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Student find academic resources online “They level the playing field and help students out by helping Web sites allow study materials, schedule planning, profesthem develop their own personal system,” Groover said. sors reviews, access to old exams LILLY CHAPA Contributing Writer
More students are turning to shared-information Web sites to help them study, plan their schedules and read and write reviews on OU professors. Web sites like Koofers.com and MyEdu.com provide students with information on professors and courses offered at their university. These sites have gained popularity by allowing students to plan their schedules, buy and sell textbooks and upload and search through class notes, quizzes and exams, said Sara Groover, Koofers.com student ambassador.
Groover, University College freshman, has been a student ambassador for Koofers.com for almost two months. She said she started using the Web site when she heard her friends talking about it and now uses the study materials available for her classes. “The Web site is really up and coming,” Groover said. “People will spread the word about it. We’re really trying to get the name out there.” Groover said 11 percent of OU students have registered at Koofers.com, and from now until the end of the semester is the busy time for the Web site. “Students are trying to study for finals and plan their schedules for next semester, so we’re getting ready for a hectic month by
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Carlee Roethlisberger, junior forward, dives for the ball during the Final Four game against Stanford on Sunday night. OU lost 73-66.
SOONERS STUMBLE AGAINST STANFORD Stanford proves to be too much for OU women in team’s return to Final Four ANNELISE RUSSELL Daily Staff Writer
OU has taken its Final Four bow. The OU women’s basketball team saw its dreams of a national championship berth dashed Sunday night in a 73-66 loss to Stanford. “I’m unbelievably proud of these kids,” OU coach Sherri Coale said. “I cannot express what a joy it has been to coach them, how refreshing it has been and their willingness to learn, their drive, their belief, their faith, how they are with one another.”
The Sooners threatened the Cardinal late but trailed by double digits most of the game, unable to muster up the magic that had carried them through the tournament. The Cardinal opened the game with a bucket off of a blown assignment by OU, something that happened more than once during the game. Neither offense was extremely effective early on, but Stanford steadily extended its lead as the game progressed. Stanford forced an OU timeout after extending the lead to 17-8. OU shot only 18.8 percent midway through the first half. “We were just stagnant,” junior guard Danielle Robinson said. “We had no rhythm. Everybody was just standing, waiting for somebody else to do it.”
Robinson led the Sooners in first-half scoring with eight points, but she was 4-12 from the floor. Sophomore forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike punished the Sooners for 14 first-half points and was one rebound shy of a double-double by halftime. It was not until the clock ticked under a minute left in the half that OU cleared 20 points in the game to trail 34-21. That score would stand at halftime. Coale was not pleased with the first half effort. “The first half wasn’t anything like what we’ve shown in the last three weeks of the season,” Coale said. Stanford closed the half shooting over 41 FINAL FOUR CONTINUES ON PAGE 2
Eve of Nations celebrates 40th anniversary International student organizations come together to share songs, dances, fashions from around the world RENEE SELANDERS AND TROY WEATHERFORD Daily Staff Writers
At the 40th-annual Eve of Nations, students shared different aspects of their culture in a celebratory, multi-stage show. The International Advisory Committee hosted the event, in which 17 international student organizations showcased dances and songs from their respective homelands. This year’s Eve of Nations, themed “Celebrate: 40 Years of Cultural Diversity,” also offered a special dinner featuring cuisine from Peru, Vietnam, Eastern Europe, Angola and Nigeria. The International Advisory Committee, an umbrella organization encompassing 27 international student organizations, prepares for the event all year, coordinating between all of its student groups. Mimo Adenuga, organization president, said this year’s Eve of Nations was the best celebration yet.
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“It is a celebration of the hard work and great ideas that our members have put into making this year successful,” Adenuga said. An international fashion show preceded the dances and featured clothing from around the globe, representing Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America. “The typical dress in the fashion show is really cool,” said Lorris Miglioretti, University College freshman. The music selection ranged from traditional Japanese herring-fisher songs and Vietnamese anthems to K’naan, Lady Gaga and the Black Eyed Peas. A solo performer from the Caribbean Student Association also played Bob Marley’s “One Love” on the steel pan. Before the final acts and awards ceremony presentation, the committee showed a video reflection in honor of the 40th anniversary of the event. Former UOSA President Kenah Nyanat, from Malaysia, and 2010 UOSA presidential candidate Franz Zenteno, from Peru, were among the group of alumni and students featured in the video. Miglioretti said he was glad to attend the event and learn about all of the different cultures. “It helps show how we’re all together even though we’re different,” Miglioretti said.
