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MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2009 © 2009 OU Publications Board

Energy bill passes House

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CAMPUS NEWS K20 Center director receives science education award An associate director for OU’s K20 Center received the 2009 Distinguished Services to Science Education Award from the National Science Teachers Association this weekend. Linda Atkinson, asLinda sociate director of science, Atkinson technology, engineering and mathematics partnerships for the OU K20 Center, was one of three individuals given the award at the National Science Teachers Association’s national conference in New Orleans. The award recognizes individual’s contributions to science education advancement and teaching. “NSTA awardees bring both passion and patience to the day-to-day teaching of science,” NSTA President Page Keeley said in a press release. “We honor these educators for their lifelong dedication and for instilling a sense of wonder in students through imaginative and innovative science education.” Atkinson has served as a teacher, administrator and adjunct professor over her 30 years as an educator, according to the OU K20 Web site. She has taught middle school science and high school chemistry, worked as district curriculum director and has been OU adjunct professor.

• Bill calls for greater development of energyrelated jobs WILL HOLLAND The Oklahoma Daily

Program. “As more people suffer from the economy, more people are eligible for this program those that are becoming eligible will need funding,” said John Laughner, legislation manager for the Committee for Education Funding, the nation’s largest nonpartisan education coalition. During the 2006-2007 award year, there were 72,318 Oklahoma recipients of Pell Grants, according to the 2006-2007 Federal Pell Grant Program End-of-Year Report, but Fair said the number of Oklahoma recipients is likely to increase in the next few years and additional funding will help curb students’ cost. The additional funding will also help bridge the shortfall in grant funding, Laughner said. The U.S. Congress allocates the money for the Pell Grant Program, but it underestimated the funding needed because of an increase in eligible students, which resulted in the previous shortfall, he said.

A bill that would help Oklahoma become a leader in energy efficiency by training Oklahomans for jobs in the industry, recently passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives and is on its way to the Oklahoma Senate. The Green Jobs Pilot Program Bill, HB 1682, was written by Rep. Seneca Scott, D-Tulsa, to expand Oklahoma’s workforce and improve the state’s viability as an energy leader, he said. If passed, the State Board of Career and Technology Education would establish the training program and the plan would be implemented at one or more state technology centers, according to the bill, which passed the House by an 87-10 vote. The bill still has to be voted on by the senate, but some education centers are already looking to take part in the program. Scott said a technology center in Tulsa has already expressed interest in being a potential site for the program, which would train people for jobs in the wind, solar and biofuels industries, and jobs that work with alternative fuel, alternative fuel vehicles and other energyrelated jobs. There is a possible problem with the bill, though. The bill doesn’t state where funding from the program would come from, but Scott said he thinks there might be money available from the federal stimulus program to fund the bill. The bill states the implementation of the program is contingent on available funding. The fact that there was no funding written into the bill is one of the reasons Rep. Rex Duncan, R-Sand Springs, said he voted against it. “That program will never exist, unless it’s funded,” Duncan said. Sen. Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa, is the senate author of the bill, and said he thinks the bill has a good chance of passing the senate, but said the possibility of funding is a little uncertain. He said he thinks there could be stimulus money available for the program, but said Oklahoma lawmakers are looking at the stimulus carefully because the money from it is only good for two years. If the state used stimulus money to start this program, after two years, the cost of the program would be on the state. Newberry said the program could be implemented as a one-time project to avoid that problem. Even if the bill isn’t passed or the state can’t find funding for the program, Newberry said discussing making Oklahoma more energy-efficient is a good thing. He said bills like this could help make Oklahoma a leader in energy efficiency, which would help the state’s economy by creating jobs and helping to reduce dependence on foreign oil. Oklahoma hasn’t seen the brunt of the economic downturn yet, but it’s coming, Newberry said. “Primarily, Oklahoma has been somewhat insulated in this economic downturn that the country is experiencing, but we’re certainly not immune,” he said. He also said using foreign energy resources can put the state and country in uncomfortable situations.

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The women’s basketball team participated in the first round of the women’s NCAA tournament on Sunday, beating Prairie View A&M 76-47. For details, see page 6.

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The OU bench celebrates a good play during the Sooners’ first round game in Kansas City, Mo. at the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. The Sooners beat Morgan State 82-54 and moved on to play Michigan, whom they defeated 73-63 on Saturday. The Sooners earned their first Sweet 16 berth since 2003 and will face Syracuse Friday at 6:27 p.m.

Stimulus package to provide more financial aid to students • Pell Grants, tax credits will be main funding areas CADIE THOMPSON The Oklahoma Daily

Women’s gymnastics defended its Big 12 title on Saturday in Ames, Iowa, making it the third conference title for an OU team this season. See the story on page 7.

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Federal Pell Grant Program Approximately $17 billion will be added to the Pell Grant Program, a program that allocates need-based grants to low-income students, and will impact about 7 million students nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Education Web site. The additional funding will increase the amount of money available to students through the program by $500, allowing students to receive a maximum $5,350 in grant money during 2009-2010, and more in the following year. But the increase in funding will do more than boost the amount allocated through Pell Grants. It will also provide assistance to students who are new to the Pell Grant

New site to feature volunteer opportunities, track hours • Web site will make full debut this fall

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While billions of dollars are being poured into the economy to build, buy and bailout, there’s also federal spending underway to help spur a student stimulus. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, known as the stimulus package, will pump $30.8 billion into making college more affordable for students and their families. The main avenue for the additional funding will come through the Pell Grant Program and increased tax credits. “This is definitely going to benefit Oklahoma college students,” said

Bryce Fair, associate vice chancellor for scholarship and grants of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. “We already have tens of thousands of students receiving Pell Grants, and there will be an increase in students eligible for partial grants.”

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ASHLEY BODY The Oklahoma Daily A new OU Web site, engage.ou.edu, will allow students to track community service and volunteer hours for classes, campus groups or personal use this fall. The Web site is being tested by about 200 students this semester, said Quyen Arana, associate director of the K20 Center, an OU program that seeks to improve the Oklahoma economy and well-being

through education. The center is receiving feedback from students testing the program to fix the Web site’s problems before it is fully launched. Students are involved in tests concerning classroom settings that require community service or campus volunteer groups. Through the site, professors and group leaders can make groups for their students to join. They then can go through the opportunities and select the ones that pertain to their students. When engage.ou.edu is launched, local organizations will be able to log onto the Web site to post volunteer opportunities. Professors and group leaders can create specific opportunities for students and link the group created for their class or organization.

