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Six intersession courses canceled University department cuts classes scheduled for May intersession due to low enrollment numbers, director says CHRIS LUSK The Oklahoma Daily

OU students trying to enroll in May intersession courses have six fewer options to choose from after a university department canceled the classes this week. The OU Intersession department struck six courses from the May schedule because there

were not enough students in each class, said Mark Pelfrey, director of lifelong enrichment and academic programs. Intersession officials evaluated enrollment figures Monday before deciding which classes should be dropped, Pelfrey said. Courses with fewer than five students are typically canceled; however, the professor has the final say, he said. Intersession professors are paid per student,

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OU HSC discovers possible eye illness treatment New nanotechnology could be tested on humans within a few years, scientists say


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OU Health Sciences Center researchers discovered a possible way to prevent or treat degenerative eye disease using microscopic particles. OU researchers, along with scientists from the University of Central Florida, developed cerium oxide nanoparticles, called Nanoceria, center spokeswoman Susan Simpson said. These particles work by reacting with toxic molecules within the eye responsible for killing healthy cells and causing SEE EYE PAGE 3

Italian monastery to cost OU $16.5M MERRILL JONES/THE DAILY

Students wait for the OU IT Store to open Monday morning despite rainy weather. The line stretched from the store’s entrance to University Boulevard.

Funds for renovation to come from private donations, Boren says NICHOLAS HARRISON The Oklahoma Daily

Students flock to Campus Corner for sale Store sells out of some Apple products, considers adding additional sale items RACHAEL CERVENKA The Oklahoma Daily


bout 700 technology junkies attended the opening of the OU IT Store’s three-day sale Wednesday, clearing out three of the store’s Apple products. The first item that sold out was the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which was on sale for $600, OU Information Technology spokeswoman Becky Grant said.

The store also sold out of the iMacs and first-generation 64-gigabyte Wi-Fi iPads, Grant said. She said the IT staff is considering putting additional items on sale today or Friday and will post any new sale items to the store’s Facebook page. The sale began at 9 a.m., but the rainy weather did not stop umbrella-toting shoppers from lining the intersection of University Boulevard and Boyd Street prior to the store opening. Students who arrived one hour before the sale did not get a good spot in line, OU alumnus Narayan Shanker said. Shanker,

who arrived at 8:15 a.m., said the line moved quickly once the sale began. Shanker was in line with two friends, and all three attended the sale to purchase MacBook Pro laptop computers, he said. Shanker had been anticipating the sale for nearly 2 1/2 months and waited to purchase his computer because the IT Store offers the best prices, he said. Laptops were the most popular item sold Wednesday, Grant said. Shanker bought a MacBook for a friend at


OU Hillel to celebrate Jewish independence today A student organization will celebrate Israel Independence Day from 1 to 3 p.m. today on the South Oval. The event is sponsored by OU Hillel and will feature free food and hookah. “It’s going to be a great time to celebrate the independence of Israel,” Hillel Executive Director Keren Ayalon said. “We encourage anyone who wants to come and have free food and free hookah to join.”

OU Hillel members will offer falafel, pita, hummus and cake, according to the event’s Facebook page. “We plan on having several fun games and activities for people to enjoy,” Ayalon said. “We want people to learn about our culture and heritage, but if we do it in a way that they can have fun at the same time, we will definitely do that.” The block party occurs every year, but this is the first time it will feature a folk-dancing group that

will lead attendees in an old Israeli folk dance, Ayalon said. “We normally have around 100 people show up ... but every year it has grown slightly a little bit,” she said. “We hope to have close to 200 people show up. We know it will be a good time for anyone. Free food, hookah and dancing are tough to beat.”

