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OU student wins second mayoral term Student Muskogee Mayor John Hammons remains in office after getting 51.4 percent of the vote during Tuesday’s election DANIELA MCCORMICK Daily Staff Writer
The OU student who became mayor of Muskogee in 2008 won re-election Tuesday. John Tyler Hammons, liberal studies junior, was a freshman when he took
office in 2008. According to reports before the election, Hammons was expected to face a runoff if he made it through the three-way mayoral election Tuesday. Hammons surpassed expectations by taking a majority of the vote. Hammons won 51.4 percent of the vote in the town of about 38,000 people in eastern Oklahoma. Among those he beat was Bob Coburn, the cousin of Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., who received 29.4 percent of the vote. Coburn missed
forcing a runoff election by 130 votes. Chris James and Teresa Garris also ran for the seat. Among the challenges Hammons faces is dealing with the city’s $1.8 million budget shortfall. He said he wants to find ways to avoid having city employees take furloughs. Hammons first was elected in 2008 when he was 19, winning 70 percent of the vote. —The Associated Press Contributed to this report.
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Confusion, health-related medication caused late application filing, Shayna Daitch says TROY WEATHERFORD Daily Staff Writer
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Jesse White, communications senior, works out Wednesday afternoon at All American Fitness Xpress. White hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father, Leon “Vader” White, who is a professional wrestler.
SOONER FOLLOWS FATHER’S STEPS Son of professional wrestler sets sights on wrestling career of his own CHARLES WARD Daily Staff Writer
In the mythology of the Star Wars movies, the son of Vader is Luke Skywalker. Luke redeems his father and saves the galaxy from the dark side of the Force. In the mix of reality, rehearsal and rewrites that creates the mythology of professional wrestling, the son of Vader is Jesse White, communications senior. And, instead of trying to avoid his father’s path, as Skywalker did, Jesse is trying to follow those footsteps to the top of the sports entertainment galaxy. FROM BLOCKS TO BUMPS Both Jesse and his father, Leon White but known in professional wrestling as Vader, became famous on the football field before stepping between the ropes. Leon earned four letters as an offensive lineman at the University of Colorado before the Los Angeles Rams selected him in the third round of the 1978 NFL Draft. He spent three years with the Rams and played with the team in Super Bowl XIV before Leon made the move to the ring. Jesse came to OU in 2005 as a heralded recruit for the football team’s offensive line. He won Gatorade’s Player of the Year Award for Colorado as a high school senior in 2005, and was the No. 3 prep center in the country that year, according to Rivals.com. “[Wrestling] wasn’t my initial plan growing up,” Jesse said. “Playing football was. Wrestling was always there, but I always thought football would be my sport. I came out here, it didn’t work out the way I wanted it to.” Jesse turned down scholarship offers from USC, Notre Dame, UCLA and California to attend OU, Leon said. He was joined in the 2005 recruiting class by another Coloradan — Jon
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Cooper. “One of those guys would have been the center, the other guy would have been a guard,” OU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said. “And, whoever wasn’t the starting center would have been the backup center.” However, hip and back injuries stopped Jesse’s crimson-and-cream career almost as soon as it began. His name only appears on one official roster from the 2005 season, according to soonersports.com. Cooper went on to start for four seasons on OU’s offensive line, while Jesse stayed involved as a student coach for the team, Wilson said. “He helped us [with] snapping all the time,” Wilson said. “He was in the press box with us. He continued to have a positive role.” Jesse now weighs 247 pounds, down from the 305 to 310 pounds he said he weighed as a member of the Sooners. The weight loss has taken pressure off his hip, he said. That, along with a modified training routine, has allowed Jesse to begin training as a professional wrestler. LEARNING THE ROPES Leon said his first-hand knowledge about the hard life of a professional wrestler wasn’t something he wanted for his son. “It’s physically very hard, mentally very hard to be away from your family [and] friends,” Leon said. “That’s probably the biggest thing. You’ll go away at first and it’s exciting, and then you come back the first time and your friends are there. You come back the second time, your friends are there. But after three years of not being around you, those friends get used to not being with you. So, it becomes very lonely.” Leon also said alcohol and drug use contributes to the death of some professional wrestlers while they are still young. Seven famous professional wrestlers died before their 45th birthdays between 1997 and 2007, according to an article on ESPN.com. All but one of those wrestlers had a history
of drug use and abuse, the article stated. Most recently, former professional wrestler Chris Klucsarits, 40, died in an apparent suicide Friday. Leon himself has had to change his lifestyle to get away from alcohol and late nights, he said. “He’s definitely pointed out the lifestyle,” Jesse said. “The negative aspect of the lifestyle in wrestling and what to watch out for and the way he lived it.” There is an upside to professional wrestling. Leon said he enjoyed consecutive years of seven-figure ($1 million or more) salaries. However, Jesse faces greater challenges to reach the level of success his father did, said Jim Ross, former vice president of the now-defunct World Championship Wrestling. “Leon had many more places that he could go to earn a living while today’s marketplace is limited to only a small handful of options,” Ross said by e-mail. “Although if one does succeed, the financial upside is significantly better than (in) Vader’s generation.” WHITE CONTINUES ON PAGE 2
TALE OF THE TAPE Jesse White • 6-feet 2-inch, 247 pounds • Gatorade Player of the Year in football in Colorado in 2005 • Former offensive lineman for the Sooners • Communications senior at OU • Son of former world champion professional wrestler, Vader. Jesse’s next match is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Golden Goose Flea Market, 2301 N. Douglas Blvd. in Midwest City. He will team with his father April 23 in Japan. SOURCES: Jesse White, freewebs.com/billdecker, playeroftheyear. gatorade.com, soonersports.com
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A UOSA Undergraduate Student congresswoman has been campaigning and fighting for her right to seek office. Shayna Daitch, humanities representative, contacted Election Chair Jeff Riles on Feb. 25, the day of the filing deadline, and asked to submit her application late. Riles granted Daitch a one-day extension. She submitted her application, paid a $15 late fee and thought she was confirmed as a candidate. But on March 9, Matthew Gress submitted a grievance against Daitch for submitting her application late. On March 25, the election board reversed Riles’ ruling and disqualified Daitch as a candidate. Daitch said her disqualification is hypocritical. She said Gress filed the grievance after a five-day limit on complaints of campaign rules infractions. The election board is supposed to make a ruling within one day of receiving a complaint, but did not decide to disqualify her until March 25, 17 days later. Her application was less than a day late. However, Riles said even though Gress’s grievance began the process that led to Daitch’s disqualification, she would have been disqualified anyway. The election board did not treat Gress’ grievance as a complaint, they were not required to make a ruling within one day, Riles said. Gress said he was unsure whether his grievance was a complaint according to election rules. Daitch said extenuating circumstances led her to missing the deadline. The week of the filing she was hit by a car while riding her bike and was prescribed Hydrocodone that caused her to “forget a lot of what happened,” Daitch said. Gress said Daitch attended class and a congress meeting on the week of the application deadline. “If she’s healthy enough to do that she’s certainly healthy enough to file,” Gress said. Riles agreed with Gress and the election boards ruling to disqualify Daitch. “She couldn’t demonstrate that she was unable to file on time and so she was disqualified,” Riles said about the election boards decision. He said the election board had already decided to disqualify Daitch before March 25, but she was not informed because she was out of the country. She also wasn’t aware she had to run this spring because of confusion in past elections. She was first elected to Humanities district in fall 2008. In spring 2009, she ran in a special election that was invalidated because of a snowstorm that caused low turnout. She ran for her seat again in the spring general election. ELECTION CONTINUES ON PAGE 2
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White Continues from page 1 Ross is perhaps best known as a commentator for World Wrestling Entertainment television shows. He also served as the executive vice president in charge of talent relations for World Wrestling Entertainment. He said he hired Leon in both companies. So, on balance, if Jesse wanted to make the move to wrestling, Leon said he would teach him, with conditions. “I took him seriously,” Leon said. “And I told him if ... I started spending time and money on this — I mean flying to Oklahoma (from Colorado) and training and setting up wrestling [schools] — that I would expect him to take it seriously, as we did football.” For his part, Jesse said he breaks down film of his wrestling matches and training sessions just like he did with game film. “Me and my dad being my hardest [critics], we watch my match after and go over every little detail,” Jesse said. “You know, ‘This was good, this was great, this was bad, you need to do this next time.’”
