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Sparse rainfall exacerbates drought With Oklahoma still in the midst of drought, a dry summer is predicted KELLY ROGERS Campus Reporter @KellyRogersOU
Drought conditions are intensifying across much of Oklahoma, and state climatologists report the lack of April showers could result in a lack of May flowers, at the least. This April has been the 12th driest April Oklahoma has experienced since 1895, according to an Oklahoma Climatological Survey press release, associate state climatologist Gary McManus said.
Oklahoma has recently experienced hot and dry weather and windy conditions, which contribute to the lasting drought. Both have had long-term and short-term effects on the state. These effects include wheat crop damage and increased fire danger, McManus said. “We’re hoping there will be relief, but it’s almost impossible to predict where the isolated storms are going to form in the springtime,” McManus said. McManus said collected weather data from previous situations can help climatologists make predictions for the upcoming seasons. Because of this data, McManus said Oklahoma’s summer could be very hot and dry.
The lack of rain, however, did result in a lower tornado total, McManus said. This April, Oklahoma had four tornadoes. Since 1950, Oklahoma’s average April tornado count has been 12. Additionally, the eastern part of the state still has full water reservoirs, McManus said. But without widespread rainfall, they may not stay that way. “It doesn’t have to be the same way every year, but in general, if you enter the summer season with drought in place, it’s more likely that the heat and dry conditions will intensify,” McManus said. Kelly Rogers, email@example.com
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Caesar and his handler Master Sergeant Greg Vollmer run through commands on Tuesday afternoon across from Adams Center. Caesar is a 3-year-old German Shepherd primarily trained in hazardous devices detection. He was trained entirely by OUPD officers and he was the first K-9 trained internally at the university. The two were OUPD’s Officers of the Year in 2012 and 2013.
Seven OU architecture and environmental design students will, like many other students, present their final capstone project next week — except their project aims to improve an entire community. The students will present their plan to renovate the Woods County Courthouse’s outdoor stage to be more accessible for future events. This plan will build on and improve upon a formal development plan formulated by the Oklahoma Arts Council, said Ronald Frantz, a s s o c i a t e a rc h i t e c t u re professor. Frantz started as an architectural consultant for the arts council’s Cultural District Initiative last SEE COMMUNITY PAGE 2
Police dog Caesar’s skills on patrol and at major events a welcome addition to OUPD KATE BERGUM
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ot all police officers on campus wear a uniform. Take, for example, a young officer named Caesar. His attributes include extensive training, certification, a mean sense of smell and a tail. In sum, he is one cool canine. Caesar, a 3-year-old German Shepherd, works with OU Police Department and Norman Police Hazardous Devices Unit and is one of the youngest officers on staff, even in dog years. Caesar’s handler, Master Sgt. Greg Vollmer, said Caesar is certified by the National Tactical Police Dog Association and the International Police Work Dog Association for explosives detection. “I always tell people I’m just his driver,” Vollmer said. “Instead of wearing a tuxedo, I wear a police uniform. I schedule his appearances and I’m kind of his manager, but he runs the show.” Caesar has been a part of OUPD since he was 6 weeks old. He was selected by Master Officer Brian Nelson with one other dog and trained in a residency program as part of a joint effort between OUPD and the Athletic Department to prepare OUPD to train their own police dogs, Vollmer said. Caesar came to Norman when he was 6 months old, and he has been working ever since.
Vollmer said, in addition to being trained for hazardous device detection, Caesar works with him on patrol. They also work behind the scenes at many large events, such as football or basketball games, Vollmer said. “We try to keep eyes on everything whenever there’re large crowds,” Vollmer said. One of Caesar’s biggest roles on the police force is reaching out to the community. He and Vollmer have sat in on floor meetings and faculty-in-residence events, Vollmer said. “Not only do we do the day-to-day patrol functions and hazardous devices detection, but we’re really large into community policing — building bonds with kids and stuff like that so that they feel that the police officers here at the university are approachable,” Vollmer said.
