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ONLINE Check out the following content on Interactive Memorial: An interactive memorial is a map that incorporates your experiences of the storm into the Moore landscape. Where were you during the storm? Tweet @OUDaily to tell us your stories. State High Education Funds: Oklahoma State House of Representatives came to a resolution on the state budget for FY 15, including the recommendations for Higher Ed funding. Fallin requested a 5% decrease but the budget keeps funding at the same amount as last year.

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Celebration of recovery Fallin, Briarwood students and Moore residents come together to talk about last year’s devastation, celebrate the year’s recovery and plan further improvements

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State Senator arressted on suspicion of DWI: On his last day in office Oklahoma Sen. Harry Coates, R-Seminole, was busted for DWI in NE Texas. He introduced laws increasing penalities for drunk driving in Oklahoma after his relative Brandon Burgett was killed by a drunk driver. Coates has made previous headlines with an extramarital affair scandal. Walking Dead: The newest installment of Telltale’s “The Walking Dead” game has been touted as one of the darkest in the series, but with less zombie action than previous episodes, is it on par with the rest of the series?

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The city of Moore celebrated a year of rebuilding with a ceremony on the grounds of the new Moore Medical Center, where the devastating EF5 tornado ravaged the community one year ago Wednesday. With a clear sky overhead, representatives of Oklahoma stood before the audience at the ceremony in remembrance of those lost in the tragedy. They gave praise to the individuals who provided care for Moore during and after

the tornado. “Everyone became a first responder that day,” said Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis. He described the struggle, and ultimately the strength, of Moore and its surrounding Oklahoma communities in overcoming the events of that day. Gov. Mary Fallin echoed the mayor’s remarks, mentioning Moore’s resilience multiple times in her speech. More online at

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The Briarwood Elementary celebration held on May 20, 2014, was a time for the community to come together and reflect on the progress Moore has made since an EF5 tornado ripped through their town, destroying two elementary schools, including Briarwood. The celebration began with the students of Briarwood walking

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One year has passed since the devastating EF5 tornado struck Moore, Okla., and adjacent areas, killing 24 people and injuring 377 others. On May 20th, the town of Moore showed its strength as a community w ith the “Moore Re cover y Celebration!” The celebration was held at Veterans Park in Moore to recognize the dedication of the residents of Moore, and beyond, to rebuild the community.

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together from Emmaus Baptist Church, the location where they are currently attending classes, to their new school, which is still under construction. The students were grouped together by grade, and the sixth graders being the first group to walk over. The procession was led by the OU Pom Squad and mascot, Sooner.

“This is the same park we used to walk in before the tornado hit,” said Debbie Mantooth. The location of the event showed the meaning of the word rebuild. The familiar site had fresh dirt and newly-planted trees, a far cry from the devastation of last year.

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Documentary shows hope in face of tragedy From the beginning of the film, focus had been placed on finding hope as the film transitioned from character introductions to the devastating tornado. The destruction was heartbreaking, but our characters looked for the light. God may have been a part of that jourBrandon Galusha ney through characters’ prayers, but the religious focus of the Life & Arts Reporter @BrandonGalusha film had not been brought to center. The transition to religious uplifting was inspiring and The film “Where Was God?” captured the pain, sorrow and religion of the aftermath of last year’s tornado in Moore. hopeful, but the method used clouded what appeared to be the initial vision of the film. The film was an Oklahoma docuIt was as if the tornado wasn’t tragmentary that followed parents, chilic enough to invoke religious quesdren, volunteers and first responders tioning. Instead, some of the charas they narrated stories of overcomacter’s religious journeys and praise ing tragedy and finding hope. stemmed from overcoming drug adThe camera followed the different diction and abortion, events which narrations with intimate pictures of transpired over random time interloved ones and heart-wrenching vidvals and without much transitional eos of the tornado’s destruction. The Nonetheless, in the end, the film consisted of both real-life footThe movie was an inspiration help. message was clear. God was there. age and planned tributes. and a very accurate account Despite the film’s minor flaws, “The movie was an inspiration and “Where Was God?” is hopeful, crea very accurate account of the tragic of the tragic events that ative and heartfelt. It is definitely events that transpired,” said Becky transpire.” worth your time to tread through Thorpe, a Moore resident who lived those terrifying memories from last seven blocks from the damage zone. Becky Thorpe, May once more to see the light of The devastating physical damage Moore, Oklahoma Resident hope at the end of the tunnel. was heartbreaking enough, but the emotional aftermath of the community delivered the most tears. “I loved it. You don’t know what to Brandon Galusha, Brandon.K.Galusha-1@ expect going into it, but it was awesome,” said Deb Melser, who lived in Moore last May. Perhaps the most heartfelt moment of the movie was the description of the teacher who shielded three children, including a boy who acted as a main character in the film. An See More Online act of pure selflessness in the eye of danger is truly breathtaking. I don’t think I had ever seen an old man cry before Scan this QR code with your phone that moment. to go to for the official “It was very well done,” Karen Walters said. movie trailer. Maybe it was just poor transitioning at times, but I found the narration toward the middle of the movie confusing.

