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Korean Night embraces tradition, modern culture CASEY WILSON Daily Staff Writer
Korean Night promoted better understanding of both traditional and modern Korean culture Monday at the Oklahoma Memorial Union. “We’re basically trying to spread the Korean culture across the campus, and get to the general student body so they can learn more and appreciate the Korean culture more,” said Jason Kim, Korean Student Association vice president. Performances included HwaKwanMu, a traditional
Korean dance and a traditional Korean drum line. “One of the missions of the Korean Student Association is The event also included a dance performance to a modern to present Korean culture to everyone else,” she said. song. Kim said he thinks many people in the U.S. may have misKorean Night began with pizza for attendees and contin- conceptions of Koreans. ued with performers dancing in traditional Korean attire. “Some of them think Korea is still a rural county, we still Young people presented the martial art Taekwondo and tra- do farming,” he said. “They still think we’re a third-world ditional Korean percussion songs. country.” The 50 or so performers and back-stage crew have been Though Korean Night had some traditional performances, preparing for Korean Night for four months, said Kim, micro- it also presented the modern side of Korea, Kim said. biology junior. “I think through Korean Night they’re going to get a deeper Misun No, pre-nursing junior, said she helped prepare the understanding of our culture, modern culture, instead of the production of Korean Night. KOREAN CONTINUES ON PAGE 2
UOSA PRES, VP VOTER GUIDE Today is the first of two days in which students can vote in the UOSA Spring 2010 General Elections. Polling places are set up across campus and online at elections. ou.edu. The Daily is providing you a short glance of the UOSA Executive Branch candidates’ main points they presented in past events. ALLY GLAVAS AND ZAC MCCULLOCK • Improve advising through surveys and collaboration • Create a student-friendly Dead Week policy • Increase and improve on-campus mass transit and parking • Make improvements to oZONE • Create Department of Sustainability • Create more avenues for feedback to UOSA from all students • Simplify the budget process for student organizations • Establish a freshman mentor program for student government • Increase hospitality and services to international students • Increase number of translated OU documents for international students • Expand efforts to welcome international students at the airport when they arrive
• Fostering an environment for more collaboration between student groups on events, projects and initiatives through biannual umbrella organization meetings Source: allyandzac.com FRANZ ZENTENO AND CORY LLOYD • Promote the accessibility of education and online study tools through “OU enotes,” an online library containing notes, presentations and educational tools • Create an electronic database to enhance and streamline the opportunities for students to get involved • Utilization of social media as an accessible tool that will inform students of available parking around campus • Work on improving and expanding the current free laptop rental system (48 hours) through UOSA with the support of OUIT • Promote increased visibility of environmental sustainability on campus • Build stronger ties to our city so that we both can help and support each other • Examine all aspects of UOSA to streamline the organization and form a UOSA Communications Task Force to promote the sharing of new ideas and improve relations between the four branches
“Uncontested Elections Amendment” This amendment would require UOSA officials who run uncontested to automatically run again in the next general election.
PROPOSITION 2 “Student Organization Empowerment Amendment” This amendment would create a fifth branch of UOSA, a Student Organization Branch, and would alter the voting method to accommodate this branch.
• Allow students to propose legislation to UOSA with a petition signed by 8 percent of voters in the last election. • Allow students to bring legislation to a campuswide vote with a petition signed by 5 percent of votes cast in the last election. • Allow students from any district to call an early election with a petition signed by 12 percent of the number of students in that district who voted in the last election. • Place restrictions on the UOSA legislative branch from amending the constitution to effect the process for initiatives, referendums and early elections • Require that UOSA elections be reasonably publicized three weeks in advance.
PROPOSITION 4 PROPOSITION 3 “Voter Rights Amendment” This amendment includes the following proposals: • Uncontested UOSA officials would be placed on the ballot with the language, “Shall [candidate’s name] be elected as [representative/ office position]?” • Guarantee that students reserve the right to enact or reject legislation at the polls. • Restrict many joint resolutions from taking effect for 90 days of passage. • Make academic standing the only requirement for holding a UOSA office, and restrict UOSA from imposing any other qualifications. • Guarantee that UOSA does not impose restrictions on students’ right to free expression. • UOSA president and vice president run on separate tickets. • Replace the current presidential run-off system with an automatic run-off system. • Make OU’s representative to the Student Advisory Board an elected position.
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“True Democracy Amendment of 2010” This amendment would increase the number of signatures required for recall petitions and petitions to place an amendment on the UOSA ballot from 25 percent of those voting in the last election to 10 percent of all eligible voters. This amendment also would require petitions to amend the UOSA constitution to have at least 1,000 signatures.