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Caesar has helped a great deal with projecting that approachable image, Vollmer said, which helps the police department complete its overall goals. “The better relationship we have with the students and everybody, the more effective we can be at protecting you and everybody else,” Vollmer said.
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GO AND DO University of Oklahoma 2014 convocations College of Allied Health convocation 3:30 p.m. T. Howard McCasland Field House, 151 W. Brooks St. College of Architecture convocation 1:30 p.m. Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd St.
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The OU Chant Park sits empty on Thursday evening as regular classes draw to a close. A gift from the Class of 2003, the park is located on the west side of Dale Hall and has the OU Chant embedded in the sidewalk at the entrance.
Seniors raise $7,000 for new class gift scholarship fund The OU Class of 2014 will establish a scholarship for future Sooners as their official class gift to the university. The scholarship will be awarded annually to an incoming freshman based on academics, leadership potential and their aptitude for causing change at OU, according to a press release. So far, the class has raised $7,000 for the fund. OU Alumni Association members will match the amount of money the classes raise to create an annual scholarship, according to a press release. The class chose a scholarship as their gift to offset the growing costs of education, said Tyler Campbell, senior class gift
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k-9: Caesar has extensive training Continued from page 1 Caesar also makes off-campus visits to places including daycares and middle schools. Children will crawl all over the dog and enjoy every bit of it, Vollmer said. “It’s really a treat to be able to go out and see these
kids play with him and stuff, and he enjoys it as much as they do,” Vollmer said. C a e s a r ’s l a i d - b a c k personality is relatively unique among police dogs, Vollmer said. Since he was a puppy, Caesar was socialized so he would be comfortable around groups of people.
Because he is so gentle, Caesar is ideal for tracking vulnerable people, such as missing children and elderly Alzheimer’s patients who have wandered off, Vollmer said. More aggressive dogs might scare these people.
College of Engineering convocation 1:30 p.m. Lloyd Noble Center Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts convocation 10 a.m. Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center
College of Arts and Sciences convocation 10 a.m. Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 S. Jenkins Ave. College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences convocation 7 p.m. Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center
College of International Studies convocation 2 p.m. Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center, 560 Parrington Oval Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication convocation 12:30 p.m. T. Howard McCasland Field House
Michael F. Price College of Business convocation 7:30 p.m. Lloyd Noble Center
College of Law convocation 10:30 a.m. Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker, Oklahoma City
Aviation Undergraduate Programs Candidates will be recognized during the Michael F. Price College of Business convocation.
College of Liberal Studies convocation 4 p.m. Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center
College of Dentistry commencement 2 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 131 NW 4th St., Oklahoma City
College of Medicine commencement 10 a.m. Saturday, May 31 Civic Center Music Hall, Oklahoma City
College of Dentistry Dental Hygiene convocation 10 a.m. First United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy convocation 10 a.m. T. Howard McCasland Field House
College of Nursing convocation 4:30 p.m. Lloyd Noble Center College of Pharmacy commencement 10 a.m. Saturday, June 7 Civic Center Music Hall, Oklahoma City
Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education convocation 6:30 p.m. T. Howard McCasland Field House
College of Public Health convocation 2 p.m. Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union
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plan, Frantz created a new capstone class for the College of Architecture. In the class, students provided design assistance and summer. He surveyed buildings in Alva, revisions to the official plan, Frantz said. Okla., and found their courthouse’s conThe seven students, three environmencrete outdoor stage wasn’t sufficient, he tal design majors and four architecture said. majors, will have their final presentation The arts council created the Cultural from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 7 in Gould District Initiative, which is a project that Hall’s Buskuhl Gallery. designates areas to serve as districts that promote arts and culture to revitalize the surrounding communities, Frantz said. Mike Brestovansky After submitting an official renovation firstname.lastname@example.org;
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Botched execution shows importance of transparency
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This Tuesday photo shows the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. after Robert Patton stopped the execution of Clayton Lockett. Lockett died 43 minutes after his execution began Tuesday night, as Oklahoma used a new drug combination for the first time in the state. Autopsy results are pending, but state prison officials say Lockett apparently suffered a massive heart attack.