All volunteer opportunities will be monitored before they are posted on the Web site to make sure they are legitimate, Arana said. Students’ recorded hours also will be verified with the organization so students have proof that they fulfilled their service hours, said Lori Johnson, K20 Center spokeswoman. The feature will benefit students because it will make work more appealing on scholarship and job applications, said Pat Kazouini, multi-disciplinary studies senior. “I think it will be very helpful on a resume,” said Kazouini, who tests the site for a class. “It puts a value on your work.” Students also can use the Web site to gener-

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Continued from page 1 “When you’re importing a tremendous amount of your energy, you put yourself in a position you may not want to be in,” Newberry said. Mike Bergey, president of Bergey Windpower, a Norman company that manufactures small wind turbines, said his company might not directly benefit from the bill. He supports the idea of exploring ways to improve the alternative energy industry because alternative energy is an important new area of the state’s economy. But Duncan said funding isn’t the bill’s only possible problem. He said he didn’t vote against the bill because he is against the issue of energy efficiency, but because it’s a “log rolling” bill, which means it covers multiple subjects instead of just one. The proposed bill calls for the training program to be aimed at Oklahomans who need updated training for energy-efficiency and renewable-energy industry jobs, but Duncan said he has a program that the bill also targets people who are socially disadvantaged, including those with low incomes or those who were formerly incarcerated. “You’re going to take this group of people and shoehorn them into this field,” he said. But Scott said Oklahoma would greatly benefit from becoming an energy-efficient state. “There’s a real need for us to invest, because this is an industry we’re going to get a return on,” he said.

OU student journalists took home dozens of honors at the spring College Media Convention March 15-17 in New York City. OUDaily.com and Sooner/Crimson Traditions yearbooks both won Gold Crowns — the highest recognition given to a student print or online medium for overall excellence — and The Oklahoma Daily took a “best of show” award.

OUDaily.com: Gold Crown Sooner yearbook: Gold Crown, 27 Gold Circles The Oklahoma Daily: Best of Show, 13 Gold Circles Sower magazine: 2 Gold Circles Daily Staff Gold Circle Awards

Site Continued from page 1 ate service reports, which could eventually become a part of students’ official records, Arana said. The center will also hold monthly community engagement meetings, where local organizations present their ideas about how students can do community service through their organizations. Community groups are anxious to tap into the student body for volunteers, Arana said. The Web site could start a trend among other universities if it works well, Johnson said. “It’s a whole movement that is giving students a way to get involved with the community,” she said.

Stimulus Continued from page 1 Last year, there was a shortage of about $3 billion for the Pell Grant Program, causing students eligible for the grant not to receive their full funding. The money being added to the Pell Grant program will help ensure all eligible students will receive their funding, Laughner said.

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ernment is trying to curtail the cost of higher education is by implementing greater tax credits, which would give students more money back after filing tax returns. According to the Department of Education’s Web site, an additional $13.8 billion will be added to increase the tuition tax credit. The American Opportunity Tax Credit Act, which was included in the economic stimulus package, will allow students or their families, if the students are dependent, to write off $2,500 of educational expenses each year of their post-secondary education. The new tax credit act is an

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update to the Hope Scholarship Tax Credit Program, which allowed for a $1,800 tax credit the first two years of post-secondary education. The new act will increase the amount of the tax break and the number of years parents or students can claim the tax credit. The changes will mostly benefit middle-income to high-income families who are paying college out-of-pocket, Fair said. According to the Department of Education’s Web site, families earning up to $180,000 annually are eligible for the new tax credit. “The tax credit will potentially affect thousands of students

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in Oklahoma,” Fair said. “The eligibility requirements cover the vast majority of families in Oklahoma.” The tax change will make no difference if people are not aware they are eligible, said Bruce Vandal, spokesman for Education Commission of the States, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. Students or parents will be able to take advantage of the new tax credits with the 2009 income taxes. Although the tax credits are only available for 2009 and 2010, President Barack Obama has proposed to make the changes permanent in his 2010 budget. But

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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OTHER WARRANT

POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

Pamela Jo Baldwin, 41, 9200 E Highway 9, Tuesday

MUNICIPAL WARRANT Jeremiah Joseph Cox, 28, 201 W Gray St., Thursday Brandon Todd Kent, 34, 1519 Windsor Way, Thursday Shawn Thomas Boswell, 30, 1515 Lindale Circle, Friday Curtis Dewayne Carson, 51, 1930 Fillmore Ave., Friday Lonnie Carl Handcock, 24, 6000 E Etowah Rd., Friday Robert Dugan Bebout, 29, 2128 Layfayette Drive, Saturday Duncan Ray McCraw, 19, 2002 Twisted Oak Circle, Saturday, also interference with official process

COUNTY WARRANT Brian Michael Dressler, 29, 1904 Rolling Stone Drive, Thursday Sean Andrew McClendon, 33, 2100 W Lindsey St., Thursday, also other warrant Ronnie David Manser, 21, 201B W Gray St., Friday Charles Vernon Ridgeway, 21, 201B W Gray St., Friday

Phillip Thomas McMillan, 35, 3750 W Main St., Wednesday Sudarshan Rao, 44, 1729 W Main St., Wednesday

Sumayyah Farrakhan Muhammad, 21, 2108 W Brooks St., Wednesday

ASSAULT AND BATTERY Rebekah Avanelle Neff, 31, 2815 Dewey Ave., Wednesday

CRUELTY TO ANIMALS Alexander Vinet Halkins, 28, 3301 W Main St., Tuesday

ENTRY OF A MINOR Amy Catherine Morrison, 20, 1215 E Lindsey St., Friday

PETTY LARCENY Ashley Lynne Poe, 18, 3499 W Main St., Thursday Elizabeth Valencia, 18, 3499 W Main St., Thursday

PUBLIC DRUNKENESS David Lester Thacker, 49, 104 W Comanche St., Friday, also possession of a controlled dangerous substance

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Brian Gareth Davies-Jones, 35, 400 W Acres St., Thursday Nicholas George Robertson, 25, 8673 SR-9, Thursday Steven Lynn Dulworth, 38, Woods Avenue, Saturday, also possession of marijuana Kathryn Carrie Trattner, 24, 917 W Boyd St., Saturday Tracy Lynn Wachs, 21, West Lindsey Street, Saturday, also possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of marijuana

Alexander Gilbert Valdez, 31, South Santa Fe Avenue, Thursday Matthew Raymond Dragg, 19, 3415 Pathway Circle, Friday

POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA John Joseph Harris, 30, North Flood Avenue, Wednesday Angelo Tyrone Houston, 46, 401 Chautauqua Ave., Thursday, also possession of drug paraphernalia and county warrant Andrew Edwin Wheeler, 19, 103 E Vida Way, Friday

DISTURBING THE PEACE Victoria Ann Castillo, 33, 101 S Andover Drive, Saturday Michael Christopher Ford, 18, 1800 Beaumont Drive, Saturday William Kelly Riner, 21, 1111 Oak Tree Ave., Saturday

POSSESSION OF WEAPONS Christopher Douglas Martin, 24, 1809 Twisted Oak Drive, Friday

PUBLIC INTOXICATION Larona Michelle Wilson, 39, 930 Ed Noble Parkway, Saturday, also indecent exposure

Vandal said the two-year grace period is a chance for states to figure out how they are going to finance higher education. Obama has made it clear he plans on reducing the budget, so states must take advantage of the additional federal funding to figure out how they will further contribute to higher education, he said. “The relationship between state funding and financial aid is going to be very interesting to watch,” Vandal said. “The hope is states will do the wise thing and use this two-year window to reorganize and think about how to fund post-secondary education.”

