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A singer claiming to be called “Spiffy 54” sings for the band “Shitty/Awesome” on Saturday at the Guestroom Records Stage. The band was one of many bands that performed during the two-day event on Main Street for the third-annual Norman Music Festival featuring more than 160 local and national bands.

Show goes on for music festival Despite technical difficulties, fire code violations, festival creates enjoyable weekend for community MATT CARNEY Daily Staff Writer

University College freshman Colin Layne volunteered for an unusual duty that he couldn’t have anticipated at Norman Music Festival this weekend. “This is the way to keep the masses from violating the fire code,” he said while holding hands with two other festival volunteers outside of the Opolis on the sunny Sunday afternoon. The three workers raised their arms up and down together to control traffic flow through the small-capacity venue to maintain accordance with the city’s fire code. “I saw one song of Octopus Project last night before they got shut down,” said Colourmusic drummer Nick Ley. “They kicked everybody out afterward.” Ley said of his band’s set, which finished just before that of the highly-sought Austin indie band’s was interrupted. “It hit capacity and the fire marshal came.” Event organizers estimated a record turnout for the thirdannual festival, which expanded this year to two full days. “Last night I was hoping that we would have 10,000 people in the downtown area on foot and I really feel like we exceeded that,” said Quentin Bomgardner, festival committee chairman of the Norman Arts Council. Fundraising Chairman Kevin Fowler made a similar statement about festival attendance.

“It’s been way more than we expected by far,” Fowler said. Festival-going traffic steadily increased throughout the day, from a respectable flow early on — thanks largely to the wares and knickknacks on sale at the Dustbowl Market — into a plodding human roar by the time Detroit-based Electric Six blasted its demented dance rock at 8 p.m. Sound struggles plagued the main stage initially, delaying Gentle Ghost from its noon set time. Boston rappers Edan and Dagha fought through the setback, resorting to share a microphone for part of their performance nearly five hours later. “Yo, we havin’ technical difficulties but that ain’t gonna stop us,” Edan said before delighting the crowd with an a capella verse. Vocal-less Oklahoma City band The Non assembled the Cloud Collision Orchestra to aid the band in its early evening set that closed out Sooner Theatre for the weekend, a show attended by none other than Flaming Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne. A mesmerizing crew of performers, the band closed its set with “Tofu Fire” and a choral verse from the backing orchestra. Unmistakable in his signature rumpled gray suit and matching frizzy hair, the grinning Coyne joined the applause for The Non in a standing ovation from the crowd. Despite high attendance and an open alcohol policy, Fowler said the Norman police were pleased with crowd behavior at this year’s festival. “It’s safer than a game day is the impression I’ve been getting,” Fowler said. Bomgardner said the city always goes above and beyond. “When they have problems with something that we’re doing, it’s with our best interest in mind, to make it safe and legal and fun,” Bomgardner said.

Musical diversity brought to Norman community Confusing website, decision to keep Main Street open Saturday dampen some attendees’ experiences DANIELA MCCORMICK Daily Staff Writer

The third-annual Norman Music Festival boomed Saturday and Sunday in downtown Norman, continuing with the growing tradition of presenting music of all kinds, from punk to salsa, on its 15 stages and venues. This year was the festival’s first to span two days. It made its debut in 2008 as a one-day musical festival featuring bands from all over the U.S. NMF Fundraising Chairman Kevin Fowler said the estimated number of attendees is greater than last year, and that they were aiming for 30,000 people this year. People of all ages and backgrounds flocked to their favorite stages to hear bands playing their preferred music. However, not everyone knew where they were going. First-time attendee Zac Jennings, University College freshman, said he and his friend University College Freshman Adam Troutt had been wandering around NMF CONTINUES ON PAGE 2

UOSA to hold presidential run-off elections today Zenteno-Lloyd, Glavas-McCullock campaign seeking votes in special election TROY WEATHERFORD Daily Staff Writer

