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The OU Board of Regents meet in Oklahoma City on March 5. Chairman Clayton Bennett announced that the presidential search committee has narrowed down its search to seven candidates.
SEARCH NARROWS Board of Regents will interview seven finalists for OU’s presidency after official end to search committee’s work
he search for David Boren’s successor has entered its final stage, with the pool of candidates narrowed down to seven undisclosed individuals to be interviewed soon. The work of the presidential search committee is officially over following the committee’s report to the OU Board of Regents in a closed session March 5. The regents will now take over the proceedings to find OU’s 14th president from seven finalists. This process will start with interviews of candidates during the March 10 weekend. “Extraordinar y achievement, all of them,” said Clayton Bennett, chair of the Board of Regents, discussing the seven candidates. “Extraordinary life achievement. People of strong integrity, of high character. Just one after another, just very impressed. We are very excited for the task at hand.” Search committee chair David Rainbolt and vice chair Gregg Garn gave the committee’s report at the March 5 meeting with the regents. The report included information about the process of the presidential search as well as information about the candidates that the committee recommended. Rainbolt, executive chairman
NICK HAZELRIGG • @NICKHAZELRIGG at BancFirst and member of a prominent OU donor family, said participating in the search was a very positive experience. “I thought it was an extraordinarily rewarding experience,” Rainbolt said. “I love Oklahoma, I love OU. I’ve not done anything like this before. I learned a lot from Gregg about how universities work and how management inside an academic institution is different than a public company.” Garn, dean of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, said he was also pleased by the outcome of the search and praised Rainbolt’s leadership of the committee. “If you think about what this committee represents, it’s a number of different stakeholders, from student and faculty and alumni. David’s done an excellent job making sure people had the opportunity to express their ideas, their perceptions, their voice,” Garn said. “We didn’t always agree with one another, but I think we respected one another enough to make this a really respectable process.” Though the committee recommended the finalists, the Regents’ Policy Manual makes clear the regents are not bound to the recommendations of the
search committee. Bennett, however, said the regents were impressed by the work of the committee.
“Extraordinary life achievement. People of strong integrity, of high character. Just one after another, just very impressed. We are very excited for the task at hand.” CLAYTON BENNETT, CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS
“We were very impressed with the report, we were very impressed with the engagement of the committee — a committee that includes a broad representation of the university community,” Bennett said. “Very strong representation from the faculty and the students and the broad university community. We were very impressed with the work. They went to great detail in their investigations and their research into these candidates. We’re very excited about the report they advanced to us today.” Bennett said the seven finalists come from within and outside of OU, but that he could not
provide any further details as regents plan to maintain the same levels of confidentiality during their portion of the search as the search committee. “We’re very aware of this notion of open versus confidential process and, of course, highly interested in what all constituents have to say about where we are. We’re also at this juncture very respectful of the candidates,” Bennett said. “We know that we couldn’t have this field if not for the fact of a confidential process. That said, we want to continue to make sure we make good decisions for the university.” The constituents, most specifically OU’s faculty members, have vocally expressed displeasure at a secretive search process. Last month, Suzette Grillot, dean of the College of International Studies, created a petition asking the regents to open the process, which received more than 300 signatures from OU faculty, staff and alumni. Lobbying for an open process continued with an open letter to the regents from Sarah Ellis, Faculty Senate chair, on Feb. 5. The Faculty Senate sent another letter March 5 asking the regents for a more open forums and an opportunity to ask questions of the finalists.
