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Public relations sophomore Cassi Toney and University College freshman Nishan Thapa wear campaign gear for Campus Activities Council chairwoman candidate Melissa Mock and dance Tuesday on the South Oval. Voting began Tuesday and ends tonight.
Candidates stump despite stormy skies Weather forced change in voting site, but did not prevent candidates from campaigning on South Oval CARMEN FORMAN The Oklahoma Daily
Overcast weather forced a relocation of the spring election voting site, but didn’t prevent candidates from campaigning Tuesday on the South Oval. UOSA planned to set up a tent on the South Oval for the first day of spring election voting on Tuesday, but due to inclement weather the polling location was moved to the Oklahoma Memorial Union, election chairwoman Natalie
Jester said. Instead of the South Oval tent, Jester’s election team set up a table with two computers across from Quiznos in the union’s food court. Students were given the opportunity to vote as they passed the table, Jester said. “It kind of literally rained on my parade,” Jester said. “I bought all of the tents and was excited to do the whole South Oval thing, but this is what we have.” Candidates took the opportunity, even in the midst of a cool and overcast
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Top: Petroleum engineering sophomore Hasibul Talukoar, right, votes for student-government candidates Tuesday in the union. Bottom: UOSA presidential candidate Forrest Bennett fist bumps University College freshman Ernest Ezeugo on Tuesday on the South Oval.
Gov. Mary Fallin made her first official visit to OU Tuesday to address attendees at a conference focusing on Oklahoma’s energy infrastructure. Fallin delivered the keynote speech at the Woodford Summit’s noon luncheon in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ba l l ro o m a n d told attendees Oklahoma has the potential to play a leadership role within the United States regarding the research and de- Mary Fallin velopment of new energy technologies and means of production. “To make my first official visit to OU as governor to speak on behalf and advocate on behalf of energy is certainly a great pleasure,” Fallin said. “I appreciate you having this … summit to talk about the role Oklahoma plays in ... national energy and the importance of energy, certainly, to our local economies, our state economy, national economy and also the role it plays in our national security.” Energy independence is tied to national security because the less beholden the United States is to outside interests, the more secure it will be as a nation, Fallin said. “At a time when we see so SEE FALLIN PAGE 2
Linda Lockett vies College dean to retire after 16 years for Ward 7 seat Joan K. Smith increased scholarship money by more than $80,000
Norman businesswoman cites experience as qualification for Ward 7 seat
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A self-proclaimed “Norman gal,” city council candidate Linda Lockett hopes to lead the city she has always lived in. The retired businesswomLinda Lockett an and OU alumna has many ties to the city — from her father running its first hotel to her long-time work with the Norman Business Association. Lockett will face off against former OU student Stephen Tyler Holman in the Ward 7 runoff election May 1 after his name was pulled from a basket March SEE COUNCIL PAGE 3
A LOOK AT WHAT’S ON A new program offers students the opportunity to have breakfast with college deans
The first woman to hold the position of Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education dean has announced she will retire this summer. Joan K. Smith is nearing her 16th year as dean and will return to teaching and research after she officially retires June 30. “I think there is a point where you need to bring new energy into administration and into leadership,” Smith said. “It’s been a good 16 years for me and when I looked around after the dedication
of the renovation in the new wing and I thought about where everything was at this point in time and I thought... this is a really good time to turn it over.” Smith is an educational studies professor and will continue her work after stepping down from her administrative position. She is currently teaching a graduate course on qualitative research, she said. “Dean Smith is a strong advocate for education and has worked diligently toward improving education and standards,” Julie Comer, Smith’s secretary for the past 13 years, said. “Not only is Dean Smith a dedicated educator, but
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the South Oval passing out campaign fliers Tuesday. Morris said she talked to her professors about skipping her classes in order to campaign Tuesday and today. Her day, to pass out fliers and bookmarks, hold campaign professors were very understanding, Morris said. “It’s really about getting the word out, and I think if votsigns and talk to students on the South Oval throughout ers are going to take the initiative to vote the day. they will also take the initiative to look up Forrest Bennett, political science juthe issues,” Morris said while on the South nior and UOSA presidential candidate, Oval. stood between Kaufman and Copeland Walter St. Denis, business supply chain halls holding a campaign sign and talking » 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the management junior, took the opportuwith passing students. South Oval in front of the nity to vote while he was in the union. He “A vast majority of the student body Oklahoma Memorial Library said the table’s location may affect voter doesn’t know for the weeks leading up to turnout. the election that there’s even an election,” » Online voting will continue “I know when I was a freshman, the first Bennett said. “Since iPhones are able to until 8 p.m. at www. time I voted was outside of Dale Hall,” St. pull [the election website] up now, a lot of elections.ou.edu Denis said. “I think because there is no people are able to vote as they are walkoutdoor presence, and freshmen for examing by.” ple don’t really come to the union, it could Bennett said he would be spending his time between Tuesday and today campaigning, except have some type of negative impact on voter turnout.” Jester said when the weather is rainy and bleak, students when he was in class. Hannah Morris, political science and public relations ju- are less likely to go to class, which means less people may nior and fellow UOSA presidential candidate, was also on vote.
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Today around campus » “New Media in Indian Country: New Ways of Storytelling” will kick off at 8:30 a.m. in Gaylord Hall with a continental breakfast and will continue throughout the day with discussions of new American Indian media. » The Huston Huffman Fitness Center will host a free health-and-fitness seminar called “Changing behavior: It can be done, let me show you how,” from noon to 12:45 p.m. » Janet Livesey-McCauley, modern languages doctoral candidate, will speak about “The Hearts and Souls of Time: An Analysis of Ana María Matute’s Collection of Short Stories from El tiempo” from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Hester Hall, Room 160. A free Latin American lunch will be provided.
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» The Union Programming Board will offer Mid-Day Music from noon to 1 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. » “Student Success Series: What’s Your Learning Style?” will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. in Adams Center’s Muldrow Tower, Room 105. » Women’s tennis will play Tulsa at 2 p.m. in the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion. » Joel Rosenthal will present “The Elements of Global Ethics” as part of the second-century lecture series from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s auditorium.