Once again, candidates are campaigning for UOSA president. Students will have the chance to vote in the presidential run-off election today and tomorrow at elections.ou.edu. No physical polling stations will be set up for the run off. Two sets of candidates are competing for the president and vice president positions. Franz Zenteno is running with Cory Lloyd, and Ally Glavas is running with Zac McCullock. Both candidates spoke during special orders of Sunday

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night’s Graduate Student Senate meeting. Zenteno said he would like to improve dialogue between UOSA branches and the student body. A new website, involved.ou.edu, could help improve campus involvement, he said. Zenteno is the current chief of staff of the UOSA executive branch. He served as coordinator of Student Organizations for two years. Lloyd served on Campus Activities Council and is the outgoing University Sing chairman. He also works for the Student Advertising Department. Glavas said she wants to provide real solutions to everyday problems. Glavas served as coordinator for the Department of the Interior. This year, she was the CAC director and chaired the UOSA tailgate and coffee with UOSA. She also has served as treasurer of OU Young Democrats.

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McCullock served as an executive branch officer for the Department of Off Campus Transportation and Living. He also served as Department of the Exterior director. While campaigning at student clubs, Glavas said she asks people if they know what UOSA is or has done. She said not many people can name accomplishments of UOSA, and she would like to see this change. Glavas was originally named the winner of the election, but a run-off election was ordered by UOSA Superior Court because the automatic run-off system employed in the general election did not follow the UOSA constitution. Glavas said the UOSA Superior Court ruled the electronic run off unconstitutional. The constitution requires that if no candidate receives a majority there be a run off between the top two candidates. The voting system employed used a run off that included the top three candidates.

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randomly because they were not sure where to go. “Actually, we did not even know what was going on so we had to find a map,” Jennings said. “Nobody was here earlier. It’s just hard to have everything inside all over the place.” Jennings said the map on the NMF website was OK, but the schedule was confusing and very disorganized. Jennings and Troutt both agreed that even the website itself wasn’t as good as they expected, because it had little graphics and too much text. “There should be links, videos and photos,” Jennings said. “Maybe links to the bands to hear samples too.” Another first-timer was international business junior José Iriarte, who said he likes the Norman Music Festival’s music diversity and how easy it was to find a parking space. He said the festival doesn’t need specialized parking like Oklahoma City does. “It depends,” Iriarte said. “It’s too small. Norman doesn’t need it unless it’s a special event like this, but bigger.” Norman Music Center employee Tony Mahon said the festival is great for advertising not only bands, but local businesses. He said he came as a Norman Music Center representative for this specific reason. “If we don’t sell anything, it doesn’t matter,” Mahon said. “As long as we get our name out, that’s all that matters.” He said he had some concerns about the festival because although it is a two-day festival this year, roads weren’t blocked off Saturday and booths couldn’t be set up until Sunday. He said the festival should close down for both days next year. “Breaking and tearing down stuff is hard,” Mahon said, referring to setting up his tent with music equipment. “Let people get comfortable and enjoy the day out here. Although, I do understand it’s more costly that way.” OU alumnus and NMF volunteer Zach Swickey said stores petitioned the city for Main Street to stay open Saturday, even though it was supposed to be considered Norman Music Festival’s official day. “Maybe it was too crazy for the stores,” Swickey said. “We’ve got over 150 bands here. This is the closest to South by Southwest. It’s free too.” Guestroom records employee Johnny Carlton said the decision to not close Saturday would depend on the type of store. Carlton said the stores that are losing business didn’t want to be at the Norman Music Festival on Saturday.

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The Graduate Student Senate voted Sunday night to continue to table a resolution encouraging the Undergraduate Student Congress to impeach the entire UOSA Superior Court. Senator Silas DeBoer introduced the legislation that he said was motivated by an injustice against GSS and specific senators. He said Susan Adams-Johnson and Lindsey Harvell, who were both fined $75 for allegedly hosting a forum against an injunction, were not given a chance to speak at their appeal hearing. Senator Jason waddell said the UOSA Constitution lists impeachable offenses, and the court’s actions do not fall under any of the offenses. Senate Secretary Derrell Cox recommended the resolution be further tabled. A vote on the resolution was already postponed April 18 at a GSS meeting.