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Oklahoma researchers studying stem cells in cancer treatment and tissue regeneration will have the opportunity to do so in a new center and with additional funding. The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust approved the new center along with a $5.5 million investment in February. The OU Cancer Institute also is teaming up with Sarah Cannon Research Institute to expand its research program. Casey Killblane, the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Board of Directors chairwoman, said this would help make Oklahoma a leader in research. Officials hope to channel the work of Oklahoma scientists, attract additional talent to the state and increase resources from the federal government and other funding entities. The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust was created in 2000 through a constitutional amendment approved by Oklahoma voters to use money from a tobacco settlement for health improvement efforts. The new center, to be called the Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research, will be charged with distributing funds to Oklahoma researchers working with adult stem cells. Adult stem cells are undifferentiated cells that give humans the potential to reprogram the body to fight cancer, replace cells destroyed by diabetes and regenerate tissue throughout the body. “We’ve really had tremendous amount of success in recent years in terms of our research, and we’ve increased the overall amount of funding that we receive from the government to do health-related research,” said Joseph Ferretti, OU Health Sciences Center provost and senior vice president. “We’re really excited to see our research programs go and our educational and clinical programs as well.” Ferretti said OU Health Sciences Center has received more than $130 million of research funding this year, and more than $50 million of that comes from the government. These new plans are an effort to utilize funds for research on adult stem cells. “This is really an exciting time for this kind of research and the ability to obtain funding to increase our research all over Oklahoma,” Ferretti said. “We think we can make some really important contributions in a number of different areas beyond cancer; people are talking about a number of different areas of health CANCER CONTINUES ON PAGE 2
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Online Continues from page 1 doing a lot of promotional things and just getting our name out there,” Groover said. University College freshman Kael Carter said he started using the MyEdu.com after OU’s Enroll Web site was no longer available. “oZONE doesn’t provide trial schedules anymore, so I’ve had to find other ways to figure out my schedule for next semester,” Carter said. “MyEdu also provides more information on professors than normal Web sites, and the user generated comments and grade breakdowns are useful.” Groover said Koofers.com is unique because students can upload and access lecture notes, quizzes and tests. She said some
Cancer Continues from page 1 such as neurosciences and diabetes and etcetera.” Another benefit of the expanded research program is convenience of treatment for Oklahoma cancer patients. Scott McMeekin, OU Cancer Institute deputy director, said one of the struggles cancer patients in Oklahoma face is the lack of treatment options after standard treatment. He said before now, patients were not able to get new drugs, and the cancer continued to grow. Oklahoma patients often had to travel out of state to cities such as San Antonio and Phoenix, or stop treatment. “This has been a really important thing for the state of Oklahoma so that our patients get access to good treatment here today, close to home,” McMeekin said. He said Oklahoma is now seeing patients from Kansas, Arkansas and northern Texas because Oklahoma is their closest regional center. He said he even received phone calls from Colorado from patients interested in getting treatment in Oklahoma, and that surprised
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professors are wary of the Web site because they are uninformed about it and may not like the aspect of uploading study materials. “I think a lot of professors just feel like it’s another Web site to manage,” Groover said. “In reality, Koofers is student-to-student shared information, not teacher-to-student.” There has been national concern about the study materials posted on Koofers.com, but the Web site states it works hard to comply with most university honor codes and encourages students to refer to their own university’s academic integrity rules. “I don’t consider [the use of old exams] cheating,” Groover said. “It’s only a problem with teachers who use the same tests every year. I think it’s a good thing because it forces teachers to update their curriculum or at least reword their tests. If a teacher sees material that they don’t want out on Koofers, they can
him in a good way. McMeekin said although their first goal was to help patients, they are seeing other benefits as a result of the research expansion. “As the program grows and evolves, the spin-off would be a need for more research nurses, chemotherapy nurses and data managers,” McMeekin said. “There is a potential for an economic growth and benefit as well.” McMeekin said all these benefits have been made possible through funding and the Sarah Cannon Research Institute, one of the nation’s largest clinical trials and research management programs. This affiliation is the first academic affiliation for the Tennessee-based institute, and it will provide the OU Cancer Institute access to a large collection of early-phase oncology clinical trials. “They have a great amount of knowledge, expertise, and they are a great research partner for us in that they can mentor us,” McMeekin said. “They can give us experience, and they can give us access to the drugs.” For more information on adult stem cell research at OU, visit www.oumedicine.com or www.ouhsc.edu.
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contact us and we’ll take care of it.” Jeff Benners, finance sophomore, said he thinks it is fair the Web site provides study materials. “I’ve heard that sorority and fraternity houses have many old tests and quizzes on file for anyone in the house to look at,” Benners said. “We might as well keep it all in one place so that everyone has a chance to study them, and we can regulate them.” Academic counselor Connie Divine said she worries students will write unfair professor reviews because they hold a grudge. “I don’t know much about those Web sites, but I always tell students the best resources are other students,” Divine said. “You can find out all the information those Web sites provide and more by talking to someone you know who has taken the class, and it’s a lot more reliable.”
