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Health care bill strips student loans from private lenders New legislation will increase funding for Pell Grants, put student loans solely under government control MATTHEW MOZAK Daily Staff Writer
President Barack Obama approved changes to the U.S. student loan program Tuesday as part of the new health-care reform bill. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the House and the Senate have approved legislation — the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 — that will overhaul the student loan industry and government financial aid programs. Duncan said this legislation will eliminate a $61-billion program that supports private banking companies that make
federally-backed student loans, which offer the lowest interest rates because the government assumes the risk if students fail to meet their financial obligations. Students will now solely go through the federal government to get their student loans. However, students will continue to work with their school’s financial aid offices to request student loans, he said. Duncan described the legislation as a rare opportunity to invest billions of dollars in students, which will allow millions of hardworking families to afford college. The government will use $36 billion of the $61 billion it saves over 10 years to increase Pell Grant scholarships — need-based financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid — making college more affordable for millions of middle-class Americans, according to the Congressional Budget Office report.
This legislation will increase the maximum annual Pell Grant scholarship to $5,350 in 2010 and to $5,975 by 2017. Starting in 2013, the scholarship will increase as the cost of living increases. The rest of the savings will be used to make student loans more manageable for borrowers and strengthen community colleges, the report stated. Caryn Pacheco, OU Financial Aid Services director, said 3,927 OU students received $12,658,516 in Pell Grant scholarships for the 2008-2009 school year. “It is anticipated with the increase in the value of the Pell Grant, more funds will be available,” Pacheco said. According to the Department of Education Web site, more students with unemployed and underemployed parents have been qualifying for need-based financial aid. This legislation will invest $13.5 billion of the $36 billion allocated for the
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Mr, Miss Asian OU crowned Tuesday Asian American Student Association pageant judged contestants on traditional wear, talent, question and answer session CASSI TONEY Daily Staff Writer
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Miss Asian OU 2009 Luanne Vo crows Tram Anh Lai with the title for 2010. The ceremony took place in Tuesday night at Meachan Auditorium.
The Asian American Student Association named Bijan Azimi Mr. Asian OU and Tram Anh Lai Miss Asian OU at its annual pageant Tuesday night in Meacham Auditorium. There were four male and four female contestants competing in the pageant, held under the theme “Evening of Elegance.” Azimi, Andrew M. Nguyen, Donald Phan, and Ronny Tran competed for Mr. Asian OU, while Grace Hsu, Lai, Tammy Le and Priya Patel competed for Miss Asian OU. “This is the biggest and only event in the spring [for the association], ” said Chris Nguyen, freshman representative for the association and University College freshman. “We’ve been working on it for two months.” The crowd demonstrated enthusiasm with their loud cheers and handmade signs. Associate Director of Student Life Quy Nguyen and OU alumna Diana Ngo-Le acted as the Master and Mistress of Ceremonies for the approximately 300 guests. The competition included three parts: traditional wear, talent, and question and answer. Each contestant also was required to sell 250 raffle tickets. The contestant who sold the most raffle tickets received extra points. Before the event, five judges interviewed the contestants. The judges were either involved with OU or have pageant experience, such as Samantha Vu who held the titles of Miss Vietnam USA and Miss Asia America. “The judges pick who they think will be best at representing Asian culture to community,” Nguyen said. After winning, Mr. and Miss Asian OU each receive a $400 scholarship and are required to organize a community service, represent the Asian community and help organize next year’s pageant. “I think it’s a pretty friendly competition this year,” said Lai, microbiology junior. Lai said she initially joined for fun and then realized she could really benefit OU. “I’ve never done any sort of pageant [before], actually,” Lai said. PAGEANT CONTINUES ON PAGE 2