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Bill focuses on compressed natural gas • Compressed natural gas idea receives bipartisan support in the House TIM TALLEY Associated Press Writer OKLAHOMA CITY — Republican leaders of the Oklahoma House are pushing an ambitious program to use taxpayer dollars to encourage motorists to fuel their cars and trucks with compressed natural gas, a plentiful fuel that is more economical and produces less emissions than traditional motor fuels. The idea has received bipartisan support in the House, which has overwhelmingly approved several energy-related measures and sent them to the Senate for consideration. But some lawmakers question whether state government should be meddling in the CNG business and believe the investment may actually discourage private operators.

“When state government gets into the private sector, especially competing with the private sector, I get a little bit nervous about that,” said House Democratic Leader Danny Morgan of Prague. The alternative fuel plan was developed by House Speaker Chris Benge and would appear to be a role reversal for the Tulsa Republican who is best known for promoting tax cuts and less government spending. But Benge defended the program as a way to wean the state and nation from dependence on foreign oil and position the state as a leader in alternative fuels. “I think this is a commonsense approach,” Benge said. The plan would rely on tax dollars that have already been set aside and would use tax policy to achieve a public policy goal, he said. “In certain instances, those are appropriate,” the House speaker said. “Our background and our heritage has been built on energy. We’ve been a leader in petroleum. Why not consider the next generation of energy?” The bill would authorize the Department of Central Services to build alternative fuel stations for state agencies and the vehicle fleets of schools and county and city governments.

The fueling stations would also have public access to CNG in underserved areas unless a private provider locates within five miles of the facility. The State Fleet Management Fund would be amended to allow money to be used to build alternative fuel stations or buy alternative fuel vehicles for state agencies or to lease to cities and counties. The maximum amount of a loan for a fueling station will increase to $300,000. The cap on an existing 50 percent tax credit on the cost of converting vehicles to CNG will remain at $10,000, the average cost of a conversion. At least nine other states offer some form of tax credit for building alternative fuel stations or vehicle conversions including Utah, which provides an income tax credit for 50 percent of the incremental cost of a clean-fuel vehicle, up to $3,000, and a 50 percent income tax credit for the cost of converting a vehicle, up to $2,500. Oklahoma currently has 28 alternative fuel stations, more than Utah and all but two other states — California and New York. A total of 27 of Oklahoma’s alternative fuel stations are owned by Oklahoma Natural Gas Co., which estimates there are between

“I think this is a commonsense approach.” Chris Benge, House Speaker 1,200 and 1,500 CNG-powered vehicles in the state. Benge said he has been concerned about the nation’s dependence on foreign oil for many years and last year’s spike in the price of gasoline to almost $4 a gallon prompted him to investigate alternative fuels. Gasoline is currently selling for about $1.80 a gallon while a one gallon equivalent of CNG sells for about $1.03, according to Brad Ballard, manager of business development for ONG. Benge said the program could encourage more people to switch to CNG vehicles. “I believe the free market ought to drive what we do. But I think there are times that government can come in and give it a kick start,” Benge said. “We need to provide that spark. It would be good for Oklahoma.”

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NATION BRIEFS Children among 17 dead in Montana plane crash BUTTE, Mont. — A small plane crashed Sunday as it approached an airport in Montana, killing 17 people, including several children, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said. The single engine turboprop plane crashed about 500 feet from the airport in Butte while attempting to land, said spokesman Mike Fergus. The Montana Standard reported in an online story that it crashed in Butte’s Holy Cross Cemetery.

Michigan 15-year-old dies after police Taser him BAY CITY, Mich. — Police in Michigan say a 15-year-old boy has died after being Tasered by officers who were trying to break up a fight. Police didn’t release his name and say state police are investigating. A Bay City police news release says officers answered a report of an early morning fight on Sunday. The statement says two males were arguing in an apartment, and one of them “attempted to fight the officers.”

NY cop saves sleeping family from burning house EAST ROCKAWAY, N.Y. — Authorities on New York’s Long Island say an off-duty police officer saved a family when he noticed smoke coming from their home and woke them up. Nassau County authorities said the officer was on his way home Sunday morning when he saw the smoke at an East Rockaway home. They say he rang the bell and banged on the door until the residents woke.

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TULSA — It’s going to be more expensive for Oklahoma residents who use tobacco products. Federal taxes on cigarettes and chewing tobacco will increase April 1, and the estimated annual revenue of $32.8 billion will pay for an expansion of children’s health care coverage. Smokers who roll their own cigarettes will see the biggest increase, with that type of tobacco going up from $1.10 per pound to $24.78 per pound. Taxes on cigarette papers and tubes are also going up from 1 cent per 50 for papers to 3 cents, and from 2 cents per 50 for tubes to 6 cents. “It’s been the least expensive way of smoking, but it won’t be any more,” Mark Clymer of Ted’s Pipe Shop in Tulsa said. Cherokee Nation spokesman Mike Miller said the tribe was unsure what type of effect the increase in tobacco prices would have on licensed smoke shop owners, but that it would not affect tribal government revenue. “From the Cherokee Nation’s perspective, we don’t know for certain what impact it might have on tobacco sales, but any decrease in tax revenue generated by tobacco tax will be more than offset in savings on our health care costs,” Miller said. Name-brand cigarette smokers are already effectively paying the 62 cent-per-pack hike on a pack of cigarettes from the nation’s largest manufacturers, RJ Reynolds and Phillip Morris. Prices

increased as much as 75 cents per pack earlier this month. Greg Mathe, a spokesman for Phillip Morris parent Altria, said the increases are a “direct response to the federal tax.” QuikTrip’s Mike Thornbrugh said by jumping the tax increase, the manufacturers prevented customers from stockpiling cheaper cigarettes. “They’ve been caught by surprise,” Thornbrugh said. Tulsan Kyle Lessing said he will probably find a way to keep up his carton-a-week smoking habit. “Nobody who smokes wants to smoke,” he said. Research has suggested that three-fourths of smokers would like to quit. Calls to Oklahoma’s cessation hot line funded by the state’s Tobacco Settlement Trust Fund increased from an average of 300 to 500 a week to 1,100 in the second week of March, according to Executive Director Tracy Strater. “For every 10 percent increase in price, we see a 4 percent decrease in use,” Strater said. “For youth smoking, it’s a 7 percent decrease.” Elizabeth Butler, a Tulsa psychologist whose practice includes cessation treatments, says that while financial consideration can be a reason, it usually isn’t enough to get someone to give up tobacco.

