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OU to sell unclaimed lost and found items Things turned in to Facilities Management stored for one year, then sold at annual bike sale, spokeswoman says CASEY WILSON Daily Staff Writer

Lost and found items in the university’s possession are sold at an annual sale, said Amanda Toohey, OU Facilities Management spokeswoman. Formerly known as the OU Physical Plant, OU Facilities Management oversees the lost and found center. Every item received is logged into a database and then locked in a storage room for safekeeping, Toohey said. “We typically keep items for six months to a year,” she said. “Items that are unclaimed by the beginning of December are available to the public at the annual bike sale.” The items, mostly bikes, at this sale typically have been abandoned by their owner or confiscated because of inappropriate stowing, Toohey said. She said more than 200 items have been turned into OU’s lost and found since January. Typical items turned in are sunglasses, keys and wallets. However, Toohey said, Facilities Management sometimes receives laptops, suitcases and even lawn chairs.

Colombian trip to promote peace Students will travel to Ibague, Columbia, this July to reach out to children displaced by country’s armed conflict CASEY WILSON Daily Staff Writer

A group of students will travel to Colombia this July to reach out to impoverished children and promote a culture of peace. The group of students received a $10,000 grant from the Davis Projects for Peace program to travel to Ibague, Colombia and implement a grassroots peace project, Kristen Hansen, international area studies senior, said. Hansen and Juan Ramón Torres, who are directing the project, collaborated with other students to design their project, which is called Comprehensive Child Development: Promoting a Culture of Peace. This project will involve students reaching out to approximately 200 children in the poorest neighborhoods in Ibague, she said.

“Through educational, cultural and recreations activities we’re going to teach them positive values and enhance their potential to promote the culture of peace,” she said. The reason for the project, she said, was because more than 60 percent of Colombian households live in poverty, and 4.3 million citizens have been displaced as a result of the country’s armed conflict. “Thirty-six [percent] of the displaced persons consist of children under the age of 18, those of whom are susceptible to domestic violence, malnutrition and getting involved in the drug trade,” she said. Hansen said the group also is trying to get the community in Ibague involved. “We’re bringing in doctors to teach them about health care, and we’re trying to get the professional soccer team in Ibague involved to run a soccer camp for a day,” she said. Juan Ramón Torres, bioengineering and microbiology graduate student, said being able to return to Colombia with this group is an

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incredible experience. “This is something I have always wished to do,” he said. “Which is to get back to my country and give my best.” Torres said he’s known about the situation regarding underprivileged children in his home country of Colombia for a while. “I think this is a great way to give back to my county,” he said. Juan Galindo, petroleum engineering international student, is from Ibague. Though he will not be able to travel with the group because of summer classes, he said he was able to contact people in Colombia to help organize the project. Though he said it was a shame he could not go, Galindo said it was rewarding for him to know the project would happen. “They’re helping my people, my town and the kids in my city,” he said. “That’s enough for me, even though I can not go.” The group still needs $5,000 in additional funding and is still looking for sponsors for the trip, organizers said.

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The OU College of Medicine will host a conference Tuesday through May 14 to teach physicians about new techniques and practices. The conference, called the Annual Primary Care Update, is an annual conference aimed at local and regional physicians. This is the 13th year the OU College of Medicine will host the conference. “It is 40 hours jam-packed with information on how to provide better care for patients,” said Myrna Page, Office of Continuing Medical Education associate director. “It will be a good thing for Oklahoma doctors.” The main purpose is to provide up-to-date information about important topics, Page said. “The purpose is to give physicians in Oklahoma and surrounding areas an update to identify new diagnostic techniques and the rationale for selection of those that are appropriate for the physician’s patients,” Page said. “It also assesses overlooked diagnoses and how to prevent them.” Diseases that physicians commonly diagnose, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, are covered at each conference, Page said. Other diseases that do not have as much change in methodology and research are talked about every two to four years. This year the conference has two keynote speakers who are both experts in their fields, Page said. Dr. Bill McCarberg founded a pain management program in San Diego and currently teaches at the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine, according to his biography. Through his work with pain management, he has won many national awards and has written more than 80 articles and books. For the conference, McCarberg will focus on pain tolerance, addiction and the difficult decisions primary-care physicians face when choosing ways to manage the pain, according to the conference brochure. The other keynote speaker, Dr. Aimée Garcia, specializes in care for the elderly. She teaches geriatric medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and also is a member of several programs devoted to aging and wound management. Her speech at the conference will discuss what physicians need to know about wound care, according to the conference program. “The planning committee has seen both speakers at national conferences and wanted to invite them here,” Page said. “[Garcia] has spoken here in Oklahoma and was very well received.” The conference is geared toward physicians and other health care professionals, such as physicians’ assistants and registered nurses, Page said. There also is a registration fee for the conference. However, if medical students or others want to attend individual lectures, Page said the OU College of Medicine could possibly make accommodations. For more information, call 405271-2350.