STUDENT CONGRESS SALUTES GRADUATING MEMBERS TROY WEATHERFORD Daily Staff Writer
The Undergraduate Student Congress passed 26 resolutions Tuesday evening honoring those who served UOSA in the past year. This was the last Student Congress meeting before new representatives take office. UOSA presidential candidates Nicholas Harrison and Ally Glavas addressed the congress before the meeting. Harrison said the creation of a University Community Council was the most important issue of his platform. “When all of the university stakeholders work together on this council ... the students simply say what they need and
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the council does it,” Harrison said. Harrison’s running mate, John Surles, spoke about issues important to veterans. He said nontraditional students were under-represented in student congress. “I serve — that’s what I do for a living and that’s what I want to do for the rest of my life,” Surles said. Glavas focused on the four core issues of her campaign: Advising, Cleveland Area Rapid Transit system, oZONE and dead-week policy. “We really need to focus on what it is that works well for students,” Glavas said. She said the international area studies department had CONGRESS CONTINUES ON PAGE 2
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Undergraduate Student Congress Vice Chairman Matt Gress speaks Monday at forum on ballot initiatives. Gress said Tuesday that he is proud of the work Student Congress has done this semester and last semester despite what he saw as setbacks and roodblocks to UOSA’s agenda. © 2009 OU PUBLICATIONS BOARD
Housing blocks students from exchanging beds Campus-housing mattresses must remain in their designated rooms, Housing spokeswoman says GREGORY MAUS Daily Staff Writer
Some students want to swap the mattresses provided by campus housing with their own, but university officials cite rules preventing any replacement. The beds are uncomfortable even after adding padding, said Joshua Majed, business management sophomore. So, Majed tried to replace the mattress with his own. However, he said, Housing and Food Services representatives told him that would leave him with two mattresses. “If I wanted to bring down a mattress or my own chair, then they won’t pick up my own mattress or the chair that they provided me with,” Majed said. “The rules are that all the furniture that is there cannot leave.” Students are permitted to bring limited furniture items to the residence halls and on-campus apartments, but only students paying for single rooms in the residence halls may have furniture removed from their rooms, Housing and Food Services Spokeswoman Lauren Royston said by e-mail. “Furniture in OU Traditions Square apartments may be rearranged, but should not be removed from the original room location,” Royston said. Majed said OU Housing and Food Services representatives suggested he stack the mattresses on top of each other. “I wouldn’t want to do that because if you stack it, your bed is going to end up three or four feet off the ground and you would have to jump onto it,” he said. “And you can’t hide a mattress in a bedroom, there’s nowhere to put it.” Majed said he wished Housing officials would take the mattresses, but he understands storage would be an issue. He said the office should give students the choice to bring their own mattresses before they check in. Caitlin Mannix, University College freshman who resides in Walker Tower, said she uses two mattress pads and agreed the beds are not comfortable without them. Dakota Wilkinson, David L. Boren Hall resident, said the overall furniture situation was nice. “The lounge on our floor has some pretty comfortable arm chairs and I like the couch,” said Wilkinson, University College freshman. “[The beds] squeak, but that’s expected — it’s a dorm bed.”