OU will spend about $14 million renovating a 500-year-old monastery in Arezzo, Italy for its study-abroad programs, according to university documents. This means the university will have spent $16.5 million — including the $2.5 million spent to purchase the historic site, according to documents from the university’s architectural and engineering departments. Uncommitted revenues from the university’s affinity-card agreement and Coca-Cola pouring-rights contract as well as private monies have been earmarked for the project, said Chris Kuwitzky, associate vice president and chief financial officer. Almost $4 million in private funds has been raised thus far and no state-appropriated funds would be used for the project, OU President David Boren said. Boren said he was confident sufficient private funds could be raised. However, revenues earned from monetizing the institution’s utilities systems also might be used, Boren said last week. Boren said he didn’t support the purchase and renovation of the monastery when he was first approached with the idea. “I literally threw them out the door,” Boren said. “It was one of

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Today around campus » OU IT Store’s 3-Day Sale will continue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 329 West Boyd St. and will end Friday. » Wellesley College’s Filomina Steady, African studies professor, will present “Women, the Environment and Climate Change in Africa” at 4:30 p.m. in Dale Hall, Room 112. Steady is a former president of the Women’s World Summit Foundation (Geneva) and is a founding member of the Association of African Women for Research and Development. » University College’s Holley Brewer will present “Gearing up for Final Exams” from 3 to 4 p.m. in Wagner Hall, Room 245. » Stuart Thomson will speak about “Glaciation as a destructive and constructive control on mountain building: an example from the Patagonia Andes” at 3:30 p.m. in Sarkey Energy Center, Room A235. The lecture is free and is part of the Shell Colloquium Series. » The Native Science Speaker Series “Utilizing a Lakota Worldview to Develop Science and Cultural Leadership for a New Generation” will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Scholars Room. The event will feature a lecture and a panel discussing the interface between traditional ecological knowledge and earth system science. The event is free and open to the public. » The OU Opera Theatre and School of Drama will present a night of opera performances inspired by works of William Shakespeare from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center. « OU Hillel will present an Israel Block Party including free food and hookah from 1 to 3 p.m. on the South Oval.

Friday, April 29 » The last day of the OU IT Store’s 3-Day Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 329 West Boyd St. » This will be the final day to submit thesis reading copy. » International Exchange applications will be due. » The Write Club will screen the film “Inception” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Writing Center. Candy and popcorn will be provided. » Two student organizations will host an Undead Week Karaoke from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Cate Main Social Lounge. Free pizza will be provided. » The OU School of Dance will perform the Oklahoma Festival Ballet from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center, Tickets are $14 for students, $22 for adults and $18 for faculty and staff. » The Student Theatre Initiative will perform “30 Second Plays” at 11 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center, Room 317.

those days when I was really, really upset about some more budget cuts from the state Capitol, and I said, ‘Get out. Don’t talk to me about that.’” However, Boren said as he thought about the Arezzo project, he realized the purchase and renovation could provide an additional outlet for students hoping to study abroad. The facility is expected to open in 2013 with accommodations for 45 to 50 students, three to four resident advisers and graduate assistants, and one faculty-inresidence. It will include modern plumbing, wireless Internet, study areas and dining facilities, and a resident-life staff providing community programming. College of International Studies Dean Zachariah Messitte said he felt the Arezzo program is an important part of the university’s


Parade to celebrate state history Norman’s annual ‘89er Day Parade will commemorate Oklahoma history Saturday with a re-enactment of Oklahoma’s settlement. The ‘89er Day Parade celebrates the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889, when settlers rushed to occupy unassigned Oklahoma territory. “The parade is a reenactment of the land run,” parade co-chairman Charles Hollingsworth said. OU men’s basketball coach Lon Kreuger will make an appearance, and OU Ruf-Nek Mark Chaney will drive the Sooner Schooner down through the parade, according to the press release. Other parade participants include the Oklahoma Scottish Pipes and Drums, Kountry Dolls Saddle Club and the Sooner Model A Ford Club, according to a press release. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. in front of Norman High School and will continue down Main Street to Crawford Avenue. — Kathleen Evans/The Daily

educational experience. “We hope the Arezzo program will help instill a lifelong curiosity and appreciation by OU students of other cultures, languages and the world,” Messitte said. The precise cost of the project is still uncertain, Messitte said. However, he defended the value of the program. “Thousands of OU students — including some of who would never have studied abroad because it would have been too expensive, too complicated or too hard to complete their major — will get their first taste of life outside of the U.S. in the years to come because of OU in Arezzo,” Messitte said. As a former exchange student, Student Affairs Vice President Clarke Stroud said he is an avid advocate of education abroad. “It fundamentally offers students a different view of PHOTO PROVIDED the world not found study- The Arezzo monastery is expected to be open in 2013 and ing on the Norman cam- should accomodate 45 to 50 students with resident advisers, pus,” Stroud said. graduate assistants and a faculty-in-residence.

