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Gender-blind housing to become an option Male, female students will be allowed to live in separate suites on the same floor, Housing spokeswoman says CASEY WILSON Daily Staff Writer
OU will offer gender-neutral, coed residential housing this fall, a representative for OU Housing and Food Services said. The housing will be a community where male and female students live on the same wing of a floor, in separate suites, said Lauren Royston, Housing ng spokeswoman. Oklahoma Students for a Democratic Society and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and Friends has been organizing a campaign to push for gender-blind nd housing, said Matthew Bruenig, nig, society president. pport “The main reason we support at we gender-blind housing is that believe that OU has an obligation gation afe living to create comfortable and safe environments for all of its residents,” Bruenig said. Bruenig said there are intersexed and transgender students who might be forced to “pass” in order to live under the current arrangements.
There are also gay and lesbian students who are not comfortable living in sex-segregated floors due to the social stigma of being gay that exists, especially in Oklahoma, he said. A gender-blind housing option would create a safe space for students to live who don don’tt fit into traditional ideas of gender expression, said Jessie St. Amand, GLBTF LBTF president. Amand said the option would be especially helpful for students who o are transitioning from one gender to the other while at OU. Ro Royston said Housing is commititte ted to providing a safe and comfortmfortable atmosphere. “We will continue to work within the university’s timeline and framework for changes or additions to on-campus housing communities,” R Royston said. A Amand said she believes having a gender-blind derhousing option would attract more students to OU. “I get e-mails all the time from students who h have been accepted to the incoming OU freshman classes, but who are weighing their options as to how LGBT-friendly and safe it might be for them here on campus,” Amand said. Bruenig said while he believes OU is lagging behind in progressive policies, he does not really believe gender-neutral housing is a
progressive policy. “It is not about anything other than creating comfortable environments for all students,” he said. Giving students a choice aand not requiring them to llive in a type of housing that they feel unsafe or uncomfortable in — whether that is sex-segregated sex or gender-neutral housing — is a universally agr agreeable idea, he said. T The Women’s Outreach Cen Center is committed to address dressing issues of gender, celebrating diversity, developing leaders, empowering women and promoting women’s achievements, said Kathy Moxley, center director. “OU has historically supported policies and programs that support identified student needs, and the Women’s Outreach Center understands that gender-blind housing is a complex issue, both politically and logistically, and trusts that those involved in the decision-making process are taking all of these complexities into consideration,” she said. Royston said many aspects are considered and acted upon to bring life to the university experience for on-campus residents. At this point in time, Housing works with individuals on a one-on-one basis should they have questions about their individual housing assignments, Royston said.
AMERICAN INDIAN CELEBRATIONS BEGIN
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Students and members of the American Indian Students Association construct a teepee Thursday afternoon on the South Oval for American Indian Heritage Month. This month’s events consists of Miss Indian OU, the Stomp Dance, Pow Wow and American Indian Banquet. The association is hosting Miss Indian OU pageant at 7 p.m Saturday in Meacham Auditorium. Events for April include the 96th-annual Pow Wow on April 17 at Lloyd Noble Center and the 20thannual Stomp Dance on April 24 at Norman High School.
