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Tyler Nunley, disqualified following his win in the CAC chairman election, and General Counsel representative, Michael Davis, listen as Josh Edwards, General Counsel representative for Kely Van Eaton, the other 2009 CAC chairman candidate, addresses the UOSA Student Superior Court Monday evening in the Dick Bell courtoom in Coats Hall. Van Eaton alleged campaign indescrepancies in Nunley’s election campaign. A verdict is expect by mid-week and Friday at the latest.
Elected CAC chairman Nunley disqualified April 9 CADIE THOMPSON The Oklahoma Daily
The Student Superior Court should make its decision by Friday after both CAC candidates presented their cases regarding the validity of the 2009 General Elections to the Student Superior Court Monday night. CAC candidate Tyler Nunley’s case to appeal the Election Board’s decision to disqualify him from the CAC race was heard first by the seven court justices in the Dick Bell Courtroom in the OU College of Law. Kely Van Eaton’s complaint against the validity of the election results for CAC Chairman and against Nunley’s campaign tactics was heard second. The justices expect to make a decision by Friday, Chief Justice Kyle Eastwood said. There will be one of three possible outcomes depending on the court’s decision regarding the hearing. If the court affirms the election board and Nunley is disqualified, Eaton will be CAC chairman by default. If the court reverses the Election Board and
Nunley is reinstated as a candidate and amount of $1,500 for the CAC race. if the election is validated, Nunley will Chris Pritle, associate General be the CAC chairman. However, if the Counsel member, represented memelection is invalidated a new election bers of the Election Board and counwill be required. tered Davis’ arguT h e h e a r i n g “To the Election Board, the ment by asserting lasted about two thrust of most of this argument the board’s right hours and raised is whether the Election Board to review all items complicated questhat appear finantions for both the actually had the authority to cially suspicious. court justices and do this and what that authority “To the Election the candidates. Board, the thrust was.” G e n e r a l of most of this arCounsel Member gument is whether CHRIS PRITLE, ASSOCIATE GENERAL Michael Davis repthe Election Board resented Nunley, COUNSEL MEMBER actually had the and argued that author ity to do Nunley’s disqualithis and what that fication from the election was invalid authority was,” Pritle said. because the Election Board’s review of He said according to the UOSA Code Nunley’s finances was “calculated on Annotated, the Election Board has certain expenses without reason to do full authority to resolve any questions so.” which may arise from lack of clarity in Davis said that board recalculat- the receipts. ed costs for items accounted for in Not only was the Election Board’s Nunley’s expense report for no rea- decision to disqualify Tyler Nunley son. Items that Nunley submitted re- from the race questioned by Nunley’s ceipts for, such as campaign signs and representative, but questions concernT-shirts, were reviewed and their costs ing the election regulations set by the were unjustly reassessed, Davis said. UOSA Code Annotated also appeared According to the Election Board’s unclear during the second half of the decision, Nunley was disqualified from hearing when Kely’s complaint was the race for office for spending more than 32 percent of the set campaign HEARING CONTINUES ON PAGE 2
WILL HOLLAND The Oklahoma Daily
This week is Green Week, but for the Oklahoma State Legislature, the entire legislative session has been marked by “green” bill proposals. State lawmakers have proposed several bills dealing with green issues and incentivizing alternative energy use, including some from House Speaker Chris Benge, R-Tulsa, that encourage use of wind and geothermal energy, compressed natural gas and electric vehicles in Oklahoma. Political science professor Keith Gaddie said the influx of green bill proposals may be attributed to the fact that environmentalism is becoming more popular nationally. “In the last election, green pretty much won,” he said. In Oklahoma’s last election, Republicans also won. This session is the first time in state history that Republicans control both legislative houses. Gaddie said the conventional wisdom is Democrats have issue ownership over environmentalism, but that isn’t necessarily the case. The Republican agenda set forth before the session began emphasized making the state more energy independent, and Benge’s own proposals have taken steps to promote alternative energy sources, like wind energy. State Rep. Scott Martin, R-Norman, said state Republicans understand the importance of being good stewards to the environment. “I think that there’s been a misconception that Republicans are anti-environment,” Martin said. Gaddie said good stewardship to the environment has been part of traditional conservatism for a long time. He said a lot of early conservation laws came out of Republican Congresses, and Republican President Teddy Roosevelt was a proponent of conservation. BILLS CONTINUES ON PAGE 2
CART offers free bus rides to commemorate Earth Day CART promotes environmentally friendly public transit initiative LEIGHANNE MANWARREN The Oklahoma Daily
All Cleveland Area Rapid Transit bus routes, including the Sooner Express to Oklahoma City, will be free to the public Wednesday in celebration of Earth Day. CART and Metro Transit in Oklahoma City are teaming up as part of an initiative to promote public transportation in the region. “Not only is it economical, it is environmentally friendly for the metro area and the region,” CART spokesman Kris Glenn said. Michael Scroggins, Metro Transit spokesman, said the purpose of the free bus fare is to help lower emissions during Earth Day, removing the barrier of cost and to help others look at public transportation differently.