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secret â€” from everyone. its people and did not uphold We believe secrecy breeds suspigovernmental transparency during the cion and worsens the bad behaviors botched execution of Clayton Lockett taken to keep information private. on Tuesday. The heinous execution of Lockett was a culmination of the desperate Governmental transparency is attempts of Oklahoma lawmakers crucial for a democracy to function to maintain the death penalty at all fairly. Every U.S. citizen has a right costs rather than to know what their government is The Our View halting executions is the majority until new methods doing and how theyâ€™re doing it, from opinion of death row inmates to college stucould be tested and The Dailyâ€™s dents working on a class project. eight-member codified. Is it really Even though he was sentenced editorial board worth attempting to to death for his crimes, we believe execute prisoners Clayton Lockett had a right to know with untested drugs how he was going to die. Oklahomaâ€™s from unknown origins over giving botched execution Tuesday night has prisoners a little extra time in lockup made headlines all over the world until their ultimate punishment can and ignited debate over the use of be carried out humanely? the death penalty. However, we are Oklahoma and other states with more concerned with the fact that the death penalty no longer have states are allowed to keep the source easy access to traditional lethal inand contents of lethal injection drugs jection drugs after the European
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Union banned export of the drugs in 2011 due to the its opposition to the death penalty. Many U.S. manufacturers are also refusing to produce the drugs because they donâ€™t want to be associated with the death penalty. Rather than halt all impending executions while new methods are explored, most states have chosen to move forward with the executions, adopting dangerous secrecy policies in the process. Oklahoma adopted a secrecy law to avoid questions about the legality of the of the drugs by simply not sharing information about the sources of these drugs. Tuesdayâ€™s gruesome episode in the execution chamber was a culmination of Oklahomaâ€™s disregard for governmental transparency and human safety after running dry on typical lethal injection drugs. Donâ€™t get us wrong, we havenâ€™t forgotten that Lockett was sentenced to
die after being found guilty of murder. However, the Oklahoma justice system failed in its duty in carrying out Lockettâ€™s execution. The U.S. Constitution forbids cruel and unusual punishment, a law that Oklahoma violated when prisoner officials injected Lockett with an untested mix of drugs and watched as he writhed on the gurney, conscious, for nearly an hour until he died from a heart attack. We believe the worst part of the whole sickening episode is that it did not have to happen this way. Lawyers for Lockett and another Oklahoma death row inmate, Charles Warner, argued Oklahoma was violating state and federal laws by refusing to release the sources of the drugs. The case caused war between Oklahoma courts, with a lower-court judge and the Oklahoma Supreme Court going see Editorial page 4
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GEORGE LYNN CROSS RESEARCH PROFESSORSHIP Muna I. Naash, Professor of Cell Biology, College of Medicine
GOOD TEACHING AWARD Dora DiGiacinto, Associate Professor of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, College of Allied Health
DAVID ROSS BOYD PROFESSORSHIPS G. FrĂ¤ns Currier, Professor and Chair of Orthodontics, College of Dentistry
PROVOSTâ€™S RESEARCH AWARD FOR SENIOR FACULTY Jody A. Summers, Professor of Cell Biology, College of Medicine
Daniel L. Oâ€™Donoghue, Professor of Cell Biology, College of Medicine
PRESIDENTIAL PROFESSORSHIPS J. Neil Henderson, Professor of Health Promotion Sciences, College of Public Health Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professor
George B. Selby, Professor of Medicine, College of Medicine REGENTSâ€™ AWARDS FOR SUPERIOR TEACHING Sinya Benyajati, Associate Professor of Physiology, College of Medicine
Mark L. Lang, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine Presbyterian Health Foundation Presidential Professor
Nancy Halliday, Associate Professor of Cell Biology, College of Medicine Steven E. Mattachione, Associate Professor of Health Administration and Policy, College of Public Health REGENTSâ€™ AWARD FOR SUPERIOR RESEARCH AND CREATIVE ACTIVITY 5REHUW+DO6FRÂżHOG3URIHVVRURI0HGLFLQH College of Medicine
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PROVOSTâ€™S RESEARCH AWARD FOR JUNIOR FACULTY Aaron M. Wendelboe, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, College of Public Health