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One year later The Oklahoma community celebrates restoration of Moore, honors memories of those lost in last year’s tornadoes


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Cars line up along the sides of SE 4th Street in Moore after Monday, May 20, 2013 tornado. Pedestrians gave information to passing people in cars as many made their way west down the road toward the center of destruction from the storms.

Commemorating the storm A full day of memorials and celebrations took place that focused on the rebuilding of Moore one year after the devastating tornado that tore through the community.

Dean reflects on Okie spirit

Community helps Coach An accomplished man, Dub Raper has coached basketball in Oklahoma for 44 years, through which he acquired the nickname “Coach.” Happily married for 56 years to his wife Jackie, this hall of fame coach and church deacon is known for his stern demeanor and gentle heart. However, Dub’s resilience was tested when the May 20th tornado claimed all he owned. Now, a year later, the Rapers do not remember what the tornado took from them but, rather, what it gave them. After the storm had passed, Dub was finally able to return home from work to find that his house had been leveled and his wife injured. Jackie was home when it struck and suffered a broken left arm along with several cracked ribs. She was hospitalized and eventually needed a restructured shoulder. “Looking back, it is truly a humbling experience. It really gives you insight on what is important in life,” said Dub. After years of giving his time and

energy to hundreds of students, it was Dub who needed the help, and help came. “Every single student he had ever coached got in contact with us when they found out,” said Jackie. “When I was in the hospital, the messages of love and encouragements kept flowing in.” The extended support given to the Rapers did not only come from previous players, but from his four children, 10 grandchildren and even random strangers. Many times, the Rapers found envelopes of money in their mailbox. “It was the best thing that ever happened to me because it brought me closer to my family. We lost everything, and in return, we gained more than we could imagine,” said Dub. The concepts of community and giving are not new to the Rapers, but are ideas all of us needed to be reminded of.


As the one-year anniversary approaches, University of Oklahoma Arts and Sciences Dean Kelly Damphousse remembers the EF5 tornado for what it revealed about his university, city, state, and even the nation that he calls home. “I was so moved and impressed by the Oklahoma spirit that was exhibited here on campus,” recalls Damphousse. “It was just really impressive, that whole time period.” Damphousse began the afternoon of May 20th, 2013 at a storage facility in Moore. He was helping his sister-in-law move to Moore from College Station, Texas. Fortunately, Damphousse was alerted to the tornado in enough time to exit the facility after receiving a text from a former student. This spurred him to act so quickly that he left the U-Haul truck’s back door wide open. “These two guys that we had never met before and never saw again knew that we were in there, so they were there with crescent wrenches because the power had gone out and we couldn’t get through the gate,” said Damphousse. “So they were

