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Affordable Energy Bill promotes nuclear energy

LIFE & ARTS Need some ideas for a date? Check out this week’s “Dinner and a movie.” Page 8.

SPORTS The men’s basketball team is No. 2 in the nation and boasts a 22-1 record, the best start in school history. Are they really the second-best college team in the country? The Daily’s James Roth and Colin Curley debate. page 5.

CADIE THOMPSON The Oklahoma Daily

The wrestling team has its final two home matches of the season this weekend and several other teams will be in action as well. See sports for more details. Page 5. Sooner gymnastics senior Chris Brooks placed fourth at the first day of the Winter Cup, a U.S. national reranking competition held Thursday in Las Vegas. Teammate Steven Legendre is in fourth. Competition concludes Saturday.

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framework necessary for companies seeking to build nuclear power plants in the state. Reynolds said he does not have a “hard or fast opinion” when it comes to nuclear energy, but wants to make sure nuclear power is considered an option for Oklahoma’s energy future. “It’s about energy,” he said. “It’s not just about nuclear power, it’s about energy and we need to be discussing it now. I just want to get it on the table.” If Reynolds’s bill, House Bill 1320, becomes law, the Corporation Commission would become the “sole forum” for the implementation of a power plant and the commission would have the right to start investigating nuclear potential in the state. Oklahoma is currently one of 19 states without a commercial nuclear power plant, but its

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Some Oklahoma lawmakers are pushing nuclear power to the forefront of discussion as a viable means of alternative energy for Oklahoma this legislative session. Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, is one of the lawmakers spearheading the campaign for the consideration of nuclear power plants in Oklahoma. Reynolds has introduced the Affordable Energy Bill, which would establish the

history with nuclear energy is somewhat jaded. The death of Karen Silkwood, a Kerr-McGee employee who was killed while on her way to meet with a New York Times reporter to reportedly reveal the company’s violations of safety practices with radioactive material, spurred criticism of nuclear power in the 1970’s. In 1982, the construction of the Black Fox Nuclear Power Plant, which was backed by the Public Service Company of Oklahoma, was stopped after nearly a decade of opposition. There was also an accident at the Gore Kerr-McGee plant in 1986 when an explosion killed one employee and sent more than 80 people to the hospital. The Gore plant closed in 1993. Yet despite Oklahoma’s turbulent past with nuclear energy, Reynolds and other lawmakers are still keeping the doors open

“We have wind and lots of sun already in Oklahoma; we don’t have the resources for nuclear.” Gene Perry, Norman Sustainability Network for nuclear possibilities in the state. Sen. Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, has introduced the Nuclear Energy Incentive Bill, a bill similar to Reynold’s. Supporters of nuclear energy in Oklahoma might be disappointed because expenses and other issues surrounding the nuclear energy issue are spurring some skepticism.

billion, said James Hewlett, a nuclear industry specialist with the Energy Information Administration. Reynolds said he is concerned about the initial cost of building a power plant, but said if a plant was built, the long term cost efficiency of nuclear energy would be cheaper and Oklahoma would be diversifying its energy resources. Gene Perry, a member of the Norman Sustainability The cost The costs of building a Network, an organization which seeks to educate Oklahomans nuclear power plant are steep and could range from $4 - $8 NUCLEAR Continues on page 2

Getting into grad school

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The graduate school application process can be more intimidating than the under-

graduate admissions process. Knowing what helpful resources are available is the best way to begin applying, and a great place to start is OU Career Services. The office hosts a Graduate and Professional School Fair each fall and helps students polish resumes and cover letters before applying. “There is a lot of help, they just need to figure out who to ask, and that’s where we can help. We can help direct them to those

resources,” said Bette Scott, director off Career Services. Graduate programs generally require stu-d dents to take the GRE, or Graduate Record Examination, for admission, along with a full application and possible interview. For admission to three of the mostt notoriously rigorous graduate programs,, w admission experts for medical schools, law schools and masters of business admin-o istration programs give advice tailored to these schools:

THREEPART SERIES The Daily asked experts in academic and career advising to distill the most valuable advice for students as they approach the biggest decisions of their college careers.

WEDNESDAY Picking a major

THURSDAY Setting a post-graduation plan

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TODAY Getting into grad school

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Law School Aptitude Test—preparation for the LSAT is imperative to successful admission into law school. Using prep courses and study guides is strongly encouraged.

Graduate Management Admission Test—the GMAT is required by most business schools, including OU’s Michael F. Price College of Business. Prep courses and study guides help prepare students for the exam, but can get pricey.

Medical College Admission Test—start preparing for the MCAT four months before the scheduled exam with at least four hours of studying per day.

Who Can Apply Anyone—all college graduates may apply.

Who They Want The Well-Rounded College Graduate—good grades and a stand-out LSAT score are essential, but law schools also want to hear applicants’ stories. Strong moral character is essential, and diversity in life experiences is also a crucial component.

Getting In Get the good grades in place, then show your potential by taking undergraduate courses that highlight written and oral communication skills. Your major doesn’t matter as much as the quality of the work you produce. Source: Stanley Evans, OU College of Law associate dean.

Who Can Apply Anyone—students with any major have the potential to do well in an MBA program.

Who They Want Strong communication and critical thinking skills are a must. MBA programs seek students with these vital skills, no matter their undergraduate background.

Getting In When applying for an MBA program, explain exactly why you want an MBA and how you plan to use it in your career. Turning to an MBA program simply because you’re unsure of your future job usually isn’t a good reason to apply. Sources: Gina Amundson, Graduate Programs director at Price College of Business, and Dipankar Ghosh, director of the college’s MBA program.

Who Can Apply Anyone—all majors can apply for medical school if they take the prerequisite science courses and obtain a GPA well above 3.0 during their undergraduate career. Pre-med students should begin taking required science courses the first semester of their freshmen years.

Who They Want The Complete Package—medical schools focus on three main areas when choosing applicants: academics, MCAT scores and experience. Medical schools look for students who excel in class and have extensive experience in medicine, whether it is shadowing a surgeon or volunteering at a nursing home.

Getting In Set the foundation for your acceptance into medical school by earning excellent grades and an incredible MCAT score. Seal the deal with a colorful resume and well-rounded experience. Source: Nancy Blass, Premedical Professions curriculum adviser.