“I think culturally, we have a romance with the car and we associate that with freedom that is ingrained in us at an early age,” Scroggins said. “We need to make a culture change.” Glenn said a recent American Public Transportation Association report states one bus replaces an average of 45 cars, drastically reducing the carbon footprints in the region. He said CART buses also help the environment because CART is the only public transportation system in Oklahoma to operate solely on alternative fuels. “Riding the bus in Norman is a greener option to driving around in your car,” he said. “With our vehicles being powered by either compressed natural gas or biodiesel, Norman transit users contribute to a better environment.” CART is part of OU, but Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said Nor man citizens are lucky to have access to a public AMY FROST/THE DAILY
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CART will be offering free rides to the public Wednesday on the Clean Natural Gas buses.
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Earth Continues from page 1 transportation system like CART. “While OU students are CART’s top priority, Norman citizens are very fortunate through the city of Norman’s close relationship with the university’s public transportation system,” she said. Glenn said CART is able to serve most of urban Norman because the streets are laid out well, but CART also is working with the city to expand its program. They are working to include more bus routes, later hours of operation, a Sunday bus route and converting the loop route system into a linear system for 15-minute stop intervals instead of 30-minute intervals. Glenn said CART hopefully will be the answer to future environmental problems. “CART sees itself as the transportation system of Norman and as an environmental solution in the long run,” he said. Rosenthal said the use of more public transportation would benefit Norman inside and out of its boundaries. “CART should be applauded in the use of alternative fuels, and if the free bus fares means encouraging people to ride the bus and to learn more about it, it is a good opportunity,” she said.
CONOCOPHILLIPS DONATES $3 MILLION TO OU The University of Oklahoma has received a $3 million contribution from ConocoPhillips energy company to benefit a wide range of OU programs, including those in the Price College of Business, College of Engineering, Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, and the SPIRIT Scholars program. The gift was presented on behalf of ConocoPhillips by Jim Gallogly, a 1977 OU graduate and executive vice president for Exploration and Production, and Barb Sheedlo, manager of Recruiting and Staffing, at a luncheon Friday. OU V ice President for University Development Tripp Hall said in a press release ConocoPhillips is OU’s top corporate donor, with gifts and pledges totaling almost $35.6 million since the university opened. “We deeply appreciate ConocoPhillips’ generous and continuing investment in the University of Oklahoma and its students,” said Hall.
SALE TO HELP STUDENTS “SUITE UP” FOR INTERVIEWS The Graduate Business Association will host a sale of used business attire Wednesday in the Walker-Adams Mall to provide students and the community with affordable, gently used professional clothing. Organizers asked for donations of slacks, dress shirts, blouses, skirts, shoes, ties, coats
Bills Continues from page 1 He said there also is room for environmentalism within the ideals of evangelical Republicans. “It’s consistent with faith to be a good steward to the environment,” he said. Green measures can be economically beneficial, making them more attractive to lawmakers from both parties, said Jim DiPeso, vice president for policy and communications for the non-profit group Republicans for Environmental Protection. “My guess would be that legislators are seeing economic advantages to green bills,” DiPeso said. Wind energy is one of the areas where economic
and suits, and all proceeds from sale of the donated items will go to the United Way. “Given the current state of the economy, this event could help a large group of people who have pressure to acquire and maintain jobs,” Eric Ellsworth, MBA student and GBA President, said.