Final Four Continues from page 1 percent compared to 25 percent from OU. Coming out the half, OU was slightly improved on offense, but the major problem was the Cardinal’s heat. The Sooners could not compete with Stanford on the boards. Stanford won the final rebound count 48-38. OU didn’t hit its first 3-point shot until early in the second half. The Sooners finished 4-17 from long range. OU cut the double-digit lead to eight through six minutes, but Stanford squashed the Sooner threat with two points on the other end. With 10 minutes gone in the half, the Cardinal went on an 8-0 run to go back ahead by 16. Throughout the second half, OU continued to struggle from the field and the Stanford lead ballooned to 61-43 with seven minutes remaining. Senior guard Nyeshia Stevenson, who was the MVP of the Kansas City regional, was contained to just 15 points, and she did not hit a single 3-pointer in the game. It looked as if Stanford would run away with the game, but OU narrowed the Cardinal edge to 12 with five minutes remaining and again lowered the bar to 62-52 on the following play.
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OU shot much better from the floor in the second half at 50 percent towards the final minutes. It looked like the fire the Sooners lacked all game was back, with OU taking the ball to the basket and drawing fouls. With 1:30 remaining, Thompson gave the Sooners some hope with a 3-point shot to bring OU within four. With 45 seconds left, Robinson again narrowed the lead to three, the smallest margin since early in the first half. But three was the closest OU would get. “It was too little too late, and still with two minutes to go I thought we had a chance to win the game, and we did,” Coale said. OU allowed Stanford’s Ogwumike to put up an open layup to extend the lead to five and OU could not convert on the other end. Ogwumike finished the game with 38 points and 16 rebounds. Stanford closed the win in the final seconds with free throws. Robinson had the best statistical game for the Sooners with 23 points, followed by seniors Thompson and Stevenson who had 12 and 15, respectively. With the loss, OU ’s season is over. Stanford, however, will move on to the NCAA Championship game Tuesday night in San Antonio.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Congresswoman denies association with violence
Health care protest among TEA Party members leads to misrepresentation for Rep. Mary Fallin
SCIENCE AND RELIGION LECTURE Hassanian Rajabali will speak about the relationship between Islam and science at 6 p.m. in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.
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An Oklahoma congresswoman and gubernatorial candidate said she may stand with the Taxed Enough Already Party, but does not support violence. Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Okla., told The Daily she is being misrepresented as a supporter of violence because she flew the Gadsden Flag, also known as the “Don’t Tread On Me” Flag, before the U.S. House of Representatives voted on health care reform. “A large and ver y passionate crowd of everyday patriotic Americans came to Washington on a day’s notice to oppose a federal government takeover of our health care system,” Fallin said by e-mail. “They delivered a message to the government that is close to my heart: That government has become too big, too
powerful and too indifferent to the will of the people.” T h e U. S. H o u s e o f Representatives passed health care legislation March 21. Before the vote took place, Fallin was seen standing on a balcony of the U.S. Capitol with a few of her colleagues MARY flying a “Don’t Tread On Me FALLIN Flag” with a large crowd of TEA Party protestors. “I promised Oklahomans and the American people I would fight against any federal government takeover of health care that will raise our taxes, impose intrusive federal mandates, undermine our Constitution and make us less economically free as a nation,” Fallin said. “I joined the 30,000 Americans who showed up in D.C. to listen and let them know I heard their concerns. Together, we relied on the only tool we had left after being disenfranchised by Speaker Pelosi and the back room deals she cut — our voices.”
