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Education evolving to fit future Anniversary luncheon discusses qualms in higher education learning Tuesday EMMA SULLIVAN Campus Reporter
Reduced government funding, vocationalism and using new, advanced technologies in the classroom are some of the challenges facing higher education in the 21st century. OU President David Boren and three OU alumni and Rhodes Scholars gathered for a panel discussion about education in the 21st century as part of the Honors College 50th anniversary luncheon Tuesday. The luncheon was held at noon Tuesday in Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom. Mubeen Shakir, 2013 OU alumnus and Rhodes Scholar, said one of the major problems was finding a balance between creating an informed citizenry and adapting to a changing economic climate. Andrea DenHoed, 2008 alumna and Rhodes Scholar,
said one of the challenges was students’ tendency to consider intellectual pursuits as a luxury in a society that values efficiency. As well, in the 21st century, it’s important for students to work as a team with people from different disciplines, said Jason Sanders, 2000 alumnus and Rhodes Scholar. “It’s how some organizations thrive and some completely disappear,” Sanders said. The panel continued by discussing the importance of universities and what the country would look like without them. “If we don’t have universities, we don’t have a chance to communicate and dialogue with people who are different,” Shakir said. Some of the luncheon’s attendees included Queen Marine Sonya Swinton, who is currently on a national tour for Women’s History Month, and former U.S. Ambassador Edwin Corr. Esiya Muhyila, geography sophomore and Davis Scholarship recipient, said she attended the event to meet
people. “I like to expose myself to lots of influential people,” Muhyila said. Honors College Dean David Ray opened the luncheon by discussing the history of the college and giving an award to Carolyn Morgan, associate professor of sociology, human relations and women’s and gender studies, and Nancy Mergler, senior vice president and provost, for their service to honors students. The Honors College became an official university college in 1996, shortly after Boren arrived, Boren said. “To me the Honors College is a catalyst for our whole campus and it really gets people talking about important things,” Boren said. Emma Sullivan, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sooners passionate about aerospace prepare aircrafts for national contest OU’s Design/Build/ Fly team expects best rankings yet ETHAN KOCH
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alking into Chip R o b b e r s o n ’s house, there is a wall full of pictures of airplanes in flight. Each photo includes the signatures of the crewmembers who designed and built the plane. Take a closer look at the photos on the wall, and it’s obvious they aren’t commercial sized. They are R/C aircrafts, and OU students built each one. Robberson flies for the OU’s Design/Build/Fly team Crimson Skies. The signatures come from the members who helped build each plane, and each picture is Robberson’s fee. He doesn’t charge a penny more for his services. “Coming down here and coming back to school, I was this ‘closet nerd,’ for [lack of] a better word,” Robberson said. “So, I get to come down WEATHER Rain and snow showers mixed in the afternoon. Cold. High 37F.
here and get to talk numbers members on the roster this for the operation, Robberson. to these guys and get to be year, with six in the core Robberson was a pilot for around these people, and I group. Together, the team Cessna Aircraft Company belove it.” calculates and designs a fore coming to OU to get his Th i s yea r ’s tea m w i l l plane for the AIAA competi- aerospace engineering decompete in the American tion, Powers said. gree. One day, team adviser Institute of Aeronautics and The team built this year’s Alfred Striz asked Robberson Astronautics, or AIAA, com- prototype in two months, if he was interested in flying petition in Wichita, April 11 but they will make a second for the team, since he had exto 13, where they look to finish in the top five. Crimson Skies is an aerospace engineering capstone project I think the coolest thing is working with a bunch of that consists of five to six students that have the same passions that you do for members the aerospace world.” i n t h e c o re MATT POWERS, g ro u p e a c h CRIMSON SKIES PROJECT MANAGER year. Despite the capstone label, the group is open to all plane in less time to get ready perience with R/C aircrafts. undergraduates on campus, for the competition, Powers Robberson and his friend said Matt Powers, Crimson said. Jim Ellis have helped the Skies project manager. Each team must have a team ever since. “I think the coolest thing is pilot to fly the plane. This is When his mom became ill, working with a bunch of stu- important because the teams Robberson withdrew from dents that have the same pas- aren’t flying unmanned air- OU. Despite not being ensions that you do for the aero- crafts, Powers said. rolled at OU, he can still fly space world,” Powers said. This year, the team has The team has nearly 100 chosen an experienced pilot SEE CRIMSON SKIES PAGE 2
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Students and faculty evacuated the Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center on Tuesday after a high-pressure pipe burst above the building’s southwest stairwell. Fire alarms went off around 12:30 p.m., and the OU Police Department and the Norman Fire Department arrived shortly after. George Richter-Addo, OU presidential professor and department chairman of the Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center, said Facilities Management employees told him they turned the water off and were repairing the leak. Facilities Management employees were not allowed to comment on the situation. The water that covered all three floors’ lobby areas near the stairwell did not damage the building’s science labs and classes, Richter-Addo said. Students and faculty went back in the building after waiting nearly 30 minutes outside. Laura Bousquet, organic chemistry graduate student, was in class when the pipe burst. “We just smelled a bad smell like sulpher,” Bousquet said. Bousquet saw large amounts of water running down the inside of the building when she and other classmates exited. The research center is almost 4 years old. The $75 SEE PIPELINE PAGE 2
