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UOSA court calls for new CAC election New CAC election may not take place until next semester CADIE THOMPSON The Oklahoma Daily

The UOSA Student Superior Court released their decision Thursday to invalidate the contested 2009 Campus Activities Council election. According to the court’s statement, the election was invalidated because an e-mail sent to students by an OU administrator endorsing candidate Tyler Nunley qualified as “irregularities in the conduct of the election” that were great enough that they affected the outcome. Now, the UOSA legislature must work to initiate a new election for CAC chair. With only a few weeks left in the semester, some legislators fear the election may not take place until the fall semester.

The court called the confusion surrounding the CAC election, “one of the most convoluted series of events ever to befall a university student election process.” Former CAC candidates, Tyler Nunley and Kely Van Eaton, both had issues in the 2009 election. Eaton filed a complaint against Nunley, who won the election by 181 votes, for unfair campaign practices the day after the election. Eaton’s complaint said Shannon English, the advisor for the International Advisory Committee, sent an e-mail endorsing Nunley to more than 1,500 international students. Six days later, on April 8, the UOSA Election Board disqualified Nunley for overspending on his campaign. But, Nunley chose to appeal the election board’s decision. The court heard arguments for both cases Monday evening. In the court’s decision released Thursday, the court reversed the board’s disqualification of Nunley and stated Nunley is a “qualified

candidate” in the race for CAC chair, but best for the student body,” said Van Eaton. fined Nunley $150 for overspending on his “This will make sure that it’s clear who the winner is.” campaign. Nunley said he is excited Yet, Nunley’s reinstate- “I believe it was the right about the new election and ment as a candidate doesn’t decision. Given all the ciris ready to start campaignmean he will be seated ing again. because the entire election cumstances they did what But, the candidates may was invalidated, said Mike they felt was best for the have to wait to make their Davis, a member of UOSA student body.” pitch again. General Counsel. While the legislative bodThe court granted ies are working to “expeEaton’s request to invali- KELY VAN EATON, CAC CANDIDATE dite an election” before the date the election. It reasemester is over, there is soned that although English’s e-mail was not illegal, it met the stan- no guarantee the election will happen before dard set in the UOSA Code as an “irregularity” school is out, Davis said. According to the UOSA code, dates for that impacted the election to such a degree as special elections must be established three to “render the result doubtful.” Both Van Eaton and Nunley said they stand weeks in advance and must pass through by the court’s decision and plan on running for Student Congress and the Graduate Senate before they can be approved by the UOSA CAC Chairman again. “I believe it was the right decision. Given all the circumstances they did what they felt was ELECTION CONTINUES ON PAGE 2


STUDENTS RUN ON FUMES AS SEMESTER RUNS DOWN Expert says students may be sleep deprived without knowing it, should get more sleep JAMIE BIRDWELL The Oklahoma Daily

Most college students who are sleep deprived don’t know it, said Dr. Maroun Tawk, the medical director of the sleep program at the OU Health Sciences Center. Students often neglect to get the seven hours or eight hours of sleep their bodies need to function correctly and then don’t know why they’re having difficulties, Tawk said. Culturally, the American lifestyle doesn’t provide much opportunity for sleep because of early mornings, late nights and family responsibilities, Tawk said. In a sleep-deprivation survey, 74 percent of respondents said they feel they don’t get enough sleep, according to “We’re too busy,” Tawk said. There are two different kinds of sleep deprivation, acute and chronic. Acute sleep deprivation happens when you don’t sleep for a long period of time, such as two days to three days, Tawk said. Chronic sleep deprivation happens when you continually miss one hour to two hours of sleep per night. Many people don’t realize they have a sleep deprivation problem when they’re losing only an hour or two of sleep per night, but the health effects are the same as acute sleep deprivation, Tawk said. The immediate effect of sleep deprivation is exhaustion, which can hinder driving abilities and ability to pay attention in class or at work, he said. Long-term effects of sleep deprivation can include weight gain due to an increased appetite, anxiety, depression and increased alcohol consumption, Tawk said. Tawk said sleep deprivation is seen across the board, but college students tend to think of sleep as an elective activity. Many college students don’t realize the effects it can have on their bodies, he said. Architecture students frequently suffer the effects of sleep deprivation, especially right before major projects are due,


Many students try to stay awake for irregular hours in order to study. A study shows that 74 percent of people don’t think they get enough sleep. Beth Pearcy, architecture sophomore said. no real stopping point because you’re constantly trying out “The longest I’ve ever gone without sleep is 50 hours,” she new ideas,” Pearcy said. said. “Sometimes it’s not so much that I’m going a whole week She said she had to sleep on the couch sometimes at the stuwithout sleep, but I’ll only sleep two to three hours a night.” dio because she didn’t have time to drive back to her bed and Many architecture students have sleeping bags next to their come back to class. projects in the architecture building a week or so before it’s due, “My freshman year, I would get really sick when I would stay she said. “Before a project is due, you work on it so much and there’s SLEEP CONTINUES ON PAGE 2


American Airlines State Regents approve withholding records CEO offers words of encouragement After review, State Regents DOCUMENT Read the campus believe withholding campus security records is important

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Campus emergency plans may soon be unavailable to the public. Oklahoma Senate Bill 585, introduced by John Ford, R-Bartlesville, would allow “certain public educational institutions to keep campus security plans confidential,” making some records relating to campus emergency response plans relating to acts of “terrorism” completely undisclosed to the public. Information relating to how students and faculty should respond to an emergency will still be available, but some “highly sensitive information” in how the university plans to respond to the threat will be kept confidential, said Ben Hardcastle, communication director for the Oklahoma

State Regents for Higher Education. The bill states records that include details for “deterrence or prevention of or protection from an act or threat of an act of terrorism,” may be kept confidential. Also, “records including details for response or remediation after an act of terrorism,” may be withheld. The Senate passed the bill and the House passed it with amendments. The Senate must approve or deny the amendments by Thursday. If the Senate approves the amendments, the bill will go to Gov. Brad Henry for approval. If the Senate denies the amendments, the bill will go to a conference committee. The Campus Life and Safety and Security Task Force originally made the

recommendation in their 2008 report to Henry, Hardcastle said. After the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, Henry charged the task force to review the security plans in state higher education and career technology institutions. The task force releases and annual report that reviews progress of their recommendations. Ford said he decided to carry the bill that officials from higher education proposed because he thinks it is in the best interest of the students. “I think it’s important for students at our universities and their parents to feel it’s a safe environment,” he said. “Some information shouldn’t be open to general public because some of those people do want to do some harm.” But Joey Senat, a Freedom of Information Oklahoma representative, said withholding the information could cause some harm. If emergency plans are not available for review, there will be no way to determine


Current economic crisis triggers a time for perseverance, strength RICKY MARANON The Oklahoma Daily

Business students, some of whom are graduating into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, received encouragement from a prominent business leader Thursday afternoon. Chairman and CEO of American Airlines Gerard Arpey spoke to students in the Oklahoma Memorial Union about persevering in tough economic times and also gave business tips. “Life is difficult,” Arpey said. “I didn’t come here to depress you, but I focus on suffering so we can figure out how to confront this reality.” He highlighted the story of Abraham Lincoln, mentioning him as someone who rose above his CEO CONTINUES ON PAGE 2


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Election Continues from page 1 President. With only two weeks left before finals week and only one more Student Congress meeting, implementing a special election before school is out is almost impossible, John Jennings, Student Congress Chairman, said. Congress would have to pass a separate piece of legislation first to change the rules regarding the special election in the code before legislation introducing election dates could pass. It is likely the election for CAC Chair will not happen until next fall, he said. This causes some concern among CAC members, Megan Bebb, the current chairwoman of CAC, said. Two of the biggest CAC events, Howdy Week and Big Red Rally, are during the first two weeks of school and are planned during the summer, Bebb said. The CAC chair plays a pivotal role in planning these events and in the general leadership of the organization, she said. “It’s not going to be best situation if we have to wait for a new CAC chair until the fall,” she said. “It would be much better if it could be resolved sooner.” But, if CAC must go without a chair this summer, the vicechair can step in to manage the chair’s role, Bebb said. Jennings said he and other UOSA officials are trying their best to prevent this, but cannot make any promises.