Thursday, March 31 » Professors and experts from around the country will host a panel discussion titled “Justice, Human Rights and Accountability” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Library. » The Union Programming Board will offer MidDay Music from noon to 1 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. » Christians on Campus will hold a Christian Seminar in the Union’s Traditions Room from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. » “Student Success Series: Leveraging Technology for your Academic Success” will be presented by Mark Walvoord from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Wagner Hall, Room 245. » “Student Success Series: Earning an “A” in Online Courses” will be presented by Kathy Wullstein from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Wagner Hall, Room 245. » Professors and experts from around the country will host a panel discussion titled “Climate Diplomacy and the Ethics of Sustainability” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Library.
» This day in OU history
March 30, 1939 Students oppose tuition change A student poll showed a 2-to-1 majority opposed a planned tuition increase. The poll showed students were worried the increase would keep promising students out of college. However, three-fourths of the polled students favored a plan to increase enrollment charges on out-of-state students. Panhellenic clamps down on PDA OU’s Panhellenic Association asked sorority members and pledges to uphold their leadership roles and refrain from public displays of affection. OU announced that 83 counts of such behavior were recorded on the South Oval the previous month. — Source: The Oklahoma Daily archives
» Corrections The Oklahoma Daily has a commitment to serve readers by providing accurate coverage and analysis. Errors are corrected as they are identified. Readers should bring errors to The Daily’s attention for further investigation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. » A page 1 photo cutline in Monday’s issue mispelled Bridgitte Castorino’s name.
she’s a lady of character.” Smith arrived at the university in August of 1995. Prior to being appointed dean of the Rainbolt College, she served as a graduate school associate dean and as a faculty member at Loyola University in Chicago for 14 years, she said. Smith sees herself as a leader who involves the faculty and students as much as she can. She takes great pride in the quality of the students and faculty in the Rainbolt College, she said. “I think that over the 16 years the caliber of our student body has increased tremendously and they are dedicated for what they’re doing and those who are going into teaching will make excellent teachers,” Smith said. Smith has made her students’ experiences at OU as meaningful as they can be, university spokesman Chris Shilling said. “She has been fantastic,” Shilling said. “Any time a student has expressed concerns with classes or courses I have been able to go to her and talk about the issues and she has gone above and beyond to help.” Smith has overseen an increase in scholarship money available from the Rainbolt College in her time as dean. When Smith took her post, the college had under $20,000 of scholarship money available and now has over $100,000 available, she said. “I think that will become more and more important because the costs of higher education don’t go down and it will be important to be able to continue to support students through scholarships,” Smith said. Smith has participated in many national societies and professional associations, she said. She ser ved as Board o f E x a m i n e r s c ha i r f o r the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and is a past president of both the state’s Association of Colleges of Teacher Education and the Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions, according to the Rainbolt College website. Smith has been a great public servant to the university, Shilling said. Smith said her successor will be chosen by OU President David Boren. An interim dean will likely be put in place for about a year and a national search will take place, Smith said.
many different events going on around the world, whether it’s in Egypt, Libya, Syria or all the different things in Japan… it further highlights America’s need to have a comprehensive energy plan for our nation producing American energy jobs for our citizens and certainly producing the economic output that will benefit our nation,” Fallin said. The Woodford Summit is a two-day conference sponsored by the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and the OU Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy. The meetings are intended to “promote the development of safe, reliable and efficient energy infrastructure that serves not only the interests of Oklahoma, but also the nation,” according to summit’s website. In his introductory remarks before Fallin’s address, OU President David Boren said he was happy to host Fallin’s
first official visit to campus. He said he thought though there might be work ahead, the United States is headed in the right direction in terms of achieving energy independence in the future. “We are on the path, and within the very near future … we will be below the 50-percent mark in terms of the importation of energy into this country to meet our energy needs,” Boren said “That is a remarkable achievement, and it doesn’t seem to be well-known by the American people.” Boren also said a comprehensive energy plan should be put into effect that frees the oil and gas industry from unnecessary government interference. “Of course there needs to be incentives for all forms of energy production — including renewable energy production — but more than anything else the government just needs to get out of the way of the domestic oil and gas industry and let them finish the job they’re doing so well for the American people,” Boren said.
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Andrew Rangitsch, chemical engineering sophomore, and linguistics and Latin senior J.P. Mensching answer a question during Campus Activities Council’s College Bowl. Chemistry and history junior Jessica Jensen said the bowl consists of four-person teams competing in general knowledge questions. More than 40 teams will compete for the College Bowl Champion trophy and a prize package consisting of gift cards to businesses in Norman, Jensen said. The final round will take place at 7 p.m. Friday in Dale Hall, Room 200. The final round is open to all students and will feature a 30-minute act by comedian Jodie Miller, Jensen said.
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COUNCIL: Candidate grew up in family business Continued from page 1 11 at the Cleveland County Election Board office. Lockett did not receive a majority in the March election when she received 164 votes, or 47.9 percent. Lockett said she decided to try for city council again because she has the business experience Norman needs. In her last campaign, Lockett said she was hesitant about knocking on strangers’ doors. But she said she is more comfortable putting herself out there to meet and talk to new people. “I’m very consistent because I’m saying what I believe,” Lockett said.