REGENTSâ€™ PROFESSORSHIPS Gary E. Raskob, Dean of the College of Public Health; Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, College of Public Health; Professor of Medicine, College of Medicine
Jimmy Ballard, Professor and Chair of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine Paul DeAngelis, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine David Dyer, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine H. Anne Pereira, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy Rodney Tweten, George Lynn Cross Research Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine
James F. McGinnis, Professor of Ophthalmology, Professor of Cell Biology, College of Medicine Presbyterian Health Foundation Presidential Professor
Paul Weigel, George Lynn Cross Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine
William H. Meyer, Professor of Pediatrics, College of Medicine Presbyterian Health Foundation Presidential Professor
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF INVENTORS AWARD Paul DeAngelis, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine
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back and forth between halting the executions and allowing them. Ultimately, the amount of conflict about the executions and rising nationwide inquiries into the legality of new lethal injection methods should have stayed the execution. Instead, Governor Mary Fallin issued a two-week stay of execution and then demanded the execution continue with the three-drug mixture as planned. She has since ordered an investigation into the botched execution, but for us, that is too little too late. And this isnâ€™t even the first time a shocking execution has taken place in Oklahoma. In January, Oklahoma used execution drugs from an unknown source to kill Michael Lee Wilson who
reportedly said, â€œI feel my whole body burning,â€? before dying in apparent pain. We believe it is absolutely unacceptable for states to keep the sources and obtainment methods of lethal injection drugs secret. Oklahomans deserve full transparency of their government and were done an incredible disservice on Tuesday. We also believe it is vitally important to learn from Oklahomaâ€™s botched execution. Other states also plan to experiment with secretly-obtained execution drugs, including Texas. Rather than allow more inmates to suffer violently on the gurney, the U.S. government should step in and require state transparency, so prisoners can be executed humanely and fairly if they must be.
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The Oklahoma baseball team has forgotten what it feels like to win. OU (25-21, 5-10 Big 12) is on a six-game losing streak, and coach Pete Hughes’ squad has just two wins in its last 13 tries. “It’s all about wins and losses,” Hughes said. “I know community ser vice and bringing your family up in a college community is important, but I’m in it for the wins.” The coach said he and his players are worn out by the extended slump. The steady diet of losses has made the squad sick. “When these guys are done playing and they get to their nine-to-five lives, they’ll never feel this crummy again,” Hughes said. “That’s
the raw emotion of athletics … I just want to get on the other side of the great part of athletics, and that’s winning.” Oklahoma will get that chance this weekend as it hosts Baylor (20-26, 5-12 Big 12) in a three-game weekend series. Along with Kansas State, the Sooners and Bears make up the bottom three teams in the conference standings. The last place team gets left out of the Big 12 Tournament, placing even more pressure on OU this weekend. Missing the conference tournament is a mathematical possibility for the young Sooner squad, but according to junior catcher Mac James, it’s not much of a probability. “You don’t miss tournaments here at Oklahoma,” he said. “It’s not who we are.” But before OU can think about its spot in the tournament, the team has to win a game. “We’ve got to play cleaner, we’ve got to play better and
want to face the Sooners. “Across the country, everybody is looking at us and going, ‘Why? What’s the deal with them?’ They know how talented we are,” he said. The slump has hurt the Sooners, but their coach has a solution to stop the streak. “There’s only one remedy to it,” Hughes said. “You put your head down and keep working.” Oklahoma and Baylor will begin the series at 6 p.m. tonight at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The teams will return to the diamond at 2 p.m. Saturday Christopher michie/the daily before the series finale at 1 Sophomore catcher Anthony Hermelyn is hit by a pitch during the April 22 game against Texas-Arligton at p.m. Sunday. L. Dale Mitchell Park. Despite a late rally, the Sooners lost the game 6-5.