CAMPUS NOTES TUESDAY CHRISTIANS ON CAMPUS Christians on Campus will host a Bible study at noon in Oklahoma Memorial Union. CAREER SERVICES Career Services will host an interviewing strategies workshop at 1:30 p.m. in the union. INDIA SOCIETY The Oklahoma Undergraduate India Society will host India Nite at 6 p.m. in Holmberg Hall. RESEARCH RESCUE OU librarians will help students with term papers and assignments that require the use of library resources at 8 p.m. in Couch Center.

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Investing in green jobs a good legislative move In a time of budget shortfalls, rising unemploy- alternative-energy business to ensure that future ment rates and a worldwide recession, there aren’t jobs created by this up-and-coming industry don’t many new areas in which the Oklahoma Legislature go to out-of-state employees. The jobs, though, should not be can justify spending. reserved only for lower-income people But passing legislation to fund green OUR VIEW and those who have been incarcerated, jobs and development could mean great is an editorial as the legislation requires. The opportuthings for the future of the Sooner State. selected and debated by the editorial board nities for energy development should be See Page 1 for more details on the curand written after a closed off to no one. This is an endeavor rent legislation. majority opinion is that will require laborers and researchIt’s obvious that Oklahoma could be formed and approved one of the nation’s leaders in alternative by the editor. Our View ers alike, and Oklahoma should do all it is The Daily’s official can to make sure people on all ends of energy forms with its infinite wind supopinion. ply and rich natural gas resources. Oil the economic spectrum are involved in tycoon T. Boone Pickens has outlined a its success. plan to maximize wind and natural gas resources Oklahoma lawmakers should also strive to make and loosen the stranglehold foreign oil suppliers sure immediate research funding comes out of have on the country. national stimulus money rather than state funds. If These efforts could – and should – be centered oil prices are up and the state’s budget is balanced right here in Oklahoma. in two years, then the State of Oklahoma can, and It’s up to state officials and those currently in the should, chip in.

In response to the March 13 Our View In response to Sunday’s game story about the hypocrisy of Sen. Jim Inhofe’s on OU’s men’s basketball win over earmarks in the omnibus spending bill. Michigan on Saturday. When it comes to earmarks some are necessary, while others aren’t. While I am no fan of Senator Inhofe I don’t blame him for requesting earmarks. The hypocrisy is a problem. But earmarks are a necessary evil. They represent under 2 percent of the total spending bill. Perhaps time would be more well spent actually talking about the other parts of the bill. - POSTED BY SWIGGY3000 AT OUDAILY.COM

Wow, I don’t mind winning when it is “our” team winning. But, this game was won by the officials. It was quite obvious to me that Griffin was given preferential treatment throughout the game. He had at least 5 fouls that I seen. He charges and the officials foul Michigan. What is up with that? Our team did not “deserve” this win. Come on Oklahomawake up. WE need to step back and realize we are not a good team. Go Blue!!

Inhofe’s earmarking helps guarantee that the money will be spent in Oklahoma, as opposed to elsewhere.

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How libertarians work to improve society Libertarians are smart. Historically, when countries enacted the type of extreme free-market economic principles advocated by libertarians, there have been popular uprisings, rapid economic decline, corrupt governments, dictatorships and civil war. Examples of these negative effects have been seen in Chile under Pinochet, apartheid South Africa, Indonesia under Suharto, Iran under the Shah, modern Colombia and many others. Think of these like the Soviet Union’s attempt at socialism – they were poorly managed attempts at an ideal. MAX Libertarianism is incredibly AVERY similar to anarchism. Libertarians don’t like government, anarchists want no government to eliminate governmental control; libertarians just want to shrink it until it’s impotent and doesn’t have the power to influence people’s lives. These are two different attempts at the same conclusion, liberation from state control. Anarchism has, unfortunately, been taken as a joke in popular culture. Anarchism, when legitimately considered, actually refers to community cooperation, and a strict prohibition of centralized authority. The individual should decide everything that affects the individual. After all, why should someone else, especially the government, have control over your life? The goal of libertarians has been to weaken governmental regulations and authority. When states issue the unpopular legislation advocated by libertarians, it hurts governmental legitimacy.

Their effort to shrink the size of government also removes the government’s effectiveness. The results of free trade, regressive taxation and “across the board” budgetary cuts (all ideas promoted in M. Friedman’s “Monetary Economics”), promote the agenda of the anarchist as well as the libertarian; the weaker the state is, the easier it is to remove, and the more legitimate its removal would be. The goal of a libertarian should be to challenge the strongest form of authority controlling a society. By doing so, that authority will lose its power over the individual. In the United States, where businesses are hugely powerful, government often acts directly in favor of certain businesses as a form of political patronage, arguably a consequence of campaign contributions. This leads to some difficult challenges for libertarians. They become confused, not knowing if they should weaken business or the state. Some want to challenge both because of their strong links, trying to end the corporatist state’s control of us by dividing the two most powerful entities in our society. Some don’t see the connection between businesses and the state; these are the Ron Paul libertarians. (Paul is a government employee whose campaigns are financed almost exclusively by businesses.) They see business as the strongest challenge to governmental control, and thus business should be promoted and government should shrink. The reason for this fear of governmental control is because government is still the only institution with legitimate control of the use of force. Despite the privatizing efforts of the Bush administration and libertarians like Ron Paul, that

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas legitimate control of force has yet to be privatized. However, when businesses have that power, we will see libertarians shift and start challenging corporations’ control. If they fail to challenge corporations with the legitimate use of force, they are in fact corporate fascists (not fascists as an insult, but MussoliniHitleresque fascists, with a corporate/market twist). Some believe libertarians are merely pro-business ideologues. However, this claim can be dismissed when considering history; businesses suffer when not regulated because people lose confidence in them and take their business elsewhere. This has been proven dozens of times historically, and is part of

the current economic crisis. Unregulated businesses have been known to sell children’s toys with mercury, lead or other toxins in them, beef that contains human meat and diseases, and produce still covered in hazardous pesticides. When this happens, people lose confidence in businesses, and look for alternatives; many turn to their local industries, where they can see how a product was made, and know it’s safe. This promotion of the local products away from national or international products is a part of the anarchist agenda. From a holistic perspective, the actions of the anarcho-libertarian make sense. Yet, belief that these reforms will benefit anyone requires the end of the state or complete loss of confidence in business. However, these reforms have historically led to increased state control and often police-states, the opposite of the anarcho-libertarian ideal. But those states weren’t the United States. With our long tradition of individualism and widespread gun ownership, a police-state is out of the question – anarchism would finally have a chance to thrive. This mode of real politics, trusting reactions to reach an unspoken conclusion, is well thought out and powerful. And it seems to be working, considering the growing popularity of libertarianism and Ron Paul. We must not dismiss their claims immediately just because of history. The anarchist/libertarian ideal is genuinely possible, and instead of dismissing what they say just because it has failed so absolutely in the past does not mean we shouldn’t keep trying for the future. Max Avery is a political science senior.