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City to add Campus Corner extension to running trail • Norman residents voice concern over Legacy Trail LEIGHANNE MANWARREN The Oklahoma Daily A new bike and pedestrian trail is scheduled to be extended this summer along East Duffy Street near Campus Corner, connecting Campus Corner to north Norman. More than 20 residents voiced their opinions about the extension that will be constructed practically in some of their front yards Thursday at the Norman City Hall Complex. “Right now, I’m just trying to weigh out the pros and the cons of [the extension],” said Liz Jackson, a resident who’s property will be used in the project. The trail, called the Legacy Trail, will replace old sidewalks from the intersection of Duffy Street and Jenkins Avenue with wider paths along the south side of Duffy Street and along the east side of Asp Avenue between Duffy Street and Campus Corner. Thursday’s meeting was one of three set by Norman’s Recreation and Parks Department and the Oklahoma City firm heading up the project. They said they want to discuss what Norman residents want from the project before they begin construction. “We have not drawn a thing yet,” said Paul Stickley, CH Guernsey & Company engineer. “We need their input to see how we can accommodate [the residents] as much as possible.”

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Park planning employee James Briggs overviews the plans for Legacy Trails on Thursday in the City Hall Complex. While some residents asked about the logistics of the trail, others voiced concerns about the changes that would be made to their property. “My biggest concern is the

beautiful sycamore tree in front of my house,” Jackson said. “If they have to take it out, I hope the city will compensate [us] for it.” The Association of Central Oklahoma Governments hopes to

connect the trails from Edmond to Oklahoma City and to Norman, forming a regional bike and pedestrian trail system. “I came to listen to what people think of new project,” ACOG

Program Manager John Sharp said. “Though the ultimate goal is a regional trail system, it all starts with each individual city’s system.” The second meeting was sched-

uled for March 2, but might be delayed because the first meeting was delayed during the ice storm, Briggs said. If it is rescheduled, it is still expected to be in early March, he said.

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Nuclear about conservation, said he is skeptical of claims that nuclear energy would be cheaper for Oklahomans, and he would rather see money put toward renewable energy resources in Oklahoma. “One major problem is nuclear energy is sold as an alternative energy like wind and solar and it is not,” said Perry, who is a former Daily employee. “We have wind and lots of sun already in Oklahoma; we don’t have the resources for nuclear.” Perry said although he is open to the idea of nuclear power, he would rather see money go to furthering the development of renewable resources than the development of a nuclear project that could potentially be sponsored by subsidies. Patricia Lemon, the daughter of Carrie Dickerson, who headed a nine year battle against the construction of the Black Fox Power Plant in Inola, said she too would rather see the continued development of wind power in Oklahoma. “Given that Oklahoma has enough wind energy to supply nine percent of energy for the whole country, I think it’s a really dumb idea,” Lemon said. “It seems really ridiculous to me to subsidize something that will take 10 years to get going.” The time it takes to have a nuclear power plant built, licensed and operating can vary, said John Moens, a nuclear industry specialist with the

EIA. The last nuclear reactor, Watts Bar-1 in Tennessee, took 24 years to finish, he said.

Unresolved issues Lemon, who assisted her mother in writing her memoir, “Aunt Carrie’s War Against Black Fox Nuclear Power Plant,” said it is not only the cost related to nuclear energy that worries her, but also how waste from potential power plants will be disposed of. “Nearly 30 years later, there is still no safe way to dispose of spent fuel rods,” Lemon said. Perry said he is concerned about the lack of demand in Oklahoma for a nuclear power plant and the amount of water it would take to run a future nuclear reactor. According to a 2006 report by The U.S. Department of Energy entitled “Energy Demands on Water Resources,” in the 2000 calendar year “thermoelectric power generation accounted for 39 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the United States.” The Watts Bar-1 nuclear power plant in Tennessee takes approximately 540 billion gallons of water a year for cooling purposes, John Moulton,

spokesman for the Tennessee Valley Authority, said. The water is returned to the Tennessee River system after use. Reynolds has also introduced HB 1325, or the Water for Oklahoman’s Bill, which would enact a vote by Oklahomans to determine whether water will be sold out of state and establish a procedure for doing so. He said the large amounts of water required by power plants is something that Oklahoma should evaluate carefully. As far as creating a surplus of electricity, Reynolds’s said the excess energy could be turned over for a profit thanks to Oklahoma’s geographical location. “One unique feature of Oklahoma is we are the crossroads of the United States, we have an economic advantage over other states because we are very uniquely positioned to transmit electricity,” he said. “If it could make a profit for citizens that would be great.” But profits are not what Perry is looking for from lawmakers. “We hope that the legislature will not push nuclear power in front of other resources” Perry said. “We just hope they will take a very close look and not be too swayed by other interests.”

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Prices at campus soda machines increase 25 cents Students who frequent the vending machines may find their wallets a little lighter with the latest 25-cent increase in soda can prices. Prices on bottled soft drink machines jumped from $1 to $1.25 early last semester, but vending machines distributing canned soft drinks did not change until this year, when they jumped from 75 cents to $1. The Coca-Cola Company had not increased prices for five years until summer 2008, said Jay Doyle, OU press secretary and assistant to the

president. “If you think about it, over the past five years, the price of nearly everything has increased,” Doyle said. “It’s a matter of inflation.” Most canned vending machines are in the Cate Center residence halls, and students living in the dormitory have varying opinions on the price increase. “I think it’s expensive.” said Peter Tran, University College freshman. “Why raise it? We pay enough money to go here, we could just go to the cafeteria and buy a fountain drink and it would be cheaper than

a canned drink from the vending machines.” While the price hike seems unreasonable to some, other students have different opinions. “There has been a lot of controversy about weight gain over the past few years, and an increase in price will possibly lead to a decrease in sales,” said Austin Gaton, petroleum engineering senior. “In a way, the price increase will promote better eating habits.” SHERIDAN STOVALL/ THE OKLAHOMA DAILY

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Medical students learn from newest professor, iStan • $3.6 million facility provides state-ofthe-art training NIJIM DABBOUR The Oklahoma Daily Dr. Rhonda Sparks glances past her patient at the heart monitor whose beeping grows more urgent by the second. All signs point to a heart attack: shortness of breath, chest pain and irregular heartbeat. She’s losing him. An assistant starts chest compressions as another prepares the defibrillator. Meanwhile, sirens approach with another medical emergency, there’s no time to waste. After one shock, she sees a spike in his heartbeat and his eyes open. She asks if he can hear them, and her shoulders rest when he says he can. It seems like an everyday scene in emergency rooms around the world, but in this one, the patient never dies — because he was never alive. His name is iStan, and he is one of more than a dozen state-of-the-art animatronic mannequins in use at the OU Health Science Center to train medical and nursing students in clinical, communication and teamwork skills, Sparks said. OUHSC unveiled Thursday a new 22,000 square foot training center, which uses the lifelike mannequins and highly trained actors to stand in for patients as students and local medical professions learn, said Dewayne Andrews, dean of

the College of Medicine. He said the entire facility cost $3.6 million collected from grants, donations and college funding.