“The faculty and staff have been resilient through hard times largely due to a reservoir of goodwill for the university,” the letter drafted by the Faculty Senate reads. “Open visits are crucial to creating much needed faculty, staff, and student confidence in both the process and the outcome — the next president will surely require widespread stakeholder support.” The regents have announced t h e y w i l l m e e t at 1 : 3 0 p. m. March 9 and at 8 a.m. March 10 to begin interviewing candidates. Bennett said he hoped to complete all interviews during the weekend. Bennett also said scheduling the interviews would be difficult, but that “nothing is more important” than completing this process. “There’s nothing more important that I’ll do in my civic life than be a part of this process. The university is so very important to Oklahoma and all the people it touches,” Bennett said. “The notion of finding its president is extraordinarily important. It’s daunting — we understand that — and we’re committed to doing the best that we absolutely can.” Nick Hazelrigg
Regents name department after alumna African and African American Studies to bear name of activist EMMA KEITH @shakeitha_97
OU’s Board of Regents approved a dean search committee and recognized a civil rights
pioneer and alumna at its March 7 meeting, among other things. OU president David Boren began his portion of the meeting by proposing that the new African and African American Studies Department be named for Clara Luper, one of OU’s first black students and leader of the first sit-in during the Civil Rights Movement. The board approved Boren’s resolution to a standing ovation
from the audience, which included members of Luper’s family and of the African and African American Studies Department. Luper’s daughters, when speaking during a photo with the regents, expressed gratitude for the honor on their mother’s behalf, noting her perseverance through segregation and support from OU classmates. The board moved into internal
business after a brief break for the photo, reappointing chairman Clayton Bennett and executive secretary Chris Purcell and appointing Leslie Rainbolt-Forbes vice chair of the board. Per Boren’s proposals, the board also approved the purchase of two new compressed natural gas buses for the Norman campus’ Cleveland Area Rapid Transit system. The meeting also saw the
appointment of a search committee to find the new executive dean of OU’s College of Medicine, as well as the approval of various staff, faculty and student awards. Emma Keith
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Lindsey Street back in business
Customers return after yearslong construction ends OLAN FIELD @field_olan
Businesses along Lindsey Street have seen a rise in sales but still await a full recovery as a two-and-ahalf-year project to expand and repave the street nears completion. Lindsey Street business owners are optimistic for the future with the construction on the street coming to a close. The construction resulted in a significant drop in sales for many businesses located along the 1-mile stretch. All cones and traffic control devices were removed from the street on Dec. 15, unveiling the new four-lane road spanning from I-35 to Berry Street, according to the project’s website. The last phase of the construction project, landscaping, began on Feb. 19 and is expected to be completed by April 15, according to the website. Despite a rise in sales, many businesses still have yet to see the numbers they had before the construction began. Joe and Rebecca Sparks, the co-owners of Legend’s Restaurant and Catering, said they believe the volume of sales will take time to return. “We suffered quite a bit from (the construction) and continue to do so,” Joe Sparks said. “Businesses
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McAlister’s Deli on Lindsey Street on March 4. Business owners on Lindsey Street are waiting for customers to return after a long period of construction.
near the Main Street bridge have said it took roughly six months to reach normal after the Main Street bridge was completed.” Legend’s and Ray’s BBQ said they are seeing signs of recovery, but McAlister’s Deli manager Chris Himes said market changes during the yearslong project will make the volume of business prior near impossible. “It’s definitely not where it
was at, and it is going to be hard to get back to because there is a new (McAlister’s) store across town competing with us now,” Himes said. Joe Sparks also said customer’s habits and the market have changed as a result of the construction. “We took a severe hit from people just changing their habits,” Joe Sparks said. “I guess being afraid of the one lane, but we probably didn’t
take as bad a hit as some businesses that went out.” Darrol Ray, the owner of Ray’s BBQ, said he shares the concern about new habits within the community. “People change their traffic patterns, and you go a year and a half or two years without going down a particular way, you forget,” Ray said. “You get used to your ways, and that is going to be one of the things that we will
have to address.” Ray is no stranger to road construction affecting business and said he has owned two other locations that have been impacted by road construction. A business Ray previously owned on Main Street was seated near a four-way stop intersection before the construction. The construction, similar to the Lindsey Street project, expanded and repaved the
road. “It was way better afterward,” Ray said. “You cannot make up for lost sales, but with time and volume it heals all your wounds in business. If we can get our volume back over time, it will hopefully all just become just a memory.” Olan Field
OU students plan walkout for gun control Event to take place on anniversary of Columbine in April SCOTT KIRKER @KirkerSc
OU students are planning to hold a walkout on campus to display their support for gun reform
measures. The walkout is planned for 12:30 p.m. on April 20 on the South Oval, said Tosha Williams, Chinese and international security studies sophomore and one of the event organizers. Williams said she’s a leader for the March For Our Lives on March 24 in Oklahoma City as well. The OU event will take
place on the anniversary of the Columbine shooting, Williams said, a date when many organizers nationwide are planning similar walkouts following a Feb. 14 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. “The goal is to create a visible demand for O k l a h o ma g ove r n m e nt and the federal government to promote legislation
increasing background checks, secondary safety courses for any firearm purchase,” Williams said. The group will also advocate for other reforms, Williams said, including a requirement for additional classes before the purchase of a high-powered rifle, a ban on bump stocks and mental health care reforms. Williams said the walkout
will mainly consist of students turning out to show solidarity in support of the cause, and said the organizers hope to have various speakers and voter registration at the event. Williams said that the walkout is not aimed against the Second Amendment, but at what the organizers see as reasonable gun reform that state and federal
government can enact to potentially reduce mass shootings in the future. So far, there are 12 student leaders involved in the event, Williams said, and the group looks to continue recruiting and spread awareness for the event by April. Scott Kirker
Cross residence halls set to open this fall New living option to feature unique food, amenities KATE PERKINS @Kate_perkins6
An upcoming OU living option will include a gelato shop, a coffee shop, organic food choices and two workout facilities. The Cross Neighborhood residence halls will consist of four buildings, each featuring four floors and amenities new to campus. It is scheduled to open in fall 2018, and it will be available for sophomores, juniors and seniors, said Dave Annis, associate vice president and director of OU Housing and Food. “There will be quite a few amenities within the buildings themselves, and not just dining — a black box theatre, work out rooms, a dance recital space, practice space,” Annis said. “It’s going to be really, really cool.” A unique feature that Cross will include is Acre Market, a marketplace with several micro-restaurants and spaces where students can buy fresh fruit and produce. All the produce in Acre Market will be sourced from local producers within a 250-mile radius of OU, Annis said. Students will be able to use the products they purchase in Acre Market to cook in kitchens located on every
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Construction workers build the roof of a new Cross Neighborhood residence hall March 7. Cross Neighborhood will include several new amenities and eateries for students.