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Sooners stay alive, advance to Sweet 16 AARON COLEN The Oklahoma Daily KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The men’s basketball team is still dancing after the first weekend of the NCAA tournament.

The Sooners punched their ticket to the Sweet 16 in Memphis, Tenn. with a 73-63 victory over the No. 10 seed Michigan Wolverines Saturday evening. OU defeated the No. 15 seed Morgan State Bears easily by a score of 82-54 in the

first round of the tournament on Thursday. Sophomore forward Blake Griffin once again stole the show against the Wolverines with a monstrous 33-point, 17-rebound performance that included multiple highlightreel dunks. Griffin’s size down low coupled with strong guard play from the Sooners’ starting back court of senior guard Austin Johnson and freshman guard Willie Warren proved to be too much for the Wolverines to handle. Junior guard Tony Crocker played tough defense on Michigan’s leading scorer, sophomore guard Manny Harris. “[Crocker] took three charges in this game and just did a really, really good job on Manny Harris,� head coach Jeff Capel said after the game. Both Capel and Griffin agreed that the game against Michigan was the best the team has played since Griffin returned to the team after recovering from a concussion. “I think we have put two games back to back together,� Capel said. “So hopefully we’re getting back to where we were before our season was interrupted with that injury.� Griffin has carried a large part of the scoring load for the Sooners so far in the tournament, scoring 61 points in the games against Morgan State and Michigan. Both teams were very physical with Griffin; against Morgan St. he was flagrantly fouled by Ameer Ali when he flipped Griffin over his shoulder, and against Michigan he sustained a cut elbow and a bloody nose. “It was physical out there today, but it was a lot better [than the last game],� Griffin said after the Michigan game. OU now move on to face Syracuse in the regional semifinals at 6:27 Friday evening. The Sooners’ trip to the Sweet 16 is their first since 2003. Griffin said that the team is simply enjoying the ride so far. “This is what we play for, and it’s just fun when everybody is playing well and everybody is doing their thing,� Griffin said.

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Sophomore forward Blake Griffin dunks over Michigan’s Zack Novak in OU’s 73-63 victory Saturday. Griffin scored 33 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in the game.

With the two wins over the weekend, the Sooners advance to the Sweet 16 for the ďŹ rst time since 2003. Their next game is at 6:27 p.m. Friday in Memphis, Tenn., against No. 3-seeded Syracuse.

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Revenge marks OU’s NCAA tournament hen the brackets came out, I couldn’t help but notice a potential path of revenge that lay for the Sooners. So far, the proper teams have won to give OU its shot at revenge. Michigan outlasted Clemson 62-59, and the Sooners beat Morgan State 82-54 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, setting up a rematch of a 2004 game in which the Wolverines knocked the Sooners out of the National Invitational Tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich. Saturday’s game between OU and Michigan was the first meeting since the Wolverines sent Kelvin Sampson and the Sooners home with a 63-52 loss, ending that season five years ago. OU responded this time by pulling away early in the second half and hanging on late to defeat Michigan 73-63 and send the Wolverines home, this time on a bigger stage in the NCAA Tournament. As figured, the Sooner guards had to step up against a Michigan 1-3-1 zone, similar to the last time the two programs met in the postseason. This time, OU was able to muster enough points from the outside — including six combined 3s by guards senior Austin Johnson and freshman Willie Warren — to go along with sensational sophomore forward Blake Griffin’s 33 points down low, en route to defeating the Wolverines, shooting the Sooners into the Sweet 16. Next on the agenda is a team the Sooners owe even more revenge: the Syracuse Orange.

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The last time the two met, in 2003, OU was just one game away from advancing to the Final Four for the second year in a row. JOEY The Sooners were led by a HELMER talented pair of OU guards in Hollis Price and Quannas White and were the No. 1 seed in the East Region. But Syracuse forward Carmelo Anthony and the Orange doused any hopes OU had of advancing, defeating the Sooners 63-47 in the Elite Eight. This time around, the No. 2 seed Sooners once again are presumably the favorite over No. 3 seed Syracuse in the South Regional Semifinals, and it will feature a similar matchup. Syracuse brings its solid zone defense, and the Sooners must find a way to hit shots around the outside to beat the zone. If a chance to knock Syracuse out and avenge a huge loss six years ago isn’t enough to motivate the Sooners, then nothing will be. And there’s even another chance for revenge later in the tournament. Should OU and Louisville both advance to the NCAA Tournament Championship, the Sooners would get a chance to defeat the team that knocked them out of the tournament a year ago. So for now, the year of tournament revenge for the Sooners lives on, at least for another day. JOEY HELMER IS A JOURNALISM SENIOR.



SPORTS BRIEFS Men’s gymnastics beats No. 8 Penn State, finishes regular season undefeated Posting an NCAA scoring record against No. 8 Penn State resulted in another undefeated regular season for men’s gymnastics. “I am really excited for the team ďŹ nishing the season undefeated,â€? head coach Mark Williams said. “Having a meet like this solidiďŹ es us as a contender for the national championship.â€? With a score of 366.850 over the Nittany Lions’ 356.300 Saturday at McCasland Field House, the Sooners ďŹ nished 12-0 in the regular season. “Any time you set the NCAA scoring record, you know you did something right,â€? Williams said. “That is what happens when everything comes together.â€? The Sooners scored event highs of the night on oor (62.150), pommel horse (59.250), rings (60.850), vault

(64.650), parallel bars (59.950) and high bar (60.000). “Everyone had a great night and we have to remember to keep pushing and not let up,â€? senior co-captain Chris Brooks said. “We hit 90 percent of our routines tonight, but we have to go back in the gym and get even better.â€? Sophomore Steven Legendre won the oor exercise title with a 16.000. “It is a family atmosphere that we have as a team, wherever we go you can hear people yelling as loud as they can,â€? Brooks said. “It is really a big family, and that is what I am going to miss.â€? OU will next compete at the MPSF Championships, April 5 in Palo Alto, Calif.