NATIONAL WEATHER CENTER REMEMBERS 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF TORNADO Weather experts, emergency managers, first responders and city officials affected by the May 3, 1999 tornado outbreak will speak at an event commemorating the 10th anniversary of the disaster 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1 at the National Weather Center. Moderators of the event’s sessions will be local television meteorologists Gary England from KWTV News 9, Mike Morgan from KFOR News 4 and Rick Mitchell from KOCO News 5. Speakers will discuss progress in weather warnings, community preparedness and recovery operations during the past 10 years. The day-long conference will include four sessions focusing on science and technology, emergency preparedness and recovery, community and societal impacts and the impact on individuals. — Staff reports
Continues from page 1 heard. Problems in the CAC race regarding e-mail endorsements for candidates presented dilemmas for both the representatives and the justices. General Counsel member Joshua Edwards represented Kely Van Eaton and said the e-mail sent out by the advisor to the International Advisory Committee endorsing Nunley may have affected the final votes for CAC Chair. He also said the fact that a faculty staff member, who is familiar to the international students, could have swayed vote of more than 1,500 students who received the e-mail. Davis said there is no proof that the e-mail had any significant impact on the students’ choice and said there is no regulation in the Code Annotated that prohibits faculty members from endorsing candidates.
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advantages can be found, he said. Texas is a leader in wind both parties understand the need to promote environmenenergy production because people there realized the eco- talism for the benefit of future generations, and that Benge nomic benefits to be gained by prihas done a good job of bringing the oritizing the energy source, he said. parties together on environmental Being a good steward to the land “It’s consistent with faith to be a issues. can be compared to being a good good steward to the environment.” But State Rep. Wallace Collins, steward to an investment, DiPeso D-Norman, said Oklahoma lawmaksaid. If one takes good care of the KEITH GADDIE, POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR ers could be doing more to be green. environment, it will remain healthy He said he is pleased wind energy and continue to provide resources, is being emphasized, but there are just like when one pays attention to still many issues that are not being an investment, he said. addressed, such as pollution caused by auto traffic in “In many ways a lot of Republicans, you know, have for- Oklahoma City. gotten about that,” DiPeso said. “There’s certainly room for improvement,” he said. He But he said he thinks there have been some signs that said he would like to see lawmakers take steps to reduce some Republicans are rediscovering their conservative traffic, like building railways between cities in the state. heritage. “There’s a lot of things that could be done, and we need State Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, said he thinks to be looking into them,” Collins said.
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ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY The Zoological Society will have a meeting at 7 p.m. in Richards Hall.
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Dan Flippo is on a mission to Mars. He’s not preparing for space travel, but his research could help send a robot to Mars. Work like Flippo’s, and other OU researchers on the leading edge of robotics engineering, is happening here on campus. Flippo’s research focuses on testing the robotics that will be used in future missions to Mars. “Right now, NASA doesn’t do a whole lot of testing on their wheels due to cost and time,” Flippo, mechanical engineering doctoral student, said in an e-mail. “My research deals with testing a single wheel and predicting how a full assembly Rover would do.” The machine Flippo uses to test the wheels is a robot called Suspension and Wheel Evaluation and Experimentation Testbed, or SWEET. It’s a robot that was built in the Intelligent Research Lab, right here in Norman. The IRL is run by David Miller, professor of intelligent systems in the School of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering. “Since coming to OU, the IRL has built several robots for NASA and the space industry to do experiments for future missions to Mars and the Moon,” Miller said in an e-mail. “And to search for extraterrestrial life on Mars.” But space technology research isn’t the only thing that goes on in the IRL. Natalie Beams, mechanical engineering junior, is working on automated microhelicopters. “Basically, my system would allow someone to write computer programs to control the helicopter’s flight by sending signals from the computer to the helicopter,” she said in an e-mail. The lab offers students an unbeatable opportunity for doing hands-on research with cutting edge technology. “Students do the great majority of the work in the lab,” Miller said. “I set up some of the projects, and some of the projects originate with the students. Most of the detailed design, fabrication and programming
SCHOOL OF MUSIC The School of Music will host a performance at 8 p.m. in Catlett Music Center. WOMEN’S OUTREACH CENTER The Women’s Outreach Center will host a self defense meeting at 8 p.m. in Adams Hall.
WEDNESDAY CHRISTIANS ON CAMPUS Christians on Campus will host a Bible study at 12:30 p.m. in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY The Department of Sociology will host a lecture at 7:30 p.m. at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History.