Fallin’s actions were taped by many news organizations, and on March 24, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, announced House D e m o c rat s hav e b e e n threatened by members of the TEA Party movement. Fallin’s actions at the rally before the vote were repeatedly shown in association with TEA Party violence. House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn, D-South Carolina, equated the actions taken against members of Congress to violence members of the black community faced during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. In Virginia, the brother of Congressman Tom Perriello, D-Virginia, had the gas line to his house intentionally cut after receiving threatening remarks because of Perriello’s vote in favor of health care reform. Also in Virginia, House Minority
Whip Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, who voted against health care reform, had a bullet fired into his office after suggesting democrats were not the only ones receiving threats. When mentioning these two incidents, footage of Fallin flying the Gadsden Flag was run on three major cable news networks, MSNBC, CNN and Fox News. Fallin said she has been misrepresented by having the reports on violence voiced over footage of her actions. “One of the greatest strengths of our nation is the First Amendment and the right of freedom of speech for the American people to voice their concerns to the government,” Fallin said. “The American people have every right to voice their opposition to this government takeover in a peaceful assembly. However there is no room for acts of violence and vandalism, and people who engage in such acts undermine their message.” —The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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. AGE MISREPRESENTATION Kelsey Taylor Bird, 19, 747 Asp Ave., Saturday Alexandria Elise Froebe, 20, 747 Asp Ave., Saturday MUNICIPAL WARRANT Randy Davis, 33, 2824 Dewey Ave., Saturday Jeffery Allen Polk, 49, 1223 Windsor Way, Saturday
Christopher William Walsh, 29, 10220 Kunkel Ave., Friday, also county warrants Robert Lee Willhoite, 31, 1016 E. Lindsey St., Saturday Kevin William Gallion, 22, 201 W. Gray St., Friday Christopher James Gibbons, 20, 201 W. Gray St., Friday PUBLIC INTOXICATION Brock Eugene Millington, 19, 750 Asp Ave., Friday, also unlawful use of a driver’s license Anna Michelle Gilchrist, 22, 760 Asp Ave., Friday Kendell Wayne Densmore, 25, 200 Vicksburg Ave., Friday Trina Marie Layfield, 42, 840 Ed Noble Parkway, Saturday
Mitchell Dean Rea, 37, 602 N. Santa Fe Ave., Saturday, also trespassing James Woods, 46, 602 N. Santa Fe Ave., Saturday, also trespassing Daniel Albert Wade, 61, 1932 Fillmore Ave., Friday POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL Kyle Lang Defreitas, 20, 563 Buchanan Ave., Friday Hunter John Read, 20, 563 Buchanan Ave., Friday Alexander Thomas Broom, 19, 563 Buchanan Ave., Friday Daniel Grady Miles, 20, 759 Asp Ave., Saturday POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA Chelsea K. Donaldson, 18, Elm Avenue, Saturday,
also possession of drug paraphernalia Christopher M. Rossi, 24, 200 N. Berry Road, Saturday, also possession of drug paraphernalia Travis Darrell Nero, 22, West State Highway 9, Friday DRINKING INTOXICATING BEVERAGE IN PUBLIC David Shane Stiger, 28, 725 McGee Drive, Friday POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA Derek Wayne Gilbreth, 23, 300 NE 12th Ave., Friday Lisa Rose Morando, 18, Elm Avenue, Saturday COUNTY WARRANT Justin Leigh Summers, 34,
901 N. Porter Ave., Friday Bryan Anthony Guerra, 24, Oakhurst Avenue, Saturday Allen Wayne Oneal, 31, High Meadows Drive, Saturday, also driving under suspension and seatbelt violation PETTY LARCENY Sharon Claudene Tompkins, 52, 1400 NW 24th Ave., Friday DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE Joshua Eugene Lee, 23, 10220 Kunkel Ave., Friday Nicky L. Henson, 49, 1100 N. Flood Ave., Friday Riley William Mulinix, 24, Ann Arbor Drive, Saturday, also possession of marijuana
Gary A. Thompson, 28, 1400 NW 36th Ave., Saturday, also child endangerment INTERFERENCE WITH AN OFFICIAL PROCESS Kenneth Anthony Johnson, 27, 1201 E. Alameda St., Friday DISTURBING THE PEACE Zachariah Kerr, 33, 200 Vicksburg Ave., Friday, also public intoxication ASSAULT AND BATTERY Scott Christopher Risk, 36, 1370 N. Interstate Drive, Friday Jimmy Wayne Hudson, 55, 1370 N. Interstate Drive, Friday
FREELANCE JOURNALIST LECTURE Orly Halpern, freelance journalist and reporter for Toronto’s Globe and Mail, will speak about reporting in conflict zones as part of a brown bag lecture at noon in Ellison Hall, room 132.
TUESDAY WEB OF SCIENCE Learn about Web of Science, a multidisciplinary index to scholarly literature in the sciences, social sciences and humanities at 10 a.m. in Bizzell Memorial Library, room 149D. BIBLE STUDY Christians on Campus will host a Bible study at noon in the President’s Room of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. STUDENT SUCCESS SERIES Counseling Services will host a workshop on test anxiety at 3 p.m. in Wagner Hall, room 245. EVERETT SERIES Oklahoma Poet Laureate Jim Barnes read from his works, followed by a reception and book signing at 7 p.m. in the National Weather Center auditorium 120 David, as part of the Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series. CULTURAL FOOD FAIR The Muslim Student Association will host a cultural food fair featuring foods from countries including Egypt, Pakistan, Morocco and Bangladesh at 7:30 p.m. in the HendersonTolson Cultural Center.
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In response to Friday’s Our View on the need for more active learning experiences.