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Congress Continues from page 1 very good advising. “We need to do more of what [international and area studies] does in other colleges,” Glavas said. Glavas’ running mate, Zac McCullock, could not attend the meeting. During the vice chairman report, Matthew Gress thanked members of Student Congress for their service to UOSA and criticized Oklahoma Students for a Democratic Society and The Daily. “It’s pretty clear that this has been one of the best congresses we’ve had since I’ve been
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here ... and not just because I’m vice chair,” Gress said. Gress said The Daily editorialized meeting coverage this semester, instead of reporting what he thought were the real actions that occurred on the floor of Student Congress. Gress said Oklahoma Students for a Democratic Society caused Student Congress to direct its focus away from things that were important to the student body. Spencer Pittman. congressional director of public relations, said he was thankful for the experience that serving on Student Congress has given him. “I see everything that’s been going on between SDS, congress and the executive branch as a learning experience,” Pittman said. Pittman thanked UOSA members and
Students for a Democratic Society for strengthening UOSA and the student body. ELECTION UPDATE As of Tuesday evening, 2,863 votes were cast in the UOSA election. The last general election had a total of 3,447 votes cast, said Jeff Riles, UOSA election chairman. He said there were no problems at the polls, but international and area studies students had a problem voting on the Web site. International and area studies students were not able to vote for their district representative, Riles said. They will vote again Thursday and Friday for their district representatives, between Shayna Daitch and Scott Mauldin. They should still be able to vote for UOSA president and vice president and CAC chairman,
as well as propositions in the general election, Riles said. Students can vote at elections.ou.edu until 9 p.m. today. STUDENT CONGRESSMAN GOES TO U.S. CONGRESS Student Congress Secretary Brett Stidham gave a short presentation detailing a trip he recently took to Washington, D.C., as a UOSA delegate to Big 12 on Capitol Hill. While there, he lobbied for two bills that would help students, Stidham said. One of the bills would provide tax deductions for higher-education expenses and interest on certain student loans. The other would provide grants for free virtual textbooks for students, Stidham said.
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Lai said she wants to create a collaborative event with all the university pageant winners, including Miss OU, Miss Black OU and Miss Hispanic OU. Tran, economics junior, said he wanted to participate last year but could not. “I always look forward to trying to experience new things and this is one thing I wanted to try,” Tran said. He said the dancing was one of the most fun parts of the competition. He said the contestants practiced dancing 18 hours this month. “It took a lot more work than I actually thought it would,” Tran said. Patel, psychology and pre-ultrasound sophomore, said she wanted to participate to spread Asian culture and understanding around campus. “Not that many non-Asians consider India to be in Asia, and that shocks me,” Patel said.
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Energy management junior, Bijan Azimi was awarded the title of Mr. Asian OU Tuesday night.
Pell Grant scholarship program to meet the increased demand. Without this investment, 8 million students nationwide could see their Pell Grant scholarships cut by 60 percent next year and 600,000 students nationwide could lose their Pell Grant scholarships completely, the Web site stated. U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., said this legislation would negatively affect students who use financial aid to pay for college. C o l e, w h o re p re sents Oklahoma’s 4th district, said the government took money out of the $61-billion program and used it to pay for health care. As a
result, he said students are going to pay higher interest rates on their student loans to help finance the health care bill. “The student loan p rov i s i o n i s o n e o f many aspects of the health bill that will have a negative effect on the economy,” Cole said. “New regulations will take lending authority out of the private sector and put it under government control — forcing 30,000 people out of work and throwing millions of college students into administrative limbo. Like most regulations in the new law, it will probably be years before the full consequences are understood.”