Student finds a new calling there trying to get the gate open for us. The tornado was a quarter of a mile away.” Damphousse’s YouTube footage depicts the men working with the massive tornado swirling in the background. From atop a hill, Damphousse watched the tornado ravage his city. “It was kind of hailing on and off,” said Damphousse. “Storm sirens would go on and then they would go off. When the tornado came by, it was gone in five minutes. And then you’re just left with this devastation and you just gotta go every day and slog through it until you get done.” The lessons in the human spirit didn’t stop at the storage facility. “My sister-in-law, whose goods it (was) that were badly damaged — I was always impressed by how calm she took all that,” said Damphousse. “She just said, ‘Oh well, let’s start cleaning it up.’ And she was not devastated, and she recognized that that was just material goods. And she realized that, in comparison to the lives that were lost, her losses were relatively minimal.” More online at


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Freshman year of college is hard, but imagine finishing your freshman year then losing everything you own. This is what OU student Jacob Lyles experienced last year. Lyles and his family lost their home along with all their possessions when their neighborhood suffered a direct hit from last year’s May 20 tornado. “It seems like a lifetime ago,” said Lyles. As the mile-wide EF5 tornado approached his house, 14 people and two dogs piled into his neighbor’s six-by-six foot shelter. Lyles sat at the top step, holding the door shut as the winds whipped wildly outside. What Lyles did in the moments following the disaster would have more influence on his life than he could imagine. After the storm passed, he opened the shelter into a world that was unrecognizable to him. Homes were flattened, cars crumpled and the earth sunk under his feet like a sponge. With the safety of his family secured, he had only one thing on his mind: the children. Lyles lived down the street from Plaza Towers Elementary, which had been reduced to rubble. “I didn’t think, I just ran,” said Lyles.







Moore firefighters honoring the 25 lives lost.

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Briarwood Elementary students walk to their new school one year after it was destroyed by an EF5 tornado.

Jacob was one of the first responders on the scene. All around him were neighbors and parents frantically searching for children. As they were searching, Lyles heard cries for help from the rubble. “I could hear someone calling for help, so I climbed over a fallen wall and saw two little girls wedged between the wall and ground,” said Lyles. One at a time, he pulled the girls from the pressing weight of the wall. He was calm and collected as he comforted the young children until first responders arrived. He described the rest of the week as a blur. Reporters flocked the affected area and Lyles’ act of heroism soon became a nationally covered story. “Only good things have happened since the storm,” said Lyles. Lyles, his mother and younger sister moved into their new home this past April and are excited for their future in Moore. Lyles’ unique experience helped shape his vision for his future. He is now a certified EMT basic with future plans of becoming a firefighter. “I realized that all I want to do is help people,” said Lyles. “It was no coincidence that I found them. Those girls needed me as much as I needed them.”


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WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2014 ARIES (March 21-April 19): Stick to what you do best. You’ ve got what it takes to secure a position amongst your peers. A past partner may try to come back into your life. Proceed with caution and be prepared to set down ground rules in order to protect your interests. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You may not get the type of reaction you want if you try to convince others to support your beliefs or ideas. Take your time and don’t go into debt over something that may not work. Test the waters first.



GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You will crave knowledge and information. Greater involvement in current interests will help you grow mentally and philosophically. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Consolidate your debts and prepare to begin again. The changes that are coming your way will be spectacular; having a clean slate will make it easier to move forward. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Sudden and unexpected opportunities are present. Don’t waste time procrastinating, or you will miss out. Share as little personal information as possible to avoid complications or setbacks. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Clear up any unfinished business before you move on to personal matters. Whatever isn’t working for you should be eliminated and replaced with realistic possibilities.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Put your creative ideas to the test. Someone will do you a favor and introduce you to a contact who can help you make your dreams come true. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Trouble will develop at home if you complain or get into a debate. Do your own thing, but take care of your responsibilities first. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Travel will pay off; the information you discover while en route will make it possible for you to finish what you start. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You may have to opt out if someone puts too many demands on you. Don’t try to deal with issues that are impossible or out of your jurisdiction. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Think before you take action. Hold off on making a decision that has the potential to change your life. Everything will work itself out if you give the people you are involved with time to think. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Your imagination is active, and the ideas you offer will be welcome. Focus on who you are and what you want. Someone you know will mislead you if you appear to be vulnerable. Honesty will be the best policy when it comes to getting what you want or deserve.