floor of all four of the Cross buildings. The micro-restaurants will include a kebab station and a vegan and vegetarian station. It will be the first time on campus that allergen-free food, which accommodates the top eight allergies, will be prepared in an entirely different kitchen than the rest of the food, Annis said. The other main feature of the new residence halls is the first “fast-casual” restaurant
o n ca mpu s, sa i d F ra n k Henry, executive director of Food Services. “Fast-casual” is casual dining similar to restaurants like Panera, and it is a step up from Couch Restaurants or other dining on campus, Annis said. While the restaurant will feature typical American food like burgers, salads and sandwiches, non-meat eaters will have access to an allergen-free section that features a juice bar, Henry said.
“We’re real excited about the restaurant concepts and what we’re going to be able to do with our first fast-casual (restaurant) on campus,” Annis said. “Having an allergen-free kitchen for students that is actually a separate kitchen from everything else we do, I think, is going to be very beneficial for students.” Henry said Cross is also catering to “coffee snobs” t h ro u g h a p a r t n e r s h i p with Elemental Coffee, an
Oklahoma City-based roaster. The coffee shop, which Annis described as “stateof-the-art,” will include new equipment located under the coffee bar instead of on top of the counter. This strategic placement was meant to create a simpler look and more of a connection with the barista. Other than the food, Cross will also offer “club fitness” and a “sweat hut.” Club fitness will be a yoga and
cycling fusion space that will offer class-based fitness opportunities, said OU press secretary Matt Epting. The “sweat hut” will be more of a traditional gym area with various exercise equipment, Epting said. Although Epting said priority access to these gym spaces will be given to Cross residents, Housing and Food is working out details on its accessibility to other students as well. Goddard Health Services will also run a clinic within the Cross village. “Having a clinic right there that operates during the day ... What a great service for students instead of having to run to Goddard,” Annis said. “So having some of those things available is just cool.” The first building should be ready in August, and the other three should come shortly after in time for the fall semester, Annis said. “Having something fun like a gelato shop, I think, (is) really a world-class coffee experience ... and the Acre marketplace is really going to be outstanding. We just have to get it all done in five months ... I think students will really warm up to it,” Annis said. “I think it’s great on-campus living.” Kate Perkins
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Sooners bounce back after loss
Multiple players pitch in to take down Patriots
outfielder Cade Harris to put the Sooners up 5-2. Oklahoma clearly wasn’t comfortable settling for a three-run lead — the team went on to drive in five runs in the sixth and five runs in the eighth. The Sooners had many players with multiple hits i n t h e ga m e, i n c l u d i ng Harris and senior infielder Kyle Mendenhall who were b oth 3-of-4 in the w in. Mendenhall would drive in three runs and Harris would drive in one. The Sooners will continue their home stint at 6:30 p.m. CT on March 9 against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
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Oklahoma (7-6) took down Dallas Baptist (6-5) on Tuesday night, winning 15-3. After losing their prev i o u s mat c hu p a ga i n s t the Patriots 5-2 last week, the Sooners quickly took the lead on an RBI single from sophomore outfielder Kyler Murray in the bottom of the first inning. The Sooners would bring in another run in the second before Dallas Baptist would tie the game at 2-2 in the third inning. Freshman infielder Cade Cavalli singled in the bottom of the fourth to drive in two runs for the Sooners, followed by an RBI single from junior
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Junior outfielder Cade Harris grabs his helmet after reaching second base March 3.