Also at the meeting, law students defended allocations to the Student Bar Association in a debate over an administrative appropriations bill. The association was allocated $9,000 for programs events and activities. Vice-chairwomen Marilyn Krell authored an amendment to move $1,000 allocated to the Student Bar Association to GSS and the executive branch. She said GSS should fund organizations that tailor its events to the entire student population. She also questioned whether the group should be funded through an administration budget. “What is it that they do that is administrative for them to even be here [on the budget] and be considered administrative?” Krell said Waddell, law student, defended the money allocated. He said the Student Bar Association provides the law school with representation to UOSA. “It’s not just a campus group or activity group,” Waddell said. The amendment was defeated and the administrative budget was passed by GSS. Fourteen organizations were funded a total of $483,593 in the budget.

ZOMBIE PROWEL FOR HUMANS ON CAMPUS

The week-long, campus-wide game of Humans vs. Zombies was alive and well this weekend. Humans vs. Zombies is a game of tag in which players identified as humans are armed with socks and fight for their survival against other players called zombies, who kill and zombify by tagging a human and must tag a human player once every 48 hours or starve to death. “It’s really intense; it makes everybody paranoid,” said Mohammed Sharif, zombie. Sharif, University College freshman, said those who become zombies become apathetic toward the game and mostly stop playing. Humans outnumber zombies nearly 4:1, with 585 humans, 157 active zombies and 25 zombies who have stopped playing because they could not tag someone within 48 hours of becoming a zombie, according to the online player list.

It really changes one’s perspective on campus when just getting to class or going to eat involves trekking across a zombieinfested wasteland and evading the notice of a slavering horde of the undead, Sharif said. Devan Endert, human, declared himself the “zombie-ninja” after he said he killed 16 zombies. Endert even took time to dress up for the game by wearing all black. “I’m kind of a comic book geek, so my thing was Spiderman in the black suit, and it just evolved into the whole ninja thing,” said Endert, University College freshman. The online register said Endert has killed six zombies. The Daily will continue to cover Humans vs. Zombies throughout the week. —Greg Maus/The Daily

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Thousands run through OKC in memory of bombing City hosts 10th-annual memorial run; reflects ‘enduring spirit,’ runner says

Editor’s Note: This is a firsthand account of a Daily reporter’s experience at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. KATHLEEN EVANS Daily Staff Writer

At 6:30 a.m. Sunday, I lined up along Robinson Avenue in Oklahoma City to run my first marathon, the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. Over the course of the race, just less than 3,000 marathon runners, including myself, crossed the finish line to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the memorial run. The marathon had a theme of “A Run to Remember” in honor of those who died in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Since its inception in 2001, runners from across the nation have gathered on the last Sunday of April to run, to remember and to look to the future, according to its website. The marathon was created by the marathon president Thomas Hill. In a letter to the marathon program, Hill said he was training for a marathon with a friend and complained about having to go to another state to run. Hill and his friend decided to start the marathon in honor of the memorial. Having never run in a marathon before, I had no idea what to expect. The race started with 168 seconds of silence, the

quietest I have ever heard Oklahoma City. Once the starting gun went off, the streets were packed with a wall of runners, many of whom had bibs on their backs with names of specific people who died that morning in April 1995. The race would not have been possible without all the volunteers, with their wide smiles greeting us every few yards. These people directed traffic, cheered us on, gave out multiple high fives and generally kept the spirits high all morning for the runners. Because I am originally from Texas, I did not know much about the Oklahoma City bombing or the memorial. I really just signed up for the marathon because it fit my schedule and my current location. However, the marathon was a truly unique way to experience the city and its enduring spirit. It was a new, firsthand way to learn about how much the city cares and wants to remember but move forward at the same time. I already want to do it again sometime in the future. The event was not limited to the full marathon. Other runs included a half-marathon, a five kilometer fun run and a kids’ marathon around the last block of the marathon course, according to the marathon program.