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Mike Aman, petroleum engineering junior, makes sure he locks his bike to a rack Thursday outside the Sarkey’s Energy Center. OU Facilities Management takes items lost on campus and stores them in its lost and found. Items that are not claimed by the beginning of December are sold in an annual bike sale.

“Of course, we always try to contact the owner of the ‘found’ item, if possible,” she said. Students had mixed reaction to the sale and some were unaware that OU had a lost an found. Elizabeth Patterson, University College freshman, said she has never lost an item on campus. “I’m pretty good at keeping my things,” she said. Patterson said she was unaware OU has a lost and found, and she would probably not buy someone’s lost item. “If I lost something, I probably would want it back,” she said. Michael Petry, math graduate student, said he has never lost anything on campus, and didn’t even know OU had a lost and found. “They should definitely publicize that they have a lost and found more,” he said. “Put up more signs or something.” Petry said he would not buy someone’s lost item either. “What if [the owners] come back for it?” he said. “What if they’re studying abroad or something?” Ben Rawlinson, education sophomore, also said he would probably not buy a lost item. “I’d feel a little guilty, a little weird, buying someone else’s stuff,” he said. People who find lost items should call Facilities Management customer service at 405-325-6953. “If you find an item that does not belong to you, please bring it our way,” she said.

ITEMS BANNED FROM COMMENCEMENT University officials announced Thursdsay a list of prohibited items for the 2010 commencement ceremony May 14. All attendees are subject to search, as are all carried items. Except for items pertaining to medical conditions or child care, bags, backpacks, large cases, fanny packs and large purses (larger than 10-inch-by-10-inch) are prohibited. Items required for medical or family needs should be placed in clear, personal-sized containers. Prohibited items must be returned to the owner’s car or discarded, and any unlawful items are subject to confiscation. Other prohibited items include: • alcoholic and other beverages • balloons • banners and signs • beach balls • explosives • fanny packs • food and beverages • folding chairs or stools (stadium seats with armrests without pockets are allowed; stadium seats will be available for rental for $5 each) • ice chests, coolers and other similar containers • laser pointers • all noise makers (e.g., air horns, whistles) • pets (other than service animals) • personal heaters • weapons Items that are allowed for commencement and convocations only include stadium seats as described above, cameras and video cameras, umbrellas, baby strollers and baby seats. Commencement will be moved to Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 S. Jenkins Ave., in the case of severe weather. For more information on commencement and individual college convocations and receptions, visit www. ou.edu/commencement. —Daily Staff Reports

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POLICE REPORTS The following is a list of arrests and citations, not convictions. The information given is compiled from the Norman and OU Police Departments. At times, the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department and the Oklahoma City FBI will contribute to these reports. All those listed are innocent until proven guilty. COUNTY WARRANT Garlin Ray Atkerson, 48, 2100 E. Alameda St., Wednesday Judson Paul Heinlein, 37, 2118 Vanessa Drive, Wednesday POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA Rochelle Ann Brown, 49, East Brook Street, Wednesday, also driving under suspension and no insurance verification Jessica Dawn Gentry, 24, 2900 Oak Tree Ave., Tuesday Shelby Lane Lollis, 18, 201 S. Creekdale Drive, Tuesday ASSAULT AND BATTERY Sage Kelly Fox Ford, 19, 333 N. Interstate Drive, Tuesday, also petty larceny

CAMPUS EVENTS

SATURDAY O.U. IMPROV O.U. Improv will host a show at 8 p.m. in the Meacham Auditorium of the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

WEDNESDAY CAMPUS CRUSADE FOR CHRIST Campus Crusdae for Christ will meet at 9 p.m. in the Santee Lounge on the fifth floor of the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

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Local activities abound for students spending summer months in Norman From horseback riding to camping, students find fun at the right price AUDREY HARRIS Daily Staff Reporter