Lockett got her first taste of owning and operating a business working at the Lockett Hotel for her father, who bought the business after he came back to his hometown after World War II. Linda would run the front desk, change the sheets in rooms, tend to financial records and perform any other work the hotel needed. “Daddy was a great believer that if I was going to manage the hotel, I needed to be able to do everything everybody else could,” she said, laughing. Lockett worked at the hotel during college before graduating with a business degree. “We had a city council person who told my brother
that not only should we not do anything to help business come to Norman, we should ask them to pay for the privilege of coming to Norman,” Lockett said. Bill Lockett, who worked with Linda in his photo-processing business for more than 30 years, said he and his sister have grown up watching Norman grow from a small town to the growing city it has become. Bill said Linda knows because this is her campaign, she has to work for it herself. “She knows what needs to be done, and she’s going to do it herself,” he said. Former Ward 7 candidate Brande Kauffman put her support behind Linda after
Lloyd Noble Center has lowered its maximum capacity for country singer Miranda Lambert’s concert, but tickets for the event are still available for purchase. The center’s total official occupancy is 12,000 people, but this number changes depending on the event, according to the OU Athletics website. The occupancy for the concert is 6,610 people, said Loida Haffener-Salmond, Lloyd Noble Center director of events. The promoter and the venue determines the capacity based on where the stage sits in relation to floor seats as well as fire-code compliance, Haffener-Salmond said. Haffener-Salmond said alcohol will be served at the concert, but did not » Call 1-800-456-4668 give a specific explana» Visit SoonerSports.com tion as to why. Alcohol is » Visit Oklahoma Memorial prohibited at OU athletic Stadium’s west side office events, according to the OU Athletics website. — Source: Lloyd Noble Center website The OU Athletics Office set the concert’s ticket prices for students to afford, Haffener-Salmond said. She said she believes that the floor seats are almost entirely sold out. Elementary education senior Kate Wolverton said she bought tickets when they were released in February. Wolverton said she is a recent fan of Lambert’s. She said she watched Lambert sweep the Country Music Association Awards on TV with her grandmother. “I’m really excited to go to the concert,” she said. “Even though I don’t know many of her songs, I’m going to learn them before the concert.” While Lloyd Noble Center has been mostly for athletic events like basketball games, preparing the center for concerts like Lambert’s is similar to doing so for an athletic event, Haffener-Salmond said. The center regularly hires police officers and security as well as OU Housing and Food Services catering for its athletic events, Haffener-Salmond said “There’s a lot more involved as far as rigging and that kind of stuff is concerned, but a lot of it is very similar to basketball,” Haffener-Salmond said. “[Planning is] just either scaled up or scaled down depending on the concert.” Lloyd Noble Center has plans to reach out to more performers and the concert should be successful enough to draw in other promoters, Haffener-Salmond said. The concert, which also features country singers Justin Moore and Josh Kelley, will be at 7:30 p.m. April 7 at Lloyd Noble Center.
she was not chosen to participate in the runoff election. Kauffman cited Linda’s background as a downtown business owner as a qualification that would help solve the city’s recent financial troubles. “I feel like she has the good business acumen and the ability to make the tough calls when it comes to those cuts, and hopefully she won’t do it at the expense of city employees,” Kauffman said. Linda said she has nothing but support for OU and the student body that make up most of her ward. “The university has, as I understand, tremendous plans for growth,” Linda said. “We need to have a council that can deal with and live comfortably and agreeably with the University of Oklahoma.”
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OU should kick more butts On Saturday, Oklahoma State University took part in national Kick Butts Day. The event’s goal was to urge tobacco companies to stop advertising their products to young audiences and encourage politicians to increase restrictions on tobacco sales to minors. We believe this is an important event and were sad to learn OU and the city of Norman did not participate in the event. According to the event’s website, the closest celebration was at Noble High School. With past discussions about a campus smoking ban, this would have been a perfect opportunity for both smokers and non-smokers to come together and discuss a solution for this problem. Due to the number of students, faculty, parents and visitors who have a smoking habit, an all out ban of smoking on campus would not be a feasible option. We agree OU should not implement a smoking ban. However, OU should re-evaluate where it is OK to smoke on campus and there should be stricter enforcement of these laws. There are too many enclosed areas on campus where students smoke, creating a safety hazard for non-smokers. Last week, OU had an opportunity to participate in Kick Butts Day and engage in a non-offensive learning
experience. However, this didn’t happen. In the future, we hope those who are proponents of a smoking ban will find alternatives like Kick Butts Day to educate their peers about hazardous behaviors. We have all seen the grotesque displays of the pro-life advocates, and heard damning statements from Preacher Bob and similar religious leaders on campus. The event would by no means be as abrasive as the abortion protestors, but rather it would have been a means to get a message to our elected officials and Big Tobacco that we need stricter tobacco laws. We believe education is a much better alternative to a complete ban. Everyone has heard the dangers of smoking, but it doesn’t hurt to remind people of the damage smokers do to themselves and others. Yes, anti-smoking groups could use this as an opportunity to display grotesque imagery of a smoker’s lungs, cancer and the other physical effects of smoking, but we would hope a similar event would occur on campus to educate students about the hazards of smoking.