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Jesse White, communications senior, works out Wednesday at All American Fitness Xpress. White is training to become a professional wrestler.
Election Continues from page 1 In fall 2009, Daitch ran in a recall election. Part of her confusion stemmed from the fact that in this election she was not elected but retained, Daitch said. Riles said the secretary’s record shows that Daitch was up for re-election this spring, and she should have known this. Daitch has been serving as a humanities representative but switched to international and area studies this election. Congress leadership told her she could switch districts in fall 2010, she said. So,
Daitch said, she was surprised when she saw there were three open humanities seats. After the election board disqualified her, Daitch filed a brief asking for the right to run and the case was heard on Monday by UOSA Superior Court. The court has allowed her to remain on the ballot until they come to a decision regarding the case. Because of an error with the election Web site, in which international and area studies students could not vote for their representative, a special election was held Tuesday and Wednesday. For election results visit OUDaily.com. Gress did not respond to voicemails left on his cellphone.
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FATHER-SON COMPARISON Jesse now trains for wrestling two days a week, outside of his routine of weight lifting and cardiovascular training. His hip has not bothered him as he takes bumps, or hard impacts, in the ring, he said. “In my case, I’ve picked things up a lot a lot quicker than the average guy, who’s just coming into wrestling, just because I’ve been around it my whole life,” he said. Jesse also wrestles for Midsouth Pro Wrestling, a promotion that runs shows twice a month in Midwest City. He’s also planning to appear in a tag-team match with his father April 23 in Japan. Father and son standing side-by-side on a ring apron will make one thing quickly apparent: The pair is not cut out of the same physical mold. Vader wrestled at 400 pounds or more during much of his 1990 to 1995 run in World Championship Wrestling and his time from 1996 to 1998 in the former World Wrestling Federation, now World Wrestling
Entertainment. “Leon ... was arguably the most athletic big man ever in pro wrestling and was a huge star in Japan for years not to mention having memorable runs in the [United States],” Ross said. “Leon was a main-event level antagonist who was a monster in the ring as an agile 400 pounder who had a physical and dominating in-ring style. Athletes with Leon’s size, look and physical skill are rare.” His bulk is now down to 345 to 350 pounds, Leon said, but even those lower numbers are about 100 pounds higher than Jesse’s wrestling weight. “[My wrestling style] will be my style,” Jesse said. “He had his style, and I’m going to take different things of what he does ... but, it’s going to be my own style.” And, despite the difference, Leon said he can effectively teach Jesse to wrestle a smaller man’s match. He pointed out that some of his best matches were against wrestlers like Shawn Michaels, Sting and Bret Hart, men who he said weighed between 230 and 250 pounds. “I have encouraged [Jesse] to become fundamentally sound [and] not to emulate his father [because] their body types are too different,” Ross said. Jesse said his current favorite wrestlers are John Cena and a trio of sons of famous wrestling fathers, known as Legacy [Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes]. Those men weigh between 223 and 245 pounds, according to WWE.com. Leon will continue to promote wrestling shows in Japan and North America through his company, Vader Time Promotions. He said he also plans later this year to operate a week-long wrestling camp at the Paradise City Night Club in Oklahoma City. All while trying to help his son reach what Jesse calls his dream — a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment. “The main thing to me is he approaches the opportunities correctly,” Leon said. “He has to leave the arrogance behind. You have to stay humble, and bring God with you on the road. That’s something I didn’t do for a long time.” —The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Fraternity president chosen for Greece trip Matthew Deimund to become first OU Sigma Phi Epsilon member to participate in ‘Tragos Quest to Greece’ AUDREY HARRIS Daily Staff Writer
OU’s Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity president has become the first member of his chapter to win the opportunity to take a trip to Greece and learn what it means to be Greek. Matthew Deimund, finance and accounting junior, applied to go on a trip called the “Tragos Quest to Greece” that is open to only Sigma Phi Epsilon sophomores and juniors. Deimund said he is excited about going to Greece in the summer since many members apply and only a selected few can go. “It’s an honor to be selected out of several 100 applicants,” Deimund said. “I’m humbled by the opportunity.” Deimund said the trip includes going to several famous historic sites including places where philosophers like Socrates and Plato have talked. According to the Sigma Phi Epsilon Web site, members will discuss the Socratic method of teaching at Agora where Socrates taught. Deimund said there are some sites he’s really looking forward to visiting, including Olympia — the first site for the Olympic games — and the ruins of the Temple of Zeus. Deimund said he completed an application on the organization’s Web site. He said the judging committee looked for is leadership, chapter involvement and on-campus involvement. He said the application included an essay that asked questions about the importance of Greek culture and how Greek values are still relative today. “I basically said Greek ideals are based on truth, virtue and brotherly love,” Deimund said, “Those are things that are timeless.” OU Sigma Phi Epsilon’s Alumni Board President Mark Fish said it’s great to see Deimund be able to go on the trip. He said Deimund is a high-quality person, a tremendous student and a role model. Fish said it’s the first time anyone from the OU has earned the opportunity to go. “There’s a lot of leadership and philosophical ideals that can benefit an individual and a fraternity,” Fish said. Deimund said he thinks the trip is a wonderful and unique opportunity to learn more about the values all fraternity brothers are expected to internalize and apply within their community.
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.
