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Open Records fees eclipse costs OU’s decision to charge 25 cents per page may have overcharged public by $11,000 NICHOLAS HARRISON The Oklahoma Daily

Over the past three years, OU’s Open Records Office may have overcharged the public by more than $11,000, according to estimates based on revenues released by the university on Tuesday. OU charges the public 25 cents per page for the fulfillment of all document requests in excess of 30 pages. Under the Oklahoma Open Records

Act, a public body is only allowed to charge “the reasonable direct costs of document copying or mechanical reproduction.” The OU Office of Administration and Finance has determined the cost of producing one copy is more than 32 cents per page, said Rachel McCombs, Open Records Office director. Labor accounts for 83.8 percent of those costs, according to figures released by the Open Records Office. “We calculated labor at a rate of $25,000 plus benefits at 34 percent and assumed that each copy takes one minute of someone’s time,”

McCombs said in an email. The cost of labor per page is $0.27, she said. The slowest copier that meets the specifications for a state agency must produce at least 10 copies per minute, according to the Oklahoma Department of Central Service’s statewide contract website. Reducing labor accordingly, the most the university could justify in direct costs was 8 cents per page. The Daily contacted OU Vice President and SEE RECORDS PAGE 2



UOSA officials prepare for term Morris and Bock plan Freshman Council, seek input from students for fall KATHLEEN EVANS The Oklahoma Daily

Hannah Morris and Laura Bock, UOSA president- and vice president-elect, have begun focusing on how to implement their campaign platform in the coming summer and academic year. Political science and public relations junior Morris and zoology junior Bock were elected March 30 after receiving approximately 67 percent of the vote in the UOSA presidential election. UOSA has not set an inauguration date yet because of continuing elections, but Morris and Bock said they are still using this time to prepare for their term. About 17 percent of eligible students chose to vote in the UOSA presidential election, according to voting totals provided by the SEE UOSA PAGE 3

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International and area studies junior Melissa Mock celebrates with a hug from a supporter as she receives a phone call informing her she won the Campus Activities Council chair runoff election Wednesday night in Hester Hall. Mock won the election over microbiology junior Greg Emde by 57 votes. A runoff election was required after both Mock and Emde were unable to capture a 50-percent-plus-one majority in the March 29 and 30 election.

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elissa Mock is the winner of the runoff election for Campus Activities Council chair after defeating Greg Emde by 57 votes. Overall, 2,325 votes were cast in the runoff election, a 42 percent decrease from the 4,028 votes cast in the original election March 29 and 30. International and area studies junior Mock received 1,191 votes, or about 51 percent. Microbiology junior Emde received 1,134 votes. In the earlier election, Emde had received 20 more votes than Mock. “Thank you from the absolute bottom of my heart,” Mock said to her campaign team after receiving the congratulatory call from the election board. “I can’t tell you how much this means to me. I am just humbled. I’m floored and excited – it’s overwhelming.” Mock, who has worked with Emde throughout the past year on CAC Executive Counsel, said she wants to continue to work him next year. “He did a great job,” Mock said. “He’s worked really hard. We’ve both grown a lot. He will be enabled next year as a leader.” Emde said he focused a lot of his campaigning through social media and appreciates the support he received throughout. “I have never done anything like this before,” Emde said with his teammates at O’Connell’s

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Irish Pub & Grille. “I have never had a backort of opportunity ing. I have never had any sort like this.” Emde said he plans to continue ntinue his leadership roles in CAC and has already applied id he is still sad for General Council. He said about not winning but congratulated gratulated Mock on her success. “Obviously I am a little upset because I did not come up on top,” Emde mde said. “To be .” that close is hard to believe.” The election results willl be official within five days after the election n report is reviewed tion Chair Natalie by the superior court, Election Jester said. Two grievances were filed ed against iolating Mock on Wednesday for violating campaign rules by sending unsolicited electronic messages in the ction form of emails to classes, Election Chair Natalie Jester said. ievEmde also received a grievayance last month for displaying campaign yard signs that at were larger than the predetermined dimensions. At least five classes received the same e-mail, though from different people, asking classmates to vote for Mock and outlining her platform,



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A fourth sister has been adopted into Norman’s family after the mayor signed a formal agreement with Italian delegates at a ceremony Tuesday. Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal welcomed Arezzo, Italy by signing the agreement with Arezzo representatives Giuseppe Caroti, president of the Town Council of Arezzo, Gianni Rossi, representative for the mayor of Arezzo and Emiliano Cecchini, director of the Department of Innovation. “Tonight, we make a commitment between our two communities to develop strong ties of friendship, support and a continuous exchange of views and resources that promote education, culture and commerce,” Rosenthal said in Italian and then in English. Both Norman representatives and those from Arezzo hope the relationship between the two cities will aid not only the students in each city, but both places as a whole, Rossi said. “Well, I think we are very, very proud of this kind of operation, because it can mean a lot for Arezzo, for its visibility and international level scale,” Rossi said.