PROPOSITION 5 “Poll for possible fee” This proposition is a poll that will ask students if they would consider consenting to a proposed $2 per semester study abroad fee. To view the amendments, visit www.ou.edu/ uosa/exec/spring_election.html. —Troy Weatherford/The Daily
Students will vote for Campus Activities Council chair today and Wednesday in UOSA’s general elections. This year, two candidates are running for the position: Valerie Hall, public relations junior, and Shane Pruitt, microbiology junior. CAC hosts 13 events each academic year for students — four in the fall, six in the spring and three throughout the year, according to its Web site. CAC is managed by the chair and a group of 22 people, called the General Council. This group meets during the year with event chairs to coordinate and manage each of the 13 events. Students choose the CAC chair in the elections and the other positions are appointed. VALERIE HALL valerie4cacchair.webs.com Hall is running on a platform of “Strength in Tradition.” One thing she said she wants to do is bring back a traditional event called CAC Week. “It’s a weeklong event of activities,” Hall said. “Like Film Series could host a movie. But to make it different, I want to allow other organizations to collaborate with CAC and start an event. For example, [an organization] could help plan a concert, just to increase community and get everyone engaged and participating in CAC.” CAC Week would ultimately allow students to get more exposure to what CAC does and allow smaller organizations to get more publicity through the partnership. Hall also said she wants to make sure chairs and executive committee members are getting the most out of CAC that they can. “Everyone should feel like they helped plan the event, gained new experiences and helped foster leadership development,” Hall said. “For me, CAC has been a chance to learn leadership experience that I couldn’t get in the classroom, so I want to help give that to the rest of the people involved in CAC.” Hall said she has always been involved with CAC’s Winter Welcome Week, starting as an executive member her freshman year and working up to this year’s chair position. She also was a part of the Family Weekend executive committee and has participated in or volunteered with all the other events. Most importantly, she said, she has an emotional investment in CAC.
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“It’s really what I found here at college,” Hall said. “It’s what I really love to do, and I would love to be the chair.” SHANE PRUITT www.shanepruitt.net Pruitt is running under the theme of “A New Vision with YOU in Focus.” One of Pruitt’s visions is to include a larger variety of students in CAC events and helping CAC to become a better resource for the OU community. To get more students involved, Pruitt said, he wants to start a new event in the fall that would be a fundraiser for the Oklahoma Food Pantry. “In this event’s executive team, there will be one group that will be a liaison position that targets specifically these international or transfer students that aren’t involved in CAC,” Pruitt said. “They will create an atmosphere where this one event will be the home base for that type of students. I feel that this will create a cascade effect, and they will want to participate in other [events].” Pruitt said OU has a very active Greek life, and CAC would not be the same without this vital group. However, CAC also could benefit from bringing in more students from different backgrounds, such as the international and transfer populations, he said. To become more of a resource for the community, Pruitt said he wants to create a seminar to teach other organizations how to do public relations, sponsorship and fundraising. “There are a lot of CAC members that know the tricks of the trade of how to publicize events and get money for events,” Pruitt said. “I want to create a seminar where heads of student organizations can learn how to [do this].” Pruitt said CAC was one of the first things he became involved in when he arrived at OU. “My very first day on campus, I stepped out not knowing anything, anyone, and said, ‘OK, what am I going to do here?’” Pruitt said. “First thing I saw was the Howdy Week tent, so I went over there. The people were so engaging and interested in making me feel comfortable. That’s when I decided CAC was going to be the organization I invest my efforts in.” Since then, Pruitt said, he began working with CAC as a Howdy Week executive member. He also was on the committee for the High School Leadership Conference, serving as a vice chairman for publicity. Pruitt said he has volunteered and participated in every CAC event as well. Although he has not been a General Council member, he said he can bring a fresh perspective to the organization.
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Passover celebration draws larger crowd than years past Hillel ceremony sees increase in involvement due to shift from religious to community focus GREG MAUS Daily Staff Writer
OU Hillel celebrated the first night of Passover on Monday night with more participation than previous years, according to a Hillel member. Danielle Robinson, history senior and Hillel member, said there was more student involvement, an overall trend in OU Hillel. The increase is a result of the efforts of Karen Ayalon, OU Hillel’s new director, who has placed less of an emphasis on the religious aspects of the organization and more on the community atmosphere. Hillel is a centerpiece for the entire Jewish community in Norman due to the lack of a synagogue, said Zach Moorhead, Hillel religious programming chairman. “Hillel serves one, so it’s not just students, you have members of the community attend the Seder,” said Moorhead, mechanical engineering junior. Glenn Fretz, local history teacher, attended this ceremony. Fretz said it is important to remember history in order to move on. “Without our history we don’t have roots and the foundation of a house starts with those roots,” he said. Moorhead explained the significance of the Passover ceremony at OU Hillel. T h e n i g h t ’s c e r e m o n i e s — t h e P a s s o v e r S e d e r, w h i c h m e a n s
UOSA Continues from page 1 • Work with IT to place phone and computer charging stations in all computer labs across campus • Increase and improve multicultural and international initiatives • Loosen the restrictions of the current alcohol policy while promoting responsible drinking Source: franzandcory.com JESS EDDY AND JAY KUMAR • UOSA-sponsored events with a strong emphasis on building a collective community • Publish a regular UOSA newsletter • Budget transparency and availability • University Garden — Green Initiative • Student representative on the Board of Regents • Convenience store in Kraettli • The President’s Award be given to the outstanding organization • Parking issue resolutions • Transparency of fees • Street drainage issues • Bike-friendly campus and surrounding community • Raise the quality of advisement by reforming the advising process • 24-hour section of the library Source: eddyandkumar2010.webs.com
commandment — are scripted by the Haggadah, an ancient Jewish book that prescribes every detail of the event, Moorhead said. It begins with reciting the Kiddush, he said, which is a blessing of the first of four cups of beverages to be blessed during the event. Then, the hands are ceremonially washed. Next, the Matzah (unleavened bread) is broken and a small portion known as the Afikoman is hidden for the children to find, Moorhead said. The Four Questions are then asked, which are about the nature and purpose of the night’s events, as presented from the perspectives of the Wise Son, the Contrary Son, the Simple Son, and the Son Who Does Not Even Know How to Ask. In response to the questions, the story of Passover is read. The hands are washed again and after another blessing the core meal is served, consisting of hardboiled eggs, lamb shank (Hillel used chicken in its place), Matzah bread, horseradish known as Marror, saltwater and carpas, each of which have significance to the story of Passover, he said. The meal cannot be complete without another blessing, Moorhead said, which cannot be preformed without the children first finding the Afikoman. he Children often use this technicality as a bargaining chip to negotiate for things they want, said Yosef Arviv, former Hillel board member. After the final blessing, a series of joyful psalms known as the Hallel are sung and the ceremony is concluded. Event Coordinator Yaron Ayalon said students were responsible for preparing much of the food.