NUISANCE OF ANIMAL Matthew Kourt Lees, 21, 1603 Franklin Drive, Tuesday OBSTRUCTING AT OFFICER Aldo Alonzo Lopez, 44, 2555 Hemphill Drive, Tuesday, also a county warrant COUNTY WARRANT Zackary Ragan, 21, 333 E. Brooks St., Tuesday MUNICIPAL WARRANT Juan David Breland, 30, 201 W. Gray St., Tuesday Wayne Thomas Grindle, 37, 140 SE. 12th Ave., Tuesday, also county warrants and public intoxication Justin Ray Holden, 25, 201 W. Gray St., Tuesday Kayundra Norris Hunt, 48, 201 W. Gray St., Tuesday AGGRAVATED DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE Brittani Danielle Sparks, 23, Trout Avenue, Monday KATRINA GLENN/ THE DAILY
Matthew Deimund stands in front of his fraternity crest Sigma Phi Epsilon on Wednesday night. Matthew Deimund a Finance and Accounting junior will be traveling to Greece.
“It’s neat that a fraternity seeks to instill these values to help build balanced men that are leaders in the world’s communities,” Deimund said.
one pair of shoes to a child in need with every purchase of a pair of shoes. OU has its own TOMS Campus Club that will host a walk party at 4:30 p.m. at The Cottages of Norman. Participants will walk around The Cottages and there will be free Raising Canes and Red Bull served afterward. TOMS T-shirts will be sold for $6. For more information about the “One Day Without Shoes” event, visit www.onedaywithoutshoes.com or search “One Day Without Shoes” for OU’s own Facebook event. —Audrey Harris/The Daily
DOG AT LARGE Marne Botkin, 60, East Boyd Street, March 24th
CLUB URGES STUDENTS TO FORGO SHOES Students seen walking around campus without shoes today may be participating in TOMS Shoes’ national event. Today is TOMS Shoes’ “One Day Without Shoes” event, and participants are showing their support by going barefoot for the day. The event is annual and hosted in cities and on college campuses across the country. TOMS hosts the event so participants can experience life without shoes first hand and raise awareness about the difference a pair of shoes can make in a child’s life, according to its Web site. The company’s purpose is to provide
TODAY OU LAB THEATRE The OU School of Drama Lab Theatre will present “As It Is In Heaven” at 8 p.m, in the E. Frank Gilson Studio Theatre.
INTERFERENCE WITH AN OFFICIAL PROCESS Edwin Bill Rodriguez, 29, 809 E. Symmes St., Tuesday, also public intoxication POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA Larry Jacob Johnson, 21, Southeast 24th Avenue, Tuesday Francisco Renteria, 36, West Robinson Street, Tuesday, also possession of drug paraphernalia MOLESTING PROPERTY Ralph Stephen Condit, 50, 901 N. Porter Ave., Tuesday
LOUD PARTY Danielle Marie Corrotto, 18, 333 E. Brooks St., Tuesday
RETIREMENT PANEL DISCUSSION OU Price College of Business will host a panel to discuss retirement options at 3 p.m. in Adams Hall, room 150. A questionand-answer session will take place in Price Hall’s Clary Lounge after the discussion.
POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA Robert P. Greene, 40, 2420 Classen Blvd., Monday Erick Raymond Grubbs, 25, 1511 Iowa St., Tuesday, also a county warrant
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In response to Wednesday’s Our View on how we shouldn’t idolize Barbie and Ken.
“Instead of attacking Barbie, please, shape up your parenting skills. Little girls look up at their moms & dads, not Barbies. if they do look up at Barbie, then, why Barbie has had so many successful careers while none of your daughters are able to follow Barbie’s career path but struggling with their “serious emotional and physical problems”?! its ridiculous people blame a piece of plastic for their personal issues. if Barbie had such influences, gosh, every woman in this country would have run for president since Barbie dose it every year. If your daugthers only want to look like barbie, thats b/c you didnt pass down any smart genes to make your girls as intelligent as Barbie, blame yourself & leave Barbie alone! - helen
WILMA MANKILLER LEFT A LEGACY THAT STUDENTS SHOULD EMULATE Wilma Mankiller, the first female Principle Chief of the education and life experiences we shouldn’t forget where Cherokee Nation, died Tuesday, April 6 at the age of 64. She we came from, we shouldn’t deny our past. was a beacon of American-Indian pride as she fought for Some of us are children of wanderlust families — be it a multiplicity of issues for her people — from eliminating military or another reason, children of the road with no poverty to improving education and prerooted connection to any particular comserving culture. munity. Others have lost homes and conThe effects of her labors have been nections for various reasons. felt across the country. According to the Do not be alarmed by this. You may National Women’s Hall of Fame, Mankiller not have the deep connection, but have left Oklahoma for college at San Francisco, greater freedom to choose your home and where she learned from the women’s rights community. movement, which was in the midst of its Whatever your origin or moral philososecond wave. She then took that informaphies, we need to stand for something and tion home and used it to help the people use our educations and skills to promote she led for a decade. it. Most of us left home to get an educaWe need to follow Mankiller’s example tion and skills we can use throughout our and use our education and experiences lives. to improve our homes. We need to use We need to remember where we came our education for something greater than from, even when we’re far away. We should ourselves. follow Mankiller’s example and take the tools we’re gaining here at OU and in life, COMMENT ON THIS COLUMN and bring them home. While gaining an PHOTO PROVIDED
Financial system will crash again unless we get rid of derivatives, proprietary trading Sure, the financial crisis seems quite abstract. Let me make it more concrete: You will have an extremely hard time finding a job after graduation as a result of the recession. Not only that, but statistics show you will probably earn less money throughout your entire career as a result of it beginning during this time. Does it sounds applicable to you? How about a little cherry on top? If we do nothing to change the current financial system, another meltdown has a high probability of striking in the next five years. This means all junior em- JOHN ployees who finally settled into BEST a new job and life are probably most at risk of being laid off. These are up for debate and the weight of each cause also is debatable. That being said, the most visible cause of the financial crisis was a housing market bubble that finally burst in fall 2008. Money was too cheap and many potential homeowners and speculators took advantage of this for a limited amount of time. However, the blame does not lie fully with the investors. Banks took on investments they shouldn’t have by investing in intentionally overcomplicated derivatives and hedge-funds. Their decisions to lend were as ill-informed and foolish as the mortgage holders. There were even a significant amount of loan officers who took advantage of customers’ ignorance. They were able to intentionally convince people to sign loans they could not pay; either because of the financial capabilities of the customer or because of the nature of the loan itself. Another vastly important cause of the crisis, while not as visible or simple to understand, is actually much more important. That is the growth of and lack of regulation of complex financial instruments such as derivatives. Derivatives are best summarized as an investment on an investment. They are extremely varied and can be investments in mortgages, currency values, interest rates or even soybean prices. The problem is these financial tools became more and more complicated and were regulated less and less. Just like the mortgages, these derivatives were used dangerously and foolishly and