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professor, said he disagreed. “It doesn’t say that you can charge 25 cents as the rate,” Senat said. “It’s limited to 25 cents.” Senat said he had talked to many municipal clerks who only General Counsel Anil Gollahalli on Feb. 28 about these chargcharge 10 cents per page because that’s the amount in their es. He did not respond until Tuesday. “It is my understanding that the Open Records Office has copier contract. “What I see around the state is that the engaged with you at length on this topic fees are used to discourage requests, and and has provided you with the breakdown that’s illegal. The fees are not to be used of costs for the $0.32 per page that we incur to discourage requests, but I believe that’s for each copy made,” Gollahalli said in an what government agencies do,” Senat said. email. “The university charges the statuCopy prices at Norman “They throw out ridiculously large numtory rate of $0.25 per page and provides the businesses (per page) bers hoping that the requestor will be first 30 pages for free for every request, and » Crimson & Cream: 10 cents scared away.” therefore is not fully reimbursed for those » FedEx Office: 9 cents During the past three years, the Open costs.” » OU Library: 7 cents Records Office has collected $16,730.47 for However, commercial copy shops in » Sooner Copy: 5 cents the production of open-records requests. Norman make a profit while charging 4 to » King Kopy: 4 cents “In a couple of instances, requestors 10 cents per page. On campus, copies cost pursuing a commercial purpose were 7 cents per page at the Bizzell Memorial Estimated copy costs charged research fees in addition to copy Library and 10 cents per page at the provided by OU (per page) costs,” McCombs said in an email. “These Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Crimson & » Equipment/maintenance: instances were few and in no case were Cream Copy Center. 4.685 cents members of the media charged research Gollahalli said it takes more than a few » Paper: 0.5 cents fees.” seconds to make a copy and pointed to » Labor: 26.843 cents If these charges represent the university similar fees at other educational institutions » Space: 0.007 cents charging 25 cents per page when their costs and administrative agencies as evidence Total: 32.035 cents only amount to 8 cents per page, the unithe university’s fees were reasonable. versity overcharged the public $11,376.72 “The university has no plans to alter — Source: OU Open Records Office over the past three years. its fee structure in light of the cost break“We’re already paying for those records down provided by our Administration and Finance Office and the similarity of fees charged by other state with our tax dollars. We’re already paying for the people who are supposed to be in that office providing the records reentities,” Gollahalli said. Joey Senat, former Freedom of Information Oklahoma quests,” Senat said. “It shouldn’t cost that office more than the president and Oklahoma State University journalism cost of the paper and ink to run the copier.”

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Today around campus » Gray Hale’s Exhibition, part of OU’s 88th Annual Student School of Art Exhibition, will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s Lightwell Gallery. » OU Career Services will host its last career fair of the semester 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom. Students should wear professional dress and bring a copy of their resume. » OU Libraries and guest Steve Beleu will give a workshop on federal government websites about Native Americans from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Bizzell Memorial Library, Room 149D. » Harry Green and the School of Geology and Geophysics will discuss “How do earthquakes occur deep inside Earth?” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Sarkeys Energy Center, Room A235. » The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art will host a symposium, “Riots, Unrest and Democracy in the Mediterranean,” from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium. » The Feaver-MacMinn Seminar led by professor Mark Bauerlein, hosted by the College of Liberal Studies, will be from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Thurman J. White Forum Auditorium.

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UOSA: Executive office cabinet to be appointed before semester ends Continued from page 1 UOSA election board. Morris and Bock said they hope to improve these numbers by focusing on incoming OU and international students. “At the end of the day, the things that we leave behind are for those students coming into the university,” Morris said. To acquaint freshmen with campus student government, Morris and Bock said they, along with Undergraduate Student Congress, are in the process of creating a Freshman Council for fall 2011 as a bridge for freshmen to enter UOSA. The council is modeled from a similar program at Oklahoma State University and will include a community service aspect for freshmen, Morris said. “It is an opportunity for up to 60 freshmen ... to give back to the community,” Morris said. “It is also an opportunity to basically intern with the branches of UOSA … It gives them a gateway to involvement with the university. They can see, ‘is this something I want to continue further, or are there other things I want to get involved in?’” Morris and Bock said they hope to serve as a resource to upperclassmen by changing the Council of Student Organizations to better help campus organizations with paperwork. Morris and Bock said they are still working to find specific funding for other platform goals such as the creation of a Camp Crimson-like orientation for international students and the installation of an on-campus recycling center.