NICHOLAS HARRISON AND JOHN SURLES • Give all of the institution’s stakeholders more of a say in governance through a university community council • Establish a reasonable dead week policy • Give student organizations representation in UOSA • Let students vote on additional funding earmarked for campus activities and student organizations • Extend National Guard tuition waivers to cover fees, graduate studies and out-of-state tuition • Create a UOSA Department of Student Veterans Affairs • Include sexual orientation and gender identity in the university’s core nondiscrimination statement and EO complaint policy • Form a graduate student union • Establish a professional code of conduct and a formal professional misconduct system • Stop the sale of student information to credit card companies and adopt financial literacy programs • Eliminate special fees for services that should be part of tuition • Establish more night programs and correspondence courses for non-traditional students Source: shared-governance.com
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A member of the Korean Student Association performs Korea’s traditional court dance HwaKwanMu (Flower Crown Dance) Monday evening during Korean Night
Korean Continues from page 1 old, traditional culture,” he said. Performers for Korean Night not only included students from OU, but also young students from the Korean Culture and Language School of Oklahoma in Del City, No said. The funds raised from Korean Night will
go towards funding other Korean Student Association programs and the next Korean Night, she said. Pole Frazier, University College freshman, said he had no idea about what to expect when attending Korean Night. Frazier said most people do not normally learn about Korean culture in America. “My roommate is Korean,” he said. “That’s how I heard about Korean Night. So he’s been telling me a lot about the culture anyway.”
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>>> The Daily’s Ricky Maranon asked students if they planned on voting in the UOSA elections today and tomorrow.
“I won’t be voting. I’ve had my mind on other things that are more important to me lately.” —Lauren Baxter, English education junior
“I won’t be voting because I just haven’t taken the time to inform myself about what is going on.” —Jack Welborn, University College freshman
“I will be voting. It’s a good way to get involved and have your voice heard on campus.” —Melissa Bennett, energy management sophomore
“I won’t be voting. I just haven’t really given it much thought.” —Ian Pratt, psychology junior
POLICE REPORTS The following is a list of arrests and citations, not convictions. The information given is compiled from the Norman and OU Police Departments. At times, the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department and the Oklahoma City FBI will contribute to these reports. All those listed are innocent until proven guilty. COUNTY WARRANT Christopher Troy Vick, 39, 946 N. Flood Ave., Sunday, also driving with a suspended license and speeding David Marshall Allen, 57, 900 Asp Ave., Sunday POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA Justin Ray Anderson, 27, 2200 Classen Blvd., Saturday Kelsey Lane Farmer, 20, South Porter Ave., Saturday Julian Richard Francisco, 19, Southest 24th Avenue, Sunday, also possession of drug paraphernalia Justan Ellis Phillips, 23, 1100 NE. 12th Ave., Friday, also possession of drug paraphernalia Paul Milton Bass, 18, 500 Elm Ave., Saturday, also possession of drug paraphernalia DISTURBING THE PEACE Christopher Grayham, 38, 1711 Westbrooke Terrace, Friday, also interference with an official process Irvin William Wilson, 33, 132 W. Main St., Saturday INTERFERENCE WITH AN OFFICIAL PROCESS
“I plan on voting, but I’m not quite sure what it all means. All I know is that the Facebook messages I have received have told me that I should vote.” —Ekaette Atakpo, University College freshman
Manuel Reveles, 18, Main Street, Sunday, also possession of weapons HOSTING OR PERMITTING A LOUD PARTY Deena Elysse Hasbini, 21, 2675 Classen Blvd., Sunday DOMESTIC ABUSE Scott Broyles, 42, 121 N. Creekdale Drive, Sunday, also first-degree burglary PETTY LARCENY Jordan Patrick Kerr, 23, 2501 Jenkins Ave., Friday POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL Adam Stephen Cooper, 20, 217 W. Boyd St., Sunday Maggie Lynn Payne, 18, 217 W. Boyd St., Sunday Laura Anne Sterkel, 20, 217 W. Boyd St., Sunday Michael Montgomery Johnson, 18, 2675 Classen Blvd., Sunday Stephen Michael Kennedy, 19, 1139 E. Brooks St., Saturday James Scott Richison, 19, 1139 E. Brooks St., Saturday Rustin Dale Ward, 19, 1139 E. Brooks St., Saturday Bradley James Roth, 18, 713 Andrea St., Saturday, also possession of marijuana Carolina Ruiz-Rico, 20, 700 E. Robinson St., Saturday John Hames Wellborne, 18, 2675 Classen Blvd.,