3 Sooners earn trip to national tournament Wrestlers’ results at Big 12 competition secure NCAA spots CONNOR NOBLE @connornobes
T h e S o o n e r s e a r n e d three automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament after competing in the Big 12 Championship in Tulsa over the weekend. Sophomore Christian Moody (125 pounds), senior Dawaylon Barnes (165 pounds) and senior Yoanse Mejias (174 pounds) all earned bids to the NCAA Championships from March 15 through 17 in Cleveland, Ohio. C o m i ng o f f a f ou r t h place finish at the Big 12 Tournament and a trip to the NCAA Tournament his freshman season, Moody looked to compete at a talented 125-pound class, in which the top seven wrestlers advance d. Mo o dy started his first day of competition with a bye followed by a 3-1 victory over No. 5 seed Connor Brown of South Dakota State and a loss to the eventual champion and No. 1 seed Nick Piccininni of Oklahoma State by way of an 11-3 major decision. Moody dropped his following two matches and finished No. 6 overall. In his final season, No. 6 seed Barnes set his sights on earning one of the six automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament. Barnes scored a 7-5 decision victory over Logan Peterson of South Dakota State, a 7-5 decision loss to No. 3 seed Demetrius Romero of Utah Valley, and a 10-2 major decision victory over Iowa State’s Skyler
St. John. Barnes dropped a 1-0 decision against No. 1 seed Branson Ashworth of Wyoming in the consolation semifinals, and completed his tournament by avenging his tournament loss to Romero of Utah Valley with a 15-2 major decision and a fifth place title. No. 2 seed Mejias looked to cap off his career with a trip to the NCAA Championships at a weight with only five automatic qualifications. Mejias earned a bye and a 11-7 victory over Michael Billingsley of Air Force, before falling to South Dakota State’s No. 3 seed David Kocer in the second overtime period. Mejias bounced back, with a 2-1 victory over Kimball Bastian of Utah Valley and finished his day with a 6-4 loss to No. 4 seed Jacobe Smith of Oklahoma State. A total of 330 wrestlers from across the country will compete in the NCAA Championship later this month, 290 of these wrestlers qualify by their conference tournament. Senior Mike Longo (141 pounds), junior Davion Jeffries (149 pounds) and senior Andrew Dixon (197 pounds) hope to earn one of the final 40 wildcard spots and advance to the tournament. No. 11 seed Longo looked to continue his late season momentum against a talented 141-pound class in which only three wrestlers earned automatic bids. In a weight that hosted the top wrestlers in the country — senior Bryce Meredith of Wyoming, two-time national champion Dean Heil of Oklahoma State, No. 9 ranked and twotime NCAA qualifier Josh Alber of Northern Iowa and ranked freshman Ian Parker
o f Iowa St at e — L o ng o looked to perform above his seed. He won his first match, defeating No. 6 seed Alec Opsal by way of a 9-7 decision. Longo lost a 12-4 major decision to No. 3 seed Alber of Northern Iowa and moved to the consolation bracket. He collected pins over No. 12 seed Chris De Loza and No. 7 seed Christian Monserrat. Longo lost his following two matches, finishing sixth. After making a trip to the NCAA Tournament in his sophmore season, No. 6 seed Jeffries set his sights on one of the five automatic NCAA bids in his weight class. Jeffries started strong earning a 10-0 victory over No. 11 seed Jimmy Fate, and an 8-4 decision over No. 3 seed Khristian Olivas of Fresno State. Jeffries lost the two matches that followed, and finished No. 6 after an 8-4 loss to No. 8 Dane Robbins of Air Force. Dixon aimed to earn one of the four automatic bids and add another Big 12 honor to his fourth place finish from the 2014-15 season. The No. 9 seed, Dixon lost his first match of the tournament and bounced back with a 10-1 major decision victory over No. 7 seed Jacob Seely of Northern Colorado and a 5-4 decision victory against No. 6 seed Tanner Orndorff of Utah Valley. Dixon lost his final two matches and finished sixth on the day. Longo, Jeffries and Dixon await to hear if they will earn wild card spots and will join Moody, Barnes and Mejias at the NCAA Tournament. Connor Noble
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Junior Davion Jeffries grabs onto his opponent’s legs Jan. 21.
OU wrestler makes it to NCAA via at-large bid Junior receives a chance to return to event for third year CONNOR NOBLE @connornobes
Junior Davion Jeffries received an at-large bid at the 149-pound weight class and will compete in the NCAA Championships, as announced Tuesday.
