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Clinton honors state’s courage
Norman Music Festival’s growth from humble beginnings to two-day spectacular suggests possibility for further expansion, event organizers say
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OKL AHOMA CIT Y— Former President Bill Clinton returned to Oklahoma City on Wednesday to remember the 15th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Clinton said in the 15 years since the terrorist attack in downtown Oklahoma City, he has seen many examples of courage that were first put in place when the people of Oklahoma responded to the explosion. “ Ma n y p a r t s o f t h e world have been affected by your courage,” Clinton said. “Courage that began here and echoed out into the rest of the world like a ripple in a pond.” Clinton shared moments in his presidency and times in his global initiatives in which he said he could clearly see the lessons the world learned April 19, 1995. “I met a man in a park in Haiti painting pictures outside of the airport right after the earthquake,” Clinton said. “He said he had lost his wife and all of his children, and that he came out there because that was his way of coping ... This man is your brother in spirit.” The world learned lessons on how to cope with tragedy because of what happened how Oklahoma responded to the bombing of the federal building, Clinton said. Before Clinton arrived at the dinner at the Oklahoma Western Heritage Museum, he made an unscheduled stop at the Oklahoma City National Memorial to lay a bouquet of flowers on the memorial chair of Alan Whicher, a secret service agent who protected Clinton in the first part of his presidency and then was transferred to the Murrah Building and died in the explosion. “From that day on, I have never called anyone who works for the federal government a federal bureaucrat,” Clinton said. “He moved out here because he believed Oklahoma is one of the finest places to live in this country and he was absolutely right.” Clinton said America must remain strong in its efforts to fight terrorism. “I remember giving a speech to some college students telling them that terrorism for them will be like the nuclear bomb was to my generation, but as we’ve seen from other attacks that have come that isn’t so. I wish I was wrong,” he said. Clinton said America must fight terrorism together without partisanship. “We can’t kill and jail every terrorist this country can face,” Clinton said. “We can’t fight every enemy combatant, but we can work together to reduce future attacks.”
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Who would have thought that a man doing calisthenics in his underwear would have contributed to a $2.5 million boost in Norman’s economy? Norman Music Festival fundraising chairman Jonathan Fowler says it’s true. President of the Norman Arts Council Board of Directors, Fowler served as the main stage manager at NMF last year when Kevin Barnes, the frisky frontman for headliners Of Montreal, resorted to unique measures to pump his band up for the big show. “My wife and I were backstage waiting on them to show up,” said Fowler, the star-struck music fan. “Kevin Barnes walks up in regular street clothes and proceeds to strip down to nothing but tighty whities ... [the band] get into a circle, and, without warning, they broke into a sprint and the music starts as the first foot hits the stage. It’s something I’ll never forget.” Fowler, who’s Norman-born and Norman-bred, is armed with more than just bizarre stories about rock-band weirdos and festival-going hippies. He’s got hard facts and good intentions. Last year’s economic impact survey of city businesses substantiates his $2.5 million claim, a statistic he and the rest of the festival planners on the Arts Council are committed to increase for this year’s festival and into the future, at the behest of the downtown store owners, whose street the council shuts off to set up outdoor stages. “We’re guests of the downtowners. It’s their street and they allow us to do this,” Fowler said. “The grand goal that all the board members have is that it keeps getting bigger and bigger, moving forward.” That’s not bad for a big, public party the Arts Council initially thought they were getting away with. “If you’d have asked any of us that first year if we’d thought we’d be able to do it again, we would’ve told you no and laughed,” Fowler said. Now, the council’s long-term vision models itself after top-notch spring and early summer festivals South by Southwest and Coachella with the possibility of growing into a four-day schedule or a quarterly teaser format, said Stephen Koranda, Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director. “The possibilities are endless,” Koranda said. One thing’s for certain: The Norman Music Festival has been, is and always will be a communityhosted event dedicated to building unity by showcasing music, with plenty of good-natured fun thrown in along the way. SHOWCASING MUSIC It would be easy to write Norman off as a dull void for music in the Dark Ages before the music festival, but Fowler claims that’s not the case. The lifelong resident of the city and OU alumnus said Norman has never lacked quality music or venues, though it has suffered a general lack of cohesion between interested parties. “The only thing I’d say that’s really different about what things were like before the festival is the cooperation,” he said. “Everybody’s done a really good job realizing that there’s a way to FESTIVAL CONTINUES ON PAGE 2
Author’s promise becomes Groups to honor other a lifelong devotion to service Land Run perspective Greg Mortenson spoke to Wednesday about his philanthropic endeavors
Jacobson House to host exhibit of 89er Day from American Indian perspective, director says
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When best-selling author Greg Mortenson decided to build his first school for an underprivileged region in 1993, he was recovering from climbing the second-highest mountain in the world. He didn’t make it to the top of the mountain, but he has since succeeded in other ways. During his recovery, Mortenson met a group of children using sticks to write in the sand. He promised to help them build a school and then followed through on that promise. He returned to the U.S. and began sending letters to celebrities asking for donations. In the first year, he spent $126 on postage and received only a $100 donation check from Tom Brokaw. He lived out of his car for a period of time, but in 1996, the first school was completed. Since then, he has started or significantly supported more than 130 schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He also has authored two best-selling books about his work in the Middle East. Mortenson said Gen. David Petraeus determined three lessons from his book, “Three Cups of Tea,” that should be applied to U.S. foreign policy: listen more, use respect and build relationships. Mortenson has influenced military men of all levels. In fact, “Three Cups of Tea” is required reading for U.S. Special Forces deploying to Afghanistan. Speaking to a packed audience Wednesday
at Lloyd Noble Center, Mortenson said the title of his book is a metaphor for the long process of relationship building. During the first cup you’re a stranger, the second cup you’re a friend and the third cup you’re family, Mortenson said.
Today in 1889, settlers rushed to claim parts of Oklahoma in what is known as the Land Run of 1889. The term “Sooner” originated from this day — those who staked claims before the run began to get the best pieces of land first. But the land was already inhabited by American Indians who were forced there from their original homes. To some, the day is an important one in Oklahoma’s history, but not one of celebration. The Moore-Lindsey Historical House and Museum and the Jacobson House Native Art Center will host an exhibit called “180 for 89er’s Day Perspective.” The Moore-Lindsey home will feature an exhibit of the Land Run participants, while the Jacobson House will feature the American Indian land lost through artwork, stories and photographs, said Kricket Rhoads-Connywerdy, Jacobson House executive director. The Jacobson House is in the process of setting up the exhibit today, she said. Both will open Friday. Connywerdy said there will be a human perspective through the artwork and stories, including some person accounts from American Indians. “I think Native American people might come to the Jacobson House first, and I think the people that celebrate 89ers Day, as opposed to mourn it, would go to the MooreLindsey home. Then they can come here, and our constituents can go there and see both sides of the story,” she said. Connywerdy said she thinks the presentation will be tasteful, but has always wondered why 89ers Day is considered a celebration. “It was a real hard time for the pioneers, but it was hard here too,” she said. “There’s a difference between history
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Greg Mortenson, author of New York Times bestseller “Three Cups of Tea,” speaks Wednesday evening in Lloyd Noble Center about raising awareness for issues across the world.
