that borrowers — the tablish at least one endowment, Kuwitzky said in an email. Legislature in this case — sell bonds to investors to finance Most endowed faculty position agreements between operations. The Legislature must pay the money back with in- donors and the Foundation include a clawback proviterest at fixed intervals. sion, which grants donors the right to reThe Legislature won’t issue another bond fund their entire donation if the state fails to fund the backlog because it would put the to match donor funds “on or before three In the meantime a state further in debt, Denney said. years after the date of the agreement,” acnumber of strategies When the Legislature has available funds, cording to the Foundation’s audit report are assuring donors state money is given to the Oklahoma State from June 2010. that their investment is Regents of Higher Education to invest, acNo donor has asked for a refund as a recording the state regents’ policy and proceserving the university.” sult of delayed fund matching, said Guy dure manual. Patton, OU Foundation president and CEO. The state regents receive allocations from The Foundation was able to remove claw—CHRIS KUWITZKY, the Legislature to match endowment money. back provisions or significantly extend the ADMINISTRATION AND The state regents create accounts that mirror deadlines to match funds in all but a few FINANCE ASSOCIATE donor accounts and invest the money. The cases, after working closely with donors VICE PRESIDENT interest earnings are made available to the and the OU Office of Development staff, universities with donor accounts. Patton said. Endowed chairs and professorships are created using priThe state would be in a worse financial situation now if vate donations of at least $500,000 and $250,000, respectively. the Legislature were bound by time limits to match endowThese donations are then matched by the state. A chair re- ments, Denney said. quires a minimum of $1 million to be fully funded and a pro“If time limits had been in place, we could be in really sefessorship requires a minimum of $500,000. rious financial difficulties at the state [level] if we hadn’t had the flexibility to spend on the core areas we need to spend WORKING WITH DONORS during these tough economic times,” Denney said. The OU Foundation endured losses during the financial There are no time constraints on the Legislature to allocate crisis as well. After investment returns of 17.1 percent in money, which means donors can end up waiting years to see 2007, the foundation was hit with 10-percent and 17.5-pertheir funds matched. cent losses on endowment investments in 2008 and 2009 reWhile waiting for matching funds from the state, the spectively, according to documents on the OU Foundation
The debt the Oklahoma Legislature owed higher education institutions for endowed faculty positions in 2008 — Source: The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
The amount the state owes to Oklahoma higher-education institutions for endowed faculty positions — Source: The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
The amount Oklahoma State University is waiting to receive from the state regents to match endowments — Source: Gary Shutt, communications director of OSU
The amount OU is waiting to receive from the regents to match endowments
— Source: Chris Kuwitzky, associate vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer for the university.
The amount donated to create OU’s endowed faculty chair in anthropology and archaeology
— Source: OU Public Affairs press release
The minimum amount required to establish an endowed faculty chair position
— Source: OU website
The minimum amount required to establish an endowed-professorship position
— Source: OU website
Endowed chairs and professorships at the Norman and OU Health Sciences Center campuses as of 2010
— Source: OU President David Boren
Endowed chairs and professorships at the Norman and OU Health Sciences Center campuses in 1995, the year after David Boren became president of OU — Source: OU President David Boren
Endowed chairs and professorships created by donors since July 2008
— Source: Tripp Hall, OU vice president for development
website. However, the investment returns rebounded to a 12.7-percent return in 2010.
OU’S ENDOWED FACULTY POSITIONS HISTORY Since Boren became president of OU, endowed chairs and professorships at the Norman campus and the Health Sciences Center have increased from 116 in 1995 to 483 in 2010, according to documents provided by Boren. Donors have created 10 new endowed chairs since July 2008 with gifts ranging from $1 million to $3 million and one new professorship with a gift of $500,000, said Tripp Hall, vice president of development.
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Top 10 Senior Honor Society 2010-2011 Matthew Deimund Nicole Doherty Caleb Gayle Valerie Hall Taylor Krebs Michael Nash Shane Pruitt Rachel Ratcliﬀe Sarah Swenson Morgan Wolber 2011-2012 Holly Berrigan Laura Bock Brett Bone Stuart Downey Melissa Mock Dana MohammadZadeh Ganga Moorthy Allison Mrasek Rachel Tyrrell Ashley Zumwalt
COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE
COLLEGE OF ATMOSPHERIC AND GEOGRAPHIC SCIENCES Clyde and Hazel Bollinger Geography Award Amanda Hoﬀman James McLane Ralph and Margaret Olson Geography Scholarship Alexandra Browning Matthew Chapman Kristin Collier
The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication Outstanding Senior Renee Selanders
JEANINE RAINBOLT COLLEGE OF EDUCATION Outstanding Senior in Early Childhood Education Tiﬀany Dickerson
Outstanding Senior in Elementary Education Laine Dillinger