Sunday MOLESTING PROPERTY Creighton Edison Williams, 20, 132 W. Main St., Saturday PUBLIC INTOXICATION Robert Austin Gleeson, 20, 1601 E. Imhoff Road, Sunday Clayton Mathew Maninger, 18, 1601 E. Imhoff Road, Sunday Cody Vinning Young, 21, 343 N. Interstate Drive, Sunday Joseph Daniel Schroeded, 19, 346 First St., Saturday, also minor in possession of alcohol DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE John Bradley Cornwell, 56, North Jones Avenue, Saturday Nathan Paul Elliott, 25, West Main Street, Sunday, also driving with a suspended license Nathan A. Wooldridge, 26, North Berry Road, Sunday Tessa Renill Hatley, 20, 400 W. Lindsey St., Thursday Matthew Christopher Jones, 21, 600 S. Chautauqua St., Saturday Justin Martin Rush, 31, Boyd Street and Asp Avenue, Sunday, also no insurance OUTRAGING PUBLIC DECENCY Debrail Bernard Davis, 23, 1051 NE. 12th Ave., Sunday Michael Todd Wunsch, 21, 747 Asp Ave., Saturday
TODAY CHRISTIANS ON CAMPUS Christians on Campus will hold its weekly Bible study at noon in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. STUDENT SUCCESS SERIES Kathryn Wullstein will talk about how to earn an A in online courses at 4 p.m. in Wagner Hall. WOMEN’S OUTREACH CENTER Students can learn rock climbing methods and support breast cancer awareness at Climb for Komen at 4 and 6:30 p.m. in the Huston Huffman Center. Entry is $10 and directly benefits the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
WEDNESDAY ISLAM IN AMERICA A panel of Muslim speakers will talk about its views of Islam in America at 6:30 p.m. in Meacham Auditorium. BOOB-A-PALOOZA Students can learn about common myths of breast cancer at 11:30 a.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union.
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Max Avery, opinion editor firstname.lastname@example.org • phone: 325-7630 • fax: 325-6051
In response to Monday’s Our View about how we should either use UOSA or get rid of it.
OU should do more to support the Norman-area community The Medieval Fair was last weekend at Reaves Park, just southeast of campus, only something changed this year: OU charged for parking at Lloyd Noble Center. Community events give the university local flavor. They also bring in money and visitors that increase the diversity of people on campus. As Jay Edwards pointed out in a letter to the editor last week, OU used to host the fair at the duck pond, then they stopped. It moved to Reaves Park, and now OU is charging people to park at an event that isn’t even the university’s. This sort of behavior creates tension between OU and the community, isolating us from the Norman community when we should be integrating ourselves deeper into it. We should have more free public events sponsored by OU that will bring the community to campus; perhaps then we’ll feel more like a college town. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates there were 102,827 people
in Norman, and OU hosts 26,656 students and 5,417 faculty and staff members. That’s nearly one-third of Norman. We should be better community members and have more events where we actively invite the Norman community. We should have more events like the Medieval Fair, where it’s outside and open, with no exclusionary feel for those outside the OU community. We could bring back Summer Wind or show movies outside. In recent years, Norman has stepped up its public events with concerts like Norman Music Festival, Summer Breeze and art walks. OU should take this as a challenge to step up. If the university doesn’t have the budget or manpower to bring back or create community events, it should at least allow for free parking at Norman community events. That way we’ll still have a little tie to the community we should be so connected with.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR The bills currently working their way through the Oklahoma House and Senate in support of public school elective courses on the Bible (House Bill 2321 / Senate Bill 1338) are appalling measures that could only really be supported by those who do not understand the value of the intention behind the separation of church and state. America was founded as a secular nation with a broad palette of religious convictions and expressions, and the intended religious neutrality of American government is not an anti-religious stance, but rather a protection of the fundamental right to worship how or if one wishes. Even though this legislation is framed in terms of cultural education, because it is one-sided, it is a step on a slippery slope that will be subject to abuse and proselytizing, and at the very least implying that the Judeo-Christian texts are the only religious stories of value. If parents are concerned that their children are ignorant of the stories in the Bible, they should take them to church, where they can also learn interpretations of why these stories are valuable teachings in the context of a
belief system. There is no way that these bills could legitimately become a constitutionally valid law without at least giving equal time to the traditions of other world religions, as Sen. Wilson’s tabled amendment would have allowed. Rather than the current bill, more good could come from simply educating students on the actual range of religious beliefs present in America (i.e. a comparative religion class). This legislation will only serve to make Oklahoma more insular and culturally myopic. You can read the full text of the House version here: www. ecapitol.net/viewtext.wcs?HB2321_INT~52nd Please contact your representatives in the Oklahoma house and Senate and urge them to urge vote against these measures, and explain that voting against them is not an anti-Christian stance, but rather a pro-civil liberties stance. Dr. Marc Jensen Adjunct Professor of Music