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Festival Continues from page 1 get us noticed in this town by coalescing everyone’s efforts into a solid group. The genres of music change, styles change, but there’s always been a music scene here.” Festival public relations chairwoman Holly Jones said the council’s intent to expand has been supported by the musicians, 360 of whom applied when it announced an open call for bands earlier in the spring. “After very difficult deliberation, 80 bands from this call were chosen to join the 2010 festival,” Jones said. “Most of all, we just want to make sure any expansion is comfortable and sustainable into the future.” Tommy McKenzie, English sophomore, plays lead guitar for The Boom Bang, a local surf-rock band playing NMF this year. McKenzie said he and his bandmates are excited to exhibit their band to a much larger Norman community that doesn’t often get to hear music in their genre and style.
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“Our contribution is to grow the evergrowing garage scene in Oklahoma,” he said of his band’s role in the festival. Any city festival strong enough to draw an internationally appreciated band like Dirty Projectors to headline alongside home-state hero Leon Russell is progressing in the right direction, while still cherishing its history and identity. BUILDING COMMUNITY It’s the role the festival plays: Drawing visitors from out of town and connecting the Arts Council with businesses, musicians with fans and campus organizations with the larger community. Well-tailored to suit this role, the festival is free of charge, essentially a big-billing party run by a nonprofit organization. It’s not cheap organizing 200 acts to play this year’s 15 venues, Fowler said, but Wimgo.com, Fowler Auto Group (Fowler’s family business), local banks and hard work by the Arts Council foot the majority of the bill, which also is paid for by private donations between $25 and as much as $500. Fowler said the council’s connections
Mortenson Continues from page 1 “It doesn’t just mean go around the world and drink a lot of tea ... We need to build relationships,” Mortenson said. Mortenson stressed the importance of education, particularly that of girls living in rural, poverty-stricken regions of the world. He said there are 118 million children who should be in school but aren’t, and 78 million are girls. “If you educate a boy you educate an individual. If you educate a girl you educate a community,” Mortenson said, quoting an African proverb. Afghanistan in the last 10 years has seen the greatest educational increase of anywhere in history. In 2000, 800,000 children were in school in Afghanistan, and in 2010 there were 8.5 million, Mortenson said.
within the community help to alleviate the cost of the festival and that without the most important donations of time and effort, NMF would be impossible. “We don’t pay anything for advertising because everybody donates that to be a sponsor,” he said. Fowler also points out that local artists and festival supporters produce most of the advertising for the festival, whether it’s by word of mouth, social networking or by creative design. It’s even possible for students to contribute as festival volunteers, spreading the word and even simply by attending. Community building is easy and beneficial when such a strong mechanism as NMF exists to conduct it. JUST PLAIN FUN The second edition of NMF generated an atmosphere about Main Street not unlike game day during football season, optimistic with hopes for a national championship berth. Like last year, Main Street’s regular traffic will be replaced by foot traffic as an estimated 100,000 people will take in the sights
He said women are instrumental in the increase. “The driving force behind the tenacity to get an education is essentially the mothers,” he said. The solution to poverty begins in the community, Mortenson said. “We can never solve poverty from a think tank in Washington, D.C.,” he said The state of Oklahoma raised more than $17,000 for Pennies for Peace a nonprofit organization started by Mortenson. He said this is the most money raised by any state for his organization. “Of all the states, Oklahoma is No. 1,” Mortenson said. Pennies may not seem like much, but there are enough pennies in the world to eradicate global illiteracy, Mortenson said. He concluded his speech with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.: “Even if the world ends tomorrow, I will plant my seed today.”
and sounds of Norman’s downtown. Aside from music aplenty, this year’s festival boasts stages for children, comedy and spoken word, along with activity booths offering science experiments, temporary tattoos and arts and crafts. Local vendors will be out in force as well, hawking food and retail, and the popular Dustbowl Arts Market will set up right in the middle of all the action. If that isn’t enough to draw you in for even just a few hours Sunday afternoon, then you may just be the least-interested person in all of Oklahoma. So that’s it. Norman Music Festival may have initiated as a one-and-done fluke, but the community has spoken and its wishes are clear. We like it, we love it, we want some more of it, and we want it to expand into the future, wishes shared by its propagators on the Arts Council. Attend, support and otherwise engage this event that Norman residents plan and host free of charge for their fellow citizens in an earnest effort to promote our city and community by the showcasing of music. Otherwise, we’ll send a naked Kevin Barnes to get you off your seat and dancing.
Land Run Continues from page 1 and talking about our history and celebrating something. I don’t understand that concept of celebrating.” Oliver Plumley, American Indian Student Association president, said he thinks there needs to be more education about the Land Run. He said it’s a touchy subject because the Land Run is part of state history, but educators also need to tell the truth about the American Indians who were already here. “I wouldn’t mind having something passed in the Oklahoma government for more education about the Land Run,” said Plumley, Native American studies junior. Wes Wilson, Society of Native American Gentlemen member, said some people have strong opinions about what happened, but he also thinks people need to be more educated about what actually happened. “There’s always two tales to every story,” said Wilson, sociology senior. “Everyone should be educated so that they can judge and make their own decisions.” Connywerdy echoed Wilson’s thoughts. “I have two grandmas, one is Indian and one isn’t, you know? You have two stories there,” Connywerdy said.
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CAMPUS EVENTS TODAY PRESIDENT’S FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS OU Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts presents the President’s Festival of the Arts with special performances by the OU Schools of Dance, Drama and Music. Schools of Drama and Music Opera Theatre perform at 8 p.m. in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center.
CAC FILM FESTIVAL Campus Activities Council will host a Student Film Festival at 8 p.m. in Meacham Auditorium. TOMORROW PRESIDENT’S FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Schools of Dance and Music will perform at 8 p.m. in Reynolds Performing Arts Center.