when the mortgage bubble burst, the your deposit money and trades it for weaknesses of derivatives became ap- other investments for bank profit. This parent. These investments gained their may sound like what banks do already, value from the growing housing market. but prop trading is different in that your When the entire mortgage system took money isn’t used to make loans. Instead a hit, the damage spread throughout your money is used the way an investthe whole financial system ment bank would use it. The bank uses because of the way in which your money to buy bonds, gamble in derivatives can spread out the stock market, buy complicated and risk through multiple inves- dangerous derivatives, etc. tors. Unfortunately in a crisis The plan by Paul Volcker, Economic like this, the spread-out risk Recovery Advisory Board chairman, merely means everyone is while being the most radical, is the one hurt badly. that has the best chance of fixing the Deregulation was most system. It addresses two major issues to blame. Companies were that contributed to the crisis and poallowed to grow into titanic tential dangers of future crises. creatures. Financial instruFirst, Volcker’s plan takes a much ments were deemed safe and harder line on prop trading. While too complicated to regulate. Lastly, in Dodd’s plan places more regulation 1999 Bill Clinton signed into law a bill on prop trading, Volcker’s proposal atthat repealed the Glass Steagal Act — tempts to put a complete stop to this aca law that kept investment banks and tivity. The advantages of this are simple, commercial banks separate. regulation of complex financial instruThis meant banks can essentially ments is not always effective and bankgamble with your money on the finan- ers can get around regulation. So why cial markets. They can use allow banks to make your life savings for danger- “ If we do nothing to these unnecessary investments in the ous, high yield, unwise infirst place? vestment decisions. If you change the current The second is the had wanted to make those financial system, “too-big-to-fail” dangerous investments, another meltdown you wouldn’t have put your has a high probability mentality of certain financial institutions. money in a commercial bank. If an institution is big That kind of behavior is both of striking in the next five years.” enough, then its faildevious and dangerous. ure will inevitably In the current financial lead to a depression. and political discourse, there are three different proposals on how to No governmental leader can admit to allowing a depression to happen, so fix the risks of the financial system. The one the bankers prefer is to leave they bail them out. With hundreds of thing the way they are. This of course billions of dollar of taxpayer money. means that job of your will be secure for Volcker’s plan gives the government another few years until yet another cri- power to break up these institutions sis ripples through the economy. That’s into smaller, less dangerous pieces. The troubles of the last financial criwhy I said we will probably have anothsis are far from over. We have still not er crash in the next few years. Sen. Chris Dodd D-Conn., has writ- recovered. It is important that we take ten a bill which seeks to restructure the action to prevent future crises before Federal Reserve by giving less power to the wounds heal and we forget how bad bankers and more to Washington. The this recession truly was. Remember, bankers don’t get fired issue there is, who do you trust more? The bankers who deceived you or the during financial meltdowns. You do. government that failed to regulate John Best is a biochemistry and Asian studies those bankers’ actions? Dodd’s bill also senior. increases regulation on proprietary or COMMENT ON THIS COLUMN “prop” trading. Prop trading is when a bank takes AT OUDAILY.COM
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Decriminalization is not the solution Eleven U.S. states and many liberal nations have turned to decriminalization of marijuana in order to save costs, reduce incarcerations and give their residence a higher quality of life. This policy, which dramatically reduces the punitive measures taken against consumers of cannabis, is not the correct course of action because it is illogical, does not address the negative implications of consumption and has not lead to additional relaxation of drug policy. First of all, decriminalization makes no sense. Under such a policy, it is considered acceptable to possess small amounts of a drug, but it is still be highly illegal to buy, sell, produce, import, export or stockpile drugs. Applying such a legal standing for any good or service is absolutely asinine. If such a policy was advocated to deal with weapons, medicine, alcohol or the domestication of DANIEL endangered species, people would be utterly opposed. RECHES The worst part of decriminalization is it does not solve the most negative effects of drug use. Drug use has many negative effects, include monetary support for violent groups, both at home and abroad. This occurs because domestic gangs and international drug cartels are the main suppliers and distributors of drugs. Decriminalization does nothing to address this problem. Even worse, it increases revenues for these criminal organizations. Decriminalization applies only to the supply side of the drug market. This means that while demand for drugs will increase, the supply of them will remain the same. Unlike policies of medicilization, legalization or the Netherland’s model of coffee shops, decriminalization does not allow for a legal source of marijuana. As a result, the price goes up which leads to higher revenues for gangs and drug cartels. The reason most drug reform advocates support a decriminalization policy is because they believe it will lead to full legalization, but this is entirely false. Canada, Brazil, Germany, Australia and many other liberal democracies have gone down the road of marijuana decriminalization. Despite their alteration of drug laws, full legalization has been voted down every time it has been proposed. Though it may seem logical that decriminalization leads to further reduction of restrictions, empirical evidence has repeatedly proven this to be false. The biggest reason decriminalization is considered is because of United Nations drug policies. Through its history, the U.N. has consistently affirmed the importance of maintaining a global prohibition on drugs. Various conventions, reports and treaties all ignored the impact of drug prohibition on the stability of the producer nation. In a semi-sincere attempt to adopt an alternative to the current approach, the 2009 U.N. World Drug Report praised Portugal’s move to decriminalize. Despite their mild relaxation of stance, the U.N. and its agencies still maintain a policy that requires nations to keep marijuana illegal. In the same report, U.N. officials argued vehemently against full legalization of cannabis on the grounds that it will lead to destabilization of developing nations. In fact, under U.N. laws, a member nation is forbidden from legalizing a wide host of substances including marijuana. This policy, which takes away a nation’s sovereignty over its market, is both the cause and effect of the popularization of decriminalization of marijuana. It will be interesting to see how the international community reacts when a specific U.S. state or approves full legalization. Though California is not a U.N. member; it is still somewhat bound by international law. The U.N., and many others who support the decriminalization of marijuana are ignoring the implications of such a policy. Contrary to some people’s hopes, decriminalization will not lead to full legalization as seen from empirical evidence. Additionally, such a policy would accentuate the negative implications of drug use by not allowing for a legal source. Though some of these detriments can be mitigated with medicalization, or a coffee shop model, decriminalization still falls short of solving the global drug problem. Daniel Reches is an international business, entrepreneurship and history senior.
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« TENNIS The OU men beat Oklahoma State on Wednesday
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SOFTBALL FALLS IN CLOSE BEDLAM GAME The Sooners have lost the first two games in the Bedlam series, with one left to play
the Sooners faced earlier in the year during the March 6 game. Whiddon threw eight strikeouts while allowing two runs and two hits for the game. TOBI NEIDY OSU ended the scoreless staleDaily Staff Writer mate with a three-run home run to left center by third baseman A late two-run sixth inning rally Mariah Gearhart. After a single, a wasn’t enough as fielder’s choice the No. 11 Sooners play put two runWHAT’S NEXT fell 3-2 to Bedlam ners on board rival Oklahoma State After losing to Oklahoma State, for OSU throwWednesday evening the Sooners continue their road ing, Gearhart’s in Stillwater. The trip against Texas A&M this home run put the Sooners drop to 29-9 Cowgirls up 3-0 weekend. for the season and in the bottom of 3-2 in Big 12 action. the fifth. When: April 10 at 2 p.m. Freshman pitcher The Sooners April 11 at 12 p.m. Keilani Ricketts regresponded in the istered the loss for top of the sixth Where: College Station, the Sooners, even with a two-run Texas though she posted home run over strong stats. Ricketts the right field threw 11 strikeouts fence by senior without giving up a second baseman Amber Flores. The walk during the contest. With the two- out home run by Flores scored loss, Ricketts fell to 18-8 for the sea- freshman Brianna Turang who son. OSU started Anna Whiddon reached base with a single to third on the mound, the same pitcher base.