Bread week was a result of proper democracy As an “ordinary” person who voted for Gerard Keiser’s original bread column, I take umbrage at the idea that bread is not an “actual” issue and therefore unworthy of discussion in the hallowed pages of this elite paper. I wished to see a fresh new topic debated on the opinion page, and Keiser’s column was simply the best, in both argument and style. Also, bread does, in fact, affect people directly — according to the Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes more than 140 pounds of wheat flour per year. Keiser raised valid objections to the way we do this, hinting at how bread’s treatment by our modern fetish of efficiency, which strips it of its natural goodness and pretends to replace that which is lost by artifice, is emblematic of modernity’s effects on the human condition. Surely such a topic is important enough for our opinion page. But I am not so disturbed by the idea held by some columnists that bread is below their august talents as PATRICK much as I am by what they think the vote in favor of O’BRYAN bread says about The Daily’s readers. Mary Stanfield has written that the bread vote was a conspiracy to “torture” the columnists and Jerod Coker used it as an example of how ordinary people cannot be trusted with decisions as momentous as determining the content of this opinion page, nor with other similarly important things like same-sex marriage. Allegedly, direct democracy leads to “idiotic” decisions. This idea is to a degree supported by the U.S. Constitution, which, prior to the 17th Amendment, provided that senators be elected by the state legislatures, dividing power between state governments and the people themselves. However, we have witnessed a breakdown in the very idea of constitutionally controlled government with the rise of judicial activism. While justified on the seemingly reasonable basis that constitutional interpretation must change along with society’s views on what phrases like “equal rights” mean — after all, slavery was permitted by many states in 1787 — this line of reasoning is often used by judges to excuse decisions that have neither explicit constitutional support nor anywhere close to unanimous societal approval. In such cases, the people have the right to overrule out-of-control judges. A prime example is California’s same-sex marriage controversy, used by Coker in his argument against direct democracy. Contrary to his telling of events,
same-sex marriage was outlawed in California under a 1977 legislative act and a 2000 referendum. The 2005 act Coker mentioned was vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and never became law. What finally made homosexual marriage legal in California was a state Supreme Court’s decision that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right according to the state constitution, an idea that would be laughable to those who wrote that document in 1849. This decision was especially egregious considering just eight years earlier, the people of California had voted 60-40 for Proposition 22, which prevents California from recognizing same-sex marriage. The California Supreme Court seized power that did not rightfully belong to it, a wrong that was righted by the Californian people in voting for Proposition 8. Coker lamented this series of events, writing “what a momentous occasion for California, we all thought ... . But then history took a turn for the worse.” The implication is to be included in this “all,” a fair-minded, intelligent human being could not be against same-sex marriage. This opens the door to a politics of arrogance in which all opposition is assumed to be stupid or malicious, an attitude not conducive to decent political discourse but sadly embraced by many. The unavoidable fact of a diverse society is there will be wellmeaning, intelligent, educated people who vehemently disagree on certain issues because they hold different things to be fundamentally true. The key to living in such a society is to realize those with whom you disagree are not brutal troglodytes. They may be dedicated to destroying all you hold dear, but that does not inhibit them from being just as intellectual and considerate as you are. Additionally, the restriction of decision-making to elites excludes differing perspectives from discussion. For instance, if the readers of The Daily had not made themselves heard, the writers would not have known that bread was of such high interest to their readers and would have gone on publishing columns on things the readers don’t care about, like abortion and gender-neutral housing. I, for one, applaud the faithful readers of The Daily for seeing a fertile new avenue of discussion in bread, a most peculiar thing, both humble and profound, and I commend those of the opinion writers who have made the most of it. Patrick O’Bryan is a University College freshman.
