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Aaryn Ellenberg (shown left) and the OU women’s basketball team will face the Texas Tech Lady Raiders today in the Big 12 tournament.
John Darnielle (shown right) and The Mountain Goats will celebrate their 20th year as a band by releasing the band’s 13th full-length album March 29.
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Rising costs to increase tuition Construction of new buildings ending, utilities and healthcare costs increasing JARED RADER The Oklahoma Daily
OU President David Boren continued to indicate tuition will increase next fall on Tuesday, citing rising employee health insurance costs and high utility payments for
campus buildings. Though he said the construction of new buildings on campus is ending — more than 15 buildings have been built or refurbished since his appointment in 1995 — new buildings mean the university must make utility payments long after construction is complete. Coupled with the rising costs of university employee health care and lagging state funds, administrators have increased tuition about
6.4 percent on average annually from 2006 to 2011, Chris Kuwitzky, associate vice president and OU chief financial officer, said in an e-mail. Boren has overseen the completion of nearly $1.8 billion in construction projects since he began his presidency in 1995, according to the
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Ballerinas practice Fandango on Monday evening at the Fine Arts Center. Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner are visiting choreographers at the OU School of Dance and are responsible for the staging of Fandango. For a complete preview, see page 9.
CART to alter routes during spring break
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The Cleveland Area Rapid Transit buses will begin operating on an alternate schedule Monday because of spring break. The affected routes are Lindsey East, Lindsey West, Campus Loop, Research Shuttle and Lloyd Noble Center. • The Lindsey East and Lindsey West routes change from a 30-minute service to a 60-minute service • The Lloyd Noble Center and Research shuttles will combine and operate on a 30-minute plan • The Campus Loop route will not run during spring break “CART runs on an alternate schedule anytime the university is closed because many of our routes are run to get students to and from campus,” Vicky Holland, Parking and Transit spokeswoman, said. The alternate schedule is used to conserve resources so CART can operate efficiently, according to the CART Route Schedule and Transit Guide. CART typically operates 14 buses during the busiest part of the day, but that number dips to eight during peak hours while running on an alternate schedule format, Holland said. The number of riders also declines during this period, Holland said. About 7,000 people ride CART shuttles per day, but about 1,500 passengers use the service during an alternate-schedule period. For more information about CART’s scheduling change, visit cart.ou.edu.
Students can purchase graduation announcements, take year book photos at event
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The university’s Graduation Office is preparing seniors for graduation through its Graduation Gear-Up. The event runs until Friday and takes place today from 9 a.m. to noon and from Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in
the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Beaird Lounge. Graduation Gear-Up occurs in October and March each year, University Bookstore general manager Misty Broughton said. The event is intended to make graduation easier for out-going seniors, said Danielle Lindley, Graduation Office member. In addition to graduation gear, graduates can get information
Graduation gear cost » Bachelor’s package — cap, gown and tassel $36 » Master’s package — cap, gown, tassel and hood $60
An agreement with two airlines will assist aviation graduate students in finding jobs by providing guaranteed interviews, the aviation director said. The OU Department of Aviation completed a directhire agreement with American Eagle Airlines and Pinnacle Airlines, said Max Westheimer Airport Aviation Director Ken Carson. The agreement contracts guarantee students interviews with the airlines, and the airlines can directly hire graduates without interviews. Pinnacle Airlines’ agreement was completed Feb. 18 and American Eagle Airlines’ agreement on Feb. 28. The university or the airlines may terminate the direct-hiring arrangement at any time, according to the agreements. “The University of Oklahoma is one of only two schools in the country that has this type of agreement,” Carson said. “The other agreement is at Western Michigan University.” Other universities’ knowledge of these agreements has been limited due to unspoken competition for jobs after graduation, Carson said. OU does not necessarily want Oklahoma State University, which also has an aviation program, to know about the hiring agreement, Carson said. Aerospace engineering junior Michael Johnson said he had not heard anything about the direct-hire agreement until he received an e-mail about it from the department. Johnson wants to be a test pilot, and said the agreements with the airlines are a great career opportunity for some students.
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New professors bring curriculum diversity Brazil, South Asia, Iran will be focus of new international studies courses JIYEUN HEO The Oklahoma Daily
The Department of International and Area Studies has added three faculty members intended to broaden the scope of the department’s disciplinary reach. Two assistant professors were hired to focus on Brazilian and South Asian studies, and an associate professor was hired to specialize in Iranian studies. In recent years, exit interviews conducted with students majoring in international and area studies have featured requests for a more diverse curriculum, said Mark Frazier, Department of International and Area Studies director. To satisfy these requests, the department has decided to hire the new faculty members with funds from the president’s office and a
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gift fund from the Farzaneh family, Frazier said. “Once the faculties are hired, I believe this department of international and area studies will be one of the biggest and most prestigious colleges in the region,” international and area studies professor Alan McPherson said. The College of International Studies was approved in January and has 18 faculty members, eight of whom are fully appointed to the Department of International and
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Area Studies. The department also shares 10 faculty members with the political science, economics or history departments, Frazier said. The number of students in the program is growing, said Zach Messitte, College of International Studies dean. “We needed more faculty to keep our class sizes small,” Messitte said. “Also, we wanted to hire more people who are in the critical areas that students wanted.” Each year, search committee
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members place job advertisements in major professional publications and on websites of professional associations to spread the word about hiring positions within the department, said Robin Grier, economics and international and area studies professor. The committee also sends letters to major area studies centers with programs in South Asia, Latin America, Iran or the Middle East, Frazier said. Once the job advertisements have been placed, the committee reviews all applications prior to the meeting, during which they narrow the list of potential hires to three or four applicants for each position, Frazier said. After the most recent review process, the three new faculty members chosen to teach in the fall 2011 semester are Erika Robb Larkins from Brazil, specializing in anthropology, Emily Rook-Koepsel, specializing in history and India, and Mariam Mufti, specializing in political science and Iran.
