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UOSA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES STUMP FOR VOTES DURING SENATE MEETING Presidential hopefuls appear as part of last-minute campaigning before elections TROY WEATHERFORD Daily Staff Writer
UOSA presidential candidates Franz Zenteno and Nicholas Harrison spoke to the Graduate FRANZ Student Senate on Sunday eve- NICHOLAS ZENTENO ning in the final stretch of cam- HARRISON paigning before the election. The president has to be in said. Zenteno said he could improve touch with what students want, a damaged relationship between Zenteno said. “UOSA needs to get things branches of UOSA. Harrison said his platform done ... but at the end of the day, the most important thing is that was more important than his we get things done that are im- background. “Regardless of who ends up portant to students,” Zenteno
winning the election, I hope we can focus on [the important issues],” Harrison said. Harrison said he would like to create a council made up of all university stakeholders. “A university community council is really the keystone of our platform,” Harrison said. Zenteno and Harrison were each given 10 minutes to give a speech and answer questions. All four candidates were scheduled to speak during special orders, but Jess Eddy and Ally Glavas were not present for the meeting. UOSA presidential and
vice presidential elections are Tuesday and Wednesday. To vote, go to elections.ou.edu. Other Senate news Also at the meeting, Graduate Student Senate Chairwoman Susan Adams-Johnson was named a representative to the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students. The association is a national student-run organization that represents all graduate student associations. Adams-Johnson will become the representative when her term is over as chairwoman to Graduate Student Senate, she said.
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Members of the Zeta Zeta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha step team perform Saturday night at the 2010 Stompdown in the McCasland Field House. Zeta Zeta won the male competition. The event hosted teams from OU, Oklahoma State Univeristy, Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Arlington.
Students step to success Teams from OU, Texas compete for cash prizes at annual Stompdown competition CASSI TONEY Daily Staff Writer
Two student step groups won a $2,500 prize Saturday night at the 27th-annual Stompdown competition in the McCasland Field House. OU’s Zeta Zeta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity won the competition for the male groups. The Delta Sigma Theta sorority won first place for the female groups. The Black Student Association and National Pan-Hellenic Council co-hosted “Stompdown: The Prestige.” Seven groups competed, including teams from OU, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Arlington. Approximately 2,500 students and guests attended, and Willie Taylor of the band Day 26 hosted the event. Xiomara Doster, Delta Sigma Theta sorority member, said the award money will help her chapter host more events for its philanthropy, the American Heart Association. “Our main purpose is to raise money for our chapter so that we can put on programs to help aid our community,” said Doster, health and exercise science junior. “When we can get money to help our community, we’ve done good.” Doster said her group also competed to entertain people and show they can step. The purpose of Stompdown is mostly tradition, said Lauren Whiteman, Stompdown Executive Committee volunteer chairwoman.
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Whiteman said stepping is an important part of these predominately black communities. “We know [some of the groups] personally, so it was nice to see them step regardless of what organization they were in,” said Whiteman, public relations sophomore. Whiteman said there was a solid turn out of spectators who witnessed well-done acts. “We’ve seen them practice for a long time so we know that their hard work paid off, and ours did, too,” she said. Whiteman said the Stompdown executive board consisted of 20 people, who began planning in May 2009. The executive committee and the steppers put in many hours of hard work for the large-scale event, she said. Doster said Delta Sigma Theta’s step group has been practicing three hours each day since January. “We put in the hard work, and this is the outcome,” Doster said. Nnedi Ubani, University College freshman, attended the event for the first time. She said she attended because she is very active in the Black Student Association. Ubani said her favorite part was in between acts, when all fraternities and sororities were showing and stomping around the groundlevel seats next to the stage. Ubani said the Deltas did great in the end, and the interpretation of the Wizard of Oz by the University of Texas at Arlington’s group was one of her favorites. “All the different acts were different from usual,” Ubani said. “It was kind of routine, just bigger scale.” The Stompdown competition was the final event of the weekend for the association. Other events included a karaoke night Thursday and a barbecue Friday.
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Boren awards groups, students with trophy Organizations, individuals compete for President’s Trophy DANIELA MCCORMICK Daily Staff Writer
OU President David Boren presented the 15th-annual President’s Trophy on Friday to first-place winners Delta Delta Delta sorority, Delta Upsilon fraternity, Cate Center and two commuter students. First-place organization winners received $5,000 each, and runners-up organizations received $500 each. Delta Delta Delta members felt incredible, said Morgan Wolber, sorority member. “It’s pretty much the only word you can use,” said Wolber, human relations junior. Sarah Enaybill, Delta Delta Delta sorority member and international and area studies junior, said she is both thrilled and surprised because trying to win the award makes every organization a steep competitor. Several fraternities and sororities, housing centers, individual students and faculty came together at an awards banquet at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art to see which organizations and individuals would win the President’s Trophy awards. Nanette Hathaway, Crimson Club sponsor who helped coordinate the awards banquet, said the banquet motivates students to be more involved and smarter about planning activities throughout the year. “Our students have really embraced this program,” Hathaway said. “It has made their organizations stronger and has benefited the OU community.” Hathaway said recognition requires combined achievement from members of each organization based on four categories: academics, campus activities, multiculturalism and volunteerism. Each category is worth 25 percent of the final score. Organizations also receive awards for high achievement in each category, she said. Boren also gave individual awards to two commuter students, including Niekia Franklin, zoology sophomore, and Samantha Ali, psychology junior. The awards, which included $250 cash, were based on academics, campus involvement, volunteerism and multicultural participation. “I was 99 percent sure I wouldn’t get it.” Franklin said. “There are so many students at this school who deserve it.” At the back of the gallery room, people admired books displaying each organization’s achievements. Hathaway said the judging panel critiqued the books earlier in the week. The panel included Faculty Senate Chairwoman Amy Franklin, UOSA President Katie Fox, Vice President for Student Affairs Clark Stroud, Chair of the Staff Senate Diana Fitzpatrick and Boren. Katy Tipton, management information systems and entrepreneurship sophomore, said the awards ceremony is a great way to recognize hard work and it pushes all students to do better. “We all turn in books,” said Tipton, Alpha Gamma Delta member. “We all spend a lot of time on it. We put in all that we have done this past year.”
SPECIFIC CATEGORY WINNERS SORORITIES: Academics — Pi Beta Phi Campus Activities — Chi Omega Volunteerism — Delta Sigma Theta Multicultural Participation — Delta Phi Omega FRATERNITIES: Academics — Beta Theta Pi Campus Activities — Sigma Phi Epsilon Volunteerism — Delta Epsilon Psi Multicultural Participation — Lambda Chi Alpha VOL. 95, NO. 122
Published on Mar 29, 2010