The early years From the beginning of modern medicine, the only way doctors like Sparks could learn how to handle the stress has been through years of experience. “‘See one, do one, teach one’ is what we used to say,” Sparks said. “Once I’d watch something and an instructor had talked to me about it, then I could perform that procedure. Then once I could perform that procedure, I was responsible to teach someone else.” She said some students wouldn’t gain Eli Hull/The Daily as much experience as others because of random chance, poor mentoring or even OU medical students practice resuscitation on one of the dummies at the University of simple shyness. The training center allows Oklahoma College of Medicine’s Clinical Skills Education & Testing Center located on the OU the university to standardize the learning experience for all students and even tailor Health Sciences Center campus in Oklahoma City. the lessons to the students’ strengths and said. “You may have to put a collar on, he cult patients and situations, said Michelle weaknesses. can be used for that.” Wallace, standardized patient coordinaAndrews said other simulators mimic tor. Not your average mannequin a variety of conditions and situations like Paul Smith, a retired Oklahoma City The work horses of the center are the a birthing simulator or a mannequin that actor, has been helping train doctors by dozens of computerized, full-size manne- can actually detect the different types of enacting patients for six years. quins, including iStan, the most realistic anesthesia it inhales through the mouth. He said their training involves mastersimulator currently available, according He said one mannequin can cost up ing tough physical conditions like partial to the OUHSC Web site. to $300,000. Versatility is what makes paralysis and learning examination proHe simulates blinking, breathing, uri- the mannequins so valuable, each with cedures from a patient’s perspective so nating and a built in speaker allows train- hundreds of possible conditions and situthey can give feedback to students as they ers in the monitoring room to speak for ations. work. him, Sparks said. Monitors are attached “The chance to get out of the library, to his skin and simulated data is sent to Working with people the chance to get out of the classroom them to mimic real conditions depending Though the mannequins give an accu- and away from text books reminds us on the situation. rate simulation of serious medical condi- of why we actually came here, and it’s iStan’s spine, neck, arms and hips all tions, they cannot help students learn bed- the people,” said Cole Wootton, medical move with life-like realism and are conside manner. This is where the 44 trained student. trolled completely wirelessly, she said. Teamwork is one of the main topics “You don’t always encounter a patient actors, called standardized patients, can in a bed, they could be on the floor, enact dozens of serious conditions and the training center focuses on, bringing all between a chair and the wall,” Sparks help the trainees learn to deal with diffi- aspects of medical care together, so each

trainee becomes comfortable relying on each other. “Students can come, residents can come, as well as the nurses and the physicians that are all can involved,” Sparks said. “When something goes wrong, who gets the equipment, who notifies the appropriate people, who runs this when things go wrong. That’s what we can practice here.”

Custom made When a trainee is performing a procedure, instructors monitor the progress and can alter the situation in real time to force the students to adapt to emergencies. “If they get too relaxed, we’ll throw a kink in there,” Sparks said. “One of the best is you can actually take one pupil and blow it out. It really throws them off.” Students without this type of training often do not learn how to deal with these problems and make snap decisions until they are working with real patients. Procedures are also recorded with cameras and microphones so instructors can show students what they’ve done right and wrong. Wootton said training is invaluable because it is so immersing trainees learn what it’s like to work in a real setting, which builds confidence. “Sure we know the situation is simulated, we know the patients we are interviewing, they’re only mimicking real life diseases and scenarios, but once you get into the moment you kind of lose all that,” Wootton said. “You’ll be sitting there interviewing a patient...and feel like you’re across the street in an actual clinic.” Medical students aren’t the only ones to benefit from the new center; area physicians, nurses, surgeons and physician assistants can complete their yearly training sessions at the center.

Officials expect enrollment numbers to stay consistent despite economic woes • Students cite OU’s price as the reason for applying SANDRA KUNZWEILER The Oklahoma Daily The nation’s economy might be in decline, butthis fall OU officials expect to see the same number of enrollment applications as last year. Some high school seniors have applied because OU is relatively inexpensive. Owasso High School senior, Lori Misenhimer, said she recently submitted applications to OU and Colorado State University.

“In the past, people could afford more expensive schools, but now they can’t.”

Misenhimer said she will pay her way through college as a freshman. Since OU is in-state, it’s appealing to her because it’s more convenient and affordable than out-of-state schools, she said. Katie Cortest, college and scholarship counselor at Norman High School, said most students have been applying in-state to save money. “I know that a few students have been acceptNed Potithavornant, incoming ed to Ivy League schools, but most are still applycollege freshman ing to Oklahoma schools,” she said. Ned Potithavornant, Prince of Peace Christian School senior in Carrollton, Texas, said he “In the past, people could afford more expenapplied to OU because it seemed like a reason- sive schools, but now they can’t,” Potithavornant able choice for him because it’s cheaper than said. “OU has a good price for what they offer.” some other schools that are closer to home. Craig Hayes, executive director of recruit-

TODAY CAMPUS ACTIVITIES COUNCIL CAC will host a dance marathon from 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Huston Huffman Center.

SATURDAY MEN’S BASKETBALL The OU men’s basketball team will play Colorado at 12:30 p.m. at Lloyd Noble Center.

POLICE REPORTS Names are compiled from the Norman Police Department and OUPD. The reports serve as a record of arrests, not convictions. Those listed are innocent until proven guilty.

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WOMEN’S OUTREACH CENTER The Women’s Outreach Center will host the Pink and Black Ball at 8 p.m. in the Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom. Tickets are $15.