There are multiple options in the area for students who want to enjoy the outdoors this summer, but don’t want to break the bank while doing it. Whether it’s horseback riding, hiking trips or wakeboarding parks, there are affordable options available for everyone. The Riding Stables in Oklahoma City, located on 9,000 acres, offers horseback riding to beginner, intermediate and advanced level riders. The stables are the largest in the state. Riders can ride with a guide or by

themselves. Owner Steve Stephens said students frequent the stables because of the low rates. Stephens said it costs a rider $20 for two hours, tax included. Stephens said OU students who bring their IDs can ride for $15 dollars for two hours, Tuesday through Friday. He said it’s important for people to call and make reservations so they can be matched to the right horses according to their skill level. “We don’t assume everyone is a cowboy or cowgirl,” Stephens said. The Thunderbird Riding Stables at Lake Thunderbird charges $19 an hour, according to its website. Blossom Crews, operations manager of Backwoods store in Norman, said the store takes groups of 20 to

30 people for free monthly hikes to different locations in the area. The store’s next trip will be May 15, but the location is still undecided. Crews said the group usually meets at the store and carpools to the site, but hikers are welcome to meet them at the grounds. In addition, Backwoods also hosts free clinics about different outdoor activities, like “getting the right backpack fit,” Crews said. The group currently meets for hiking, but Crews said the store has received requests for mountain biking trips. The group has traveled to the Wichita Mountains, Roman Nose State Park and Chickasaw National Forest. T h e r e ’s Ma w i 1 5 1 , a cable-wakeboard park located between Edmond and Guthrie, for those interested

THINGS TO DO • The Riding Stables — Oklahoma City — 405-7948850 • Thunderbird Riding Stables — Norman — 405-321-5768 • Backwoods Hiking Club — Norman — 405-573-5199 • Mawi 151 — between Edmond and Guthrie — 405478-5668 in wakeboarding. Mawi 151 is a cheap alternative, because wakeboard enthusiasts don’t have to have a boat or pay for the gas. Equipment rentals are available, and the park offers classes and professional instruction for new riders.

For some students, there are options in Norman that are just as appealing. Hannah Gandy, international security studies junior, said she has gone camping with some friends at Lake Thunderbird. Gandy said she remembers paying a small $3 fee per car, and her friends set up a tent along the lake. “I didn’t even know it existed, and it was a really pretty spot just 15 minutes away,” Gandy said. Daniel Gassett, chemical engineering sophomore, said he went camping in the Arbuckle Mountains last semester. He said he and his friends swam, fished and visited Little Niagara. “My friend has a lake house up there, and she knew where we could go,” Gassett said.

State physicians warn of possible doctor shortage Physicians tell lawmakers help is needed recruiting more doctors to the state OKL AHOMA CIT Y — Oklahoma physicians urged state lawmakers Thursday to help attract more doctors to the state by creating a program that would repay the student loans of doctors who make a four-year commitment to practice primary care in a medically underserved community. The Oklahoma Academy o f Fa m i l y P h y s i c i a n s threw its support behind the Oklahoma Physician Recruitment and Retention

Program, which officials said would help eliminate one of the most significant barriers to primary care services in the state — a shortage of physicians. The American Medical Association ranks Oklahoma last in the nation in the physician-to-patient ratio. Currently, 59 of the state’s 77 counties do not meet the national standard of one physician for every 3,500 people. Dr. Steve Crawford, a family physician in Oklahoma City, said the state will need to attract thousands of physicians over the next 10 years in order to adequately serve

the medical needs of its residents. “We’re going to be in a real big world of hurt,” Crawford said. He said increasing the number of primary care physicians will help lower health care costs in the state by reducing costly trips to the emergency room and hospital admissions. The high cost of paying for medical school training is one of the chief factors behind Oklahoma’s shrinking supply of primary care physicians, said Sam Blackstock, the organization’s executive vice president.

Blackstock said the average medical student graduates with $160,000 in debt. To pay off the debt quickly, most doctors choose specialties that are more lucrative than primary care. Crawford said the number of medical school graduates entering primary care residencies has fallen almost 50 percent over the past 10 years. He said the average anesthesiologist will earn twice as much as what a family physician makes. Blackstock said doctors also choose to practice in urban areas instead of rural

ones. “They can’t afford to follow their heart,” he said. Christine Aspy, a student at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, said she will graduate from medical school owing $140,000 in student loans. “This is a really urgent issue for me,” Aspy said. Blackstock said the state of Texas recently approved a similar physician loan repayment program. “They are heavily recruiting physicians out of Oklahoma,” he said. —AP