POLICE REPORTS 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. AGGRAVATED DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE Jarrod R. Pryor, 27, Fort Road, Tuesday COUNTY WARRANT Burton Gregory Stover, 34, North Porter Avenue, Monday WARRANT James Earl Shockley, 28, 1400 High Meadows Drive, Tuesday MUNICIPAL WARRANT Cameron Brent Chesney, 29, 201 W. Gray St., Tuesday Christi Angela Lamb, 31, 201 W. Gray St., Tuesday Timothy Wayne Lewis, 47, 201 W. Gray St., Tuesday James Emmitt McCraw, 35, 536 Macy St., Monday, also possession of controlled dangerous substances DRIVING UNDER SUSPENSION Jonesia Marie Carman, 35, Boyd Street and Elm Avenue, Friday PUBLIC INTOXICATION Ernest Edmund Belmore, 19, 1400 Asp
Ave., Saturday Ashley Nicole Davis, 20, 2900 Chautauqua Ave., Tuesday Alvin Sonny John, 42, Dakota Street, Monday DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE Stephanie Angela Wallis, 29, West Lindsey Street, Tuesday Allen David Rickett, 35, 500 Elm Ave., Saturday Taylor Barrett Hale, 26, 300 First St., Saturday Jeffery Marshall Sublett, 25, 300 W. Boyd St., Saturday Christopher Rowan Burch, 19, 1500 Asp Ave., Saturday Charisa Dawn Blandon, 33, Boyd Street and Elm Avenue, Sunday, also expired tag Ciera Nicole Lilly, 21, Lindsey Street and Asp Avenue, Sunday, also possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia Cynthia Lynn Mansell, 50, 300 Boyd St., Sunday Samuel Collier Chase, 22, Jenkins Street and Imhoff Road, Monday Kendra L. Mcintyre-Moore, 22, 200 Boyd St., Tuesday POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA Brandon Ross Fore, 19, North Peters Avenue, Tuesday DISTURBING THE PEACE Christopher Matteson Hart, 29, 102 W. Eufaula St., Monday
PROFESSOR DEFENDS TEA PARTY MOVEMENT GREG MAUS Daily Staff Writer
The Tea Party movement is neither entirely a group of grassroots amateurs, nor is it a case of astroturfing, a University of Michigan professor said Wednesday night. Lisa Disch, professor of political science and women’s studies at the University of Michigan and author of “Hanna Arendt and the Limits of Philosophy” and “The Tyranny of the Two-Party System,” spoke at a public lecture at 7 p.m. in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Disch described the Tea Party as a network and an energy source, whose effects will depend on what taps into it and what it hooks up to. She emphasized the diversity of the movement, saying it consists both of uneducated, recently unemployed groups as well as 1960s-era conservatives who believe that President Obama does not understand the needs and problems of people like them, and that he is taking the country in a direction they do not agree with for the benefit of people who are not like them. “The thing that most unites tea partiers is that 62 percent of them say that they rely on Fox News for
most of their news,” Disch said. This is not the only point of unity, as according to a New York Times poll she cited, 39 percent of those who said that they supported the Tea Party Movement would define themselves as “very conservative,” 54 percent and identified as Republican. Disch also cited a Gallop poll which stated that 28 percent of Americans support the Tea Party movement, demonstrating that it is not a fringe phenomenon. Disch claimed that the movement is not merely a puppet of the Republican Party. “The Tea Partiers are generally portrayed as antiObama,” she said. “I think it’s very important to understand that they are opposed to the Republican establishment as well.” Disch said the movement has connections to the political establishment through such organizations as FreedomWorks, Tea Party Express, Americans for Prosperity and Americans for Limited Government. It also demonstrated some connections to Glenn Beck’s 912 Project through the use of logos downloaded through his group’s networks used at some of their protests, she said. “The Tea Party is an emergent political force that many different players—including themselves—are competing to control,” she said.
SCHOLARSHIP GOAL RAISED TO $250 MILLION OU has surpassed its goal of $150 million in scholarships and is extending the Campaign for Scholarships for five more years, increasing the goal to $250 million, OU President David L. Boren announced Wednesday. The announcement was made at a special university convocation featuring Greg Mortenson, author of the book “Three Cups of Tea,” which describes his work building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Boren said $157 million of gifts from 20,893 alumni and friends has allowed OU to triple its original
goal in less than five years. “In light of this success, we are raising our goal to one quarter of $1 billion and extending the campaign for five more years,” Boren said. “I am deeply grateful to all of those who have helped our students and their families in these times of financial hardship.” The success of the campaign has allowed OU to more than double its private scholarships in the last five years, Boren said. —Daily Staff Reports
THIS WEEKEND AT YOUR UNIVERSITY Thursday, April 22
Revisiting the New Deal: Government Patronage and the Fine Arts | new exhibition on display now through May 9 in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Visit www.ou.edu/fjjma for more information.
Free Movie: “Leap Year” | free screening at 4, 7, 10 p.m. & 12:30 a.m. in Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union. Presented by the Union Programming Board and Campus Activities Council Film Series. ALWAYS SOMETHING at the union!
Intramural Update | Homerun derby today at Reaves Park Softball Fields. Co-ed softball championship today, time time and date subject to weather. Spring golf entries, individual stroke play at Westwood Municipal Golf Course. For more information visit recservices.ou.edu or call Jonathan Dewhirst, (405) 325-3053.
Crawfish Boil | 6 p.m. in the union courtyard. It’s our second annual Crawfish Boil and it’s bigger, better and crawfishier than the last! Come and enjoy the food and fun for only $3, but don’t be late because it goes fast. Presented by the Union Programming Board, www.ou.edu/upb.
OU Cousins BBQ | 5:30 at the Whinery Ranch. President David L. Boren & First Lady Molly Shi Boren & Professor and Mrs. Leo Whinery cordially invite you to the annual OU Cousins BBQ. The event is free and open to all OU students, transportation will be provided at the Northeast Corner of the Lloyd Noble Center. Buses will leave promptly at 5:15 p.m. Presented by Student Life, Coca Cola and Housing and Food Services.
Art After Hours: Pablita Verlarde, “I Want the Earth to Remember Me Through My Work” | 6 p.m. in the Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.
Student Film Festival | 8 p.m. in Meacham Auditorium. Come and watch a bevy of films created by OU students and see which ones take home a prize! Presented by the Campus Activities Council and the Union Programming Board. Jazz Lounge | 8 p.m. in Beaird Lounge, featuring the Ivan Pena Trio and the Anthony Nagid Quartet. Free music and free food. Presented by the Union Programming Board. Sutton Concert Series: Wind Symphony | 3 p.m. in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center. Free Admission. Please call the Box Office at (405) 325-4101 for more information.
Friday, April 23 Women’s Tennis: OU vs. Nebraska | 2:30 p.m. at the Headington Family Tennis Center. Admission is free for all fans.
Sutton Concert Series: Prodigal Son Ballet in Three Scenes | 3 p.m. in the Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center Hall. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students, faculty/staff and senior adults. Please call the Box Office at (405) 325-4101 for more information.