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Today around campus » AAPG/SEG Spring Break Student Expo will give students interested in the petroleum industry the opportunity to meet with industry representatives to make employment and internship matches. The event will take place in Sarkeys Energy Center through Friday. » Immigration in the Heartland, a conference exploring the effects of immigration in Oklahoma and other Heartland states, will be held through Friday in Gaylord Hall. » Graduation Gear-Up will occur from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Beaird Lounge. » Animal Volunteers Alliance will host Pet Food Drive from noon to 7 p.m. in the Union in front of WIRE. » School of International and Area Studies will host How to Land an Internship as part of its Career Workshop Series from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Hester Hall, Room 170. » Christians on Campus will host a Christian seminar from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. in the Union’s Weitzenhoffer Room. Free for students. » Henry Kissinger will participate in a dinner and fireside chat at 6 p.m. in the Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom. » Presidential Dream Course will host a public lecture on the Arab-Israeli conflict from 6 to 9 p.m. at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.
president’s welcome message on the OU website. Many new buildings were constructed using private funds and state bond issues, but once they are complete, the university accrues more landscaping, housekeeping and utility expenses, Boren said. “The landscaping department screams every time I open a new building,” Boren said. Maintaining buildings is more cost-effective than delaying maintenance, Boren said “The presidents before me — I’m not criticizing them because they had such budget problems — they couldn’t do it; they deferred a lot of the maintenance,” Boren said. “And when building maintenance is deferred, it’s worse than it is if you just keep it up all the time.” New buildings often require new faculty and staff, whose salaries and health care costs amount to significant expenses, Boren said. “Health care costs, more than anything, eat our lunch ever y year,” Boren said. “Even with Obamacare, it hasn’t slowed, not one bit. If anything, it’s shot up a little more.” State appropriations to OU have trended up since 2000, according to documents obtained from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. After a sharp decline in fiscal year 2004, state appropriations continued to climb, peaking in fiscal year 2009. Since 2009, appropriations have decreased again,
» Softball will play Tulsa at 6 p.m. at the Marita Hynes Field. » Performance of a staged reading of Italian playwright Dacia Maraini’s play “Mary Stuart” will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Old Science Hall Lab Theatre.
Thursday, March 10 » Animal Volunteers Alliance will host Pet Food Drive from noon to 7 p.m. in the Union in front of WIRE. » There will be a research librarian in the Writing Center to answer students’ research question from 1 to 3 p.m. in Wagner Hall, Room 280. » Performance of a staged reading of Italian playwright Dacia Maraini’s play “Mary Stuart” will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Old Science Hall Lab Theatre.
Friday, March 11 » Baseball will play Arkansas-Little Rock at 3 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park. » Women’s gymnastics will compete against Michigan State from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lloyd Noble Center.
Funeral services set for Regents chairman Funeral services for OU Board of Regents Chairman Larry Wade will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Elk City at the Pioneer Center, 1221 N. Pioneer. Wade, 72, died at 1:10 a.m. Sunday at the Integris Health Bapist Medical Center in Oklahoma City after he collapsed on his way to the OU-Oklahoma State men’s basketball game in Norman. The family has requested everyone from OU wear something red. Flowers and condolences can be sent to the family at 913 N. Peace, Elk City, OK 73644. — Nicholas Harrison/The Daily
but are still higher than any time before 2007, according to the documents. At the same time, OU’s total operating budget has increased every year since 1995 — except between 2009 and 2010 — and state appropriations have decreased as a percentage of the university’s total operating budget. State appropriations as a percentage of OU’s operating budget have declined from 54.1 percent in 2000 to 32.8 percent in 2011, Kuwitzky said in an e-mail. I n 1 9 9 5 , O U ’s t o t a l operating budget was $281,619,667, according to the OU Factbook. OU’s total operating budget this fiscal year is $771,658,679 — a 174 percent increase. A possible tuition increase of 4.5 percent was f i r s t re p o r t e d by Fi t c h Ratings, one of the top three credit rating agencies in the U.S, in a Jan. 18
analysis of OU’s ability to repay investors. The report stated the loss of federal stimulus funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 could result in 4.5 percent tuition rate increases after 2011. Stimulus funds softened tuition increases, even allowing the university to implement a tuition freeze in fiscal year 2009. E l i z a b e t h R u c k e r, a member of Students for a Democratic Society, said university administrators should be able to do more to avoid tuition increases. “Tuition hikes hurt the most vulnerable students, and so why not find other things in the budget we can cut?” asked Rucker, international studies and interdisciplinary perspectives on the environment junior. “Like the administrators carrying six-figure salaries, and we don’t know what
they do.” Boren said tuition increases have been necessary to maintain the quality of OU’s education. “Look, I don’t want to cut my faculty salary back,” Boren said. “…Personnel costs are the biggest part of our budget. Then I would have to be laying off people. I’d have to cut into the ner ves, and that’s what we’re trying to avoid.” To offset increased costs, the university has implemented a general hiring freeze and cut departmental budgets by 5 percent, Kuwitzky said in an e-mail. “We do everything possible to avoid increases in tuition while continuing to provide a quality education for our students that is among the lowest, in terms of cost, in the Big 12,” Kuwitzky said. “When a tuition increase is necessary, we try to keep it as low as possible.”
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AVIATION: OU 1 of 2 schools with agreement Continued from page 1 Michael McCarter, aviation management junior, said when he first got the e-mail, he was skeptical about the direct-hire agreement because sometimes an agreement only guarantees an interview and not a job. Pinnacle Airlines, which is larger than American Eagle Airlines, is based out of Memphis, Tenn., and mostly flies in the East Coast area, Carson said. However, Pinnacle has several flights through other parts of the United States, including Oklahoma. American Eagle Airlines is the regional partner of American Airlines and operates more than 270 aircraft, according to its website. OU aviation students who want to know more about the agreements can read copies of the press releases for both Pinnacle Airlines and American Eagle Airlines in the Career Corner on the second floor of Max Westheimer Airportâ€™s terminal building. â€œItâ€™s a great opportunity in all honesty for someone looking to go into the airline industry as a pilot because this is basically their ticket in,â€? McCarter said.