Security Continues from page 1 if the plan is competent, he said. “This keeps the rest of [us] in the dark about what they would do and whether or not that would be an effective plan,” Senat said. He said it is unlikely keeping emergency plans from the public would deter someone who wants to cause harm. “I’m not sure what can be in a plan that someone with ill intent won’t do by just not knowing,” said Senat. “These people that come on campus and commit these horrendous crimes don’t seem to concerned about.”

POLICE REPORTS POLICE REPORTS Names are compiled from the Norman Police Department and OUPD. The reports serve as a record of arrests and citations, not convictions. Those listed are innocent until proven guilty. DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE Dustin Wayne Smith, 26, 1200 W. Lindsey St., Tuesday POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA James Darren Allen, 38, 1800 Northcliff Ave., Tuesday Keith Robert Wadley, 57, River Oaks Drive, Wednesday, also driving under the influence, carrying a concealed weapon and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia Curtis Anthony Williams, 24, 251 12th Ave. SE, Wednesday, also county warrant PUBLIC INTOXICATION Billy Albert Bailey, 60, South Webster Avenue, Wednesday MUNICIPAL WARRANT Gilbert Herman Hulbert, 50, 1776 E. Robinson St., Tuesday COUNTY WARRANT Michael Don Johnson, 32, 1400 E. Alameda St., Wednesday FIRST DEGREE RAPE Brent Russell Neel, 45, 814 E. Symmes St., Tuesday FURNISHING ALCOHOL TO A MINOR Koorosh Cyrus Rasolkhani, 33, 1215 E. Lindsey St., Wednesday

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up all night,” she said. “But now, I’ve kind of gotten used to it.” Although the architecture program is demanding, Pearcy said it’s really about the choices she makes. “Sometimes I think this is ridiculous, but I’ll choose to hang out with a friend for a couple of hours instead of working,” she said. Tawk said young adults between the ages of 14 to 20 often miss out on sleep for social reasons. “College students need to be informed,” he said. “You can compromise on going out and drinking, but you can’t compromise on your studies.” Tawk said he sees many college students for problems with exhaustion. After a week of good night’s sleep, they’ll come in with good results. “They’ll come in and say, ‘I’m a new man!’” he said. “Imagine that.”

NATASHA GOODELL Contributing Writer

Local businesses along Main Street between Crawford Avenue and Peters Avenue are adjusting to the all-day event Saturday as the Norman Music Festival hits downtown Norman. “All the businesses have been very gracious,” said Holly Jones, publicity chair for the Norman music festival. “It brings a lot of people to downtown Norman who don’t normally go there.” From midnight Saturday to midnight Sunday, blocks 100, 200 and 300 on Main Street will be shut down for the second annual Norman Music Festival. At 2 a.m. Saturday, the intersections of Crawford Avenue and Main Street, and Peters Avenue and Main Street will be closed off. Angie Bailey, owner of Main Street’s Rawhide clothing store, said the parking Saturday is inconvenient for her store, but said the festival planning committee has promised to reserve a parking lot specifically for shoppers.

Also, Bailey said there were not enough detour signs last year; the signs directed shoppers in the wrong direction. “It’s one day a year,” Bailey said. “If it brings a multitude of ages, it’s better for my business.” The planning committee is taking added measures this year for security for the festival Saturday. “For this year’s festival, we have doubled our security in anticipation of a 30,000 person crowd,” Jones said in an e-mail. Jones said with 13,000 people in attendance at last year’s festival, the event did not experience any problems or incidents. However, barriers will be placed along the windows of the local businesses in this area as an added measure of security, Jones said. Forward Foods on Main Street will be closing two hours early Saturday for the festival, owner Steve Reynolds said. “It’s a trade off,” Reynolds said. “Our sales actually went down last year, but it increased exposure of the store; so overall, I think it’s fairly good for the store.”

Bison Wiches Bar and Deli bartender James Sutton said Jagermeister will be setting up a 50 ft. diameter tent outside the bar for more outdoor seating Saturday. “We love the festival,” Sutton said. Server Megan McBride said Bison Wiches Bar and Deli was completely packed and the liquor was gone after the festival last year. “I couldn’t hear anything last year, I was so busy,” McBride said. McBride said every single person employed at Bison Wiches Bar and Deli is working Saturday. “I thought it was awesome last year,” server Amber Kelso said. “I had a lot of fun; it was so packed you couldn’t even move.”

BUSINESS CHANGES CLOSINGS SATURDAY: Blair Furniture Arvest Bank Goodno’s Jewelry ADJUSTED HOURS: Fancy That: open until 9 p.m. Convention and Visitor’s Bureau: open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Forward Foods: closing at 6 p.m.

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CEO Continues from page 1 struggles to become something great. “Just like Lincoln, we need to build our character and hope for a better future,” he said. He said the problems today arise from an “unwillingness to confront our personal realities,” such as the government’s policy of deficit spending. He said while the government should be involved in social issues like health care and global warming, “we should not embark on new initiatives we cannot afford.” Arpey then concluded his speech with a plea for empathy. “If you are not empathetic to others who are suffering, you won’t make good judgments,” he said. “It will affect the way you run your business, and it will affect your family too.” Arpey then opened up the floor for questions from students and Price College of Business alumni. He was asked about his challenges as CEO and what it was like for him as an

American Airlines officer during 9/11. “We made some hard decisions that day,” he said. “We lost two planes, and then after 9/11 people stopped flying.” Arpey said the choices his airline made in 2003 and 2004 saved the company from having to file for bankruptcy in the present economic downturn. “The realities we face is that we are in a tough business even in good times,” he said. “We make difficult choices and confront reality full force.” OU President David Boren made some final remarks to close out the event. “I’ve never seen anyone, either in business or politics, who makes decisions without greater integrity than Gerard Arpey,” he said. “It’s a privilege to know and have worked with him.” ELI HULL / THE DAILY Boren sits on the Board of Directors Governance Committee for American Gerard Arpey, CEO of American Airlines, listens as OU President Airlines and worked with Arpey in mak- David Boren speaks about working with him. Arpey delivered a speech about dealing with the challenges in life Thursday morning labor and contract decisions.

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Graduate student prepares to look in eye of storm Nationwide VORTEX2 experiment to commence in May JARED RADER The Oklahoma Daily

While Oklahomans take shelter this tornado season, meteorology graduate student Robin Tanamachi hopes to get up close and personal with one. Tanamachi will be a part of the largest tornado field study set to take place May 10 through June 13 across the central United States. Verification of the Origins of Rotations in Tornadoes Experiment, or VORTEX2, will involve around 100 scientists from more than 10 national institutions along with OU researchers and graduate students who will be in the eye of the scientific storm. The experiment hopes to shed light on unanswered questions, like how, when and why tornadoes form and why some are more powerful than MICHELLE GRAY/THE DAILY others, according to the VORTEX2 Web site. Robin Tanamachi, meteorology graduate student, stands by a mobile radar she uses while looking and trying “ Whenever we think we begin to come close to record tornadoes. Tanamachi says the trucks radar has a “much higher resolution so it’s like looking at the to an answer, it always raises ten more questions,” tornado through a microscope.” Tanamachi said. She said she’s optimistic for the experiment’s order to keep the crew safe, we’ll do it. We’ve done radars designed for thunderstorm research. potential to shed light on the questions because it before,” she said. But Tanamachi said the experiment will yield technology has increased significantly since the Monitoring the life cycle of a tornado from all more than ground breaking scientific research. first VORTEX project in the mid 1990s. sides will provide data that also can be used to “OU students will get to process the data from Tanamachi said the VORTEX2 team will con- improve meteorologists’ abilities to issue tornado VORTEX2 for master’s thesis work, senior capstone duct its research by targeting thunderstorms likely warnings. projects, and Ph.D. dissertations,” Tanamachi to produce tornadoes and surrounding them with Mike Biggerstaff, meteorology professor, said said. vehicles like mobile radar vehicles, Doppler on the current systems can only issue warnings about Tanamachi said the experiment will help OU in Wheels and unmanned aerial vehicles, like weath- 13 minutes in advance and the false alarm rate other ways, too. er balloons. is close to 70 percent. The scientists hope to find “I think it really galvanizes our program as one of Tanamachi will be part of the team driving ways to report more accurate warnings earlier. the premiere meteorology education and research the mobile radar vehicles, which can only collect “We want to learn why sometimes tornadoes programs in the United States,” said Tanamachi. “I good data when within seven miles of a tornado. don’t form when the conditions seem likely,” think it really tells the meteorological community Though the proximity might sound terrifying to Biggerstaff said. “This will improve our ability to something about the caliber of people we have some, Tanamachi said she’s confident everyone issue warnings when we really need to.” here and the caliber of the type of research we’re on her team has the experience to stay safe. Biggerstaff will coordinate the SMART-Radar ve- doing here.” “If we have to sacrifice a really good data set in hicle team, which consists of two mobile Doppler



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In response to Elise Johnston’s Thursday column about pageants and the recent Perez Hilton controversy.