UOSA SPRING 2010 ELECTION RESULTS
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UOSA PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT • Ally Glavas and Zac McCullock — 2,246 (42.52 percent) • Franz Zenteno and Cory Lloyd — 2,023 (38.30 percent) • Nicholas Harrison and Johnny Surles — 531 (10.05 percent) • Jess Eddy and Jay Kumar — 482 (9.13 percent) Total number of voters: 5,282
International and area studies students will have another election next week to determine who will represent them in Student Congress. “OU IT informed us that there was an error in the coding for IAS students and consequently, not every eligible IAS student could vote,” Jeff Riles, UOSA election board chairman said by e-mail. “The election will be online only.” Students living in Tradions Square- West apartments also will have to revote on who will be their apartment complex vice president because of ballot problems Tuesday and Wednesday, a Housing Center Student Association election board spokesman told The Daily on Wednesday. Other elections and their results were not impacted by these computer glitches. Tradtions Square- East elections were not affected, and Breann Hager was elected complex president Wednesday. —Ricky Maranon/The Daily
CAMPUS ACTIVITIES COUNCIL CHAIR (CAC CHAIR) • Valerie Hall — 2,709 (58.54 percent) • Shane Pruitt — 1,919 (41.46 percent) Total number of voters: 4,628 Source: UOSA Election Board
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Eve of Nations to put cultures on display Food, dance from across the world will be represented at cultural event, members say AUDREY HARRIS Daily Staff Writer
Campus cultural groups will showcase their talents and honor their cultures 7 p.m. Friday at the 40th annual Eve of Nations in Lloyd Noble Center. Hosted by OU’s International Advisor y Committee, the celebration will feature performances from 15 cultural groups, as well as a fashion show and a dinner before the show. “It’s a big deal, and these organizations take it ser iously,” said Melissa Mock, international and area studies sophomore. Mock, committee executive member, is head of the Eve of Nations production’s committee. Mock said attendees can expect to see dances ranging from Chinese Tai Chi to belly dancing and Salsa. This year’s celebration will differ from previous years in that three “satellite,” or mini stages, will be used throughout different group performances, she said. The ceremony’s opening will feature multiple dances and an alumni video looking back on the ceremony in previous years. M i m o A d e n u g a , International Advisory Committee president, said the ceremony’s opening would stun the audience. “The opening is a surprise really, so I can’t really talk about details, but expect it to be an awesome opening — one that will be jaw-dropping for sure,” said Adenuga, mechanical engineering senior. Adenuga said the three judges also remain a secret to performers until the night of the event. He said the committee exec chooses professors from departments like geography or dance as well as a representative from Student Life as a judge. Execs also choose the event’s menu, which is prepared by Housing and Food Services. Adenuga said each dish will represent one region of the world including Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa. “We ensured that the menu does cut across all the various regions, so we can be as diverse as possible,” Adenuga said. L i l i a n A l - D e h n e h, A ra b Student Association president, said her organization will incorporate Lady Gaga into its traditional belly-dancing performance. “We wanted to do something totally different, which was to incorporate an English song to our dances,” said Al-Dehneh, political science senior. “We thought that would be the best way to do it: to bring one of the most popular singers at the moment in one [routine] that has a lot of different moves.” Al-Dehneh said the association’s performers have been practicing their routine every other night for the past month, and increased their practices to
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Students continue to raise money for Haiti Organization keeps fundrasing efforts going with concert SAMANTHA BRULE Daily Staff Writer
The National Interfraternity Music Council collected more than $4,000 in donations for earthquake-ravaged Haiti in March. The council held its Haiti Relief Benefit Concert on March 24, featuring acoustic performances by several bands that played for free or at a discount. Money was raised through pre-event fundraising, T-shirt sales and a large donation from an anonymous donor, said Lauren Schmitz, music council chairwoman and international business and marketing junior. Schmitz said the council will donate the money earned from the concert to the American Red Cross International
Response Fund, which sends money not only to Haiti but other countries in need. Several on-campus organizations continue to raise awareness and funds for Haitian relief. OU Helping Haiti, the group which hosted the U-Night event in February for Haiti, is working with OU President David Boren to establish a program that will join forces between new OU graduates and three alumni who are rebuilding an orphanage that was destroyed in the Jan. 12 earthquake, said Megan Powers, of OU Helping Haiti. “Ideally, we would love to support the orphanage,” said Powers, international and area studies senior. OU Helping Haiti donates the money it raises to The American Red Cross Haiti Disaster Relief Fund. The organization will meet soon to plan more events and fund-raisers to aid
the people of Haiti. “Events like these give students a chance to really understand not just that we should help, but why we should,” said Isaac Freeman, event chairman for U-Night and international security studies senior. Although there are still ongoing efforts to raise money for Haiti, campus involvement has dwindled since the earthquake almost three months ago. The money raised on campus in February reached more than $10,000. Schmitz said she encourages people not to lose focus on Haiti over time. “There’s still people that are hungry and are suffering and ill, and they need our help and support,” Schmitz said. The total amount of money raised on campus for Haiti relief is more than $14,000. More than $355 million has been donated to Haiti from the U.S.