This year’s full marathon winners were Josh Stewart and Catherine Listle, who sprinted to the finish, overcoming the second place runner by a second to win the marathon and break the women’s course record with a time of 2:54:22. Coming in second for the women’s course was Jennifer Graef

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TUESDAY INTRODUCTION TO GOOGLE SCHOLAR A session to learn about the search engine “Google Scholar” will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. in Bizzell Memorial Library, room 149D. CHRISTIANS ON CAMPUS A bible study will be held from noon to 12:45 p.m. in the Traditions room of the Union.

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Kathleen Evans jogs Sunday in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City. Evans, journalism sophomore and Daily staff writer, finished the race in 4:33:40.

STUDENT SUCCESS SERIES “Overcoming procrastination” will be held by Lisa Portwood from 4 to 5 p.m. in Wagner Hall, room 245.

of Norman, who won the race in 2008. Winning the half marathon were Eric Harris and Joan Benoit Samuelson, with times of 1:08:17 and 1:23:50, respectively. The marathon, which is 26.2 miles, began at the Oklahoma City National Monument and Memorial, went north to Lake Hefner, then headed south to end at the Monument and Memorial. For more information, visit okcmarathon.com.

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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 Chase River McCown, 22, West Boyd Street, Saturday Troy Don Pierce, 48, Northeast 12th Avenue, Saturday DOMESTIC ABUSE Devin Kyle Ramsey, 18, 206 S. Cockrell Ave., Saturday, also assault and battery with a deadly weapon CARRYING FIREARMS Judy Juanita Madison, 48, East Indian Hills Road, Saturday, also driving under the influence while having actual physical control COUNTY WARRANT Tyler Blake Harrington, 25, 1215 E. Boyd St., Thursday Elijah James Chezem, 29, 7000 12th Ave. NE., Thursday Michael Scott Rogers, 40, 1100 W. Main St., Thursday DISTURBING THE PEACE Shawn Allen Lowry, 23, 1800 Beaumont Drive, Saturday POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES

Charles Ray Meredith, 54, North Interstate Drive, Thursday, also driving with a suspended license Christopher Michael Humphrey, 24, 1215 E. Boyd St., Friday, also possession of marijuana DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE Earl Leroy Short, 81, 4101 SE. 120th Ave., Thursday Benton Dean McCauley, 21, 7000 NE. 12th Ave., Thursday PUBLIC INTOXICATION Richard Paul McCullough, 27, 747 Asp Ave., Saturday, also possession of drug paraphernalia Jack Bruce Deeken, 24, 529 Buchanan Ave., Saturday Diaz Brandon Christopher, 21, 1209 W. Lindsey St., Saturday Joshua Adam Smith, 25, 1481 E. Alameda St., Friday Shawna Deann Witte, 32, Stella Road, Friday Dustin Parnell Rose, 28, 1333 NE. 12th Ave., Saturday Nathan Daniel Valentine, 22, Main Street, Saturday MINOR IN POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL Rachel Anne McNeely, 20, 563 Buchanan Ave., Friday Rachael Marie Tomlinson, 19, 563 Buchanan Ave., Friday MUNICIPAL WARRANT Dale Wayne Willis, 26, Classen Boulevard, Thursday Kalan Zabeth McDowell, 21, 201 W. Gray St., Friday Michael David Dixon, 24, North Flood Avenue, Friday, also posses-