SALE: Store traffic thins by noon Continued from page 1 the IT sale last year and said this year seemed different. Last year the line was much longer at this time, Shanker said. “The three days really helps, and the fact that it’s at 9 a.m. not at 7 in the morning,” Shanker said. When Shanker attended last year, lines formed around 5 a.m, he said. International business senior Mai Le arrived at Wednesday’s sale at 9 a.m. The line came as a surprise to her, but John

Kubler, international business and marketing senior, said he thought it could be worse. “The line is long but considering that everyone goes crazy for Apple products, it could be a lot longer,” Kubler said. Le said she was in the market for a new laptop and did not find out about the sale until this week after the university sent mass emails. The lines were only long in the earlymorning hours but dissipated by midday, Grant said. “There was a lot of energy in the store throughout the morning, and it was a fun experience,” Grant said.


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programming language — was another course that had to be canceled, Pelfrey said. “The demand for a class about meteoso when enrollment is low, they can choose whether it is worth it to teach the rology computer programming just wasn’t right now,” Pelfrey said. “There probably class, Pelfrey said. “We leave the decision up to the instruc- are only a small handful of students who tor, because it’s their time and paycheck,” need that credit to graduate.” This was the first intersesPelfrey said. sion period Programming Sometimes, professors in Python has been offered, will proceed and teach for Pe l f re y s a i d . Fi r s t- t i m e only two or three students, courses are typically hard to Pelfrey said. fill. Some professors use inTo enroll: “First-timers usually strugtersession as a time to prac» Through May 14, visit gle,” he said. “Many times, tice teaching methods, while students just aren’t as aware others will teach low-enroll» Beginning May 16, of the new courses we offer.” ment courses as a favor to registration with $20 late The department also canstudents who need to gradufee will be accepted at celed two university coursate, he said. the Intersession office es — classes under an open Students enrolled in the course number that typicalcanceled courses were noti— Source: ly count as upper-division fied via email and a mailed credit — which was a surletter, he said. The notification encouraged students to choose anoth- prise, Pelfrey said. University courses generally have interer course, he said. May intersession begins May 16, accord- esting titles and fill up fast, he said. University courses offered during the ing to the intersession website. Officials cancel intersession courses and May intersession include classes about send notification early enough for students topics such as “Jersey Shore,” The Flaming Lips, JRR Tolkien’s hobbits, Star Wars and to enroll in another class, Pelfrey said. “We’re here for students’ needs, so we try Disney pets, according to the intersession to pick a good date to give students plenty course list. Although intersession courses with of time to find something else to take,” he unique titles attract a lot of attention, there said. Many times, courses have to be dropped are only so many students, Pelfrey said. “I think we had sevbecause they are too eral university courses major specific or bewith really great titles, cause the demand is not but they all compete high enough — as in the against one another,” case of the meteorology University courses are classes Pelfrey said. “Someone and engineering classes under an open course number that has to win, and somethat were scheduled for typically count as upper-division one has to lose.” May, he said. credit. These courses are created Also, enrollment figWhen intersession by a three-step process. ures have declined from courses like these are the previous May incanceled, some profesProfessors fill out class proposal tersession, Pelfrey said. sors find alternatives. and submit it with a syllabus As of Tuesday, about Aerospace and me1,050 students have enchanical engineering Department academic chair rolled for May intersesprofessor David Miller reviews the proposal sion — down from the was scheduled to teach 1,450 students who enRobot Planning and Dean receives the proposal rolled in 2010. Control. and gives final approval The number of inMiller said he only had tersession courses ofone student enrolled, so — Source: Mark Pelfrey, director of lifelong fered is dictated by dewhen the course was enrichment and academic programs mand, and some classcanceled, he arranged es are dropped each for the student to take session — but that is a good system, Pelfrey the class through an independent study. Programming in Python — a meteo- said. “It’s always better to put out too many rology course that teaches introductory computer programming using the Python courses than not enough,” he said.