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MEDICAL PROFESSORS STRESS ETHICS, EMOTIONAL AWARENESS Presentation to students focuses on physician-patient relationships, virtues all doctors should strive toward DANIELA MCCORMICK Daily Staff Writer
Two OU medical professors addressed pre-medical students Tuesday evening on the importance of ethics and emotional awareness in the field. Dr. Ronald Schleifer and Dr. Jerry Vannata presented parts of their co-authored DVD called “Medicine and Humanistic Understanding” to several dozen students in the Henderson Tolson building. The DVD features ideas about physician-patient relationships and the obligation of doctors to be educated about how to treat patients when they gather information about patients’ medical histories and diagnose them. “We focus on ethics—how to help people behave in everyday life,” Schleifer said. Schleifer and Vannata said “Medicine and Humanistic Understanding” stresses the virtues all doctors should strive for: decency, discernment, conscientiousness, trustworthiness, compassion and competence. It also notes that student physicians should learn to be aware of the patient’s emotional well-being. During the discussion afterwards, students spoke with Schleifer and Vannata about the difficulty of having these kinds of virtues. “One of the doctor’s jobs is to become narratively competent so he or she can recognize what is not being said,”
Vannata said. Vannata said that it’s tough to be physician emotionally. He said defense mechanisms include telling jokes. “It’s comic relief to deal with their [patients’] stories,” Vannata said. “On the other hand, it’s not right.” Allen Wang, multidisciplinary junior in medical humanities, took a Medicine and Humanistic Understanding class taught by the professors, which uses the roles and ethics found in literature and has the future physicians apply them to their daily lives. He agrees that ethics and understanding are vital for physicians. Schleifer and Vannata have been teaching the class for 10 years. “It allows us to see a lot of different personality and relationship dynamics between the patient and physician,” Wang said. Wang said he shadowed an internal medicine doctor and witnessed him disregarding a patient’s feelings in revealing a diagnosis of diabetes. Wang said that instead of easing the patient into the diagnosis, the doctor just walked into the room and told the patient without warning. “It made me feel uncomfortable for the patient just to know they are having a life-changing experience,” Wang said. Schleifer said he believes his course is valuable to students EREMY DICKIE/THE DAILY because they can learn to understand the positions they are in that give them a chance to be ethical and contain virtues Dr. Venetta, former Dean of Medicine at OU and current practicing physician, discusses his research in Henderson Hall Tuesday. that will allow them to be better doctors.
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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. WOMEN’S OUTREACH CENTER Students can learn rock climbing methods and support breast cancer awareness at Climb for Komen at 6:30 p.m. in the Houston Huffman Center. Entry is $10 and directly benefits the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. STUDENT SUCCESS SERIES University College will host a Student Success Series lecture at 3 p.m. and at 4 p.m. in Wagner Hall, room 245. PUBLIC LECTURE Jennifer Holmes will speak about violence in Colombia at 4 p.m. in Gittinger Hall.
SELF-DEFENSE CLASS Women can attend a free self-defense class at 7 p.m. in the AdamsTarman basement. E-mail email@example.com for pre-registration. POTLUCK The Impact Movement will host a potluck and Bible study at 9 p.m. in the Adams-Tarman basement.
TOMORROW FILM AND VIDEO STUDIES Film and Video Studies will host American Cinema As A Force of Social Change to Be Presented at noon in Beatrice Carr Wallace Old Science Hall.
MUNICIPAL WARRANT Stacy Marie Burks, 29, 201 W. Gray St., Monday Dalena Michell Fulford, 37, 705 Ridgecrest Circuit, Monday
SIGMA TAU DELTA/ENGLISH CLUB MEETING Sigma Tau Delta/English Club Meeting and Elections Gittinger, room 109 (Lounge) , 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (Free)
COUNTY WARRANT Christopher L. Pierson, 20, Porter Avenue, Monday
SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE Climb for Komen will host a rock climbing seminar at 6:30p.m. in the Houston Huffman Center.
ANIMAL CONTROL VIOLATION Debbie Lynn Thayer, 51, 2600 Duke Drive, Thursday
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In response to Reches’ column on dramatically reforming the U.S. Senate.
“Did you want a weaker Senate when Bush and Cheney were in charge? Now that you’ve seen how strongly the Senate can waylay an agenda, wouldn’t it be nice if another Cheney came into power to have some checks on him?