SUNDAY SCHOOL OF MUSIC The Norton Visiting Artist Concert Series will present a recital at 3 p.m. in Catlett Music Center.

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ment, said in an e-mail that OU cannot predict the outcome for 2009, but it’s possible OU’s price and the economy will affect enrollment. OU has received 1,000 more applications than it did with the 2007 class, the largest to come to OU, but fewer than the 2008 class, because of a new application process, Hayes said. In the past, OU has used separate forms for admission and scholarship applications, but this year the applications have been combined to help students. Hayes said the new application might take longer, though. “I liked the process because I’m in a lot of different leadership positions, and I felt like I was able to give a better view of myself to the school,” Misenhimer said.

I35 EXPANSION AND BRIDGE PROJECTS UPDATE Several construction projects will begin in Norman this spring. The first project begins Feb. 15 and will widen Interstate 35 to six lanes from Indian Hills Road to halfway between Main St. and Robinson St., said David Meuser, spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. The construction will last 600 days into the summer of 2010, Meuser said. During construction, two lanes of traffic will be open in each direction, he said. “I would expect traffic to slow down a little bit,” Meuser said. “People need to plan a little extra time to get somewhere.” The highway will have electronic signs to inform drivers how many minutes it will take to get through traffic, he said. The time will vary each day, but it’s a useful tool to have, Meuser said. This construction is part of a larger project that will widen all of I-35 to six lanes, Meuser said. Part of the project will include rebuilding bridges and roads on U.S. Highway 77, he said. “There will be more gentle curves on U.S. Highway 77,” Meuser said. “It should improve traffic through

that area.” There is also another highway project in the works with the City of Norman to build a bridge over West Rock Creek Road. The bridge will be funded mostly by the city, but the Oklahoma Department of Transportation will also contribute, he said. Bridge construction will occur around the first of March, said Shawn O’Leary, director of Public Works for the City of Norman. Five existing bridges will undergo construction during the next five years, he said. The first bridge will be built on East Rock Creek Road. The east part of the bridge will connect to 24th Ave. Northeast and the west part of the bridge will connect with 36th Ave. Northeast, O’Leary said. The other five bridges will be reconstructed one by one, most likely going in the order of U.S. Highway 77, Main St., East state Highway 9, Lindsey St. and West state Highway 9, he said. The bridges will incorporate public works of art that are being designed by an art consultant, O’Leary said. “This is definitely a first for Norman and for Oklahoma as well,” he said. —JAMIE BIRDWELL/THE OKLAHOMA DAILY


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Opinion

Friday, Feb. 6, 2009

OUR VIEW

Ray Martin, opinion editor dailyopinion@ou.edu phone: 325-7630, fax: 325-6051 For more, go to oudaily.com.

COMMENTS OF THE DAY

Nuclear energy can wait tion more on wind and solar energy related research. We’re in favor of alternative energy forms. But it’s much too soon for lawmakers to pass a How to store wind and solar energy long-term are bill, like House Bill 1320, that will allow researchers questions that have yet to be answered. Oil tycoon and the Corporation Commission to begin inves- T. Boone Pickens said American is the “Saudi Arabia tigating future nuclear power plant possibilities in of wind power.” Efforts directed towards methods to harbor this energy long-term could be Oklahoma. permanently beneficial. Rep. Mike Reynolds, R—Oklahoma City, OUR VIEW Pickens’ plan to harbor wind energy is leading the charge to put nuclear energy is an editorial and tap into natural gas resources not only on the table (see Page 1 for details.) But selected and debated would loosen the oil-powered strangleReynolds, and other lawmakers in support by the editorial board hold foreign countries have on America. of HB 1320, are missing the bigger picture. and written after a It would spur the economy in Oklahoma, Approving nuclear energy initiatives majority opinion is formed and approved where both wind and natural gas develignores the fact that researchers have yet to by the editor. Our View opment could create numerous jobs and determine how to safely dispose of nuclear is The Daily’s official opinion. research opportunities. Nuclear efforts, waste. Most efforts by lawmakers – both by contrast, would do less for Oklahoma, local and national – to tap into nuclear since no local higher education institution resources are based on the assumption that researchers will develop safe avenues to dispose has nuclear programs. Investigating nuclear energy possibilities might be of nuclear waste. We think this dilemma deserves attention and, until a solution is reached, discussion a worthwhile endeavor sometime in the future. Until many of the unsolved problems are fixed, though, our about nuclear energy should be put on hold. Until then, lawmakers should focus their atten- money and efforts should be directed elsewhere.

In response to the Feb. 5 Our View on why it’s not the time for state research funding Funding research is the kind of long term strategic vision that will ensure our state and our nation’s future economic success. Here in Oklahoma we have to start thinking beyond plows and drill bits. Governor Henry is displaying the kind of leadership that we need more of. - POSTED BY CHARLES AT OUDAILY.COM

I’m afraid I have to disagree with your editorial about the permanent funding source Governor Henry is seeking for EDGE. Without a significant commitment to research, education in Oklahoma will lose important research opportunities to other universities accross the country. I am proud of our Higher Education in Oklahoma, and I don’t want us to squander our opportunities. Instead of castigating the most education friendly Governor in the state’s history, perhaps you should aim your editorial wit at the real culprit, the Oklahoma Legislature. The State Senate and House of

Representatives have consistently denied to fully fund the Board of Regent’s funding requests year after year. - POSTED BY MIKEDAVIS AT OUDAILY.COM

In response to the Feb. 5 news story on illegal downloads at OU The RIAA has announced that they are no longer suing individuals. Probably because they have gotten lots of bad press from suing 5-year-old kids and 90-year-old Grandmas, or maybe because they have been challenged by Charles Nesson (a Harvard Professor and Lawyer) in open court. - POSTED BY DIGGS AT OUDAILY.COM