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Matt Roman, mechanical engineering doctoral student, explains how this robot will help create an automated, more cost-effective Mars rover on Monday afternoon in Felgar Hall. is done by the undergraduate and graduate students in the IRL.” Other labs around campus also do award-winning work on robotics projects. Kevin Bagnall, mechanical engineering senior, was part of a team last year that won first prize in a robotics competition. “This was the second year in a row a team from OU has won that category,” Bagnall said in an e-mail. Bagnall and his team, advised by Harold Stalford, a mechanical engineering professor, built a micro-robotic arm that could be useful in biomedicine.
Now, he is currently working on a microswimming device about the same scale as a human sperm using similar technology from last year’s design. Bagnall said he thinks the future is bright for robotics, especially in the medical field. “Micro-robots may one day be able to travel in the human body to conduct microsurgeries or deliver drugs to specific areas,” Bagnall said. “What may have seemed like mere science fiction 50 years ago doesn’t seem so crazy now, so who knows what the next 50 years will hold for robotics,” Beams said.
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CAMPUS SAFETY SHOULD REMAIN AT THE FOREFRONT As time goes on, it’s easy for students, administrators and campus security and police to become less and less concerned about the possibility of a Virginia-Tech level tragedy on this campus. We think, in the spirit of the anniversaries of both the Oklahoma City bombing and the Columbine School shootings, that everyone from students to Physical Plant workers to staff to administrators should make safety a priority, as they seem to have done very well throughout the past few years. For students, this means updating the security information on file with the university. It also might mean signing up on the campus security system to receive text messages and/or phone calls in the event of an emergency. For administrators and other officials, it means constantly attempting to improve campus security measures and making better judgments in regard to emergency response time, as we addressed in an editorial earlier this year when Michael Childers pulled a gun on a professor during an attempted kidnapping.
For security officials, this means disclosing as much information as possible to media outlets, faculty, staff and students about protocol in the event of an emergency. And for those who work at campus events, it means making sure no one enters buildings or stadiums before his or her bag is checked thoroughly. Most of these things have been carried out effectively as of late. Police were prompt in their response to the Childers incident, though the administration and police were frustratingly slow to make information available. President David Boren and company reacted properly by locking down campus when a student was supposedly spotted carrying a gun two years ago. While the gun turned out to be a yoga mat, students should be pleased that the administration erred on the side of safety. We hope incidents like these don’t ever happen again on this campus. If they do, though, we urge everyone to have the proper precautions in place.
Obama made right move with CIA Last Thursday, President Barack Obama decided to absolve a group of Central Intelligence Agency members for their supposed crimes while interrogating terror suspects. As such, there has been quite a political backlash from human rights activists and antitorture groups who say that this is nothing less than treason against the U.N. Convention against CARSON torture, to which PAINTER the U.S. has indeed pledged itself. With such an outcry, many are left wondering if Obama made the right call. My answer is a firm yes. The first thing to understand is we, as a free and democratic nation, should not condone the use of torture in any case. Such methods are cruel and outdated. Torture is a trade best left to our history books as a tool of the past. While we seemed to have been a little lax on our torture policy in the Bush years, America has a long-standing reputation, or at least we did, of treating our war prisoners with the dignity and respect of any person who is fighting for what they believe to be right. But what went wrong? Why did things like Guantanamo Bay happen? It is because we crossed the line between torture and acceptable methods of coercion.
This is a foggy issue, though. While I think torture begins at the point where someone starts to endure extreme pain, you might think that it begins by leaving someone in a cell without a bed or blanket. The existence of such varying opinions thus makes defining torture a daunting task. In its statement on torture, the U.N. defines torture as an “act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him, or a third person, information or a confession.” This seems like a good enough definition, but when it gets down to it, it sets no real ground line at all. It does leave it up to popular opinion and man’s own morals to decide what will be considered an act of torture and what won’t.
The CIA agents had supposedly done such things as keep suspects in cold cells for long intervals of time, feed them liquid foods instead of solid, and keep them shackled for extended periods of time. While many people would consider these practices cruel and unusual, I think these are perfectly plausible solutions to the formidable task of extracting information from terrorist suspects. These agents put their lives on the line every day to protect our lives here in the U.S. These people had acted, not out of maliciousness or belligerence, but out of a sense of duty to their own country. While some might consider what they did torture, others do not. As Obama said, now is time for reflection, not retribution. Carson Painter is an international business and finance sophomore.
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President Barack delivers remarks at the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Va., Monday.