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Let’s get something straight. Rules are rules. They exist for a reason. And breaking them should lead to penalty, no matter how reasonable a court deems the extent of the violation. Which is why we disagree with the UOSA court’s ruling on former CAC Chair Tyler Nunley, who appeared to have won the CAC election by less than 200 votes after he exceeded his campaign-spending limit. See page 1 for more details. Nunley exceeded his $1,500 spending limit by $500, yet the court said he provided evidence of the “reasonability” for his overages. We’re not sure how the court defines reasonable and unreasonable, but in our book, spending 33 percent more than your

allotted funds qualifies as the latter. Yet Nunley received no punishment for the overspending. The election was invalidated because of a questionable e-mail, not the overspending. So Nunley has another opportunity to win his once-held chair – this time in a reelection. This is obviously problematic. It’s not fair to his opponent, who followed the spending rules. He’s on the ballot in an election that he’s already campaigned for – illegally. He’s already benefitted from the funds. Even if Nunley wins again, he will win on the benefits of an unethical campaign. Nunley should have been disqualified completely, because he broke the rules, and breaking the rules in elections is unreasonable.

“Perez Hilton’s disgusting and misogynistic response to this girl is appalling. It’s never ok to publicly belittle a woman with the words he used, but this is the same Perez Hilton who draws semen on celebrities and pulls homosexuals out of the closet before they’re ready. I agree with gay marriage, so I speak out about it. This girl did

Tea-baggers need a reality check. The U.S. economy is in dire straits and the only reason we are not worse off is because the government stepped in to help. Putting arguments of socialism versus capitalism aside, if the government had not stepped in, we would have already punched a one-way ticket to another Great Depression. Ultimately, we have no one to blame but ourselves. Our votes elected the officials who pushed for less regulation on the financial sector and our votes kept them in office. This can only be attributed to the massive failure of our education system to teach a period of U.S. history from 19201940. The Great Depression was triggered by a lack of regulation and oversight, only to be exacerbated by the inaction of Hoover and his secretary of state, Andrew Mellon. If we had only known the circumstances

not agree with it, and though I strongly disagree with her, she has the right to her own opinion on this matter.” - EIGHTBITGIRL

surrounding this historic event, we would have asked for regulation and oversight, but we didn’t. We must all act like adults and accept the consequences of our actions. We (the taxpayers) will have to pay some rice for our mistakes, much like we ask our children to. The government is moving in the right direction. The economy will recover and we will soon be paid back the money we loaned the banks and auto industry. At that time, we will adopt a form of regulated capitalism needed for real economic growth. But until then, lay down your teabags, put up your poster boards comparing Barack Obama to Hitler and Mussolini and own up to your mistakes. It is time we begin to ask of ourselves what we ask of our government officials: responsibility for actions. Daniel Freno, physics and mathematics senior


Oklahoma: the next big arts and music scene Los Angeles and New York are so last decade. In my humble opinion, Oklahoma is the next big arts and music scene. Amidst tornados, hick towns and tumbleweeds (do those things exist outside of m ov i e s ? ) w h y is Oklahoma— i n p a r t i c u l a r, Nor man— the LINDSEY ALLGOOD next Austin? Because we’re a wild, creative bunch out here on the prairie, cowboy. Here in the wild west, imagination spreads like wildfire. Oklahoma is not on the lame list. In fact, we’re on the straight up V.I.P. list for entertainment. Oklahoma has spawned some of the nation’s most brilliant musicians and artists, from the Flaming Lips to Broadway’s Kristin Chenoweth. Okie bands and artists get down and dirty with the guys from “Rolling Stone” and “Spin” magazines on a daily basis. Hip galleries

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and wine bars are popping up all over the place. Norman’s stamped its own face on the map of up-andcoming ultra modness. In case you haven’t heard, the Norman Music Festival is tomorrow. We all went last year and were quite surprised at the turnout. But this year, I hear they’re expecting more than 26,000 people and 90 different bands in 12 venues. And they’re closing off downtown Main Street for Pete’s sake (is it Pete? Who’s Pete?). Streets don’t close around here unless gay rights rioters and extreme fundamentalist Biblethumpers dual it out at high noon just east of the railroad tracks. Which is where I’ll be watching Of Montreal and the Starlight Mints rock out. Still questioning the Bible Belt’s blingability? Think of oldschool Oklahoma, moonshine and the actual reason we’re called the Sooners. You don’t know? Wikipedia Boomer Sooner. We’re a land of scalawag hooligans, out for a good time and ready, rain or

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Patrons of the 2008 Norman Music Festival line Main Street on April 28, 2008, in Norman. Attendance exceeded expectations last year, drawing 15,000 people. This year’s festival begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday. shine, for a musical shindig as big as your Grandma’s apple pies. We breed good genes when it comes to creativity. Whether you believe in evolution or not, there’s no doubt

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FRIDAY FACE-OFF » Read this week’s Friday Face-off about who should be the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.

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Steven Jones, sports editor • phone: 325-7630 • fax: 325-6051




SOONERS IN THE NFL DRAFT The Daily breaks down which former OU players could be picked this weekend


STRENGTHS/ WEAKNESSES OFFENSIVE TACKLE PHIL LOADHOLT Strengths: The name says it all — he is a load. The offensive lineman towered over his opponents and teammates. He looks like an NFL lineman already. Weaknesses: Loadholt improved his senior year, but too many times he would lose his focus and draw a careless penalty. He also has shown a tendency to struggle with quick defensive ends.

OFFENSIVE GUARD DUKE ROBINSON Strengths: He is a versatile player who was a part of one of the most efficient and protective offensive lines in the country. Robinson can keep any quarterback safe when he is playing at a high level. Weaknesses: Robinson was recovering from an arm injury earlier in the year, something that sometimes can leave a lasting effect.

WIDE RECEIVER JUAQUIN IGLESIAS Strengths: Iglesias sias has improved his draft stock throughout the spring, proving roving he might just have the breakaway speed to run n with those in the NFL. He was also oners’ leading receiver with an avstrong as the Sooners’ erage of 82 yards per game. Weaknesses: Iglesias made oggling some mind-boggling lso catches, but also dropped some off Bradford’s most s. accurate passes. cy could be an issue. That inconsistency


Strengths: Harris rris would be a strong asset to any team with his positive ositive work ethic. On and off the field he is a class act, putting in the time to improve his game. This habit abit will be attractive to scouts. Weaknesses: He is not the fastest person on the field and every so o often he was beat by a streaking receiver. Quickness ess and speed are even more pivotal in the NFL, and nd that could leave Harris trying to play catch-up too often.


Strengths: He is a very physical player who is extremely remely versatile. He has the overall rall size and talent required for the NFL, and although ough the Combine numumbers don’t necessarsarily show it, some rave Safety Lendy Holmes about his athleticism. cism Weaknesses: Holmes has improved leaps and bounds over his career, but the question remains whether he will be given the time to continue to improve. He still has moments in games where he loses focus and lets the receiver get a step on him.

CENTER JON COOPER Strengths: Cooper was a leader on the OU offensive line and under his direction, Sam Bradford was sacked fewer than once per game. He was named the top offensive lineman in the Big 12 in 2008. Weaknesses: Cooper tends to fall in the shadows of the talented Loadholt and Robinson. He is not as large as most NFL linemen and though he is quick, it may not be enough when push comes to shove.


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DUKE ROBINSON: BUFFALO BILLS Robinson is a big physical lineman who would be able to fit in well with the AFC’s wars within the trenches. The Bills need someone who can handle both run and pass protection as well as Robinson to survive in the AFC East.