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LIBRARY SHOULD BE OPEN 24 HOURS FOR DEAD WEEK For years, there has been a debate on campus as to whether Bizzell Memorial Library should provide 24-hour access to students. And time after time, students have been told the library does not have the resources or time to maintain such a project. We realize these arguments and accept this idea, but we would like to propose a compromise: Why not provide 24-hour access through dead week? The library is open 24 hours a day during finals week and gives students a chance to use its resources based on their unique schedules. Those students who are night owls can take advantage of the wee hours of the morning and early risers can park in front of the computers first thing in the morning. For many students, dead week is

just as hectic as finals week, if not more so. There are multiple papers to be handed in, last minute quizzes to take and some classes, especially night classes, have finals during dead week. By the time finals week actually rolls around, many students have not had time to study before it’s time to take more tests. Extending the library’s hours during dead week would give students additional time and room to study. Making a move like this would certainly cause logistical problems and a discussion of finances would have to take place, but that does not mean this could not be a viable option or it shouldn’t be considered. Maybe this is a compromise for those individuals who still believe the library should be open 24 hours throughout the year. If cost is

an issue, maybe the library can reduce its hours during the first couple weeks of school when students’ workloads are not as heavy. Money is tight right now, and when we do choose to spend, it should be with great consideration, but this project should enter the discussion. If this doesn’t work and students do not take advantage of it, then the idea should be scrapped, but the administration cannot know whether students will take advantage of extended library hours if there isn’t even a test run. It might be worth the additional costs if it benefits students in the long run. COMMENT ON THIS COLUMN AT OUDAILY.COM

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Does our tax code goad Biblical article filled us to action? Complex, with inaccuracies but quite effective

Editor’s Note: The following letters to the editor are in response to Thursday’s guest column by Chris Gibbons, “Fallacies of Biblical Proportions.”

Our federal internal revenue code, a marvelous example of murky obfuscation and intricate bewilderment, with more than 9,000 sections of baffling legalese, is forever criticized for its needless complexity. Each April, millions clamor angrily about how the government, contrary to all sense and expectation, has actually made it difficult to give them your money. This is, of course, a terrible waste of resources; there are offices full of people who could otherwise do something else, but instead get paid to outwit the IRS and save your time, while the IRS in turn has other offices full of people who get paid to block those trying to sneak through the layers of dim confusion. But such a system does have a benefit which, t h o u g h i t may n o t b e worth the cost, needs to be realized before we try too hard to change the system: it makes us care about taxes. Were paying taxes a GERARD simpler matter, were the KEISER entire system managed by your friends in the IRS so that you would hardly need to glance at your finances, it is hard to believe that people would be so upset with the system. Especially if it were set up as an wholly automatic deduction, you would have to go out of your way to determine how much you actually lose, which would only be a painful realization, so you would avoid it, the same way we avoid thinking about taxes too much today. And just giving us a more passive role in the collection process could in itself increase apathy and make the issue less salient, since it is typically easier to let someone do something harmful to you than to let someone force you to harm yourself. If you think this is all empty speculation, think of corporate taxes. Very few people are actually complaining about them because they are relatively obscure and indirect, and because it is

nearly impossible to determine how much they impact you as an individual, even though much of the burden simply gets passed down onto the consumer and thus functions as a highly regressive sales tax. And in Denmark, where income tax is unimaginably high, plus a 25 percent VAT, an NPR interviewer this January found people who called taxes “terrific.” Admittedly, there are certainly other factors involved, but they do lack our famously arcane tax code. But why is this important? Wouldn’t it be nicer and more peaceful if everyone just did what they were supposed to instead of drinking tea and carrying on about how much they hate the government? It is because taxes are a way to enforce government transparency and limitations. When we care about our money being taken away, we naturally also care about what the government then does with it and so demand this knowledge, and the easiest way to obtain that information is to obtain more information about what the government is doing in general, an essential for a strong and lasting democratic system. The current discontent also is putting a brake on the growth of government and taxes; even if you do want bigger government and more taxes to fund it, you must admit that, could they get away with it, politicians would assuredly go too far and crush our economy, so we need some sort of restraint. It is, of course, difficult to pin down a numerical value on how much this complexity in the tax code is altering our views on taxes; it may be largely insignificant. It is also not my intention to label as romantics, hypocrites or plainly mistaken all those who demand both simpler taxes and more civic involvement. This is, however, something that must be further explored, and it deserves the deepest consideration whenever we talk about tax reform. Gerard Keiser is a classical languages sophomore.

We are writing you in concern over the opinion article printed in your newspaper on May 6, 2010. Chris Gibbons shows no knowledge whatsoever of religion, grammar, geology, using sources in the right context or correctly, or even the point he was trying to make. If he even thought of making a semi-intellectual argument against the use of the Bible by “these Christians” that he speaks of, he should have read the book by Bart Ehrman (which he cites), who is a Christian. Ehrman wrote the textual criticism of the New Testament on how the Testament is not divinely perfect, because it was written by man and not God, but it does NOT make the Bible false. The title is the only thing that is suitable for the article’s nature; the article is in fact full of fallacies of biblical proportions. Please refrain from publishing ignorant,uneducated articles in your newspaper.