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Maintaining and developing current Campus Activities Council activities through the creation of a position that manages the organizationâ€™s volunteer branch and brings more students into CAC is the platform of one candidate for CAC chair. â€œThe most important part of my platform is the inclusion of other student organizations,â€? said CAC chair candidate Greg Emde. â€œI want to better use the three CAC liaisons already in place to keep other student groups informed of how they can be involved in CAC.â€? Emde plans to focus on educational workshops across campus so CAC can serve as a liaison between all of the organizations, said Ashley Edwards, political science junior and Emde supporter. The workshops have received positive feedback, Emde said. â€œGreg has devoted his entire college career to CAC,â€? Edwards said. â€œYou canâ€™t help but see and be inspired by him.â€? Emde plans to minimize his workload with other organizations, including his work with Big Event and his role as a resident adviser in Cate Center, if he is elected CAC chair. â€œMy slogan is Leadership through E.M.D.E., which stands for Experience, Meaning, Dedication and Effect,â€? Emde said. â€œDedication is where that lies, if elected as CAC chair, I have the capacity to focus on it. CAC will be the only thing I am doing outside of classes.â€? Emde, who is current CAC executive treasurer, said he hopes to finish his college career as Campus Activities Council chairman. â€œThrough my involvement in CAC I have gained leadership experience and learned an infinite amount about myself and helping others,â€? Emde said. Emde became involved with CAC his freshman year when he served as
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an active member of the CAC Film Series and created the publicity for the event. He said he worked as the chair for the CAC film series his sophomore year. â€œBecause of my three years in CAC, I feel I have a wealth of experience.â€? Emde said. â€œI know the organization inside and out and feel I have a clear vision for how we can efficiently progress as an organization.â€œ The primary responsibility of CAC chair is the positive representation of the organization, Emde said. The
chair must be the person who speaks on behalf of the organization and makes the final calls on tough decisions, Emde said. â€œOften we get these great ideas like Crew, we start it and instead of developing it we start on another new idea and leave it behind,â€? Emde said. â€œWe keep up with it, but we donâ€™t tweak it.â€? Greg dedicates a tremendous amount of time to CAC and represents the organization well, said Kelsey Krueger, interior design junior. â€œGreg is level-headed and fairminded. He takes everyoneâ€™s opinion into account,â€? Krueger said. Emde met w ith his campaign team Thursday to sort out campaign materials. â€œThis organization has made me who I am today,â€? Emde said. â€œI feel as if I have given back through my involvement, but being CAC chair is the ultimate way for me to give back.â€?
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about career services and becoming alumni, as well as information about their collegeâ€™s commencement, Lindley said. Students also can purchase graduation announcements, their OU tradition ring, cap and gown and have their yearbook photos taken, Lindley said. While attending the event, masterâ€™s student of social work Sandra Martinez said she was excited to graduate in May. â€œItâ€™s going to be kind of bittersweet, but Iâ€™m excited to finally be done, especially on a masterâ€™s level at OU,â€? Martinez said. Martinez only purchased her cap, gown and tassel at the event. Lindley said upcoming graduates can ask further questions about graduation at the universityâ€™s Graduation Office in Lissa and Cy Wagner Hall. Students who are not able to attend this event are able to get these services across campus, Lindley said. If students still need a cap and gown after Friday, they can purchase them beginning the week after spring break at the University Bookstore, Broughton said.
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The dark side of free speech Arabian First Amendment rights hit the headlines last week when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a group of protestors who represent the Westboro Baptist Church protested an American soldier’s funeral claiming soldiers’s deaths are the will of God. Unfortunate as it is to say, legally, the Westboro Baptist Church is not doing anything wrong. We think it’s ethically wrong they’re disgracing a fallen soldier’s memory and while we do not condone their actions, we must acknowledge the rights to freedom of speech. On campus, most students have seen the pro-life displays, received an unwanted flier and heard preacher Bob and other local ministers informing us we are doomed to hell. As annoying or unwanted as these interruptions are they are protected under free speech. Despite Tuesday’s frigid temperatures, spring is right around the corner, and the nice weather will bring condemning preachers and campus groups handing out fliers for spring events. For some turning the other cheek is the preferred method of dealing with this auditory pollution while others will attempt to open up a dialogue or simply resort to banging on drums. Few students realize these forms of rebuttal fall under the category of free speech. If someone offends you, use it as an opportunity to exercise your rights to freedom of speech and respond in a calm and intellectual fashion. Don’t fight fire with fire.