JUAQUIN IGLESIAS: CHICAGO BEARS Iglesias could make a career out of being a possession receiver who has the ability to break free and make a big play. The Chicago Bears were one of the worst passing teams in the NFL last year. y Theyy did not have one receiver who had 700 yards and their leading receiver, Devin Hester, Hest is known more for his kick-return skills than receiving skills. Iglesias cou could be that go-to receiver for newly ne acquired quarterback Jay Cutler, who would be able to kkeep drives alive and bring in enough passes to open up the run game for second-year ru running back Matt Forte.

NIC HARRIS: DETROIT LIONS N Even though they are close to closing a deal with quarterback Matt Stafford, the t Lions need to work on their defense, which w ranked last in almost every defensive defensiv category in 2008. Harris’ versatility in the secondary s and at linebacker could come in han handy for a Lions team that has eight picks in this ye year’s draft.



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Even though there are many teams that need a big offensive lineman, the best fit for the 6-foot-8-inch offensive tackle would be the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have a solid running back corps but need an offensive lineman who can help protect quarterback JaMarcus Russell. Russell has been sacked 37 times in 19 games and it is obvious The Raiders need a lineman of Loadholt’s size to help keep Russell off his back.

Projected to be a late second-day pick or a free agent, Holmes is a physical player who will find a home in 2009 in SSan Francisco. Last season, the Niners ranked in the lower lowe half of the league in pass defense and they will need some som more physical defensive backs to be a contender in the NFC N West.

JON COOPER: NEW YORK GIANTS Cooper has not generated much draft buzz, but the smallest of the 2008 OU starting startin offensive linemen could hustle his way onto any team that t invites him to training camp. He is projected to be a fre free agent after this weekend’s d f b h end d off the h d draft, but at the day, h his abilities would be a good fit for the New York Giants, where he will have the opportunity to learn from veterans. — Jono Greco/The Daily

WHERE THEY WILL GO Phil Loadholt: Buffalo Bills, 2nd Round, Pick No. 42 overall Duke Robinson: Tennessee Titans, 2nd Round, Pick No. 62 Juaquin Iglesias: Cincinnati Bengals, 3rd Round, Pick No. 98 Nic Harris: Buffalo Bills, 5th Round, Pick No. 147 Free agents: Lendy Holmes, Jon Cooper, Brandon Walker — Steven Jones/The Daily


OU to battle for top spot in Big 12 Sooners and Mizzou face off this weekend AARON COLEN The Oklahoma Daily

The Big 12 softball race may very well come down to this weekend’s series between No. 13 OU and the No. 10 Missouri Tigers in Columbia, Mo. After a somewhat up-and-down conference season for OU, the team still controls its own destiny in the Big 12 race. The Sooners (34-11, 11-4 Big 12) have an opportunity to take the lead in the conference by winning both games against the Tigers (40-5, 11-3 Big 12). OU has been gaining momentum lately, having won its previous four games. Missouri, meanwhile, comes in after splitting a series with Iowa State earlier in the week. The Tigers’ loss broke a 10-game winning streak for the team and gave the Sooners an even greater chance at capturing the regular-season conference title. If the Sooners sweep the series, they are guaranteed the title; however, if they lose one or both, the remaining few games of the season gain even greater importance. After the Missouri series, OU plays its season finale against Oklahoma State in Stillwater. Missouri finishes its regular season with a two-game series against Nebraska. The series kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday. The second and final game of the series will be played at noon Sunday.

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OU falls in Big 12 first round

Sooners face another top-ranked Big 12 foe in Waco this weekend

Sooners bow out in opening round of conference tournament to Texas Tech

JONO GRECO The Oklahoma Daily


The OU women’s tennis team hit the court Thursday afternoon and fell short in the first round of the Big 12 championships. The Sooners lost 4-3 to the Lady Raiders of Texas Tech. OU faced Texas Tech last weekend and had a much more favorable outcome with the 6-1 win. OU lost two of its three doubles matches and split three of its six in the singles round. OU head coach Dave Mullins said he did not expect today’s match to be as easy as last week’s. “I watched them yesterday play Nebraska, and they just looked like a completely different team than what we saw on Sunday, so I expected that,” he said. “I was not surprised at all.” OU was not blown out of the water, however. The final score came down to one last match involving OU’s No.3 Marie-Peir Huet and the Lady Raiders No. 3 Simone Templeton. Huet dropped the first set 6-7, but battled back in the second to make it a nailbiter until the end. Even though Huet could not pull out the win to send it to a third set, Mullins said the match was a great one that was a thrill to watch. “It’s fun. If you’re going to lose a match I want [it] to come down to one player and everyone cheering on,” Mullins said. “It’s kind of a good way

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Sophomore Ana-Maria Constantinescu hits a forehand shot during Thursdy’s firstround Big 12 tournament match against Texas Tech in Norman. Constantinescu won, 6-1, 6-2, but the Sooners fell to the Red Raiders. to go out in a weird sort of way.” Three Sooners won their matches, led by OU’s No.1 singles player, AnaMaria Constantinescu. Constantinescu won her match by beating her Raider opponent 6-1, 6-2. With the win, Constantinescu finished off the season undefeated in the Big 12, without losing a single set. Mullins said he somewhat expected this type of performance from her as she beat up Big 12 opponents all season. He said sometimes it is easy to forget that she is so good, and his expectations are very high because of it. “The sky’s the limit without a

doubt,” Mullins said. “I will be really disappointed if she’s not an AllAmerican by the time she graduates in two years.” Other Sooners that finished strong Thursday were No. 2 Maria Kalashnikova who won 6-4, 5-7,6 -0 and No. 6 Tara Eckel who finished with a score of 6-2, 6-2. The Sooners come away from the loss and must now get ready for summer practices. The NCAA now allows students and coaches to work together during the summer, so Mullins said many players will be in the weight room getting ready for next season.




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This time last week, the No. 13 baseball team was in control of the Big 12, but since it has gone through a rapid fall from grace to the middle of the pack. The Sooners’ current fourth position, however, could rise just as quickly in a weekend series with No. 9 Baylor in Waco, Texas. Redemption is right at OU’s (30-11, 8-7) doorstep. The Sooners trail Baylor (25-14, 10-7) by percentage points and are one game in the loss column behind conferenceleading Texas. “The conference is just outstanding,” head coach Sunny Golloway said. “[I] can’t say enough about how many quality teams we have, and going to Waco is not going to be an easy task. They’re ranked in the top 10, they’ve got a quality club [and] they’ve got strength on the mound. So it’s going to be a great test for us.” The Sooners are one of five teams in the Big 12 with seven losses, so this weekend’s three-game matchup could possibly be the most crucial of their 15 remaining games. “It’s a huge weekend,” Golloway said. “Every Big 12 weekend is huge, we understand that, but when you haven’t really played well or you haven’t had success I think there’s a little more emphasis.” If the Sooners are able to take at least two games from the Bears, they’ll be ahead of the Bears in the loss column. Baylor is going through a tough stretch. The Bears have lost four of their last six games, including three-straight losses. In that stretch, Baylor has averaged 5.8 runs per game, but three of the four losses have been by one run each. The Sooners are sending junior Andrew Doyle (5-3), junior Garrett Richards (5-1) and sophomore Antwonie Hubbard (2-2) to the mound for the three-game set. Outside of the sweep at Texas, OU’s pitching staff has been outstanding in the past few weeks and has posted a 4.74 ERA this season. Baylor’s pitching staff has posted 4.80 ERA and sophomore left fielder Casey Johnson said facing their starters will be a challenge. “I know that they’ve got three really good pitchers, three really good right-handers,” Johnson said. “So every pitch, fastball, curveball, changeup are sharp and it will be a challenge for us and hopefully we’ll get them.” First pitch against the Bears is slated for 6:30 p.m. Friday and will the series continue through Sunday afternoon. “This is going to be a really good series this weekend for us,” Johnson said. “[Baylor] is a really good ball club.”