OU IT STORE WILL NOT HAVE IPAD FOR SALE SATURDAY After months of hype, Apple will release its iPad on Saturday, however the OU IT Store won’t be selling it. The store, which is not open Saturdays, will soon have the iPad available. Customers will have to wait until the product arrives at the store, OU IT spokesman Matt Singleton said by e-mail. Features such as a catalogue of 150,000 applications including iBooks and enhanced Web browsing will be included with the new product, according to the Apple Web site.
The iPad has a 9.7-inch high-resolution multi touch screen. Due to a technology called in-plane switching, the user can hold the iPad at any orientation they choose. The device will be released in two versions. One will be able to pick up wireless Internet connections within a certain range of the device, similar to that of a laptop. The second version, Wi-Fi + 3G, will connect the user to the Internet with or without a wireless connection. Retail prices range from $499 to $829 based upon
size and 3G capability. Currently, potential customers can preorder online at www.store.apple.com. —Ta’Chelle Jones/The Daily
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The following is a list of arrests and citations, not convictions. The information given is compiled from the Norman and OU Police Departments. At times, the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department and the Oklahoma City FBI will contribute to these reports. All those listed are innocent until proven guilty. TRESSPASSING Jeffery Donald Bouchard, 30, 301 Triad Village Drive, Wednesday, also public intoxication PETTY LARCENY Brian Wayne Chesser, 37, 1724 W. Lindsey St., Wednesday POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA Claud Chadell Wiley, 20, 1200 Oakhurst Ave., Wednesday ASSAULT AND BATTERY Bobby Joe Fulford, 29, 3219 Ridgecrest Circuit, Wednesday
PUBLIC INTOXICATION Richard Leslie Shults, 43, 1430 SW. 24th Ave., Tuesday Edwin Thomas Gossage, 27, 225 N. Webster Ave., Wednesday Joshua Eugene Lee, 23, 1000 NW. 24th Ave., Wednesday Austin Dayle Lynch, 34, East Robinson Street, Wednesday Justin Boone Miller, 32, North Santa Fe Avenue, Tuesday
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every night during the two weeks prior to the event. She said Eve of Nations is a great way to unite everybody and represent their cultures. “Some people are never exposed to this type of culture, so it’s good to experience everybody’s different view,” Al-Dehneh said. The top three performances will receive plaques and cash prizes of $250, $150 and $100, respectively, Mock said. Al-Dehneh said overall, the competition among the groups is not important. “Honestly there’s only one award,” Al-Dehneh said. “It’s nice to be placed in the top three, but the reason for Eve of Nations is to get our cultures out there and represent our countries in a positive light. It’s not as much a competition as it is a performance to show our tradition.” Tickets for the 40th Annual Eve of Nations are $7 at the door. Student dinner tickets are $15 and include entry into the show.
POSSESSING STOLEN PROPERTY Charles Issac Lacy, 20, 2280 W. Main St., Tuesday
CAMPUS EVENTS TODAY CLIMB FOR KOMEN The Women’s Outreach Center is offering rock climbing instructions such as knot-tying and repelling in a class to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Class will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Huston Huffman Center. Cost is $10. EVE OF NATIONS The 40th Annual Eve of Nations will take place at 7 p.m. in Lloyd Noble Center. Tickets are on sale in the Oklahoma Memorial Union courtyard and will cost $5 in advance, $7 at the door and $15 including dinner. SATURDAY EMBODI WORKSHOP The Kappa Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. presents “EMBODI: Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence” from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Workshop is free to attend. OU IMPROV OU (Obviously Unrehearsed) Improv! is putting on a show at 8 p.m. in the Scholars Room in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Admission is free.
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Hartel Dance Group April 13, 8 p.m. This enthralling choreography has captured audiences with its hypnotic and enticing movements and shapes.