May 21-27, 2014

Movie Review

Is ‘Godzilla’ an epic disaster or monstrous triumph? Film features masterful visuals, epic monsters Jordan Rippetoe Life and Arts Reporter

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Featuring an all-star cast and spectacular visuals, Godzilla triumphs, mostly. Godzilla has been around for a long time, sixty years, in fact. No other creature has left such a large footprint on cinema history. His last outing in the U.S., the 1998 “Godzilla,” was a disaster. Finally, Godzilla gets a movie that shows why he is the King of Monsters, but the film focuses too much on the humans and not enough on Godzilla. From a technical standpoint, the movie delivers. From the individual scales on Godzilla to the realistic looking destruction, everything looks incredible. Of course

that is to be expected from visual effects supervisor Jim Rygiel, who worked on movies such as “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Even the music, composed by Alexandre Desplat, was phenomenal — especially the haunting voices during the HALO jump. The story was an interesting mix of human drama and classic monster battles. There was even some food for thought in the movie, which many summer blockbusters lack. One character in the movie said, “The arrogance of men is thinking nature is in their control and not the other way around.” When two new radiation-eating monsters (or MUTOs) attack the humans, nature unleashes Godzilla to restore the balance of nature. One way the new movie differed from many previous Godzilla films was the human element. While it may not have been a groundbreaking human story,

watching the struggle of a man desperately trying to get home to his family helped me connect with the movie, unlike many monster films. The acting, for the most part, was superb. Bryan Cranston excelled as the scientist Joe Brody, a man who never stopped looking for the truth. Soon, the story becameabout Joe’s son Ford, portrayed by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and his family. However, Taylor-Johnson did not have the screen presence that Cranston did. His acting was wooden at best. Would some emotion have killed him? His eyes watered once. I guess I can give him that. More online at


Six students create sculptures for Norman Arts Council Selective program provides experience to undergrads Mikaela McGhee

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Six students were selected by the Norman Arts Council to create outdoor sculptures that are now on display in Lion’s Park, next to the Firehouse Arts Center. The sculptures will remain on display for the Norman community throughout the summer and into August. The works are assorted and include an abstract, figurative sculpture, a sculpture that speaks to harmony and inclusion through simplicity, a work that includes a wind chime, and a refined geometrical sculpture. One student incorporated technology uses solar power and LED lights. Another used a thermochromatic paint

that changes color with temperature. These artistic works were created by four OU seniors and two OU juniors who were chosen to build their works during the spring semester. Senior students are Rani Cozad, Megan Schwann, Ryan Harris, and Alexis Dickens. Junior students are Anna Lipscomb and Amy Sanders. Professor Jonathan Hils challenged his students to create professional sculptures to submit for deliberation as if they were applying for a professional civic sculpture contract. Erinn Gavaghan, director of the Norman Arts Council, and Larry Walker, chair of the Public Art Board, listened to each student’s proposal that included introducing a model of the presented artwork and a written

description addressing why the work was significant to display in the public, outdoor exposition. This is the second year that has teamed up with the Norman Arts Council. He believes it is good for his students to do projects like this so they become familiar with how the art process works. Hils’ favorite genre of artwork is abstract because it forces the artist to see the world differently. He wants his students to approach art from both a mental and emotional standpoint. This way, the observer is able to think and feel something at the same time. The purpose of the project is to get students involved in their community while also allowing them to explore their creativity. Sometimes simplicity

is what is best for the community. Harris’ piece, titled “Strength in Unity,” is a sculpture that speaks to integration through a simple plus sign. Hils considers Harris’ sculpture to be the artwork that ties best with the community. “Strength in Unity” gives the sense of how people need to lean on each other in times of despair. The OU School of A r t & A r t Hi s t o r y , t h e We i t z e n h o f f e r Fa m i l y College of Fine Arts and the OU Honors College are helping in times of need by funding these artistic works through two Undergraduate R e s e a rc h O p p o r t u n i t y Grants. At OU, students are taken to conferences and workshops where they are given real life experience into the art world. The OU School

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OU School of Art and Art History senior Rani Cozad works on her sculpture, which is scheduled to be installed in mid-May at Lion’s Park in Norman.

of Art & Art History is committed to giving students a wide range of possibilities in order to discover their path as an artist. This project is just one of many

exciting experiences OU offers to emphasize brilliance in the arts and professional practices.