Outstanding Senior in Language Arts Education Christine Engelbrecht Outstanding Senior in Mathematics Education Victoria Emerson Outstanding Senior in Science Education Tammy Ober Outstanding Senior in Social Studies Education Brandon Crow Outstanding Senior in Special Education Laura Pedersen
MULTIDISCIPLINARY STUDIES The Multidisciplinary Studies Outstanding Senior
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
The Professor Thomas Jay Hill Outstanding Senior in Natural Sciences Niekia Franklin
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES LEADERSHIP SCHOLARS
Outstanding Senior in the Social Sciences Michael Carlock The Roberson Outstanding Senior in the Humanities Kyle Williams THE CORTEZ A.M. EWING PUBLIC SERVICE FELLOWSHIPS
A 10-week summer internship in Washington, D.C. funded through the Ewing Foundation established in 1971 by four prominent former students of the late Professor Cortez Ewing
Ashley Edwards Alexandra Glavas Madison Melon Hannah Morris
GEORGE HENDERSON JR. AWARD Augustine Wiah
Big Man on Campus Dillon Carroll Corbin Carter Evan DeFilippis Stuart Downey Tyler Freeman Matthew Grant Michael Massad Matthew Nash Patrick Ryan Big Woman on Campus Samantha Ali Holly Berrigan Laura Bock Chinh Doan Niekia Franklin Sarah Graybill Kaleigh Kaczmarek Kassidy Lee Melissa Mock Ganga Moorthy Allison Mrasek Cierra Odom Brooke Sheppard Rachel Tyrrell Brittany Vertin Sarah Williams Ashley Zumwalt
COLLEGE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
Rohaid Ali Noreen Anwar Christine Bird Alyssa Boutelle Jordy Branam Ariana Cerreta Lauren Davis Carly Dillon Evan Fry Kristina Hopkins Kelbie Kennedy Margaret McKee-Huey
Molly Miller Nicholas Purcell Grae Rose Mubeen Shakir Gabrielle Skillings Lena Tenney Nishan Thapa Pooja Vijayvargiya Matthew Warner Samantha Williams Rosemary Zanabria
WALTER NEUSTADT AWARD Brynn Daves Student Aﬀairs
J.R. MORRIS CAMPUS LIFE AWARD THE CARL ALBERT AWARD Sarah Swenson
BIG MAN AND BIG WOMAN ON CAMPUS
Recognizing outstanding service to the university community, leadership in extracurricular activities and academic achievement
Derrell Cox, II Valerie Hall Leah Henry Landry Jones Caitlyn Kutch Cory Lloyd Brett Stidham Franz Zenteno
Admiral William J. Crowe Award Misheala Giddings Board of Visitors Scholarship Laura Bisby Kevin Higuchi Katherine Jensen Helen Kerwin Morgan Richards Samantha Toth The Millie Schafer Sitzman Scholarship Kimberle Davies Perkins Scholarship Kimberlee Davies Nathan Moore
THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING TRANSFER STUDENTS Recognizing excellence in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership and service to the university community. This award is the highest honor bestowed to transfer students by the university community.
Danielle Barker Megan Caudill Haley Hoover Tuan-Phat Huynh Kelbie Kennedy Courtney Petrocco Autumn Wiles
THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING FRESHMEN Recognizing excellence in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership and service to the university community. This award is the highest honor bestowed to freshmen by the university community.
Nick Aguilera Rohaid Ali Tyler Campbell Ranya Forgotson Evan Fry Juliann Jantz Jericha McGill Caitlin Rother Mubeen Shakir Alexis Taitel David Vreeland Rosemarie Zanabria
Recognizing excellence in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership and service to the university community. This award is the highest honor bestowed to sophomores by the university community.
Andrea Atkin Maggie Cannon Nick Coﬀey Shawn Deines Michael Elliot Beth Huggins Miranda Konowitz Jay Kumar Zach Lanier Oliver Li Chris Ray Becky Wood
International Scholars Award Jaci Gandenberg St. Elijah’s/Anthony Shadid Scholarship Jaci Gandenberg Paul and Rose Sharp Scholarship Dharamveer Singh Sue Williams Service Award Weihao Zhang Cleo Cross International Scholarship Khoa Bui Aissata Cisse Kelley-Ann Gasper Murari Khatiwada Vidya Kumar Maddumage Hermanthea Dalia Maraoulaite Phuong Pham Delphine Piguet Minh Tran Nur Uysal Binbin Weng Weihao Zhang
REGENTS’ AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING JUNIORS Recognizing excellence in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership and service to the university community. This award is the highest honor bestowed to juniors by the university community.
Brooke Allen Holly Berrigan Misty Berryhill Brett Bone Evan DeFillippis Stuart Downey Niekia Franklin Melissa Mock Ganga Moorthy Allison Mrasek Jordan Stewart Ashley Zumwalt
The Charles N. Gould Outstanding Senior Award Rebecca Johnson The Alan Witten Outstanding Senior Award John Leeman
The Estwing Hammer Award Daniel Ambuehl The Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering Outstanding Senior Award Kristin Weyand Jacob Thomas The Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering Outstanding Junior Award Kylie Bohanan Minh Tran
LETZEISER HONOR LIST AND MEDALISTS
The Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering Outstanding Sophomore Award Son Dang
The Letzeiser Awards are presented annually in memory of the late Alexander Letzeiser as a stimulus of good citizenship and achievement. These are the highest awards presented during the Spring Campus Awards Program. The selections are made each year by a student/faculty/staﬀ committee and are based on leadership, scholarship, and service to the university.
WEITZENHOFFER FAMILY COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS
Three medals — bronze, silver and gold — are presented to three men and three women who are selected as the most outstanding.
The Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts Outstanding Senior Kristin Young
LETZEISER HONOR LIST
The F. Donald Clark Award for Excellence Paige Hathaway
Samantha Ali William Becker Nicole Doherty Brandon Coates Niekia Franklin Caleb Gayle Sarah Graybill Shane Hampton Valerie Hall Michael Nash Leah Henry John Postic Rachel Ratcliﬀe
Shane Pruitt Brooklyn Scheer Darwin Roman Kristin Schumpert Courtlyn Shoate Sarah Swenson Austin Slaymaker Sara Williams Bryce Stubbleﬁeld Morgan Wolber John Jeﬀrey Wampler Kristin Young Benjamin West
BRONZE MEDALIST Nicole Doherty Shane Pruitt
GOLD MEDALIST Rachel Ratcliﬀe Michael Nash
The Elmer Capshaw Award for Outstanding Senior in Art History Brynnan Light The Elmer Capshaw Award for Outstanding Senior in Media Sarah Engel The Elmer Capshaw Award for Outstanding Senior in Studio Arts Jenna Kriegel The Elmer Capshaw Award for Outstanding Senior in Visual Communication Stephanie Daniel
The Van Heflin Award from the School of Drama Kirk Fitzgerald The Outstanding Senior Award in the School of Music Jesse Kaminski
MICHAEL F. PRICE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS Outstanding Senior in Accounting Courtney Gatlin
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
Outstanding Senior in Economics and Human Resource Management Elizabeth Bradley
The Outstanding Senior in Architectural Engineering Colin Osborne
Outstanding Senior in Energy Management Kelly Edson
Outstanding Senior in Civil Engineering Derek Reid
Outstanding Senior in Entrepreneurship Amy Henderson
Outstanding Senior in Environmental Engineering Aissata Cisse
Outstanding Senior in Finance Jentry Baker
Outstanding Senior in Environmental Science Bridgett Neighbors Outstanding Seniors in Computer Science Greg Gustafson Outstanding Senior in Industrial Engineering Aimee Dilley The Outstanding Senior in Electrical & Computer Engineering Dylan Powell The Outstanding Senior in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Program Stanley Caddell Outstanding Senior in Aerospace Engineering David Ammerman Outstanding Senior in Mechanical Engineering Katrin Passlack Outstanding Senior in Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering Taylor Huﬀ Outstanding Senior in Engineering Physics Curtis Doiron
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PRESIDENT’S TROPHY RECOGNITION Outstanding Housing Center Walker Center Outstanding Sorority Kappa Alpha Theta Outstanding Fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon Outstanding Commuter Students Beth Huggins David Postic
MELVIN C. HALL Leadership-Scholarship Award
Recognizing a student who has helped make campus diversity a true strength of the University of Oklahoma
The Dance Partners Outstanding Senior Award Adryan Mooreﬁeld Allison Rixey
SILVER MEDALIST Valerie Hall Caleb Gayle
THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SOPHOMORES
MEWBOURNE COLLEGE OF EARTH AND ENERGY
The David W. Stearns Outstanding Senior Award Tad Eccles
Presented March 25, 2011 4:30 p.m. Program Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall Catlett Music Center
Recognizing outstanding achievement in one or more areas of involvement: leadership, service, honors or academics.
Outstanding Senior in Foreign Language Education Lauren Miller
Outstanding Senior in Professional Programs Rachel Gallant
GAYLORD COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION
Outstanding Academic Achievement in Construction Science Solomon Edison
Highest Academic Achievement in Interior Design Kristen Cole
School of Meteorology Faculty Recognition for Outstanding Performance as an Undergraduate Nicole Ramsey
The Outstanding Senior in Early Childhood Education at the OU-Tulsa Campus Crystal Cathey
Highest Academic Achievement in Environment Design Pre-Architecture Amber Brown
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School of Meteorology Undergraduate Academic Achievement Award Keith Sherburn
Highest Academic Achievement in Architecture Brandon Coates
Highest Academic Achievement in Environmental Design Brady Sisson
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UNIVERSITY COLLEGE PACE Award Top 1% of the freshman class recognized for participation, academic achievement, community service and excellence
Jordan Acock Nickolas Aguilera Noreen Anwar Dennise Arzola Brett Bigbie Ashley Blackwell Tegan Burkhard Tyler Campbell Kassidy Cook Cale Curtin Conner Davey David Davis Ranya Forgotson Evan Fry Elizabeth Haddad Emily Hubbard Christian Hurd Kaitlin Kirby Esmeralda Lopez Ammon Lutz Danielle Martin Patrick McSweeney Dang Nguyen Whitney Parker Drew Powell Daniel Salamander Mubeen Shakir Gabrielle Skillings Joshua Sutter Morgan Thorne Brette Throckmorton Pooja Vijayvargiya David Vreeland Tamara Walker Katherine Western Aaron White Chloe Winden Taylor Woodley Rosemarie Zanabria
Outstanding Senior in International Business Lori Boecking Outstanding Senior in Management Scott Sheppard Outstanding Senior in Management Information Systems John Salvie Outstanding Senior in Marketing and Supply Chain Management Kelly Leito
SOONER PARENTS Mary Ellershaw Heckendorn Outstanding Student Mother Award Katherine Huang
JOE C. AND CAROLE KERR MCCLENDON HONORS COLLEGE The Outstanding Honors College Freshman Lorna Vazquez The Outstanding Honors College Sophomore Dillon Carroll The Outstanding Honors College Junior Ganga Moorthy The Outstanding Honors College Senior Sarah Swenson
FERN L. HOLLAND AWARD Dana Mohammad-Zadeh
PAUL SHAYNOR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Stephanie Black
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After much coverage of the UOSA elections and personal Bock has experience in UOSA’s programming branch — interviews with both UOSA presidential tickets, The Daily Campus Activities Council— and as event chairwoman, has decided to endorse Hannah Morris and Laura Bock for doubled the amount of money Dance Marathon raised for UOSA president and vice president. Children’s Miracle Network. We believe Morris and Bock’s ticket is the stronger and By having the already existing connection between UOSA focuses on realistic, achievable platform issues. We also be- and CAC, the pair can help bridge the gap between the two lieve the pair is more willing to stand up for students when groups and use this connection to help build student init comes to tough issues, such as tuition and fee increases. volvement on campus. They expressed interest in rallying for such a cause, rather Morris and Bock have a cohesive relationship and dethan gently suggesting that the scribed their partnership as a “busiadministration keep tuition low ness relationship.” We believe this as past UOSA presidents have. professional approach to the position, Bock and Morris’ platform would The pair also aims to create opposed to two candidates running not only create a better campus for as more connections between stutogether because they’re friends, is in current students but also create dent groups on campus. In our the student body’s best interest. a greener and more connected meeting with the candidates Though Morris will spend the sumThursday, Morris and Bock dismer in Washington D.C., we have full campus for future Sooners.” cussed helping groups co-proconfidence Bock will lead the student gram events so event funding body in Morris’ absence and if Morris would be easier. were unable to fulfill her duties as president, Bock would We feel the issues Morris and Bock promote are easily carry out their platform issues. obtainable during their one-year term and would create a We wish Forrest Bennett and Katherine Borgerding had foundation for future student-leaders to build upon. Bock better-defined, measurable platform issues. Morris and and Morris’ platform would not only create a better campus Bock’s platform has 11 clearly-defined goals, while Bennett for current students but also create a greener and more con- and Borgerding only campaign on three vague issues. While nected campus for future Sooners. it’s true students need to be engaged in UOSA and proactive Together, Morris and Bock have worked in three of the about student government, Bennett and Borgerding fail to four UOSA branches and have demonstrated a good un- provide a strategy for accomplishing this. derstanding of UOSA’s structure and how its branches Regardless of who wins the election, we hope each ticket should work together, thus reducing the learning curve the will work to accomplish their core goals of involving more two would face once they are in office. Their institutional students in UOSA and connecting student groups with each knowledge will speed up their ability to implement cam- other. paign goals. After all, being a leader doesn’t require a fancy title — it In addition to their platform issues, Morris and Bock also just requires identifying a problem and solving it. bring more diverse political experiences to the table. Morris works as the chief of staff under the current UOSA admin- Comment on this column at OUDaily.com istration, which will help her to ease the transition between administrations.