STAFF COLUMN

Despite Congress, drinking age should be 18 In 1984, Congress made an unethical and widely unchallenged decision to threaten the 50 United States. It decided to institute a 10 percent penalty on highway appropriations for any state that did not raise its legal drinking age to 21. The very fact that Congress did not try to introduce a federal drinking age implies that it is a state’s business. Nonetheless, Congress bullied them into submission, and we’ve been stuck with this underhanded legislation ever since. Despite the opinions of Congress, the drinking age should be 18. We trust 18 year olds to marry, gamble, sign contracts, smoke and, MICHAEL most notably, vote responsibly. But WILKINSON in spite of their supposed ability to take care of themselves in all these areas, we insist that they cannot make intelligent decisions regarding alcohol. Supporters of this position indicate two main facts regarding college-age drinking: 1. College students binge more than other segments of the population. 2. Alcohol related highway traffic fatalities have

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decreased since the drinking age was raised. Regarding the first, age does not necessarily cause college students to drink irresponsibly. It is in fact far more likely that they drink irresponsibly because it is illegal for them to drink. At the moment, they have no model, no teacher of how to drink responsibly. Suppose the drinking age were lowered. Students would no longer have to drink clandestinely. They could come out of dorm rooms and dark corners and drink with their professors and older adults in super-

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Humility hard, but necessary This is the account of a lesson on choices and humility. If you feel you do not need to read, then don’t. A friend called and asked if I would take her to WalMart because she has no car. Suffering from delusional paranoia, she trusts few people and is very close to homelessness. I pick her up at a temporary shelter. When she gets in my car, the reek of cigarette smoke swirls with the heat shooting out my car vents. “I just can’t believe I forgot my teeth,” she chuckles and hacks simultaneously. “I don’t want ya to think I’m using ya,” she said. She’s excited to be out, but cautious of everyone. She smooths her frizzy hair in my flip down mirror. “Sorry I look so bad. I’m sure you’re embarrassed,” she said She pokes at her toothless gums. “I’m not,” I tell her. At Wal-Mart, she zips through the lanes with her head low. She buys yogurt, dish soap and Carnival cigarettes with food stamps. She apologizes again for her appearance. My phone rings in the checkout line, but I stick my hand in my pocket and turn it on silent. We get to her apartment she couldn’t afford anymore. She jiggles the door, but the locks have been changed. Her

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populations are clear violations of international humanitarian law.” Hamas’ actions are wholly intolerable. If it were America, it wouldn’t have gone this far. All Mexico or Canada would have to do is say our names three times and people would be up in arms, And imagine if they actually started acting violently. Even Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Hamas for violating the six-month truce with Israel and “drawing his people to this destruction.” Hamas militants violently overthrew Abbas’ Fatah forces in Gaza in 2007. In electing Hamas over Fatah, Palestinians supposedly took a stand against corruption, but they also elected a group that was and remains dedicated to the eradicaKAYLE tion of another nation. BARNES That’s not how we operate in the 21st century. You cannot purposefully and wantonly target civilian populations, nor can you take refuge amongst civilians to launch attacks. The international community has a responsibility to stop patronizing Hamas and hold them to the same standards other entities are held to. You have a responsibility as a citizen of this world to become more informed about the situation in Gaza, Israel and around the world. Participate in intelligent discourse to receive knowledge for yourself. It’s hard to not allow emotions to weigh in on the way one thinks about the situation. I have friends at a university in Israel who I wish could live normal lives and worry about partying instead of wondering if their unit will be called up to serve. Emotions keep us human, but also make it hard to discern between truth and fiction. With so many emotions flaring, it’s important to temper passion with proof and facts – especially when it comes to Gaza.

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We in the U. S. are blessed to have good neighbors. Other countries are not so fortunate. If you missed the memo, things in the Middle East are, as always, hot. How did we get here? Well, without talking about father Abraham and all his seed, the reason there is a problem in Gaza rests solely on Hamas. Israel launched Operation Cast Lead on Hamas leaders and targets in late December 2008 to stop the rockets that have been maliciously launched into civilian territory for far too long. The suffering of Palestinians in Gaza is horrid. Viewing video, seeing photos and reading stories of the human suffering is heart wrenching. My heart broke with each civilian casualty and I was angry and indignant. But I wasn’t mad at Israel, as many are. I am with Hamas – the terrorist organization that has the Palestinians of Gaza hostage. In the midst of the emotions about the Gaza situation, let us remember some facts. It is a fact that Israel withdrew all settlers and military from the Gaza Strip in September of 2005. Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon believed this action would increase the security of Israelis. Public opinion polls at that time showed 60 percent of Israelis favored this plan and almost all Palestinians did. But withdrawing hasn’t been enough. According to the Washington Post, Hamas has launched more than 6,800 rockets and mortars into Israel since 2005. Hamas now has rockets that are capable of striking 25 miles into Israel. This puts more than 1,000,000 Israeli civilian lives in danger. Beyond the very real and legitimate threat Hamas poses to Israel, one must consider the suffering that it imposes on Gazans. Reports have confirmed that, like Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon, Hamas uses civilian areas as cover for their operations. The United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Chief John Holmes condemned Hamas a week ago for its “cynical” use of civilian facilities during recent hostilities in the Gaza Strip. Holmes went on to say, “the reckless and cynical use of civilian installations by Hamas and indiscriminate firing of rockets against civilian

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vised places, like bars and university gatherings (if universities allowed alcohol on campus), and thus have responsible drinking modeled for them. Additionally, as silly as it is, the allure of forbidden fruit cannot be ignored. People, age notwithstanding, enjoy doing things that are off limits. It makes them feel like rebels, and they gain the pleasure of getting away with something. Students drink recklessly partially in order to savor their rebellion. Lower the drinking age, and take away these allures. Drinking

becomes normal and expected. Further evidence that age is not the cause of binge drinking can be found in the relative lack of trouble countries with lower or nonexistent drinking ages, such as China and Germany, have with reckless drinking. These countries have a culture in which 18-year-old drinking is accepted and therefore less of a problem. Regarding the second fact, the often-cited statistic from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding this fact does not actually indicate raising the drinking age had anything to do with the decrease in fatalities. Notable is the poor method employed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a recent study. Alcohol related accidents, as addressed by the study, include those in which a sober driver hits a drunk driver. Therefore, the technique of the study itself precludes its usefulness in assessing the results of raising the drinking age. Hopefully the American people will soon see the 21-year-old drinking age for the unreasonable restriction of freedom it is and allow 18-year olds to take their rightful place among the adult populace.

things confiscated. She doesn’t appear sad. “Do you mind if I smoke outside your car before we go home,” she asks. I start the car and watch her as she takes long, hard drags between her gums. Back in the car, she pulls out a worn out wallet. “Do you want to see my son?” A dozen pictures of her teenage boy flop out in the zigzag business card LINDSEY slots. He is ALLGOOD safe where he is, she says, but won’t tell me anything else. I didn’t ask any more, because I don’t want her to think I am against her, like the hospital techs, her family and old church. I take her back to her temporary room. I don’t go inside because I don’t want my coat smelling bad. For a few weeks, I don’t speak with her. She calls, but I do not answer my phone. I tell myself I am too busy, but in actuality, I am being selfish. So, I visited her this week. This time, in a smoky motel room, she chirped like a little girl on Christmas morning about the two-cup coffee machine and microwave.