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EYE: Treatment tested on mice Continued from page 1

Glossary of terms diseases such as blindness and glaucoma, said James McGinnis, lead researcher on the project. The nanoparticles make the toxins inactive by absorbing them, McGinnis said. “Our theory is that if our Nanoceria prevent the rise in [toxins], then the neurodegeneration will be prevented or slowed such that, in the case of the retina, patients will have their vision for much longer times and possibly for life,” McGinnis said. One benefit of the cerium oxide nanoparticles is that the body does not attack them, so they are able to continuously destroy the toxins, McGinnis said. What makes this different from other nanotechnology is that the particles don’t deliver the treatment — they are the treatment, researcher Dr. Lloyd Hildebrand said. “The mechanism for treatment is totally new,” he said. “We think it can be used broadly to target different diseases.” Researchers test the nanoparticles on mice in the laboratory, but with increased funding and FDA approval, they could begin testing on humans within a few years,

Glaucoma » What it is: eye condition that causes damage to the eye’s optic nerve » Symptoms: Loss of vision, eye pain, cloudy vision, red eye, swelling » Treatment: can restore vision if treated early with surgery, eye drops and pills Degenerative Eye Disease » What it is: term for any disease affecting the eye and vision over time » Symptoms: swelling of parts of the eye, floating spots, blurriness » Treatment: depends on which disease and how early it is caught — Sources: National Center for Biotechnology Information, LiveStrong Foundation

McGinnis said. The results from the research were recently published in the scientific journals Neurobiology of Disease and PLoS One, according to a press release.

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Gastropub brings variety to Campus Corner Blackbird Gastropub provides Norman with English atmosphere as bar, restaurant EMILY HOPKINS The Oklahoma Daily


ringing a little slice of England to the Norman community, Blackbird Gastropub offers pub faire and comfort food with a decidedly contemporary twist. Good Life Hospitality Group managing partners Jack Hooper and John Howell opened their fourth restaurant April 18 and business already is booming, Howell said. “We’ve been a lot busier than we expected to be in this first week or so,� Howell said. “Saturday night was crazy.� Blackbird is housed in the building previously home to Harrold’s Outlet and more recently to Iron Star Urban Barbeque. Good Life Hospitality also operates Blu Fine Wine & Food, Coach’s Brewhouse and Library Bar & Grill, all in Norman. Hooper said they had been mulling over the gastropub idea for a few years, considering it a good way to enhance their other holdings. Once this space opened up, he said, they knew the time was right. “We read about things that are new and cool and these gastropubs, which are starting to pop up all around, we thought that would be a lot of fun,� he said. “We own our own brewery and we could use that for the gastropub. We had a kitchen staff where we thought we come up with some nice food, and then the bar was just so beautiful, so it just kind of fit.� The restaurant name references what is considered to be quintessentially English – like The Beatles’ song, “Blackbird,� ASHLEY WEST/THE DAILY and the nursery rhyme “Sing a Song of Sixpence,� which talks of “a pocket full of rye� and “four and 20 blackbirds baked in Blackbird Gastropub bartender Ryan Goodman pours a drink behind the bar Tuesday afternoon. Blackbird, 575 S. University Blvd., Suite 110, is in the building that recently housed Iron Star Urban Barbeque. a pie.� “We were thinking about things that are popular in England, and obviously we couldn’t call it David Beckham’s or Harry Potter’s,� Howell joked. Gastropubs may be a new craze in the United States, but double-crusted wild mushroom pulled-chicken pot pie.� a combination of vanilla vodka, cream and crushed up they started sprouting up across the pond nearly 20 years Like the other restaurants in the Good Life Hospitality peaches and honey. ago. Group, Blackbird offers an extensive array of drinks. The Transforming the space from a cold restaurant to a The idea is simple: rather than going to a restaurant and house specialty, whiskey, is available in no less than 106 warm, inviting pub atmosphere wasn’t actually all that difjust drinking what they have, or rather than going varieties. ficult, Hooper said. More fabrics and pillows were brought to a pub and eating the “fried crap� (according “It’s really just like reaching back in time and in, drapes were hung downstairs to separate the north and to Howell) that’s sitting on the bar, you go to grabbing old, great things, bringing them back south dining rooms and small TVs were placed upstairs in one place to get the best of both — and that’s a out and dusting them off and giving them a new the lounge-type area. Howell’s wife, another of the restaugastropub. look,� Howell said. rant group operators, did most of the decorating. Blackbird is at Old British staples, like fish and chips and Justin Koonce is a bartender for the restaurant. Howell said he hopes patrons of their other restaurants 575 S. University bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potaThe busy atmosphere of campus corner, he said, will walk in and feel similarities, especially in regards to Blvd. Suite 101 toes) grace the menu. Modern takes on American is what drew him to the position. detail. favorites also are included, like the Serrano pep“Everything here is made by hand and it’s a “You know, we’re worried about the angle of the blinds per and garlic meatloaf, the mac n’ cheese in a gorgonzola very nice, relaxed, kind of dramatic atmosphere,� he said. on the windows, we’re worried about the temperature of the and nutmeg cream sauce and the chicken pot pie. “Bartending, you get to hear about what’s going on on cam- air and how it feels, we’re worried about every last detail,� he “And it’s not just chicken pot pie with peas and carrots like pus and you get to meet a lot of people.� said. “So we hope that they walk in to every different place you get in the frozen section,� Howell said. “It’s homemade, His favorite drink, Koonce said, is the Peaches & Honey, and they feel the same care. That’s my first hope.�


