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Tuition hearing goes unheard Regent, student attendance low at Wednesday’s hearing to discuss tuition increases to higher education NICHOLAS HARRISON The Oklahoma Daily

Only one of the nine members of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education was present at the tuition hearing Wednesday at the Presbyterian Research Park in Oklahoma City — State Regent John Massey of Durant.

“Essentially, the other regents just weren’t able to attend today,” said Ben Hardcastle, spokesman for the State Regents. “[The meeting] did meet all of the statutory requirements.” Hardcastle said it was a process that started on the campuses and included a variety of inputs. Hardcastle could not cite another instance in which only one regent attended a public hearing on tuition and fees, but he didn’t think it should be interpreted as a lack of concern, he said. “The regents, from the beginning, have been committed to providing opportunities for people

to express their views. A full report is going to be provided to the State Regents, as is always the case,” Hardcastle said. “The issues are going to be discussed. And, obviously, the regents as a body have a strong track record of being open to people sharing their views and having those views discussed.” Chancellor Glen Johnson opened the hearing with remarks on the regents’ attention to the SEE TUITION PAGE 2


Goddard to end free STD tests next week Next week last chance for students to receive free tests KATHLEEN EVANS The Oklahoma Daily



Biochemistry junior Ricky Ly and petroleum engineering senior Danny Lam participate in Campout to Stamp Out Genocide on Wednesday on the South Oval. The objective of this anti-genocide display was to raise awareness of the harsh living conditions endured in African refugee camps. For more coverage, see page 3.

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More than 1,000 people attend event with egg hunt, educational activities HILLARY MCLAIN The Oklahoma Daily

Amidst dinosaur models and native Oklahoman animal species, more than 1,000 visitors to Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History mingled with the Easter bunny and hunted for eggs Wednesday. About 100 JCPenney Leadership Program students painted faces, dressed as dinosaurs and taught arts and crafts for the 12th annual Eggstravaganza along with museum employees. By 6 p. m. We d n e s d ay , 1,161 attendees had arrived to the event, according to SEE HUNT PAGE 3

voted to OK amended sections of the handbook and send the book to the OU Board of Regents for final approval, according to Daily archives. “We had asked legal council and human resourcRACHAEL CERVENKA The Oklahoma Daily es, and we couldn’t get them to agree with us on the decadent process of how the handbook will be The OU Staff Senate passed a motion to draft changed,” said Sullivan. a letter to OU President David Boren concernThe process of amending the handbook was coling handbook changes at their monthly meeting laborative. However, the Staff Senate felt their stance Wednesday. was not fully heard, Staff Senate Staff member David Kizer said Chairman David Houck said. the Senate should discuss hand“There were some reservations I think it is a good idea book changes because they will among members of the ad hoc likely take effect in June. to write a letter to the committee about the final verIt could be the Senate’s last sion,” Houck said. president to clarify the chance before changes are impleThe motion to draft and send Staff Senate’s stance on mented, Kizer said. the letter passed unanimouswhat happened, how it The staff handbook has not been ly among all members of the happened and how we updated for 15 years, according to Senate. feel about it.” Daily archives. “I think it is a good idea to write Changes to the handbook were a letter to the president to clarify proposed to update grievance and — DAVID KIZER, STAFF MEMBER the Staff Senate’s stance on what resolution policies, said LaDonna happened, how it happened and Sullivan, chairwoman of the Staff how we feel about it,” Kizer said. Senate ad hoc committee in fall 2010, according to In other business, the Staff Senate discussed Staff Daily archives. Week, which will begin on April 25. Initially, any grievances filed were sent to only Staff Week is an annual weeklong celebration one person who was in charge of addressing them, honoring staff for their commitment to not only the Sullivan said. university, but to the community as well, said Terri Last November the Staff Senate’s ad hoc committee Smith, Staff Week committee chairwoman.

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The Center for Disease Control estimates 19 million new sexually transmitted disease infections occur each year in the U.S. Goddard Health Center and UOSA Health Advocacy are hoping to combat this yearly increase by offering its final Wednesday of free STD testing. The health center has been offering the testing every We d n e s d a y i n A p r i l , S T D Awareness Month. STD Awareness Month ser vices include access to free Trojan Brand condoms from noon to 2 p.m. ever y Wednesday in the Oklahoma Memorial Union and free STD testing at G oddard Health Center from 2 to 4 p.m. “Some people are taking wads of condoms. Some people take two; some people say they’re for their friends,” UOSA Health Advocacy Chairwoman Niekia Franklin said. There are no specific data on the number of students who have taken advantage of these services so far this month, but Goddard has seen increased traffic on Wednesday, Goddard spokeswoman Maggie Pool said. “This is the first time we have done this, so we will see how it goes,” Pool said. “There’s been a positive response so far. At the end of the month we will probably look at the numbers.” UOSA Health Advocacy officers wanted to provide more testing services for students, Franklin said. They approached Pool, who said she has always wanted to set up a free testing period. G o d d a rd o f f e r s t e s t s f o r HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, according to the testing event Facebook page. Syphilis and HIV both require blood tests, but doctors test for gonorrhea and chlamydia from a urine sample, so patients must not use the bathroom one hour beforehand, Franklin said. Normal rates for the tests are $25 for chlamydia and gonorrhea combined, $10 for syphilis and $15 for HIV testing, according to information provided by the Goddard business office. At Planned Parenthood in Norman, these tests would cost $150 combined, which is a discounted rate, according to the clinic’s answering service. The Cleveland County Health Department regularly offers free testing, Pool said. “Anyone who wants to put their mind at ease should get tested, but it is especially important for anyone that may have symptoms or engages in risky sexual behavior,” Pool said. “It is important to remember, however, that with some STDs you may not have symptoms.” All the results are confidential



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TUITION: Faculty Senate supports increase Continued from page 1

marginal students out of a higher education,” Heggy said. The State Regents should take care to minimize the impact for students, Heggy said. Although she did not address Massey, UOSA Presidentissue and the state of higher education in Oklahoma. “The State Regents take the issue of tuition very seriously,” elect Hannah Moore also was in attendance. Both Heggy and Moore said they would like to have seen Johnson said. “I think, as most know, the most recent data shows that Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities con- more students in attendance. However, they said they were surprised only one of the nine tinue to be the most affordable in the country when you combine tuition, fees, housing and other related costs of a higher members of the State Regents was present at the hearing. Massey also heard remarks from Lynn Myers of Oklahoma education.” Oklahoma was one of only two states in the nation that City, a citizen with six children and 18 grandchildren, froze tuition in 2009, and there was only a 5-percent increase who said he had attended the hearing on behalf of his grandchildren. last year, Johnson said. Myers attended Oklahoma State Speaking for the Faculty Advisory University in 1952 at a cost of $65 per Council, OU Faculty Senate Chair LeRoy semester, he said. After graduating OSU Blank said he appreciated the State he attended OU Medical School and Regents’ leadership, commitment and To express views regarding tuition and paid $250 per semester. Adjusted for inhard work over the past few years. fees, send remarks to the Chancellor’s flation, Meyers said it should cost $548 “Recent circumstances have required office at 405-225-9100 or at per semester for college and $2,084 per that all institutions of higher education semester for medical school to provide tighten their belts and do more with the same level of education. less,” Blank said. “Physicians commonly have around $150,000 in debt that It had been a difficult time and everyone had been forced to do more with less, Blank said. Some faculty have received they’ve accumulated plus all of their expenses, and they spend half of their lives trying to earn it back,” Myers said. no increase in salary or benefits for four years, Blank said. “We support a modest increase in tuition,” Blank said. “And, it’s not just physicians. It’s everyone else as well. Some “While we do not want to financially strap our students, it is physicians have debts up to $500,000.” The current trend is unsustainable, Myers said. imperative that we bolster our funding to a minimal level to A university’s loan officers have a responsibility to make maintain the current personnel and facilities.” Matthew Heggy, a student from Southwestern Oklahoma sure a student can pay back that money, Myers said. “They just loan out the money because it’s available from State University who served as chairman of the Student the federal government,” Myers said. “It allows the univerAdvisory Board, was the only student who spoke. “As we run the risk of a tuition increase and as living and sities to charge more and more without any significant other expenses increase as well, we run the risk of pricing our change.”