Citizens invoke the First Amendment when they want to protect speech they believe in, but when a group like Westboro disgraces the memory of dead troops we all of a sudden have a problem with freedom of speech. We have to understand as citizens these “God given rights” do have negative consequences. Sometimes these consequences will make us question how we really feel about free speech. Do you enjoy having personal conversations with your friends on the South Oval? Well, if we start limiting speech with groups like Westboro it won’t be long until the government takes away our ability to discuss politics because someone took offense. If you find yourself infuriated by someone else’s words, which would be pretty easy if someone was telling you at your son’s funeral he deserved to die, stand calmly in front of them and attempt to engage in an intelligent conversation. As hard as this may be, perhaps you will be able to persuade the person that what they are doing is wrong. Arguing about what should and should not be protected by the First Amendment is dangerous topic. We have to remember all though we don’t agree with what is being said, we still must respect each other’s rights to freedom of speech
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Cost of oil dampens spring break With spring break on our minds, it is outrageous prices. Whether opting to bike hard to concentrate on anything but the rather than drive or trading in gas-guzzlers STAFF COLUMN UMN slopes, the beach or even home. For many, for sedans, people seem desperate to save Mariah this spring break will take a much heavier even a few bucks on gas. Najmuddin in toll on their wallets than in past years. One of the most creative tactics is the For University College freshman Claudia “National ‘No Fill-Up’ Day” event on Cubillos, even the cost of driving home to Oklahoma City Facebook. Created by Jonathan Hewitt, the event urges has put a damper on her vacation plans. drivers to not purchase gas on March 12. National “No Fill“Even though I’m from Oklahoma, the price of gas has Up” Day has already received nearly 3,000 attending RSVPs definitely cut into my spending budget. I probably won’t and over 700 maybes. get to do as much during the break,” Cubillos said. This may be an extreme case, but it definitely shows the It’s sad to think the cost of a good road trip has gone up desperation and frustration growing amongst disgruntled significantly because of the price of gas. Americans. With all the turmoil in the Middle East and Africa, it Though Hewitt’s effort is admirable, it is a little naïve. I comes as no surprise that our foreign-oil dependent coun- doubt many people will remember to boycott gas stations try is hurting so badly. because it is the first day of spring break. The creator didn’t According to the Energy Information take into account that no matter what, Administration, gas prices across the people are going to get gas if they need it. Perhaps filling-up country have risen 30 cents in the last It’s foolish to think they wouldn’t. wouldn’t be a necessity if month. With the BP oil spill still lingerPerhaps filling-up wouldn’t be a neour public transportation cessity if our public transportation sysing in our minds it is hard to argue for offshore drilling, but if the gas prices contem were improved. We could depend on system were improved. tinue to rise we will be left with no other taking the bus or the monorail. Or maybe Or maybe if we invested choice. if we invested in renewable energy sourcin renewable energy Without foreign oil, offshore drilling es, like solar panels or wind turbines, we sources, like solar will inevitably be necessary to lower the wouldn’t be as dependent on crude oil. panels or wind turbines, price of gas. Though the United States Whatever the solution, it is obvious we does not purchase oil from Libya, many need to make a change if we want to rewe wouldn’t be as European countries do and are heavily dependent on crude oil.” move our dependency on unstable fordependent on Libyan oil. eign governments. If more countries become solely deGas prices are predicted to continue to pendent on oil from the Middle East, crude oil prices will rise, as are the emotions of drivers across the country. rise due to a low supply and a high demand. This spring break, when you shell out $70 for gas on your Jeffrey Lacker, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of way to visit mom, look on the bright side: it’s probably a lot Richmond, contends that the increase in gas prices will not cheaper now than it will be in May. further the recession but will only slow down the recovery process. — Mariah Najmuddin, Though this is a somewhat comforting thought, it is public relations sophomore not enough to calm fears about our darkly forecasted economy. Comment on this column at OUDaily.com Some have taken matters into their own hands to combat
oppression complicated by citizens The world continues to be astounded at the current political protests and demonstrations in the Arab world. The calls for political change have, so far, overthrown regimes in Tunisia and then in Egypt. Libya, Bahrain, Yemen and Oman also are witnessing the repercussions of what began in Tunisia and Egypt. Although such countries differ immensely in the nature of their political systems and in their readiness to implement reform, it is surprising how the media, in their exposé of the corruption and dictatorship ascribed to some ruling regimes, reduces such regimes to their top leaders and the select few associated When people with them. around leaders We are given rocket numbers deceive them of dollars as the fortune of the and distort facts Mubarak family in Egypt — and few other members of the thenby not giving ruling national party. The same them accurate applies to the al-Gaddafi family pictures about in Libya and the Ben Ali family what is going in Tunisia. on ... leaders In such cases, it is as if select people in the midst of millions take the wrong impression that and millions are to blame for corruption, totalitarianism things are not and repression of democracy. on the verge of I am not exonerating such figexplosion.” ures or defending them by any means. Nor do I have accurate data about their wealth and corruption. However, and to put things in perspective, what many people in America do not know is that people in the Arab world can be complicit in their own oppression. When people around leaders idolize them, it is no wonder that leaders become ethically blind. When people around leaders deceive them and distort facts by not giving them accurate pictures about what is going on, and even keep praising them for whatever they do and wherever they go, leaders take the wrong impression that things are not on the verge of explosion. Just as Saddam Hussein was commended by millions in Iraq and approving slogans were chanted around him each time he appeared in public or met with his military commanders or advisers — a picture that completely changed after he fell down and he began to be condemned by his own skin as one of the most ruthless dictators in history — the same thing is happening in the Arab world these days. For years and years, Gaddafi seemed to be a largerthan-life leader for his people. Nowadays, the circle of supporters becomes tighter and people among those who once gave him his halo and served under him for decades are taking turns in elaborating how much of a corrupt dictator he is. Political hypocrisy is as bad as political oppression. Even when we live in police states and fear for our lives and future, we can stay out of trouble by passive means, or at least by not applauding the oppressor. Again, I am not defending oppressive systems. I am just pointing out the paradoxical makeup of human nature, and the people’s implicit role in their own oppression when they enhance the megalomania of their leaders. — Shadi Neimneh, English graduate student
Kissinger’s foreign policy not worthy of celebration Three weeks ago, the university issued a press release announcing former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger would visit campus today. The statement was followed by a brief overview of Kissinger’s career and a list of his awards and distinctions. Among them was no indication that he was a suspected war criminal or that he had been accused repeatedly of crimes against humanity. I’m going to assume that whoever wrote the release didn’t know this, and I’m willing to extend that benefit of doubt to whoever invited Kissinger to speak. After all, I like to think if everyone knew the gory details of his career, he’d see the door shut in his face at every decent college in the country. Make no mistake: Kissinger’s political career was a long campaign of subversion and violence. His evasion of responsibility is already a minor national disgrace, and OU is only degrading itself by honoring him tonight. If Kissinger’s introduction is worded anything like the press release, then it will be littered with euphemisms and totally lacking details he doesn’t want to discuss. Instead, it will focus on his successes but only so far as they don’t include the unpleasant details.
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If and when Kissinger is lauded for his role in “ending the Vietnam War,” someone STAFF COLUMN ought to mention his support of the secret Cambodia bombings, which not only extended the length of the war, but killed thouSteven Zoeller er sands of peasants and compelled survivors to join the genocidal Khmer Rouge. Similarly, if Kissinger is to be congratulated for his “opening to China,” it should be mentioned said opening was secured by the United States’ relationship with Pakistan, which Kissinger maintained in spite of the 1970s genocide by the Pakistani army that left 3 million Bengalis dead and 10 million refugees. How does one overlook these horrors? It appears as if Kissinger either failed to calculate the value of human life in his policy-making or simply failed at policy-making altogether. In either case, why are we giving him recognition? Two other atrocities linked to Kissinger probably won’t be mentioned because they are even less easily rationalized. These include the 1970 conspiracy to kidnap and murder René Schneider, the chief commander of the Chilean army, and the United States’ approval of Indonesia’s occupation of East Timor.