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I find it funny that the daily refuses to endorse a candidate because they feel that as the lone voice of judgment on the matter, it would be unfair to skew public opinion in such a manner because of the daily’s position, but yet the editorial board can get together and publish an article that outright condemns UOSA entirely. do you all not see the ridiculous hypocrisy here? - theotherone
US Senate’s role needs to change “Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what’s going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?” —Will Rogers When our founding fathers built the United States, they had a difficult time shaping our legislative branch. Representatives from the most populous states believed representation should be determined based on population. The delegates of the most scarcely populated states pushed for equal representation for each state. In the spirit of compromise, the framers of our Constitution designed a bicameral legislator with different methods of seat allocation. The House of Representatives was designed as the people’s house. Representation in this chamber was allocated based on population. These representatives were directly elected by their constituents every two years. As an upper house, our founders established the Senate. Our Senate was supposed to repreDANIEL sent the interest of the state. In order RECHES to fulfill this role, the state legislators directly appointed each state’s two senators for six year terms. In 1913, with the passage of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, Americans could finally directly elect their senators. This reform was fueled by journalists like William Randolph Hearst who were outraged by the bribes and corruption that were associated with the selection process. In our day, Americans once again want to improve our government by altering the form of our congress. I believe the U.S. Senate needs to be dramatically reshaped because it no longer represents the people and unfairly allocates resources. The Senate’s makeup has earned its place as the most exclusive club in the world. Despite constituting roughly 30 percent of the population, Hispanics, blacks and Asians only account for one senator each. Woman hold only 17 seats, while gays, atheists, Muslims, Hindus and American Indians do not have a single member. The Senate’s average age is 62, and not a single member is less than 40. More than half of the Senate has a law degree and not a single one has a Ph.D. From a demographic standpoint, the U.S. Senate looks nothing like the people it is suppose to represent. Additionally, the U.S. Senate is not able to fairly allocate of rescores or produce effective legislation. During the 2008 campaign, nearly all presidential candidates railed against “pork-barrel” spending. It was painted as corrupt, unfair and wasteful. Despite promises of change and transparency, nothing was done to stop this spending. In fact, more money was earmarked for state specific funding in 2009 than in the previous year. The reason for this waste is the legislative process in the Senate, which gives excessive power to a lone senator. As is the case in most parliaments, a Senate bill requires a majority vote in order to become law (60 votes to override a filibuster). This means senators get an enormous say in the terms of each bill. Senators can, and often do, demand the inclusion of pet projects in exchange for their vote. This leads to unequal tax burdens, uneven allocation of recourse and ineffective usage of governmental funds. Last year, the U.S. Congress allocated nearly $20 billion to state specific pet projects in order to buy votes. This money is not allocated based on need or equity. It was allocated based only on the political power of a state’s senator. States like Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont, South Dakota and Montana dominate porkbarrel allocation. They have earned this dubious honor by having high-ranking senators and low populations. In order to mitigate these shortcomings, the U.S. Congress should pass a constitutional amendment that would dramatically alter the Senate’s role. The best course of action is to frame the Senate to fulfill a similar role to the British House of Lords by stripping it of its legislative powers. Previously exclusive powers such as confirmation of appointments, ratification of treaties and trying federal officials will remain in the hands of the Senate. This is because these are matters that must be evaluated on an individual basis and mostly effect the governmental process. As for legislative and budgetary powers, they will be given exclusively to the House of Representatives. This larger, more geographically and demographically diverse body is more accountable to the will of the people. This structure will allow for high responsiveness and equal input in matters of monetary and legal policy. I am not naive enough to think that the Senate would ratify such an amendment, but it is a worthy hope. The role of the Senate will eventually change because our nation cannot continue on this current path of pork, pandering and privilege. Daniel Reches is an international business, entrepreneurship and history senior.
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If Monday morning’s breakfast with St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo did not put Heisman-winning quarterback Sam Bradford at the top of the Rams’ draft board, then Bradford’s performance at his Pro Day should have done the trick. Bradford not only proved his shoulder was completely healed but looked better in his 63 pass—50 scripted and 13 warm up—workout at Everest Training Center than he did when he threw 50 touchdowns in 2009. He completed 49 of his 50 scripted passes, with the only incompletion coming on a dropped pass thrown a hair, at most, behind the receiver. “I thought I showed a wide variety of throws,” Bradford said. “I think I showed everyone I can still make all the throws and my shoulder’s what it was before I got hurt.” Bradford was so impressive that he put together the best quarterback workout since Troy Aikman, said Gil Brandt, former vice president of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys and current NFL.com writer. “There wasn’t an uncatchable ball,” Brandt said. And Brandt was not the only one who was impressed with Bradford. Bradford left many of his teammates with dropped jaws, and various higher-ups for NFL teams, including Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary, left singing nothing but high praises for the quarterback. “We were all commenting Sam was throwing better than he was before,” said former OU defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who screamed “King Sam” after Bradford landed a 65-yard pass in former OU wide receiver Adron Tennell’s hands in perfect stride. “Sam’s ready. He’s ready.” But it is not a complete surprise Bradford wowed everyone who was in attendance, but the main thing that people were looking at was whether his shoulder had recovered and he could make all of the throws, Holmgren said. “He did it all,” Holmgren said. “I could only remember a couple throws where a guy had to even bend funny to catch it. He made all the throws, and he was good.” The Browns have been searching for a quarterback who could bring the organization back to prominence, and Bradford could be that guy if he is still available by the time Cleveland’s No. 7 pick comes up. Bradford came into his workout Monday after bulking up to 236 pounds and fine-tuning his mechanics during a fiveweek workout period in Florida, which caused his passes to come out crisper and look stronger, Tennell said. “He’s got a little more zip on the ball,” Tennell said. “Everything was right on the money.” And none of that zip would be there if Bradford’s shoulder was not completely healed, which it has Bradford said. “The most important for me was getting my shoulder healthy again; I put a lot of time into that,” Bradford said. “I
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Sam Bradford throws during his pro day at the Everest Training Center in Norman on Monday. Bradford has been projected by some experts to be the top pick in this year’s draft. feel like my shoulder feels good now. I couldn’t be happier with the results.” But Bradford’s work is not done now that his Pro Day has come and gone. Bradford said he will begin to focus on the mental part of the game, not just the physical aspect. “Mentally, there’s still a lot of things I don’t know about the NFL; a lot of things I’m going to have to learn especially not playing last year,” Bradford said. “I need to probably start watching some film; trying to understand NFL defenses. Try to get a head start before I get there.” Bradford will meet with the Washington Redskins next week for a couple workouts and will head to St. Louis
afterward. Whether he is taken first overall in April’s NFL Draft by the Rams or goes to anybody else, he will be happy to just be wearing an NFL uniform playing football, Bradford said. “I’m just looking forward to the opportunity to play in the NFL whether it’s with the Rams or another team,” Bradford said. “I think that’s what everyone grows up dreaming about—being the No. 1 pick. If it happens, it happens; if not, I’m going to be excited wherever I go.”