Sunday, April 25 Women’s Tennis: OU vs. Iowa State | 11 a.m. at the Headington Family Tennis Center. Admission is free for all fans.Sooner Softball: OU vs. Texas | 2 p.m. at the OU Softball Complex. Admission is free with a valid OU student ID. Sutton Concert Series: President’s Concert | 3 p.m. in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students, faculty/staff and senior adults. Please call the Box Office at (405) 325-4101 for more information. Rent | 7 p.m. in Meacham Auditorium. Presented by the Boheme Student Theatre Troupe in support of Oklahoma RAIN foundation. Rated R, for more information, please email bohemtroupe@gmail. com.
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Lost viewpoint of Land Run Manifest Destiny is not always all it is cracked up to be. Today is 89er Day, a day marked to celebrate the 1889 Land Run that spurred the influx of people who would soon make up our state. In elementary schools across the state, students participate in re-enactments and pretend to stake their claim. This is a fond memory for some, but for others it is a yearly reminder of what was lost. The American Indian population in Oklahoma was not the victor on this day. As families crossed the state vying for land, the Americans Indians, who never asked to live in the territory in the first place, saw their land being picked apart acre by acre. For every action there is a reaction and what is advantageous to some is not advantageous to all. Most Oklahomans rarely think about the people who were affected by our gains, but this year we should remember the consequences. Even today, we still can see people being removed from their homes all across the world. People in slums are routinely uprooted and moved from shack to shanty. Even in the Middle East, Palestinians are still looking for a place to call their own. This is not to say there is no reason to celebrate. We would not be the state we are today without the Land Run. We would not be the Oklahoma Sooners without those who fudged the lines and crossed the border early. So as you celebrate, recognize the Land Run’s impact. It meant a new life for many, but for some it was a new life for which they never asked.
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Understanding UOSA president re-elections Editor’s Note: Brett Stidham is the chairman for the Undergraduate Student Congress.
used all first place votes for candidates, the team with the least number of votes was eliminated. This left three candidates to take part in Life on campus is often hectic enough two “instant electronic runoffs.” The UOSA Constitution mandates that with classes to attend, papers to write and only one runoff may take place. exams to pass. Then comes the In addition, the Court said voters added responsibility of enjoying may have become confused by the extracurricular activities, spending Meeks system, and thus mandated time with friends and finding time that a run-off election take place beto relax before waking up to do it all tween Ally and Zac and Franz and over again. Cory, effectively invalidating the Add on top of all of these duties, runoffs that had already occurred. reading up on your student governPreparing for a possible runoff, ment each day in the newspaper. Student Congress and Graduate Most recently you have seen BRETT Student Senate passed legislation page after page of UOSA presiden- STIDHAM that set election dates for Monday tial election coverage with details and Tuesday. that over time may have become Your commitment to the process of electtangled as you try to make sense of it all. A process that began for candidates in ing leaders that will serve all students on February concluded one week ago with an this campus was evident when, in record numbers, you turned out to vote March 30 opinion from the UOSA Superior Court. In its opinion, the Court outlined its rea- and 31. I encourage you to vote this Monday and soning for declaring that a runoff take place Tuesday at elections.ou.edu for your next between the Ally and Zac campaign and the president and vice president. Franz and Cory campaign. The election system used by UOSA is Brett Stidham is a human resources management the Meeks System, which utilizes a ranking junior. mechanism to automatically conduct runTo vote in the run-off election, go offs in elections with more than two candidates for a particular office. to elections.ou.edu Four pairs took part in this election cycle, April 26 or 27. causing the ranking function to be utilized. Following the first round of voting, which
Why smartgrids could be answer to energy’s future Smartgrids are the first real update to electric grid techThe future, as it has been pointed out by numerous others, will not look very much like the present for one impor- nology in a very long time, and Norman is the first comtant reason: We are running out of energy. munity in Oklahoma to have its electric meters upgraded The military has been worrying aloud recently that we to smart meters. Smartgrids allow, among other things, for may reach peak oil as soon as 2015. Coal is not susenergy usage to be dynamically and continuously tainable; nuclear power has a significant number of monitored. This means that it is now possible to problems associated with waste disposal. In short, have real-time, easily accessible information about barring some miraculous advance in energy techhow much electricity we are using. Without this nology, we are unlikely to have the sort of unfetsort of information, it is difficult to impossible to tered access to energy that we enjoy now. make smart choices about energy use. It is a vicAs George Monbiot has so eloquently pointed tory for the restrainers. out, “the battle lines are drawn between expanders It also is a victory for the electric companies. and restrainers.” Some of us realize that we must Dynamic monitoring of electricity also allows for change, and change now. Some of us, to further ap- CHRIS dynamic pricing. This means that energy will be propriate Monbiot, are still clutching their copies of DEARNER more expensive during the middle of the day — Atlas Shrugged and flailing wildly. when people use it most. And restraint is difficult. It is not only difficult For people living on a fixed income, this could because of the American culture of indulgence, but because be a real problem. Ditto for those living paycheck-to-paywe do not have useful information about how many of our check. It is not always possible to turn off the air conditionactivities impact the energy, balance of the world in real ing in the middle of the day during a triple-digit Oklahoma ways. Which is more energy-intensive: Using your com- summer. puter for an hour, using a desk lamp for three, or using a There also are significant security concerns associated space heater for 15 minutes? You can guess — but you’re with smart meters, a part of the smartgrid system, are netnot sure. worked devices. If you knew the wattage of all three devices, you could Virtually every networked device has some sort of vulnercalculate the energy usage, but that is exactly the sort of ability that allows it to be remotely compromised. A numopacity that people are reluctant to deal with. ber of people and organizations, among them the Gartner Enter the smartgrid. Group and InGuardians, a network security research firm,
have been pointing out that smart meters belong to this category of devices. If compromised, they would allow an attacker to theoretically turn off power to whatever the smart meter is attached to. If that happened, it could be a hassle for individuals, a real problem for businesses and a critical issue for hospitals, the defense sector and any operation that requires a reliable supply of power. It is well-known that our infrastructure — power lines, oil pipes, interstates — is poorly guarded against possible attacks, terroristic or otherwise. Given Google’s recent experience with China, is it really a good idea to make our power infrastructure potentially hackable? In addition to getting used to the new battle lines, we also must get used to the idea that there are no longer any easy decisions. Maybe there never were — but there are certainly none now. On the balance, smartgrids are an important part of the constellation of changes we will have to make into the coming century. The problems associated with them are not insurmountable, and while they will not solve our problems in and of themselves, they are a necessary part of the puzzle. Without useful and reliable information about power usage, effective and smart consumption reduction is much more difficult. Chris Dearner is an English and linguistics senior.
OU students should still be looking for local volunteer opportunities Another successful Big Event has come and gone through campus. Now most students on campus are kicking back and staying busy with their lives again. Everyone feels satisfied for giving away one SUMMAYAH Saturday from the entire ANWAR year for community service, but what they don’t realize is that the community needs help more than just one Saturday per year.