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Both of these meddlings represent something sinister and unprincipled in the Kissinger mindset: the idea that independence and democracy are only good when they fit America’s plan for the world. Schneider was targeted because he opposed any military intervention in the democratic transition of power in Chile, which was about to put a Marxist president in charge. East Timor had just gained its independence when it was allowed to be snatched away by Indonesia, a United States ally that later instituted genocide. While Kissinger was not totally responsible for these injustices, no mention of them is complete without his signature. In the aforementioned press release, President David Boren correctly states Kissinger played the biggest role of any American diplomat in the last half of the 20th century. That doesn’t necessarily mean it was a positive one. — Steven Zoeller, University College freshman
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Late Mardi Gras meets spring break for rowdy fete All-day celebration Tuesday caps Carnival season in New Orleans
NATION NEWS BRIEFS 1. New York
Oil prices fall Tuesday as OPEC leaders consider output boost Oil Prices retreated Tuesday as OPEC ministers discussed whether to ramp up oil production in the wake of the Libyan uprising. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for April delivery fell $1.64 to $103.81 per barrel on Tuesday. In London, Brent crude dropped $2.79 to $112.25 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange. The Libyan crisis has forced companies to evacuate workers, and most of the country’s 1.6 million barrels of daily production has been shut down. Boosting production elsewhere would likely cool off overheated energy prices, but experts warn that doing so would weaken OPEC’s ability to manage global supplies later this year. ___
2. Silver City, N.M.
New Mexico wildfire destroys 15 homes, contained overnight New Mexico officials say activity on a wind-driven wildfire that destroyed up to 15 homes has eased, and crews were able to build containment lines overnight. State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware said the wildfire in a rugged rural area south of Silver City had burned nearly 1,800 acres, or almost 3 square miles, by early Tuesday. That’s up from 500-1,000 acres burned as of Monday night. Ware expects more concrete figures after officials assess the area Tuesday. High winds had prevented firefighters from calling in water-dropping helicopters or planes after the blaze started Monday afternoon. Winds were expected to pick up again Tuesday afternoon. About 100 people were evacuated. The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved a grant that will cover 75 percent of the cost of fighting the fire. ___
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59-year-old man receives 5 years for California bank heists last year A federal judge has sentenced Southern California’s “Golden Years Bandit” to five years in prison. The judge at Monday’s sentencing in Los Angeles also ordered 59-year-old William McCormick Jr. of El Monte to pay $26,700 in restitution for the bank heists last year. The Pasadena Star-News says McCormick pleaded guilty in December to robbing banks in Rosemead, San Gabriel and Alhambra. The FBI dubbed him the “Golden Years Bandit.” Agents are still looking for another elder bank robber dubbed the “Geezer Bandit.” Witnesses estimate that the man who has robbed more than a dozen banks is between 60 and 70 years old. The FBI says it has seen an increase in the number of older bank robbers. ___
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Suspect dies in police standoff; officers shot, in critical condition A suspect has died after a standoff with police at a house in St. Louis, police said. Earlier Tuesday, two federal marshals and a police officer were shot and wounded in a gunfight at the same property, and one marshal is in critical condition. St. Louis police confirmed that a “male suspect is deceased.” The statement did not explain how he was killed. The two U.S. marshals and a St. Louis police officer were serving an arrest warrant at the house on the city’s south side when a gunfight broke out, according to Jeff Carter, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service. One U.S. marshal is in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit at Saint Louis University Hospital, hospital spokeswoman Laura Keller said. The other is in fair condition and is undergoing surgery, Keller said. ___
NEW ORLEANS — Revelers bared flesh and threw beads on Bourbon Street until the sun rose on Mardi Gras to mark the celebration that takes on so many shapes in New Orleans, from massive parade floats to gay costume balls to jazz-inflected second-line dancing. Gray skies hung over the city, but spirits didn’t appear dampened for the allout party that lasts until the Christian season of Lent begins Wednesday. This Carnival season has seemed bigger and more brash than in recent years since Hurricane Katrina, perhaps because this year it falls during spring break. On Bourbon Street, revelers wearing costumes that lampooned current events strolled through garbage turned to mush by Monday night’s rain. Some drew inspiration from the BP oil spill. Allen Logue, 58, was clad as a oneman oil spill clean-up crew. The oil field consultant from Barataria, La., didn’t have to do much shopping to build his costume. He already had a hard-hat helmet and BP-branded sweat shirt from work he did for the company in Alaska. “The only thing I had to shop for was the Jim Beam and that was to ease the pain of the oil spill,” Logue said. Logue also carried super-absorbent kitchen napkins to clean any mess he might encounter, though the most likely spill on Bourbon Street would be beer and not crude oil. Sylvia Beyer, 57, of New Orleans led a group of 5 women in grass skirts and hats with the BP logo. On the back of their shirts were slogans, such as
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Broken Promises, Brazen Polluters and Bloody Pathetic. As they walked along, they passed out makeshift voodoo dolls with a photo of former BP CEO Tony Hayward pasted to each. “We just wanted to stick it to BP,” Beyer said. “We put more time into these costumes than BP did in their disaster plan.” This year, the sheer timing of Mardi Gras helped. It fell later than usual and coincides with spring break for college students. Students have been out in force — giving more punch to the annual pre-Lenten celebration. Ali Miller, 23, an early childhood education major at the University of Southeastern Louisiana, was jubilant as she walked home Tuesday morning after
a long night of drinking in the French Quarter and throwing beads from a balcony on Bourbon Street. “There is nothing like New Orleans,” she said. “I would never ever want to grow up anywhere but here! And Mardi Gras is the craziest time you could ever have in life — I don’t know what else to say.” Mardi Gras was being celebrated across the Gulf Coast, in cities including Mobile, Ala., and Biloxi, Miss. In the Cajun country of southwest Louisiana, masked riders on horseback continued the tradition of riding from town to town making merry along the way. — AP