Trent Ratterree and Courtney Harbaugh OU juniors

Chris Gibbons surely cannot think that he is being original when he rants about the supposed fallacies of the Bible. As if Christians have not heard that before. He misunderstands that Christians know that men wrote the Bible, but that the authors were divinely inspired. The Catholic Church determined, in council, the canon of books that make up the Bible as being divinely inspired and the Bible has not “evolved” from that point. There are many translations out there of varying quality, but ancient Greek and Hebrew texts are accepted to be accurate originals. The Bible does not have to be historically accurate—though in places it often is—to tell important truths about salvation and the relationship of God to man. Bart Ehrman is not a reliable source for Biblical criticism because he injects his own personal biases in his writings, much more so than the ancient transcribers that he claims made purposeful mistakes. Gibbons is also mistaken that the Bible says anything about the age of the Earth; good Christians can and do accept the current scientific estimate of the age of the Earth, myself included. Besides, since the teachings of Jesus are so radical, why did scribes not change his words to be more palatable and attractive? Early Christians were being persecuted for the same reasons that Jesus was crucified, yet instead of watering down his message they strove to preserve its accuracy and died for it. Sarah Rosencrans Zoology and biomedical sciences senior

I cannot believe that your editor would allow such a disrespectful article to be printed in our newspaper, and right next to a “dinosaurs still exist” article, at that. This article is more or less spitting in the face of every Christian on this campus, and that does not sit well with me. You might of well have just told me that my parents aren’t real or everything they have taught me, like how to be a genuinely good person, is fundamentally wrong. This is an offensive article, and simply bad journalism. Could this not be considered libel towards the entire Christian religion? I do consider myself a spiritual person, but I, myself, do not agree with formal Christian religions; however, I do believe that the Bible was endowed by God. You should not let guest “journalists” write such terrible articles that actually get published. James Cullen Public Relations junior

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It couldn’t have taken long for the “Iron Man 2” assem- doesn’t make much bly line to get fired up after the surprise success of the first of an impression, film, which was a solid blend of competent action excite- as Rourke seems ment and irrepressible snark. better at laying on So I guess we can be grateful that the sequel doesn’t a thick accent than come off entirely as some kind of blockbuster mill prog- actually appearing eny — shiny and fun on the outside with menacing. a genetically degenerative pair of hips. T h e f i l m’s g o t Screenwriter Justin Theroux (“Tropic plenty of other irons Thunder”) delivers a film that is very in the fire though, much in the spirit of its predecessor, with the fantastic Sam which he did not write, but it’s more con- R o c kw e l l a s s p ray vincing in the big picture than it is in the tanned Tony Stark wandetails. Director Jon Favreau displays less nabe Justin Hammer, enthusiasm for the material, too — per- a b e e f e d - u p p a r t f o r DUSTY haps he was more concerned with per- Gwyneth Paltrow as Stark’s fecting his enlarged role as pudgy assis- assistant Pepper Potts and SOMERS tant Happy Hogan. Scarlett Johansson and Samuel But then there’s Robert Downey Jr. — a L. Jackson as a pair of characters film’s godsend personified if there ever was one. Downey who are shoehorned in for the Jr. ratchets up the fun factor of everything he appears in, purpose of generating excitement and without his presence, the “Iron Man” for the upcoming franchise would still be just a second-tier “Avengers” spin-off. SCREENING TIMES Marvel entity. Don Cheadle, who reThis time around, it’s six months after places Terrence Howard as Hollywood Theaters - Spotlight 14 the events of the first film, and Tony Stark Lt. Col. James Rhodes, is a bet1100 N. Interstate Drive, Norman — (Downey Jr.) is feeling pretty good about ter fit for the character, and he gets 12, 12:30, 1:20, 1:50, 2:20, the state of world affairs. He claims to have to display his inherent badassness 3:45, 4:15, 4:45, 5:15, 6:45, privatized peace, developing a technology often as he suits up alongside Stark. 7:15, 7:45, 8:15, 9:15, 9:40, 10 that has ensured no rogue countries want “Iron Man 2” keeps its tongue firmly 10:40 p.m. to mess with the United States. planted in its cheek, which helps set it The government wants control of apart from the usual crop of self-serious Warren Theatre Stark’s Iron Man suit, but he won’t give it comic book films. It maintains a brisk 1000 S. Telephone Road, Moore up, and in a massively entertaining selfpace that keeps it engaging, but it’s often aggrandizing speech at a Congressional at the expense of truly satisfying character 12, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3, 3:30, hearing, he tells a sniveling senator (Garry resolutions. 4:30, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9, Shandling) that he’s the only one who But what will likely be the biggest let9:30, 10, 10:30, 11 and 11:30 p.m. could’ve developed such a technology. down for fans is the film’s lack of newness Too bad for Stark there’s a hulking — “Iron Man” vastly exceeded its minor Russian cliché copying his design a couple expectations and was carried along on continents over — Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), who has waves of exhilaration. “Iron Man 2” doesn’t get that a history with the Stark family. This bit of stunt casting just benefit.