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She’s spent her last bit of cash on a week’s stay at a run-down motel. She’s hiding again. She sucked hard on a cigarette and snuggled in the bed. “You’re the only person I can trust right now,” she said to me, her clear blue eyes wide enough to swim in. “Can’t get used to this comfort, because I bet in a few days I’m sleeping on the street!” She chuckles and hacks. We talk about options. I can do nothing to convince her that no one has tapped her phone or sent spies after her. I can only listen, nod my head and pray my eyes appear sympathetic, not bewildered. “Sorry I don’t have my teeth in,” she said. “Broke one last night.” She lights a cigarette. I want her to quit smoking, and briefly consider asking why she doesn’t. But I catch myself. Why would she? I mentally switch our roles. If all else failed me, would I not clutch onto my one gratification with a death grip? She turns the pack over like a delicate treasure box in her chubby, yellowed hands. “I don’t need to go to the store or anything. You can go.” I am late for work. I wonder if my sweater smells smoky. I squeeze her hand and leave. Lindsey Allgood is a professional writing senior.

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Is men’s basketball the second best team in the country? YES There are some people who feel the Sooners don’t deserve to be the No. 2 team in the nation; maybe they should take a second look. Questions arose about how good the Sooners JAMES were after the scare ROTH Texas A&M gave them Wednesday night, but I ask, ‘Why?’ That game actually answered a lot of questions I had throughout the season. When it comes down to a close game, do the Sooners have what it takes to get the job done? Can they hit the clutch free throws and make the stops on defense? And will somebody step up so sophomore forward Blake Griffin doesn’t have to score 30 points and grab 20 rebounds just to get a win? Clearly, the answer is yes. The team tightened up on the defensive end as senior forward Taylor Griffin and freshman guard Willie Warren turned it on and hit big free throws that essentially won the game. Winning tight games shows the Sooners have that X-factor that few teams in the nation have. It makes the Sooners an elite team in college basketball, and gives a solid reason why they deserve to be the No. 2 team in the country. Many haters will say it was just one game against a so-so team, but let us keep looking, shall we? The Sooners are 22-1. That is better than No. 1 UConn who is 20-1 on the season and college basketball powerhouses North Carolina (19-2) and Duke (19-3). The argument could be made that right now, based on records, the Sooners are the best team in the nation. If we break down the roster, this team has everything it needs to be a true threat come March and can easily be considered a top team. It starts with Blake. He is a beast, the LeBron James of the college game. He gets to the rim and can make a poster out of anybody. You don’t aver-

age 22.4 points and 14.1 rebounds bounds per game on accident. Then you have his supporting orting cast: Warren, junior guard Tony Crocker, ker, senior guard Austin Johnson, brother Taylor and sophomore guard Cade Davis and junior Juan Patillo off the bench. This team has all the pieces to be considered idered the No. 2 team if not No. 1. Wa r r e n is an obvi-ous No. 2

“Winning tight games shows the Sooners have that X-factor that few teams in the nation have. It makes the Sooners an elite team in college basketball.”

option on w h o c a n shoot, t, drive and dish. Crocker and Davis provide s o l i d outside

shooting. Johnson provides above average point guard play and d the Griffin brothers are rebounding nding machines. They have everything they need to make a run in the tournament. However, there are people ople who are concerned that the Sooners haven’t had any big tests against the elite teams ms in the nation. Teams in thee ACC and Big East play top p competition every night. For all those concerned fans who are worried about the lack of quality teams in the Big 12, I say: don’t worry. Because when the time comes to play those elite teams, ms, the Sooners will be more than ready to prove they are not only deserveserving of No. 2, but they are the he best team in the nation period.

NO We may be living in the heartland of Oklahoma where the water rruns red, but let’s not forget tthe facts. Currently, OU is clearly not Curre deserving deservi of the No. 2 spot in the AP p polls. I know kno what you’re thinking: wh about the mammoth but what team composed of players such as the monstrous forward wa Blake Griffin averagin more than 22 points a ing game, or the quick guard g Austin Johnson swishA ing i trees from four feet b behind the line? But the Sooners’ is issues don’t stem from a lack of ttalent, the truth tru is si they simply a don’t have ha tough enough en schedule. Sooners The Soo have pl played teams like the State Coppin Eagles (7-15) and Mississippi the Missis Delta Devils D (3-19) which w doesn’t eexactly help their case. OU has beaten several top teams, 25 tea when but w comes down to it, the it co Sooners have yet to play a Soon comparable team. com Don’t get me wrong, D head coach Jeff Capel has hea

done a great job and his team has more that enough potential to make The Final Four. However, compared to other top 10 teams, the Sooners are taking a stroll through the park. For example, look at No. 8 Marquette (19-2). The team has COLIN beat more top 25 teams than OU, has a similar record, and still has CURLEY to play No. 6 Pittsburgh (19-2), No. 5 Louisville (17-3), and No. 1 Connecticut (20-1) before the season ends. In the Big 12, OU won’t face a schedule like that. Currently, No.1 Connecticut holds complete supremacy over the league. The Huskies have seven credible wins against ranked teams, one of which came from knocking off No. 7 Gonzaga. Excluding their only loss against Georgetown, the Huskies have yet to end a game with anything less than a 5-point victory. Hall of Fame head coach Jim Calhoun isn’t about to start kicking back either. He destroyed Rick Pitino’s Louisville team by 17 at home, as well as ending Louisville‘s nine-game winning streak. There are, of course, no absolutes with college basketball, especially when there has been a new No. 1 team each of the past four weeks. When it really comes down to it, being in the lead in preMarch Madness basketball means nothing more than bragging rights. Let’s just hope OU and Connecticut don’t meet in the tournament, the Sooners may be exposed by a team that’s been tested.