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Today around campus » The School of Art & Art History’s Foundations exhibition will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Fred Jones Jr. Memorial Art Center’s Lightwell Gallery. » Steve Semken of ASU will lecture on “Tsé na’alkaah: Geoscience Informed by Diné (Navajo) Ethnogeology and Diné Places” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Sarkey’s Energy Center, Room A235 as part of the Shell Colloquium series and the Native Speaker series. » OU Health Services will host a Student Success Series seminar on healthy eating habits from 4 to 5 p.m. in Wagner Hall, Room 245. » As a part of Green Week, Student Congress will screen the documentary “Fresh” at 6:30 p.m. in Fred Jones Jr. Auditorium with a prize raffle and free Chipotle burritos. » The public is invited to observe as OU School of Music vocal performance students are coached by world-renowned bass-baritone opera singer Robert Hale in a free master class from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center. » The New Century Ensemble will perform a free concert from 8 to 10 p.m. in Catlett Music Center’s Sharp Concert Hall. » University Theatre will perform Eugene O’Neill’s “Ah, Wilderness!” from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Weitzenhoffer Theatre. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students.

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Facts about sexually transmitted diseases and will be reported to the State Health Department to keep for statistics and tracking, Franklin said. The department also helps notify partners anonymously about positive test results. Ways to prevent STDs include abstinence or noncontact alternatives, monogamous sex with a clean partner or using latex condoms, according to the U.S. Health Department.


Friday, April 22 » The School of Art & Art History’s Foundations exhibition will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Fred Jones Jr. Memorial Art Center’s Lightwell Gallery. » University Theatre will perform Eugene O’Neill’s “Ah, Wilderness!” from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Weitzenhoffer Theatre. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students.

Saturday, April 23 » University Theatre will perform Eugene O’Neill’s “Ah, Wilderness!” from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Weitzenhoffer Theatre. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students. » Oklahoma Chamber Players features the OU School of Music string faculty in a chamber music setting with other School of Music faculty artists and will perform from 8 to 10 p.m. in Catlett Music Center’s Pitman Recital Hall.

Sunday, April 24 » OU baseball will play Nebraska at 1 p.m. in L. Dale Mitchell Park.

Panel to discuss religion in China A panel discussion on religious freedom, rule of law and civil society in China will take place Monday at the OU College of Law. The panel will feature CHINAaid President Bob Fu and CHINAaid International Ministry Director Mark Shan, according to a press release. The panelists will discuss religious freedom in China and what to expect in the future from the increasingly influential nation, said Zach West, event organizer and law student. “China’s massive influence on the world stage is undeniable. For a world power, however, China’s treatment of religious freedom and Christians leaves much to be desired,” West said. The panel discussion will start at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the College of Law’s Sneed Lounge, according to a press release. The event is free and will feature food and drinks. — Russell Taylor/The Daily

» Corrections The Oklahoma Daily has a commitment to serve readers by providing accurate coverage and analysis. Errors are corrected as they are identified. Readers should bring errors to The Daily’s attention for further investigation by emailing » In Monday’s story “Graduate students awarded research grants,” Manasi Kharude’s gender was incorrectly identified. Kharude is a female. She was awarded a grant from the Graduate Student Senate for her research work concerning rest periods to relieve mental fatigue in air traffic controllers. » In Friday’s story “Students learn to build with earth,” landscaping architect graduate student Michelle Simmons’ absence was incorrectly reported. Simmons was on-site most of the day, but she was already gone when The Daily was on site. » In Wednesday’s story “UOSA budget grows by $12,470” the headline incorrectly the funding received by UOSA. UOSA received $12,470 in extra funds. » In Tuesday’s guest column “Conserving U.S. energy use”

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Syphilis: Symptoms include sores on genitals or mouth, or rash on the body — especially the bottom of hands and feet. These are easily treated in early stages. Chlamydia: This is the most common STD but does not always present with symptoms. Signs may include pain or discomfort upon urination or genital discomfort. It is easily treated with antibiotics. Gonorrhea: This is also a common STD in the U.S. Those affected may not have symptoms or may experience pain and discomfort upon urination or genital discharge. Gonorrhea is treated with antibiotics but can have permanent impacts if left untreated for too long. — Source: Centers for Disease Control


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Students build cardboard forts to raise money for anti-genocide efforts in Africa LANEY ELLISOR The Oklahoma Daily

A cluster of cardboard forts Wednesday on the South Oval represented the first line of defense against genocide in Africa. The Campout to Stamp Out Genocide was organized to raise money and awareness for Burma, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo by the anti-genocide student coalition STAND, said Suong Nguyen, biochemistry sophomore. Student groups were asked to build tents and forts using only household items. Most groups built forts using cardboard boxes and duct tape. One group incorporated a blanket roof; others created plastic window panes. Many forts were accompanied by signs bearing messages about the relief effort. Fair-trade organization member Brad Frenette, history sophomore, played the guitar outside his organization’s fort to pass the time and entertain passersby. STAND will donate one-third of the money raised to the Genocide Intervention Network, Nguyen said. The network provides radios to villages in Burma so it can warn neighboring villages of impending government attacks, Nguyen said. Another third of the money raised will go to a backpacking organization that distributes medicine and essential food items to refugees as the netJALL COWASJI/ THE DAILY work finds them, Nguyen said. The final third of the Pre-nursing sophomore Yen Tran participates in Campout to Stamp Out Genocide on Wednesday on the South money will support STAND, Nguyen said. Oval. Organizers will donate one-third of the event’s proceeds to the Genocide Intervention Network.