sion of marijuana and possession of stolen property Sharon K. Mann, 69, 210 W. Gray St., Thursday Joi Kelley, 23, 901 N. Porter Ave., April 12th Gwynne Mare Ashby, 21, 201 W. Gray St., Wednesday Billy Albert Bailey, 52, 230 W. Symmes St., Thursday Brent Thomas Bugg, 23, 201 W. Gray St., Thursday MOLESTING PROPERTY Nikki Davis Koshiway, 26, East Main Street, Friday BURGLARY FIRST-DEGREE Dustin Channing East, 25, 2000 W. Lindsey St., Friday, also possession of stolen property, forgery, and possession of controlled dangerous substances Casey Noah Jones, 25, 2000 W. Lindsey St., Friday, also possession of stolen property and forgery POSSESSING STOLEN PROPERTY Sharlene Joann Jackson, 38, 2000 W. Lindsey St., Friday, also forgery and possession of controlled dangerous substances PETTY LARCENY Amber Nicole Doyle, 20, 3499 W. Main St., Friday Miranda McKenzie Cagle, 18, 3499 W. Main St., Wednesday Kahli Shawnae Jackson, 19, 3499 W. Main St., Wednesday


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The debate over gay marriage often boils down to one question: Is marriage a religious issue or a secular one? In fact, we recently had a letter to the editor to just that effect. Honestly, I’m surprised we’re still having this debate. A careful examination of the institution of marriage in American society shows us that both answers are valid, but only one is important to the discussion of gay marriage. Marriage is, of course, a religious institution. It’s an important ceremony in many of this country’s religions. And each of them views it in different ways, with different practices attached. Some religions already support gay marriage, and have for thousands of years. But let’s restrict ourMARY selves for the moment to STANFIELD Christianity, because it’s the majority religion of this country (and the one most often involved in this debate). Marriage is a vital ceremony in every denomination, a vow taken before God that binds two lives together. Religion is an important — often the most important — aspect of marriage for many couples. But stopping here would not give us the whole picture. First of all, people of all religions (even — gasp — atheists) are considered equally married under the law. Secondly, the religious ceremony in a church is not required for a couple to be married in this country, but a marriage license is. Third, the government isn’t in the business of regulating or endorsing religious beliefs, but it does regulate who can get married and what benefits it brings. Add it up, and the conclusion is simple: There also is a secular institution called “marriage.” These two institutions are separate, but equally valid from a cultural standpoint. It is one thing to be married in the eyes of God and one’s church family, another thing entirely to be married in the eyes of the state. Both bring couples different benefits. But a couple married only in the church would not have access to well over a thousand rights available to secularly married couples (and that’s only on the federal level). This secular marriage is not just a feature of our separation of church and state; it is an important and necessarily secular aspect of our culture. It’s necessary because of its many benefits. Marriage binds people together, making them accountable to one another. It brings whole families together, creating support structures throughout society. Who

takes care of you when you can’t take care of yourself? Marriage ensures the continuing function of society by allowing fewer individuals to fall through the cracks or onto government aid. And, of course, it creates the foundation and the familial support necessary for raising children. It takes a village, after all. These are just the most obvious of the many benefits of marriage (for a more detailed explanation of this entire argument, read Jonathan Rauch’s “Gay Marriage: Why It’s Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America”). It’s true these benefits also would arise from a purely religious conception of marriage. But we need a secular marriage, because we need these benefits to apply equally across all religions, and to those without religious beliefs. So important is this institution to secular life, and so necessary the rights it entails, that it must extend outside the religious (especially purely Christian) sphere. So these institutions are separate, must be separate and are both vital to our society. With this separation in mind, you might ask why we call them both marriage. Wouldn’t changing the name of the secular institution solve the gay marriage debate? The most obvious point would be an appeal to history. We’ve called them both marriage from the beginning (after all, it’s a “marriage license”), and changing the name now just because gays want to marry would create a “separate but equal” situation. But arguments from tradition are often weak, so I’ll go a little deeper in my logic. The majority of the benefits of marriage, religious or secular, come from the socially imbued power of the institution. Despite the high divorce rate and celebrity “quickie” marriages, the majority of Americans still view marriage as more binding than the average contract. It has such social cache because we’ve all been subconsciously programmed to view it that way. So, changing the name would create a second class of citizens who still aren’t able to be “married,” and it would weaken the institution itself. It is necessary that these two institutions continue to share the same name. But it also is necessary for us to understand the difference. No one wants to tell you who can get married in your church or your religion. But you can’t use those views to keep a tenth of the population from a host of secular rights. There’s no reason why gays shouldn’t be allowed secular marriage, and it’s high time we all realized that. Mary Stanfield is a philosophy sophmore.