[OU] has more than enough potential to make the Final Four. However, compared to other top 10 teams, the Sooners are taking a stroll through the park.

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Sophomore forward Blake Griffin and the Sooners are ranked No. 2.

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Sports weekend: wrestling, men’s hoops in Norman, women in Stillwater Women begin Bedlam Sunday, Men play Colorado Saturday afternoon ANNELISE RUSSELL The Oklahoma Daily

up to a packed crowd.” OU is still riding the high from Monday night’s win over Pat It’s Bedlam time for women’s Summitt and Tennessee, one of basketball and Sherri Coale’s the greatest institutions in womSooners will head up to Stillwater en’s basketball. Summitt was shooting for her 1000th career Sunday for another Big 12 game. OU’s recent history with the win, but OU came up with a 10 Cowgirls is mixed as the Sooners point victory. Summitt got win No. 1000 last night against Georgia. split the season series last year. H i g h OU came intensity away with a games like win late in Player to keep an eye on this past the season week motiover OSU, Hand just came vate the team but when the off a season-tying to continue Sooners went to play hard, high 20 points over to Stillwater Paris said. earlier in Tennessee where W h i l e the year, she played the enthe Sooners they were tire 40 minutes and will look shocked by was almost perfect to improve guard Andrea WHITNEY from the field. small aspects Riley and the HAND of their game Cowgirls like free who stomped throw shootOU 82-63. Riley scored 45 points on the ing and fewer turnovers, one of Sooners that night—only six the greatest improvements this points less than the entire starting year has been the chemistry of the team. five for OU. “Last year we did not have a “I think they just caught us off guard,” senior center Courtney lot of experience and this year we are all more comfortable and we Paris said. Riley is back this year, but the talk to one another,” Paris said. Sooners said they will try not to “I just think our overall chemistry let last year dictate their perfor- is better.” OU will need that tight knit mance on Sunday. “The team is much different chemistry against their intrastate this year and we have a lot more rivals on Sunday. The game is experience under our belts,” Paris set to tip off at 12:30 p.m. at said. “So we will be ready to head Gallagher-Iba Arena.

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What: No. 2 OU (22-1) vs. Colorado (9-12) When: Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Where: Lloyd Noble Center, limited tickets remain

The Sooners are yet again on a winning streak. They will try to extend it against No.5 Missouri and No.4 Nebraska – two of the Big 12 conference’s best – at home this weekend. Tonight at 7 p.m., OU (15-1, 1-1 Big 12) takes on the Tigers, and with a win the Sooners will be off to their best start in school history and move into a second place tie in the Big 12. While both teams are ranked higher than OU, the Sooners have seven ranked grapplers and Missouri and Nebraska have six. The Sooners have several promotions this weekend, including 50 cent hotdogs tonight and Senior Day on Sunday where fans can get wrestlers autographs following the match. The Nebraska match takes place at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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Sophomore guard Danielle Robinson (13) goes up for a shot while Tennessee’s Kelley Cain watches. The Sooners beat the Lady Volunteers 80-70.

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Everyone is cool enough FASHION to wear Ray Bans recently decided to buy a intended for pilots, but got a pair of sunglasses when lot of attention when Audrey I got tired of squinting or Hepburn wore them in the 1961 looking down at the floor on movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” sunny days. Soon afterward, everyone I hated sunglasses because, was wearing them, from Bob not only did I think they were Dylan to J.F.K. reserved for celebrities and The Wayfarers seemed to be tools, but mostly due to the here to stay, but like all good fact that I could only find sun- things, the trend faded and glasses that made me look everyone moved on to other even more awkward than my things – that is until Ray-Ban column’s mugshot. I finally invested millions of dollars in product placement caved in when I got and revived their prized tired of looking like glasses in the early an old lady squinting 1980s. as I walked across Their popularity campus. waned in the 90s, but First, I settled they made another for a pair of plastic comeback in the 00s frame aviators that due to the “vintage” cost $12. They made me look like a 70s OSIZIMETE look that was sweeping world. porn star, but I didn’t AKEN’OVA the fashionThe reason care – they got the I find Wayfarers so job done. Then, like all cheap sunglasses, they appealing is their simplicity. broke pretty soon after buying They are just plain plastic and rectangular with rounded corthem. So I did what anyone else ners. They can also be used would after they realize that for any occasion; from tanmost cheap things don’t last: ning at the beach to attending I bought another pair of the any black tie event. Wayfarers are the perfect accessory for same glasses. Surprisingly, they’re still in any clothing ensemble and mint condition, but probably everyone is cool enough for because I’ve only worn them them. Apparently, I’m not the only once when I was trying them person on this campus who on. thinks they’re great. A lot of Why you ask? Because I discovered the people are wearing this glorigreatest pair of sunglasses ous piece of eyewear because known to ever grace anyone’s they either appreciate its sleek design or because they face. are simply “in” right now. The Ray Ban Wayfarer. For those of us that are Not only do I avoid looking weird in these sunglasses, in love with this wonderful but they are very simple and pair of sunglasses, wear them inconspicuous – unless you proud. No longer must we squint like we can’t see when wear them at night. Designed by Raymond walking outdoors. Stegeman in 1952, these – OSIZIMETE AKEN’OVA IS A FILM sunglasses were originally AND VIDEO STUDIES JUNIOR.

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Drink of the Week his week’s “Beer of the week” isn’t necessarily one that you can drink a flatbed truck full of or one that you have to obtain a special curator’s license from the Smithsonian to experience. It will be a beer that’s more or less readily available and won’t taste like an evergreen tree as it goes down your throat. As with any such endeavor in talking about the best, you must begin with your first love. My first love in the wide, wonderful world of beer was Boulevard Wheat. Some of you might see this one as a no-brainer, but there are many people that would refute the very ingestion of such a type of beer. In my opinion, not liking wheat beer is like trying to justify the decision of women to celebrate Halloween when they already put on make-up and dress up in ridicu-

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lous outfits on a daily basis anyway. The golden blonde coloring is a beautiful reminder of the luscious field of its birth. The crisp cool taste mirrors the summer winds that churned the wheat like the ocean. With a splash of self-added lemon, you remind yourself of the lemonade you enjoyed while watching the wheat’s harvest, (at least that’s what I experience every time it tingles my tongue when I take a sip). Sure, Bison Witches will charge you extra to drink it – even though you already paid the $7 for “All You Can Drink Night” – but you should definitely give it a shot if you haven’t yet. Although I suggest doing so on a night you’re not trying to replace every percentage point of water in your body with alcohol.