He did not automatically qualify for his weight class through one of the five automatic bids given out at the Big 12 Championship, b u t d i d re c e i v e o n e o f 4 7 a t- l a r g e b i d s t o t h e tournament. Jeffries has received a bid to the tournament the past two years, earning a No. 11 seed his sophomore year. Two other Sooners, seniors Mike Longo and Andrew Dixon, were also hoping to
receive at-large bids but did not. He joins fellow qualifiers sophomore Christian Moody, senior Dawaylon Barnes and senior Yoanse Mejias. The Sooners will compete for a national title at their respective weights from March 15 through 17 in Cleveland, Ohio. Connor Noble
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Mayfield impresses at combine Senior quarterback positions himself well for NFL Draft ABBY BITTERMAN @Abby_Bitterman
Oklahoma senior quarterback Baker Mayfield participated in the 2018 NFL Combine over the weekend. Mayfield competed against other quarterbacks â€” UCLAâ€™s Josh Rosen, US Câ€™S Sam Darnold and Wyomingâ€™s Josh Allen â€” who are predicted to go ahead of him in the NFL Draft. He ran a 4.84 40-yard dash
â€” faster than Rosen at 4.92 and Darnold at 4.85 but slower than Allen at 4.75. His vertical jump of 29.0 inches was higher than Darnoldâ€™s 26.5 inches, but it was shorter than Rosenâ€™s 31-inch jump and Allenâ€™s position-group-leading jump of 33.5 inches. Mayfield tied with Allen in the broad jump, recording an 111-inch jump. It was farther than Darnoldâ€™s 105 inches but shorter than Allenâ€™s 119inch jump, which again led the player group. Allen and Darnold were both faster in the three-cone drill than Mayfield, running in 6.90 and 6.96 seconds, respectively. Mayfield himself ran in 7
seconds, which was faster than Rosenâ€™s 7.09 seconds. He and Rosen both tied for the faster speed in the 20-yard shuttle with a time of 4.28 seconds, beating Allen and Darnold, who also tied with a 4.40-second time. Mayfield also participated in passing drills at the combine. The Heisman Trophywinner threw for 4,627 yards and 43 touchdowns in his senior season with the Sooners. The NFL Draft will take place April 26 through 28 in Arlington, Texas. Abby Bitterman firstname.lastname@example.org
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Senior quarterback Baker Mayfield prepares to throw during the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. Mayfield was one of six Sooners to participate in the NFL Combine.
Jordan Thomas delivers conflicting results Sooner breaks combine record but still struggles
on bench press â€” the fewest number of reps by anyone who participated in the exercise at this yearâ€™s NFL Combine â€” and later broke a combine record for the three ABBY BITTERMAN cone drill with a time of 6.28 @Abby_Bitterman seconds. Illinois Stateâ€™s Davontae Oklahoma senior corner Harris did the most reps of Jordan Thomas had mixed any defensive back with 22. results Monday at the NFL The previous record of Combine. 6.42 seconds for the three He recorded four reps
Combine Results Six Sooners competed at the 2018 NFL Combine in Indianapolis. As a whole, they had mixed results. Senior corner Jordan Thomas posted the fewest number of bench press reps, and junior offensive lineman Orlando Brown ran the slowest 40-yard dash of any participant at the combine, though junior tight end Mark Andrews was a top performer in the 40-yard dash among tight ends.
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Thomas recorded 154 total tackles, eight interceptions and 28 pass breakups over four years. The Klein, Texas, native started in nine games in his senior season as a Sooner. The NFL Draft will take place April 26 through 28 in Arlington, Texas.
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three players tied for the top spot in the group with 4.32. He also did well in the other agility drills, tying with Penn Stateâ€™s Grant Haley for the fastest speed in the 20yard shuttle with a time of 3.94 seconds and posting the second-fastest time in the 60-yard shuttle among the defensive backs with a time of 10.85 seconds. In his career at Oklahoma,
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Andrews and senior full back Dimitri Flowers both posted 17 reps, and junior offensive lineman Orlando Brown recorded 14 reps â€” the worst of his player group. Thomas also recorded the third-slowest 40-yard dash time of the defensive backs at the combine with a 4.64. South Carolinaâ€™s JaMarcus King was the slowest defensive back with a 4.70, and
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FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018 ASTROGRAPH by Eugenia Last PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -Opening up about the way you feel can backfire on you. Someoneâ€™s motives will appear to be aligned with yours, but in the end, you are likely to face a rude awakening.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Make a point of going over your finances and getting your taxes in order. Youâ€™ll discover a way to save a little cash. Travel and romance are both highlighted.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Uncertainty will play on your emotions. Donâ€™t trust anyone with information regarding your financial, medical or legal matters. Youâ€™ll be misquoted if you arenâ€™t careful. Speak on your own behalf.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -Secrets are best kept. An emotional disclosure of information will end in personal loss or pain. Choose your words wisely or youâ€™ll destroy a good friendship. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Youâ€™ll be faced with questions that you donâ€™t want to answer. Emotional manipulation may seem like a good idea, but youâ€™ll still have to face the facts at the end of the day. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- One of your peers is likely to withhold information. Deception is apparent, along with underhandedness and someone trying to take credit for something you did. Protect your rights and possessions. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Have some fun with friends or the peers you have the most in common with. Participating in events that you find mentally and physically stimulating will bring about positive change. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Problems at home will leave you feeling emotionally uncertain. Before you end up in a vulnerable position, question how honest both yourself and the person you are dealing
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- You may want a change of scenery, but confusion and delays while traveling are apparent. Make sure you leave enough time for an unexpected detour. Romance is in the stars.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -Your easygoing attitude will change if someone tries to control you or make decisions that will affect you. A heart-to-heart talk will help you clear up any concerns. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Before you give cash to someone, make sure you know where your money is going. Youâ€™ll be taken advantage of if you let someone prey on your emotions. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Honesty in business and when dealing with peers and partners will be important. Be as direct as possible to come out on top. Romance is highlighted.