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The Bible knows nothing and says nothing about homosexuality. Homosexuality is a modern notion, arising only in the second half of the nineteenth century and refers to an inclination — emotional, physiological or genetic — toward same-sex relationships. Those who wrote the Bible never considered such notions. Interestingly, however, the Bible on more than one occasion acknowledges and affirms the genuine love between two males. Take for example the relationship between David and Jonathan, as seen in 1 Samuel, as well as the relationship between Jesus and the disciple he loved, as recounted in the Gospel of John. Although the notion of same-sex orientation is entirely absent from the Bible, there are two direct prohibitions against same-sex relations. In the first instance, lying with someone of the same sex is called an “abomination,” or an “abhorrence”; and in the second, it is called an “abomination” or “abhorrence” and is followed by the ruling that those who commit such an act should be “put to death.” While these prohibitions are included in Leviticus, so also are many other codes of behavior. One finds, for example, the prohibition against eating the blood of animals, against uncovering the nakedness of family members (fathers, mothers, menstruating women, etc.). And prohibitions against the cursing of one’s father or mother, which also are to result in death. What is Leviticus trying to get across with these kinds of prohibitions? They fall under what is known as the holiness code, as seen in Lev. 20:7-8, and legislate regarding ritual acts and not moral behavior. The holiness code is about Israel being a holy and pure nation, one set apart from other surrounding nations. According to the well-known cultural anthropologist Mary Douglas, underlying the issue of purity is the concern to avoid danger. Rules regarding purity function to create a sense of order and order creates a sense of protection against danger. Moreover, ancient Mediterranean male-dominated cultures considered that same-sex relations violated a “natural” order. This “natural” order would be upset or overturned when a man took the “inferior” or “subordinate” role, causing him to play the part of a female. More generally, ancients justified their condemnation of this act by arguing that no offspring resulted in such a mating. The Apostle Paul, the only New Testament writer who discusses same-sex relations, also knows nothing of homosexuality. Paul’s statements are nothing more than the reiteration of the thinking on this subject from his time, the first century. His two references to same-sex relations reveal the influence of both Judaism and Hellenism. Like other first-century Jews, Paul had a low opinion of Gentile behavior and adopted the stereotypical attitudes regarding them. Same-sex behavior was attributed to Gentiles and was the consequence of their idolatry. The first-century Jewish historian, Josephus, writes about this prejudice in his Jewish Antiquities 15.6. While homoerotic relations were rather prominent in Greek society from the sixth century BCE onward, two forms were condemned: the sexual exploitation of young male slaves by their masters and the sale of sexual favors of boys to older male clients (male prostitution). In 1 Cor. 6:9, Paul mentions two words that reflect negatively on same-sex relations. The first word is malakoi, best translated as “soft” or “effeminate,” and the second is arsenokoitai, a Greek compound word that means “male” and “bed.” The second term most likely refers to males having sexual relations with other males and could imply the aggressive male in same-sex relations. The first term reflects the common Hellenistic, culturally defined concern to maintain the “natural” order of persons, in which males do not play the role of females. In Rom. 1:24-27, Paul, speaking like a Jewish man of his time, links idolatrous Gentiles with same-sex relations. According to Paul, homoerotic behavior is the consequence of their failure to acknowledge God. Again, the Bible does not say anything or know anything about homosexuality. It has no ruling one way or the other on committed, loving and long-lasting relationships between two people of the same sex. Although the subject is rarely mentioned, the Bible does condemn homoerotic behavior. Jews sought to maintain order, and purity regulations were one mechanism for doing so. As Douglas has argued, purity would seemingly avoid danger. Throughout its long history, Israel was often under foreign rule; it was deemed necessary and indeed important to keep separate and pure as a way of self-protection. Finally, many, if not most of the biblical literature is written by men and so one needs to question the underlying rational behind its notion of “natural” order. Nina E. Livesey Religious studies and liberal studies professor
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Napping a vital part of college experience
A still from the director Zack Snyder’s new action movie “Sucker Punch.” The film was released Friday nationwide.