FLORES STILL LEADING THE SOONERS Even though the Sooners fell to Oklahoma State in Stillwater on Wednesday, senior infielder Amber Flores still had a solid game on offense, homering for the tenth time this season against the Cowgirls. Leading off for the Sooners for the last five games, Flores leads the team in batting average and is second on the team in home runs to Jessica Shults, who has 12 home runs. Flores recently surpassed former teammate and current graduate assistant Samantha Ricketts’ career home run record. The Sooners will need Flores to continue to lead the team in order to succeed this season. Aaron Colen/The Daily
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Michelle Gascoigne, freshman pitcher, prepares for a pitch during the women’s softball game against North Texas on March 10 in the OU Softball Complex. The Sooners lost 3-2 to Oklahoma State on Wednesday.
This Public Lecture is supported by the 2010 Presidential Dream Course Funds
Ossuaries and the Burials of Jesus and James A public lecture by Dr. Jodi Magness 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 8 2010
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
Recent claims that Jesus’ family tomb was found in Jerusalem, along with an ossuary (stone box) that contained the bones of his brother James, were headline news around the world. In this slide-illustrated lecture, we consider the credibility of these claims by examining archaeological and literary evidence for Jewish burial customs in the time of Jesus, including the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ death and burial. Dr. Jodi Magness is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism, Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, author of The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Presented by the OU Honors College, Department of English and Religious Studies Program
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MEN’S GOLF TIES FOR FOURTH IN ARIZONA Sooners place in top four for the third time in last four tournaments RICKY LY Daily Staff Writer
Riley Pumphrey, redshirt sophomore, watches his shot after striking the ball in practice. Pumphrey tied for 72nd at the Cowboy Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The OU men’s golf team carded a finalround 287 on Tuesday to finish in a tie for fourth and continue its hot streak at the Cowboy Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz. In their last four tournaments, the Sooners have placed in the top four or above three times, including a season-best second-place finish in the Border Olympics on March 6. In Scottsdale, the Sooners relied upon their upperclassmen to lead the charge up the leaderboard. Senior Ben Blundell (71-69-68) closed the tournament with a 2-under-par 68 to end the day with a three-round score of 208 (-2). Blundell was one of only three golfers to finish the Cowboy Classic under-par, and
wound up with the best finish of any Sooner this season after placing in third. Junior Liam Logan (69-74-69) was only four shots behind Blundell to claim his first top-10 finish of the year, adding to his three other top-25 honors this season. Senior Tyler Rody (66-73-74) continued his recent string of success, as the Andover, Kan., native posted a score of 213 (+3) to close out the tournament just out of the top 10 with a 12th-place tie. The 4-under-par 66 shot by Rody is the lowest round of the year for the Sooners. Redshirt sophomore Riley Pumphrey and junior Ryan Sirman rounded out the scoring for OU as the duo finished in a share for 72nd at 224 (+14). With the combined efforts of Blundell, Logan and Rody, the Sooners were able to finish ahead of 19 other teams in the 24team tournament. After Tuesday’s finish, the Sooners tee off next Saturday at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate in Columbus, Ohio.
The legend of parity in March Madness rarely proves true After Monday’s NCAA men’s championship game, I, like most who were cheering for Butler to upset the powerhouse Duke Blue Devils, feel let down—just like most are when games end up opposite of how they would like. However, this game meant more to me than just a win or a loss. And really, it would have been a much bigger upset than just a small private school beating one of the most storied programs in the NCAA. A Butler victory could really have changed the way I see college basketball today. It would have meant more teams really do have a chance, not the select elite. Growing up, all sports fans are told from the CLARK media, older siblings and parents that March Madness is anyone’s game; that anybody can FOY win any given game and nobody is guaranteed anything. I could not take this seriously until Butler went all the way to the championship game, and lost by two points in a game that could have gone either way. Let’s face it: college basketball has been an elitist league for a long while. The only differences between NCAA basketball and other leagues are the media tells us it is “anyone’s game” in the tournament and everybody believes them. As a fan, I feel misled to have believed that this is actually anyone’s game. Maybe I’m overreacting, but so be it. I’m not buying the networks’ garbage anymore.
It’s really come down to a few teams in the league that matter and that’s it. Oddly, this is not a new thing. Since the teams in March Madness began being seeded in 1979, four teams seeded lower than No. 3 have won the tournament – (6) N.C. State in ’83, (8) Villanova in ’85, (6) Kansas in ’88 and (4) Arizona in ’97. Every team that has won a championship since then (Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Florida, Connecticut, Syracuse, Maryland, Michigan State, Kentucky, Arizona) has been from a major conference. I realize some teams will never reach the level some other schools are at, especially in the college game. Not every program can win a championship and that’s the way it should be. There should still be some adversity in the champion, though, and certainly the Final Four. Sadly, the Final Four is the same story. Since the 1997 Arizona championship, 12 teams seeded lower than No. 3 have made the Final Four. This means the other 34 remaining teams were seeded No. 3 or higher. Really, I just wish there could be more adversity. Duke fans aside, who wouldn’t have liked to see a small private school like Butler taking down a school who gets much more funding, better recruits and national recognition for its basketball program? It would have been one of the most talked about games
for the next 10 years. And had Gordon Hayward hit that last half-court prayer, I think the replay would have taken over Christian Laettner’s title of Most Overplayed Buzzer-Beater of All Time. Butler wasn’t the worst team to ever play in the title. They only lost four games in the regular season and, before losing to Duke, were on a 25-game win streak. In reality, this was not a “David v. Goliath” like the media wanted to be. Yes, they were a No. 5-seed. But any Horizon League team would be. But the last game, while the outcome was not of my preference, was so entertaining. There was competitive play, clutch shots were made on both ends and both teams traded small runs throughout the game. Had Butler won, maybe my mind would be changed. Maybe I could admit that March Madness is an equal-opportunity tournament. As of right now, I’m still convinced the storied adversity of the NCAA tournament is a bunch of bull, but I will say Butler has me looking forward to next year’s tournament to see if anyone can build on what it did. Here’s to hoping that some little program proves me wrong. I’ll be rooting for it the next time around in the championship games. But when it does happen, I can guarantee you that team will not be one of my bracket Final Four picks. Clark Foy is a journalism junior.