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Senate bill targets minorities Do you remember the uproar over According to the 2010 Census, there are Transportation Security Administration pat85.2 percent more Hispanics in Oklahoma STAFF COLUMN LUMN downs? It was a perfectly acceptable arguthan in 2000. This may seem like a signifiMariah ment for attractive women to claim discrimicant increase, but in actuality less than 9 Najmuddin in nation after a TSA officer went to second base percent of the state population is Hispanic. on a supposedly routine pat-down. But isn’t The Census also reported 16.3 percent attraction subjective? of all Americans are Hispanic or Latino. Physical appearance is subjective. Attending a large Hispanics are the largest minority in America, but when public university provides students the opportunity to compared to the 72.2 percent of the population that was meet people of many different backgrounds. From Native reported White, the number of Hispanics seems relatively Americans to Germans, there are a variety of people here at small. OU from different backgrounds for students to meet. But this law goes beyond the Hispanic community. Right I would wager the first question peonow, we are concerned about disple ask when they meet someone for the crimination toward Hispanics. In first time is not about ethnicity; it prob2001, the current feelings of conIt is a travesty that abroad ably isn’t even about nationality. tempt towards Muslims began, in we will identify ourselves as With such diversity, it’s ludicrous that the 40s it was Japanese Americans American, but in our own country and way before that, it was African immigration laws, like Senate Bill 908 we let our ethnicities divide us.” prohibiting the potential “smuggling Americans through slavery and of human beings” are being passed in Jim Crow laws. It seems like every Oklahoma. couple of decades there is a new Much like the immigration laws in Arizona, SB 908 grants minority to bully and to target. police officers the authority to make unwarranted arrests It is unfortunate we can’t put color, beliefs or language during traffic stops if they have probable cause to believe aside and just say American. A nation of nations, it is a travthe person in question is undocumented or harboring il- esty that abroad we will identify ourselves as American, but legal immigrants. in our own country we let our ethnicities divide us. Is it innocent until proven guilty or illegal until papers There is much needed immigration reform in our counprovided? The bill leaves many questions unanswered. For try, but enacting bills based on bias and subjective opinion example, what qualities give probable cause? Is it speaking only increases racism and discrimination. SB 908 only enSpanish, having an accent or even skin color? It is hard to forces stereotypes and encourages racial profiling. swallow that racial profiling won’t be used in actually asA woman can make a legitimate claim that she was pat sessing the document status of a driver. down because she’s pretty, but a Hispanic can’t say they Another major concern is what prohibits cops from pull- were pulled over because of their skin tone. How sad it is to ing over any “suspicious” driver on false claims of traffic see our societal definition of discrimination be skewed so violations? It certainly is not unheard of for police to pull differently among groups. over law-abiding drivers without legitimate reasons. Rarely do we fully rely on the honor system. Why should police — Mariah Najmuddin, be held to a higher standard? They are human just like us, public relations sophomore equally as likely to make bad decisions and just as likely to cheat the system as we would cheat on tests. Comment on this column at OUDaily.com
Truth about the Ivory Coast The Ivory Coast, a peaceful country until 1993, is just a step away from civil war. The parties who invited themselves to help resolve the crisis are making the situation much worse. Today, a lot of people in and out of the Ivory Coast are suffering because international politics have decided to use their personal interests to financially asphyxiate our beloved country and its citizens. Indeed, France’s involvement in the political crisis of Ivory Coast is very unfair and evil toward the Ivorian people. France has decided without any notice to its citizens to close all their financial institutions in the Ivory Coast. As a result, we found ourselves deprived of our own money. People cannot withdraw their money and even worse there is no money transfer available from or to the Ivory Coast because of the low level of currency. Now we find ourselves not only emotionally affected by this situation, but as students we do not know how we will take care of our monthly expenses, tuition and other expenses. It is a fundamental right for the people of a nation to decide who they would like their leader to be, no matter how small this nation is. Unfortunately, in the 21st century, a developed country like France is still using its military forces or other political moves, to impose on small nations some puppet government that will enrich them, to the detriment of the people of those nations. This is exactly what is happening in the Ivory Coast and the world needs to hear it. The Ivory Coast is the number one producer of cocoa beans and third in coffee, and lately we have discovered some oil and gas and many other rare ores, which will be important in the nuclear weapons field.
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As an Ivorian I would like the students of OU and the world to hear and know the real truth because what has been depicted in the news is far from being what is really happening in the Ivory Coast. Innocent people have been killed since the failure of a coup in 2002, which was plotted with French people and other enemies of the Ivory Coast. The coup planned to put in power a man named Alassane Dramane Ouattara who is not even an Ivorian. The coup eventually turned itself into a rebellion, after being ordered by France to negotiate with the rebels. The legal government organized special elections, and as a result of the coup and the elections, we have two people claiming they are our elected leader; with the population paying a high price for the crisis. The European Union is inflicting different embargoes on our country, which are depriving the nation of many goods, including medicine. As students, our future is scattered because of the uncertainty of the length of the current financial and political crises, furthermore the emotional distress is becoming heavier day by day because our families continue to suffer back home. Today our eyes are turned toward God who seems to be the only one who will hear our cries of despair and hope. — Franck Anoh, human relations graduate student
Sarah Garrett’s Friday STAFF COLUMN MN column, “U.S. foreign policy void of ethics,” is a great Jerod Coker er example of thoughtless, knee-jerk liberalism. The title itself is exactly in opposition with the reality of the recent situation in Libya. The policy Sarah proposes, essentially pacifistic noninterventionism, is the unethical option in this situation. Her first charge, that this intervention is not about humanitarian concerns, is in opposition to the facts at hand. Col. Muammar Gadaffi is indiscriminately killing and using his military to threaten people who are simply demanding basic rights. Protecting them is above all a humanitarian concern. The assertion that “our national character is aggressive, self-serving and unduly politicized” may be true in some contexts, but it hardly makes sense in this situation. Waiting for France — France, of all nations — to lead the way in defending the rebels’ rights to petition the government for a redress of its grievances is hardly aggressive. European powers initiated the action; it was sanctioned by NATO and requested by Col. Muammar the Arab League. Gadaffi is Hopefully, her opposition indiscriminately is not that it is actually selfkilling and using serving or aggressive (as this his military to is wholly unsubstantiated); rather she says “...in every cirthreaten people cumstance it is highly unethiwho are simply demanding basic cal for one state to perpetrate rights. Protecting violence on another in pursuit of a specific goal.” This them is above all seems to be the true stem a humanitarian of her opposition. However, concern.” this is, if anything, a largely unethical proposition when tested. Are there really no circumstances in which military force should be used? Of course not. The indiscriminate killing of one’s own civilians is one situation in which unjust force must be met with just force. I would normally agree with Sarah’s assertion regarding American