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OU poduced three of the top-four players taken in the NFL Draft Thursday night.

Arizona passed legislation allowing police to stop indivduals who look like illegal immigrants

Run to Remember. Sunday was the 10th anniversity of the OKC Memorial Marathon.

A Tornado ripped through rural Mississippi Saturday killing at least 10 people.

The OU engineering college hosted Greg Mortensen in honor of the college’s 100th anniversary.

U.S. senators continue partisan bickering over financial regulation.

Unpaid internships hurt poor and workers Internships are an important element of the college experience. Working for a business or organization in a temporary position to gain experience, learn more about the field or provide useful help can be a great learning opportunity and can further future career goals. Although this modernday apprenticeship ritual serves a useful function for both the intern and the business, the tendency for internships to be unpaid has a negative impact on poor students. Many poor students simply canMATT not afford to forgo a paid BRUENIG employment position in order to gain useful experience in a field of their interest. This reality creates yet another imbalance of opportunity among the rich and poor in this country. A poor person is already subjected to worse living conditions as a child, poorly funded schools and a diminished ability to attend the university of the person’s choosing. Unpaid internships add to this burden by making it difficult for poor students to access the proper experience needed to secure a job after graduation. While it is clear the practice of unpaid internships hurts the poor, constructing a way to solve the injustice caused by this is not so clear cut. The most obvious idea would be to forbid entities from offering unpaid internships. This would force companies wishing to employ interns to pay them and thus allow poor people to take on internships in the place of their mainly dead-end employment. However, there are some problems raised by this. Consider an underfunded non-profit organization working on a noble project. The imposition of an unpaid internship ban might prevent them from being able to extend any internship opportunities, which is both not good for potential interns or for the success of the organization. So a blanket ban on unpaid internships has a serious downside; one way to try to avoid the pitfalls would be to simply forbid unpaid internships in all for-profit businesses. This would allow non-profit groups to procure needed interns for their operations while still ensuring that businesses profiting from interns pay up.

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Sooner Nation has caught Thunder fever. The Oklahoma City Thunder is currently in a playoff battle with the Los Angeles Lakers, and now that basketball and football are over, Sooner fans have a new team for which to cheer. Two years ago, skeptics said Oklahoma could never get behind an NBA team. We were a football state that had no interest in professional sports, let alone basketball. How wrong those skeptics were. Driving down Chautauqua Ave or Lindsey Street in Norman, it is clear by the flags waving above the doors of cars the Thunder is on the minds of Sooner fans. The last time Sooners saw that many car flags was in the early years of Bob Stoops. The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon was Sunday, and every five minutes the crowd would erupt in cheers upon the very mention of the Thunder. This year has been a rough sports year for many Sooner sports, but it looks like Sooner fans have finally found a rising team. How often is it that a Sooner fan considered his or her team an underdog? The Thunder has captivated this city and state, garnering the attention of those who usually change the television channel when sports come on. A local fraternity even hosted a watch party on the front lawn of its house to cheer on this Oklahoma team, which is led, ironically, by a former Texas Longhorn. This could be a fleeting interest that passes once the Thunder is no longer the new underdog, but for now, Sooner fans are quickly becoming part of a statewide movement to Thunder Up.