Tickets may be purchased at the Civic Center box office at 201 N. Walker Ave. in downtown Oklahoma City, by phone at 405-297-2664 or 1-800-364-7111 and online at www.myticketoffice.com.
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Check out The Daily’s coverage of the Real World casting session taking place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Bricktown Brewery in Oklahoma City.
I’ I’ve noticed i d that h your weather h predictions di i are eeril rily ly accurate — almost unnaturally so. Are you a good wizar wizard, i or an evil wizard? H Hey pilgrim, I’m actually known as “The Great and Wondrous, Wonderful Weather Wizard” — neither good nor evil, although kind of weird when the storms come out after midnight.
News 9’s Gary England talks to The Daily’s Lunden England about Lady Gaga, the Gary England drinking game and his wizard status. LE: So Gary, a lot of people ask me if I’m related to you… how often do people ask if you’re related to Lunden England? GE: Lunden who? No, no, seriously … about once per decade.
They say that April showers bring May flowers … what’s up with that? And who are “they,” anyway? “They?” I’m assuming they must be the people that sell flowers.
What was OU like when you were a student here GARY in the ’60s? ENGLAND I remember there being plenty of bad-smelling people with long hair, girls with no shirts and guys with clouds of smoke following them around everywhere.
So how flowery of a May should we be expecting in this part of Oklahoma? Oh big time flowery. We’ll probably end up with May flowers splattered everywhere!
Did you ever read The Oklahoma Daily during those years? You mean The Daily Oklahoman?
Do you ever DVR yourself so you can play the Gary England drinking game when you get home from work? What’s wrong with you? I am a DVR...
Whatt can I buy with Kelly Ogle’s two wo cents? Not very ery friggin’ much. At least that’s what mama says. Let’s say a friend of mine is flunking ing a class. Good idea or bad idea: Leaving an open jar of hornets in the professor’s office to appeal to her fun side and earn some brownie points. Very original! Just pray the professor isn’t armed. Just one last burning question, the answer to which I’m sure all the young ladies are dying to know — whom will you be taking with you to see Lady Gaga? Sorry, ladies … I already promised that one to my pet Beagle, Howler. Lunden England is a film and video studies senior.
Students spin, sway in festival ballet The modern, traditional, elegant and whimsical converge in Oklahoma Festival Ballet, now on stage at the Rupel Jones Theatre through April 11. The joint production of the School of Dance and University Theatre opened Tursday and presents four selections from across the spectrum of ballet, with choreography of two pieces by OU faculty. The show’s centerpiece is the French ballet “Les Biches” by Bronislava Nijinska, and staged DUSTY here by ballet master and visiting SOMERS faculty member Howard Sayette. The piece is a lively skewering of sexual politics and gender roles that features a Parisian party set against a striking white set design. Originally performed in 1924, “Les Biches” retains an approach to both its subject matter and form that feels fresh. In contrast to it is the piece that immediately follows it, Act III from “The Sleeping Beauty.” Featuring music by Tchaikovsky, the ballet takes place at the wedding of Aurora and Prince Desire,
with opulent costume design by Mike Buchwald. Despite the traditional nature of the ballet, it staves off stuffiness with playful interludes that include appearances from Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf and Puss ‘n Boots. Before intermission, the show features two pieces with original choreography by OU faculty. The first is “Elegie,” choreographed by School of Dance director Mary Margaret Holt, and featuring a score by Rachmaninoff. The second is “Mojo,” choreographed by assistant professor of dance Steve Brule. The piece features an irresistible rhythmic score by Brent Lewis, with the primal nature of both male and female explored in interesting and humorous ways. Among all four ballets, “Mojo” stands out for the way it positions its dancers’ bodies against one another. With more than 40 dancers and significant costume and set changes between each piece, Oklahoma Festival Ballet is a daring and impressive production that immerses the audience in a wide range of ballet technique. It shouldn’t be missed.
Students dance as a part of last year’s Oklahoma Festival Ballet performance.