May 21-27, 2014


Prof lived to humanize victims

The Week Ahead

Wednesday, May 21

4 p.m. Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship OSU vs. OU at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, OKC

Thursday, May 22

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Athropologist used talents to identify the deceased Mark A. Ruedy News Reporter

C lyde S now, a forens i c a nt h ro p o l o g i s t a n d University of Oklahoma professor, died at Norman Regional Hospital on May 16 from lung cancer and emphysema. He was 86 years old. Snow’s work received national and international acclaim as he brought names to countless, nameless faces in all parts of the world. In his distinguished career, Snow travelled around the word to sites of mass AP Photo/Victor Ruiz C, File murders to identify un- Forensic anthropologist Dr. Clyde Snow, of Oklahoma, unites parts marked graves. He helped of a skull, in San Salvador, El Salvador Friday June 2, 2000. Snow, identify the remains of the who worked on cases ranging from the assassination of President long sought after “Angel of John F. Kennedy to mass graves in Argentina, died Friday, May 16, Death” of Auschwitz, and 2014, at Norman Regional Hospital in Norman, Oklahoma, his wife, participated in a U.N. War Jerry Snow told The Associated Press. He was 86. Crimes Tribunal during the Yu g o s l a v i a n the 1995 Oklahoma City War in the ‘90s. Bombing. “Witnesses Before Clyde Snow began may forget working at the University throughout of Oklahoma, he worked the years, but at the Federal Aviation the dead, those Administration until 1980. skeletons, they While working at the FAA Witnesses may forget don’t forget,” he worked toward making S n o w t o l d throughout the years, but the places safer for passengers. the New York The Center for Social dead, those skeletons, they Times in 2002. Justice at the Women’s and “Their testidon’t forget.” Gender Program created mony is silent, the Clyde C. Snow Social Clyde snow, but its also very Justice Award on May 18, Forensic Anthropologist eloquent.” 2012. The award recognizSnow’s work es individuals that contook him from tribute to the humanizing the massacres of Kurdish Chicago Sun-Times that her Iraq to the murders of serial husband will be remem- of victims of human rights killer John Gacy and other bered most for his sense of abuses. countless, high-profile humor and dedication to Mark A. Ruedy, assignments. human rights. “ That was his driving His work in forensic anforce in his life — human t h ro p o l o g y c a m e c l o s rights,” Clyde’s wife, Jerry er to home when assisted Snow, said. She told the to identify the victims of


8 p.m. Concert: Eagulls and Twin Peaks at OPOLIS, 113 N. Crawford Ave., Norman

Friday, May 23

5:30 p.m. Concert: Skrillex Mothership Tour featuring Dillon Francis, What So Not & Milo and Otis at The Zoo Amphitheatre, OKC

8 p.m. “The Laramie Project”, on 30 NE 52nd st., OKC. Student tickets $10. To Saturday.

Saturday, May 24

10-8 p.m. 38th Annual Paseo Arts Festival. Music to 11 p.m. At N.W. 30th and Dewey & N.W. 28th and Walker, Oklahoma City.

Sunday, May 25

10-8 p.m. 38th Annual Paseo Arts Festival. Music to 11 p.m in OKC.

7 p.m. Norman Super Regionals. Marita Haynes Field. Tickets on Sale. OU vs. Tennesse

Monday, May 26

Campus closed for Memorial Day.

10-6 p.m. 38th Annual Paseo Arts Festival in OKC.

Tuesday, May 27

11 a.m. OU Summer Session hands out free Sno Cones on South Oval.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014