military intervention. Iraq and Afghanistan are great examples of unethical, neoconservative interventionism. Libya is not. Knee-jerk, anti-war liberalism fails to distinguish between the two, but they are hardly alike. First of all, the United States has broad support from the international community and is spreading the military burden in Libya. This was certainly not the case in Iraq or Afghanistan. Second, the United States is not forcing democracy down the throats of a those who don’t want it. These revolts are born from the people of Libya; the West is ensuring they are not destroyed before their demands are met. Third, the decision not to deploy ground troops is very different. Rather than sending in troops to serve as a police force and ensure a transitional government will be favorable to the United States, the mission in Libya is to destroy Gaddafi’s military forces so they cannot be used on his own people, who will then be left to their own ways to set up a new government. The weird, unfounded assertions saying this is about political manipulation or oil interests have no basis in reality or any evidence. As a people, we support democracy and people who seek it. Whether it’s cheering on Egypt or keeping Libyans from being massacred, we support democratization when a country’s people demand it. Similarly, the charge that our interest is obtaining oil is not supported by any evidence. Commodity traders and OPEC love the turmoil in the Middle East. Stopping revolutions and helping ensure order will only bring the price of oil back down below $100 a barrel, which certainly doesn’t serve Big Oil’s interests. Also, most of our oil imports come from Canada, followed closely by Saudi Arabia and Mexico; Libya isn’t even among the top ten. Not exactly damning evidence. While I would agree with Sarah and other anti-war, anti-imperialist liberals most of the time, it is imperative we keep our minds open and are able to distinguish between situations as dissimilar as Iraq and Libya. War is a situation that should never be dealt with lightly, but indiscriminately keeping military force off the table as an option is just as silly and wrongheaded as always charging ahead without thoughtful consideration. — Jerod Coker, journalism senior
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Virginia Tech fined $55K for response to shootings
School failed to alert students to threat for several hours R I C H M O N D , Va . — Virginia Tech will have to pay the maximum $55,000 fine for violating federal law by waiting too long to notify students during the 2007 shooting rampage but will not lose any federal student aid, the U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday. Officials wrote in a letter to the school that the sanction should have been greater for the school’s slow response to the shooting, when student Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 students and faculty, then himself. The $55,000 fine was the most the department could levy for Tech’s two violations of the federal Clery Act, which requires timely reporting of crimes on campus. The university avoided the potentially devastating punishment of losing some or all of its $98 million in federal student aid. University officials have maintained their innocence and said they would appeal the fine. The Clery Act requires colleges and universities that receive federal student financial aid to report crimes and security policies and provide warning of campus threats.
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Kevin Sterne is carried out of Norris Hall at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. after a shooting incident April 16, 2007. A gunman opened fire in a dorm and classroom on the campus, killing 33 people in the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history. Sterne survived the attack. The school has been fined $55,000 for waiting too long to notify students of the rampage.
President Barack Obama says the U.S. needs to increase diplomatic and political pressure on Moammar Gadhafi, but it’s too early to negotiate an exit for the Libyan strongman. People in Gadhafi’s circle were beginning to recognize that “their days are numbered,” Obama said. But, Gadhafi may not have reached that conclusion himself, he said. In an ABC interview, Obama added: “Hopefully, he’s going to be getting the message soon.”
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Abortion foes push ‘heartbeat bill’ The Education department issued its final report in December, finding that Virginia Tech failed to issue a timely warning to the Blacksburg campus after Cho shot and killed two students in a dormitory early that morning in 2007. The university sent out an email to the campus more than two hours later, about the time Cho was chaining shut the doors to a classroom building. That email was too vague,
the department said, because it referred only to a “shooting incident” but did not mention anyone had died. “Had an appropriate timely warning been sent earlier to the campus community, more individuals could have acted on the information and made decisions about their own safety,” the department said in its letter. Only about 40 schools have come under review for Clery violations in the 20 years that the law has been in
place. The largest fine to be levied was $350,000 against Eastern Michigan University for failing to report the rape and murder of a student in a dormitory in 2006. S. Daniel Carter, director of public policy for Security On Campus, a nonprofit organization that monitors the Clery Act, said it’s “a shame” the department had only really began fining schools for noncompliance in 2005. — AP
N.D. shoots down higher ed budget changes Legislation voted down, Chancellor retains power over state university’s presidents, all public college budgets BISMARCK, N.D. — A proposal to strip North Dakota’s chancellor of his authority over the presidents of the state’s university system was defeated in the state Senate on Tuesday, with one critic saying the idea would bring “chaos.” The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Al Carlson, R-Fargo, the House majority leader, sought to limit the chancellor’s office mostly to collecting student and institutional data. The chancellor, William Goetz, is now the chief administrator of North Dakota’s Board of Higher Education, and the presidents of the state’s 11 public colleges report to him. The state university system’s central office is in the state Capitol in Bismarck. The arrangement chafed former North Dakota State University President Joseph Chapman, who believed he should report directly to the board, instead of then-Chancellor Robert Potts. Their differences, and some board members’ support of Chapman, prompted Potts’ resignation in 2006. Sen. David Hogue, R-Minot, said giving the chancellor little authority, while encouraging the presidents of North Dakota’s public colleges to deal with the board directly, would create an untenable administrative structure. Sen. David Nething, R-Jamestown, said the proposal was
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not a solution to some legislators’ unhappiness with the Board of Higher Education. Some lawmakers are uncomfortable with the university system’s spending demands, and cost overruns for the recent construction of new presidents’ homes at NDSU and the University of North Dakota have drawn public criticism. “There are problems that do exist ... but I don’t think that this bill will help solve those problems,” Nething said. During Senate debate on Tuesday, senators agreed to divide the legislation into two parts, and voted down both. The first part, which barred the chancellor from any involvement in the management of North Dakota’s public colleges, was defeated 34-13. The second, which ordered the state budget office to adopt a new procedure for drafting spending recommendations for North Dakota’s university system, was beaten 27-20. The budget provisions directed North Dakota’s Office of Management and Budget to sort the state’s colleges into three groups and use separate formulas for calculating spending recommendations for each one. Carlson, during a legislative hearing on his proposal this week, said he believed the college presidents should have more authority over their own budgets. The bill was HB1411. — AP
Backers of an Ohio bill that could impose a restrictive abortion limit are telling reticent state lawmakers to embrace potential legal challenges. The bill would outlaw abortions at the first detectable heartbeat. Ohio Right to Life has withheld its support for fear the bill could broaden — rather than limit — abortion access, and the Republican speaker of the House has questioned whether it could spark protracted and expensive litigation.