Laura Bock and Hannah Morris They said they were unsure if they would work with other departments on campus to share costs and achieve these platform goals. Much of the rest of this school year will involve the application process for the pair’s UOSA executive branch cabinet and the choosing of directors for the summer, fall

2011 and spring 2012 semesters, Morris and Bock said. Summer will also involve a lot of research for upcoming projects, Morris and Bock said. Mor r is w ill take an internship in Washington D.C. this summer, but Bock said she is taking a three-hour online course through OU and will direct most of her time

and energy toward working on issues with cabinet members. “I will be acting on her behalf in a lot of ways, but we will keep her up to date through email and things like that,” Bock said. “We really look forward to working with the executive cabinet and trying to get their ideas and all our ideas getting going. I think the summer will really involve a lot of research and a lot of initial legwork on these projects so that once school gets back in session, things that need to be in place really are there.” Though they said they will work with their cabinet during this time, these positions have not been filled yet, and they said they do not know who will eventually occupy them. Morris and Bock said they are in the process of creating the application and want to accept applications for at least a week to allow everyone who is interested in a cabinet position to apply. They will then interview candidates, have appointments approved and start delegating responsibilities within the five weeks before the semester ends. Just because the campaigning is over does not mean Morris and Bock have stopped listening to students or hearing problems, they said. One of their goals during their entire term is to create an open, inviting atmosphere in their office so students will feel welcome to approach them with ideas. “We will have office hours next year,” Bock said. “We will be hanging out in the [Oklahoma Memorial] Union a lot, so we really want an open door policy all the time with students. If they have concerns, we want our office to be as inviting as possible. … Please visit us; please share your ideas with us.”

CAC: Mock will seek advice from current chairwoman Continued from page 1 violating Title VII of the UOSA Code Annotated, which details campaign rules. Jester will include this information in her election report to the UOSA Superior Court, which will review it and decide whether these results will stand, she said. “I feel like as chair it is not my place to decide whether those things changed the outcome of the election or not,” international security studies junior Jester said. “It’s in the hands of the court because they are completely unbiased. … They are pulled out of the situation and have a much broader

I can’t tell you how much this means to me. I am just humbled. I’m floored and excited — it’s overwhelming.” — MELISSA MOCK, CAC CHAIRWOMAN-ELECT perspective than I do.” A similar event took place during the CAC election in 2009, when a professor sent an e-mail to more than 1,500 international students asking them to vote for a candidate, according to a 2009 Superior Court opinion. The Court threw out the election, which was split by only 181 votes, and called for a runoff. Emde did not mention the

grievances filed against Mock and said she ran a clean campaign. Mock will now finish her work with the Eve of Nations, an event Friday featuring international food, dance and music, she said. Mock will start the focus on her new role next year by meeting with current chairwoman Valerie Hall for advice. Mock said she will start putting leaders in place to help her carry

out her platform. Mock ran on a platform of “Creating a Community” with goals of including community service into every event, developing the CAC volunteer crew into leaders and educating student organizations about sponsorship, publicity and programming. The credit for her success goes to her campaign team and everyone who supported her, Mock said. “People really believed in the vision,” she said. “Even if I hadn’t won, the amount of support and loyalty is just incredible.” — Kathleen Evans, Sara Groover and Hillary McLain contributed to this report.