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hat do you get when you combine five voluptuous, gun-totSTAFF COLUMN MN ing babes, hyper-stylized violence and a script you want to fold in half Laron to clean the dirt under your fingernails? Chapman n You end up with director Zack Snyder’s latest action spectacle “Sucker Punch,” a vile, tasteless exercise in dizzying special effects and insufferable dialogue. When a film’s lead heroines answer to the names Baby Doll (Emily Browning), Rocket (Jena Malone), Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), Amber (Jamie Chung) and Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens), it’s safe to assume that the film’s target audience isn’t expecting more than a few hours of mindless fun. However, even operating on the lowest of standards, Snyder’s first original work is a frustrating study of cinematic excess. At the center of all the madness is the vulnerable burlesque beauty Baby Doll, a 20-year-old orphan whose wicked stepfather commits her to an insane asylum following the accidental death of her younger sister. While in confinement she befriends four of the feisty lady inmates — each one with a IQ lower than Paris Hilton’s — occupying their time cleaning toilets and performing dance routines in scantily-clad attire. To escape her grim existence and the lobotomy looming in her future, Baby Doll retreats to a fantastical world in her mind. This macabre and dilapidated world is monitored by a leader known as Wise Man (Scott Glenn), who proclaims that she and her energetic comrades’ only
chance at freedom is to retrieve five essential items. Despite a few elaborate obstacles — zombie German soldiers, cyborgs, firebreathing dragons— the girls are armed with automatic weapons and sexy attire while combat fighting. No one can say they didn’t come prepared. All this amounts to a 14-year-old boy’s fantasy. Think “Call of Duty,” only replace the soldiers with models from Maxim magazine. The film’s blatant attempt to be titillating, dressing its women in skimpy school girl apparel, is more offensive than seductive. Of the five beauties, most of which have shined in previous films, you’d think that one of them would be given something of substance to say, but no. Their talents and efforts to stimulate female empowerment are drowned out by Snyder’s blaring pop music soundtrack and manic visual style. Snyder, whose “300” and “Watchmen” dazzled audiences with their visually arresting images, abandons the most fundamental responsibilities of coherent storytelling. If the characters or plot were even half as interesting as the stunning cinematography, “Sucker Punch” could have been quite a ride. The title, so fitting, is exactly what the audience will have endured upon exiting. — Laron Chapman, film and video studies junior
Social media has potential to harm Social media misuse can have costly affects for any potential employee
“They say that potential employers don’t want pictures out there of you partying but they also want to know that you are normal,” Rice said. “The real you is eventually going to come out anyway, there’s no way to hide any of that stuff JANNA GENTRY The Oklahoma Daily anymore.” Unlike Scott, who suggested creating separate personal People everywhere are talking about social media’s im- and professional Facebook pages, Rice said he believes this portance. Recently, it has played a big role in document- dichotomy will come back to hurt employees by giving eming celebrity meltdowns, political revolutions and natural ployers false impressions. disasters. Problems associated with abuses of social Though social media use has many benemedia are known by Residence Life Associate fits, it can be a public-relations nightmare. A Director Johnnie-Margaret McConnell. The real you is lawsuit slammed against Courtney Love reThough OU has no official social-media polieventually going garding a defamatory tweet was all it took for cy, she makes it a point to warn her employees to come out social media to become a legal ordeal for the of the potential dangers of social media use, anyway, there’s musician, actress and widow of Kurt Cobain. McConnell said. no way to hide This month, a settlement was reached that “With social media, the person publishing required Love to pay $430,000 to the Austin, the statement is by law the publisher, and if you any of that stuff Texas, fashion designer she made the remarks publish something, you can be held criminally anymore.” about. negligible as an individual,” McConnell said. Because of the possible consequences of The most common issues in the residence — ANDREW RICE, reckless social media use, Career Services halls involving social media are bickering or JOURNALISM SENIOR bullying, she said. Director Bette Scott advises college students to take social media use seriously. “I hear about an incident at least once a se“More and more companies are using social media as a mester in every center,” McConnell said. “And, if we get alertway of determining more about the person they are hiring,” ed to something, we are obligated to check into it.” Scott said. “I would caution students that because employMcConnell reiterated the importance of students recogers are looking at their social media sites, these sites need to nizing and being educated on the permanence of material be professional.” posted on the internet. Andrew Rice, journalism senior, is working on a proj“Girls and boys make bad choices, and unfortunately in ect that monitors social media for American Airlines and the digital world, those decisions live with them forever,” she doesn’t advise students to censor themselves. said.