“So is the daily suggesting perhaps sneaking out to the Duck pond and building a small shelter, Walden Style? Or perhaps we could learn about Hemmingway another way, by sneaking off to a beach and drinking ourselves into a stupor with Mojitos for a summer...” - gazelle
We need harsher punishments Thumbs UP, Thumbs DOWN for campaign violations the week in a nutshell The average fine for violating campaign rules in the recent UOSA election was $20. This fee was charged to the candidates’ bursar accounts; this means the candidates’ student loans or scholarships can then pay for their mistakes. It seems like UOSA candidates have no serious obligation to follow the rules of the campaign. Every UOSA presidential candidate violated campaign rules last week. Ally Glavas and Franz Zenteno both posted campaign materials inside an academic building. Jess Eddy’s campaign was fined for chalking outside the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Nicholas Harrison’s campaign was fined for placing signs within 50 feet of the OU College of Law. And these were not the only citations. Candidates were charged $20 to their bursar. Charging a Jackson when these candidates are already paying $2,000 on the campaign doesn’t seem like much of an incentive. Those fines don’t include off-campus violations such as placing fliers around Campus Lodge Apartments. This may tell you something about the election system we have in place. It has a lot of rules and UOSA apparently doesn’t think highly enough of them to place serious punishments on the candidates. Instead, it seems campaign violations have become institutionalized. Some candidates have claimed they didn’t knowingly violate rules or that their campaigners were actually the ones who violated the rules.
When someone is working for a candidate and they violate the rules, the candidate should still be held accountable. UOSA is all we’ve got for democratic representation at the university level. When our democratic systems can be so flippantly violated with half-hearted punishments, it’s an insult to the very concept of democracy. If there are too many rules, we should get rid of some. If we actually believe in these rules, we should legitimately punish violators. According to the provost Web site, punishments for academic misconduct range from “‘censure’ (an official reprimand, recorded as a note in the student’s file), to community service to suspension for one or more semesters to expulsion in the case of repeat or especially bad offenses.” That does not include professors’ punishments, which can include failing the course. If a candidate violates the rules while trying to obtain a position representing the student body, they should be treated the same as a student who commits academic misconduct. We are simply calling for the punishment to fit the crime. It seems as though it isn’t a very serious crime right now, and something should be done about that. If candidates can so easily get away with violating campaign regulations, how easy will it be for them to get away with things once they’re in office?
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Tuition increase too modest It would surely be foolish for OU to raise tuition to $21,000 for residents and $44,500 for non-residents. Frankly, an OU degree probably isn’t worth nearly that much to most of us. However, tuition increases of a few thousand dollars each year over the next decade would allow the university to accelerate its growth and bejewel its reputation. With much higher tuition, OU would be able to poach professors from more prestigious institutions and expand its existing resources and facilities. The job market value of the OU degree would skyrocket accordingly, making tuition of $15,000 or more per year a smart investment for motivated students of high potential. It is obvious this strategy would render OU too expensive for some current and prospective students. The improvements in OU’s reputation would also drive out mediocre prospective students who would face greater competition for admission. Despite this, there would still be plenty of options for those students who could not keep up with the rise of the university. For the top students who attend or want to attend OU but can’t afford higher tuition, there will always be scholarships. Student loans would be attractive to students who intend to work hard and learn much, as they would land higher-paying jobs upon graduation from a more prestigious OU. Such students can also spend time at a less expensive university or community college, improve their academic records and earn scholarships or take out loans to transfer here. Less-exceptional students who aren’t willing to sacrifice for a more rigorous education should not be welcomed to drag down OU’s reputation and average test scores. Instead, these students should find a less-expensive and slower-growing university, of which there are plenty around Oklahoma and the country. OU students should realize higher tuition, though painful right now, will allow the university to grow in quality and reputation, and therefore will greatly increase the value of their degree upon graduation. Eric M. Staib is an economics senior.
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Nearly 24 percent of the student body voted for the UOSA president, showing surprisingly high voter turnout.
The pope’s personal preacher compared the treatment of Catholic Church over child sex scandals to the treatment of Jews in the holocaust.
Both the OU men’s and women’s gymnastics teams won conference titles.
There were ballot irregularities for some international and area studies students, affecting their vote for Student Congress.
The OU debate team won its thirdconsecutive national championship.
Tenure track humanities jobs are declining nationally, thus there will be less jobs available for the aspiring accademic.