Hundreds mourn fallen Mich. player 16-year-old dies after scoring game-winning basket March 3 HOLL AND, Mich. — Hundreds of mourners filled a western Michigan church Tuesday for the funeral of a 16-year-old athlete who collapsed and died after scoring a winning basket for his high school team. Wes Leonard’s funeral was held less than a day after his Fennville High teammates shed their grief for a few hours and won the first game of the state basketball playoffs in front of 3,500 fans. Leonard died of an enlarged heart last Thursday, moments after his shot gave the undefeated Blackhawks another victory. At Christ Memorial Church, the Rev. Gary Peterson recalled Leonard’s love for sports, the outdoors and his Christian faith. Since last week, Peterson, pastor of Fennville United
Fennville basketball players console each other over the death of Wes Leonard, a classmates and basketball starter, before a high school basketball tournament game Monday in Holland, Mich. Leonard died after playing in basketball game March 3. Methodist Church, said many teenagers have told him about Leonard’s love for Jesus. Jim Leonard said his nephew was “larger than life.” “I never used or understood that cliché until the last four days,” the uncle said. Fennville is a town of about 1,400, but the school
“I think he was watching down on us,” Fennville coach Ryan Klingler said after the 65-54 win over Lawrence. “This is a game he’d have liked.” In tribute to Leonard, Fennville sent just four players onto the court before the opening tip. The fifth player took the court after a dramatic pause to wild cheering from the crowd. Fennville’s decision to play Monday came after school officials talked to Leonard’s family. While some fans and school officials had talked before the game about how it wouldn’t really matter who won, Fennville players didn’t seem to have that attitude — rallying to victory after falling behind early. “Wes would have wanted to win,” said Adam Siegel, a teammate of Leonard’s. “I wanted to win. ... It felt good to win for him.”
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Time to pull out the Swiffer Sweeper. The records, accolades and win streaks will be swept away as OU women’s basketball opens the Big 12 tournament against Texas Tech today in Kansas City, Mo. The Sooners will have a third opportunity to play Texas Tech after the Lady Raiders defeated Oklahoma State on Tuesday 75-52. Texas Tech scored 49 points in the second half to put away the Cowgirls after a narrow Lady Raider lead heading into halftime. The Sooners and Lady Raiders split the regular season, each winning at home. Texas Tech may be unranked, but senior guard Danielle Robinson noted that in the Big 12 tournament rankings mean very little. “Some people are vying for an NCAA bid, and they really have nothing to lose,” Robinson said. “And they just come in there and shoot extremely well. You get everybody’s best shot.” Teams will bring their best to Kansas City, but for OU, the opponent is not what actually matters. “Whoever wins, that’s who we’re looking forward to playing,” Robinson said. “I think we’re just going in there with a clean slate and just looking to play our basketball game.” Oklahoma enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed, giving the Sooners a first-round bye and another day of rest. Robinson said she welcomes the extra time. “I say we’ll take it; it’s an advantage just for your body mostly,” Robinson said. “When we go there, we expect to play all three days, and having that first day off is huge.” For OU, taking that extra day could be essential to regrouping after closing out the regular season with a 61-56 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday. The Sooners struggled in their last meeting with the Lady Raiders — Robinson struggled with only seven points — but one bright spot for OU looking forward was the consistent play of freshman center Nicole Griffin, who had a career-high 14 points. Griffin emerged this season from far down the bench after totaling only 11 minutes in the first five games of conference play to become a mainstay in the OU starting five. The 6-foot-6-inch rookie
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If you watch WHAT: OU vs. Texas Tech WHEN: 7:30 tonight WHERE: Kansas City Municipal Auditorium TV: Fox Sports Southwest Web: Big12sports.com said it still surprises her. “I had no idea I would be starting at all, being a freshman and all,” Griffin said. “When I was younger, I didn’t even think I would be
at a Division 1 college playing basketball.” This is Griffin’s first shot at the conference tournament, and she said there are a few jitters. “I’m a little bit nervous but excited at the same time,” Griffin said. “I think it’s going to be really fun.” Griffin now averages almost five points a game for OU, but her consistency in the post is what she said will help her team most during this four-day stretch. “I need to keep up what I’m doing already,” Griffin said. “I think I’ve been pretty consistent through when I’ve been starting, so I think I just need to keep doing
State unlikely to have team in NCAA tourney Oklahoma City — When the NCAA tournament bracket comes out on Selection Sunday, there’s a strong likelihood no Oklahoma team will be in the 68-team field. As it stands now, none of the state’s four Division I teams — Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa and Oral Roberts — figure to make the Big Dance without a surprising run in their conference tournaments. It would be the first time that’s happened since 1981 in a state that loves basketball, though not as much as football. And perhaps bad timing for Tulsa, which will be hosting early round NCAA games for the first time since 1985. Oklahoma isn’t alone. Among the other states that could be under-represented in the field are Iowa, Illinois, Mississippi and Oregon, but none of these states have been represented in the tournament as consistently as Oklahoma. The Sooners have made it to the tournament 22 times in the past 28 years, Oklahoma State has been there 16 times and
there’s been only one year when neither made the field. Oral Roberts kept the streak going in 2007 with one of its three consecutive NCAA berths. All four teams have hit roadblocks this season, most notably OU. Oklahoma had a mass exodus after losing nine straight games to finish last season. Five underclassmen left, none of them as NBA first-round picks, and coach Jeff Capel had just four remaining scholarship players before bringing in a batch of newcomers. The Sooners are 11th in the Big 12 after losing eight straight games and were in jeopardy of tying the program’s worst losing streak (10, 1964) before a 64-61 Bedlam win. “For our young guys, this is making them better basketball players. This is helping me become a better coach,” Capel said. “I don’t like losing, our guys don’t like losing, but this is helping us.” Any of the four teams could still keep the streak going by winning their respective conference tournament. Even though ORU won its last few games, the chances are slim Oklahoma will be represented. — AP
that. And more importantly, I need to make my free throws.” Griffin is shooting 61.8 percent from the free-throw line this season, the lowest of all five Sooner starters — although it is hard when three of your starting five shoot near or above 80 percent from the free-throw line. Griffin and Robinson said the tournament is a chance to wipe the slate clean — no more missed free throws, careless turnovers or closecall losses. They just go out and play. “You never know what’s going to happen,” Robinson said.