OKLAHOMA FESTIVAL BALLET DETAILS What: Oklahoma Festival Ballet When: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays now through April 10 3 p.m. April 11
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Where: Rupel Jones Theatre, 563 Elm Ave. in Norman Tickets: $22 adult, $18 senior, faculty and staff, $14 student For tickets, call 405-325-4101
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We need more active learning The University of Regensburg in Germany is offering its students an interesting new program: A summer program to train as gladiators. This isn’t going to be like the Medieval Fair, or a weekend retreat. The 20 students who sign up for this are going to have to change their diet and give up washing machines, showers and romantic relationships from May to August while training. This is stupendous. We aren’t saying we want this program, but we could certainly have more programs that offer hands-on experience. There’s a place for book learning and a place for interactive learning, and when there’s an option for interactive learning, we should take it. We currently have study abroad, which is a great opportunity to experience life in another country, but we need more
Every single industrialized country that has higher life expectancy than the United States has a form of universal health care. They also spend less of their GDP on health care and studies consistently show the populations of these countries are satisfied with their health care, and patients can choose to see any doctor they want. Most importantly, very few die due to health care problems. Many say we have the best health care system in the world despite a study published in the American Journal of Public Health in November 2009 that concluded 45,000 people died due to lack of health insurance coverage. That’s not all. According to a 2009 study by Harvard researchers, 62 percent of bankruptcies occur because people are financially unable to pay medical bills. And 78 percent of those had health insurance and most were from middle-class families. We’re spending an estimated $323 billion for the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter planes, according to a March 17 article in the Washington Post. That’s about one-third of what the current health care bill is going to cost in a decade. So the U.S. has money for war, but not for its own citizens’ health coverage. I have an easy solution to this problem of Christian opposition to government health programs: Choose to help others using the government as the tool. If Christians unite to use the government as a tool to achieve universal health coverage, then it wouldn’t be the ungodly monolith taking away your hard-earned money. I would rather be faced with funding problems and relatively longer waiting times than the problem of 45,000 unnecessarily deaths each year. It is ungodly in my view that our nation should have all the money in the world for war, but none for health care for its own citizens. Jared Rader is a journalism and chinese sophomore.
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Universal health care exposes pro-choice hypocricy New York Times interview: “[T]he government has no business making that [abortion] choice for a woman.” Heck, with the help of the only-tooeager-to-comply media, the entire pro-abortion movement managed to brand itself “pro-choice,” despite the fact that their opponents’ arguments had little to do with being against choice and everything to do with when life begins and the definition of what constitutes a human being. No more. “Pro-choice” has jumped the shark, so to speak. While proabortion advocates would rather grab a picket sign and beeline for the nearest Planned Parenthood clinic than admit it, universal health care has destroyed the pro-choice facade in the United States. You can’t rationally and logically argue that a woman should have the right to choose to kill an unborn human being just because it is part of her own body, then turn around and say the very same woman shouldn’t have the right to decline health insurance for the very same body. Sorry, it just doesn’t work. One argument or the other has to be rejected. Either you support universal health care — which is only truly possible with a choice-eliminating individual mandate — or you support the pro-choice movement. You can’t have both and expect me, or any other pro-life advocate, to view you with any modicum of seriousness. Although I’m sure you will try. After all, the most ardent “pro-choice” Democrats — President Barack Obama, for example — are among the most ardent in favor of
the anti-choice universal health care. But the logic is not in their favor, and it may already be showing. Just days ago, in the wake of the passage of universal health care, National Public Radio announced it would stop using the phrase “pro-choice” and go instead with “abortion rights supporter/advocate.” While I may be reading too much into the decision, as NPR’s stated reason was not the aforementioned logical inconsistency, the timing was difficult to ignore. In the past, pro-life advocates at least had to address the choice issue — and then point out that before you can talk about choice you have to figure out what it is you are choosing and when life begins. Now, the response to a pro-choice abortion argument need go no further than “Did you support universal health care? Yes? Then get back with me when you are ready to argue logically, not hypocritically.” Is that harsh? Yes. But ridiculous positions call for brutally honest responses. And nothing is more ludicrous than a supposedly “pro-choice” Democratic-majority Congress eliminating a woman’s choice — indeed, every woman and man’s choice — to buy (or not to buy) health care for their bodies. Let’s call a spade a spade. If you support universal health care and a woman’s right to an abortion, you’re not really prochoice, even on your own terms. You’re pro-abortion. Or you just haven’t thought through the logical implications of your supposedly “pro-choice” beliefs. Zach West is a law student.