Event prompts music lovers to ‘Come Together’ TYLER BRANSON The Oklahoma Daily

The Norman Music Festival is a big deal. Organized by the Norman Arts Council, the festival began last year with around 30 bands and 15,000 attendants. This year, festival organizers are looking to one-up themselves in a big way, with 95 performers playing across 12 stages around Main Street. By spotlighting local and national musicians, poets, artists and comedians, the Arts Council is doing something truly momentous: showing Norman, and the country, that this city is a place thriving with local talent and a zeal for the arts that makes Norman one of the top places for artistic expression in the country. To the local artists who have been working hard in Norman, some for decades, making quality music and art is not

new information. But for some Norman community members who may have been too busy or disinterested to catch Mamma Sweet at the Deli, read a review of Dorian Small or check out comedy night at Othello’s on occasion, the Norman Music Festival will be a breathtakingly enlightening experience. I remember at last year ’s festival, as I waited for the epic Polyphonic Spree to emerge from the scarlet veil they had drawn across the stage, I felt an over whelming sense of awe. Thousands of people had congregated there, at that place, at that moment, to enjoy a concert in the middle of the street, the same street on which we drive to work, eat a sandwich or buy a record on any other day. To me the veil symbolized the veil through which a lot of us generally look at Norman—a place in which we live, work, go to school, and dream of one day leaving. But Norman is more than a

On Saturday, our sense of community will shine through with kaleidoscopic colors.


Polyphonic Spree’s lead vocalist Tim Delaughter performs to an enthusiastic crowd on Main Street during the first annual Norman Music Festival April 26. Delaughter is one of 22 Polyphonic Spree band members.

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profiles GET TO KNOW NMF ACTS JABEE AND MAN MAN. PAGE 3 mundane workweek, campus bars and OU students arduously working toward a degree. It goes deeper. The heart of Norman contains all of those things, but it also has artists and musicians who work very hard to give back to the community with their creativity. It takes something like the Norman Music Festival to show this. The sense of community I felt last year was inspiring. This is where I live, I thought. And I’m proud to live here, too. This year, the second annual Norman Music Festival will likely blow last year’s out of the water. It is one of the eight music festivals featured on, the premier playlist music site on the Internet. Some of the biggest indie rock bands in the country, like Of Montreal, will be here too. Bu t f o r g e t t hat f o r a m o ment. The bigger bands and the hype aren’t the best part of the festival. The local organization, Citizens to Recycle the Environment, or CORE, will be using some of its new recycling bins for public events for the first time. Local businesses throughout downtown Norman will be proudly showcasing their products to a wider range of people than ever before. And people young and old will come out on Saturday to enjoy some music and each other’s company. That is what’s truly amazing about the Norman Music Festival. It fosters a sense of community in Norman. This community was here the whole time, but it often becomes veiled by our banal look on the world, which can happen so easily when you forget to pay attention. On Saturday, our sense of community will shine through with kaleidoscopic colors. Norman will make a statement and reaffirm that it is indeed a place of diversity, excitement and real community, which will resonate on a local and national level, hopefully showing Norman in a light many people haven’t seen before.



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PENNY HILL, 5 P.M. An unsigned local five-piece whose tunes evoke gentle natural imagery and memories from your childhood riding that shiny new tricycle down the street.


THE GUNSHIP, NOON A rock’n’roll band in the vein of the Stray Cats with a penchant for uptempo, catchy songs.


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EARLY BEAT, 6 P.M. Another local band, Early Beat sounds like they enjoy experimenting with conventional rock structure and pop rhythms.

Tulsans who sound like their kinsmen Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey at times with the benefit of a regular singer and THE SEPARATION, 7 P.M. stronger orientation towards rock. Fun, bouncy, keyboard rock from good ol’ Norman. They prove you don’t have to leave the city limits to hear forGENTLE GHOST, 2 P.M. eign-sounding pop. Alternately soft and loud, Gentle Ghost is a visually arresting band from Norman with a penchant for making stimulating music.

MAYOLA, 3 P.M. One of Stillwater’s premiere unsigned rock bands. Mayola’s got a certain country-macabre sound to them— they project as an opener for Arcade Fire.




Another homegrown rock band, these guys are proA cool electro outfit from OKC, Crocodile tore stuff up at ponents of fuzzy guitar riffs and charging drum beats. the Opolis a couple weeks ago opening for the Starlight Standard, American rock music done well. Mints.


from spare acoustic melodies to jazz-infused piano ballads.



BLACK COLT, 11 A.M. Alternative-country Southern rock with lots of crooning vocals and a little bit of blues.

Eclectic, fresh rock with a tongue-in-cheek feel and a heavy dose of guitar every once in a while.


SUPREME U-GENE, NOON An R&B and rock jam band clearly influenced by classic rock.

Raw, gritty, bluesy rock that is reminiscent of the Black Keys, or maybe Cross Canadian Ragweed with more rock and less country.

of Montreal headlines the second annual Norman Music Festival, taking the main sta



Punk rock with a rockabilly influence, here again is more intense, aggressive rock.

Mean Spirits sounds fresh out of the mid-’90s – lo-fi, indie garage rock with punk roots.



Z’EBRE, 7 P.M.

Intense, screaming emo-punk rock.

Norman’s own Z’ebre plays psychedelic, atmospheric experimental rock. It’s an interesting and diverse band, so much the first word that comes to mind when describing them is “cool.”

A combination of country, folk and blues, Hart ranges




BILLY JOE SHAVER, 6 P.M. Country music vet Shaver delivers gospel-inspired lyrics with an old-school country flair.


WELCOME THE SILENCE, 11 A.M. Alternative rock that fans of 3 Doors Down or Staind will appreciate. Guitar-heavy, aggressive rock.

TODD SNIDER, 7:30 P.M. Singer-songwriter straight from the Old South: bluesy, soulful, folk-rock with a bit of swagger.





These guys are darker and m the other bands on the mai sure not to bring your emo g

Borderline-creepy rock band from Oklahoma City. P.M. Singer Justin Rice sprays fun lyrics (mostly about “government secrecy, religious clout and acid trips The group tours with bands Deerhoof, The Flaming Lips) with Jesus”) atop layered, bell-tolling crescendos. signed to Warner Bros. Com Floyd-y space rock before THE ABSOLUTE, 1:45 P.M. million copies, making the b Dudes are from Los Angeles and they dress like it. for the hometown crowd. Driven by talented singer Phil Ross, they sound like a fuzzed-out guitar band or maybe Bono’s side project. SUGAR AND GOLD, 6 P.

Slicker and groovier than Montreal, Sugar and Gold mom’s workout tapes from Funkadelic anyone?

CAMILLE HARP, 12:35 P.M. Alternative country singer-songwriter Harp has a knockout voice. Her music sounds like an update on Loretta Lynn or Bonnie Raitt, with more of a pop sensibility.

MAN MAN, 7:30 P.M.

The last time these guys we for an overpriced Modest M year-and-a-half later, Man

BLUE TURTLE SEDUCTION, 1:45 P.M. Incorporating a fiddle and a mandolin into the mix, Blue Turtle Seduction sounds like a little bit of everything: bluegrass, folk, roots, rock, jam, even reggae at some points, making them one of the most eclectic bands playing this weekend.





Self-described as “sacred steel,” The Lee Boys mix gospel, rock, blues and R&B for a mesh of Southern gospel choir and good time rock ‘n’ roll.

Singer-songwriter Linville uses sweet, easy melodies and plucky acoustic guitar for folksy, bluegrass sound, kind of like a countrified Jack Johnson.

She’s an acoustic indie c Jenny Lewis and more sout Her singing has the power to

EPHB is one guy, Mickey Reece, who plays a small drum set, digital theremin and guitars, and he is way better than the crazy guy who plays by himself on the street corner for dimes.

Resident Funk is, well, funky. Lots of energy, groove and blues.







Rock/jam band with a definite ’70s feel, Tea Leaf Green is relaxed, easy-to-listen-to rock with an alt country vibe every once in awhile. — CLAIRE DOUTHITT/THE DAILY

They’re about as creepy Underground. This conce ing, guaranteed.


A 25-year-old OU grad stu A local, McClure is a future pop star. Her music has dirty to his friend Kayajan been featured on MTV’s “The Hills” and she’s got a record contract in Japan, where her debut album was recently released. STEVEDORE, 3:30 P.M Hopefully Norman will be TRAINDODGE, 12:30 P.M. electronica, otherwise ch From OKC, this straight-up rock band promises BS-free music and have been delivering on that for over a LEAH KAYAJANIAN (C decade now. Her MySpace says she gra sional writing and maste PSYCHOTIC REACTION, 1:30 P.M. dirty.