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OU should lower records costs UOSA budget In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Freedom Italy, which the university purchased to create residence halls of Information Act into law. It requires all government agen- for students and faculty abroad. cies to provide copies of documents concerning “descriptions OU President David Boren has repeatedly claimed Arezzo of its central and field organization,” “statements of the gen- was purchased using donations and private funds. The Daily eral course and method by which it functions” and “rules of sent a request for information on purchasing the monastery in procedure.” order to properly report on the topic. To obtain records at OU, applicants must submit a writFor more than 16 weeks we have attempted to gather inforten description of what they are seeking to the Open Records mation regarding the purchase of the Arezzo monastery and Office. The university’s single open records officer, Rachel have jumped through multiple hoops trying to obtain this McCombs, and her assistant then works to fulfill the request by information. coordinating with involved campus departments. If the docuWhen we requested all information about the Arezzo monments exceed 30 pages, citizens are charged 25 cents a page. astery, the open records officer informed us our request proAccording to the Oklahoma Open duced over 4,000 documents and sugRecords Act, 25 cents is the maximum gested we narrow our purposefully Having access to open records vague request. We chose to ask for every amount that can be charged per page. is important because they OU claims it costs 32 cents per page for document regarding Arezzo because of labor, space, equipment and resources, allow us to provide readers with the lack of information the administrabut lowers the charge to 25 cents to comthe information they need to be tion has given. ply with the state law. The act is supposed to prevent such free and self-governing.” Recently, The Daily discovered OU’s institutional barriers and allow easier Open Records Office has been charging access to government documents — the far more for requests than is necessary by law. opposite of what occurs when we request documents. After examining numbers provided by the Office of The Daily is interested in finding out if public funds will be Administration and Finance, it was discovered that it should involved in the purchase of the monastery, even though the only cost about 8 cents per page, meaning OU is charging triple administration claims it was purchased with private funds, the amount it actually costs to produce documents. or how much the monestary will cost to maintain in the long The Open Records Office has made more than $16,000 since term. When the university is cutting its budget due to inadits creation in 2007. We estimate OU should only charge 8 cents equate state funding, we have to question any new purchase per page, meaning they have overcharged 17 cents per page. by the university to make sure it’s in the best interest of the This results in a total of more than $11,000 in unnecessary students. charges for open records. If we could access the documents available now, we could Having access to open records is important because they find out if that’s the case. The constant struggle just makes it allow us to fact-check sources and accurately report on com- seem like the university has something to hide. plex stories. One project we’re looking into is the monastery in Arezzo, Comment on this column at


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committee unprofessional I would like to bring to GUEST COLUMN your attention an issue my organization has with Court Hill the UOSA Emergency Funding Committee. We recently started the Student Firearms Association, and since its conception on February 11, we have grown to include approximately 100 active student members. We contacted several people in the Student Affairs office and UOSA to see about getting funding for our events, and were told to apply for emergency funding through UOSA. On March 17, after researching prices for supplies, we applied for $600 worth of emergency funding. By March 22 the UOSA Budget Committee had received our application and began reviewing it. We held our first event on March 24 and my vice-president and I paid out of pocket for most of the expenses. This cost us a combined total of $250, and we were unable to provide a fraction of the amount of ammunition shot, meaning our members also were forced to spend out of pocket to shoot. By March 29 we had not heard back from the Budget Committee so we emailed them from our club account asking about any kind of follow up meetings, or any response in general. They responded to my vice president’s personal email informing us to set up a meeting, which we scheduled for April 3. After consulting with several student leaders and those involved in UOSA we spent approximately five hours computing prices for every cent we asked for, with a final total of $600.41. We remained conservative, hoping to receive this and help pay for some of the costs of our next planned shoot. After waiting in the UOSA office, Sean Bender, UOSA budget chair, called us in to our meeting and we were immediately informed that we were not allowed to purchase the supplies we requested funding for, due to state law. When I asked about what law forbade this purchase, no one in the room was able to answer. At one point it was brought up that it might fall under federal law, but again they were unable to offer evidence to back their claim. No student As we had not been warned about this in the two weeks organization should be treated prior to this meeting, we were caught off guard but easily in this manner, listed other things the money and I hope could be used for. Again, citthe incoming ing a law no one was actuleadership will ally able to confirm, we were told we could not do this straighten this organization out.” and we should simply email another person for some clarification. While this seems unacceptable, what I found most disturbing was the highly unprofessional behavior of the other members. During our meeting, several of the representatives we met with did not look up from their lunch, while several more simply went from looking at their lunch to their computer. Very few of my questions were answered, at least in any definitive way, and I left after spending six hours on a Sunday afternoon working for this, feeling as though I had completely wasted my time. What bothers me about this ordeal is how this group of people, after seeming indifferent to my passion for this club and my hope for its success, could so arbitrarily dismiss everything I said with no evidence to back it. Having had our proposal for two weeks, I find it hard to believe it was looked at any more than 20 minutes before our meeting. I do not feel in any way this group of people, who are in control of the funding for the more than 400 student organizations on campus, should conduct themselves in such an unprofessional manner, much less be in charge of such large amounts of money when they seem incapable of supporting any of their facts with documentation. I have emailed my UOSA representatives about this as well, but I would like to bring this to the attention of the general OU public. No student organization should be treated in this manner, and I hope the incoming leadership will straighten this organization out. I would also like to add that we received an email from UOSA representative Eric Lyle last night stating we had received $100 of funding. While this is well short of our original $600 request, I do not see how, if we were denied funding because of failure to properly fill out our paperwork, we received any money. I feel like there is another issue at play here. In that email, we also were addressed as the Columbian Student Organization, and then re-sent an email with the proper name and an apology from Mr. Lyle. After wasting our time we have only been given a sixth of our requested funding. We would have rather been told because of our mix up on the forms we wouldn’t be receiving any money, than be lied to and given a fraction of what we asked for. — Court Hill, mechanical engineering junior