It’s 2 p.m. and I wake up. I feel disoriented and spend a few seconds looking around my room and coming to terms with the fact that outside my window, it’s totally the middle of the day. I’m wearing a hoodie and jeans and it looks like I forgot to take off my shoes, too — but it’s cool. This is what college is about. It’s not about partying, it’s not about enjoying newfound freedom, it’s not about becoming a functioning adult and it’s definitely not about any kind of education. It’s about napping, excessively. The closest I got to napping in high school was my senior physics class. My teacher was interesting enough, but it was ridiculous of her to expect me to stay awake through her constant videos. I rebelliously informed her of this by sitting in the front of the class and immediately falling asleep. This is what After school, I simply had too college is about. much stuff to do to find time to nap. It’s not about I made it to college and partying, it’s not it’sThen all I do. about enjoying “My, my,” you might say, “so newfound you’re paying thousands of dolfreedom, it’s not lars a year to sleep in bed?” Yes and no, hypothetical critabout becoming ic. You see, I refuse to rest on a functioning my napping laurels. I keep the adult and it’s spark alive in my relationship definitely not with napping through variety. about any kind I nap in my bed. I nap in my of education. It’s roommate’s bed when he’s not around. I nap outside. I nap in about napping, this hammock my friends have. excessively.” I nap on couches in buildings where I don’t have classes. I nap with a variety of motivations as well. Sure, occasionally because I’m tired, but that rarely fixes my problem. I usually go from really freaking tired to being really tired. I nap because I’m sick. I sometimes nap when I’m bored, if I’m feeling extra depressed. Most of the time I nap because there are more important things to be doing. I work best when I’m short on time. There are negative side effects to excessive napping, make no mistake. Do not overestimate your ability to nap for short periods of time, for naps are wild creatures. We sometimes trick ourselves into believing they are our friends, that they can be tamed. They cannot. It’s 12:15 p.m. right now. I can nap for a bit and wake up to meet my friend at our agreed upon 12:45 p.m. lunch time, right? I cannot. Several things can and will go wrong. Situations like this are destined for failure. The snooze button will betray you, and it’s way easier than you think to forget to double check whether you set that alarm for the a.m. or the p.m. Your mistakes will become painfully clear when you wake up hours after that class with the really lame attendance policy. These drawbacks should not discourage you. Napping is beautiful if you just understand your limits. As children we were introduced to the art of napping in kindergarten, and then next 12 years were spent preventing us from practicing it. Don’t be a victim. Overcome this and rediscover napping. Nap hard. Nap often. — Conor O’Brien, University College freshman
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A not-so-sweet ending
Junior guard Jasmine Hartman (45), sophomore forward Joanna McFarland (53) and coach Sherri Coale react during the OU women’s basketball team’s 78-53 loss to Notre Dame in the NCAA women’s basketball regional semifinal Saturday in Dayton, Ohio. The Sooners committed 24 turnovers against the Irish.
Fighting Irish get revenge against Sooners in blowout OU’s postseason ended in turnover-laden loss to Notre Dame in Sweet 16 game in Ohio
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All-time record for OU in the Sweet 16 regional semifinal round
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he luck of the Irish took its toll on the OU women’s basketball team Saturday as Notre Dame stunted the OU offense en route to a 78-53 Irish win and Elite Eight berth. Oklahoma ended Notre Dame’s run through the tournament in the final seconds of overtime last year, but the Fighting Irish did not need extra time for this year’s revenge. “Last year’s game was in the front of my mind the whole 40 minutes,” said Notre Dame point guard Skylar Diggins, who had 12 assists. Notre Dame was 9-of-18 from the 3-point line, where OU went 1-of-11 after making 11 in Tuesday’s win over Miami (Fla.). “Maybe they don’t get enough credit for their defense because their offense is so salty,” Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said. All-American senior guard Danielle Robinson ended her career at OU with 16 points and 3 assists, but the Wade Trophy finalist turned the ball over seven times. As a team, OU committed 24 turnovers — indicative of the Sooners’ offense all game. And that offense quickly turned ugly for OU in the first half. The Sooners had 11 points in the first five minutes — leading the Fighting Irish 11-9 — but Notre Dame went on a 25-6 run to bury the Sooner offense. “They were really prepared, really physical,” sophomore guard Whitney Hand said. “I thought we got scatterbrained and tight.” Notre Dame senior guard Brittany Mallory usually averages 6.6 points per game, but she surprised the Sooners with 12 points and three steals in the first half. Robinson had numerous looks at the basket but could not convert, going 2-of-9 from the field with four turnovers. Notre Dame’s largest lead of the half was 19 points, 34-15. With five seconds left in the first half, Robinson made her second field goal — the Sooners’ first in more than seven minutes — to enter the locker room down, 34-17. OU scored four quick points out of halftime,
All-time record for OU against Notre Dame after Saturday’s loss
Record for Oklahoma this season against teams ranked in the AP’s top 10
Consecutive starts in 141 career games for senior guard Danielle Robinson, breaking a pair of Big 12 records held by former Sooner Caton Hill
Minutes played by Robinson and sophomore Whitney Hand
First-half points scored by OU, tying a season low (92-70 loss to Baylor, Feb. 2)
Notre Dame guard Natalie Novosel, center, chases a loose ball with OU guards Danielle Robinson, right, and Whitney Hand, left, during the second half of the Fighting Irish’s 78-53 win Saturday in Dayton, Ohio.
breathing some life into its offense. The largest comeback in NCAA history was in 2008, when OU came back from a 26-point deficit against California; however, that wasn’t in the cards for OU this time around. The Sooner surge was short-lived, and OU trailed by no less than 13 for the remainder of the game. Notre Dame opened up another 19point lead, 58-39, with 9:57 remaining. The Fighting Irish’s largest lead was 27, 78-51, coming with 1:48 to play. The only sour spot on the stat sheet for Notre Dame was 26 total turnovers.