Sooners one step away from second consecutive final four ANNELISE RUSSELL Daily Staff Writer
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Snoop Dogg’s most recent effort, “More Malice,” an extension of his tenth studio album “Malice in Wonderland,” has its moments but is very far from perfect. The album is eight tracks, two of which are remixes from the original, and one of which is on the original, leaving five new tracks. The songs range from upbeat club songs, to much softer R&B oriented songs. The album includes collaborations with Jay-Z, Bun B, Kid Cudi, Butch Cassidy, Tha Dream and most unfortunately, Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em. The high points become clear after only one listen, and they are the songs featuring Jay-Z, Kid Cudi and Butch Cassidy. Jay and Snoop both contribute quality lyrics to one of the better beats of the year on “I Wanna Rock (G-Mix),” which is one of the remixes from the original. Kid Cudi provides the hook and a verse for “That Tree,” a song that is a little more upbeat than you’d expect to hear Cudi on but a pretty cool track overall. Veteran singer Butch Cassidy and Snoop collaborate with West Coast flavor on “So Gangsta.” Certainly the worst part of the project is the song featuring Soulja Boy, “Pronto (G-Mix),” the other remix from the original that also features Bun B. Not only does it feature Soulja Boy, but the hook is him singing in auto-tune. Ridiculous, right? Bun B does his best to salvage the song with a pretty decent verse, but once Soulja Boy hopped on, the song didn’t have a chance. At best, this album is mediocre, with only a few of the songs worth your time. Snoop Dogg really doesn’t have it like he used to, providing subpar lyrics the
majority of the time. Without contributions from Jay, Cudi and Butch Cassidy this album wouldn’t have a chance. But hey, better luck next time Snoop, just don’t invite Soulja Boy along. -Ryan Querbach, journalism sophomore
SHE & HIM
“Volume Two” Key Tracks: “In The Sun,” “Over It Over Again” 7.2/10.0 The second studio album from She & Him couldn’t have been released at a better time. With its light, upbeat and effortless feel, “Volume Two” accompanies the coming of spring perfectly. She & Him, the collaborative effort of queen of indie Zooey Deschanel and wellestablished folk artist M. Ward, sounds like country music from the Patsy Cline/ Loretta Lynn era but also maintains its indie folk roots. Deschanel, who writes the music and lyrics, sounds like something from a 1960s pop song. Her voice is sweet and charming, but her unique style really sells what she’s singing. M. Ward produces She & Him’s albums and sometimes sings in the background. Aside from the occasional guitar riff, it seems as though he’s pretty OK with letting Deschanel have the spotlight. “Volume Two” is very much a continuation of She & Him’s 2008 release “Volume One,” but that is not at all a bad thing. Like “Volume One,” most of Deschanel’s songs are about heartache and unrequited love but with an optimistic outlook. Almost every track on the album is upbeat, so it doesn’t matter whether the lyrics are cheerful or not. You’re going to be in a good mood. While She & Him has a distinctly
enjoyable and contagious sound, “Volume Two” can start to get repetitive since all the tracks are roughly about the same thing. She & Him has a lot to be proud of with two very successful albums under its belt. “ Volume Two” is delightfully simple but complex enough to capture and retain your attention.