Music-video contest to add new aspect to festival Viewers will vote for one of 10 entries during weekend screening at Norman Music Festival MARGO BASSE The Oklahoma Daily

• Trent Bell, owner of Bell Labs Recording Studio in “It’ll be fun to be at these locations that are in the heart Norman who has worked with The Flaming Lips. of Norman and the heart of the festival,â€? Ketrick said. “It This weekend, viewers will vote on will be a really nice viewing experience.â€? which video will win by putting a donaCinematic Artists of Norman is under tion into the jar corresponding with their the Norman Arts Council and was asked favorite video. to host the Music Video Contest by the All the donations will go to the Norman Norman Music Festival. The group is Âť 7:30 tonight at Form and Arts Council. made up of many former OU students Function Lab, 123 E. Main St., Lopez said she believes it is important and those involved in the local film above Guestroom Records to showcase the videos. industry. Âť 8 tonight at Dreamer “Music videos are an essential part of “Our goal is to get all ages and all skill Concepts, 324 E. Main St. music today, because the multimedia sets in one room talking about filmmakÂť 7:30 p.m. Friday at Gray Owl experience brings viewers/listeners to a ing, it’s really a collaborative group,â€? Coffee, 223 E. Gray St. whole new dimension, the world of the Ketrick said. artist,â€? Lopez said. People’s Pick voting will last until The music videos will be screened Friday and will be announced along with for free tonight at various Norman locations, including the Pro’s Pick on the Main Stage before festival headliner Dreamer Concepts. The Walkmen go on at 9:30 p.m. Cinematic Artists of Norman is excited to be involved The winners will receive prize packages donated by in Norman Music Festival, chairwoman Cassandra Grapevine Media and Freestyle Productions as well as Ketrick said. two iPod shuffles donated by the OU IT store.