There’s a good reason we have checks and balances. It does lead to pork, but a better solution needs to be found than stripping out a check on the President and the House. - TheJeff
We should have more diverse commencement speakers It was announced Monday that Doris Kearns Goodwin will speak at commencement. This will be two years in a row in which we’ve had Pulitzer Prize-winning historians of the American presidency giving the commencement speech. We understand the value of having an academic who presents history in a popular and readable manner, someone who will inspire us to continue our education after leaving this educational institution. Inspiring people to aim high is admirable, but there are other issues in the history department, much less in other departments, that should be represented at the universitywide commencement. In the future, we should bring people who study other topics of American history, or history in general. Or perhaps, if we were feeling really risqué, we
could invite people who don’t even study history, but who represent one of the other departments at this esteemed educational institution. We should make an effort to have our commencement speaker be the biggest name of the semester. It is unfortunate more people know about various speakers throughout the semester than know who is speaking at commencement. However, that’s more likely a challenge to the student body’s literacy than to the speakers’ popularity. We are not saying Goodwin is a poor choice; she’s an excellent choice, and we should be happy to have her. But it’s the timing we must call into question.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Isn’t the Medieval Fair hosted by OU in cooperation with the city? This Op-Ed piece makes it sound like Norman is trying to host this great event and OU is getting in the way. I don’t believe it is like that. I think the Medieval Fair is organized through College of Continuing Education with a very small staff. Also a different perspective for the op-ed could’ve been thanking OU for hosting another great fair and commending them for coming up with creative ways to create extra revenue in a year where the
university budget was drastically cut. I know paying for parking isn’t the best, but it’s a creative revenue source that allowed the fair to continue without admission fees and without drastically increasing the rental fee for booth space. All and all, that sounds pretty good to me. Thanks! -Marcy Fleming Communications and Project Management Coordinator
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Cosmo is more about sex than freedom Cosmopolitan is the best-selling magazine of its kind. And for good reason. It’s doubtless a product of the ’60s era of rebellion and lovin’. Feminism went from rallying for equal rights to encompassing the rejection of women’s role as the “moral agent.” Premarital sex was shaking off its status as taboo, and the women of the ’60s were spearheading the initiative. Cosmopolitan.com’s “About Us” section offers a little historical insight into the role Cosmopolitan had in American women’s lives. It was a magazine that encouraged women to take advantage of their new position in society as employees and as sexually liberated people. Thus Cosmo lauds women for being independent and “fearless” — as it likes to define its readership. It is a magazine that claims to adhere to feministic qualities, saying it “acknowledges that while work is important, men are too. The Cosmo girl absolutely loves men!” What may have started out BROOKE as a magazine aiming to cata- MYERS lyze social change, is today just an agent that perpetuates the emotionally dependent female stereotype. Cosmo, in almost all its articles, reminds women that sex is the ticket to happiness. Not only that, but by being worthy of sex (and you can become worthy by reading the tips and articles Cosmo offers), you are given value as a woman. While rooting for sexual freedom is fine by many standards, Cosmo crosses the threshold into anti-feminism when sexual freedom and sexuality define femininity. All the articles in Cosmo are not necessarily geared toward women in the workforce. In fact, according to Cosmopolitan.com, only 51.3 percent of its readership is employed full time. Cosmo is a magazine specifically directed to white, middle-class women ranging from 18 to 34 and 34 to 39, according to Cosmopolitan.com. With articles whose subjects consistently address sex, men, female health and beauty, readers can’t help but think what is feminine is those very things. Because Cosmo’s main theme is men and sex, and because the magazine is directed at women, the magazine establishes a radically anti-feministic definition of women. Their value is merited solely by men, because all their efforts — looking beautiful, being healthy and being a sex goddess — are geared toward pleasing their male counterparts. With a title as the No. 1 one magazine among females 18 and older,
Cosmo is doing a great job and reaching, and preaching to, women. Cosmo’s underlying principle is to support sexual freedom, but in fact, it limits women to that particular aspect of their lives. First, it limits them by defining them as sex objects, things that can find all their worth in the level of their sexpertise. Second, Cosmo tells a female reader that if she is not good at sex, if she is not aesthetically pleasing and if she is not on the hunt for, or allowing herself to be hunted by, men, then there is nothing left of her worth noting in this No. 1 magazine. She is excluded, on Cosmo’s terms, from the realm of femininity. Another limitation is Cosmo’s negligence of minorities. Its targeted population is clearly — and almost explicitly — white, middle class females. Ad v e r t i s e m e nt s w i t h i n the magazine do an even worse job at accounting for minorities. If groups — black, Asian, Hispanic, lesbian, etc. — are left out of the magazine that aims to provide a definition of femininity, they are being denied acceptance by such a prominent magazine into the feminine realm. The skewed representation of white women reflects Cosmo’s almost explicitly stated view that womanhood is left to white females as opposed to all females. Nonetheless, Cosmo does a great job at nabbing large audiences. And that’s great. Couples’ sex lives are probably greatly enhanced by the sexual advice given to readers of Cosmo. But this sexual freedom that women have now, and which Cosmo lauds in nearly 200 pages of content monthly, has created great responsibility, which Cosmo largely ignores. Cosmopolitan’s “About Me” asserts that it “is feminist in that we [they at Cosmopolitan] believe women are just as smart and capable as men and can achieve anything men can.” But when they have a magazine unyieldingly devoted to sex, both genders are reduced to mere pawns in the game of sexual hook-ups. Humanity becomes devalued as a whole. This is not to say that women shouldn’t read and enjoy Cosmopolitan. Women should read it knowing Cosmo’s purpose. And then they shouldn’t take it too seriously. Brook Myers is a University College freshman.