OU’s Information Technology department will be searching for a new director after the current director accepted a position with a company specializing in managing hedge funds, an IT spokesman said. Director Craig Cochell was important to OU IT, but his departure won’t negatively affect the department, IT spokesman Nicholas Key said. IT will communicate with Cochell’s team to ensure all of their tasks are completed. OU IT will be able to complete all of its duties while searching for Cochell’s replacement, Key said. IT hasn’t decided who will fill the position or whether it will promote from within or find someone on the outside, Key said. Cochell has taken a job as the managing director of operations at Agio Technology. Cochell said he worked at OU for nine years before taking the job at Agio Technology. He said he can look at his career at OU in a positive light. “It was a fun time and a great opportunity,� Cochell said. Cochell said his job at Agio Technology will be to streamline the operations of the company to make it more efficient. Cochell said he will also be looking to hire students from OU. — Chase Cook/The Daily

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Children wait for the initiation of the egg hunt Wednesday at the Sam Noble Museum.

HUNT: Museum works to increase attendance, director says Continued from page 1 the museum’s front desk count. Last year, more than 900 guests attended, said Cindy Lopez, JCPenney Leadership Program director. The egg hunt began at 6:30 p.m. The JCPenney Leadership Program is a community-service and

professional-development p ro g ra m f o r 1 2 6 P r i c e College of Business students, Lopez said. More than 4,000 Easter eggs were hidden on the museum’s south lawn. In years past, the eggs were collected within 10 minutes, said Ashton McGovern, event co-director. The 100 volunteers switched between tables and other duties during

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their hour-and-a-half long shifts, said McGovern, accounting junior. Aside from Spring-like activities, the event also allowed children to learn about the museum and the variety of specimen on display. “The goal is to attract more people to the museum,� Lopez said. “If you get someone to come in once, they are likely to come back

with kids.� After completing the Leadership Program, accounting junior Jamie Allen reflected on helping with the Eggstravaganza. “I’m not really around kids anymore, so it’s fun to play,� Allen said. Allen was manning the “Dig a Dino� table along with Parker Dooly, finance s o p h o m o re. A l l e n a n d Dooly helped children dig

through the sand to find small dinosaur prizes. “It’s a fun way to bring attention to the museum and do hands-on stuff,� Dooly said. “It takes me back to my childhood days in the sandbox.� In a d d i t i o n t o b e i n g the JCPenney Leadership Program’s philanthropy event, Eggstravaganza also served to bring more attention to the museum.

As gas prices increase, Cleveland Area Rapid Transit has not yet experienced a major increase in the number of riders, but officials expect one in the future. Currently, the national average gas price is $3.83 per gallon, according to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report. The price of gas has risen 29 cents per gallon in the past month, according to AAA’s data. CART has experienced a 1-percent increase in riders in 2011, said CART spokeswoman Vicky Holland. That number should increase as gas prices rise, Holland said. “When gas prices went up in 2008, we had a 12-percent increase overall in ridership for the year,� Holland said. Even if CART experiences a similar increase this year, additional routes will not be needed, Holland said. — Tyler Thomas/The Daily


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Oh, how foolish we feel. On Tuesday, we published an ediWe shouldn’t stand for this. The regents claimed they torial attempting to motivate students to attend Wednesday’s were going to listen to citizens responses and didn’t follow State Board of Regents open meeting. The meeting was sup- through with their plans. posed to be an opportunity for the regents Regardless of the number of students who and citizens to discuss college tuition. actually showed up — which also was disapWe cannot take We went so far as to compare it to how stupointingly low — the regents said they would a group seriously dents were able to change the sexual-assault have a meeting to discuss a topic. Tuition afpolicy on campus. Unfortunately we forgot fects not only us, but future students and the when it says a to factor in one of the main aspects of the subject is important parents who help pay for their kids’ educapolicy change — an administration willing tion. Unfortunately a majority of the regents and 89 percent to listen. had some other more important thing to take of the members Of the nine members on the State Board care of that day. couldn’t even be of Regents, John Massey of Durant was the It is the regents job to make sure they atbothered to show.” sole regent to show up to the State Board of tend all of their meetings — regardless of the Regents open meeting. topic being discussed. Seeing only one memTo add insult to injury, Chancellor Glen Johnson opened ber make the effort to communicate with the public is inthe meeting by saying, “The State Regents take the issue of credibly disheartening. tuition very seriously.” Perhaps it is time for a new group to be in The Board of The regents could not even get a majority of their mem- Regents to, a group who will make an effort to communicate bers to come to the meeting, much less every member. We with citizens and stay true to their word. cannot take a group seriously when it says a subject is important and 89 percent of the members failed to show. Comment on this column at


Campout out does Shack-a-Thon As most people are probably aware of by now, every fall semester we have one of the most offensive displays imaginable on camSTAFF COLUMN MN pus: Shack-a-thon. During Shack-a-thon, a group of students Matt Bruenig nig builds cardboard shacks, and play homeless dress-up for the afternoon to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. Inevitably, the poverty satirists put on an excellent display. This year I got to see cardboard signs with various messages soliciting donations scrawled across them, just like real beggars. I also got to see someone wrap a brown sack around whatever he was drinking, pretending to be one of those comically drunk, poor people. As pathetic as Shack-a-thon is, a new group has challenged it this year for the most offensive display on campus. The student group STAND put on a Campout to Stampout Genocide. Taking a page from the veterans of outrageous displays, the campout featured cardboard shacks being built on the South Oval, but — here is the twist — this time playing refugee dressup. The cardboard community they built was apparently meant to create a mock refugee camp. Although these people certainly did a good job mocking refugee camps, I was not impressed by the accuracy of the display. Absent were the mass rapes I am so accustomed to reading about in the reports about refugee camps. Also absent were poor people, hungry people, people in tatters and other great refugee tropes. There was one bit of authenticity retained though: the participants in the campout appeared equally as lost and stripped of purpose as refugees I have seen in pictures. In addition to running up the score on the Shack-a-thon in

offensiveness points, the campout hung half a hundred on them in the category of pointlessness. The national organization STAND, with which the campus group is affiliated, oddly boasts on its website that it has been going strong for 25 years. Although I do not know how long it typically takes to stamp out genocide, my impatient nature makes me think at the quarter century mark, things might not be working out. What exactly does STAND do with the money it solicits in these events for genocide prevention? Among other things, it hosts a national conference where it presumably points out genocide is bad and should be stopped. STAND also boasts that donations help to fund its 1-800-GENOCIDE hotline — which I am sure does a lot of good. So, hats off to the campers. Although I sometimes like to think I am always right, I can safely say I was wrong about some of the things I said about Shack-a-thon. Shack-a-thon is no longer the most offensive thing that happens on campus every year, as I erroneously claimed. With this annual tradition starting this year, the campout has eclipsed it. Regrettably, I will not be here next year when Shack-a-thon hopefully wages an offensiveness comeback. The STAND campers have certainly raised the bar for Shack-a-thon, and the organizers will have their work cut out for them if they want to even the score. — Matt Bruenig, philosophy senior