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Something close to this exists in the current federal regulations pertaining to unpaid internships. However, the current federal regulations do not outright forbid for-profit businesses from taking on unpaid interns; it just forbids them from using interns to perform the jobs of workers. These regulations are of course poorly enforced, because what unpaid intern, glad to have some experience, is going to report that they are displacing real workers? Given this failure, I think the federal government should remove the existing legal exceptions and impose a ban on all unpaid internships extended by for-profit businesses. Only imposing a ban on internships, which do not displace workers, does not work and does not sufficiently extend opportunities to poor students. Workers continue to lose out on employment opportunities because of the willingness of rich college students to perform their job for free and poor students lose out on internship opportunities because they cannot afford to work for free. This ban would not solve all the problems of course. Poor students would be in the running for all internships offered by for-profit businesses but would still be unable to gain experience at non-profit organizations. As such, I think it would behoove higher learning institutions with some passing interest in equal opportunity and social justice to start programs to fund poor students who were able to secure internships at non-profit organizations. This effort would be useful for the students of this public institution and would encourage service in organizations that benefit society. Unpaid internships, although a small problem in the full scope of things, are detrimental to poor students and workers. Poor students are less able to gain the experience necessary to further their career, and workers are locked out of gainful employment by rich students willing to work for free. Banning unpaid internships at for-profit businesses on the federal level and establishing programs to aid poor students who intern at non-profit organizations can help solve this problem . If we want to continue to pretend our country is one of equal opportunity, then it is time we start to act on it. Eliminating classbased opportunity imbalances is a crucial step towards that goal. Matt Bruenig is a philosophy junior.

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The weekend saw the end of an amazing season for the OU women’s gymnastics team and a stellar career for senior Hollie Vise. The Sooners recorded a program-best secondplace finish at the NCAA Championships on Friday in Gainesville, Fla., while Vise finished second on bars and on floor Saturday in the individual event finals. The top-seeded UCLA Bruins took their sixth national title with 197.725. With a tight competition going down until the last routine, OU edged Alabama, 197.250197.225. The Sooners, competing in their first Super Six team final, were guaranteed a record finish. OU began on floor exercise with a 49.425 team total, its highest in program history at NCAAs. High scores were 9.925 from senior Hollie Vise and 9.9s from senior Jackie Flanery and sophomore Megan Ferguson. The team tallied 49.300 on vault, with 9.9s from sophomore Sarah Stone and junior Melanie Root. The Sooners continued their march on uneven bars, swinging to a 49.325 team total. Freshman Brie Olson scored a personal-best 9.9, matched by Vise. After 18 hit routines, Oklahoma trailed UCLA by .125 going into the final event. OU ended on the precarious 4-inch-wide balance beam, and suffered its first mistake of the night with a fall from junior Natalie Ratcliff. With the team able to drop its low score on each event, OU couldn’t afford any more mistakes if it wanted a podium finish. AP PHOTO The Sooners rebounded, with 9.9 routines from Vise Hollie Vise, senior, soars during the floor exercise where she took second place during the individual-event finals at the NCAA and sophomore Ferguson and 9.850 from senior Kristin Championships Saturday in Gainesville, Fla. Smith. UCLA closed its night with a show on floor exercise, where the Bruins impressed judges with difficult tumBall and Tom Haley. SEASON RECAP bling and unique choreography for the highest team total of OU coaches swept the coach of the year ballots, with the night on any event (49.550). March 5: The Sooners upset No. 1 Alabama in front of a record Kindler winning National Coach of the Year and assistants In her final act competing for the Sooners, Vise recorded Ball and Haley sharing the Assistant Coach of the year home crowd the best OU finish in the event finals since 1988 when Kelly honors. Garrison won two national titles. March 19: OU clinched an undefeated regular season with a After starting the season ranked ninth in the preseason Vise scored a 9.925 on bars and a 9.9 on floor to finish sec- poll, the Sooners were ranked first or second in every poll of win over Arkansas ond in both events. the season. OU’s achievement marks a four-year turnaround after the April 23: The Sooners finish second in the NCAA Championships, OU was the only team in the nation to score above 196.000 Sooners replaced their entire coaching staff. The team is in its in every meet of the season. the highest-ever finish by an OU team. fourth year under head coach K.J. Kindler and assistants Lou