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We must do more to welcome international students OU is home to more than 2,000 international students America is to remain competitive in the global marketplace. who come from more than 100 different countries, ac- It is imperative that we simplify the process for foreign stucording to the International Student Service’s Web site. dents to obtain student visas and make it easier for them to They come seeking bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and find employment after they graduate. Doctorates in fields such as engineering, law and medicine. The reason why international students are such valuThese students represent the best of the best. In able assets is simple. The world is becoming inorder to study here, they must pass the TOEFL exam, creasingly technical, and the number of jobs that earn top grades and exhibit a masterful command require scientific training is increasing. We need of the English language. They are among the most more students to major in science and engineerintelligent, most talented and hardest working stuing, and foreign students fit the bill, since they dents from their home countries. tend to study these fields at a higher rate than We should do more to bring them here and make American students. According to the National them stay. Science Foundation, 30 percent of science and The presence of foreign-born students in the engineering doctorate holders are foreign-born. United States provides numerous benefits to this MICHAEL In addition, global interconnectedness is incountry. These students bring in millions of dol- PILCHER creasing. Economies are becoming progressivelars to our higher education system, contribute to ly more integrated, the world is getting smaller research and innovation in science and engineerand communication has never been more open. ing and are exposed to American values and ideals which Drawing international students to study and work in this they can take with them to their home countries after they country is essential to maintaining our preeminence in the graduate. fields of science and engineering. The allure of an American Recently, however, the number of international stu- education has historically brought many talented students, dents studying in America has dropped off. This is due to but we will lose their talents to other countries if we don’t restrictive policies that make it harder for people outside reverse these stringent visa polices currently in place. the United States to obtain student visas. The ones that do Supporters of these restrictive policies claim they were manage to get a visa often don’t stay here after they gradu- put in place to ensure America’s border security and protect ate, because most companies don’t want to go to the trouble our country from foreign threats in the wake of the Sept. 11 of complying with the long list of federal regulations that terrorist attacks. However, these policies can more accumakes hiring a noncitizen a veritable headache. rately be characterized as a political front for protectionism. These problems need to be addressed immediately if It is politically convenient to make it harder for noncitizens
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to work in this country, but it has potentially deleterious long-term effects. In fact, it was America’s traditional policy of open access that facilitated its rise as world leader in innovation and an economic superpower. Regardless, when dealing with terrorism, there are certainly more viable solutions than breaking with tradition and closing ourselves off from the rest of the world. Making it more difficult to obtain student visas does not eliminate or even marginally disrupt the problem of terrorism. Only one out of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers got into this country with a student visa. In short, we must promote a policy of open access for international students. Here at OU, we are on the right track. OU’s international community has grown almost 5 percent according to the Institutional Research and Reporting Web site, and we have reciprocal exchange programs with dozens of universities in 40 different countries. However, this is certainly not the norm, but rather the exception. Other universities need to work as hard as OU to attract international students, and the federal government should make it easier for them to get here. It is vital if we are to remain a competitive force in the global economy. We must encourage international students to come to this country and stay here after they graduate; otherwise we will lose our place as a leader in science and technology and fall behind the rest of the world. Michael Pilcher is a University College freshman.