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Union Programming Board Exec Applications | executive committee applications for the Union programming Board are available now in the Student Life office and the Union Business Office. Applications are Due April 9. Get involved on campus and plan events with the Union Programming Board, www.ou.edu/upb. Revisiting the New Deal: Government Patronage and the Fine Arts | new exhibition on display now through May 9 in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Visit www.ou.edu/fjjma for more information. Intramural Update| Final day of team softball entries today at the Huston Huffman Center, $50 for three double elimination tournaments. Intramural softball officials training will also take place today at 5:30 p.m. at the Reaves Park Softball Complex, cost is $7.75 an hour, umpire slow pitch softball. Softball captains meeting at 7 p.m. in the Huston Huffman Center, room 130, all captains must attend. For more information visit recservices.ou.edu or call Jonathan Dewhirst, (405) 325-3053. Student Success Series: Research Writing I | 3 p.m. in Wagner Hall Room 280. Presented by University College. Oklahoma Festival Ballet | 8 p.m. in the Rupel J. Jones Theatre. OU School of Dance and University Theatre presents Oklahoma Festival Ballet: Four Ballets from Across the Centuries. Performances include pieces from Sleeping Beauty. Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors and OU faculty/ staff and $14 for OU students. Call the Fine Arts Box Office for more information, (405) 325-4101.
Friday, April 9 Free Movie: “Youth in Revolt” | free screening at 4, 7, 10 p.m. & midnight in Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union. Presented by the Union Programming Board and Campus Activities Council Film Series. ALWAYS SOMETHING at the union! Art a la CART | 6-9 p.m. at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Live music from the OU School of Music, screening of the short film “Gaining Ground,” and Origami making. Visit www.ou.edu/fjjma for more information. Sooner Baseball: OU vs. Missouri | 6:30 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Admission is free with a valid OU student ID.
Oklahoma Festival Ballet | 8 p.m. in the Rupel J. Jones Theatre. Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors and OU faculty/staff and $14 for OU students. Call the Fine Arts Box Office for more information, (405) 325-4101.
Saturday, April 10 Women’s Tennis: OU vs. Texas A&M | 11 a.m. at the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion. Admission is free for all fans! Sooner Baseball: OU vs. Missouri | 2 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Admission is free with a valid OU student ID. Oklahoma Festival Ballet | 8 p.m. in the Rupel J. Jones Theatre. Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors and OU faculty/staff and $14 for OU students. Call the Fine Arts Box Office for more information, (405) 325-4101. Masala World Music Series: Richard Todd-Horn | 8 p.m. in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students, faculty/staff and senior adults. Please call the Box Office at (405) 325-4101 for more information. Drive-In Movie Night: “The Blindside” | free screening at 9 p.m. on the Oklahoma Memorial Union East Lawn. Grab a blanket it and join us under the stars for our drive in movie, presented by the Union Programming Board. ALWAYS SOMETHING at the union!
Sunday, April 11 Sooner Baseball: OU vs. Missouri | 1 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Admission is free with a valid OU student ID. Oklahoma Festival Ballet | 3 p.m. in the Rupel J. Jones Theatre. Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors and OU faculty/staff and $14 for OU students. Call the Fine Arts Box Office for more information, (405) 325-4101. Sutton Concert Series: Academia Philharmonica | 3 p.m. in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students, faculty/staff and senior adults. Please call the Box Office at (405) 325-4101 for more information.
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Thursday, April 8, 2010
Two more glaciers gone from Glacier National Park BILLINGS, Mont. — Glacier National Park has lost two more of its namesake moving ice fields to climate change, which is shrinking the rivers of ice until they grind to a halt, the U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday. Warmer temperatures have reduced the number of named glaciers in the northwestern Montana park to 25, said Dan Fagre, an ecologist with the agency. He warned the rest of the glaciers may be gone by the end of the decade. “When we’re measuring glacier margins, by the time we go home the glacier is already smaller than what we’ve measured,” Fagre said. The two latest to fall below the 25 acre threshold were Miche Wabun and Shepard. Each had shrunk by roughly 55 percent since the mid-1960s. The largest remaining glacier in the park is Harrison Glacier, at about 465 acres. On a local scale, fewer glaciers mean less water in streams for fish and a higher risk for forest fires. More broadly, Fagre said the fate of the glaciers offers a climate barometer, indicating dramatic changes to some ecosystems already under way. While the melt off shows the climate is changing, it does not show exactly what is causing temperatures to rise. In alpine regions around the world, glacier melting has accelerated in recent decades as
Jon Crandall of Coram, Mont., paddles his canoe across Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Mont. Scientists said Wednesday, April 7, 2010 that Glacier National Park has lost two more of its namesake moving icefields to climate change, which is shrinking the rivers of ice until they grind to a halt temperatures increased. Most scientists tie that warming directly to higher atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. Some glaciers, such as in the Himalayas, could hold out for centuries in a warmer world. But more than 90 percent of glaciers worldwide are in retreat, with major losses already seen across much of Alaska, the Alps, the Andes and numerous other ranges, according
to researchers in the United States and Europe. In some areas of the Alps, ski resorts set atop glaciers have taken drastic measures to stave off the decline, such as draping glaciers in plastic sheeting to keep them cooler. It could prove a losing battle: Scientists working for the United Nations say the last period of widespread glacial growth was more than three decades ago, lasting
only for a few years. Since about 1850, when the Little Ice Age ended, the trend has been steadily downward. The area of the Rocky Mountains now within Glacier National Park once boasted about 150 glaciers, of which 37 were eventually named. Fagre said a handful of the park’s largest glaciers could survive past 2020 or even 2030, but by that point the ecosystem would already be irreversibly altered.
Fagre said geological evidence points to the continual presence of glaciers in the area since at least 5000 B.C. “They’ve been on this landscape continually for 7,000 years, and we’re looking at them disappear in a couple of decades,” he said. A glacier needs to be 25 acres to qualify for the title. If it shrinks more, it does not always stop moving right away. A smaller mass of ice on a steep slope would continue to grind its way through the mountains, but eventually could disappear completely. Smaller glaciers and warmer temperatures could lower stream flows, which in turn prompt fishing restrictions and hobble whitewater rafting businesses, said Denny Gignoux, who runs an outfitting business in West Glacier. Tourism is a $1 billion-a-year industry in the area. “What happens when all these threats increase?” Gignoux asked. “We’re losing a draw to Glacier.” A report released Wednesday by two environmental groups highlighted the threat to tourism of fewer glaciers. The study by the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization and Natural Resources Defense Council included an analysis of weather records that showed Glacier was 2 degrees hotter on average from 2000 to 2009, compared with 1950 to 1979. —AP
STATE BRIEFS OKLA. CITY MAN ARRESTED FOR MURDER IN FETUS’ DEATH
ecology, for five year reviews of the project and other activities related to the cleanup.