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NYC Islamic center backers have new vision for project A Muslim couple who had a role in founding a controversial Islamic community center and mosque near the World Trade Center before being booted from the organization in January say they are pursuing a new vision for the project. Activist Daisy Khan said Tuesday that she and her husband, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, have spent months talking with relatives of 9/11 victims, first responders and others about alternative concepts for the center. Those concepts include the possibility that it could become a multi-faith center focusing on religious conflict. But how those changes might happen is unclear. The developer of the center announced in January that Rauf would no longer be involved in planning the center. — AP
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fter sharing breakfast in the nowloneliness, his personal history and bedead author’s Bloomington, Ill. liefs, addiction to junk food and militant home in 1996, his two Labrador defense of good grammar. “...the big thing STAFF COLUMN MN retrievers rolling on the floor and moanseems to be, sort of leapin’ over that wall ing for attention, journalist David Lipsky of self and portraying inner experience. Matt Carneyy elicited from David Foster Wallace a frank And setting up, I think, a kind of intimate description of his life’s and work’s driving conversation between two consciences,” conflict: “I think that there is, in writing, a Wallace says, foretelling the purpose of certain blend of absolute naked sincerity and manipula- good literature in a time when people spend hours each tion,” Wallace said. “And a certain way of trying always to day communing with their television sets and computgauge what the particular effect of something is gonna be.” ers. “And the trick is gonna be finding a way to do it at a It was a conflict that very likely panged upon Lipsky’s time, and for a generation, whose relation to long-susheart when he learned the 46-year-old author had tained linear verbal communication is fundamentally hanged himself in his Claremont, Calif., home on Sept. different.” 12, 2008. The Wallace in Lipsky’s book is devastatingly intelliCertainly there were people, even accomplished gent, critical and constructive, brutally nasty in a fleetwriters like Wallace’s close friends Mark Costello and ing moment or two and quick to apologize for it. Jonathan Franzen, who knew Wallace more intimately It’s no surprise that the best online writers — of blogs, than Lipsky and were capable of telling his life’s story, electronic newspapers and magazines — commonly cite but neither of them had what Lipsky posWallace as a great influence. He was one sessed: a trove of tape recordings of conof the earliest and best-spoken postmodversations with the author from a five-day ernists to ask such questions that continThe Wallace in period in 1996, during a time Wallace was ue to haunt American media and literary Lipsky’s book finishing the promotion of his 1,096-page culture. best-seller “Infinite Jest” and Lipsky was “A l t h o u g h O f C o u r s e Yo u E n d U p is devastatingly on assignment from Rolling Stone. intelligent, critical Becoming Yourself” will break your heart if The original story — a profile of a hot, you’ve read any of Wallace’s most personal and constructive, young writer — was spiked, but upon and moving experimental fiction, particubrutally nasty in a larly “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.” Wallace’s death, Lipsky dusted off the tapes fleeting moment or Depicted is a kind, wickedly smart man and set to transcribing, adding a foreword, two and quick to afterword and plenty of editorial notation who cared for defenseless, often unwanted to their conversations. things and helped to assuage others’ trouapologize for it.” His sincerity in depicting Wallace is the bles, both for their sakes and for his own truest kind: capturing the ambitious, hardaesthetic pleasure. working writer at his prime. His only manipulation is in It’s unfortunate that he searched and sweated so very his clear wish to tell everyone else about it. frantically for a line between the two, between sincerity These transcriptions, edited into a running dialogue, and manipulation, that it ultimately crushed him under form a narrative depicting the author’s struggles, simul- an enormous existential weight. taneously reeling from the instant fame of his publishing Wallace believed we’re all the same at our core and company’s marketing blitz and recovering from a snob- we’ve always been so. He feared the seduction of techbish youth of experimentation with drugs, alcohol and nology that destroyed this basic humanness, and sought surrealism. in his work to describe it. It’s both enlightening for those unfamiliar with “The trick,” Wallace said near the book’s end, after that Wallace’s impressive catalogue and heartbreakingly sad McDonald’s breakfast shared with Lipsky, “the trick for for those who have connected with his work. fiction it seems to me, is gonna be to try to create a kind Only 30 at the time, Lipsky approaches the then-34- of texture and a language to show, to create enough miyear-old Wallace with a mix of curiosity, duty and wide- mesis to show that really nothing’s changed ... what’s imeyed hero worship after reading the hysterical “Infinite portant is a basic humanity.” Jest,” often asking questions that prompted Wallace to turn off the tape recorder. — Matt Carney, You sense a camaraderie growing between the two professional writing senior young men, both long-haired and ambitious. They discuss the purpose and relativity of fiction at a time when MTV and campy movies sell, the root of Wallace’s
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Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma will be performing “Boeing Boeing,” the 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Play Revival, from today to April 9. OU musical theatre professor Lyn Cramer plays Bertha, the French housekeeper and cook to the main character, Bernard. “She’s a bitter curmudgeon, trying to help keep chaos at bay in Bernard’s apartment which currently doubles as a revolving door for his three fiancés,” she said. Cramer performed in 2008’s “Urinetown” and has choreographed and directed several Lyric Theatre performances, including “42nd Street,” “Swing,” Smokey Joe’s Café” and “Singin’ In the Rain.” “I love working with my friends and former students,” Cramer said. “The Oklahoma Theatre community is so wonderfully talented and the camaraderie is unequaled. Add to that terrific talent from New York City, great local creative teams and you have the ingredients for a fantastic night of theatre.” Former OU musical theatre dance professor Lexi Windsor plays Greta, one of Bernard’s three fiancés. Made famous by Jerry Lewis and Tony Curtis on film, “Boeing Boeing” tells the comedic story of Bernard, an architect living in Paris. While he juggles three flight attendant fiancés, his housekeeper is forced to play along and direct the action as the girls come in and out of his bachelor pad. When a new Boeing jet is introduced onto the scene, things get bumpy as schedules are changed, flights are delayed and chaos abounds. S i n g l e t i c k e t s f o r “ B o e i n g B o e i n g ” a re $ 4 0 . Performance times are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday afternoon. For more information, visit www.lyrictheatreokc. com, call 405-524-9312, or come by the Lyric box office at 1727 N.W. 16th St., Oklahoma City.