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BAND AID: WHO’S WHO AT NMF The Daily’s Joshua Boydston tracked down bands playing the Norman Music Festival to find out what makes them tick.





The Daily: How would you describe your sound? Derek Brown of Crocodile: Imagine if the crew of NASA took a DeLorean time machine back to 1985 to help Robert Smith record The Cure’s “The Head On The Door” and they came stocked with plenty of Cold Stone Creamery ice cream and Sparks energy drinks. Why should we go see you at Norman Music Festival? If it’s raining, you should come see us because we’ll be indoors. If it’s not raining, you should if the above description got you at all excited. What makes your live show special? The same things that make kittens and babies special. How did you settle on the band name? Testosterone is key in most decision making. What plans do you have for the future? We are finishing up a three-song single called “Head Over Heels.” After that’s finished, we’ll keep working on our first LP. Who else will you personally be seeing at Norman Music Festival? It will be great to finally see Early Beat. The puppet show over at the Kids Stage looks cool. We will pay respects to the Jagermeister stage since my marriage was founded partly on Jagermeister. Are there any memorable concert or tour stories you want to tell us? Being on the road is like going on vacation except you have to carry heavy stuff everywhere. What is your favorite Norman restaurant? We don’t get to eat in Norman much lately, so I’m going to go with a flashback food: the vegetarian tempura sandwiches the Opolis used to serve for lunch (prepared by Suzy of Forward Foods). What was your favorite band as a kid? As a pre-teen it was Def Leppard. As a teen, it was The Cure.

The Daily: How would you describe your sound? David Hoffner of The Separation: A Picnic For Your Ears. Why should we go see you at Norman Music Festival? It’s free! It’s outside during a very brief time of Oklahoma weather where it’s enjoyable to spend a day outdoors with your friends joyously drinking beer on Main Street. On top of that there’s all types of music all around you. It’s a great opportunity to be exposed to new music and for all the underage kids around to check out the bands that they usually would have to stand outside a bar to listen to. I also heard a rumor that David Boren was going bust out some percussion solos with Man Man. What makes your live show special? We all play atop magical unicorns. How’d you settle on the band name? Many centuries ago there was a band of five roaming minstrels that spread their joyous music to the masses. They had been tragically separated while traveling through the ancient forest of Dosho and killed one by one by an evil wizard who was jealous of their soothing sounds, damning their souls to the lower heavens and were forced to ride on the edges of rainbows for many, many years. This was their fate until the day that five magical unicorns saved the wandering souls and gloriously united them with our earthly bodies, proclaiming we should be called “The Separation” and to begin to spread joyous music to the masses once again. What plans do you have for the future? We will travel and play our music whenever and where ever our unicorns take us. What other bands influence you the most? Bauhaus and ELO or maybe Bill Joel and Quasi, depends on what mixture of drugs we’re on.

The Daily: What makes your live show special? Wil Norton of the Non: We have a lot of energy, and we are pretty all over the stage considering we’re an “ambient” rock band. We are probably fun to watch if you enjoy studying music and structures as well. What plans do you have for the future? We’re moving into a house this summer in Norman and are going to finish writing and recording our next album. After that, we’re going to tour in August. What other bands influence you the most? We tend to be inspired by innovative music in general. Stuff that makes you think “how did anyone possibly come up with that?” is usually the kind of music that gets us really excited. Who else will you personally be seeing at Norman Music Festival? Man Man, because they terrify me and I think their music is nearly unbearable to listen to. That said, I think they will be great live for the same reasons. Any memorable concert/tour stories/ moments? We had a tour with Ali Harter two summers ago that was fairly epic... as far as best memories, hmm. Probably staying with State Bird in Ohio. This band let us stay in their house at a trailer park dealership and we rode on our bellies on longboards. Tom hit a spike in the road and flew off and scraped up his chin really bad. He had to sleep vertically all night for some reason. What was the best moment in your band’s history? Getting to play shows like DFest and playing in cities like Austin, Lawrence, and Chicago. Favorite Norman restaurant? I’m pretty partial to the Library. They have excellent pizza and the atmosphere is intellectual yet fun-loving and a little irreverent. Perfect for me.

The Daily: How would you describe your sound? Colin Bray of The Uglysuit: Cerebral optirock seems fitting, or so we’ve heard. Why should we go see you at Norman Music Festival? Depending on who else is playing, I might not say you should. Otherwise, if you like “happy feel good” music, come. Be prepared to be compelled to shake what your momma gave you! What makes your live show special? Feeling. Energy. Emotion. Joy. First and foremost though, letting go, giving yourself to your eardrums, and the sounds surpassing them. How’d you settle on the band name? It’s a story still being lived out. What plans do you have for the future? To try and do whatever we can to keep playing music, we’re writing for a new album now. It’s exciting to be back in the process, which really the process is something that never ends. Also, we’re hoping for shows and tours to keep happening regularly. We’ll be working hard for that. Any memorable concert/tour stories/ moments? There are so many. Probably either pulling into New York for the first time. I’m driving (our full size conversion van and trailer) mind you. We pull into the Lincoln tunnel at like 4:58 p.m., on a weekday afternoon! The traffic was so bad. Lanes went down from 7 to 2. We had to skip across 4 to make it. The dudes were all freaking out, we ended up making it, just a nice stressful happening in NYC. Quite funny, told them I had it.



Hip hop artist Jarbee in Oklahoma City Thursday. TYLER BRANSON The Oklahoma Daily

Oklahoma rapper Jabee was one of the last acts signed to play the second Norman Music Festival. But the musician, one of Oklahoma’s most promising hip hop artists, said just being invited to play is validation of the hard work he’s been putting into the Oklahoma music scene. “I’m glad hip hop is on the bill this year,” he said. “I think hip hop has been neglected for a long time in Oklahoma. A lot of it is just because people either don’t know about it, or

what they’ve heard or seen about it is just wack.” Despite the uneven attention paid to local hip hop, Jabee is no stranger to Norman, having performed at both the Deli and Opolis on several occasions. He said he’s confident that the crowd on Saturday will receive him just as well as they would any other artist. “Good music is good music,” Jabee said. “Whether it’s the indie market or of Montreal or whatever, it’s the same college-kid crowd for the most part, and I think it’ll be alright. I’m just glad that people finally notice that I’m part

of the music scene, too, thinking ‘OK, this guy works hard, he makes cool music and he can pull a crowd.’” In addition to his regular audience, Jabee said he hopes to bring in some newcomers to his performance. Getting recognized locally is a good feeling, Jabee said, and playing the Norman Music Festival puts it all into perspective. “I remember last year trying to hit someone up [about the Norman Music Festival] and not getting a response and thinking ‘Why is there no hip hop?’” he said. “I’m just happy that it’s all coming together now.”

Or our first show in Europe, Milan Italy to be exact. The people all totally shut up when as soon as we took the stage; we’re used to places here, not that its a bad thing, but people party, loudly. Everyone there was focused on what was happening. We loved that very much.