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Opposition to health care is inconsistent with Christian values Our state’s lawmakers, who are preparing to sue the government for the recently passed health care bill, all have at least two things in common: they are Republicans and they are Christians. Opinions on the current bill aside, I find it curious that not only have our Christian Republican lawmakers so vehemently opposed the idea of government playing a role in achieving universal health care, but so have most Christians I meet every day. As a Christian myself, I find this hard to wrap my head around. Consider all the socialized services we currently have, funded by our tax dollars, that no one would dream of getting rid of: public libraries, roadways, fire JARED departments, public schools, police, Medicare and so RADER on. Yet we rarely hear people calling for the complete repeal of these services. If it’s a right to have access to these services, why shouldn’t health care be added to this list? What about all that talk of caring for one another, especially the poor and sick? I often hear my fellow Christians argue government-provided insurance will result in the government taking away hard-earned money from the rich, and this is somehow against God’s laws. Christians want it to be their choice if they help the unfortunate person who has been denied care because that poor person couldn’t afford to purchase health insurance or had a pre-existing condition. Not the government’s. Yet they also argue we have a personal responsibility to purchase health coverage. The inconsistencies in these arguments are striking, seeing as most people don’t mind paying taxes for the socialized services I’ve already mentioned. Regarding the responsibility argument, I would contend it’s everyone’s responsibility to maintain his or her health, and not a matter of obtaining a job that allows one to purchase insurance.
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Cosmo isn’t all bad Brooke Myers’ recent column on the shortcomings of Cosmopolitan made a good argument, but it’s based on a serious misconception. She argues that Cosmo is anti-feminist because it teaches that women achieve value through sex, beauty and relationships. But this assumes two fundamentally flawed premises: That Cosmo is attempting, or succeeding in practice, to define feminism through its content, and that said content is limited to those areas. Myers quotes Cosmo’s Web site, saying the magazine “acknowledges that while work is important, men are too. The Cosmo girl absolutely loves men!” While she takes this to be a sign that Cosmo is reinforcing an “emotionally dependent female stereotype,” I’d say this is just a realistically modern view of feminism. A movement that was once totally focused on getting women into, and equal in, the workplace can now incorporate other aspects of our lives. Since the magazine is geared toward straight women, isn’t it perfectly acceptable for it’s audience to love men? If Cosmo is defining feminism and femininity in its pages, it’s the altogether healthier kind that allows us the freedom to choose what those things mean to us. The kind that allows us to achieve our professional aspirations and still get a good relationship, look great and have an amazing sex life. It’s a modern and all-inclusive philosophy that allows women to have it all. Why does being a feminist and believing in equal rights mean I can’t care about how my hair looks or want to get a date with the hot guy MARY I work with? STANFIELD But I don’t think Cosmo is attempting to define femininity, or confine women’s identity and worth to the subject matter it covers. It does what every other magazine does: It targets a very specific, large demographic and covers the material it is most qualified to cover. It’s ridiculous to think the women reading this magazine expect it to encompass every part of their lives or would assume any part of their lives not found within it’s pages wasn’t part of their identity as women. That kind of assumption doesn’t give women enough credit. Talk of feminist identity aside, Myers’ column shows another frequent misconception about Cosmopolitan. It’s not all about sex. I surveyed seven magazines spread across the last three years, including the three most recent. Out of the 247 serious articles within those issues (excluding confessions, questions, fiction, etc.), only 19 were about sex. The majority of those were about achieving better sex for both partners, not “pleasing your man” as many assume. Yes, these sex stories are often the biggest headlines on the cover, but there’s nothing anti-feminist about having better sex. As expected, the largest group of articles were about fashion and beauty (110 articles out of the 247). This is probably because those subjects are the main focus of the magazine, and have been since the ’60s. Most of these