It is very easy for students to get busy with academic, greek and social commitments, but we need to make time for more community service. The reason that this is crucial now, than ever before, is due to the current economic conditions as well as the rising unemployment rates in Norman. A 2007 point-in-time homeless count showed that there were 1,455 people homeless in Cleveland County. This number has probably increased now, as there are more people unable to fulfill their basic needs due to severe financial problems.
These are fellow human beings who need a little help to get on their feet. Organizations created to help them are struggling from the sheer volume of people that require the use of their facilities. The various organizations are kept busy arranging for accommodations that they are in dire need of help in the little manual jobs such as cleaning, painting, and organizing. These places could really use our help. If most students managed their time a little better, we can create a force of volunteers, like The Big Event but one that meets weekly. G re e k h o u s e s c a n o p e n u p t h e i r
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community service to the campus to get more involvement. The more people that volunteer for a community project, the faster it will get done. Year, after year, The Big Event proves the power in numbers. The organizations around Norman understand that most students are struggling financially themselves, so all they ask is for a little bit of time. Students’ don’t have to look very far for volunteering opportunities, as there are numerous available through student organizations on campus. Summayah Anwar is a University College freshman.
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Thursday, April 22, 2010
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SOONERS SWEEP BAYLOR BEARS OU rebounds; improves to 34-10 on the season after winning both games in double header in Waco TOBI NEIDY Daily Staff Writer
The No.14 OU softball team relied on explosive hitting and strong pitching performances Wednesday night to sweep the two-game series against Baylor in Waco, Texas. With a 6-1 win for freshman pitcher Keilani Ricketts during the first game, OU freshman pitcher Michelle Gascoigne held off the Bears to collect the 3-1 win during the second game of the evening. The Sooners improved to 34-10 overall for the season and 8-3 in Big 12 action. The Sooner bats jumped to a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning with an RBI single by freshman infielder Jessica Shults during the first game of the evening. The single to left field by Shults scored freshman center fielder Brianna Turang who reached base earlier in the inning off of a single down the left field line. The Sooners scored their second run in the top of the third inning after a fielding error by Baylor allowed junior WHAT’S NEXT outfielder Chana’e Jones to score after hitting a double to right field. After sweeping Baylor, the Jones advanced to third base with a single by senior Sooners will continue on to the second baseman Amber Flores. The run was scored while second half of a four-game road Flores attempted to steal second base but the throw was trip. misfired. Baylor would score its only run of the game in the botOU VS. NEBRASKA tom of the third inning after Bree Hanafin was hit by a pitch and Kayce Walker singled to shortstop to begin the When: 2 p.m. Saturday inning. A ground out to first base by Courtney Nieten allowed Where: Lincoln, Neb. Hanafin to score from third base after advancing by a fielder’s choice. Ricketts ended the first game with five strikeouts, one earned run and two hits through seven innings. The Sooners tacked on four runs in the top of the fifth inning with back-to-back home runs by Shults and senior catcher Lindsey Vandever. Both teammates have now hit double-digit home runs with Shults leading the team with 13 and Vandever following behind with 10. The home run by Shults scored Jones and Flores who reached base by a walk and a hit by pitch respectively to start the inning. The tempo continued for the Sooners in the second game with, this time with starting pitcher Michelle Gascoigne. The freshman pitcher held the Bears to no runs through six complete innings before giving up an RBI double late in the bottom of the seventh. The Sooners led off the second game by scoring in the top of the fourth inning off of an RBI single by Vandever. Flores walked and then advanced to third base on a fielding error by the Bears before finding home plate off of Vandever’s single through the left side. Sophomore pinch runner Evan Sallis advanced to third base on the single after running for Shults who reached base off of a single up the middle. Sallis scored later in the inning off of a wild pitch to put the Sooners up 2-0. OU added an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning off of an RBI single through the
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left side by junior pinch hitter Haley Anderson with the bases loaded. After Shults singled and Vandever was hit by a pitch, junior infielder Dani Dobbs reached on a Baylor fielding error to load the bases. Anderson’s single through the left side scored Shults to put the Sooners up 3-0 over the Bears through six innings. Baylor tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh off of a double by Kathy Shelton to score Nicole Welsey who reached base off of a single to start the inning. Gascoigne closed the rally down by striking out Sydney Wilson with two runners left on base. Through seven innings pitched, Gascoigne struck out seven batters and allowed only one run on three hits. The Sooners head north to take on the Nebraska Huskers this weekend in Lincoln, Neb. The first game begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, with a second game scheduled at noon Sunday.
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Bradford’s decision to stay in school to pay off in draft Draft day is finally here and, according to multiple sources, OU’s Sam Bradford is all but a lock to go to the St. Louis Rams as the No. 1 overall pick. Two things certainly await the young quarterback: A fat paycheck (former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford picked up a six-year, $72 million deal last season with $41.7 million guaranteed as the first overall pick by the Lions) and a losing environment, as the Rams have won just six games during the last three seasons. Will Bradford be the answer to St. Louis’ dwindling franchise? CLARK Let me put it this way: Anything is better than Marc Bulger. And FOY if you combine Bradford with one of the NFL’s top running backs in Steven Jackson, the Rams could certainly be better than 1-15. They have some young talent both on the defensive line and in their receiving corps, but who knows? What I can tell you is that Bradford’s situation is one-in-a-million. Think about it. This time last season, Stafford was the consensus No. 1 overall pick. Stafford received one of the best (ridiculous?) contracts of all time despite his questionable decisionmaking at Georgia. Still, his talent was unmatched by the rest of the quarterbacks who entered the draft. But what about a highly touted, Heisman-winning talent like Bradford, who opted to stay one more season and not enter the draft? Bradford’s draft placement was never quite known as he did not attend any workouts or the NFL scouting combine last season. But stay with me here, as I’m about to make a few assumptions. First, assume all the teams that took quarterbacks in last year’s draft were the only potential destinations for Bradford last season. Then, assume that Bradford would put up anywhere from a decent to an above-average performance at the combine and pre-draft workouts. This is not a big leap at all considering he was highly scouted and thought of before the combine last year and performed great this year. Assuming those things, he would have gone one of three places: No. 1 to the Lions (in place of Stafford), No. 5 to the Jets (in place of Southern California’s Mark Sanchez) or No. 17 to the Buccaneers (in place of Kansas State graduate Josh Freeman). To say that Bradford would have jumped Stafford is a tough argument to make. Not saying it couldn’t have happened, but it just seems these guys are so neck-and-neck that it’s hard to back up any one of the two. However, I do think Bradford, a Heisman winner and experienced quarterback, would have jumped Sanchez. However, that isn’t even a sure thing. Freeman is an afterthought, as Bradford would have most likely been picked above the former Wildcat. My point in saying all of this is this: Bradford might have been the first player taken in the draft, but he could have fallen to as low as the third quarterback taken at pick No. 17. This season, he looks to be the consensus first pick of the first round and will definitely be the first quarterback taken. Bradford chose not to go to the NFL, got injured and sat out almost the entire season, and is now probably going to make more money than he would have last season and is almost guaranteed to be taken higher than he would have been. That’s truly a one-of-a-kind circumstance. To decide against the NFL, come back to school and earn your degree while gaining same much needed weight and now looking at potentially the biggest rookie contract in history. It doesn’t get much better than that. Clark Foy is a journalism junior.