While Norman Music Festival may be known for its music, the festival doesn’t stop there. Cinematic Artists of Norman and the Norman Music Festival have incorporated Oklahoma’s film community into the mix by putting on a music-video contest — 2011 Music Video Picks. “I’m always really surprised by the high quality stuff that comes out of Oklahoma,â€? said Jack Patchell, Music Video Picks chairman and OU alumnus. “I guess other people from the other parts of the country kind of underestimate us.â€? A panel of three judges narrowed down 31 submissions to 10. Judges were: • Beau Leland, local filmaker • Melissa Sue Lopez, musician and local filmmaker

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Thursday, April 28, 2011 TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -Someone in a group to which you belong might try to palm off some heavy duties that no one wants to do. Don’t fall for that old bromide about the honor of serving. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- A project that looks easy at first glance is likely to require far more fortitude than you’re willing to give. If you have no way of finding out how much effort it will require, be prepared to dump it. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- When it comes to a group endeavor, everything will have to run smoothly in order to accomplish your aims. Discord could quickly put a halt to what you’re trying to do.

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TOMORROW ›› The OU baseball and softball teams to make weekend trips to Austin to face the Longhorns

James Corley, sports editor • phone: 405-325-3666



Cowgirls avoid OU sweep

OU takes 6th in Big 12 tourney

Oklahoma State survives 2-1 Bedlam matchup to tie overall series with Sooners

Team falls from fifth to sixth in final round of conference tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.

TOBI NEIDY The Oklahoma Daily


Right fielder Haley Nix homered over the right field fence against Bedlam rival Oklahoma State, but the senior’s hit wasn’t enough to complete a season sweep of the Cowgirls as the Sooners (34-15) fell, 2-1, on Wednesday in Stillwater. The Cowgirls evened the overall series, 70-70, with the win. O S U ’s Ta ma ra B row n knocked a home run after falling behind in the count, 0-2, against OU sophomore starting pitcher Keilani Ricketts. Brown’s blast also drove in first baseman Julie Ward to give the Cowgirls a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. OU didn’t challenge the lead until the fifth, when Nix collected her seventh homer this season. OU won the swinging battle, collecting five hits, while OSU was limited to three during the game. But Brown’s hit was right through the heart of Oklahoma, dropping the Sooners to 7-7 in Big 12 action with three weeks remaining in conference action. With one out in a door-die situation in the top of the seventh, freshman Destinee Martinez singled to put the game-tying run at first base, but the Sooners weren’t able to capitalize on the opportunity. Ricketts (21-11) absorbed the loss but won the pitching duel in several categories.

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The No. 24 OU men’s golf team finished in sixth place at the Big 12 Championships after carding a final-round 311 on Wednesday at the par-70 Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. The Sooners entered the final round in fifth place, but slipped one spot behind Missouri after firing a 31-overpar to finish at plus-53. Oklahoma State, ranked No. 1 in the country, claimed its fifth consecutive Big 12 title, beating No. 7 Texas A&M by 13 strokes, No. 14 Texas by 21 strokes and No. 18 Texas Tech by 24 strokes, after registering a plus-19 finish. “I’m disappointed in the way we finished, and I know the boys are too,” OU coach Ryan Hybl said. “Hopefully, we can learn from this experience, because it was not much fun. We definitely need to go back to the drawing board, because we had no firepower in the final round. It’s definitely disappointing.” Senior Ryan Sirman led the 24th-ranked Sooners with an 11th-place finish after ending up with a 10-over 290. Junior Riley Pumphrey and sophomore Abraham Ancer also notched top-20 finishes. Pumphrey grabbed a 14th-place finish after shooting a final-round 76 to end at 292 strokes (+12). Ancer shot a 79 on Wednesday to tie for 20th place with a total score of 295 (+15). Freshman Eduardo Castiello posted a fourth-round 80 and tied for 48th place at 308. Fellow freshman Michael Schoolcraft’s 79 made his found-round total 310, finishing in a 50th-place tie. The Sooners will move on to NCAA regional competition May 19-21. The site has yet to be determined.


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Sophomore pitcher Keilani Ricketts pitches against Oklahoma State during OU’s 2-1 loss to the Cowgirls on Wednesday night in Stillwater. Ricketts struck out 13 in the losing effort.

The ace hit her season strikeout average with 13 Ks and allowed just one walk through six innings. Ricketts’ performance was her conference-leading 38th appearance and 30th start.