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Sooners go 5-2 over spring break

• Sooners down Prairie View A&M, 76-47 ANNELISE RUSSELL The Oklahoma Daily The No. 1-seeded Sooners took down the No. 16-seed Prairie View A&M 76-47 in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. Prairie View A&M may be an unknown no. 16-seed, but its coach is one of the most recognized figures in women’s basketball. Cynthia Cooper-Dyke is one of the most decorated players in women’s college basketball and the WNBA. She was a member and MVP of the Houston Comets early, four-year reign over the WNBA. Heading into the game, the Sooners had more obstacles than just their opponent. Junior forward Amanda Thompson was forced to ride the bench due to an injury to her foot sustained during the Big 12 tournament. Freshman guard Whitney

TOP SCORERS Danielle Robinson: 15 points, seven rebounds, six assists Ashley Paris: 14 points, nine rebounds Courtney Paris: 11 points, 16 rebounds

Hand finally got back into the offensive swing of things after going the entire Big 12 tournament without scoring a point. Those two games were her first since returning from a fractured finger suffered against Baylor on Feb. 21. Hand finished Sunday’s game with 8 points. OU finally found some success behind the three-point line with sophomore forward Carlee Roethlisburger, Hand, and sophomore guard Jenny Vining knocking down threes in the first half. The Sooners offense began to wane towards the end of the first half as they let Prairie View hang around when the game was nearing half time. Sloppy passes and turnovers gave the Lady Panthers too many chances to put up points on the Sooners. OU took the Panthers into the locker room with a 38-28 lead. The Sooners looked to improve their offense during the second half, but they continued to allow Prairie View to hang around. The lack of offensive intensity is an aspect of the Sooners game that suffered without Thompson on the floor. OU muscled through its offensive struggles and slowly built up a 20-point lead over the out-matched Panthers. OU stacked the numbers on the offensive boards and second-chance points. Sophomore guard Danielle Robinson finished the game

JONO GRECO The Oklahoma Daily The No. 13 baseball team went 5-2 during its spring break road trip and started Big 12 play on the right foot by taking two-of-three against the Kansas State Wildcats in Manhattan, Kan. The Sooners (20-5, 2-1) won their first series of 2009 within conference against KSU. OU out-scored its opponents 71-44 and out-hit them 90-81 during the seven-game stretch. During those seven games, OU ended its 10-game win streak on March 15, a streak that lasted two weeks. Here’s a look at the Sooners’ performances over the break:

March 13: OU: 5, Bethune Cookman: 4 March 14: OU: 10, South Florida: 1 March 15: OU: 6, Eastern Illinois: 8 Tuesday: OU: 8, No. 14 Texas Christian: 7

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Sophomore guard Danielle Robinson drives to the basket in front of Prairie View A&M’s Gatti Werema, left, during a first-round women’s NCAA college basketball tournament game Sunday, in Iowa City, Iowa. Robinson scored 15 points and the Sooners won, 76-47 and will play the winner of the Iowa vs. Georgia Tech game Tuesday. with 15 points, six assists and four steals. Senior forward Ashley Paris also put up 14 points. The Sooners’ win is tied for the closest of any one-seed in the women’s tournament,

while Connecticut, Maryland and Duke also dismantled their opponents. OU will rest up and take on the winner of the Iowa vs. Georgia Tech game on Tuesday in Iowa City, Iowa.

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Three Sooners fall shy of All-American status MJ CASIANO The Oklahoma Daily March Madness wasn’t the only sporting event the Sooners participated in last week.

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Sophomore 125-pound Joey Fio wrestles against North Carolina State on Jan. 30 at McCasland Field House. The Sooners won, 38-6. Fio competed in the NCAA tournament, but fell one victory shy of claiming an All-American title.

Three grapplers — sophomore Joey Fio, junior Kyle Terry, and junior Eric Lapotsky — were competing for All-American honors in the NCAA Championships Friday in St. Louis. All three stood one win shy of becoming OU’s most recent AllAmerican recipients. However, facing ranked foes and getting behind early in each match was too much to surpass, and the OU grapplers left empty-handed. Eight different Sooners competed in the tournament. “It‘s heartbreaking,” head coach Jack Spates said. “Those three guys wrestled tough and put themselves in position but just fell short. Coming into tonight, I would never dreamed we would have gone 0-3. They did not lose because of a lack of effort.” No. 7 Fio looked like the favorite against No. 18 Nicholas Bedelyon from Kent State in the opening 125-pound match. However, a take down and an escape would not be enough for victory as Fio fell 8-3. The match ended Fio’s sophomore season in which he went 23-5, including 16 straight en route to a Big 12 crown. No. 5 Terry, also drawing favoring comparisons, battled No. 12 Kyle Borshoff of American University at 149-pounds. But Borshoff’s three take downs were too much to handle, as Terry posted a 7-2 loss. Terry, finishing his junior campaign, recorded a team-best 30-3 record. He was undefeated in Big 12 play (7-0), and had 28 straight victories on his path to a Big 12 crown. No. 12 Lapotsky was the only underdog of the group, facing Boise State’s No. 6 Brent Chriswell at 195-pounds. Although this match was closer, one take down by Chriswell was enough to give Lapotsky and OU its third loss in St. Louis, with a final score of 3-2. Lapotsky finished his junior season with a 24-10 record. “We fell short, and we must go back and evaluate what is going to make us better,” Spates said. “All eight that qualified for the NCAA’s this week are returning next year, but none of them are All-Americans. As a team and as a staff, we must find out what will make the difference for next year.”

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The trip down Interstate 35 to Fort Worth, Texas, resulted in OU’s third last-at-bat, come-from-behind victory of the season. The Sooners were able to overcome a 7-4 ninth inning deficit by stringing together three consecutive singles to load the bases for the heart of the lineup. Junior first baseman Aaron Baker brought in a run after being hit by a pitch and senior catcher J.T. Wise plated the tying run on a two-run single. Sophomore left fielder Casey Johnson’s ninth-inning sacrifice fly RBI brought in the game-winning run and proved to be the difference as sophomore pitcher Ryan Duke was able to record a scoreless bottom of the ninth. Duke was credited with his second win of the season as he pitched two innings while allowing one run on two hits.

Friday OU: 1, Kansas State: 9 Saturday: OU: 12, KSU: 11 After dropping Friday’s series opener, the Sooners found themselves on the right side of a conference shootout as they prevailed 12-11 after falling behind 4-0 in the first inning. OU’s bats woke up in the third as they scored 11 runs between the third and sixth innings. The Wildcats would not be bullied around on their home diamond as they responded each inning with a few runs of their own, but still found themselves trailing by one after six innings. Baker’s eighth-inning solo blast carried the Sooners to victory before Duke came in to record his fifth save of the season.