PROJECTED FIRST-ROUND SOONERS SAM BRADFORD, QUARTERBACK Height: 6’4’’ Weight: 236 lbs 2009 Stats: 8,403 yards, 88 touchdowns, 16 interceptions Bradford has a strong arm even after the two shoulder injuries, and he can throw the ball where only the receiver can catch it. Bradford can make any throw at any part of the field out of the shotgun, under snap, in the pocket or on the run. The only question is whether his surgically repaired shoulder can withstand NFL hits.
GERALD MCCOY, DEFENSIVE TACKLE Height: 6’4’’ Weight: 297 lbs 2009 Stats: 77 tackles, 14 sacks, 1 interception McCoy was the leader of OU’s defense. He filled the gaps up front in the running game and found ways to sack the quarterback in the face of double-teams. He received some criticism after having a poor showing during the bench press at the NFL Combine, but McCoy’s strength is only topped by his agility and quickness.
JERMAINE GRESHAM, TIGHT END Height: 6’6” Weight: 258 lbs 2008 Stats: 111 receptions, 1,629 yards, 26 TDs Even though Gresham didn’t play a snap in 2009, he’s entering tonight’s draft as the top tight end in the nation — and there’s good reason for it. He can do it all. He can catch, block, run crisp routes and be a weapon for any quarterback he’s paired with. His challenge is that tight ends are not historically drafted highly.
TRENT WILLIAMS, OFFENSIVE TACKLE Height: 6’4” Weight: 315 lbs Williams was the victim of being a good offensive lineman on the Sooners’ poor, injured line in 2009. He had to move around and play just about every position on the line. His two best positions are left and right tackle. He played on the right side for most of his career and performed well, and was moved to the left side for his senior season. When he goes to the NFL a lot of teams will look at him to play back on the right side.
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Stalls is Dead,â€? is a comedy and rock mockumentary. Viewers may come away from Poynterâ€™s film with an idea of how insane the times are now, he said. â€œThe main character, which I play, has time traveled from Giving student filmmakers a chance to flex their artistic muscle, the annual Student Film Festival will begin at 8 to- the â€™80s to the present in a rather over-the-top fashion, and heâ€™s having a hard time adjusting,â€? Poynter said. â€œHe has night in Meacham Auditorium. The festival is presented by the Campus Activities Council turned to drug addiction, and he just doesnâ€™t know todayâ€™s sexual boundaries.â€? and the Union Programming Board. Also featured in the festival is â€œSide Effects Featuring 12 short-film projects by 11 OU HITTING THE BIG SCREEN May Include,â€? a documentary short by film students, the Student Film Festival will afand video studies senior BJ McDougal. The ford the filmmakers an opportunity to have What: 2010 Student Film Festival film explores the circumstances surroundtheir work seen by peers and judged by a When: 8 tonight ing the drug-related death of McDougalâ€™s faculty panel. Where: Meacham Auditorium in high school friend Clayton Duncan, This judging will yield prizes including a Oklahoma Memorial Union McDougal said. $500 scholarship for first place and a $250 â€œ[Clayton] died April 21, 2007â€”so alscholarship for second, said Greg Emde, most three years ago,â€? McDougal said of his CAC Film Series chair. â€œWe also have awards for crowd favorite and we have filmâ€™s subject. â€œI think a lot of people have dealt with someadded a category for lead actor/actress, both of which are one who has struggled with some kind of addiction and that voted on by the crowd,â€? said Emde, microbiology sophomore. they maybe didnâ€™t know how to address it, and I think â€˜Side Effects May Includeâ€™ can broaden peopleâ€™s understanding of â€œAnd weâ€™ll have a few door prizes to give away to attendees.â€? The festival will feature a wide variety of film genres in- this problem.â€? The remaining shorts featured in the CAC Student Film cluding comedy, documentary, drama, action, suspense and Festival will range from styles based in romance to those in more, he said. Two-time Student Film Festival participant Benjamin science fiction, and each will exhibit the varying talents and Poynter, film and video studies junior, said his entry, â€œPercival sensibilities of OUâ€™s filmmaking population.
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Nationwide game to invade OU campus; students invited to join RICKY MARANON Assignment Editor
OU will unofficially host the game Humans vs. Zombies beginning Friday. Those playing the game must sign up online and also report who they hey have â€œkilledâ€? online as well. â€œBasically, this is a huge, ge, weeklong game of tag. Itâ€™s sortt of like gotcha or assassins, butt more complicated than that,â€?â€? the eventâ€™s Facebook pagee states. There will be one original nal zombie who will tag humans. ans. Once tagged, humans becomee zombies after an hour, and then theyy need to tag humans, the page states. If a zombie doesnâ€™t tag a human for 48 hours, urs, it dies.