we’ve got to get our guys feeling good about each other so we can get out of this funk,” Hughes said. The Sooners rank nextto-last in fielding percentage, and they have the second-worst team earned run average in the conference. With Baylor coming to
Norman playing equally bad postseason, sophomore baseball, OU will have an op- outfielder Craig Aikin said portunity to stop the down- better-seeded teams won’t ward slide. “We have a really talented team,” James said. “I think once we get one, it’ll be time to go.” If Oklahoma is able t o s e c u re a sp o t i n t h e
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BAM! BIFF! POW! The first Saturday in May is a special day in the hearts of many comic book readers. For 12 years, the American comic book industry has sponsored the national event Free Comic Book Day to promote comic book readership at local, independently-owned comic book retailers. Speeding Bullet Comics, on Porter Avenue in Norman, has participated in Free Comic Book Day every year since the beginning, and this Saturday will be no different, owner Matthew Price said. “We always have a large crowd,” Price said. “It’s generally our busiest day of the year, as far as people in the door.” Price said he meets someone at Free Comic Book Day each year who is picking up their first comic because of the event. Yet, the celebration also attracts the usual comic book fans, Price said. “If you are a regular reader, it’s a way to get out of your comfort zone and try something new, as well as getting to join in the communal aspect of seeing and meeting other fans who are enjoying the hobby,” Price said. Becasue Speeding Bullet has been participating in Free Comic Book Day since the beginning, Price said he sees readers, who were kids at the first event 12 years ago, return as college students. “That’s really exciting for
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Speeding Bullet Comics special projects manager Dan Nash and owner Matthew Price prepare for free comic book day on Saturday. The event is used to get people who otherwise wouldn’t be interested in comic books to check out what they have to offer.
me, to know we helped spur a love of reading in a young person,” Price said. Price said the day is also an opportunity for local and regional comic book creators to get out in front of readers with special signings and
GO AND DO Free Comic Book Day When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday Where: Speeding Bullet Comics, 614 N Porter Ave., Norman Price: Free
appearances. Oklahoma City writer and artist Derreck Jackson has been creating comics for over 20 years. Jackson said he will be giving away copies of his latest comic, “The Speeding Bullet,” Saturday at Speeding Bullet Comics. But Jackson said the best part of Free Comic Book Day is getting to share a love of comics, which he has had since he was a kid. “It’s a chance to not only promote the comics I love and the comics I create, it’s also a chance to inform and teach those who are curious about comics in general,” Jackson said. Oklahoma artist and
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writer S.A. McClung will also be signing and doing sketches at Speeding Bullet on Saturday. “Creators are there to add a little something extra to the event,” McClung said. “We aren’t the main draw. We just add a bit of Comic-Conish flavor to it.” McClung said Free Comic Book Day attracts new readers to the medium, especially children, which the industry needs to stay relevant. Jackson said Free Comic Book Day is much more than just an event to give away free stuff. Most comic book stores sponsor special events like signings, games, costume contests and food.
“It ’s like being at a mini-comic convention without the expense of purchasing tickets,” Jackson said. Contemporary comic companies publish many more genres beyond the tried and true superhero staples of Batman and Superman, Jackson said. “There are so many different art styles, stories and genres, it’s almost impossible not to love some type of comic in this vast universe of variety,” Jackson said. Tony Beaulieu email@example.com
f all the holidays America has stolen from other cultures and commercialized into binge-drinko-thons, Cinco de Mayo has got to be my favorite. However, this year, May 5 falls on the first day of exam week! How could they do this do us? I don’t care that we’re one week of hard work away from three months of perpetual drinking. As an American of German and Danish descent, I demand a day off to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride! It’s such a hard decision. Should I study and my pass the classes I’m lucky enough to pay about $600 a piece for, or should I drink 11 margaritas? I wish I could ask the “Most Interesting Man in World” from the Dos Equis commercials what he would do. He’d probably say something along the lines of, “I don’t know, my real name is Jonathan Goldsmith.” More online at OUDaily.com