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Exhibit features Native art Local center brings in Idaho artists to create awareness
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The atmosphere inside the Jacobson House Native Art Center was electric on the evening of Feb. 25. Set off from the main gallery, the building’s special exhibition room could barely accommodate the number of visitors who were eager to see the new artwork on display. Artists Derek No-Sun Brown and Kira Murillo were present for the evening and spoke to guests about their art and their culture. Brown and Murillo are members of the Shoshone-Bannock tribes from the small town of Fort Hall, Idaho. They said they want their art to educate viewers while bringing attention to Native American artists and the culture that inspires them. Brown said that growing up on the ShoshoneBannock tribes’ reservation in Fort Hall was often boring, as the area is sparse and remote. To entertain himself, Brown began drawing when he was very young and later attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he first saw the potential his art had. “I never even knew there were Native artists until I went to college,” Brown said. “I never knew there was a possibility of su c c e ss o r m o n e y w i t h art. (College) was really eye-opening. I was surrounded by Native artists and people with the same childhood experiences as me.” During his childhood, Brown experienced discrimination of all kinds at the local public school he attended. He was often bullied for having long braided hair. Brown recalls a specific incident where he was removed by police officers from his high school graduation ceremony for refusing to remove eagle plumes from his graduation cap. Brown doesn’t let these moments of hate keep him down, however. Instead, he said he uses these moments to inspire his work.
“Those types of things made me resilient,” Brown said. “It made me not want to buckle down and say, ‘Yeah, let me take the feather off my hat.’ Nah, arrest me, whatever. I’ll keep my hair long. That’s what is reflected in my art. I want all people to be proud of their culture.” B ro w n s p e c i a l i z e s i n painting. His art blends Native figures and imagery with modern objects to promote a rebirth of Native history and culture in the modern age. Brown said he hopes his work will continue to inspire others to be proud of their heritage. While Brown exhibited some of his favorite paintings, Murillo brought photographs of her work to the gallery. She specializes in tattoos, inking patterns and designs customary in Native culture on her customers’ skin. Murillo herself has many tattoos, most of which she created and put on her body with her own tattoo machine. Much like Brown, Murillo has considered herself an artist since she was a child, when she first began drawing designs on paper. She got her first tattoo when she was 15 and said she fell in love with them. Murillo purchased her own tattoo machine when she was 18 and attended a two-week tattoo training program, after which she returned home to Fort Hall and set up shop. After five years of working as a tattoo artist, Native American customers from across the country come to see her. Murillo said her creative talent came from both her father, who is also an artist, and her involvement in her culture’s traditions. “I grew up powwowing a lot,” Murillo said. “I made my own outfits, too. A lot of my designs come from our regalia designs. I transfer outfits into tattoos. Nobody really does that.” While Murillo hopes her work will inform people about Native culture, she also said she wants her tattoos to make them happy. “I think (tattoos) heal people,” Murillo said. “It makes them feel better about themselves.” “Presence” was funded by the OU Humanities Forum, which gives grants to five OU professors
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Jacobson House. The center’s current exhibit features the work of two Native American artists.