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Norman’s water treatment program is waiting for federal guidelines before implementing a plan to filter a potentially cancer-causing element from Norman’s water. The city will act on the Environmental Protection Agency’s mandate when it is released and will accordingly address the water supply’s levels of hexavalent chromium, commonly called chromium-6, said Geri Wellborn, Norman’s water treatment laboratory manager. “Norman knows that there are changes in the works, and we welcome those,” Wellborn said. City officials worried that acting before an official EPA ruling could result in spending a lot of money and still not meeting the new guidelines, Wellborn said. California’s Department of Health proposed a $156 million plan to pare chromium levels down to 10 parts-per-billion last August, according to the California state website. SEE DRINKING WATER PAGE 2
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crimson skies: Perfects design for competition Pipeline: Second pipe Continued from page 1 burst in four years for the team because he is a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics and the competition doesn’t require a student pilot. “I love doing it. This university has been fantastic to me,” Robberson said. Robberson said before he flew for Crimson Skies, the team never completed a competition mission. “The team has evolved,” Robberson said. “The kids have worked hard to get us caught up. They had a really big learning curve.” OU is now a top 10 team every time they compete, a far cry from where the team once fell in competition, Robberson said. Last year, the team finished ninth in Tucson. This year, the team will build a lighter plane to crack the top five spots in competition, Powers said. Fo r t h e c o m p e t i t i o n , Robberson must operate the plane through four missions, three in the air. The ground mission involves driving the plane on a roofing panel while maneuvering around 2-by-4 pieces of wood. The flight missions vary from speed competitions and include an emergency medical mission in which “patients” and “gurneys” are simulated by wooden blocks. The team must also write a 60-page report that details the design process. The top three teams win cash prizes, and the top team receiving $2500. The champion will also be invited to discuss the team’s
Continued from page 1 million facility opened in the summer of 2010 and is used for research within the chemistry and biochemistry department, as well as office spaces. This isn’t the first time a high-pressure pipe burst in the building. It happened one night in 2010 or 2011, RichterAddo said. Derek Strong works in the center’s café and was also inside when the alarms went off. “We’ve heard the alarm before, but usually it’s a drill so I was expecting when the announcement came that it would be a drill,” Strong said. “But it wasn’t, so they told us all to find the nearest exit and that’s what we did.” Michael Willmus/The Daily
Aerospace engineering senior Matthew Powers adjusts the battery pack for the Crimson Skies Design/ Build/Fly airplane. The team will be competing April 11-13 in Wichita.
plane building process as a guest speaker at an AIAA conference. There are multiple conferences throughout the year, and it is up to the winning teams and AIAA to determine which conference they’ll speak at, Powers said. In Crimson Skies, students apply what they learn in the classroom and build toward their future careers. Edward Poole, aerospace engineering senior and chief engineer, said his experience on the team will pay off when he starts his career, because part of engineering education is learning for yourself through extra-curricular activities and doing research. “Applying it makes more sense to me rather than doing a bunch of homework problems,” Poole said. Crimson Skies is one of 10 competitive engineering teams in OU’s engineering
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Student group has right to demonstrate be punished for expressing our beliefs. And both Oklahoma State University and our beloved OU are state-owned, public properties. It is preposterous that a public universiThe fundamental First ty would attempt to limit the rights Amendment rights of students at of its students. Oklahoma State stuOklahoma State University were dents should never have needed affirmed last week in a court setto obtain university permission to tlement that involves changes to peacefully distribute literature, oral the school’s code of conduct to communication or signage in the allow students to demonstrate on first place, and we are thankful our campus without official university Cowboy neighbors no longer have to. permission. Fortunately, OU’s student code of Last January, the Oklahoma State conduct includes both “the right to University student organization establish and/or disseminate pubCowboys for Life sued university adlications free from any censorship ministrators after members of the or other official action controlling group weren’t allowed to display editorial policy or content in accorsigns of aborted fetuses or hand out dance with university policies” and pamphlets about abortion, accord“the right of assembly to demoning to a Tulsa World article. School strate, inform, or protest, in accorofficials also attempted to