Man Man finally set to play festival after year-long wait Fate, friends and heavy touring can be attributed to Philadelphia rock group Man Man’s journey into Norman Saturday, as the group is performing on the main stage of this year’s highly anticipated Norman Music Festival. Known for its stage presence and dynamic live show, Man Man tours so regularly it’s almost natural, Honus Honus said. And after three months off, he’s excited to get back on the road. “Hopefully when we dive back into the tour, it’ll feel like jumping into the swimming pool after a winter of not touring,” Honus said. “Hopefully there won’t be any crocodiles.” Man Man, which performs on the Norman Music Festival’s main stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, had intended to play the festival last year, but scheduling conflicts prevented the band from sealing the deal. The band members are close friends with a several people involved with the festival, so this performance has been a year in the making. “We really wanted to do it last year,” Honus said. “We’ve been attached to this thing for a while now. You always have really good shows in Norman.” Man Man’s energetic live show hinges on a unique connection with the audience, as well as the band’s

obscure yet catchy sound. But Honus said the band’s ability to connect to its audience won’t be hindered by the outdoor festival setting. Playing festivals “is like menopause, hot flashes,” Honus said. “We like playing big festivals. It’s fun. It’s funny though, even when we’re presented with a large stage, we still situate ourselves in the middle of it. It’s sort of like when a big bug hits your windshield and there’s nothing you can do to get rid of it,” he said. And as its newest album, “Rabbit Habits,” continues to pick up steam, generating positive reviews by both Pitchfork and NPR, Man Man indeed remains very difficult to get rid of, whether you like its abstract, “gypsy jazz” sound or not. “Our live show is not too shabby,” Honus said. “I feel it’s better enjoyed if you have no expectations.” But he does have some expectations for the festival’s headliners. Man Man’s members are friends with the musicians of headlining act Of Montreal, which will perform on the main stage at 10:30 p.m. “They’re huge,” Honus said. “Hopefully they have a tiger [on stage]. I know they’ve had horses before.” —Tyler Branson/The Daily


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STAFF PICKS Not sure which acts to see this weekend? No problem. The Daily’s Life & Arts staff chose what they think will be the best of the fest.

experimental rock is well honed and unique, as seen in the stellar “I Can’t Get Away,” and even helped them achieve a record deal with Warner Brothers. The students may have finally caught up to the sensei. Catch them now before they take a stab at interplanetary domination, and be able to say you saw them first.




This show is by far the best way to kick off your Norman Music Festival experience. Here Is There is a group of kids fresh out of high school but with talent well beyond their years. With diverse influences, such as Radiohead, Mars Volta and Jeff Buckley, Here Is There designs a distinctive sound that is both untamed and melodic. Their frantic, hurried delivery makes for a great live show as well. Lead singer Zach Edmondson often takes the stage in socks alone, so the traction of shows doesn’t inhibit his dancing and shimmying. Zach is a brilliant front man that can do it all, singing with conviction, pounding on the keys, and shredding the guitar. Drummer Christopher Gibbs is exceptional on the drums, precisely pounding through difficult rhythms and constantly shifting the sound. Here Is There is not only a band to watch now, but well into the future.

» 7 P.M. SOONER THEATRE STAGE Of all the great local bands playing at this year’s Norman Music Festival – and there are a lot, like Starlight Mints, Dorian Small and Hush Hush, Commotion – there’s one that seems just a half-step away from widespread national prominence, and they’re wholly deserving of it. The Uglysuit, comprised of five guys from Oklahoma City, plays a dreamy, optimistic blend of indie rock full of layered piano melodies and ambient-like guitar washes. The band has garnered mentions in Rolling Stone and Paste Magazine, and their endlessly listenable single “Chicago,” off last year’s debut self-titled album, was recently featured on a retrospective segment on the series finale of NBC’s “E.R.” Besides being great musicians, these guys seem incredibly humble, which makes me want to see them hit the big time even more. When I spoke with lead singer Israel Hindman last year, he told me that the entire band felt like they could’ve done so much better on their first album. After countless spins of that excellent collection of nine songs, I find that a little hard to believe – it’s a thoroughly impressive debut. As much as I’m excited to see the craziness that is Man Man and of Montreal on the main stage, if I had to see just one band this year, I’d be at the Sooner Theatre stage at 7 p.m., swaying and singing along with some of the greatest music to come out of this state in the last decade. Dusty Somers, journalism junior.


PUZZLE PEOPLE » 4 P.M. STUDIO 360 STAGE It is definitely worth showing up early to see Puzzle People perform at 4 the Studio 360 stage. Puzzle People is basically a hip hop super-group, a crew of individual artists and groups that highlights the most innovative and talented hip hop happening right now in Oklahoma. Puzzle People consists of rappers Jabee, OB One, Michael Manasseh, Disciple, Chips, Ronnie Harris, H.A.Y.B.I., DJ Jafar, Duo the Sick, Stephen, Dezz, aDDlib and 8Bit Cynics. Their MySpace page features creative samples from The Flaming Lips or Death Cab for Cutie, and raps as diverse and spread out as the crew itself. You can think of them as the Wu-Tang Clan of Oklahoma, because each artist in the group as a career of their own. I like it because it shows people, especially OU students who may not have been exposed to much local hip hop, that Oklahoma has a thriving and relevant hip hop scene.


Aside from of Montreal, the obvious main stage band you can’t miss this year, another group playing at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage, Man Man, is worth every minute of your time. Their style is hard to categorize. I’ve read “hobo rock,” “gypsy jazz,” “circus music” or “obscure,” but none of those seem to do Man Man justice. Whatever you call it, these guys are amazing. With rough, gravely vocals, a horn section as well as an assortment of other instruments, Man Man does something nobody else can seem to do. They play a brand of independent music on a different plane of existence, at times with fist-pumping intensity, and other times with a gloomy elegance evocative of Tom Waits. Their live show is notorious, and Man Man has been waiting to play the Norman Music Festival ever since scheduling conflicts prevented them from performing last year. It should be a very interesting experience, to say the least. Tyler Branson, English senior.


“Astronaut Rock” would be a good term to describe these guys. Psychedelic melodies with pop aspirations culminate in freaky pop music that is fun and accessible. Despite the obvious Flaming Lips comparison—lead singer Dennis Coyne is the nephew of Oklahoma Legend Wayne Coyne—they are more than just Flaming Lips protégés. Stardeath’s brand of

Local recording studio prepares for Saturday

One of the newest bands in the Oklahoma scene has already become one of the most exciting. Resurrected partially from the ashes of the Stock Market Crash, these guys ditch the affinity for Interpol and direct it instead at garage rock. Songs like “King Faker” and “Ambulance” show loads of potential for this upstart crew. Blending the energy of the Riverboat Gamblers with the melody of the Kooks, the Pretty Black Chains fire on all cylinders with their live show. Lead singer Kellen McCugan had this to say: “A little hint: I like to climb on things.” If you are in the mood for some well-polished garage noise with a vigorous live show, look no further. Joshua Boydston, University College freshman

OUr Earth makes green effort for Norman Music Fest Group of OU students will emphasize recycling at this weekend’s festival KRISTI MCMULLEN The Oklahoma Daily

A group of OU students will spend their time at the Norman Music Festival doing much more than just enjoying good music. They will be picking up other people’s trash. Students from OUr Earth will be volunteering with the recycling efforts on Saturday, said Britton Rife, president of OUr Earth. They will be there throughout the day emptying the recycling bins as they fill up and taking the materials to


Ricardo Sasaki, co-owner of Ares Recording Studio, sits in his studio Thursday after on Crawford Avenue Sasaki is a member of the Norman Arts Council.

Recording studio will provide retreat for bands KYLE WEST The Oklahoma Daily

R i c a rd o S a s a k i’s p a s s i o n for music has taken him many places. Born in Bolivia, Sasaki played with a band called Octavia in the late ’80s. He then moved to San Francisco in the early ’90s to go to the College of Recording Arts at San Francisco, where he learned about recording and production. Eventually, he moved to Norman to join a member of his old band, and has lived in Norman for five years now. He made ends meet by doing what he did best – producing music. Sasaki, along with his business partners Robert Ruiz and Andrés Lucas, started a music studio that recorded commercial jingles for Enye Media. His studio then started getting requests from bands about a yearand-a-half ago to produce their albums. Since then, everything changed for Sasaki, and he said the most rewarding part of his work was helping bands out. “It’s about giving musicians an opportunity to show a professional production, you know, and being able to transform their feelings and emotions into music,” Sasaki said. “At the same time, I believe the music is a part of everyday life, of people.” Since their beginnings with the one room studio, Sasaki and his partners have gotten a space upgrade. They moved operations right next door to The Opolis three weeks ago, calling their new location Ares Recording Studio. Along with running the studio, Sasaki is a member of the Norman Music Festival board and is the keyboardist for Citizen 5, an indie band influenced by artists ranging from Led Zeppelin to David Bowie to the Flaming Lips. Sasaki said that he decided to join the Norman Music Festival board and help with the sound production and organizing the bands. “Of course, since we’re involved with the music business, it was an easy decision to make,” Sasaki said.