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Meteorology school acquires new Doppler radar New technology to give students hands-on experience, increase tornado safety at OU

Using the radar will provide his graduate student assistants a unique opportunity for hands-on experience, he said. “This is an important education process because my ALEX EWALD The Oklahoma Daily graduate students run these radars that are state-of-the-art, and then they go out with me and collect the data, and they The OU School of Meteorology is better equipped to deal process [and analyze] the data,� Bluestein said. “They get with tornado season after the acquisition of a new radar their hands dirty on all aspects.� system. The OU School of Meteorology has technology that reads The school recently received a mobile radar system that forecasts and weather patterns more clearly than the equipcombines both rapid-scanning and 3-D radars. The new ment he has used in the field, said Colt Forney, meteorology radar could improve understanding of junior. Working out in the field is generrapidly developing weather as well help ally reserved for seniors and graduate Tornadoes can form as meteorologists create faster warnings, student research assistants, he said. extremely fast ... and a lot according to a press release. Even though he and other students The truck-mounted Doppler radar is of the times you won’t have are still going over the basics in classes, the first OU Atmospheric Radar Research much warning. I think a lot many do forecasting or storm-chasing Center radar that can scan storm condiof people don’t realize how outside of class, Forney said. tions in less than 30 seconds, meteorolGPA tends to drop a little bit durfast and destructive these ing“My ogy professor Howard Bluestein said. the spring because I tend to skip a storms can be.� The system scans on 11 frequencies few classes to go out and chase,� he and will provide a more detailed view insaid. “Tornadoes can form extremely — COLT FORNEY, side storms because the radar transmits fast ... and a lot of the times you won’t radio waves that distinguish rain from have much warning. I think a lot of peoMETEOROLOGY JUNIOR hail and sleet, Bluestein said. ple don’t realize how fast and destrucBluestein said other mobile radars he has used have taken tive these storms can be.� up to two minutes to scan an entire storm, but tornadoes The average number of tornadoes in Oklahoma increases can develop in 10 seconds. from 4 in March to 10.5 in April, according to a weather safe“Tornadoes develop very quickly,� he said. “In one or two ty guide released by the OUPD on Tuesday. minutes a lot can happen that you miss.� It is important for all residents to be aware of necessary Bluestein said he received the radar after OU and the safety precautions and potentially dangerous weather National Science Foundation authorized the purchase with conditions during tornado season, OU Housing and Food a combined donation of about $1.25 million. spokesman Aaron Lindley said in an email.

Public symposium to discuss current political unrest in the Mediterranean A free public symposium will be held to discuss Mediterranean political unrest at 3:30 p.m. today in Catlett Music Center, Room 128. The symposium, “Riots, Unrest and Democracy in the Mediterranean,� is being held in conjunction with an exhibition at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, “Mediterranea: American Art from the Graham D. Williford Collection,� said Michael Bendure, museum communication director. The exhibition will remain on display until May 15. Robert Cox, international area studies and political science professor, will speak first, Bendure said. Following Cox, faculty from other disciplines — including Judaic studies, history and economics — will speak, Bendure said. Yaron Ayalon, visiting international and area studies professor, said there was not a lot going on in the Mediterranean when he was asked to speak at the symposium; however, this is no longer the case. “Now our panel is going to be a lot more focused on recent events,� Ayalon said. The symposium was organized with the OU European Union Center, Bendure said. Admission to the art museum is free to students and $2 for faculty and staff, Bendure said. — Laney Ellisor/The Daily

Residence Hall storm precautions Once a warning is issued by the National Weather Service: Students in Walker, Couch and Adams Centers floors 2 through 6 can stay in their floor hallway with all doors shut or in their room’s restroom. Residents on floors 2 through 6 of Couch or Walker Centers may stay in their elevator lobbies. All other floors in Couch, Adams or Walker Centers may proceed to the basement or floors 2 through 6 to designated safe zones. Cate Center residents should proceed to the interior two houses of each quad to the hallways of floors 2 and 3. — Source: Aaron Lindley, OU Housing and Food spokesman

Building-specific refuge areas • Bizzell Memorial Library: Lower level 1 and 2 elevator lobbies, public corridors, public restrooms and library book storage • Physical Sciences Center: Interior corridors and lobbies away from glass entrance areas, all classrooms, laboratories, offices and restrooms (floors 1 to 4); central classrooms, seminar spaces and supply rooms (floors 5 to 11) • Lloyd Noble Center: Upper concourse level toilet rooms and concessions areas, floor-level tunnel and mid-concourse exit vomitory, away from arena floor and practice and administration wings — Source: OUPD Tornado Safety Information