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These bands have stupid names, but at least they make an effort to use some thought. Puns and pop-culture references abound in this region. Dangermuffin gives off a sense that the band couldn’t take itself seriously if it tried, which carries the band past The Mr. T Experience and the Diet Cokeheads. On the other half of the region, a battle of ’90s references ensues in the “Sweet Sixteen” with OJ And The Broncos holding off Jackie And The Treehorns, an affectionate reference to “The Big Lebowski.” Ultimately, Dangermuffin survives and advances out of the “Almost Clever Clever” region.
12 Really Annoying When Repeated 6 Feng Shui Ninjas 11 Thesaurus Rex 3 OJ and The Broncos 14 The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza 7 Test Icicles 10 Sex Unicorn 2 Jackie and the Treehorns 15 Noah’s Ark Was A Spaceship
“Badass” Region March Mediocrity In the spirit of March Madness, here’s something to do: a bracket of terrible band names. I’ve divided the names of 64 bands into four regions based on characteristics that band name possesses. I’ve picked a winner from each region to advance to the “Failure Four,” and then matched up those regional champions to pick an overall winner. — AJ Lansdale, professional writing senior
This part of the bracket has names that mostly sound like knock-off metal bands. In their attempts to be angry and threatening, they just come off as absurd. Bloodbath and Beyond, the No. 1 seed, sounds definitively “metal,” but Kill You In The Face bludgeons and stabs its way to an upset in the “Sweet Sixteen.” The bottom half of the “Badass Region” has a strong contender in The Electric Assholes, and it makes it to the “Elite Eight,” but Kill You In The Face is too absurdly violent to be taken seriously, which is getting it through to the “Failure Four.”
13 ...And You WIll Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead 5 Lightning Swords Of Death 12 Shallow Grave Satanic Symphony 6 The Electric Assholes 11 Diggin’ Up Grandpa 3 40 Oz. Fist 14 Bastard Death Children Cult 7 This Town Needs Guns 10 World Burns To Death 2 Where Fear and Weapons Meet 15 This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb
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16 Regardless, He’s Caught! 8 Unicorn Basement
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4 The Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad 13 Grrlz WIll Be Boiz 5 Meatbikini 12 The Booty Movement Coalition 6 Everybody Was In The French Resistance... Now! 11 Hellogoodbye 3 Chumbawamba 14 Blooz Dogz 7 Bird Ate My Donut 10 Neutral Milk Hotel 2 Sophistafunk 15 The Trendy Trendy Space Vegans
Word Salad Region Members of these bands probably just came up with random words and jammed them together. In lieu of creativity, they jammed gibberish together, trying to make something interesting. This region has a time agreement issue with Everybody Was In The French Resistance... Now!, as well as liberal use of the letter “z,” thanks to Blooz Dogz and Grrlz Will Be Boiz. There are some bands in here with correct, albeit nonsensical grammar, notably from the 7-10 match between Bird Ate My Donut and Neutral Milk Hotel, but Sophistafunk is exemplary of the lunacy that this competition represents and busts its way to the “Failure Four.”
Failure Four These four bands have fought to make their names as stupid as possible, and earned their spots in the Failure Four. In the first semifinal, Dangermuffin saves “face” and dispatches its “badass” opponent. In the second semifinal, Woo-Man And The Banana can’t stop the funk, and Sophistafunk makes its way to the finals. The match of the century is on: Dangermuffin and Sophistafunk, with the title on the line. I’d predict a hard, drawn out fight between these two “masters” of creative naming, but in the end, Sophistafunk is too much for even Dangermuffin to overcome.
There’s really no clear way to define these groups, they were just leftover from the other regions, or didn’t really fit with any of them. This region is actually one of the strongest regions in the bracket, thanks to the sheer lack of rhyme or reason to it. Punctuation can apparently count as a band name, as !!!, #Poundsign# and :wumpscut: can attest to. Of Montreal — headliner of last year’s Norman Music Festival — makes an appearance here against No Use For A Name, a band too metal to compete against Woo-Man And The Banana, which goes on to take care of !!! to take the “Failure Four’s” final spot.
4 Woo-Man And The Banana 13 Mr. Mister 5 No Use For A Name 12 Of Montreal 6 Butthole Surfers 11 You Might Think We’re Sharks 3 !!! 14 This Magazine Is Haunted 7 I Can Hear Myself Levitate 10 PInk Gorilla Vs Panda Bear 2 :wumpscut: 15 The The
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OU womenâ€™s assistant basketball coach Stacy Hansmeyer stepped down from her position to seek other opportunities, coach Sherri Coale announced Tuesday. â€œI have had a remarkable 10 years with the University of Oklahoma, and even longer relationship with Coach Coale, but I feel that the time is right to take the next leap forward in my career,â€? Hansmeyer said. As a high school senior, Hansmeyer helped a Coale-coached Norman High School team win a state title. Stacy â€œShe has an energy and excitement that is refreshing for myself, our players and staff Hansmeyer alike, and we wish her all the best,â€? Coale said. â€œIt has been a joy to be her coach, mentor and friend.â€?
Tuesdayâ€™s matchup between No. 7 Oklahoma baseball and No. 13 Arkansas was canceled due to inclement weather in Fayetteville, Ark. Rain started falling Tuesday morning and lasted into the afternoon, so the contest was postponed indefinitely. A makeup date has not been announced. The Sooners host Texas Tech this weekend. The middle game, 7 p.m. Saturday, will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
Robinson earns All-American honors for 2nd straight season OU senior guard Danielle Robinson was named to the womenâ€™s basketball All-American team for the second time in her career, the Associated Press released Tuesday. Robinson received 12 of 39 possible votes to join the list on the second team. The San Jose, Calif., native led the Sooners to a third consecutive Sweet 16 appearance this season and ends her college career as one of just four women to total at least 2,000 points, 700 assists and 300 steals.