levy studance with university policy.” We dent conduct disciplinary charges all know how well those rights are against the students after they quespreserved, from the kooky preachtioned why they were not allowed ers on the South Oval to the recent to show the signs, according to the student protest of CIA director John article. Brennan’s presence on campus. The actions of Oklahoma State We are thankful that our First University officials to refuse those Amendment rights are protectstudents’ First Amendment rights MICHELLE NEHRENZ/THE DAILY ed at OU and that they will now to freedom of speech and assembly University College freshman Danny Reese (left) and political science sophomore Cody Trail (right) pass out be better protected at Oklahoma is unacceptable. We applaud the fliers last semester to promote a Bethel Baptist College Ministry Pancake breakfast. The First Amendment State University. College is a time students for pursuing a civil rights rights of Oklahoma State University were upheld in a court settlement last week, allowing OSU students to for exploration and learning, both case and gaining eventual justice. freely demonstrate on campus without official university permission. of which are best achieved though We believe no student should feel show those signs and express the unburdened exchange of ideas. that they cannot express their beliefs their own. Free speech enThe Our View courages healthy debate and Potential future movers and shakers and opinions on their own college is the majority their viewpoints to others. Free speech matters. For contemplation, activities that of the world attend OU and OSU, and campus. opinion of example, when we trade in- it would be a shame for all involved are more essential than ever Although we may not agree with The Daily’s eight-member sults with our Cowboy rivals, if freedom of speech were limited for the anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage in our highly-polarized soeditorial board that’s freedom of speech. those students. stance of Cowboys for Life, we would ciety. Sure, some Oklahoma First Amendment rights State students may not have fight for their right to express those color the perception of enjoyed seeing posters of beliefs. It is deeply important that Comment on this at OUDaily. nearly every American, they allow people are exposed to varying view- aborted fetuses, we’ve seen them com us to live without fear that we will too, but it is the right of students to points and opinions different than Our View: OSU students’ First Amendment right was upheld, which never should have been a question.
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Oklahoma needs a high-speed rail system
t’s time for the state of Oklahoma to get on the right track and adopt a high-speed rail system. Linking Oklahoma City to Tulsa, which are Oklahoma’s largest two cities, would promote economic development and provide convenience to travelers, as well as an environmentally responsible medium of travel. The Tulsa-Oklahoma City Corridor Investment Plan is a proposed framework for a new railway system that includes running a high-speed train from Oklahoma City to Tulsa, making stops in Chandler, Bristow and Sapulpa, among other towns. Excluding Oklahoma City and Tulsa, the proposed plan involves making stops in very small rural towns. If the proposed route were to take shape, it would have very positive effects on the economies of the small towns. Allowing easy access to the cities and bringing thousands of people through them each day will certainly lead to greater spending in the given areas. Linking metro areas to small towns on a high-speed rail system would allow easy commutes with Oklahoma’s two largest cities at the forefront. Commuting between home and work, or simply visiting the city, would be made much easier without having to go through the hassle of dealing with rush-hour traffic. Citizens should be able to easily visit their state capitol and with the addition of a high-speed rail system they would be able to do so. Adopting a high-speed rail system would allow the state to become more energy efficient, as well as greatly reduce our air pollution. The Environmental Law and Policy Center’s website mentions that the construction of high-speed rail systems decreases the reliance on automotive transportation, thus helping reduce ozone emissions. More people gravitating toward using rail systems means that fewer cars will be on the roadways polluting the air. A successful transition to a high-speed rail system would mean far fewer people traveling by automobiles. With fewer cars on the roads, cities would not have to police the roads as strenuously as they currently do. Also, road construction would be greatly reduced, allowing the city to spend the money elsewhere. Whether the money was reallocated toward improving their education system or reducing crime, the adoption of a high-speed rail system would have many positive effects on the cities. Whether it be used for commuting to work, visiting family or even attending a sporting event, the adoption of a high-speed rail system would be very beneficial for the state of Oklahoma. Both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metro areas would see an increase in economic activity through multiplier effects as well as greater convenience for their citizens’ travels. This public transit system would make car travel less essential, meaning the entire state would benefit from the reduction of greenhouse gases burned by automobiles. There are many benefits to be had from the successful adoption of a highspeed rail system, and it’s time that Oklahoma jumps aboard on the idea — sooner rather than later. Ryan Gilliam, accounting sophomore.
The Dallas Area Rapid Transit is Dallas’ train system. The Tulsa-Oklahoma City Corridor Investment Plan is a proposed framework for a railway system that runs from Oklahoma City to Tulsa.