articles are focused on helping women feel sexier, and again, I don’t see what’s anti-feminist about fashion or beauty advice. Even the most hardcore feminist wants to look pretty. That doesn’t mean it’s all about catching male attention. And the mere inclusion of these topics doesn’t suggest they are all that should matter to women, just that they are a part of our lives. Important health and relationship concerns each had 28 articles out of those I surveyed. Included in the health-related articles were many with helpful information about birth control and STD risks. That certainly seems like a successful way to deal with the responsibility created by the sexual revolution, which Myers accuses Cosmo of ignoring. The relationship advice centers around creating and maintaining truly healthy bonds, as opposed to only 18 articles that were about getting and pleasing a man. The articles that most defy the usual assumptions about Cosmo were those on personal development and serious news, of which there were 20 of each. The personal development articles covered topics like decreasing stress, gaining confidence and getting what you want in the workplace. They include information from psychologists and other experts, as well as practical ways to implement their advice. There are at least one or two serious news stories in every issue, and they tend to provide excellent coverage of dangers women have faced. With all of this information, it seems clear that Myers’ argument is based in false assumptions. She argues that Cosmo takes an anti-feminist view of women by teaching them that “their value is merited solely by men, because all their efforts … are geared toward pleasing their male counterparts.” But the vast majority of the articles in my survey contradict this description. Yes, Cosmo writes articles about “stereotypically” feminine subjects such as beauty, fashion, sex and relationships. But that might just be because their audience is actually interested in those subjects. And most of those articles are written from the perspective of making women feel better and do better in their lives — for their own sake, not for a man.
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There exists quite a contradictory juxtaposition in this country, thanks to the newly-minted universal health care law. On one hand, with the Supreme Court’s decades-long string of decisions legalizing abortion, my wife and I can choose to get pregnant, choose to go to our local abortion clinic and choose to have an abortion specialist rip our unborn child apart limb by limb inside the womb. After all, terminating a pregnancy is my wife’s choice. And who are you to tell her ZACH what to do with her own body? WEST On the other hand, with the newly minted health care legislation, my wife and I cannot choose to legally reside in this country without health insurance. If we choose not to purchase health insurance — a product that concerns nothing but the health of our own bodies — our failure to pay would make us lawbreakers, subject to penalty. Wait, what gives? What was all that choiceover-my-own-body talk? What gives is that the pro-choice mantra has found its final resting place at the hands of universal health care. Ever since the Supreme Court created a “privacy” right to abortion in 1973, prolife advocates have been bombarded with a never-ending barrage of “choice” creeds: “A woman has the right to choose what to do with her own body,” or the more surreptitious “I don’t like abortion myself, but who am I to infringe on a woman’s choice?” being good examples. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg summarized the argument quite succinctly this past summer in a
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Sooners embrace role as Final Four underdogs ANNELISE RUSSELL Daily Staff Writer
OU was picked to finish fifth in the Big 12. Now, it is one of the top four teams in the country. Talk about defying the odds. The women’s basketball team is headed to a consecutive NCAA Final Four in San Antonio this weekend without the All-Americans or injured sophomore guard Whitney Hand. But the staggering odds have not distracted the Sooners from their goal, said Amanda Thompson, senior forward. “We’ve known what we wanted all year,” Thompson said. “We’ve known what we’ve been fighting for and we’re not stopping.” OU propelled itself into the Final Four last weekend with wins over Notre Dame and Kentucky. But the hard work has just begun. The next test for the Sooners lies in a West Coast powerhouse: Stanford. Stanford was 35-1 this season — its only loss coming from a 12-point drop to No. 1 Connecticut. This was the closest margin of victory for the Huskies all season. The keys to the Cardinal success are obvious, head coach Sherri Coale said. “They’re big and smart and skilled,” Coale said. The Cardinal traditionally has had strong players such as Candice Wiggins and Nicole Powell, but the force behind Stanford this year is senior center Jayne Appel. Appel averages 13.6 points a game and isn’t even the leading scorer on the team. The Sooners are acutely aware of the solid offense the Cardinal plays and the aspects of its game that are consistently strong, Thompson said. “Throughout the years I have watched them and they’ve always been good at their