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Senior guard Cade Davis earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors for his performances in the last two regular-season games of his career, the league announced Monday. The Elk City native dropped 21 points in a losing effort against Texas Tech on March 2 in Lubbock, and he scored 22 points in his last game at Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday. Cade Davis He averaged 21 points and five boards per game in OU’s last five outings while shooting 52 percent from the field. His 176 made 3-pointers rank him fifth in program history, and he will finish the season with the fifth-most playing time in the Big 12 at just under 35 minutes per game.
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The Sooners will host the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (14-6) at 6 tonight at Marita Hynes Field. OU (17-5) is on a fivegame winning streak and has not lost a home game this season. Jessica Shults continues to be a menace at the plate. After the sophomore catcher’s two-homer performance over the weekend, Shults continues to lead the Big 12 in home runs (12), runs batted in (43) and slugging percentage (1.043). Pitcher Keilani Ricketts is also continuing her sturdy stance on the mound for the Sooners. The sophomore lefty leads the conference in appearances (15) and has posted a 9-2 record, including one save, through 10 starts. Ricketts has thrown 116 strikeouts this season and carries a 1.08 ERA into this week’s action. The Sooners will need dominant performances on the mound if the team wants to escape the Golden Hurricane tonight. Tulsa’s Samantha Cobb was named Conference
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Chirapat Jao-Javanil in third and junior Brooke Collins in seventh — placed in the top 10 individually after Monday’s round. After Tuesday’s second round, Collins and Mueller were tied for fifth, with Jao-Javanil sliding to 13th. OU (-2) is 11 strokes behind No. 25 Pepperdine, the tournament’s leader after two rounds, and nine strokes behind second-place BYU. The Sooners finish competition in Boulder City, Nev., today. Scoring for the final round will be provided on Golfstat.com.
Senior guard Danielle Robinson and freshman guard Aaryn Ellenberg received All-Big 12 honors from the conference Monday. Robinson was selected by Big 12 coaches as an All-Big 12 firstteamer for the third consecutive year and an All-Big 12 defensive team member for the fourth time. She was selected unanimously Danielle Robinson for both squads. Robinson was third in points per game (18.4), fourth in steals per game (2.5), fourth in free-throw accuracy (.87) and fifth in assists per game (4.8) in the conference. The San Jose, Calif., native is one of the most prolific scorers in Big 12 history. Her 2,047 career points rank her ninth in conference history, just behind former Sooner LaNeisha Caufield (2,125, 1999-2002). Ellenberg was unanimously chosen for the All-Big 12 freshman team and earned honorable mention to the All-Big 12 squad. The Las Vegas native’s 3-point Aaryn Ellenberg percentage (.417) was the fourthbest in the conference, and her 85 makes from beyond the arc were best in the Big 12. She also came in seventh with 16.9 points per game.
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Junior lefty Allee Allen pitches during OU’s 5-3 win over Illinois-Chicago on Saturday at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. The Sooners host Tulsa tonight. USA Hitter of the Week after driving in nine runs and hitting .571 during the Tulsa-City Center Festival last weekend. Cobb was 8-of-14 at the plate and accounted for 14 of Tulsa’s 34 runs. But Cobb doesn’t lead the team at the plate — center fielder Caitlin Everett does.
Everett holds a .403 average through 20 games, including nine RBIs and a .452 slugging percentage. Everett also has 25 hits this season and a .479 on-base percentage coming into Norman. The Sooner bats will need to stay hot to keep ahead of Tulsa’s offense.
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Sooners fall from 2nd to 3rd after two rounds in Nevada tournament The OU women’s golf team finished the second round of the UNLV Spring Invitational in third place out of 15. The Sooners shot a 292 (+4) to slip out of second place after a strong opening-round performance. Oklahoma broke the school record for lowest round score after Monday’s opening round, shooting a 282 (-6) to sit two strokes behind the leader, BYU. A trio of Sooners — senior Ellen Mueller in second, freshman
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Established ballet staged at OU Anthony Tudor’s ‘Fandango’ to be led by veteran dancers EMILY HOPKINS The Oklahoma Daily
Veteran dancers John Gardner and Amanda Mc Ke r row , b o t h f o rmerly with the American Ballet Theatre, will be on the OU campus through F r i d ay t o s t a g e B r i t i s h choreographer Anthony Tudor’s “Fandango” for the Oklahoma Festival Ballet. The husband-and-wife team, now retired from dancing, worked closely with Tudor up until his death in 1987. “He had something different to say than most people did at the time he was choreographing,” Gardner said. “It really is a pleasure carrying it on and we feel like we’re doing something really important with our lives.” Tudor influenced their careers, helping them land roles and forever coloring the way they approached ballet and dancing, McKerrow said. “He saw me in an open class and asked me after the class if I wanted to join American Ballet Theatre,” Gardner said. “He took me by the hand to the director and said, ‘This young man wants to join the company. What do you think?’ And that was it.” They now work for the Anthony Tudor Ballet Trust, the organization responsible for licensing Tudor’s works and supervising staging to maintain stylistic integrity. “There’s a big concern about his works being lost,”
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Dancers in the OU school of dance rehearse for “Fandango.” John Gardner and Amanda McKerrow will be on campus through Friday staging the ballet. McKerrow said. “We are the last generation of dancers who’ve worked with him. So when we come to these universities to do a Tudor ballet, what’s really interesting to us is that, usually, university dancers become m o re i nt e re st e d ab ou t Anthony Tudor and who he was. That’s what’s going to keep him alive.” “Fandango” is the pair’s debut work at OU. This is the third time they have staged the piece, with each performance being slightly different than the last. “Here, we’re able to take it more to the original than I think has been done before,” McKerrow said. “I have to credit the dancers with the opportunity to do this more difficult version.” Performed by two sets of five women, the ballet
depicts a competition between the dancers, each struggling to prove that she is the best. S enior ballet per formance major Allison Rixey plays Conchita, a role she describes as being flighty and giddy w ith a great deal of quick, accented footwork. “I love ‘Fandango’ because of the opportunity to develop the atmosphere of the ballet and my character,” Rixey said. “Unlike many ballets where all of the dancers are rehearsed to look the same, each of us can add our own personality in interpreting the steps.” Rixey said Gardner and McKerrow have inspired her to find a motivation behind the choreography, challenging her in rehearsals and helping her grow as
an artist and performer. She said “Fandango” also opened up a completely new and somewhat nervewracking experience for her: singing. “I had to quickly get over any embarrassment and just project as loudly and confidently as I could because Conchita thinks very highly of her voice, even though the other women taunt her,” Rixey said. Though Tudor’s choreography is known for its intense psychological style, “Fandango” is a much lighter piece, McKerrow said. “There’s a lot of humor to it,” she said. “The way they try to top each other makes it funny, and it’s not the quietest ballet, which is unusual. The audiences in the past have really seemed to enjoy it.”