Sports are catalyst for greater things According to The Norman Transcript, was gaining popularity. Despite all Riggs’ Bob Stoops made $3.75 million this sea- taunting, Billie Jean kicked his tail pretty son. Jeff Capel is making 1.5 million, and handily, and the game became an icon in Sherri Coale is almost at the million mark the American psyche that suggested maybe with $900,000. The salaries seem to get women could be just as good — if not betlower based on the popularity of the sport. ter — than men at whatever they did. The salaries of OU professors Practically no one cared about range from $60,000 in the humanicycling before Lance Armstrong ties, to more than $100,000 in engihit the scene. At age 25, he was neering and business. The highestdiagnosed with stage three tespaid professor on campus made ticular cancer and was given by $130,000. The official difference his doctor less than a 40 percent between the highest paid coach on chance of survival. The rest of the campus and the highest-paid prostory is history, with Armstrong fessor is $3.62 million. not only surviving but coming The topic of financial allocation JANNA back to win seven Tour de France to academics versus athletics has GENTRY titles, proving to the world the always been a major issue in the power of the human will. high school and university environThere’s Derek Redmond, the ments, especially here in the South. People British track star who snapped his hamon the academic side argue education is string halfway through the 400 meters the most important thing (and as a future during the 1992 Olympics. Not letting educator, I tend to agree), and athletics this deter him from finishing, he began to are ultimately meaningless. People on the hobble the rest of the race. His father came athletic side argue athletics bring in tons of running from the crowd and hobbled right money (which they do), and besides that, along with him to the finish line, showing they are good old-fashioned fun. the world the love of a father for his son. The main reason I enjoy sports is the There’s Jesse Owens, who in 1936 comfact that sports can do what nothing else peted in the track portion of the Olympic on this planet can do: Unify people. No games in Berlin. Despite the obvious matter what religion, ethnicity, education hatred of Hitler for any race that was not level, sexual orientation or economic sta- “Aryan,” Owens kicked some major tail by tus, for however long that game is, people winning a gold medal in every event he forget their many differences and are unit- competed in, much to the chagrin of the ed in their extreme love and devotion to Nazi party. their team. And most recently would be the story of I once heard a quote that said every- the New Orleans Saints. So important was thing in life is symbolic. the victory of the Saints to the Women don’t really want “When people city of New Orleans that many to lose weight just to lose invest so much time, of the cities finest restaurants weight. They want to lose energy and money were closed the day of the Super weight to be more desirBowl, and the first weekend of able to others or them- into something, it Carnival parades were reschedselves. People don’t re- has to mean more uled around the game. To the ally want money. They than just mindless Super Bowl-less Saints, winning just want what money a Super Bowl meant much more entertainment.” can buy: pleasure, secuthan doing something that had rity and status. never been done before in that Sports are the same way. When people franchise. To the Saints and the citizens invest so much time, energy and money of New Orleans, winning the Super Bowl into something, it has to mean more than was symbolic of a new beginning for a city just mindless entertainment. that had seen so much devastation and When the extremely chauvinistic for- tragedy. mer professional tennis player Bobby There are many other sports tales that Riggs came out of retirement to challenge represent so much more than a simple Billie Jean King to a tennis match, claiming game. women’s tennis was inferior and he could They bring hope, symbolize change and beat her regardless of age, suddenly the let the rest of us have a hell of a good time game of tennis became more than just the in the process. batting of two tennis balls across a net. This Janna Gentry is an elementary education sophogame, historically known as “The Battle more. of the Sexes”, occurred during the early ’70’s, as the women’s rights movement COMMENT ON THIS COLUMN
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After President David Boren’s recent announcement of next year’s tuition and fees, I shared in the disappointment of many over the 3 percent increase. However, it seems I am nearly alone in the student body in having hoped the increase would be several times higher. No, this is neither satire nor a column I was forced to write to promote the balance of opinions. It is my honest hope that Boren and the administration will raise tuition more aggressively in the future. How could I possibly wish for my Bursar’s bill to be several thousand dollars higher and drive me into the ERIC M. student loan offices? I would welcome this short-term STAIB pain because the long-run benefits of a massive tuition hike would far outweigh the immediate financial burdens. During Boren’s tenure, OU has taken many steps to attract national attention and increase the value of our degrees. Boren has used his political reputation to attract internationally recognized figures, such as Leon Panetta and Zbigniew Brzezinski last month. OU also has recently attracted a number of high-profile professors with impressive curriculum vitae. Finally, we are all familiar with Boren’s tireless campaign to attract National Merit Scholars, and it’s impossible not to notice the improvements in campus facilities. The final shackle preventing OU from competing with the truly elite public universities, such as the University of California campuses at Berkeley and Los Angeles, Virginia, Michigan and North Carolina, is our low tuition. According to U.S. News and World Report, these are the top-five public universities in America, listed in order. Not one of these universities offers low tuition. Of these five universities, the lowest combination of tuition and fees is to be had by a North Carolina resident at fifth-ranked UNC, who will pay $15,800 before room, board and other expenses. This is more than twice the paltry $7,423 a native Oklahoman will pay at OU next academic year. Students facing the most expensive tuition in this elite group are non-Californians attending UC-Berkeley, who will pay $44,500, compared to $17,400 for a non-Oklahoman at OU. Indeed, even native Californians at Berkeley or UCLA will pay much more than non-resident OU students such as myself, at more than $21,000.