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Students should overcome separation In 1954, in the case of Brown v. Board of At every school in the country, you will Education of Topeka Kan., the Supreme find groups and clubs that are brought STAFF COLUMN UMN Court historically ruled against segregation together based on race or ethnic backin schools, setting a landmark precedent and ground. Be it the Asian American Students Mubeen n paving the way for civil rights in our country. Association, the Hispanic American Shakir More than 50 years later, students are Students Association or OU India Society, still not forced to attend a different school there are numerous benefits and positive based upon the color of their skin, but rather a different kind attributes of these groups. of segregation exists today, one that still plagues our own In addition, most campuses host several multicultural university. fraternities and sororities, as an alternative to mainstream We all probably notice it every day. You go down to the greek life. lower level of the Bizzell Memorial Library, and you will pass While such organizations do great things for the preserwhat I learned in my first week was called the “Brown-stairs,” vation of culture and promotion of community, there still a study room which is almost always filled with students of remains a great divide between such groups and the rest of Pakistani or Indian origin studying and talking together. the campus. The existence and knowledge of such areas like As you pass through the main floor of the “Brown-stairs” is testament to this. the same building, you will see groups There is a great need for more interculHowever, for many on of Asian-American students huddled totural dialogue on campus. Multicultural gether around the tables near the comorganizations and fraternities need to campus, race and ethnic puter lab. coordinate with other cultural groups on background often play a It is not a difficult concept. We as husignificant role in who we campus — be it in greek life or not — to mans prefer to congregate with those promote such dialogue. associate with at OU — as who we share the most in common with. Last week, Interfraternity Council frawell as in our interactions ternity Pi Kappa Alpha hosted an event Similarities in music taste, academic outside of campus.” major, hometown or even what clubs and with the predominantly Asian- and groups we join often play a role in who we African-American groups, Phi Delta choose as our friends during our time on campus. Alpha and Phi Beta Sigma. Events like these, as well as the However, for many on campus, race and ethnic back- promotion of groups such as OU Cousins — which proground often play a significant role in who we associate with motes understanding between international and American at OU — as well as in our interactions outside of campus. students — are necessary. We are often told a college education will broaden our hoIn such divisive times, we as college students need to rizons, expose us to new thoughts, new ideas and new peo- reach out to those who are different from us. It is our duty to ple. Spending just a few hours on campus exposes us to the expose ourselves to a wide range of people on campus and broad range of diversity existing at OU. step out of our personal bubbles and embrace the best parts With a great mixture of international students — whether of this campus. they are from Saudi Arabia or China — as well as a melting pot of students from all across Oklahoma and the United — Mubeen Shakir, States. Yet, it is often the case many at our school— myself in- University College freshman cluded — have simply not been exposed to the vast diversity on our campus. Comment on this column at

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Shedding those extra couple of pounds after a STAFF COLUMN MN long winter’s nap can be Kyle the peskiest thing in the Margerum entire world to do. But, what if I was to tell you it is more complicated than that? The United States has a huge problem with obesity; you know it, I know it, we all know it. But, who is going to do something about it? Or is doing something about it? People have been trying to open Americans’ eyes to the danger of unhealthy eating to one’s body. Two examples come to mind. The first is the documentary “Super Size Me” by Morgan Spurlock. For those who haven’t seen this movie, it is about a man who has to eat McDonald’s three meals a day for 30 days. Needless to say, he gained a lot of weight throughout his stint and reported a significant loss of motivation and energy. He also made a point to mention some side effects of eating unhealthy; I won’t bore you with all of them, but I will name a few: heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes OK, so Spurlock’s experiment might have been taken to an extreme, but it also is important to know some people may not have a substantial means of making It is far too so fast food establishments easy to hop money become a staple. in one’s car, The most recent statistics from drive down the Center for Disease Control Lindsey and and Prevention about the levels of obesity in America are from 2009. select one of the many These statistics are astounding. Each state has at least 15 percent fast food of their population listed as being restaurants obese. Oklahoma has more than 30 Norman has percent. How does this happen? It is so easy to blame the fast food to offer.” industry, but we can’t. It is truly not their fault that our country is so fat. The only people we can blame are ourselves — or our laziness to be exact. It is far too easy to hop in one’s car, drive down Lindsey and select one of the many fast food restaurants Norman has to offer. However, in the amount of time and money — including the gas that is nearing $4 a gallon—it takes to go to one of these establishments, one could have cooked a homemade meal, which is significantly healthier. Jamie Oliver, chef, executive producer and the main man behind the show “Food Revolution” is trying to make this perfectly clear to Americans. However, he is targeting the one group of people who can really benefit and change the way America perceives food — children. This show is all about redefining how schools make and present food to the children, but it comes with a battle — money. School districts are reluctant to change their lunchroom habits on the fact that healthy eating is more expensive. This is the exact opposite of what is happening in a Chicago school. The Daily wrote an editorial Friday complaining about how this school prohibited students from bringing in their lunches from home. The school’s goal was to provide a healthy lunch to students — which parents weren’t doing — but Oliver has proven the school lunches in America are not nearly as healthy as school administration would believe. If we do not act now, the obesity cycle will continue to repeat itself. Soon, the CDC chart will go from more than 30 percent of Oklahoma’s population being obese to more than 50 percent if we don’t stop the cycle. This is sad and horrifying. As a college student, I would be even more inclined to take nutrition classes teaching about healthy food choices. OU should offer a class where it is possible to cook healthy foods, maybe a lab portion to the nutrition classes offered by the Health and Exercise Science department. Not only does it sound fun but beneficial as well. In the meantime, join the revolution. Implement a new eating lifestyle and pass it on to your friends and family. Most importantly, get involved with making America and the world a better place one vegetable and fruit at a time. — Kyle Margerum, professional writing sophomore

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‘The Verdigris’ to educate Oklahomans Documentary to remember contribution of Will Rogers

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A short interview with Austin, Texas,-based filmmaker Bradley Beesley, who graduated from OU in 1994 with a degree in art.


ou can take the boy out of Oklahoma, but you can’t take Oklahoma out of the boy. That’s the short stor y for Tulsa-bred, Brooklyn, N.Y. singer Beau Jennings, who will be returning to the Midwest for a string of fundraiser shows to help pay for a filmmaking project honoring his boyhood hero and Oklahoma legend Will Rogers. Jennings has joined forces with OU alumnus and i n d e p e n d e n t f i l m m a ker Bradley Beesley (“The Fearless Freaks� and “Okie Noodling�) to shoot a road documentary called “The Verdigris,� wherein Jennings will travel across the country to significant places from Rogers’s life, including locations in their home states, Hollywood and Alaska. It ’s a big project, but Jennings isn’t daunted. Still in Brooklyn, busily preparing for the impending minitour The Daily caught up with him last week for an interview via email. Here’s what he had to say.

THE DAILY: Beau said you mentioned making a music video and that he came back and suggested this idea for a documentary. What about the project appealed to you? BEESLEY: Beau’s enthusiasm for the subject matter is contagious. He has really derived inspiration from the life of Will Rogers and is earnest about it-that’s what is appealing.


Oklahoma-native musician Beau Jennings will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Chouse, 717 W Boyd St.

THE DAILY: What’s your earliest memory of anything having to do with Will Rogers? How did it make you feel? JENNINGS: I used to visit the Will Rogers Museum when I was a kid. I grew up not far from there so from the very beginning there was a sense of ‘this guy and I are from the same place’. Later I came to appreciate that more and more when I began to grasp the wide net he’d cast around the world — it really turned into a sense of pride in being from Oklahoma. And that sense of pride really came into focus after living in New York, where you are sort of forced to find things that identify you. The name of the project, “The Verdigris,� is a reference to the river

that runs through both my hometown and Will’s.