Mallory did not cool off for the Irish in the second half. She finished with 20 points, going 6-of-10 from the 3-point line. OU’s leading scorer was freshman center Nicole Griffin with 18 points but just three rebounds. The Sooners were outrebounded as a team, 47-24. “Unfortunately, we didn’t give them much of a fight,” Coale said. “We got absolutely demoralized on the boards.” — The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Steals for Notre Dame, contributing to OU’s 24 overall turnovers
3-pointers made by OU in the loss out of 11 attempts (9.1 percent)
3-pointers made by Notre Dame senior guard Brittany Mallory out of 10 attempts from the arc
Offensive rebounds pulled down by the Sooners, compared to 14 for the Fighting Irish
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Oklahoma’s 30th-ranked men’s tennis team fell to No. 6 Texas Lawrence Formentera at the No. 3 spot, 8-6. A&M, 5-2, on Sunday at the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion. A&M took a 2-0 lead after 65th-ranked Paval dropped his match OU (10-4, 1-1 Big 12) split its first two against No. 62 Dadamo in identical 7-6 sets. conference matches after downing Texas, 4-3, on Beleleu, ranked 34th nationally, picked up Friday in dramatic fashion. a straight-sets victory over A&M’s 23rd-ranked Up next “We lost a tough one today,” OU coach John Krajicek —6-4, 7-6 — at the No. 1 spot, and Roddick said. “The guys bounced back well from Formentera nabbed a quick victory over the WHAT: OU vs. Tulsa Texas, and the quality of tennis was very good, Aggies’ Bautista in identical 6-1 sets. which is really all we are concerned with.” Gavrila dropped a heated third-set tiebreaker WHEN: 5 p.m. Tuesday Sophomore Costin Paval and freshman Peerakit to A&M’s Alexis Klegou, ranked No. 100. Gavrila Siributwong gave OU an early doubles advantage took the first set with ease, 6-2, but dropped the WHERE: Norman after they blitzed A&M’s 63rd-ranked duo of Junior next two sets, 6-4, 7-6(4). Ore and Alexey Grigorov, 8-3. Siributwong, who clinched the Friday win over The Aggies’ second-ranked doubles pairing of the Longhorns after rallying from a 4-1 deficit to Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo then evened the score, winning 8-6 win the final set, fell to A&M’s Grigorov, 7-6, 6-4. over OU’s Ionut Beleleu and Tsveta Mihov. Mihov dropped the final point to the Aggies’ Hoover, 7-6, 6-2. Texas A&M took the doubles point after Alberto Bautista and — Josh Helmer/The Daily Colin Hoover defeated freshman Laurentiu Gavrila and sophomore
Junior offensive tackle Jarvis Jones could be out up to six months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right patella tendon Saturday. Jones suffered the injury during Friday’s spring practice. The Richmond, Texas, native was pegged as the starting right tackle when OU released its spring depth chart. He played in all 13 games last season and Jarvis Jones started four, including the last three games of the season at left tackle. Coach Bob Stoops said the injury did not occur during full contact drills, and Jones could be back in late September or early October. —Daily staff reports
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OU splits series with Huskers Sooners avoid sweep with 6-3 win over Nebraska behind Shults’ home runs
Men card second-place finish in Laredo, Texas tournament Oklahoma’s 28th-ranked men’s golf team continued its recent surge, finishing in second place at the 19-team Border Olympics. The Sooners entered Saturday’s final round of action tied with Arkansas for first place before the Razorbacks fired a 279 (-9) to finish five strokes ahead of OU at 32 under (832) in Laredo, Texas. Oklahoma finished ahead of fellow Big 12 members Baylor (by nine strokes), Kansas (by 29 strokes) and Kansas State (by 41 strokes). “Another good, solid week for us, even though we didn’t get a win,” OU coach Ryan Hybl said. “We fought hard but just had some bad swings at the wrong times. It would have been nice for us to have had a chance coming down the stretch, but we will use this as another learning experience moving forward.” Sophomore Abraham Ancer, who set a program record at the Desert Shootout on March 19, had another strong performance at the Border Olympics, shooting a 5-under-par to tie for 11th place. Junior Riley Pumphrey also finished the tournament tied for 11th place at 5-under. Junior Will Kropp entered the final day tied for second place but settled for an 18th-place tie after registering a 6-over 78. Freshman Eduardo Castiello and senior Ryan Sirman finished 21st and 27th, respectively.
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The OU softball team maintained a hitting rhythm during a 6-3 victory over Nebraska on Sunday to avoid the series sweep after falling 4-1 in Saturday’s game in Norman. The Sooners (27-9, 1-1 Big 12) sent four home runs out of the park Sunday. “That is one of the best Nebraska teams I’ve seen,” OU coach Patty Gasso said. “We just learned not to waste innings.” It was a hitters’ park for OU during the second game of the series against Nebraska. The Sooners enjoyed a 1-0 lead after freshman first baseman Brittany Williams went to the yard in the bottom of the second. Sophomore Jessica Shults then hit her 17th home run to left-center in the fourth before collecting her 18th in the sixth inning. Both of Shults’ homers were solo shots. Nebraska tied up the game in the third, but senior third baseman Dani Dobbs sent a three-run bomb over the left field in the sixth to end the solo homer streak and round out the Sooners’ six runs. “It was easy to get things going this game,” Dobbs said. “When your pitcher gets hit in the head, [the motivation] was easy.” Over the weekend, OU scored all of its runs on home runs against a dominant Nebraska pitching staff. Junior Katie Norris blasted a home run in Saturday’s game, her first of the season, against the Cornhuskers. But the homer was no match for Nebraska’s threerun performance in the third. Two of the Big 12’s top pitchers helped lead their
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Sophomore catcher Jessica Shults hits against Nebraska in OU’s 6-3 win Sunday. Shults hit two home runs against the Huskers to sit two shy of OU’s single-season home run record.
Up next WHAT: OU vs. Central Arkansas WHEN: 5 p.m. Tuesday WHERE: OU Softball Complex, Norman respective teams to victories during weekend action. On Saturday, Nebraska starting pitcher Ashley
Hagemann lost a strikeout battle to Sooner sophomore starter Keilani Ricketts, 13-8, but Hagemann held the Sooners to five hits, with Norris’ solo shot as the only blemish during the performance. Ricketts (15-5) allowed three walks but gave up four earned runs on four hits in her 17th complete game. On Sunday, Ricketts worked her way on the
mound for the second consecutive day, maintaining a good stance on the mound by not compounding hits with walks. Ricketts struck out 15 and allowed just two walks, including an intentional walk to catcher Taylor Edwards, to complete her 18th game. “[The Sooners] worked it out as team,” Gasso said. “This win was important for the Big 12 race.”