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dishing out four rebounds. Sophomore guard Buddy Hield added 15 points and eight rebounds in the loss. Hield has emerged as one of the teamâ€™s primary scoring options, averaging 16.7 points per game. The Freeport, Bahamas, native has been shooting lights out for the Sooners, especially from beyond the arc. In the Sooners last three games, Hield has been shooting better than 50 percent from the three.
Oklahoma to appreciate students Lon Kruger has said before that heâ€™s fond of the OU student section, now he and the OU Athletic Department are putting action to those words. Oklahomaâ€™s last home game of the season on Wednesday at 8 p.m. against West Virginia will be Student Appreciation Night. The first 2,500 OU students with a valid OU I.D. at Wednesdayâ€™s game will be admitted for free with the first 500 also receiving t-shirts and vouchers for popcorn and a drink. â€œWe wanted to do something significant to thank the OU student body for its support throughout the season,â€? Kruger said in a press release. â€œWith one home game remaining, we think this is a fitting way to show our appreciation for all that our students do for us.â€? â€œOur players and staff say â€˜thank you,â€™ and we hope to see you Wednesday night.â€? After a Bedlam win on Jan. 27 in front of a raucous crowd, Kruger credited his teamâ€™s energy to the fans. â€œStudents made a big impact on the energy right off the bat,â€? Kruger said after the 88-76 win over Oklahoma State. â€œI know our players very much appreciate that.â€? Ryan Gerbosi, Sports Reporter
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For a team that depends on their three point efficiency, the Sooners will be hoping that, at some point, the streaky shooter will heat up. The Sooners have been getting great production out of their guards. The Soonersâ€™ guards combined for 55 of the 77 points scored against the Longhorns. Sophomore guard Isaiah Cousins has been lighting it up on both offense and defense. In their win over the Longhorns, Cousins scored a career-high 24 points and has proved that he can be aggressive on offense, while playing solid defense. The Sooners will be hoping to get the same performance out of their guards against the Mountaineers. Defense has been an area the Sooners continue to improve on every game. Against the Longhorns, the Sooners managed to contain two of Texasâ€™ key offensive weapons, while scoring 23 points from 16 forced
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ollowing a dominant 77-65 victory over the Texas Longhorns, the Sooners are gearing up to play their final home game of the season against the West Virginia Mountaineers at 8 tonight. With just two games remaining, the Sooners (21-8, 10-6) are looking to end the regular season on a high note and head into the Big 12 tournament with momentum on their side. The Mountaineers (1613,8-8) have had their struggles this season, finally snapping a three-game losing streak with a win over TCU on March 1. In their last meeting in Morgantown on Feb. 5, the Sooners lost a close game in overtime, falling to the Mountaineers 86-91 in a game that was plagued with adversity from the start â€” inclement weather prevented the Sooners from arriving on time. The Sooners overcame that adversity and recovered from a 14-point deficit but were unable to hold on in overtime. Freshman guard Jordan Woodard had a breakout game, scoring a career-high 23 points while
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MVP BATTLE Julia Nelson • Sports Editor
evin Durant made a run at the MVP title during Russell Westbrook’s absence. It looked like it would finally be his year to be the best player in basketball. Then LeBron James had to drop 61 points in a single game. That changes things a bit. The MVP race is always going to be a two-player game between James and Durant for the foreseeable future.
But that 61 points might have just given James the boost he needed to win it — again. He shot over 66 percent from the field. I’ll just let that sink in. He wasn’t just being a ball-hog, just flinging shots up without a prayer, the guy was straight-up efficient. He also managed to grab five assists. It might not sound like a lot, but when Carmelo Anthony scored 62 points in
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Lebron James January, he didn’t record a single assist. For the record, I’m not a James fan. I think his decision to “take his talents to South Beach” and subsequent promises of “not one, not two, not three ...” championships are some of the tackiest things to ever happen in sports. If we’re talking about the most liked players in the NBA, Durant would beat James. Every time. It might be a little early to talk about this. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, after all. I don’t discredit what Durant has done this season, either — especially in Westbrook’s absence. To play the way he did; to take on the double and triple teams and average 35 points a game, all without your sidekick? That’s impressive. Almost LeBron James-esque. And while I wish I could say the Thunder are a better team than the Heat, I can’t. OKC
beat Miami in January, but after the 103-81 pounding on Feb. 20, it looks like that win in January was a mistake. There’s still a quarter of the season left, so Durant has a chance to make a late run for the MVP title. Crazier things have happened. I just don’t think it will this time. If anyone had any doubts about his staying power, James cemented his superstar status in the basketball world for years to come with this performance. The season’s not over, but the MVP race might as well have come to a close. James isn’t the winner, yet, but he’s already defending his award. It’s his to lose. Durant’s at his heels, but he won’t quite get there. It’s just not his year, again. Julia Nelson is a Journalism Senior
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