THE DAILY: Why go through all the trouble of traveling the country to film a documentary? It seems like a really big, involved, difficult project. JENNINGS: The scope of Will’s life demands that sort of heroic effort. I may be in the minority on this, but I get frustrated with how Will is often portrayed now — as a simple smiling hillbilly with a funny quote or two. He influenced decisions by multiple U.S. presidents, he was the No. 1 movie star and newspaper columnist at the same time, he was one of the first champions of aviation, he met with multiple foreign leaders’,

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the list goes on. It’s tough to overstate his popularity and importance in his day, but for whatever reason history has done him a disservice. But to answer your question, I wanted this project to be worthy of its subject matter.

THE DAILY: How did you hook up with Bradley Beesley [the OU alum who directed the Flaming Lips’ film, “The Fearless Freaks�]? Was the idea for the documentary his or yours or more of a collaborative effort? JENNINGS: The idea is mine and had been brewing for a few years by the time I’d met Brad. He’d mentioned the idea of making a simple music

video one day, and I sort of came back with something else altogether, because at that point I was really looking for someone who knew what they were doing who could help.

see — more notoriety for Will, more awareness of Oklahoma’s rich history, more cultural progress in the state, etc. — can only happen as a result of an honest look at these things.

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THE DAILY: Is there anything you’d like to add? JENNINGS: The show at The Chouse is ultimately a fundraiser to help us get this movie made! We will be taking suggested donations at the door but also through a kickstarter page we launch [today]. Also, Ryan Lindsey is playing a set of songs from his upcoming solo record. Also we will find a way to have the Thunder game on.

you hope to learn from this? What’s your goal? JENNINGS: The ultimate goal with “The Verdigris� is to explore as honestly as possible a great source of inspiration for me, to try and discover what made Will such an incredible figure of history and what can be learned from that. I’ve sort of told myself that’s the only thing I can worry about, because the other things I’d like to

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THE DAILY: You’ve done a lot of work focusing on very specific and fascinating aspects of Oklahoma culture. Do you think that Beau and this film have the chance to help promote or somehow affect that culture for the better? BEESLEY: I’m not certain that people of my generation remember Will Rogers as an American hero or the intellectual icon that he was. If Beau’s film can revive Will’s legacy and educate Oklahoman’s about his past, that would be a positive affect.

If you go WHAT: Beau Jennings & The Verdigris Revival Band and Ryan Lindsey WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday WHERE: The Chouse, 717 W. Boyd St.

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Players take control of ATLAS and P-body, test robots, to solve puzzles in the “Portal 2” co-operative mode. The game was released Tuesday.

‘Portal 2’ delivers quality over quantity The original “Portal” was a side project by Valve, the makers of the STAFF COLUMN N “Half-Life” series. However, it took off like a rocket becoming one of A.J. Lansdalee the best games of 2007, propelled by a strong sense of creative design, mechanics and memorable lines from GLaDOS — a robot with sarcastic, sadistic Artificial Intelligence. The question is, can Valve recapture the original “Portal” success without being redundant? The cake is not a lie, so to speak; “Portal 2” is good. “Portal 2” is a puzzle game requiring thought and timing to advance through each test chamber. Players shoot their portal gun at the wall, moving through orange and blue portals to move themselves and projectiles past obstacles and to open doors. Momentum plays a factor in some puzzles; players may have to jump down a hole and go through one portal to get enough speed going through the other portal to get over a gap, for example. There are some additions to the game’s mechanics from the original that add to the novelty. This includes various gels to shoot on the ground to change the area’s physics, such as allowing players to jump higher or run faster to get through different environments. The game begins several years after the first

game and the events of “Half- strongly in the sequel. An embittered GLaDOS still Life 2.” The protagonist, Chell, berates and insults players, while Wheatley, voiced has been in stasis since the first by Stephen Merchant, does well as a cowardly idigame, and is helped along by a ot-savant that eventually goes mad. personality core named Wheatley Various recorded messages by Aperture’s CEO to try and escape the dilapidated show the gradually changing character of the comAperture Science facility. Chell pany, from being a cutting edge revolutionary and Wheatley inadvertently reactivate GLaDOS, company to one whose practices began to border and she forces Chell to return to the test chambers on torture. yet again. Even with the single-player and co-op camA saga of exploration through all levels of the paigns, “Portal 2” is a pretty short game. This wasn’t facility follows, revealing Aperture a problem with the first “Portal,” Science’s back story piece by piece, which was given out as part of the including GLaDOS’ origin story and Orange Box, but paying $50-$60 for the company’s place in the “Halfabout 12-14 hours of content isn’t Life” universe. for everyone. WHAT: “Portal 2” The single-player game is still relaThat being said, brevity isn’t a RATING: 4 out of 5 stars tively short, though longer than the detriment to puzzle games, espeoriginal “Portal,” but an added cocially depending on a player’s atAVAILABLE FOR: PC, operative game bulks up the game’s tention span. More importantly, the Mac, Xbox 360, PS3 value. game is fun and is a prime example Two players, as robots Atlas and of quality over quantity in gaming, P-body, work together with their own portal guns much like its predecessor. to advance through various chambers. Coherent If you’re looking for an intellectual workout and teamwork is key to advancing through these test some snide entertainment, “Portal 2” is right up chambers, but messing with the portals and caus- your alley. ing a teammate to get crushed or eviscerated by various environmental hazards is fun too. — AJ Lansdale, The deadpan humor from the first Portal returns professional writing senior

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The showcase of freshmen studentart projects from Foundations Studio Art classes at OU’s School of Art and Art History‘s Lightwell Gallery will close with a reception at 6 tonight. “We encourage the community to view these unique works of art and show your support for our first year visual art students,” said Ceder Marie, assistant professor of Foundations. OU’s Lightwell Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is located on the second floor of the Fine Arts Center. For more information about the OU School of Art and Art History, visit www. — Sydney Allen/The Daily

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Sooners not buying into preseason hype Miller says top ranking good but does not matter until national championship game

AP Poll’s preseason No. 1s (since formation of BCS)


» 2010 — Alabama — finished 10-3, No. 10 Champion: Auburn, preseason No. 22

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Being the preseason No. 1 has not always been a good thing in college football. Oklahoma, pegged as the top team in several rankings, is not among successful company of previous top contenders. Only two preseason topranked teams since the formation of the Bowl Championship Series finished with a national title. Four teams made the championship game but lost. Wide receiver Dejuan Miller, who will be a senior in the fall, said the team isn’t putting much stock in the ranking, though. “We can improve a lot. ESPN and CBS sports can say what they want, but I am with the team all the time, and I do not think we are No. 1 yet,” Miller said. “The hype is good, but we still need to go out there and prove ourselves.” In 2003, the last time OU was preseason No. 1, the Sooners were blown out by USC, 55-19, in the national championship. “At the end of the season, in January, when it’s 1-2, that’s the real No. 1 and the real No. 2,” Miller said. “It’s good to be preseason No. 1, but at the same time, we have that target on our