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“Copperheads” Key Tracks: “Drugs,” “Killer” 8.4/10.0 Relatively new to the Oklahoma scene, Copperheads silently released a gem of an EP this December. Riding the Oklahoma garage rock wave, Copperheads get points for being — arguably — the loudest of the bunch. It’s the frenetic, crazed delivery that has this release buzzing with energy — chords struck with such a manic velocity my own fingers get blisters and such booming percussion I get a little scatterbrained. “Copperheads” is an unrelenting, rough and tumble experience not for the faint of heart. The band seems to favor “Raw Power” era punk riffs, especially evident in surprisingly harmonious “All I Need” and “USA Trash.” But while the group can carry a note if need be, the in-your-face holler of “Killer” and “Drugs” is all the more fun. It’s the fast-paced, loose-reigned punk sound of a criminally forgotten era. Kudos also go to Chris Harris’ prod u c t i o n t a l e nt s ; h e b r i l l i a nt l y l ay ers the recording into something that
maintains the raw, sonic bombast of a live show with just enough restraint to let the songs really shine. “Copperheads” may be a brisk introduction, but it says a lot about where the band will go. It seems yet another garage rock powerplayer has entered the arena, except Copperheads have the full intention of blasting you out of it. “Copperheads” is available at Guestroom Records for $3. -Joshua Boydston, psychology junior
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Band lands opportunity to back rockabilly legend MATT CARNEY Daily Staff Writer
“Back then it was a singer’s world,” Jared Deck said of the 1950s and 1960s. “She dictated everything that happened. When you listen to those old recordings you can hear tempo fluctuations based on what the singer wanted.” As most are aware, it’s 2010. Elvis and Chuck Berry records are antiques, as is the industry that once peddled them. Deck is the lead singer and guitarist for freshlyformed Oklahoma alt-country band Green Corn Revival, who recently undertook an incredible opportunity to experience a bit of history that affected almost every aspect of their lives, both musical and otherwise. “I’ve listened to her stuff and played her material for a long time,” he said of the First Lady of Rockabilly, Oklahoma’s proudest daughter and red dirt enthusiast Wanda Jackson. “Wanda’s a hero for Natalie [Houck, Deck’s GCR bandmate] and I. We were floored when we were asked to play for her at South By Southwest.”
And play they did. Green Corn Revival took the stage three times at the festival, once each backing Wanda on her own show bill, another behind her at the Oklahoma Showcase and a third time with their own act and material. “The place was packed; people were screaming for her,” Deck said of the first show. That first night was a different type of atmosphere — it felt like an incredible concert.” 14 songs constituted their set, which spanned the breadth of Jackson’s illustrious career and gifted range from hillbilly rock star to country crooner and gospel singer. It was an eerie privilege for the bandb—bwho all hail from rural Oklahoma — to enjoy. Deck was particularly honored to play Jackson’s cover of “Heartbreak Hotel,” a touching nod to a former romance — the King himself, Elvis Presley. “The way we did it was really slow and really bluesy,” he said. “It was a cool tribute.” When asked whether or not Jackson’s got a diva mentality stereotypical of many stars,
Wanda Jackson (right) performs with Jared Deck (middle) and Natalie Houck (left) of Weatherford’s Green Corn Revival as a part of the Oklahoma Showcase at this year’s SXSW. Deck insists that she’s a humble Oklahoma girl, albeit one with expectations consistent with her decades in the music industry. “She is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, so she has standards and you’ve got to meet them, but she was very polite about it,” he said. “If she didn’t like the way the drummer was swinging the beat, we’d fix it.” “She was incredibly nice to work with.”
Jackson also mentioned working with Jack White of the White Stripes, who produced her most recent album, Deck said. “He’s such a nice young man, and very creative,” Jackson said of the famed Detroit guitarist. Green Corn Revival is set to release “Say You’re a Sinner,” its debut album, soon.
Concert brings blues, rock music by way of Colombia
STAGE ADDED TO NORMAN MUSIC FESTIVAL JOSHUA BOYDSTON Life & Arts Editor
LI LIN Daily Staff Writer
Norman Music Festival organizer Quentin Bomgardner and Guestroom Records co-owner Travis Searle announced the addition of a backlot stage at Guestroom Records at this year’s festival. The stage will predominately feature “noisy, garage rock bands,” including Searle’s own S**tty/Awesome. Other bands playing the Guestroom Records stage include local acts Easy Lovers, Copperheads, The Boom Bang, Gang Starr Museum (featuring Mickey Reece of El Paso Hot Button) and Psychedelic Horses**t, along with Houston’s Indian Jewelry and Austin’s The Stuffies and Dikes of Holland (pictured right), both of whom were featured on Matador’s “Casual Victim Pile: Austin 2010” compilation release. Bomgardner went on to announce bands that would play April 24 at the Brewhouse stage, including Ali Harter, Sherree Chamberlain, Green Corn Revival and others. Also, a Norman Music Festival benefit show will be held April 10 at Opolis. Bands performing at the show will be announced next week. Norman Music Festival is April 24 and 25 in downtown Norman and is free to the public. PHOTO PROVIDED
A Colombian music group will perform as part of the Masala World Music Series, presented by the School of Music at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall. Tekumbé — formed in Norman — combines several elements of blues, rock and reggae in its music. Many of the songs relate to themes like social gaps, violence, drugs and other conflicts in society. Members of Tekumbé come from very different backgrounds. Franz Mutis (accordion), Camilo Mutis (lead voice and minor percussion) and Alan Garrido (rhythmic guitar) are from Colombia. Paulo Valles (drums) is from Mexico. Andrés Lucas (lead guitarist) is from Venezuela. Josué Chavez
(bass guitar) and Stefan Ice (percussion) are from different parts of the U.S. Several of the musicians are members of the OU community as well. Garrido is a master’s student in agricultural engineer ing and environmental engineering and a research assistant at OU. Mutis graduated from OU with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in construction administration. Tekumbé has played in festivals across the Midwest, including opening gigs with Grammy-winning artists like La Mafia, Fulanito and Jorge Celedón. Tickets to see Tekumbé in Masala World Music Series are $8 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the Fine Arts Box Office.