each year to pursue projects following a specific theme. This year’s theme is sovereignty. Kimb erly Marshall, a Forum Fellow and associate professor of anthropology at OU, said she decided to look at the issue through art and politics by showing the individual power of Native American artists. Marshall decided to find Native artists from a part of the country where Native Americans often lack representation. “This project is important because (we’re) generating new research in the representation of Native peoples,” Marshall said. “In Idaho, there’s a lot of erasure and not much presence of images of or by Native people. Because of the erasure, representationally, there’s a lot of political consequences.” Marshall contacted the arts and history director for the Shoshone-Bannock tribes of Idaho, saying she wanted to get in contact with young Native artists from the area. The director suggested that Brown and Murillo, 31 and 24 respectively, would be perfect fits
for the exhibit. Marshall got in touch with the artists and invited them to present several of their pieces at The Jacobson House. Marshall said she wanted to use the grant money to give a better presence to Native artists from the Boise Valley area by introducing them to new networks — for this reason, t h e e x h i b i t wa s na m e d “Presence.” Marshall said she wants the exhibit to grow Brown, Murillo and o t h e r Na t i v e a r t i s t s o f Idaho through exposure in a welcoming community. “Oklahoma has a great presence of Native people,” Marshall said. “I thought by using the resources we have here and doing an exchange with Oklahoma ar tists and their representational sovereignty, we could help enhance (Brown and Murillo’s) presence as Native artists.” After the opening of the exhibit, the Sam Noble O k l a h o m a Mu s e u m o f Natural History hosted a roundtable discussion featuring Brown, Murillo and several Native artists from Oklahoma on Feb. 26. The evening ’s conversation
var ie d from dis cussing Native American culture, the artists’ backgrounds and how their art has empowered them. Brown said his art has allowed him to fully express his identity. He said during his time as an artist, he has come to appreciate the deeply human power art has. “Art is what makes humans,” Brown said. “Our drive to create for the sake of creating makes us human. It crosses all boundaries. I always try to get back to the original feeling of creating in my art — of free, unbiased creation.” The “Presence” exhibit is free and open to the public and will run until March 11. For more information about The Jacobson House and its hours, visit its website or call 405-366-1667. Brown’s paintings can be viewed and purchased on his website, and Murillo’s tattoos can be viewed on her Instagram. Heath Kuykendall
Harry Potter event series to visit OKC Activities include trivia, wand duels, costume contest MORGAN MISSEL @tomahawkmissel
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Harry Potter fans dress up at Oklahoma City’s Harry Potter-themed festival on Oct. 16, 2016. “The Event That Must Not Be Named” will take place on March 10 and 11 in Oklahoma CIty.
“The Event That Must Not Be Named” is a Harry Potter-themed series of events that will take place throughout two days in Oklahoma City. The event, which will take place in Heritage Place on March 10 and 11, will have lots of magical activities included with a ticket, such as a potion and divination classes, wand dueling, Harry Potter trivia, chess and a costume contest. There will also be a quidditch match for the younger children attending, complete with goal rings and brooms to ride on. There will be a small quidditch pitch set up at the venue, which will host games all day. “We can see children from toddler age running around in the quidditch field to older people
walking around completely in costume. So it’s a really all-ages event,” said Mary White, assistant to the event manager at Big Time Events. Along with the magical activities, booths will offer Harry Potter-themed treats, not limited to chocolate frogs, (non-alcoholic) butterbeer and even sorting hat cupcakes. “We have a cupcake vendor that has (a product with) a sorting hat on it, and when you bite into the cupcake, then your house is revealed,” White said. The Harry Potter-themed festival, “The Event That Must Not Be Named,” will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 10 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 11. The event will take place at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City. Tickets can be purchased on the event’s Facebook page and range from $10 to $14. Morgan Missel
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Jenny Erpenbeck, a German-language novelist. OU’s Puterbaugh Festival next week will center around Erpenbeck and her works.