OKLAHOMA CITY — An 18-year-old Oklahoma City man has been arrested for murder in the death of his pregnant girlfriend’s fetus. Police say Deontaye Frederick was arrested Tuesday and is being held in the Oklahoma County jail. Records did not indicate whether he had yet hired an attorney. Frederick is accused of punching 18-year-old Brittany Davis in the stomach on March 31 — leading to the stillborn birth of her fetus a day later. Davis told police Frederick was the father of the child.
CHEROKEES DEDICATE NATIONAL SUPREME COURT MUSEUM
EPA AWARDS $324,000 TO QUAPAW TRIBE OF OKLAHOMA OKLAHOMA CITY — The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma will receive $324,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency for management assistance at the Tar Creek Superfund site. The site in Ottawa County in northeastern Oklahoma has been contaminated after years of lead and zinc mining in the area. The money is to be used to investigate and study the cleanup, assess the risk to human health and the
TAHLEQUAH — One of the state’s oldest buildings now will be used as a museum operated by the Cherokee Nation. Tribal officials including Cherokee Chief Chad Smith gathered Wednesday to dedicate the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum. The building was built in 1844 and the tribe says it is Oklahoma’s oldest public building. Smith says the building was the site of the first sessions of the Cherokee National Supreme Court more than 165 years ago. The museum will feature exhibits focusing on the Cherokee judicial system, the Cherokee Advocate and Cherokee Phoenix newspapers and the Cherokee language. The tribe’s preservation projects in recent years have included the building, Ross Cemetery, the Cherokee National Capitol Building and Cherokee National Prison. All are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. —AP
OG&E opens wind power transmission lines OKLAHOMA CITY — Transmission lines carrying electricity, generated by wind, are now open from Woodward to Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Gas and Electric announced Tuesday it has turned on its new 121-mile Windspeed transmission line that connects wind farms in northwestern Oklahoma to OG&E’s power grid. Company officials called the line a vital pathway for wind power produced in northwest Oklahoma. It connects wind farms in that area to OG&E’s power grid. “This is an important milestone in the ongoing development of renewable energy in our state,” said Pete Delaney, OG&E Energy Corp. chairman, president and CEO. “The new line supports a more robust build-out of Oklahoma’s wind potential; producing revenue for
landowners, creating jobs, increasing tax revenues in northwestern Oklahoma, and delivering renewable energy to Oklahoma consumers.” Delaney said the $200 million project, which was approved by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in 2008, was completed on time and on budget. OG&E customers paid for construction of the new power line with a monthly charge averaging about $1.40 a month, company spokesman Brian Alford said. The transmission line runs from northwest Oklahoma City to Woodward. It connects OG&Es new extra-high-voltage substation near Woodward with the company’s existing transmission grid. The new Woodward substation also will serve as a renewable energy transmission hub as more wind farms are developed in
“The new line supports a more robust build-out of Oklahoma’s wind potential, producing revenue for landowners, creating jobs, increasing tax revenues in northwestern Oklahoma and delivering renewable energy to Oklahoma consumers.” PETE DELANEY, OG&E ENERGY CORP. CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT AND CEO the area. The Southwest Power Pool, a regional organization that manages transmission in Oklahoma, Kansas, parts of Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana, could add two more lines: one
connecting Woodward to the Panhandle and another north to Kansas. OG&E has about 777,000 customers in its 30,000-square-mile service area in Oklahoma and western Arkansas. —AP
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Kan. Hereâ€™s what they said. MC: I saw on your Web site that youâ€™re playing bills with Midlake, Grizzly Bear, Yo La Tengo and Pavement this sumOne of the indescribably tremendous things about the mer. Which band are you most looking forward to meet? 21st Century is that globalization plows through borders and LT: Iâ€™m looking forward to playing with Yo La Tengo. Their reduces the distances created by entire oceans to a centime- last album [â€œPopular Songsâ€?] is great. Midlake Iâ€™ve seen a couters-long loading bar on a laptop screen. Local bands get ple of times. Iâ€™m most excited to meet Grizzly Bear, though. downloaded in Tokyo or Rio de Janeiro and foreign bands Weâ€™re a little cheesed off since weâ€™ve been trying to see them tour wherever people will listen to them. Fortunately America for a year and a half. Theyâ€™re always playing the day after us constitutes the bulk of the worldâ€™s indie or whatever. music listening audience, so we score larger The cover of â€œUnderachievers Please CAMERA OBSCURA AT OU proportion of acts visiting from abroad, like Try Harderâ€? is probably one of my all-time Glasgowâ€™s best-known indie rockers Camera favorite covers. Howâ€™d you guys get that When: 8 tonight Obscura, who play tonight with Princeton at shot? Where: Meacham Auditorium in Meacham Auditorium â€” free of charge for For Underachievers, that was Stuart The Oklahoma Memorial Union OU students. [Murdoch] from Belle and Sebastianâ€™s idea Cost: Free with student I.D., $10 Formed originally in 1996, the Scottish â€” he shot the photo. The girls provided the for non-students melo-pop band blends beautiful melodies teddy bear and the glasses, and thatâ€™s how it with sweeping and catchy flourishes of guicame together. tars, organ and recorded violins behind lead In touring all over the place, where have singer Tracyanne Campbellâ€™s mused delivery. Her voice is you found to be really well-received that surprised you? tailor-fit for the intellectual pop of â€œFrench Navy,â€? where she We just recently went to Indonesia â€” I didnâ€™t know we were â€œspent a week in a dusty libraryâ€? cutely remarking that â€?rela- listened to in Indonesia â€” but we played two shows, and one tionships were something I used to do, convinced me they was in an arena which was quite full. Weâ€™ve been to Australia, were better for me than you.â€? which was good fun. Itâ€™s always fun though to come to the The bandâ€™s 2009 record â€œMy Maudlin Careerâ€? set off indie- states and be somewhere youâ€™ve never been. nerd alarms throughout the U.S. and U.K., prompting high Really? Indonesia? praise from Brit music rags NME and Drowned in Sound, as Yeah, it was very strange. The offer came through to our well as Pitchfork and Paste. The Dailyâ€™s Matt Carney was able agent and â€” I mean, we couldnâ€™t say no! Culturally, it sounded to catch up with the bandâ€™s drummer Lee Thomson over the awesome since none of us have ever been there. phone before the bandâ€™s show at The Bottleneck in Lawrence,
So what was your welcome to the industry moment? Glasgowâ€™s prettyy small â€Ś it itâ€™ss the kinda place where peoplee might get popular and move to London, ondon, but weâ€™re not likee that. In Glasgow, you get et to hang out with people ople whose records your our really like all the he time. It makes it more fun being in bands and meeting ng people whose music you love. Actually, now that I think about it, meeting [legendary BBC Radio 1 DJ] John Peel and playing a session with him was tops. Canâ€™t beat that, mate.