â€” Daily staff reports
Barker named to national team OU junior setter Brianne Barker was selected to the United States Womenâ€™s National A2 roster, the program announced Tuesday. Barker earned the spot after attending an open tryout at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., last month. â€œItâ€™s an honor to be selected to the A2 team and represent the United States,â€? OU coach Santiago Restrepo said. â€œThe honor is well-deserved, and weâ€™re extremely happy.â€?
â€” Daily staff reports
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Shortstop hits 1st career home run in Sooner win against Central Arkansas TOBI NEIDY The Oklahoma Daily
Tuesday was a big day for Ali Vandever. The freshman shortstop hit her first career home run in OU’s 8-3 win against Central Arkansas in Norman. The Davenport native is the younger sister of former Sooner and current graduate assistant coach, Lindsey Vandever. Prior to Tuesday’s game, Vandever was hitting .130 in the bottom half of the lineup, seeing playing time in 29 of the Sooners’ 36 games. She had just three hits and six RBIs. Junior Katie Norris added her second blast of the year, finishing 2-for-3 at the plate. With Norris’ first homer Saturday and Vandever’s home run against the Bears on Tuesday, OU now has eight players on the roster with the ability to clear the bases. Sophomore Jessica Shults continues to lead the team with 18 home runs, but five other Sooners in OU’s lineup have three or more homers this season. The Sooners (28-9) fell behind early after the Bears tacked on two runs early in the first inning. Sophomore left-handed starter Michelle Gascoigne allowed all three of Central Arkansas’ runs, including a game-tying run in the fourth to bring the score to 3-3. But Oklahoma claimed a two-run lead after plating a pair of scores off a single by sophomore Brianna Turang and a double by senior Haley Nix in the bottom of the fourth. Gascoigne was relieved by Keilani Ricketts in the fourth
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Freshman shortstop Ali Vandever rounds the bases after hitting her first career home run Tuesday in OU’s 8-3 win against Central Arkansas at Marita Hynes Field in Norman.
Key performer ALI VANDEVER » Year: Freshman » Position: Shortstop » Hometown: Davenport » Notes: Hit first career home run Tuesday against Central Arkansas
inning. The sophomore finished the game, picking up her 16th win of the season by throwing five strikeouts in
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Ever since wide receiver Ryan Broyles and lineSTAFF COLUMN backer Travis Lewis said Luke they’d be returning to OU McConnell for their senior seasons, people far and wide have been singing the praises of the Sooners’ 2011 squad. However, as the offseason has progressed into the start of spring practice, Oklahoma looks a little less like an impenetrable fortress of a team. There are questions on both sides of the ball that will only be answered with time and the development of talent. Although there are more pressing issues on this team, there is no more compelling position battle than at running back. For years, Oklahoma has been lucky enough to have at least one fantastic running back on every roster. The string began with Quentin Griffin and has continued through KeJuan Jones, Adrian Peterson, Allen Patrick, Chris Brown and, most recently, DeMarco Murray. Now several talented backs look to take over the feature back title for the Sooners in 2011. Leading the list is sophomore Roy Finch. Finch has been cleared for contact during spring practice, but his involvement will likely be minimal to ensure no further damage is done to the ankle that kept him out of last year’s Fiesta Bowl. Finch ran for 398 yards on 85 carries and two scores last season. But there is a quartet of former backups with experience vying for next season’s starting spot. Sophomores Brennan Clay and Jonathan Miller, along with juniors Jermie Calhoun and Dominique Whaley, all received most of their playing time in games that were well out of reach. Clay is the most experienced of this group, receiving consistent playing time before getting injured in the second half of the Florida State game. Clay returned after the Texas game and played sparingly the rest of the season. The wild card of the group may be incoming freshman Brandon Williams. Williams is already in Norman, participating in spring drills with the Sooners. The coaches, particularly running backs coach Cale Gundy, are already raving about his talent and abilities. So how is this going to all shape up? There’s so much talent and only 60 minutes in a game. Finch has the talent to be the go-to guy, but after two leg and ankle injuries just a year into his OU career, there are some questions about his durability. Because Williams already is working with the team, his development will be sped up, allowing him to mature as a college football player. Clay and Miller may overtake Williams because Williams is a freshman, but last season showed Stoops isn’t above starting a true freshman running back. Too much talent at the running back position? Now there’s a problem worth having.
three and 1/3 innings. She allowed no hits and walked one batter. Vandever’s homer in the sixth inning drove in the last three of OU’s eight runs. Shults remained quiet at the plate but traded defensive positions with freshman Brittany Williams, playing first base with Williams catching for Gascoigne. Williams finished 1-for-2 at the plate with one walk to keep her base-by-ball average at one walk per game this season. The Sooners finished with 10 hits in the win.
OU to battle 3rd ranked foe The OU women’s tennis team will face its third ranked opponent in a row at 2 p.m. today against No. 21 Tulsa in Norman. The 22nd-ranked Sooners (12-3, 4-1 Big 12) split matches against then-ranked No. 49 Texas Tech and No. 9 Baylor last weekend, beating the Red Raiders, 6-1, and falling to the Bears, 5-2. With the loss to Baylor, two of OU’s three losses have come against top-10 opponents, including a road loss to the topranked, defending national champion Stanford Cardinal. OU has beaten eight ranked opponents this season. Tulsa (17-2, 2-0 C-USA) is riding a 12-match win streak with victories over Big 12 members Texas Tech, Nebraska and Kansas State. The Golden Hurricane’s two losses came against 32ndranked Texas A&M and 15th-ranked Arkansas. The Sooners will be led by senior AnaMaria Constantinescu. The Romania native is nationally ranked in both singles (No. 102) and doubles (No. 66, with freshman Alice Radu) and has played at the No. 1 position in both. Freshmen Mia Lancaster and Whitney Ritchie made their collegiate doubles debut Feb. 27 against Ohio State and have won seven straight doubles matches to remain unbeaten. Lancaster and Ritchie, also hold the team’s best singles records at 12-2 and 10-3, respectively. — Josh Helmer/The Daily