OSU started Kat Espinosa before bringing in Sarah Odom after Nix’s hit in the fifth. Espinosa (20-5) got the win, but only struck out two of the 21 Sooner batters she faced. Odom had two strikeouts

in relief, allowing one hit in 2.2 innings pitched. OU moves on to face Red River rival Texas this weekend. First pitch against the third-ranked Longhorns is set for 7 p.m. Saturday in Austin, Texas.

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Sooners head to Big 12 tourney Riding a program-best finish in conference play, the No. 21 OU women’s tennis team enters the Big 12 tournament as the No. 3 seed, looking to build upon last season’s secondround finish. The Sooners (17-5, 9-2 Big 12) earned a first round bye and will play the winner of No. 6 Texas Tech and No. 10 Iowa State at 9 a.m. Friday in Waco, Texas. In Oklahoma’s last outing, it dominated Oklahoma State, 6-1, and extended a three-match winning streak. Seventh-seeded Kansas State will play No. 10 Kansas. The winner will play No. 2-seed Texas, and whichever team wins that quarterfinal match will play the winner of the OklahomaTexas Tech/Iowa State match. In the lower half of the bracket, No. 5 Nebraska takes on Colorado for the right to face No. 4 Texas A&M in the quarterfinals. Eighth-seeded Missouri takes on No. 9 Oklahoma State. The winner there will play No. 1 Baylor. Oklahoma has won 18 doubles points this the season, powered by freshman duo of Mia Lancaster and Whitney Ritchie. The pair is 13-1 overall after its most recent win against OSU’s Sasha Belova and Malika Rose in the final regular-season match. — Josh Helmer/The Daily


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Real men watch soccer

Draft holds less fanfare for OU


Several Sooners have good chances to be picked in 2011 NFL Draft, but no probable first-rounders

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“Oh, crap, I forgot to tape the Barcelona-Real Madrid match.” That was exactly what I thought as I rushed home to find out who won and, more importantly, what happened in Wednesday’s match between two giants of European club soccer. I know, I know — as an American, I’m not supposed to like soccer. I’m not supposed to like to watch guys who continually dive to the ground and roll around in a loud, grotesque manner because another guy poked him in the chest. I’m not supposed to like to watch a game with such a high probability of ending in a tie that doesn’t have a playoff system remotely similar to the MLB, NBA or NFL. And I’m definitely not supposed to like to watch men who put more emphasis on training their lower body than their upper body — have you seen the size of Cristano Ronaldo’s thighs? I get it. There’s no need to badger me about why I should stick to watching “real men” sports. I understand perfectly why you might articulate such a notion. In America, soccer — football, as it’s called everywhere else in the world — is just not our thing. We like to win, and since we haven’t done a lot of that internationally, it’s understandable why most Americans could care less about Barcelona and Real Madrid. Here’s the deal: Barcelona and Real Madrid represent the top tier, the best, the greatest soccer teams in the entire universe — not just the

JAMES CORLEY The Oklahoma Daily

Amid the mess of the expired collective bargaining agreement between NFL players and team owners, the show must go on. Tonight in New York City, the league will conduct its annual draft in business-as-usual fashion, and Roger Goodell » RB DeMarco Murray will be shaking hands » DB Quinton Carter with the NFL’s future stars » DE Jeremy Beal — although the commis» DL Adrian Taylor sioner should expect a few » WR Cameron Kenney boos this year. » RB Mossis Madu This draft probably will » DE Pryce Macon not be as exciting for Sooner fans, though. A handful of » DB Jonathan Nelson former Oklahoma football » OL Eric Mensik players have good chances to be picked in the draft, but none are likely to hear their name called in the primetime first round at 7 tonight on ESPN. Running back DeMarco Murray is expected to be the first Sooner chosen. The Las Vegas native broke OU’s career all-purpose yards record after four up-and-down years of high-level play between several slowing injuries. Either defensive end Jeremy Beal or safety Quinton Carter could be the next chosen, and both are projected as middle-round picks. Carter’s extensive charity work and character make him an attractive addition to a league struggling with offthe-field issues year after year. Beal’s quickness and passdefending will be appealing to teams looking to convert him to an outside linebacker. Defensive lineman Adrian Taylor had a solid college career, but the ACL tear he suffered last season — and the leg injury that cut his Sun Bowl short the season before — could be red flags and might force him to sign with a team as an undrafted free agent. Other Sooners who hope to get a phone call this weekend include: • Wide receiver Cameron Kenney, who finished strong last season with big performances against Oklahoma State and Nebraska • Running back Mossis Madu, whose flash and ability was a little outweighed by his struggle against fumbling • Defensive end Pryce Macon • Defensive back Jonathan Nelson • Offensive lineman Eric Mensik Several Sooners could be taken in this draft, but there isn’t a Sam Bradford this year to steal the show in New York.