The Mountain Goats tone down, retain signature style The Mountain Goats are celebrating its 20th year as a band and this prolific group, led by singer-songwriter John Darnielle, is releasing its 13th full-length album, “All Eternals Deck,” on Merge Records on March 29. The band has a devoted cult fan base for good reason. Darnielle’s lyrics are nothing short of remarkable. The characters Darnielle paints in his songs are doomed individuals who escape easy categorization. They are often desperate, pathetic characters who have wronged as often as they have been wronged, but they are always sympathetic. They’re vulnerable and worldThe band has weary, doomed and optimistic, guilty and innocent, all at the a devoted cult fan base same time. Darnielle’s lyrics have refor good mained consistently captivating reason. over the years, but this album Darnielle’s shows the band’s growth over the past several years. lyrics are The frantic acoustic guitar and nothing Darnielle’s crazy yelp that used short of to be the Mountain Goats’ signaremarkable.” ture is still represented here in some of the more upbeat songs, but a subtler touch is applied to most of the album. The drama and emotion of the songs are controlled and contained. The tempos have been slowed down and the vocals often have a quiet intensity to them. These developments don’t restrict Darnielle’s songwriting; they’re just ways of enhancing it. The melodies still shine through, and there isn’t a chorus on the album that misses the mark. There’s a moment in every song that pulls you in, and the songs don’t dull over repeated listens. It’s an excellent, varied record and hopefully will serve as an introduction to the Mountain Goats for many new fans. — Conor O’Brien, University College freshman
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Beach Boys inspire local rappers’ new album Local group reinvents Beach Boy album, adds a hip-hop twist RYAN QUERBACH The Oklahoma Daily
local rap group will release a project with a concept mirroring the Beach Boys’ legendary album “Smile” later this month. Hi-PoP! — a Normanbased collective — is made u p o f r a p p e r s Sp e n c e r Livingston-Gainey and Marcus Dixon and producer Zach Miller. Both Livingston-Gainey and Miller are graduates of OU. T h e g r o u p ’s a l b u m , “Illegal Smile,” will follow the same basic formula that Brian Wilson and company envisioned for the Beach Boys’ album some 40-plus years ago. The rappers took the name for their album, which is set to release March 31, from a John Prine song of the same name. “Smile” was initially set to release in the late 1960s, but did not see an official release until 2004 at the reigns of Brian Wilson. Although the 2004 release has the same concept and structure, many people still wonder if it embodies exactly what the original project would have. Hi-PoP!’s project, like “Smile,” is broken up into three suites, with each approaching a different issue. The first is mostly socially conscious rap focusing on America. The second approaches issues of growing up and self-discovery. The third focuses on the elements and environmentalism. “The three-suites thing proposes a question about America, but then it’s like who are you though?” Livingston-Gainey said. “Well you’re just an element.” The Beach Boys’ project was meant to have a high level of social commentary relating to the ’60s, and this is true for Hi-PoP!’s project too, although the group’s commentary is more related to current conditions. “I think there are parallels,” Livingston-Gainey said. “When we talk about heroes and villains I’m evoking the exact same thing that the Beach Boys were talking about.” One of the biggest connections between the eras is that, like in the 1960s, America is at war. “...Brian Wilson was trying to make an uplifting album during wartime,” Miller said. “We didn’t really set out with that specific goal in mind, but it was more we set out with the goal of just making light of everything and still being okay with it.” The beats for the project are mostly derived from B e a c h B oy s s o n g s, a n d Miller admitted the process was hard work. “The beats were all heavily sampled,” Miller said. “So we had to have the idea and then work around the fact that it was an old recording that we couldn’t change as much.” Although it took them more than a year to complete the project, they said they are happy with the final product. The process saw many changes developing from start to finish, which pushed the album to a new plateau of quality, Dixon said. The “Smile” legend survived over the years mostly by bootleggers releasing content from the project. However, because there was never an official tracklist,
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the bootleggers had to mix the tracks on their own. By doing this, they were basically able to decide how they thought the project should be. Hi-PoP! did something similar with their project, but their vision of “Smile” landed in hip-hop. “The process was almost just like a continuation of what the bootleggers had been doing, making their own mixes, and we just took it to that next level,” Livingston-Gainey said. Many musicians are influenced by “Smile,” but it is almost like a musician’s secret, Livingston-Gainey said. “ The Beach Boys and Brian Wilson carry a brand name, and they carry a certain amount of resonance with music critics and stuff like that,” Livingston-Gainey said. “So I thought it would be good also to possibly get MATT CARNEY/ THE DAILY Hi-PoP!’s name out there Left to right: Marcus Dixon and OU graduates Zach Miller and Spencer Livingston-Gainey right working on their music project, by doing such an ambitious “Illegal Smile.” The album, inspired by the Beach Boys, is set to release March 31. project.”