a trailer, which will then be taken to the recycling center. They will also be telling people what they can recycle and where, Rife said. “We contacted the Norman Music Festival and asked if we could help with recycling because we thought it would be really sad if there were no recycling bins at an event this huge,” Rife said. “We have helped out at smaller community events and thought this would be a great opportunity.” With an event this big, there will be a lot of waste and every little bit recycled counts, said Chris Applegate, geography senior and OUr Earth member. “Even if we divert 20 percent of trash to be recycled that’s 20 percent less trash that is going to sit up in the landfill in Oklahoma City,” Applegate said. Being environmentally conscious has always been a part of the discussion, said Jonathan Fowler, committee president of the Norman Music Festival. “It is definitely a big deal to us,” Fowler said. “We aren’t at the stage where we can practice what we preach yet, because we are still in our infancy. This year we are trying to put an emphasis on recycling. Next year, we are trying to possibly have all of our goods that we buy be recycled goods. We are always open to new ideas.” “This is a really high profile event,” said Danny Terlip, electrical engineering junior and member of OUr Earth. “It has become synonymous with Norman. It will be great to have OUr Earth be a part of the Norman

This Saturday, Sasaki said Ares Recording is going to be used by bands and musicians that will use it as a green room before and after sets. Jana Webber, media assistant for Ares Recording, met Sasaki at a show a couple years ago. She moved to Norman recently and first worked at the studio as an interior decorator, and then came on board as a media assistant. Webber said that people are welcome to come in anytime. “There needs to be a place like that,” she said. “We’re always here. It’s real chill.” In addition to running the studio and being part of the Norman Music festival Board, Sasaki also plays keyboards for Citizen 5, a local indie band. The band has recorded two LP’s – their debut is called Circles and has already been released, and the second is still untitled and is set for release this summer. Sasaki said the band is influenced by everything from Led Zeppelin to David Bowie to the Flaming Lips. “I would describe our sound as a mixture between pop, rock, and new wave, a little like Duran Duran,” Sasaki said. “We recycle a little bit of those sounds, which are always in permanent usage in pop music and electronic music as well.” Sasaki explained that the five members of Citizen 5 come from different musical backgrounds – hard rock, Latin music, indie, and country, not to mention different parts of the world. Sasaki said the name of the band has to with the idea of globalization, that each of the five members had such different backgrounds, but when they produced music, they were one. Webber said that Ares Recording is always looking for new artists. She said they are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the weekdays and are willing to be flexible for any new clients. “It’s cool here,” said Webber. “It doesn’t matter what you want to sing. You can just come in here and do what you want to do, for sure.” Sasaki and Webber said they were both going to have a busy day Saturday. But music being their passion, they said it was a busyness they were both looking forward to.

community and a good place to show that we are a part of the community.” The music festival is put on entirely by volunteers, Fowler said. “The most important part is after the music festival is over, all the volunteers that help us clean up Main Street,” Fowler said. “Last year, there was a lot of great volunteering to clean up take care of the space and that’s why we get to come back.”

RECYCLING FACTS Energy saved from recycling one glass bottle will light a 100 watt bulb for four hours. 1 ton of newspapers saves 17 trees. Energy saved from recycling one aluminum can will operate a computer for three hours. Five recycled plastic soda bottles will make enough fiberfill for one ski jacket. Recycle Norman Web site

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GABRIEL MARSHALL, 3 P.M. Self-described “blue dirt” music blending equal parts country, blues, rock ‘n’ roll and pop, Gabriel Marshall is unlike anything you’ll hear at NMF this year.

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’70s pop with a modern twist. Ford is a young guy, and with THE IKE LAMB BAND, 4 P.M. as much talent as he already has, he’ll be the Oklahoma Blues rock with harmonicas and all. These guys know how musician to watch over the years. to rock and how to roll. Ike Lamb is an Oklahoma music scene veteran with loads of talent.



Here is There sounds much like if Mars Volta decided to recruit members of Radiohead, and proceeded to write songs to sing along to. With frantic energy and dancing, their live show is not one to miss.

HH,C employs an everevolving, honest sound with catchy hooks and upbeat rhythm. Their ability to have youthful fun, while still maturing, is reminiscent of Kings of Leon and the Format.

LEMMA, 1 P.M. These guys sound like Jack Johnson with a little more punch. Melodic tunes that sound best when accompanied by the crash of the rolling tide.

MAMA SWEET, 6 P.M. Playing country-western rock ‘n’ roll, Mama Sweet embodies the spirit of the Oklahoman everyman perfectly. Their well-polished music will make you feel like a true Okie.



One of the few jam bands at Norman Music Festival this year. Hearing a little bit of groovy jamming is an unofficial requirement to a complete music festival experience; these guys will more than satisfy that requirement.


Big melodies. Big music. Big talent. The Uglysuit is one of the biggest bands in Oklahoma indie today and is starting to break through to nationwide success. Be able to say you saw them way back when. — JOSHUA BOYDSTON/THE DAILY

age at 10:30 Saturday night.


BERLAIN, 2:45 P.M.

album that sounds like a keyboard factory explohanteuse, earthier than sion in Eastern Europe (and Man Man is better than thern than Feist. Warning: Modest Mouse). o make you cry.


more mournful than any of in stage this year; just be girlfriend.

The Nghiems began their journey carrying equipment at shows for Opolis Productions in 2007. During that time, David Nghiem recorded a five-song demo which was passed to Norman musicians Ryan Lindsey and Andy Nunez. The rest is history. The Nghiems consist of David Nghiem, who plays everything from piano to guitar, and his drummer brother James Nghiem.



n its touring buddies, pf OF MONTREAL, 10:30 P.M. d sound kind of like your Kevin Barnes and his band of merry weirdos are bringm the 1970s. Parliament- ing their eclectic indie style — ranging from uptempo pop rock to steady, bizarre drone — to the main stage Saturday night. The only doubt in the performance is whether or not Barnes will shed all his clothes (this ere in town, they opened is likely).

Perpetual Motion is a company-based non-profit whose dancers perform established works and create original pieces that explore a variety of artistic and aesthetic IVAN PEÑA TRIO, 3 P.M. ideas. Their repertoire is energetic, whimsical and unpredictable. The Ivan Peña Trio features a constellation of traditional gypsy pieces, chansons françaises and timeless American jazz standards. In order to recreate the atmosphere of small jazz clubs of the ’30s, the classics are interpreted acoustically with two guitars and a stand-up bass. The trio endeavors to unite melodic soul of jazz improvisation with the technical virtuosity of gypsy swing.





you like (Band of Horses, ) and rumor has it just got STARLIGHT MINTS, 9 P.M. me hear Stardeath’s Pink its new album sells 800 The local boys (and girl) take over Norman right band too big a deal to play before the headliners. Let’s just hope “Rhino Stomp” doesn’t burn up the stage too badly for their indie rock buddies to go on after.




THE NON, 5:30 P.M.

JABEE, 6:30 P.M.


y and lo-fi as late ’60s Velvet 8BIT CYNICS, 4:30 P.M. ert will be original and interest- An indie hip-hop duo from Lawton. I’m interested to hear what there is to rap about in Lawton.

MEDIAN), 3:15 P.M.

Hartel Dance Group is an emerging Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Company. The company is driven to create accessible work that pushes the boundaries of the human body with exciting and physical dance works that reach their audiences on a visceral level.



Mouse at Lloyd Noble. A n Man has a bizarre new


Possibly the most confident MC from Oklahoma These guys have been experimenting with an interesting City. Jabee mixes horns and drumbeats from a bygone rock sound in Oklahoma City for a few years now and era of rap. seem to have found their groove in the jam scene.

The native of San Antonio, Texas, is a journalism grad DEREK SMITHR (COMEDIAN), 6:15 P.M. student at OU, and often tackles issues unique to Awkward-looking dude who smokes onstage and disChicano culture. cusses it.


prepared for Stevedore’s crazy haos may ensue.



COMEDIAN), 4:15 P.M.

A 21-year-old OU student with some funny riffs on the Seinfeld standard, “Not there’s anything wrong with that.”

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aduated from OU with a profeser’s degree. Also, she’s kinda

This guy is funny. His stuff has been featured on Will Ferrell’s Web site.

Come see this electro-emo outfit before they blow up — their single “Take Control” has been featured on MTV’s “The Real World.” — MATT CARNEY/THE DAILY


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