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Literary festival to feature discussion, ballet performance SAM TONKINS
World Literature Today’s 2018 Puterbaugh Festival will give OU students the opportunity to honor a distinguished writer while also gaining a new perspective on the world. Every year, the OU event names a distinguished author as a Puterbaugh Fellow and invites that person to campus to speak about his or her experiences. These fellows are highly acclaimed and often go on to win various literary awards, including Nobel Prizes in Literature. This year’s Puterbaugh Fellow is German author Jenny Erpenbeck. Born in East Berlin, Erpenbeck is a novelist, opera director and playwright. She has written several award-winning novels, including “Go, Went, Gone” and “ The End of Days,” that focus on complex themes such as the importance of human life and the current refugee crisis. Robert Con DavisUndiano, OU Neustadt professor and executive director of World Literature Today, said the festival provides students with good, inspirational energy and challenges them to go further than they ever imagined. “The goal ultimately is for OU students to be inspired to achieve even more in their college education and their careers by being in close contact with literally the best writers in the world,” DavisUndiano said. Davis-Undiano also said that opportunities like the Puterbaugh Festival are what college is for. He said the event allows students to gain new perspectives on the world while interacting with world-renowned writers. “I think this is going to be the kind of thing where, if students don’t come, they are going to look back later when (Erpenbeck) wins the Nobel Prize and say, ‘Oh, I could have actually shaken her hand. I could have talked to her. I could have gotten her autograph or gotten her to sign a book.’ This is the kind of thing that you come to a flagship university for,” DavisUndiano said. Davis-Undiano said the festival has the ability to make a great impact on all students’ lives, regardless of their majors. “There will be students
who will change the direction of what they are doing because of the inspiration that they get from her,” DavisUndiano said. “She’ll make them want to go further in their career as an engineer or a doctor or a lawyer. These kinds of writers, they don’t just inspire people about writing. They inspire people about involvement in the world.” Every year in conjunction with the Puterbaugh Festival, there is a class taught by an OU professor in the spring that focuses on the work of the Puterbaugh Fellow leading up to her campus visit. This year, the class is taught by Robert Lemon, associate professor of German in OU’s Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Linguistics. L e m o n sa i d tea ch i ng this class has been a worthwhile experience because it is so different from his other classes. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to have students focus on a contemporary author’s work, and when I don’t know the answer I can say, ‘Well, maybe we can ask her.’ I’ve never been in this position before,” Lemon said. “I’ve rarely met authors, and so the idea of her coming and being available for students to interview is wonderful. It’s an amazing opportunity.” Lemon said he is excited to meet Erpenbeck and listen to what she has to say during the festival. He said her critique on political issues and the refugee crisis is always biting and honest. “ This is a wr iter who doesn’t pull any punches,” Lemon said. Lemon also said he feels that Erpenbeck will bring an international perspective to OU and allow students to see history in a different light. Specifically, he wants to hear about her experience with the cultural disparity after the Berlin wall came down and how it has impacted her life. “She was just starting out her adult life at the age of a lot of students here at OU, and suddenly, everything changes,” Lemon said. “You haven’t moved, but the ground beneath your feet has shifted radically in terms of ideology.” This year, the School of Dance will premiere a ballet adaptation of Erpenbeck’s short story “Sand” during the Puterbaugh Festival. The performance will feature original music composed by Josh Tomlinson and choreography by Boyko Dossev. To m l i n s o n , d o c t o r a l
student of composition at OU, said that after reading “Sand,” he chose musical sounds that best fit the different characters and events of the story. “Really where the music started was just reading the story and trying to find sounds that evoked what the story was,” Tomlinson said. “I use electronic sounds and violin. The electronic sounds are real world sounds. In the story, water and a lake play important roles, so I literally went out to Lake Thunderbird and recorded sounds of the lake. That’s what the music starts with, sounds of Lake Thunderbird.” To m l i n s o n s a i d h e hoped the audience would gain a new perspective of Erpenbeck’s story through the performance. “I’m hoping they have a positive aesthetic experience with our work. But also, for those who are familiar with Jenny Erpenbeck’s work, I hope that it does justice to it and that those who aren’t familiar with her work will be inspired to go familiarize themselves with her work.” Dossev, OU ballet prof e s s o r, s a i d t o c h o re o graph “Sand” he took both E r p e n b e c k ’s s t o r y a n d Tomlinson’s music and created the dance for it, blending all three art forms. “This is the exciting and fascinating thing about our art. We are mixing literature, poetry, music, dancing and choreography, and then it becomes something, some kind of creation, that not one person is responsible for, but there are many people responsible for it,” Dossev said. Dossev said that the ballet performance and the story convey the same meaning, just through different artistic forms. “It’s ultimately about relationships,” Dossev said. “It’s about life. It’s about time. It’s about the relationship between generations, about the apprentice becoming the master. It’s about continuation.” The Puterbaugh Festival will begin with an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. on March 7 in the Sandy Bell Gallery of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. There will be hors d’oeuvres and music, as well as the chance to meet Erpenbeck. Other events at the festival schedule include several discussions of German culture, politics and literature. “German Culture, Politics, and the Refugee Crisis - A Lunch and Roundtable” will take place at noon on Thursday, March 8. “Coffee,
Cake, and Conversation” will be at 3 p.m. on March 8, and “Jenny Erpenbeck and Contemporary German Literature - A Roundtable Discussion” will take place at 9 a.m. on March 9. The ballet piece “Sand” will premiere at 11 a.m. on March 9 in the Elsie C. Brackett Theatre. Jenny Erpenbeck’s keynote
speech will take place at noon on March 9 in the Elsie C. Brackett Theatre. The schedule of events can be found on World Literature Today’s website. All events are free and open to the public. Sam Tonkins
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