execution of their offense, just playing hard at defense, and their post presence is unbelievable,” Thompson said. The Sooners have their own weapons this year, but they sometimes tend to fall behind the big names like Appel, Connecticut’s Tina Charles or Baylor’s Brittney Griner. Senior guard Nyeshia Stevenson has been red hot in the postseason, being named the Kansas City regional tournament MVP. She is averaging 14.1 points this season. Thompson has been the thump of the Sooner heartbeat this season with her tenacity on defense and ability to make plays. She is averaging a double-double with 13.1 points and 10.6 rebounds. Some might say the growth of these Sooner senior standouts would not have been possible without the sidelining injury of Hand, but Coale just can’t be sure. “It’s always hard to say, I think (it’s) a guessing game,” Coale said. “I think they would have developed but maybe not in the way that they did necessarily. I think that is a testament to their intestinal fortitude.” These players have grown leaps and bounds, but they are not done yet. “Don’t settle. Don’t settle for what everyone thinks,” senior guard Nyeshia Stevenson said. This year going into the Final Four the Sooners are underdogs. They join Baylor going in as the lowest seeds to the make the quartet at No. 3. This was not the case with the Paris twins last year, but OU isn’t complaining. “To me, honestly, I had never been the underdog, and coming in this year it feels good to rise up above other people’s standards,” Stevenson said. This year’s group of rising underdogs will be put to the test at 6 p.m. Sunday when the Sooners tipoff against the Cardinal.
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around titles, while redshirt junior Ian Jackson and freshman Alex Naddour each hold one apiece. RICKY LY Naddour earned his first all-around title Daily Staff Writer in OU’s season-ending win over Penn State on March 20, while also setting a programhigh score (15.700) in winning the pommel horse as well. The Sooners will look to earn their ninth Legendre (No. 1), Dalton (No. 2) and conference championship under head Naddour (No. 6) also rank high in the nacoach Mark Williams tional all-around rankings. when the OU men’s And for only the second MPSF CHAMPIONSHIP gymnastics team comtime this season, all three petes against an elite will compete in every event. No. 2 OU will look to overcome field Saturday night inIn previous meets, only two No. 1 Stanford and three other side McCasland Field Sooners would compete for ranked teams for the Mountain House. the all-around. Pacifi c Sports Federation title. The second-ranked “They’re really the strength Sooners (11-1, 4-1 of our team and they’re When: Saturday, 7 p.m. MPSF) will try to avenge used to competing on all six their only loss of the seaevents for USA Gymnastics,” Where: McCasland Field son, as No. 1 Stanford Williams said. “We’re looking House and three other top-12 for not only the team chamteams invade Norman. pionship, but for the honors “Stanford being the in the all-around as well.” defending NCAA chamAs a team, the Sooners are pions, they certainly are the favorites going ranked in the top four of every event, inin,” Williams said. “I think our best chance cluding holding down the top spots on floor of being in a great position going into the exercise and vault. NCAAs is putting together a solid competiAlthough Williams believes his team can tion on Saturday.” knock off the top-ranked squad in the naOther teams competing in the Mountain tion, he said a little outside help from fans Pacific Sports Federation Championships would not hurt. include No. 8 California, No. 11 Nebraska “We’re competing against the best team and No. 12 Air Force. in the country in Stanford,” Williams said. While OU fell short against Stanford in “A home-field advantage and a big crowd a dual meet matchup March 7 in Lincoln, could be the things that help us to victory. Neb., the Sooners have excelled in the indi“We’re hoping maybe we can steal some vidual competitions all year. of the women’s basketball fans and make it In every meet the Sooners have compet- into a weekend where we can sweep [the ed in so far this season, an OU gymnast has Cardinal] in both sports.” emerged with the all-around title. With the conference title on the line, OU’s Both junior Steven Legendre and fresh- final home meet of the year is set to begin at man Jacob Dalton have earned three all- 7 Saturday night.
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