» 2009 — Florida — finished 13-1, No. 3 Champion: Alabama, preseason No. 5 » 2008 — Georgia — finished 10-3, No. 13 Champion: Florida, preseason No. 5 » 2007 — USC — finished 11-2, No. 3 Champion: LSU, preseason No. 2 » 2006 — Ohio State — finished 12-1, No. 2* Champion: Florida, preseason No. 7 » 2005 — USC — finished 12-1, No. 2* Champion: Texas, preseason No. 2 » 2004 — USC — finished 13-0, No. 1 Champion: USC ASHLEY WEST/THE DAILY

Freshman running back Roy Finch takes a handoff during the Red-White spring game on Saturday at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The Sooners are projected as preseason No. 1 in several rankings.

back. You’re No. 1 for no reason, I feel like.” Preseason rankings are rarely indicative of the final results. OU was 19th to start the 2000 national championship season. However, OU isn’t the preseason leader for no reason. The Sooners return 18 starters from last season’s 12-2 Fiesta Bowl champion team, most notably wide receiver Ryan Broyles

and linebacker Travis Lewis. OU also returns 29 players who have started at least one game in their careers. Quarterback Landry Jones, who will be a junior this fall, is coming off a season where he finished just two yards shy of Heisman-winner Sam Bradford’s school record for passing yards in a season (4,720). Even with the departure of

key defensive players Quinton Carter, Jonathan Nelson, Jeremy Beal, Adrian Taylor and Pryce Macon, coach Bob Stoops said the defense is in equally good shape. “I think [this defense] could be one of our better ones,” Stoops said. “I think it has a chance to even improve from a year ago. I believe where we’re at, we got a chance to be pretty good.”

» 2003 — Oklahoma — finished 12-2, No. 3* Champion: USC, preseason No. 8 » 2002 — Miami (Fla.) — finished 12-1, No. 2* Champion: Ohio State, preseason No. 13 » 2001 — Florida — finished 10-2, No. 3 Champion: Miami (Fla.), preseason No. 2 » 2000 — Nebraska — finished 10-2, No. 8 Champion: Oklahoma, preseason No. 19 » 1999 — Florida State — finished 12-0, No. 1 Champion: Florida State » 1998 — Ohio State — finished 11-1, No. 2 Champion: Tennessee, preseason No. 10 *Lost in national title game


Morrison to transfer to East Central at semester’s end

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OU women’s basketball sophomore guard The Seminole native joined the Sooners as a Kodi Morrison will transfer at the end of the walk-on in January of last year to fill the roster semester, OU coach Sherri Coale spot vacated by Whitney Hand after announced Tuesday. the sophomore suffered an ACL injury. Morrison will enroll at East With the return of Hand and the Central University in Ada with a full addition of freshman talents Aaryn athletic scholarship. Ellenberg and Morgan Hook last Because East Central is a Division season, the guard position was 2 program, Morrison will be able to stacked and playing time for bench compete with the Tigers immediately players was scarce. without sitting a year. Morrison appeared in 18 games “Her commitment and willingness Kodi Morrison during two seasons at Oklahoma, to do whatever was asked, I think averaging 1.4 points and a .917 freeis very rare,” Coale said. “We’re excited she throw percentage. has a fantastic opportunity to play on a full — Daily staff reports scholarship.”

Roethlisberger to join volleyball team for final season at Oklahoma LUKE MCCONNELL The Oklahoma Daily

Carlee Roethlisberger’s days as an Oklahoma women’s basketball player may be over, but her days as an OU athlete are not. Pending clearance from the OU compliance office, Roethlisberger has filed papers to join the OU volleyball team in the fall for her fifth year of collegiate eligibility. Every student-athlete is allowed five years of competition eligibility but is limited to four per sport. A redshirt year counts against the total but not the four for the sport. Roethlisberger has one non-basketball season left and chose volleyball. She’s already been cleared for practice with the squad and has been with the team for the past several weeks, participating in practice as well as offseason spring tournaments. Aside from being a star on the basketball court in high school, Roethlisberger also was a highly sought-after volleyball recruit. She received offers from several schools,


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Senior guard Carlee Roethlisberger prepares for a tipoff last season. She has filed paperwork to play volleyball in the fall. including Minnesota and perennial volleyball powerhouse Nebraska. Roethlisberger likely will play middle blocker, providing some depth and backup at the position for sophomore Sallie McLauren. The

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Sooners break out of ‘hangover’ with victory in makeup game ZACK HEDRICK The Oklahoma Daily

The Sooners snapped out of coach Sunny Golloway’s self-prescribed team hangover with a 5-2 win over the Bacone College Warriors on Wednesday in Norman. The Sooners split their mid-week games after Tuesday’s loss to Dallas Baptist. Pr ior to Wednesday’s game against the Warriors (13-33), the Sooners lost three of their last six games, all by one run. The Sooners (27-11) returned to the fundamentals Wednesday, using small ball to manufacture runs in the win. “We knew we had to come out and take care of business,” junior first baseman Cameron Seitzer said. “We had things we needed to work on.” The S ooners had five sacrifice bunts as a club Wednesday night. Golloway said the team used small ball to put runners in scoring position, forcing hitters to have better at-bats and hit the ball. “ The most impor tant thing and the thing that we needed, we needed to have timely hitting,” Golloway said. “We wanted to force that issue.” Seitzer picked up one of the five sacrifices. He also went 2-for-2 with two RBI singles and scored a run. “Every day you come out, you have to get better,” senior third baseman Garrett Buechele said. “That was our goal tonight.” The Sooners accomplished that goal, but it took a while to get there.


Sophomore lefty Ryan Gibson pitches against Bacone on Wednesday in Norman. The Sooners won 5-2. Gibson only pitched 2/3 of the first inning, facing six batters and walking three.

Neither team recorded a hit until the top of the third inning. Both teams broke the hit column in the third, but until that point all baserunners reached on walks — except when junior shortstop Caleb Bushyhead reached on an error. Sophomore starting pitcher Ryan Gibson had a short outing, pitching only 2/3 of the first inning. He was lifted after facing just six batters and walking three of those. His last walk gave Bacone an early 1-0 lead in the

first. Gibson was replaced with freshman reliever Steven Bruce. Bruce was solid in relief, carrying most of the load by logging 6.1 innings. He allowed one run off seven hits and did not allow a walk until the second batter in the eighth. Freshman reliever Cayle Shambaugh closed the game out for OU, finishing the last 1.2 innings by retiring all six batters he faced. “Bruce and Shambaugh threw really well and made

up for our star t on the mound, which wasn’t very good,” Golloway said. The Sooners will stay in Norman and return to Big 12 play this weekend, facing off against Nebraska (25-14). The matchup will have the fifth- and sixth-place teams in the Big 12 facing off, with Nebraska coming in behind Oklahoma in the standings with a 5-7 conference record. The three-game set is slated to start at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