â€œWeâ€™ll see if the humans can win,â€? the page states. â€œThe humans will wear a bandana around an arm or a leg. The zombies (except not the original one) will wear a bandana around his/her neck or head.â€? The event is not intended to disr upt u class and other campus eevents, Doug Serven, one of the eventâ€™s e organizers, said in a Faceb Facebook message. â€œO â€œOne of the big things is not disturbing the academic environment at OU,â€? Serven said. â€œSo thatâ€™s why weâ€™re not going to be running through OU buildings with a hoard of zom zombies after humans. So keep it outside. o There are a few events tha that will be off limits.â€? Serven said some rules have
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â€œThe big thing is to have fun,â€? Serven said. â€œDonâ€™t be a punk and get too caught up in the technicalities. If we all end up as zombies, then the zombies win. There will be a moderator. He or she will give you the benefit of the doubt once, but if there are more problems, then youâ€™ll have to abide by the moderatorâ€™s decisions or be out of the game.â€? Serven said the event will be one week in duration from Friday to April 30. The event will end with a human or zombie 1980s-themed dance party, depending on which group wins, Serven said. To sign up to play Humans vs. Zombies, visit this story on OUDaily.com.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Norman band haunts festival a second time Editor’s note: The Oklahoma Daily will feature one Oklahoma band each day leading up to Norman Music Festival. Today’s featured artist is Norman art rockers Gentle Ghost. CAITLIN TURNER Daily Staff Writer
One of Norman’s most talked about local bands, Gentle Ghost, will christen the main stage at Norman Music Festival at noon Sunday. Gentle Ghost performed at last year’s NMF, but it was only the band’s second performance. Ever. “Last year we played on the Opolis Stage, but we weren’t really ready,” said Becky Carman, keyboardist and occasional tambourine player for Gentle Ghost. “This year we have been promoted to the main stage and we are ready and sound better than ever.” When Carman isn’t playing keys, she is spends her time being a cheese monger, book editor and production coordinator. For her, live performances weren’t always something to look forward to. “I was really nervous about performing with the band, but once I realized that everyone else on stage was really emotive and fun to watch I knew that people wouldn’t be looking at me during the shows,” Carman said. This year’s NMF show will feature music from Gentle Ghost’s debut album “Family.” It was the first record produced on the new local label Nice People. The songs on the album are the brainchildren of Seth McCarroll and Brady Smith. McCaroll has worked with other local bands, but when he played Brady Smith some music he thought was going to be his solo project, Smith decided McCarroll should make his individual efforts into a full-fledged band. Scott Harper, Tyler Huskerson and Adam Huskerson complete the band whose Facebook interests include traveling, screen printing, writing, grad school, reading, “NBA Jam” and culinary delights (mostly fried chicken).
From left: Tyler Huskerson, Scott Harper, Becky Carman, Brady Smith, Sethy McCarroll and Adam Huskerson. Gentle Ghost opens up the Main Stage at noon Sunday at Norman Music Festival. The Gentle Ghost sound isn’t easy to relate to other indie rock bands out there because it has a power and a sensitivity that is all its own. “We have a very heavy sound with three guitars, but it isn’t mindlessly heavy,” Carman said. “It is loud but it is pretty and intricately constructed. I would say our fan base is mostly males but when you listen to the record I think you are able to hear things that you didn’t hear before at our live shows.” According to the band’s website, wearegentleghost.bandcamp.com, “the packaging [for the vinyl record] is hand cut, screen-printed, numbered and assembled by the band.”
FESTIVAL BANDS SHARE WHAT MAKES THEM SPECIAL With 170 bands on the Norman Music Festival linep, the majority of whom are from Oklahoma, The Daily decided to send out a questionaire to several state bands to see what sets them apart from the rest. To see the full Q&As with each band, go to OUDaily.com/normanmusicfestival.
WHY SHOULD WE COME SEE YOU AT NMF? Plaid Rabbit — Good show. Good music. Good Times. Fiawna Forté — ... because we will prove ourselves wrong. HipHopotamus — We are about having fun. We have a positive message, but we don’t get too high and mighty with it.There is something for everyone.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC? Zombie Vs. Shark — Our music is loud, ringing and melodic. Its rhythm will make you want to do a pogo dance or hug someone. Saturday Sirens —Garage rock, with a southern element and twang.
WHO IS YOUR NMF CRUSH? HipHopotamus — Ali Harter’s voice. Unmarked Cars — Gabe “Master E” Barham from The Venditos, who are playing Saturday night, whose sexy beard supports its own ecosystem. Saturday Sirens — Leon Russell.
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The band’s hard work makes it exciting to see the album received so well, Carman said. “We all literally have the paper cuts to prove the work we put into it,” Carman said. The cover art for “Family” displays the silhouettes of all six band members and Carman’s lone ponytail easily identifies her as the only girl in the group, but she said this isn’t something that bothers her. “I am not a super feminine girl and I am used to hanging out with a lot of guys,” Carman said. “Plus, I like having the job of watching the guys unload while I make sure nothing gets stolen.” So no matter how crazy things get Saturday night be sure to wake up in time Sunday to catch Gentle Ghost’s set and experience some real Norman music.
WHAT TO BRING TO NMF For those who are unsure what to bring and what is allowed at the Norman Music Festival, here is a quick checklist for you.
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OKLAHOMA CELEBRITY CAGE MATCH ... WHO COMES OUT ALIVE AND WHY? Zombie Vs. Shark — Wayne Coyne comes out victorious by hypnotizing Toby Keith and not fighting or using violence. Afterwards, Keith moves to Santa Cruz County, becomes a Socialist, and an organic farmer, then picks up the mantle of the great California folk artist, California Slim. I met Slim one evening in a bar in Santa Cruz, right before he died. A great man.
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Thursday, April 22, 2010
OU students strive to make it onto the small screen AUDREY HARRIS Daily Staff Writer
Conducor Richard Zielinski, pictured here at a performance earlier this semester, will lead the OU Symphony Orchestra and OU Combined Choirs as they perform Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” in the grand finale of the President’s Festival of the Arts.
PRESIDENT BOREN’S ARTS FESTIVAL TO SHOWCASE EVERY MEDIUM ALEX EWALD Daily Staff Writer
Being bad has never been so good as College of Fine Arts students and professors perform opera and drama pieces as “Saints and Sinners,” the first performance of the annual President’s Festival of the Arts, at 8 tonight in Reynolds Performing Arts Center. The festival, which began as a one-time concert for the OU president, is a weekendlong fine-arts event in which all the schools of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts participate. The opera segment will comprise scenes from composer Wolfgang Mozart’s tragic dramedy-opera, “Don Giovanni,” that reflect what it means to be sinful. “Don Giovanni is one of the great ‘sinners,’” said music professor Jonathan Shames, who performs Friday night. “He flouts all behaviors deemed moral, and in his profligacy, damages many lives around him.” Shames said music professors Lorne Richstone and William Ferrera worked with the student performers to constantly practice. “Performance opportunities such as those this festival offers allow them to test this development, to experiment, to see how far they can go,” he said. The drama scenes comprise excerpts from the plays “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Steel Magnolias” and “As It Is in Heaven,” all of which involve the internal conflict between good and evil within characters of the plays, said drama professor Rena
Cook, who produced and directed the three performances. “Through struggle, the characters [in the plays] achieve higher goodness as a result of the way they are tested in these circumstances,” said Cook, who teaches voice, speech and dialects in the School of Drama. In Harper Lee’s “Mockingbird,” Atticus Finch decides to represent a black man on trial for rape though he knows he cannot win in order to confront the racial prejudice of Maycomb, Ala. Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias” character Shelby, a Type 1 diabetic, decides to have a child though she knows the potentially fatal complications that could result from the pregnancy. “As It Is in Heaven” is a play about a young woman’s struggle against her Shaker community in Kentucky after claiming to have had religious visions of angels, Shaker founder Ann Lee and George Washington. Cook said audiences could learn how they themselves can take the “higher road” through the performances this weekend at the President’s Festival. “We’re all faced with ethical dilemmas,” she said. “When we experience challenges … we have to speak up for what we really want, to stand in the face of resistance.” The President’s Festival continues Friday night with ballet and music performances by dance and music students and professors and Sunday afternoon with a performance of composer Felix Mendelssohn’s Biblical oratorio “Elijah” featuring the OU Combined Choirs and Symphony Orchestra.