Sunday: OU: 29, KSU: 4 OU cruised past the Wildcats 29-4 yesterday to go 2-1 and win its first series in Big 12 play. The Sooners blasted 11 KSU pitches to souvenir city, including two homers each by three different Sooners. The three to have a multi-homer day were junior center fielder Jamie Johnson, Casey Johnson and Wise. They were joined by Hernandez, Baker, freshman designated hitter Cameron Seitzer, junior catcher Bryan Groth and sophomore right fielder Elliot Blair. Wise went 5-5 with the two home runs while driving in seven runs and scoring four of his own. The Sooners had two innings where they scored double-digit runs. They scored 13 runs in the first and 11 in the fifth en route to a third run-rule victory of the season. Sophomore pitcher Michael Rocha (3-1) was given a comfortable first inning lead and did his job on the mound as he went five innings while allowing four runs on five hits and striking out two.

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Sooners defend Big 12 title • Ferguson takes two individual titles in Iowa AMANDA TURNER The Oklahoma Daily

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By the slimmest of margins, the women’s gymnastics team defended its title at the Big 12 Championships Saturday evening in Ames, Iowa. The No. 8 Sooners defeated No. 12 Nebraska, 196.125196.075 for their first back-toback conference titles since OU’s three-peat from 1984-1986. No. 14 Missouri, also in contention, finished third with 195.925. Host Iowa State finished fourth with 195.775. OU’s sixth conference title was the second for head coach K.J. Kindler, an Iowa State alumna who coached in Ames until moving to Norman after the 2006 season. “It’s always exciting to be able to call yourselves the Big 12 Champs,” Kindler said. “This has been one of our goals since the offseason. It’s one of those events that you wake up in the morning with a knot in your stomach and that doesn’t leave until the last routine. You want it so bad for your athletes, who have worked so hard during the entire year and it’s so exciting to see their hard work result in another conference title.” OU began on balance beam with six hit routines, including meet-high 9.850s from senior Haley DeProspero and freshman Megan Ferguson. Led by

Junior infielder Amber Flores looks for a hit against St. Louis on March 1.

Sooners win seven during spring break AARON COLEN The Oklahoma Daily

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Senior Haley DeProspero competes on uneven bars on March 6 at Lloyd Noble Center. The Sooners hosted the meet against Texas Woman’s University and Illinois State, and won 196.125 - 191.750. On Saturday, the Sooners won the Big 12 Championship in Ames, Iowa, and DeProspero scored a 9.600 in the event. junior Kristin Smith’s 9.900, the Sooners took the night’s highest event total of any team on floor exercise, a 49.250. OU notched a 49.100 on vault with all scores ranging from 9.800 to 9.850 from sophomore Melanie Root, but nearly lost the title on uneven bars in the last rotation. The Sooners were forced to count DeProspero’s 9.600 after defending Big 12 uneven bars champion Hollie Vise unexpectedly fell (9.250). The Sooners’ 48.775 was the

lowest bar total of all four teams, but, in the end, the Sooners squeaked by the Huskers by a mere o.050. The 13-4 Sooners took the long way to the title. The team’s connecting flight from Dallas to Des Moines, Iowa, was cancelled, forcing the squad to fly to Chicago and take a six-hour hour bus ride to Ames. The team left Norman at 8:45 a.m. and didn’t arrive in Ames until after 1 a.m. the next morning. Missouri’s Sarah Shire (39.450)

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won the all-around with senior Ashley Jackson finishing fifth (39.225) and DeProspero eighth (39.075). Jackson and Ferguson tied for first on uneven bars, and Ferguson and DeProspero tied for a share of the beam title. The team next will compete at the regional championships on April 4, with the location to be decided this week. The team must finish in the top two at regionals to qualify for the NCAA Championships, April 14-18 in Lincoln, Neb. “While the victory is nice, we can’t become complacent,” Kindler said. “We still have a lot of work to do to reach all of our season goals and we will get back in the gym with intentions of improving each and every day.”

The softball team did not rest while Sooner students were out on spring break, playing nine games from March 12 through Sunday. The team went 7-2 during that stretch. The Sooners opened up the 2009 Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif., with a 4-3 loss to Notre Dame. OU came back from a deficit to tie the game in the top of the seventh inning, but a miscue in the bottom half of the inning cost them the game, when freshman pitcher Allee Allen misplayed a ball hit up the middle and Notre Dame scored the winning run. Freshman pitcher Kirsten Allen picked up the loss and dropped to 6-4 on the season after starting the year 4-0. Later that night, OU defeated No. 22 Florida State 3-1, taking advantage of three errors by the Seminoles. The Sooners played one game on the morning of March 13, taking down another top 25 team. No. 24 DePaul fell to OU by a score of 5-2. OU played two games on Saturday, beating No. 16 LouisianaLafayette 8-5 before the Sooners suffered their second close loss of the weekend to host Cal State Fullerton, 4-3. The Titans moved to 11-13 on the year with the win. The Sooners jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but were unable to hold off Cal State Fullerton. OU committed three errors in the game, and Kirsten Allen got her second loss of the tournament. OU closed out the Judi Garman Classic in dominating fashion, winning against Bowling Green 8-0 in five innings on March 15. On Wednesday, the Sooners recorded their second-straight shutout win in a contest against Northern Iowa, 8-0 in six innings. The team played its Big 12 home opener Saturday against Iowa State, winning 10-7. Junior infielder Amber Flores went 5-5 in the game with two home runs, including a walk-off blast in the seventh inning to give the Sooners the victory. OU had 15 hits in the game. Senior pitcher D.J. Mathis started for the first time since Feb. 22 against Massachusetts, and struck out 10 batters on her way to the win. She is now 7-2 on the season. The Sooners took the series sweep on Sunday, winning 10-0. OU is now 4-0 in Big 12 play and 25-8 on the season. The team will host North Texas at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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Students on spring break were among the attendees at a concert during South by Southwest, a music and film festival held in Austin, Texas. This year, many celebrity parties joined the festivities.

More than music rocks SXSW festival • Parties steal the show at Austin music festival KATIE J. PARKER The Oklahoma Daily Sunday morning might as well have been Hangover Day for Austin, Texas. The streets were ridden with free fliers, CDs, beer cans and the memories of another South by Southwest gone by. The music and film conference, cleverly abbreviated as “SXSW,” celebrated its 22nd birthday by launching a completely different kind of conference this year. Traditionally SXSW was meant to promote and showcase musicians and filmmakers’ work for professionals in the entertainment and related media industry. In the past few years, however, the conference has attracted more than people who work in the entertainment industry, but also a hoard of music and film enthusiasts with an appetite for long lines, free shows and booze. Contrary to popular belief, a badge or wristband (which are priced anywhere from $165-$1,145) is not needed to enjoy SXSW. Several free shows and online RSVP opportunities are available to the general public, but for the chance to get into some serious