HOROSCOPE By Bernice Bede Osol

– BRAND RACKLEY IS A JOURNALISM SENIOR.

Copyright 2008, Newspaper Enterprise Assn.

Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Being industrious and productive always proves to be more fun and rewarding than goofing off does, so you should look for useful things to do at this time.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -Although you should never allow your feelings to supersede your logical evaluations, give credence to what your instincts are saying. They can play a powerful, supportive role in your affairs.

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -Time spent outdoors can prove to be a big factor in rejuvenating your spirit. Communing with nature has a way of clearing out stale thoughts and stimulating a fresh outlook.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- If friends aren’t as positive and enthusiastic as you are, dump them. If you don’t, they could quickly take the edge off your hopes and expectations.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Since you’ll be exceptionally keen on gauging the needs of others, don’t hesitate to speak up when you are consulted about the affairs of another. You’ll have the answer. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- It’s quite likely that your mental dexterity is far better at balancing books than balancing barbells, so don’t waste your talent and time on things of little significance. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- The probabilities of making some personal material gains are exceptionally encouraging. You should easily generate greater earnings from something you’re working on at this time. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -Independence will be extremely important to you, and you aren’t likely to let anyone push you around and do his or her bidding. You’ll find a way to be your own person.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -Deliberate or not, chances are your peers will be closely observing your behavior, so be sure to give them a performance they can applaud and not easily forget. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- A lack of activity can easily generate a negative outlook so don’t let yourself get in a rut. Find a friend to have fun with, or read a good book that will inspire you to better things. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Something you want to change but haven’t had the power to do anything about may be making that long-awaited shift in conditions. Make the most of your new beginnings. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You’ll know how to draw others out to make them feel special and appreciated, making you an extremely enjoyable person to be around. Your companionship will be in great demand.

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Life & Arts

Friday, Feb. 6, 2009

French Fancy Dinner + Movie

France isn’t too far away with this weekend’s dinner and a movie. This week, a bumbling French inspector and a suave French wine bar will have you saying, ‘Sacrebleu!’

THE MANTEL WINE BAR AND BISTRO 201 E. SHERIDAN In honor of Inspector Clouseau’s hometown, check out the French-inspired cuisine at The Mantel Wine Bar & Bistro, nestled in the heart of Bricktown. Not a French food fan? Not to worry. The restaurant serves dishes with a wide array of culinary influences. The menu includes appetizers like chicken brochette, baked Brie and whole roasted garlic cloves. Entrées include wasabi pea encrusted Ahi tuna, sautéed beef tips and double breast roasted chicken. And don’t forget the extensive wine list – it is a wine bar after all. Dinner will run $15 to $20 a person before tax and tip. If that’s going to break the bank, check out Mantel earlier in the day – the lunch-only menu includes a number of salads and sandwiches around the $10 range.

"THE PINK PANTHER 2" The second film in the “Pink Panther” series opens today, and while Steve Martin is no Peter Sellers, he's amiable enough as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau. 2006’s “The Pink Panther” was based on the original film where Clouseau must solve the murder of a famous soccer coach. This time around, he teams up with a whole group of detectives to solve the theft of a number of rare items, including the Magna Carta and the Pink Panther diamond. Look for a familiar plot that will likely be livened up by a strong supporting cast that includes John Cleese, Alfred Molina, Emily Mortimer, Jean Reno, Andy Garcia, Lily Tomlin and Jeremy Irons. "The Pink Panther 2" is light fun that most everyone should find agreeable. Enjoy it before next weekend's Valentine counterprogramming bonanza where the chick flicks and the action thrillers will be out for blood. Playing at Hollywood Spotlight 14, Harkins Bricktown and Moore Warren. – DUSTY SOMERS IS A JOURNALISM JUNIOR.

MLK ‘09 Multicultural Career Fair Monday, February 9 12:30 - 4 p.m. Lloyd Noble Center

meet employers Aldi Inc Amegy Bank ARGO AT&T Baker Hughes Inc BMI Systems Corp BNSF Railway Company Cameron Cerner Corporation CH Robinson Worldwide Inc Cintas Corp CIT City National Bank City of Tulsa CompSource Consolidated Electrical Distributors Consolidated Graphics Cox Communications Dallas Police Department Deloitte Consulting Department of Environmental Quality Drug Enforcement Administration E&J Gallo Winery EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.

Enterprise Rent A Car Ernst & Young LLP Exterran Farmers Insurance Group Federal Aviation Administration Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Federated Insurance FlightSafety Intl Simulation Systems Division GEICO Insurance Glazer's Distributors Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Halliburton Helmerich & Payne INTEGRIS Health Internal Revenue Service JCPenney KBA Group LLP Koch Industries, Inc Labatt Food Service Mercy Health Center (OK) MidFirst Bank NORDAM

all majors welcome Northrop Grumman Corp Northwestern Mutual Financial Network Office of Personnel Management Oklahoma City Police Department Oklahoma City University Oklahoma Community Health Services Oklahoma Department of Corrections Oklahoma Highway Patrol OMRF OSU Graduate College OU Information Technology Paycom Peace Corps Plains All American Raytheon Ross University School of Medicine (Ross) School of Veterinary Medicine Ryan, Inc. Schlumberger Technology Corporation Sewell Automotive Companies Sherwin-Williams Southwest Research Institute Stanley Associates, Inc.

State Farm Insurance Target Stores Texas Chiropractic College The Boeing Company The University of Tulsa College of Law Thrivent Financial Tinker Federal Credit Union Tulsa Police Training Center U.S. Department of State Union Pacific Railroad United States Border Patrol United States Navy United States Secret Service University of Arkansas Graduate University of Oklahoma College of Law University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy University of Oklahoma Graduate College US Cellular Walgreens Wells Fargo Financial Williams Companies Wolseley's North American Division (Ferguson, Stock & Wolseley Canada)

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