Oklahoma’s 20th-ranked women’s golf team grabbed its sixth top-three finish of the season after finishing second at the 18-team MountainView Collegiate Invitational. The Sooners fired a 285 (-3) in Saturday’s final round to finish six strokes behind No. 16 Iowa State at the par-72 MountainView Golf Course in Tucson, Ariz. “We played really well again today,” OU coach Veronique Drouin said. “We put forth a great effort and were able to make a run at it. I’m really proud of our performance.” Oklahoma’s 54-hole score of 863 tied the program-best set two weeks ago at the UNLV Spring Invitational. The Sooners’ back-to-back below-par performances are the only two times in school history the team has finished under par in a three-round tournament. All five team members finished in the 98-player field’s top 12, including three in the top eight. Freshman Chirapat Jao-Javanil led the way, carding a three-round total of 216 (E) to tie for sixth place. The Thailand native finished nine strokes behind individual champion Emily Tubert of Arkansas. Finishing one stroke behind Jao-Javanil were teammates Brooke Collins, a junior, and senior Ellen Mueller. Freshmen Anne-Catherine Tanguay and Emily Collins tied for 12th place as each fired three-round scores of 218 (+2). — Josh Helmer/The Daily
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Sooners drop first Big 12 conference match to Baylor despite winning doubles point for 13th time this year JOSH HELMER The Oklahoma Daily
Oklahoma’s 18th-ranked women’s tennis team lost to No. 9 Baylor on Sunday, 5-2, snapping OU’s winning streak. The Sooners beat No. 49 Texas Tech, 6-1, on Friday in Norman to extend the streak to six games before losing to the Lady Bears. OU (12-3, 4-1 Big 12) lost for the first time in conference play despite winning the doubles point for the 13th time this season. “Doubles was very outstanding, and I felt going into the match that we were the better doubles team,” OU coach David Mullins said. “I wasn’t surprised that we won the doubles point, but I was surprised at how quickly we won and how decisive it was.” Oklahoma’s top doubles pair, senior Ana-Maria Constantinescu and freshman Alice Radu, easily beat Baylor’s Karolina Filipiak and Nina Secerbegovic at the No. 1 doubles spot, topping the Bears’ duo, 8-1. Freshmen Mia Lancaster and Whitney Ritchie teamed up to take down Baylor’s Sona Novakova and Diana Nakic, 8-3, at the No. 2 doubles position to win their seventh straight doubles match and remain undefeated in doubles matches together. Senior Tara Eckel and junior Marie-Pier Huet rallied to win at the No. 3 doubles spot against the Bears’ Jelena WHAT: OU vs. No. 22 Tulsa Stanivuk and Taylor Omond, 8-6, completing the doubles WHEN: 2 p.m. Wednesday sweep. Then Baylor flexed its WHERE: Norman muscles in singles play, winning five-of-six. “In singles, they were just better,” Mullins said. “I really can’t fault our players at all; give all the credit to Baylor. They were definitely the better singles team from top to bottom.” Nakic, ranked No. 44 nationally, broke Ritchie’s eightmatch singles win streak, winning 7-5, 6-1. Constantinescu fell in No. 1 singles — 6-4, 6-0 — to Baylor’s No. 19 Novakova. Radu dropped her match in No. 3 singles to the Bears’ 34thranked Secerbegovic — 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 — after rallying to take the second set. Lancaster lost for just the second time in singles play this year, snapping a nine-match winning streak, as Baylor’s Filipiak won at the No. 5 position (3-6, 6-2, 1-0). No. 119 Stanivuk topped OU’s Huet — 6-2, 7-5 — at the No. 4 singles position. OU’s second duel point came after Baylor’s Omond retired her match against Maria Kalashnikova in No. 6 singles.
OU baseball grabbed a dominating win in a last-minute game against St. Gregory’s at home Sunday, 21-3. After winter weather cut short OU’s road trip to Columbia, Mo., the Sooners were able to schedule a make-up game against the St. Gregory’s Cavaliers of the NAIA. Junior Burch Smith (3-2) got the win with six strong innings, giving up two runs on three hits with nine strikeouts. OU was down early against St. Gregory’s after the Cavaliers scored two in the second; however, the Sooners were able to take a two-run lead in the third. Junior center fielder Chris Ellison drove in one run and stole a base, advancing to third after another runner scored from a junior third baseman Garrett Buechele sacrifice fly and scoring himself off a passed ball. Junior first basemen Cameron Seitzer also scored in the inning to give Oklahoma a 4-2 lead. The Sooners piled on a total of 21 runs from 22 hits to dominate St. Gregory’s. The Sooners were able to use the last-minute game to help revitalize their offense that has struggled since the start of conference play. “We know where our mistakes were made, and this is something we can build on,” junior catcher Tyler Ogle said. “We’re just trying to get the bats going. We’re having a little slump at the plate right now, and we’ll see what the future games have in store for us.” Ellison said OU was happy with the offense’s performance despite playing a weaker opponent. “We’ll take the hits for whoever we get them against,” Ellison said. “[St. Gregory’s is] a good team. We just need to keep getting better.” The Sooners will play Arkansas on Tuesday before restarting conference play with a series against Texas Tech this weekend. — Ryan Gerbosi/The Daily
3-game series with Missouri cut short OU baseball split a doubleheader against Missouri in Columbia, Mo., after the series was cut short by winter weather. The Sooners and Tigers were scheduled to play three games, but weather forced the teams to play two on Friday and cancel the final matchup when a storm blew into town. OU beat Missouri, 3-1, in the first of Friday’s doubleheader behind senior Michael Rocha (6-0), who pitched eight innings of one-run baseball while striking out five and giving up seven hits. The Sooners lost their first extrainnings contest of the season in the second game, 2-1, in 11 innings. Despite good pitching from sophomore Jack Mayfield and freshman Dillon Overton in relief of senior starter Bobby Shore, the Sooners left 11 runners on base to stall their offense. — Ryan Gerbosi/The Daily
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