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Latest Perry installment continues on familiar ground Producing nearly 10 feature films in less than a decade, it is safe to say that writerdirector Tyler Perry has been a pulverizing force in regards to African-American cinema. Those familiar with Perry’s work are familiar with Perry’s formula. His eclectic combination of sitcom-style humor, soapy melodrama and good old fashion southern sentiment have found a respectable niche audience that continues to propel his otherwise amateur work into the spotlight. Stylistically, there is nothing special about his films. He is no Spike Lee LARON or John Singleton, nor CHAPMAN does he try to be. He is a crowd-pleaser. Just as with Nicholas Sparks’ films, Perry caters to his target audience, recycling the same themes of love, pain, loss, religion and family in a conventional, yet often shamelessly satisfying manner. His latest feature — “Why Did I Get Married Too?” — follows his trademark style while bringing together a talented ensemble cast and putting them through the motions of his famous Perry-Go-Round. A sequel to his well-received 2007 film, “Why Did I Get Married Too?” continues to follow the lives of four middle-class AfricanAmerican couples as they struggle with issues of marriage and friendship. Arriving in the Bahamas for their
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A film and video work that addresses the issues of the Middle East will screen at 5 p.m. today in the Meacham Auditorium of the Oklahoma Memorial Union. “Witness to Love” combines the work of video artist Jayce Salloum and independent filmmaker Abraham Ravett. “Students of the Middle East will hear from individuals with vested interests in the region but who have developed sophis-
Sharon Leal and Tyler Perry share a stroll along the beach in “Why Did I Get Married Too,” which opened Friday nationwide. While Jackson turns in a stirring and harrowing performance, her character is subjected to performing acts that are more laughable than believable. The film’s strength is in its casting. Smith as White’s obsessive, jealous and quicktempered wife is the film’s true source of humor. Her cheerful crudeness, sharp wit and sly comic timing are too uproarious to resist. Also, Scott has a warm and natural screen presence. It is nice to see Perry giving a quiet
ticated ways of addressing their concerns,” Bernard Roddy, time-based media OU professor, said in a press release. Salloum, who is part Lebanese, made his contribution for the Palestinians. Salloum has worked in drawing, performance, installation, photography, text and film since 1976. Ravett, who is Jewish, made his film for the project about his parents who survived concentration camps during the
and restrained performance as opposed to the self-indulgent “Madea” role audiences are used to. Finally, there is a touching sequence with Ola (Cicely Tyson) that leaves a lasting impression. The film is humorous and has its heart in the right place, but is clumsily executed. There is enough here to satisfy fans of the previous film, but audiences’ should not walk in expecting any new surprises. Laron Chapman is a film and video studies sophomore.
Holocaust. Ravett has been a filmmaker for 30 years, and has presented his films at national and international festivals. Both artists will be available on Campus Corner for discussions about the screening. Ravett will be at Victoria’s Pasta Shop at noon before the screening and Salloum will be at La Luna at 7:30 p.m. after the screening. -Alex Ewald/The Daily
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Walking toward their final event of the night, the Sooners had everything to lose inside their home arena. Competing in their lowest-scoring event and with the pressure mounting, few would have been surprised had the Sooners simply lost their cool and consequently the title for the second-straight year. They didn’t. “I have to say I was a little surprised,” head coach Mark Williams said. “I wasn’t sure our score was going to hold up against Cal’s floor routine. “I’m just really proud of my team right now. That’s way too close. It gives me a heart attack watching, but I’m so happy that we could walk away with the title tonight.” In danger of surrendering the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference title yet again, the No. 2 Sooners (151) outlasted No. 8 California and three other top-12 teams by the slimmest of margins Saturday to win the championship with a score of 354.550-354.450. On a night when No. 1-ranked Stanford took itself out of contention early, uncharacteristic mistakes marred OU’s typically solid performances. Williams said the pressure of the situation might have been the reason for some of the team’s early mistakes. “I think we prepared really well, but we were a little tight,” Williams said. “We came out and they were uncharacteristic mistakes that I haven’t seen all season.” Top-ranked Stanford struggled after a disastrous rotation on pommel horse, where a season-low score of 50.350 cost the Cardinal any shot of repeating as MPSF champions. Stanford, having already defeated the Sooners earlier in the year, would end the night in third place with a team score of 347.150.. Junior Steven Legendre recovered from an early fall on rings to claim second in the all-around (87.300) and also win the individual event title on floor exercise (16.000). “Gymnastics is a difficult sport,” Legendre said. “It’s pretty hard to go through an entire day of routines without having at least a few mistakes along the way. But I’m happy with the way I ended the night on the last two rotations.” Redshirt junior Ian Jackson matched a career-high to secure the only other individual title for the Sooners with a 16.200 on vault. Freshman Alex Naddour followed up his first all-around title in the season-ending victory over Penn State on
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The No. 2 OU men’s gymnastics team poses with the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship trophy Saturday night inside McCasland Field House. The Sooners defeated four top-12 teams and beat No. 8 California by a tenth of a point, 354.550-354.450. March 20, with a third-place finish in the all-around competition (87.200) and the second-highest score of the night on pommel horse (14.700). With their latest conference title in hand, the Sooners will return to action April 15 to 17 in the 2010 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships in West Point, N.Y. “I’m thrilled to death for our entire team,” Williams said. “These guys have worked so hard for this and I’m so glad we could win this at home.” And while the night did not go exactly as planned,
Legendre said it was an amazing feeling to still win despite the team not performing at its top level. “It’s definitely awesome,” Legendre said. “We still didn’t put it together the way I know we can. It’s great to come away with a win, but at the same time we definitely learned a lot tonight and we know exactly what we have to do when we get back into the gym. “But for tonight, we’re going to enjoy it. We’re going to be proud of ourselves and soak it up for as long as we can.”