During Sunday’s naSTAFF COLUMN LUMN tionally televised game, we saw just how tough it Tobi Neidy dy is to get a win a softball game in this year’s Big 12 Conference. The Oklahoma-Missouri series was as good as it gets in terms of quality pitching and competitive defense. Blowouts and shutouts are always a fan favorite in collegiate softball, but the best games in the sport aren’t won by miles —the close games are secured by just feet. Tigers pitcher Chelsea Thomas won the battle 43 feet away on the mound against a quality OU offense that is used to putting runs on the board this season. Thomas kept the Sooners scoreless through 11 innings during Sunday’s outing after allowing just two runs in the first game of the series. Both games ended in favor of the Tigers, but both games could’ve gone either way. When a high-stakes game with conference-placement implications is up in the air, OU needs to find a way to squeeze in the necessary runs. Whether it be more time in the batting cages, more time against live pitching in practice or more Sooner Magic in the bat bag, the team has to figure out a way to manufacture timely runs using its short game at the plate. OU has relied on it’s long game for much of the season. The Sooners have 59 home runs, including five players with more than five homers this year. But depending solely on heavy hitters won’t consistently secure wins. Not in the NCAA tournament anyway. Last season, nine Women’s College World Series games were decided by three runs or less. So far this year, half of the Sooners’ 46 games have been decided by that same deficit, including 12 of the team’s 13 losses. OU has the potential to be a good short-game team, especially with the slapping talents and speed of sophomore Brianna Turang and freshman Destinee Martinez. This year, the two combine for 110 of the Sooners’ 379 total hits. Martinez leads the team in batting average (.367), and Turang is third (.336). Once the duo is on base, coach Patty Gasso makes use of their speed to get into scoring position. Martinez is 9-of11 in stolen bases, and Turang is 20-of-25, the only two Sooners in the lineup with double-digit attempts. Seniors Dani Dobbs and Chana’e Jones aren’t known as home run hitters, but the pair combine to lead the team in doubles (21) and have 83 hits between them. Jones’ .404 on-base percentage is fourth-best on the team, and both players have experience on the base paths to know how to make runs happen. OU is going to need to work on the short game in order to get the wins necessary to make to the trip to Oklahoma City. The talent is there — the Sooners just need to take command of the short game, one foot at a time. — Tobi Neidy, public relations senior


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NATION NEWS BRIEFS 1. Sacramento, Calif.

3 stabbed outside Calif. pot club Police in Sacramento, Calif., say three people were stabbed, one fatally, outside a medical marijuana dispensary as pot users around the nation celebrate the drug’s unofficial holiday. The assaults Wednesday morning were outside the R&R Wellness Collective marijuana shop in South Sacramento. Authorities say they do not know if marijuana had anything to do with the stabbings. The victims were among two groups of people who got into a fight in the parking lot outside the dispensary. Police say R&R Wellness was having a two-for-one promotion in honor of the annual 420 Day commemorated by pot enthusiasts on April 20 because “420” is a nickname for marijuana.

2. New Orleans

BP sues blowout preventer maker BP sued the maker of the device that failed to stop last year’s calamitous Gulf oil spill on Wednesday, alleging that negligence by the manufacturer helped cause the disaster. The British company said in papers filed in federal court in New Orleans that Cameron International provided a blowout preventer with a faulty design, which caused an unreasonable amount of risk that harm would occur.

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New York City mayor opens new Coney Island roller coasters New York’s Coney Island has opened its first new roller coasters since the famed Cyclone was built in the 1920s. Mayor Michael Bloomberg helped launch four new thrill rides Wednesday in the area known as the “Scream Zone.” The amusement park by the Brooklyn boardwalk had fallen into disrepair over the years. The city has contributed more than $6 million toward the cost of the new rides for Luna Park and Scream Zone. The mayor predicts this summer will draw the biggest number of visitors to Coney Island in more than a half century. — AP



Dustin Gorton, 30, says a prayer as he visits a memorial in Littleton, Colo., on Wednesday for those who were killed at the Columbine High School shooting 12 years ago. Gorton was a senior at the school during the massacre.

N.J. roommate charged with hate crime in webcam case Ravi indicted on 15 counts including invasion of privacy TRENTON, N.J. — A former Rutgers University freshman who prosecutors said used a webcam to spy on his roommate’s same-sex encounter was charged Wednesday with a hate crime and accused of deleting tweets and texts to cover up his tracks. Dharun Ravi, 19, was indicted in Middlesex County on 15 counts including bias intimidation and invasion of privacy in events that predated the suicide of 18-year-old Tyler Clementi, who in death started a national conversation on the perils of bullying. Ravi had already faced invasion of privacy charges along with another Rutgers student, Molly Wei. It took prosecutors months to present their case to a grand jury alleging that Ravi targeted Clementi because of his sexual orientation and tried to broadcast the encounter online to intimidate his roommate. The cascade of events started the day

Ravi “learned the name of his roommate,” Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan said in a statement, not elaborating. The charges do not link the alleged spying to Clementi’s suicide. “The grand jury indictment spells out cold and calculated acts against our son, Tyler, by his former college roommate,” Clementi’s parents, Jane and Joe Clementi, said in a statement. “If these facts are true, as they appear to be, then it is important for our criminal justice system to establish clear accountability under the law.” The indictment is an important step in a heartbreaking case, state Attorney General Paula Dow said. If convicted of the most serious bias charge, Ravi could face five to 10 years in prison. Kaplan said charges against Wei weren’t presented to the grand jury. It was unclear Wednesday whether a case against Wei would go before a grand jury or whether she helped prosecutors in the case against Ravi. An attorney for Ravi did not return a

call seeking comment, and Wei’s attorney declined to comment. Prosecutors have said Ravi used Wei’s computer in her dorm room to activate a webcam on a computer in his room to view and stream Clementi’s encounter. Prosecutors said Ravi tried the same thing during a second encounter Sept. 21, the day before Clementi’s suicide. Ravi posted a message on his nowclosed Twitter account on Sept. 19 that read: “Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into molly’s room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay.” Two days later, he wrote on Twitter: “Anyone with iChat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12. Yes it’s happening again.” The indictment said the sexual encounter was seen and accuses Ravi of targeting Clementi and invading his privacy, knowing that his roommate would be intimidated because of his sexual orientation. — AP


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Instructions: Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9. That means that no number is repeated in any row, column or box.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Don’t hesitate to get involved in a joint commercial endeavor, especially if your partners are excited about the subject. Enthusiasm heightens your possibilities of success.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- There are strong indications that you will be rewarded for something you did for another in the past. It won’t necessarily be a material gift; it could just as well be a service or a kindness.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -Someone for whom you recently performed a kindness has filed it away in his or her memory bank to make sure that it isn’t easily forgotten. It could be the day that he or she reciprocates.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- If colleagues offer you some good ideas, you should consider them, but without discounting your own notions. You may unconsciously know certain facts that others don’t.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) -You’ll get a lot further if you aren’t hard-nosed in business-related situations. Keep your behavior warm and friendly and you’ll generate the type of response you desire.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Unknowingly to you, friends who have your best interests at heart may be working on something that could improve your lot in life. It might concern the romance department.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Although an idea with which you’ve been toying may have a short shelf life, you should be able to utilize it successfully by getting it to the right people. Strike while the griddle is smoking. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- It’s an excellent day to get together with a few choice friends of yours, if you find you have the time to do so. The good mood everybody’s in will stimulate the warmth of friendship. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Find an appropriate buddy to collectively go after something meaningful to you both. You’ll be luckier doing things in tandem rather than forging a solitary path.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- There is something in the works that could benefit you in some manner, so don’t get impatient and rock the boat. Let things unfold in their own way and in their own time. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Lady Luck might be working on something that would be more palatable for you than anything you could put together. Give her plenty of room to operate and do her thing. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -Noticeable improvements in overall conditions should put you in an upbeat mood. This should help you tremendously in accomplishing whatever it is you want to do.