swagger events, avoiding long lines and for lots of free alcohol, a badge or wristband is almost necessary. This year, SXSW parties took on a totally different attitude and it seems the mainstream artists, such as Kanye West, want to be part of the indie music festival. For the second year in a row, some serious “posh” events included blogger Perez Hilton’s “One Night in Austin” and cook Rachael Ray’s SXSW party. The group Jane’s Addiction also showed up to reunite for the Playboy Late Night Party in the same abandoned Safeway off of Interstate 35 that Hilton chose to host his event. Saturday was a day of long lines with many people waiting up to almost five hours on 6th Street in anticipation of getting some of Ray’s food and the chance to hear the Hold Steady, the New York Dolls, Bob Schneider, Ra Ra Riot, the Thermals, Semi-Precious Weapons, John Pringle, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and the Cringe, who are led by Ray’s husband John Cusimano. Twitter and iPhones also played a new role in the conference. Several people could be found tweeting away and waiting for the prized e-mail confirmation to be chosen for the guest list for Perez Hilton’s party. Periodically, one could hear shrills of glee from someone who just got lucky while checking their phone in line or notified of

the next hot party. Some hipsters may have spited the change in pace of the festival when it went Hollywood. MTV’s “Real World: Austin” put the festival on television sets around the nation. Hilton’s party, however, rocked Austin this year. The party, which ran from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m., included a lineup of Margaret Cho, Indigo Girls, Ladyhawke, Thunderheist, Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, Solange, Lady Sovereign, Little Boots, Kid Cudi, Rye Rye, Kanye West, Ida Maria, Yelle, Aaron Lacrate, Jeppe and Kraak & Smaak. As West walked out to the side stage to wait to perform, people flocked toward him to shoot photos. Luckily, the temperamental rap star didn’t smash any cameras this time, but bodyguards were quick to push away photographers getting too close to West. Overall, the closing show was a success, despite the fact that the port-a-potties ran out of toilet paper within the first hour and no hand sanitizer was available, which Hilton may wish to change next year if he is going to have an open bar again. Gross! While SXSW looked a different than it did even just three years ago, the conference proceeded to do what it does best: Rock out and leave calves, livers and heads in pain until 6 p.m. the next day. KATIE J. PARKER IS A JOURNALISM SENIOR.

The Norman Music Festival is still various aspects of the event. looking for volunteers and vendors Saniye Ayzin, volunteer commitfor the all-day event, scheduled for tee member, said volunteers for the April 25 on Main Norman Music Street. Festival will be The festival, responsible for which is a project many different of the Norman facets of the fesArts Council, is tival in order to largely helped by help it run safely local volunteers and smoothly. and commercial “[Volunteers vendors. will be responsiThere are ble for] cleanup, about 20 spots parking, crowd left for food control, helping vendors and the bands set up commercial and the list goes businesses, said on,” she said. Wilma Ruiz, There are vending commitabout 50 registee member of tered volunteers The 2nd Norman Music Festival is the Norman Arts so far, and Ayzin April 25 on Main Street. Council. Prospecsaid the festival tive commercial will need about vendors can download an application 100 more. from the Norman Music Festival Web Ayzin, who was a volunteer site at www.normanmusicfestival. herself for the festival last year, said com. There is a $500 fee and all the the experience is worth the time appropriate license is required to be investment. accepted, Ruiz said. Vendors will be “If people see how fun and incredable to set up directly on Main Street, ible the festival is, I have no doubt within the festival grounds on the we will get the right amount of 200 block, she said. volunteers [in time],” she said. Ruiz said the type of food or busiAyzin said those interested in beness doesn’t matter. ing a volunteer for the Norman Music “Any food or commercial busiFestival are encouraged to go to the nesses are welcome to fill out an Web site to read more and sign up. application,” Ruiz said. TYLER BRANSON IS AN ENGLISH The festival also is seeking a numSENIOR. ber of volunteers to help out with

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The East Asian Café, also known as T.E.A Café, will have a grand opening for its Campus Corner location on Wednesday. The café has more than a dozen varieties of tea and offers East Asian cuisine.

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T.E.A Café brings Asian cuisine to Campus Corner • Asian eatery’s new location opens this week It’s Saturday evening at the new T.E.A. Café on Campus Corner and the aroma of rice, noodles and soy hangs in the air. The grill hisses behind the glass partition, the clatter of pots, pans and knives drown out the low drum of music. The lighthearted, pastelcolored walls give the restaurant a relaxing vibe. Not yet officially open, the café buzzes with the conversation of KYLE employees’ friends and family on its invitation night, along with WEST passers-by who happened to pop in and check things out. “We want to show that we appreciate all the people that have influenced us,” explained Viet Nguyen, owner of the new T.E.A. Café restaurant. Throughout spring break, while most students were off to the beaches and mountains or snug in

their beds, T.E.A. Café’s second location has been ers – including spring rolls, dumplings and dishes busy practicing and preparing. The new restaurant as exotic as fried squid balls. Entrees include fried is expected to open this Wednesday. rice with chicken, shrimp, or beef; orange chicken, Nguyen, who runs eel, tofu, chef specials the restaurant with coand a “T.E.A. house owner Rita Weng, said special,” where diners they wanted to take can to create their own advantage of the downdish. In addition, there time of spring break to are plenty of healthy practice before openand vegetarian choices, ing to what they expect and perhaps even more to be a large student importantly for college clientele. Nguyen says students, they do not What: “The East Asian Cafe” the logic behind the stretch the wallet too Where: 788 Asp Ave., the former location of new restaurant is to be much. closer to the students. Even though I’m Moe’s “The reason why we not a big guy, I have a When: Wednesday opened on Campus pretty big appetite, so More Info: Call 366-1555 Corner was to show I ordered spring rolls our appreciation to the and chicken-fried rice students and be confor $11, including tip, venient,” Nguyen said. and I had more than “We want to give the students good food and drinks enough to take home. before or after a test, or when they want to relax.” As its name suggests, T.E.A. Café also serves The restaurant’s menu is wide, offering appetiz- dozens of teas choices as well as other beverages.

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Tea varieties include fruit, caffeine free, milk and herbal. The restaurant also serves coffee, slushes and frappés. Nguyen said the most popular entrée was probably orange chicken, but said everything is good as long as it is cooked just right. He said the most popular teas were either almond or passion fruit, and he believes the restaurant’s selection of tea separates it from other oriental restaurants. “Our tea definitely sticks out, but our fruit compliments the tea real well,” Nguyen said. If there was one criticism, it would be the speed in which my order was taken. I was probably sitting for at least five minutes before someone came and took my order. But to be fair, this complaint might be slightly excused because the restaurant is still new and getting its bearings. All in all, T.E.A. Café is a wonderful choice for a quick meal that is of good quality at a reasonable price, or a good place just to relax over tea or coffee with a friend. KYLE WEST IS A PROFESSIONAL WRITING JUNIOR.


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