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Sooners soar to Final Four OU defeats Kentucky by double-digit margin to punch ticket for second-consecutive Final Four berth ANNELISE RUSSELL Daily Staff Writer
No Paris. No Hand. No problem. The womenâ€™s basketball team is headed to the Final Four for the second year in a row after senior guard Nyeshia Stevenson scored 31 points to propel OU to an 88-68 win against Kentucky. Despite the strong Sooner finish, Tuesdayâ€™s game did not begin smoothly. Kentucky scored on the first possession of the game and took advantage of a steal on the defensive end for two points. Kentucky went on a quick 8-0 run to stifle the OU offense early. OU finally appeared on the scoreboard with two free throws by Stevenson, but those were the only points the Sooners would score before the first timeout. The team has been plagued by turnovers this season, and that was a serious problem for OU at the beginning of the game. The team had seven turnovers six minutes into the game. The first field goal for OU did not come until 13:44, with Kentucky ahead 15-4. While the Wildcats continued to consistently make baskets, OU closed the lead to 19-13 eight minutes into the contest. Midway through the half, the Sooners cut the lead to four and then junior guard Danielle Robinson cut the Kentucky edge to two with a drive to the basket. At 8:02, the Sooners dug themselves of the hole by tying the Wildcats. OU continued to improve by minimizing turnovers and contesting Kentuckyâ€™s looks at the basket. The Sooners used this to build a five-point lead, 32-27, with six minutes left in the half. Kentucky tied the game again at 32, but the Sooners managed to extend the lead to 41-34 with SOONERS RETURN TO a 9-2 run. THE FINAL FOUR Many of the Soonersâ€™ points came from a firsthalf spurt from Stevenson, who had 17 points in With the win, OU advances the half. to play Standford for a As the clock wound down, the Wildcats closed spot in the national chamthe lead to 41-39, but a layup by Robinson sent pionship game. Kentucky into the half down 43-39. Coming out of the locker room, OU kicked What: OU vs Standford things off with a turnover on the first possession and repeated that on the ensuing possession. When: April 4 But the sloppy play did not last. OU scored its first points on a layup off of a Where: San Antonio turnover to pull ahead 45-40 two minutes into the half. Stevenson, who went off in the first half, made key shots in the second half as well, knocking down a 3-pointer to put OU ahead 52-44. OU continued to extend the lead to 13, 58-45 after eight minutes. Robinson picked up her fourth foul in the second half and gave OU scare with its starting point guard on the bench, but the Sooners pressed on. The Sooners maintained a lead throughout the half and with just over seven minutes remaining the lead ballooned to 16. Kentucky continued to struggle to shoot from the field, only shooting 19 percent at one point. The OU dominance continued over the Wildcats with a 21-point lead less than five minutes to go, and Kentucky had no answers for the Sooners. Robinson fouled out for OU with about two minutes left, but the Sooner lead was so significant it did not matter. The Sooner victory was clinched as a 20-point win by walk-on freshman guard Kodi Morrison, who put up the 3-point shot. Along with Stevensonâ€™s 31 points, OU had multiple players contributing on the offensive end. Senior forward Amanda Thompson continued her Sooner career with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Despite foul trouble, Robinson added 16 points to the Sooner win. Kentuckyâ€™s only offense came with 31 points from the SEC Player of the Year, Victoria Dunlap.
Danielle Robinson, junior guard, yells in front of Kentucky guard Aâ€™dia Mathies during the first half of the NCAA Kansas City Regional college basketball final Tuesday night in Kansas City, Mo.
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