Good thing Downey Jr. looks like he’s having a blast — as usual. His enthusiasm and charm is infectious, and it can turn a merely capable film into one with superhuman entertainment powers. Dusty Somers is a journalism senior.

THE SOUNDTRACK TO FINALS WEEK OK, so you’ve been downing Red Bulls like a 13-yearold at a sleep over for two weeks straight, the tour of pizza boxes in your living room is really sort of starting to resemble the Sydney Opera House and the last time you slept the Thunder was still in the playoffs (too soon?). It’s finals time, and if you want to make it through with your sanity intact, you are going to need all the help you can get. Survival is difficult enough, but if you are blaring a playlist that predominately consists of Insane Clown Posse and Color Me Badd during your study time, your odds go from slim to none. So here’s a playlist that will keep you chugging well through the night, with the songs matching your mood all the while.

LET’S GET THINGS STARTED

You are feeling pretty good at this point. You’ve eaten a good meal, deactivated your Facebook account and turned off the “America’s Next Top Model” marathon. The task is daunting: A semester’s worth of reading to be done in three hours, anatomies to memorize and a 10-page research paper to crap out. Is it possible? Maybe, with the proper playlist to get the juices flowing. (I tried to put Death Cab for Cutie and The Shins on here, but the cliché police pistol-whipped me before I could).

“Major Label Debut”- Broken Social Scene “Two Weeks”- Grizzly Bear “Wide Eyes”- Local Natives “Each Year”- Ra Ra Riot ON TOP OF YOUR GAME

Holy hell, you just learned more in the last five hours than you did all semester. You deserve a little bit of a treat, so you pull up a little subtle dance music and boogie as you soldier through Bukowski.

“Saturday”- Cut Copy “Skeleton Boy”- Friendly Fires “Brian Eno”- MGMT “Deadbeat Summer”- Neon Indian

MID-EVENING LULL

Whoa ... where did the past eight hours go and why can’t you remember any of it? Did I just go into a light coma or a really heavy nap? Oh wait, your finger is on the last page of “Jane Eyre.” Yeah for progress! But you can’t quite call it a night yet. So ... much ... more ... to ... do. It’s an ugly situation; let’s make it as pretty as possible.

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Hot damn, probably should have called it quits at Fleet Foxes. You aren’t entirely sure, but it looks like Charles Darwin is doing the electric boogaloo in the corner and Freud keeps giving you distressing winks. You’ve almost made it ... but things are going downhill quick. The only solution: Fight crazy with crazy.

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“Helicopter”- Bloc Party “Song 2”- Blur “For Whom The Bell Tolls”- Metallica “Cousins”- Vampire Weekend VICTORY ... OR DESPAIR

Well, you win some, you lose some. But no matter what the result, Starship will always have your back.

“We Built This City”- Starship

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Ryan Gibson, freshman pitcher, takes a wind up Tuesday evening in the top of the second inning during the final home stand of the season against Arkansas-Little Rock. Gibson gave up three walks, three hits, and three runs in 1 2/3 innings, causing the Sooners to give up four walks, four hits, and five runs in the top of the second inning. OU shut out UALR the rest of the game and won 14-5.