Acoustic performance promises different delivery ANNIKA LARSON Daily Staff Writer
This Sunday brings the opportunity to see indie singer-songwriter Kevin Devine â€” with Normanâ€™s Jacob Abello â€” at OU. Devineâ€™s music sounds a little like The Shins, The Format and Nirvana, among countless other influences. His lyrics run the gamut from introspective to observational to cutesy-romantic. The show will be solo acoustic, but not in the way you might think. â€œI kind of hate the connotations that most acoustic music brings with it,â€? Devine said. â€œI donâ€™t really like when itâ€™s sort of like wilting flower, thinking about how sad it is that the girl you love doesnâ€™t love you back.â€? He said heâ€™s more drawn to acoustic music made by the likes of Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Elliott Smith, because theyâ€™re more tough, and he prefers to make similar music. Devine said when he plays with a band, it sounds more like Pavement or Nirvana, but when heâ€™s by himself, itâ€™s different. â€œThe folk singer side of myself is a little more spoken to,â€? Devine said of playing alone. â€œSomewhere between indie rock, folk music and a little punk rock with some old country thrown in. Theyâ€™re very â€˜song-yâ€™ songs.â€? Devine recently finished an Australian tour with popular rock
band Brand New, a group that he has known for years. His most recent release is a split EP with Manchester O Orchestra called â€œI Could Be the Only One,â€? an indie-rock die-rock act that also has played at OU. The EP features ures Devine and Manchester Orchestra each playing aying one of each otherâ€™s songs. His lastestt album is 2009â€™s â€œBrotherâ€™s Blood.â€? Devine grew up in Brooklyn,, home to a thriving local music scene. Hee said that his New York upbringing plays a role ole in the observationall aspects of his music. â€œI think when hen youâ€™re in New York, you ou peoplewatch a lot,â€? Devine evine said. â€œYour thoughts ts are fed by any of the million ion different stories playing in front of you ou as you walk down the street.â€? Devine is an artist whose work and enthusiasm promise a great show. Any fan of indie rock, folk, or â€œsong-yâ€? songs should make it a point to be there.
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CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- The incentive you’re likely to need in order to become an achiever today might have to come from being strongly motivated materially. If you are, you’ll pull out all the stops.
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AT HOME Tina Fey will return to the set of “Saturday Night Live” when she hosts the program with musical guest Justin Bieber at 10:30 p.m. Saturday on NBC.
ON CAMPUS The “Larger Than Life: Sculpture and the American West” sculpture symposium will take place all day, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and is free to the public.
ON CAMPUS The Union Programming Board will host a screening of the Michael Cera comedy “Youth in Revolt” at 4, 7, 10 p.m. and midnight Friday in Meacham Auditorium.
IN OKC Rock band Eden Sharmaine will release its new album “Our Fathers” with The Pretty Black Chains, For The Atlantic, The Looks The Mirror And The Beard and Algebra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Conservatory, 8911 N. Western Ave. Tickets are $7.
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to defifine its sound and start slithering it its way onto show bills across Oklahoma City. The fact that garage rock acts like The Pretty JOSHUA BOYDSTON Black Chains and The Boom Bang — who acDaily Sta Staff Writer tually helped the band book several of its first gigs — had begun to take the state by storm Sometimes, a name just sticks. only helped Copperheads get things rolling, “The first time we were practicing together, which all the guys are thankful for. and we spotted a package of Copperhead “It’s just cool that everyone is willing to help strings on the floor and each other out,” Escobar said. thought ‘damn, that sounds The group would eventuGETTING TO KNOW awesome’,” said Jesse Sparks, ally catch the attention of proCOPPERHEADS bassist for Oklahoma City’s ducer Chris Harris, who would Copperheads. go on to record Copperheads’ Who: Kyle Vasquez, Andy It’s a simple enough name, self-title EP and continue Escobar, Jesse Sparks and Dane one that the guys were “too Kitchens the chain of local help at his lazy to change,” with Sparks Hook Echo Sound studio in adding “once you tell people From: Oklahoma City Norman your name, there’s no changGoing to the studio not only ing it anyway.” For fans of: The Stooges, The afforded Copperheads the But the name has grown to Germs opportunity to help spread suit the guys, especially conits music, it also solidified the sidering how quickly the band Upcoming shows: 9 p.m. April band’s objectives. 10 at Opolis, Norman with 8Bit is sinking its fangs into the “We wanted to make the Cynics and Bradley Fielder Oklahoma rock scene. best of the worst,” Vasquez Vocalist/guitarist Kyle s a i d w h e n a s k e d w hat 8 p.m.April 23 at The Conservatory, Vasquez, drummer Andy Copperheads’ mission in Oklahoma City with The Willowz Escobar and Sparks formed music was. “To take the worst and The Pretty Black Chains the band around a year ago. sound you can get and make Vasquez and Escobar had it good.” 5:10 p.m. April 24 on The previously played in a psy“To be loud,” Escobar Guestroom Records Stage at chedelic, jam band (a style the continued. Norman Music Festival guys said “no longer fit them” That loud spontaneity was but occasionally pops up in just as evident in the recordCopperheads), while Sparks ing process; all the songs were had performed in a different band with his done in one take, Sparks said. cousin Dane Kitchens, who wouldn’t be added Though going to the studio might have “conto Copperheads until after the group recorded densed” the songwriting process, little else is an EP. The four had been playing music in vari- different. ous capacities since they were sixteen and had The one thing that would change is the addibeen friends since high school. tion of Kitchens to the lineup, a decision made Copperheads did little beyond writing just after the band noted how much better the a handful of songs and the occasional prac- music sounded with the added rhythm guitar tice session those first few months, but at the — which Vasquez played during recording. six-month mark that band went into a flurry of But Kitchens would just reinforce the obsongwriting and began to book its first shows. jective at hand, adding another ever-evolving It took little time after that for Copperheads
OKC punk band Copperheads is striking the music scene at just the right time
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Cooperheads, an Oklahoma City-native band will perform at Norman Music Festival, which will take place April 24 and 25 in downtown Norman. element to live shows. “We hardly ever play the songs the same way,” Kitchens said, “the pang of guitar strings or fuzzy feedback ... it only adds to our sound.” Add a little raw power and dangerous edge to that spontaneity, and you’ve got quite the beastly sound. So with the four-piece lineup cemented, Copperheads have its eyes ahead at a fullybooked April that will expose the band to an even larger crowd. The band will head up to Stillwater, open for The Willowz on April 23 and play the Guestroom Records Stage at Norman Music Festival the next day. But the most telling show might be the one
Saturday night. The band will play with 8Bit Cynics and Bradley Fielder as a part of the NMF3 fundraiser show, a spot that was filled by The Pretty Black Chains for last year’s fundraiser. It only took weeks for PBC to become a local favoriteafter its showing. The band hopes to carry the momentum into the summer, booking more shows around Norman and potentially recording a full-length album. It’s only been months since the band stumbled upon its name, but now that it is one of the most dangerous bands around, Copperheads has finally slipped into its skin. Its seems pretty comfortable in it.
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