Universal Crossword Edited by Timothy E. Parker April 21, 2011

ACROSS 1 Drained of blood 6 Speech coach’s challenge 10 Common settler? 14 Mushroomto-be 15 Social starter 16 Not had by 17 Typing instructor’s concern 19 Unpleasant smell 20 Wrap up 21 To date 22 Litter’s littlest 23 Conclusion 25 Type of conjunctivitis 27 Place for a cotillion 32 Untruth 33 Mishmash or medley 34 ___ the Terrible 36 Hopeful lover’s item 40 Mil. org. on campus 41 Philbin of TV 43 Chute opener? 44 Socially awkward ones 46 Latvia’s largest city 47 Cinema sign 48 Bro, to sis


50 Sodium ___ (table salt) 52 Chubbier 56 Price indicator 57 Rajah’s wife 58 Third bk. of the Bible 60 Vocal style 65 Leave out 66 Receptive to new ideas 68 ___ child (pregnant) 69 Wolfe of crime fiction 70 It precedes “fast” and follows “home” 71 Big name in chips 72 Tickled 73 Legions DOWN 1 Inquires 2 Gush forth 3 Georgetown player 4 Formerly, in olden days 5 Situated below 6 Language spoken in Vientiane 7 One of the Pac-Man ghosts 8 Brew, as tea 9 Stamen’s counterpart 10 Guard 11 Excessive, as force 12 Displaying no emotion 13 Rich dessert

18 “The Bathers” artist Pierre-Auguste 24 White Cliffs locale 26 ___ in the bud 27 Bjorn of tennis fame 28 Ingredient in many lotions 29 Beer choice 30 Helpers when keys are lost 31 Abracadabra stuff 35 “’Twas the ___ before Christmas ...” 37 What so loudly we hail? 38 Droughtstricken 39 In the wee

hours 42 Muslim form of salutation 45 Use a straw 49 ___ to (be a member of) 51 Monstrous, a la Shrek 52 Search for prey, e.g. 53 Female monster 54 Opposite of separateness 55 Chase away 59 Designer Wang 61 Look ___ (investigate) 62 Poems of praise 63 Passengers’ selections 64 Chances 67 Wordless acknowledgment



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WORLD NEWS BRIEFS 1. Misrata, Libya

Journalists killed in Libyan city


African National Congress Youth Legue supporters sing as they hold placards with the face of their president Julius Malema after his appearance at the high court in Johannesburg Wednesday in South Africa. Malema says the trial “has helped to shed some light,” allowing him to explain why whites should not be offended when he sings “shoot the boer.”

S. African leader defends song Whites shouldn’t be offended by term, ruling party’s youth chief says JOHANNESBURG — The youth leader of South Africa’s governing African National Congress never wanted to be dragged into court to defend his right to sing a song some whites find offensive, and says those who filed the suit are more concerned about his high profile than his singing, he testified Wednesday in his hate speech trial. But, taking the stand for the first time more than a week into the trial, Julius Malema said Wednesday he now sees some benefit in proceedings that have been followed across South Africa. Malema said the trial “has helped to shed some light,” allowing him to explain why whites should not be offended when he sings “shoot the boer.” “Boer” is Afrikaans — the language of Dutch descendants known as Afrikaners — for farmer, and sometimes is used as an insult for whites. Malema argued that in the song it is a metaphor for apartheid, and the call is to eliminate oppression, not kill individuals. The appearance of the star witness drew special attention after days of testimony by politicians and criminologists,

music experts and even a poet. The an advocate for Afrikaners, filed the judge, Collin Lamont, intervened un- suit to get a judge to declare Malema’s usually often to engage with Malema, singing of “shoot the boer” to be hate whom he called charismatic. speech, which is prohibited under Those who expected fireworks from South African law. Malema, known for his fiery rhetoric, A hate speech designation could lead were for the most part disappointed. But to criminal charges. Malema made no apoloAfriforum says gies for his reputation. Afrikaners and Afrikaner If you are not “I belong to a very radifarmers felt humiliated cal and militant youth militant, you run and degraded when they organization,” he said. the risk of being heard “Shoot the boer,” “If you are not militant, and believed Malema irrelevant.” you run the risk of being sang it to “be harmful to irrelevant.” or to incite harm against” — JULIUS MALEMA, whites. Dressed in a gray suit, AFRICAN NATIONAL V-neck sweater and openDuring an exchange CONGRESS LEADER with Malema Wednesday, necked shirt, he answered questions calmly if forceAfriForum’s lawyer Martin fully, even when pressed to say he was Brassey proposed that if Malema would racist or inspired by violent hatred of agree not to sing the song on occawhites — propositions he steadfastly sions when it might provoke disquiet, denied. AfriForum might drop the case. His followers include whites, and his Malema said barring him alone from enemy is apartheid and oppression, he singing the song when and where he said. He said he has used “boer” to refer chose was comparable to apartheid-era to black police officers working for ad- attempts to isolate leaders by putting ministrations set up under white rule them under house arrest or making it and led by blacks despised as apartheid illegal for newspapers to quote them. collaborators by activists like Malema. AfriForum, which portrays itself as — AP

Two Western photojournalists including an Oscarnominated film director were killed Wednesday in the besieged city of Misrata while covering battles between rebels and Libyan government forces. Two others working alongside them were wounded. British-born Tim Hetherington, co-director of the documentary “Restrepo” about U.S. soldiers on an outpost in Afghanistan, was killed inside the only rebel-held city in western Libya, his publicist Johanna Ramos Boyer said. The city has come under weeks of relentless shelling by government troops.

2. Fukushima, Japan

Japanese nuclear workers are at their limit, doctor says Workers battling the crisis at Japan’s stricken nuclear plant suffer from insomnia, show signs of dehydration and high blood pressure and are at risk of developing depression or heart trouble, a doctor who met with them said Wednesday. The crews have been fighting to get the radiation-spewing Fukushima Dai-ichi plant under control since it was crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan. “The conditions at the plant remain harsh,” epidemiologist Takeshi Tanigawa told The Associated Press. “I am afraid that if this continues we will see a growing risk of health problems.”

3. Mexico City

Mexico police rescue 68 people Mexican authorities say they have rescued 68 people, including 12 Central American migrants, allegedly kidnapped by a drug cartel in northern Mexico. The Public Safety Department says the group was rescued after federal agents went to a neighborhood in the border city of Reynosa, across from McAllen, Texas, to check on a tip and ran into two armed men. A statement from the department Wednesday says the gunmen hid in a house where the victims were being held. — AP

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