Sooners to travel to Tulsa for Bedlam series Baseball team looks to improve Big 12 standing with conference tournament looming JONO GRECO Daily Staff Writer

If it was not obvious already, the Bedlam series starting at 7:35 tonight in Tulsa is important. OU and Oklahoma State have a lot on the line in terms of seeding for the Big 12 Tournament, and the Sooners have some pride to win back after a non-conference showdown earlier this season. OU (33-12, 10-9 Big 12) is fighting in a three-team race for a No. 2 seed in the conference tournament at the end of the month, while the Cowboys are fighting for their Big 12 lives. “Right now we are fourth in the Big 12, and we need to make a big run toward the Big 12 Tournament and get a good seed,” sophomore first baseman Cameron Seitzer said. “We have to come out in these next two series and take care of business.” As the No. 4 seed, the Sooners trail Texas, who has the No. 1 seed clinched, Kansas State and Texas Tech. OU defeated Kansas State twice last weekend, but lost two of three games against the Red Raiders in Lubbock, Texas, in mid-April. So the race for second will come down to who has the best winning percentage between the three teams. The Sooners have two conference series — this weekend’s against Oklahoma State and one against Kansas starting

baseball this weekend.” May 21—and if they can come out BEDLAM FINALE Even though the midseason loss against victorious in both they should have a Oklahoma State still hurts, the Sooners are good shot for No. 2. The first game of the upcoming poised to have a big offensive weekend. In its OU has won five of its seven Big 12 Bedlam series will be played at last six games, OU has scored 76 runs and has series, but has failed to sweep any of the new OneOK Field in Tulsa. allowed its opponents to score at least six runs those five series. The Sooners may twice, both against Kansas State. have to sweep at least one of those last The Saturday and Sunday And the Sooners’ starting pitching should be two series if they want the best seed games will be played at the AT&T able to keep the Cowboys off the scoreboard for possible. Bricktown Ballpark in downtown most of the series. But the goal at this point is just to Oklahoma CIty. Junior pitchers Zach Neal and Bobby Shore take two of three games from whomwill start tonight and Saturday, and senior pitchever they play, head coach Sunny When: 7:35 p.m. Friday er J.R. Robinson will make his third-consecutive Golloway said. 7:05 p.m. Saturday weekend start. The Cowboys (26-18, 7-11 Big 12) 4:05 p.m. Sunday Neal has been dominant since the start of hold the eighth and final spot for conference play, and Shore has for the most part the conference tournament, which been very reliable on the mound even though means they will not be a pushover this weekend, even though just about every Bedlam base- he has had a couple rocky outings his last few times out. ball battle is a tough one. Robinson started the Bedlam game earlier this season, and Oklahoma State holds a 7-6 series lead over the Sooners he allowed five runs (one earned) in 5 1/3 innings. during conference play, and 30 of the 48 games between the The final two games of the series will be played at 7:05 two teams have been decided by three runs or less. p.m. Saturday and 4:05 p.m. Sunday at Bricktown Ballpark in OU has won 18 of those 30 games. Oklahoma City, and tonight’s game will be the first Bedlam The Cowboys hold a psychological edge over the Sooners game played in the Tulsa Drillers’ new stadium. by defeating them 7-6 in 10 innings on April 13 in Stillwater, Buechele said playing in these types of stadiums is a great and OU still has that loss in mind, sophomore third base- experience. man Garrett Buechele said. “These are great ballparks that people aspire to play when “Going up to their place and losing still leaves a bit- they are further in their baseball career,” Buechele said. ter taste in our mouths, but this is when it really counts,” “Being able to play in them now, in college, in front of rowdy he said. “We know we have to come out and play our best college fans is a pretty awesome experience for us.”

SPORTS BRIEFS Mueller completes first round Junior Ellen Mueller competed in the Big 12 Championship first round Thursday afternoon, shooting a 76 (+5). Mueller is the only Sooner golfer competing in the tournament. “I played pretty solid today but couldn’t get any birdies to fall,” Mueller said. Head coach Veronique Drouin said although the first-round performance was good, there is

room for improvement. “Ellen hit the ball great today,” Drouin said. “She had plenty of birdie opportunities but only one went in. The greens are getting firmer and faster. There’s a lot of golf ahead of her.” Mueller will tee off at 3:15 p.m. today for the second round. Live scoring is available on SoonerSports.com. —Daily Staff Reports

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Ash on Bowerman watch list OU track and field hurdler junior Ronnie Ash remained on the watch list for the 2010 Bowerman award, which is track and field’s equivalent of the Heisman trophy. Ash is the defending national champion on the NCAA 110-meter hurdles, and is undefeated heading into the final week of the regular season. He also won the past two 60-meter national titles. Finalists for the award will

be named July 13 and winners announced during the USTFCCCA Convention which is held Dec. 13 to 16 in San Antonio. OU will host the Sooner Open track meet Saturday in at John Jacobs field, leading into the Big 12 Championships held May 14 to 16 in Columbia, Mo. —Daily Staff Reports


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Thunder pick up option to keep Brooks through 2012 Team rewards head coach with extra year following 27-win improvement OKL AHOMA CIT Y — Engineering the biggest turnaround in the NBA this season has earned Scott Brooks another year in charge of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder exercised a team option on Brooks' contract Tuesday that will allow the NBA's coach of the year to remain in Oklahoma City through 2012. Brooks had been under contract through the end of next season, but general manager Sam Presti said he wanted to give players an extra year to benefit from Brooks' "consistent focus on their development, selfless approach to his work, and commitment to our organizational vision." Terms were not disclosed.