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MANY HANDS HOLD NORMAN MUSIC FESTIVAL TOGETHER White shirts are everywhere. They’re weaving in and out of the crowds putting up barriers, taking donations, carrying heavy equipment and helping navigate the thousands of people to their musical destinations — just some of the many odd jobs given to the Norman Music Festival volunteers. Some are OU students but many are interested locals looking to support their city, said Gizem Aydin and Sara Wall, volunteer coordinators and the women responsible for wrangling the 160 volunteers at this year’s festival. “We are trying to keep the festival free so we rely on volunteers to do many of the different tasks in areas that we need,” Wall said. Just talking to Aydin and Wall for the few moments they had between running from place to place and sending volunteers to and fro, it was easy to pick up on how essential the volunteers are to the festival. Local resident Alex Busby, 22, was my first guide through the volunteer journey. His easygoing attitude made the job seem fun at times even when it consisted mainly o f c l e a r i n g t h e w ay f o r bands’ equipment to get to the stage and checking for break-in’s to the stage area.

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During his brief breaks between tasks Busby talked fondly of volunteering and the pride he takes in his hometown taking on something as big as this for a third year. “Yeah, man, the festival is like the coolest thing to happen to Norman culturally and this year they’ve really outdone themselves,” Busby said. And how could you argue? Yes, the music, but even more so the people. These thousands of people bridging age gaps to support the community and the local bands. And out of all the people there, the volunteers get the idea of it the most. They sacrifice being in the crowd to create the concert for the crowd. It’s a beautiful thing. “There’s so much planning that goes into this e v e r y y e a r, s o m e t h i n g that once it’s here it’s like Christmas” Wall said. “And once it’s over you have the biggest feeling of accomplishment because you’ve just exposed people to new music and even new genres that they may have never listened to before.” Andrew Nguyen, microbiology sophomore, stood by one of the entrances asking for donations to generate some money for the hopes of another NMF

THE BOOM BANG, GUESTROOM RECORDS STAGE, 5 P.M.

It didn’t take long for Norman Music Festival to kickoff with a, well, bang. The Boom Bang took the stage to overcast skies, some raindrops and a looming fear of electrocution. It lit the set off (literally) by lighting a smoke bomb and launching right into one of its best executed sets this year. It was loose, fun and loud. Mother Nature brought the rain, The Boom Bang brought the thunder. DEPTH & CURRENT, OPOLIS STAGE, 9 P.M. The show would have been awesome enough just being the ominously loud set that it was. But then, assumedly from the epic force of D&C, the power shut out. No power, no problem. The guys finished their song, and let me tell you, acoustic grunge sounds better than you might think. -Joshua Boydston, psychology junior

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Katie Graham, public relations senior, and Amanda Gerards, public relations sophomore, hand out wristbands to Norman Music Festival volunteers Sunday afternoon in the Mainsite Gallery on Main Street. Graham and Gerards were two of 160 volunteers who worked for the Norman Arts Council during the festival. next year and had been at the festival since 7:30 a.m. Nguyen talked about his love of the arts and being a musician himself, helping out was a way to give back. As 25,000 people wander in and out, the volunteers give their time and efforts into making the festival truly great. They run from one place to the next and may never get to sit to enjoy the music, but they rest after a long two days knowing that thousands of

people did. For more information on being a volunteer for next year’s festival, visit normanmusicfestival.com. Margaret Basse is a University College freshman.

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COLOURMUSIC, OPOLIS STAGE, 11 P.M. It has revamped as nothing short of a metal act, and a 200+ capacity Opolis was not strong enough to contain Colourmusic’s demented, cosmic heaviness Saturday night. Abandoning the back catalogue in favor of new material, hipsters were eye-to-eye with the cats on the wall, pressed so tight against each other that raising their hands to applaud the Stillwater act was a bit of a struggle. BEAU JENNINGS, BLACKWATCH STAGE, 8 P.M. A well-lit outdoor Blackwatch Studios stage accentuated everything about each act that played there Saturday, but Beau Jennings stands out beyond the rest with rock ‘n’ roll sensibility and a good-ol’-times attitude. A gem of a performance in the often-downtimed middle of the afternoon. -Matt Carney, professional writing junior

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