Mayra Salazar, journalism junior, and James Orozco, criminology junior, man the Campus Activities Council chair runoff election polling site Wednesday on the South Oval. Melissa Mock was announced as the winner at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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April is the cruelest month

was a theatrical experience, all playing into the theme of the “monster’s ball.” While singing “Monster” she was carried off by dancers and popped back out on-stage with red paint all over her body. I’d call that dedication to the craft. One of the only times Gaga slowed down was when she played “Born This Way” on a flaming piano along with a song from her new, unreleased album “You and I.” During the show Gaga took a moment to thank her dancers and crew saying that they had just finished shooting a music video at 6 the morning of the show. “I always dreamed I’d be too busy to sleep,” Gaga explained. Throughout the concert she played close to 15 songs, including “Telephone,” “Bad Romance,” “Paparazzi” and her encore performance of “Born This Way.”

Ah, April. The weather is finally staying warm, STAFF COLUMN N the trees and flowers on the South Oval are in A.J. Lansdalee full bloom, daylight lasts through dinnertime — and there’s no time to enjoy it because we’ve got too much to do. With the memories of spring break and the fun and peace it brought still fresh in our minds, and finals, graduation and summer about six weeks away, it’s tempting to simply relax and try to coast. Or rather, that’s what we’d want to do. Alas, there is a downside to being in college, and it’s made perfectly clear in April. I speak, of course, of the absurd amounts of work for all classes due in April. Attending classes is not an issue: we pay our hard-earned (or loaned) money for our professors’ time, and we should make the most out of our investment. Midterms, however, are a drain on our free time. Most of them have hopefully been dealt with before spring break, but classes with multiple tests still plague us, forcing us to spend day and night cramming for those travesties. Term papers and the like are even worse. These abominations take even more of what spare time we actually have and require us to stretch out an exhaustive amount of research over ten pages or more. If these outrages were not sufficient, all matter of extracurricular activities further eat into our lives. Granted, we’ve most likely chosen to take up these activities, and they can serve as a great stress reliever for the other difficulties we must shoulder through this month, but the fact remains that we have less time for general leisure and laziness. On top of everything I’ve mentioned so far, there’s still plenty of other things that could keep us from enjoying a relaxing month: Having a job, for example, takes away that much more time and can have adverse effects on a student’s sanity and emotional well-being if they’re in the wrong job. Graduating seniors have more significant problems: We have to secure careers for ourselves after May or prepare for the necessary trials of grad school if taking that path. Meanwhile, apathy and senioritis creep up, forming a dual threat with the beautiful weather. I suppose we knew what was in store when we enrolled in college. It will all pay off in the end when we have degrees and (hopefully) real jobs. We know that, and we’ve done all this before in previous semesters; we’ll certainly be able to do it again. If you get the chance, though, go outside and relax. Enjoy this weather while you can because it will be another hot Oklahoma summer before too long.

— Margo Basse, professional writing sophomore

— AJ Lansdale, professional writing senior


Pop star and entertainer Lady GaGa performed Monday in Tulsa and it was an affair to remember, The Daily’s Margo Basse writes.

Fans get money’s worth with Gaga


ady Gaga’s concert Monday night in Tulsa’s BOK Center was just about what you might expect, from her elaborate, large-scale sets to her ridiculously pointy shoulder pads. Neon, feathers, glitter, fur, fishnets, outrageous wigs — that’s how you know you’re on your way to the Monster’s Ball. It’s not just a concert, it’s an affair to remember. Thousands of people all screaming one name: Gaga. Like a true diva, her portion of the show began a short hour and a half after the opening act, but once the curtain went up, she didn’t stop. She danced intricate choreography while singing, all the while in towering platform heels for two hours straight. Once the show started you couldn’t miss a minute. If she wasn’t rising up onto the stage playing the key-tar or in a giant leather cape, then there were barely-clothed dancers pelvic thrusting or a silver Jesus statue. Everything about the show had a touch of Gaga, showing the deep involvement she takes in her craft. Every song

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Union Programming Board Executive Committee Applications Available Now! | UPB Exec applications are now available for the 2011-2012 academic year. Get involved on campus with one of OU’s major programming student organizations and help plan concerts, film festivals, comedy shows and amazing UPB events like Foam Party, Sooner Idol and much more! No previous involvement in UPB is needed to apply and applications are available in the Union Business Office on the fourth floor of the union, the Student Life office on the third floor of the union (suite 370) and are available Online at Applications are due by 5 p.m. April 8 in the Union Business Office or the Student Life office. Intramural Update | Intramural Softball entries through Friday at the Huston Huffman Center front desk, $60 per team (six game guarantee) and free for teams whose members are all students living in the residence halls. Softball captains meeting at 7 p.m. in the HHC Room 130, all captains are required to attend. Intramural Co-ed Soccer begins, brackets can be found Online. For more information, visit or call Jonathan Dewhirst, (405) 325-3053. Student Success Series: CLEP and Advanced Standing | 3-4 p.m. in Wagner Wall 245. Presented by University College. University Theatre Presents: The Odyssey | 8 p.m. in the Weitzenhoffer Theatre. Tickets are $15 for students, $25 for OU faculty/staff and seniors and $30 for adults. Call the Fine Arts Box Office, (405) 325-4101, for more information.