"Obviously, Scott did an excellent job and deserved a lot of credit for continuing to focus and build on the things that we think are important to building a basketball team," Presti said. Presti said the team has taken strides and improved. “I think we've started to create an identity for ourselves as a team that's going to play hard consistently night in and night out in an environment also that will see our guys stick together through tough stuff, or tough breaks,” he said. Brooks took over the team on an interim basis in November 2008 after P.J. Carlesimo was fired following a 1-12 start. In his first full season as an NBA head coach, Oklahoma City improved its win total from 23 to 50 and made the franchise's first playoff

appearance in five years before losing to the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in game six in the first round.

“Scott did an excellent job and deserved a lot of credit for continuing to ... build on the things that we think are important to building a basketball team” —SAM PRESTI, OKC THUNDER GENERAL MANAGER

"Spending time with our guys, it gets me excited about coming to the gym every day," Brooks said. Brooks said he enjoys being in the gym. “I loved it as a player and I love it as a coach, and being around 15 guys, knowing that that's how they think, that's a

good feeling going into the summer knowing that I have a group of guys that want to get better, that want to improve,” Brooks said. When Brooks took over, the Thunder was one of the NBA's worst teams on offense and defense — scoring just 88.9 points per game while allowing 101.2 — and losing games by an average of 12.3 points. He focused on improving Oklahoma City's defense, and the Thunder finished this season as the top team in the league in blocks and tied for sixth in field-goal percentage defense. "We committed to the defensive end, and we accomplished it," Brooks said. "Now we still have to stay focused AP PHOTO and still have to improve on Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks yells to his team that." against the Lakers in Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball play-

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SPORTS BRIEFS Capel chosen to coach under-18 team COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Men’s basketball head coach Jeff Capel will be the head coach for the USA Basketball men’s under-18 national team. USA Basketball made the announcement Thursday, saying that Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt and Buffalo coach Reggie Witherspoon will serve as Capel’s assistants. The U.S. team will play June 26 to 30 in the eight-team FIBA Americas U18 Championship in San Antonio. The top four teams in that tournament will advance to next summer’s FIBA U19 World Championship. Capel has never before served as a USA Basketball head coach, but was an assistant for the 2005 team that won the gold medal in the 2005 World University Games. —AP

Durant selected as first-team All-NBA Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant was named to the All-NBA first team, which was announced Thursday. Durant was became the youngest player in NBA history to lead the league in scoring a 21 years and 197 days old. Durant averaged 30.1 points per game in the regular season, and he lead the Thunder to its first-ever playoff-berth. Oklahoma City faced the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs, losing in six games. Joining Durant on the first team are two-time NBA MVP LeBron James and defensive player of the year Dwight Howard, who were unanimous selections. Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade rounded out the first-team. The All-NBA teams were chosen by a panel of 122 sports writers and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. —Daily Staff Reports

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NORMAN — Oklahoma second baseman Danny Black has been named the Big 12 Player of the Week. Black, a junior, was honored Monday for driving in seven RBIs as the Sooners went 3-1 in games last week. In the Kansas State game, he drove in three runs with a homer and a triple and had four RBIs, including a home run, in a game against Dallas Baptist. Oklahoma will take on Oklahoma State later this week in the Bedlam Series, set to be played in Tulsa and Oklahoma City —AP

Legendary broadcaster honored OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma House of Representatives has honored Oklahoma City broadcaster Bob Barry, the voice of the Oklahoma Sooners. The House adopted a resolution Wednesday proclaiming “Bob Barry Sr. Day” in Oklahoma. Barry studied journalism at OU and became the voice of the Sooners in 1961, having been handpicked by former OU football coach Bud Wilkinson. Barry broadcast Sooner football and basketball games through 1972, Oklahoma State University football and basketball games from 1973 until 1990 and University of Tulsa basketball games in 1973 and 1974 before returning to OU in 1991 to broadcast football and basketball games. Barry was sports director for more than 25 years at Oklahoma City television station WKY, Oklahoma’s first television station which is now known as KFOR. He retired from KFOR in 1997. —AP

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