Sooners in the NFL draft


FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring against Real Madrid during Wednesday’s UEFA Champion’s League semifinal in Madrid. Messi scored twice in the 2-0 Barcelona victory. world, the universe. And Wednesday, for the fourth time this season, those two teams clashed in another classic match that ended in a 2-0 win for Barcelona punctuated by two amazing, second-half goals from Lionel Messi — arguably the universe’s best player. You have no idea how mad I was to have to read about this game on the Internet and watch a belated stream online after hearing about it from my friends via texts and

Twitter. I’m bashing my head against my desk as I type this. Barcelona and Real Madrid are so good that even NFL players recognize their greatness. Chad Ochocinco recently admitted to one day wanting to play for Barcelona, only to find out he doesn’t possess the skill necessary to make the roster of MLS’ Sporting Kansas City — and he’s one of the most athletic football

players in the NFL today. But more than that, Barca and Real represent the beauty, the artistry, the passion we all want to see when we watch sports. As Americans, we can all get behind those three things, right? Or should I just shut up and keep my flighty, fruity-smelling feelings about soccer to myself? — RJ Young, professional writing graduate student

apr 28- may 1 thursday, apr. 28 Tea and Immortality Exhibition | now open through May 15 at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Mediterranea: American Art from the Graham D. Williford Collection | now open through May 15 at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Student Success Series: Gearing Up for Final Exams | 3-4 p.m. in Wagner Wall 245. Presented by University College and OU Health Services.

saturday, apr. 30 A Journey Through Portugal | 5 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union Food Court. The Society of Portuguese Speakers at OU present the inaugural Portuguese Cultural Night with live music, dancing, food and other cultural displays. Admission is free. For more information, please email or call (405) 217-3574. Sooner Idol | 7 p.m. in Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union. Come and see OU’s best student singers compete for the title of Idol! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is FREE! The audience can purchase crowd favorite ballots for $1, all proceeds will benefit the Birdges Organization of Norman. Presented by the Union Programming Board and the Campus Activities Council.

friday, apr. 29 Intramural Update | Spring Golf Championship entires taken at the Huston Huffman Center front desk, $29 per player, stroke play event. Tee time ranging from noon-2:30 p.m. based on availability. Located at the Westwood Golf Club. For more information, visit or call Jonathan Dewhirst, (405) 325-3053. FREE Movie: Blue Valentine | 4, 7, 10 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. in Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union. Presented by the Union Programming Board and the Campus Activities Council. Lecture: Mark Twain Tours the Mediterranean | 6-7 p.m. in the Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. In 1867, Mark Twain decided to join a group of tourists on a journey to Europe and the Holy Land. His sarcastic descriptions of the experience set Americans laughing uproariously and established his reputation as the country’s leading satirist. Presented by Dr. David Levy, Professor Emeritus, OU Department of History.

Stompdown: The Ultimatum | 7-10 p.m. in the Lloyd Noble Center. Tickets can be purchased at or at the athletics ticket office at the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. For more information, contact Eboneka Coleman at

sunday, may 1 Sutton Concert Series: OU Symphony Orhcestra | 3-5 p.m. in the Pitman Recital Hall, Catlett Music Center. Tickets are $5 for students, OU faculty/staff and seniors and $8 for adults. Call the Fine Arts Box Office, (405) 325-4101, for more information.

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