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Caleb Bushyhead, sophomore infielder, prepares to hit in Friday’s game against Texas. The Sooners lost the game 2-0, and were swept during the three-game weekend series against their rival.
Sooners swept, shut out twice by Texas JONO GRECO Daily Staff Writer
The No. 9 OU baseball team dropped all three games to its Red River Rivalry foe this weekend. The Sooners were swept for the second straight year by the Longhorns. The Sooners (22-6, 3-4) were shut out in the first two games of the series 5-0 Thursday and 2-0 Friday, and were beat in the finale 9-3 Saturday. OU was swept for the second straight year by the Longhorns and has not beaten Texas in a season series for the 12th-straight season The main reason for the sweep was that No. 7 Texas’ pitching staff was better than advertised. The Longhorns led the Big 12 in ERA coming into the series, and the starting pitchers showed their dominance by holding the Sooners to a .125 batting average during the three-game set. Texas pitchers sophomore Taylor Jungmann, junior Cole Green and junior Brandon Workman combined to throw 22 2/3 innings and strike out 20 batters. The Longhorns also got a stellar performance out of their bullpen in the series. Texas relied on one pitcher, junior Chance Ruffin, at the end of each game. Ruffin was nearly perfect in his 4 1/3 innings of work. He faced 14 batters, and only OU senior designated hitter Ross
Hubbard reached base when Ruffin hit him in the series opener. Other than the hit by pitch Ruffin was unhittable. He struck out eight batters, including all six batters he faced in his two innings Thursday. The Longhorns’ pitching staff threw 21 2/3 innings before it allowed the Sooners to put runs on the scoreboard. Freshman designated hitter Max White launched a two-out, two-run home run in the fourth inning of the series finale to give OU its first runs of the series. Other than the home run, the only run the Sooners scored was on an RBI double by junior right fielder Rick Eisenberg in the eighth inning of the finale. Sophomore third baseman Garrett Buechele was the only Sooner to get one hit in each game. He went 3-12 with a double. “I think they pitched well,” head coach Sunny Golloway said. “I’m going to tip my cap and say they’re filling up the zone, but I do think we responded a little bit different. We’ve been able to hit some pretty good pitching up to this point, but it doesn’t seem like this weekend we have.” But Texas was not the only team who got quality outings from its pitchers. OU junior pitchers Zach Neal and Bobby Shore were solid on the mound during the first two games
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of the series. Neal (3-1) pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits while striking out nine batters. In Neal’s last two starts, he has struck out 20 batters. Shore gave the Sooners the best outing of the weekend by going seven innings, allowing two runs and striking out seven batters. The only two runs he gave up in the 2-0 loss came when he walked two batters and gave up a double down the left field line in the second inning Friday. “It was my fault for the pitches before [the two-run double],” Shore said. “Two batters I got on a walk, so it really was my fault they scored. If I make them put contact [on the ball] they ground out or something else.” Senior pitcher J.R. Robinson started Saturday’s finale, but lasted just two-plus innings and gave up four runs. OU used five relief pitchers Saturday, and all but one of them gave up at least one run. The Sooners will try to recover against the Texas Christian Horned Frogs at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, in Fort Worth, Texas. “Tomorrow’s a new day and we’ve got TCU on Tuesday,” assistant coach Tim Tadlock said. “We’re not any different than we were before the weekend; we’re the same guys. Baseball’s a humbling game.”