University Theatre Presents: The Odyssey | 8 p.m. in the Weitzenhoffer Theatre. Tickets are $15 for students, $25 for OU faculty/staff and seniors and $30 for adults. Call the Fine Arts Box Office, (405) 325-4101, for more information.

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Cotton Bowl should join BCS

Basketball fans will have to wait to attend Sooner men’s practices OU men’s basketball practices will remain closed to the public until at least mid-October in accordance with NCAA rules. During a formal welcome to the university Monday, coach Lon Kruger said he’d open the Sooners’ practices to the general public. “We have no secrets,” he said Monday. “Our guys are going to work really hard. You guys watch them work, and you’ll like what they’re doing.” Lon Kruger Kruger’s plans will have to wait until Oct. 14 to comply with NCAA rules, which stipulate that out-of-season team workouts “shall not be publicized and shall not be conducted in view of a general public audience.” Kruger still plans to keep his word and open practices as soon as allowed, according to a release from the OU athletic department.


Luke McConnell

Last week, the Fiesta Bowl revealed to the world what many suspected and many more have preached for years — corruption abounds in the bowl system. The Fiesta Bowl was caught encouraging employees to make political contributions and reimbursing them to the tune of $46,539. But wait, it gets better. Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker also accrued a large tab due to his own excursions. He spent $33,000 on his 50th birthday party, is a member at four elite private golf clubs and racked up a $1,200 bill at a Phoenix strip club. The Fiesta Bowl paid for all of it, and Junker was fired for his role in the scandal. We could talk about how this happens in many bowls, not just the Fiesta Bowl, but that’s another column. The Fiesta Bowl could very well lose its spot as a BCS bowl, and another bowl has to take its place if that happens. The most logical choice is the Cotton Bowl, which would be great for Oklahoma and the entire Big 12 Conference. Pretty much every major conference school has a BCS bowl game within reasonable driving distance, but Big 12 members have had to travel all the way to Arizona to participate in their BCS bowl. Oklahoma knows all about long-distance bowling, having been to two national championship games in its

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Former Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker addresses the media during a press conference in 2007. Junker was fired last week for his involvement in the bowl’s embezzlement scandal.

opponents’ backyard this past decade — against LSU in New Orleans (2003) and against Florida in Miami (2008) — and making the drive to the desert for three Fiesta Bowls (2006, 2007 and last season). The Cotton Bowl recently made the move to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, so the venue is excellent — perhaps the best of the BCS bowls. The Cotton Bowl is one of the most recognizable bowl games. It’s probably a bit unfair the Fiesta Bowl has to take the fall for something that more than likely goes on in at

least half of the bowl games, but the bowl’s actions show it is undeserving of a BCS rotation spot. People know the Cotton Bowl. It used to be the pinnacle bowl game, but it has fallen off recently as more bowls have joined the postseason fold offering higher payouts. But the BCS has probably been the biggest detractor from the Cotton Bowl’s prestige. Any bowl, no matter how traditional, is less than stellar in comparison to the BCS bowls simply because of the “organization” those four

bowls have formed. If the investigative panel hearing the Fiesta Bowl’s case to remain a BCS bowl rules against it, the Cotton Bowl should be the first bowl on a short list to replace it. The obvious advantages to OU and the Big 12 aside, any BCS bowl played in Jerryworld would be great for all of college football. One of the most prestigious bowls should be returned to its rightful place among the top bowl destinations in college football. — Luke McConnell, journalism junior

OU softball sophomores Keilani Ricketts and Jessica Shults accepted invitations to the 2011 U.S. National Team tryouts, the Amateur Softball Association announced Wednesday. The tryouts take place June 12-17 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Keilani Selected players will compete with Ricketts USA Softball in seven events in four countries over the summer, including the World Cup of Softball on July 21-25 at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. Ricketts, sophomore All-American pitcher, leads the Big 12 Conference in strikeouts (249), appearances (28) and games started (21). Shults, sophomore All-American catcher, leads the Big 12 with 18 home runs, also good for second nationally. Ricketts and Shults join Taylor Jessica Shults Hoagland (Texas), Blaire Luna (Texas), Meagan May (Texas A&M) and Rhea Taylor (Missouri) to represent the conference at the tryouts. — Daily staff reports