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Not many people crave a slushie thrown in their face. But for three OU students, it would be a small price to pay for a coveted opportunity. Corrie Hermans, Heather Hall and Andrew Farha are a small sampling of numerous OU students who have auditioned for Fox’s hit show “Glee” through an online contest, and the numbers are growing daily. The contest allows anyone over the age of 16 to submit a song performance and PHOTO PROVIDED personal statement to MySpace to be con- Several OU students are competing for a spot sidered by “Glee”’s executive producers on the hit musical show “Glee.” The program as a character on the show’s next season. airs at 8 p.m. Tuesdays on Fox. Viewers rate the videos by giving gold stars, and there’s no limit to the number of stars a Heather Hall, communications junior, person can give or receive. Each song must has experience in auditioning for Glee. Hall be chosen from a required list provided in entered a contest at the local Fox station the contest rules. in her hometown of Houston. The station A show about a high school glee club, promised to send one applicant’s audition “Glee” is a show in which club members tape to the executives at “Glee.” They narsing covers of songs ranging from the Rolling rowed more than 100 applicants down to Stones to Rihanna. The four finalists, and Hall was “popular” kids at school one of them. AUDITION SELECTIONS often throw slushies on the Hall wasn’t the final pick, “uncool” members of the so she’s choosing to audiApplicants must choose a song glee club. tion for “Glee” through the from the following list. The Corrie Hermans, MySpace contest. Hall sang contest ends April 26. University College freshBarbara Streisand’s “Don’t man, said she started singRain On My Parade.” “And I Am Telling You That I’m ing at birth. She has partici“I think it’s a fun song Not Going” — Dreamgirls pated in musical theatre in and it’s the best one on Gold Digger (Radio Version) — middle and high school and the list to show range,” Kanye West is now training in classical Hall said. Rehab — Amy Winehouse theatre. A n d r e w Fa r h a , O U You Can’t Always Get What You “I’m being trained to be alumnus, was in choir Want — The Rolling Stones an opera singer someday”, from first grade through Can’t Fight This Feeling — REO Hermans said. his freshman year of colSpeedwagon Hermans created a lege, and even had his own Don’t Rain On My Parade — Facebook group so everyquartet in high school. He Barbara Streisand one she knows could help knows how to play the Hate on Me — Jill Scott her get votes. If Hermans got piano and the bass. Keep Holding On — Avril Lavigne picked to be on “Glee,” she “I’ve watched the show Lean on Me — Bill Withers said she would accept in a since the beginning, Farha True Colors —Phil Collins heartbeat and see where the said. “I can’t imagine a role takes her. Her parents better starting point [for a would support her even if it singing career].” meant leaving OU. Hermans said she “Without a second thought I’d go do this, would do any type of singing for anyone and depending on where the show leads me who would hire her. And if being on the I would return to school or continue my ca- show meant she’d get slushies thrown reer,” Hermans said. “My career isn’t struc- in her face, Hermans said she “wouldn’t tured into getting an education, but more so even feel it” because she’d be too excited being in the right place at the right time.” to be there.
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OU celebrates Earth Day’s 40th anniversary
Environmentalists raise awareness about issues on Earth Day CASSI TONEY Daily Staff Writer
Today is the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day, and OU students and professors share diverse knowledge about today’s celebrated environmentalism. “Earth Day is about raising awareness about the Earth and the environment,” said Wade Hensley, a member of the Housing Center Student Association’s recycling committee. “It’s sad that we have to have an Earth Day to raise awareness, but if enough effort is put into raising awareness it can have a beneficial and a substantial impact.” Hensley, University College freshman, said OU students should respond to Earth Day by taking advantage of campus’ recycling capabilities. He said there is no excuse to not recycle. Chelsea Enochs, mechanical engineering junior, said she had never heard of Earth Day. She said in her experience, most people don’t know about Earth Day. “When people don’t know about Earth Day, most people don’t care, so the benefits would be very little if at all,” Enochs said. Donald Pisani, history professor, has taught the course “American Environmental History” at OU for 20 years. “Earth Day represented simply the recognition that you have to broaden the [environmental] movement to the American public and make it a mainstream issue,” Pisani said. Pisani said Sen. Gaylord Nelson, D-Wis., who was a strong environmentalist, instituted the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, because he thought there needed to be a
mass environmental movement. The Environmental Protection Agency was founded in the same year. “I never thought Earth Day was important because it never changed anything [significant politically],” Pisani said. He said the most notable environmental advances in the last 40 years include water and air pollution regulations and expansion of national parks. However, these changes did not directly result from Earth Day celebrations. “Earth Day was a media event,” Pisani said. He said there were protests against pollution, but that it was not originally a coordinated national program to protect the environment. He said the Earth Day protests coincided with Vietnam, civil rights and feminist protests. Pisani said many conservative students, especially in the Midwest, do not want to be considered environmentalists. JALL COWASJI/THE DAILY “The way I look at it is not to preach to people, but simply suggest alternatives Bagdat Toleybay, petroleum geology sophomore, hugs a tree in celebration of Earth Day. that may be cheaper, healthier and give people the sense that they are contributing to the environment improvement without becoming what they tend to think are radicals,” Pisani said. The City of Norman is giving away free trees. Pisani said OU students should try to The giveaway is a part of Norman’s recognition of Arbor Day. make their personal lives environmentalThe event will take place on Tuesday, April 27th, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the ly-friendly instead of focusing on changReaves Park maintenance facility, 215 E. Constitution St. ing the whole world. Five species of trees will be available: Chinese Pistache, Bald Cypress, Deodora “The most important things people Cedar, Shumardi Oak and Trident Maple. can do is not change the world, but Free trees were donated by The Apache Foundation and The Oklahoma Tree Bank change personal conduct,” Pisani said. Foundation. “If you don’t want to try anything draTrees are available on a first come, first served basis. There will be no pre-registramatic in terms of changing the environtion and one tree per home. Please call 366-5473 if you have any questions regarding ment, then change the environment this tree giveaway. around yourself.” The tree giveaway was originally scheduled to take place last Sunday, but the event He said examples of personal changes was rescheduled due to rain. include walking or taking a bike instead of driving a car and eating local foods -Daily Staff Reports with reduced meat. “My philosophy is for people to look at what they can do individually and comfortably, not something someone can shame them into doing to protect the planet,” Pisani said.
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