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TULSA — Receiver Jameel Owens has left Tulsa’s football team after taking a leave of absence to tend to his ill mother. Coach Bill Blankenship said Wednesday that Owens has told him he won’t return to the Golden Hurricane. Owens transferred from Oklahoma in January 2010 and caught 18 passes for 246 yards and six touchdowns last season as a sophomore at Tulsa. He played in 13 games and started twice. Blankenship also announced that quarterback Kalen Henderson and linebacker Zik Asiegbu have been suspended indefinitely for unspecified violations of team policy.

Former OU assistant takes job as Oklahoma City University coach OKLAHOMA CITY — Former Oklahoma assistant coach Dionne Phelps is the new basketball coach at Oklahoma City University. Athletic director Jim Abbott made the announcement Tuesday. Phelps worked as an assistant under Jeff Capel at Oklahoma for five seasons before Capel was fired last month. During a 22-year coaching career, Phelps also has worked as an assistant at Texas-San Antonio, Texas State, Baylor and Texas Lutheran, which is his alma mater. Oklahoma City University is among the elite programs in the NAIA, having won six national titles, most recently in 2008 under then-coach Ray Harper. Phelps will replace Kevin Morrissey, who was let go after going 49-39 over three seasons with the Stars.

Cox joins elite group of Oklahoma coaches with 1,000 career wins SUE OGROCKI/AP

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, reacts following a dunk against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday in Oklahoma City. OKC clinched the Northwest Division with the win. scored 16 apiece for the Clippers, who overcame a 16-point deficit to beat Oklahoma City four nights earlier and nearly dug out of a 10-point hole in the final 3½ minutes in this one. Gordon’s steal set up a right-handed tomahawk jam by Griffin on the fast break, and Griffin then swatted Thabo Sefolosha’s shot before Chris Kaman came

up empty on two free throw tries that proved critical. Randy Foye had a putback dunk after Williams tracked down a long rebound for a fast break, Williams hit a 3 and Griffin slammed home a two-handed reverse dunk off of Williams’ alley-oop to get the Clippers within 107-105 with 23.1 seconds left. L.A. could never make up for the two misses by Kaman,

an 80 percent foul shooter who was 2-for-6 at the line in the fourth quarter. Griffin got off to a quick start, scoring the game’s first points by dunking Williams’ alley-oop pass from midcourt. He dunked three more times while single-handedly outscoring the Thunder early in the game.

SHAWNEE — Longtime Oklahoma Baptist baseball coach Bobby Cox is a member of the 1,000-win coaching club. Cox’s Bison beat Southwestern Oklahoma State 17-7 on Tuesday to improve his career record to 1,000-569 over 27 seasons at the NAIA school in Shawnee. He’s thought to be one of seven coaches with Oklahoma ties to reach the 1,000-win mark. That list includes two former NCAA Division I coaches, Larry Cochell of Oral Roberts and Oklahoma and Gary Ward of Oklahoma State, as well as two coaches from junior-college powers, retired Seminole State coach Lloyd Simmons and Connors State coach Perry Keith. Also on that list are Cox’s small-college rivals Mike Metheny of Southeastern Oklahoma State and Denney Crabaugh of Oklahoma City University. Cox already is a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame. —AP

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder clinched the Northwest Division title by beating the Los Angeles Clippers, 112108, on Wednesday night. Thunder forward Kevin Durant scored 29 points, and Russell Westbrook added 26. The Thunder won the first division crown for the franchise since 2005, when they were known as the Seattle SuperSonics, but only after fending off a late charge from the Clippers. Former OU star Blake Griffin had 35 points and 11 rebounds in the second visit to his hometown in his NBA career, but he missed a key foul shot that helped put the game away for Oklahoma City. When Mo Williams couldn’t get open, Griffin attacked the basket for a powerful slam but couldn’t connect and got fouled by Serge Ibaka. He missed the first of his foul shots before hitting the second, and the Clippers tried to trap Durant but fouled him in the process. An 88 percent free throw shooter, Durant wouldn’t miss again. Durant made both free throws to put the Thunder up, 110-106, with 12 seconds left and ice the game, just moments after he’d missed a foul shot to give the Clippers a chance for the tie. Kendrick Perkins grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds and Ibaka chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds for the Thunder. It’s only the second division title for the franchise in 13 years, since Seattle won three straight Pacific Division crowns from 1996 to 1998. Williams and Eric Gordon

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