Voters neglected right of smokers to choose In this month’s UOSA elections, students voted to ban smoking campus-wide. In a referendum vote, 1,221 students voted for the ban, while 710 voted for a partial ban, and 555 wanted no further restrictions. I feel that the health risks associated with secondhand smoke, especially when only encountered in passing, fail to warrant a ban. The ban, if enforced, would be unjust policing of personal prejudices, predicated on a flimsy moral hubris. Like other nonsmokers I’m a little perturbed when the person walking in front of me on the South Oval is holding a cigarette at their waist, allowing smoke to waft into my face. Though I find the smell quite unpleasant, my solution to this predicament isn’t to vote away the right of the smoker. I simply step about six feet to the side, eliminating any unpleasantness instantly. The recent referendum belies a larger political mindset that I find troubling. This mindset says that “anything with which I do not agree JOSHUA should not be allowed.” It’s the same philosoWADLIN phy that begets moral legislation that exists solely to limit behavior—not to protect rights. Okay, so maybe this instance is different. Our health is at risk here. Cigarettes release nasty carcinogens and toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, arsenic and cyanide. Numerous studies attest to the potentially harmful effects of secondhand smoke, with such fear-inducing warnings as “there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.” It may seem logical to push smoking into the nether regions where no one will have to suffer its ill effects. Based on all of this evidence, shouldn’t we avoid inhalation of these toxic fumes for even a moment? If I may, I would like to humbly claim, without citing any of the Surgeon General’s reports, that the one second’s worth of cigarette smoke that you and I inhaled as we walked by a smoker will have negligible effect on our health. We are exposed to harmful agents every moment of our lives. Our bodies are constantly bombarded by carcinogenic particles in the air we breathe (whether smokers are around or not), in the water we drink and in the food we eat, just to name a few examples. Even the sun is, at this very moment, beaming carcinogens into our bodies. Cigarette smoke—something I can avoid easily—is so miniscule in the context of all of these threats that it becomes irrelevant. Not only do I think the fear of secondhand smoke is grossly exaggerated, I think it is the impetus for legitimizing the discrimination against smokers. To me, smoking is gross, smelly and sometimes inconsiderate, but it is a personal decision outside anyone’s jurisdiction but the decision maker’s. And unlike so many of the students who voted, I believe protecting smokers’ right to enjoy their cigarettes is a valuable thing, despite my own prejudices. Dealing with secondhand smoke in a confined space can be a real challenge, but fortunately we’re not dealing with that issue. The campus is an open environment, allowing nonsmokers to easily avoid exposure. Smokers and nonsmokers can coexist peacefully, granted they respect each others’ space. That’s the key here: nonsmokers must respect others’ choice to engage in leisure activities that they may find unsavory. While nonsmokers see no value in the act, often perceiving it as an affront to their personal well being, smokers use cigarettes to unwind and socialize—a choice that has just as much legitimacy as any other decision, granted they’re not blowing smoke in someone’s face. Luckily the referendum doesn’t have any legal power. It’s merely a way to judge the student body’s opinion on the ballot issues. The regents have the real power to make policy changes, and hopefully they will decide to respect the smokers’ ability to choose, even though the plurality of voters did not. Joshua Wadlin is an entrepreneurship senior.
U.S. was right to miss racism conference The U.N. is a terribly misguided but wellintentioned organization at its best and a harmful obstacle to solving problems at worst. The U.N. is an international body that passes non-binding resolutions, can’t guarantee its members – at least the big, important ones on the Security Council – doesn’t invade different sovereign nations and can stop neither wars nor genocide. So what does it do? Well, it can throw a heck KAYLE of a conference from time BARNES to time. In 2001, the U.N. held the first “World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and related intolerance” in Durban, South Africa. A well-meaning conference created to address serious issues devolved into a name-calling carnival. Monday was the start of the second World Conference Against Racism in Geneva. The U.S. like Canada, Israel and perhaps more nations, will not be there.
There are many people opposed to this move, but it’s a move I can definitely support. This is not to say that the U.S. has made it to the proverbial mountaintop of unity, understanding and brotherhood. It’s to say that attending this conference would not necessarily help us reach this mountaintop. Critics of the conference are concerned, and rightly so, that it will once again become a stage for anti-Semitic diatribes instead of reaching it’s goals of ameliorating racism and discrimination internationally. The first Durban conference was a mockery of concern about racism. Instead of focusing on the issue of discrimination around the world, such as, to name a few, the situation of the Roma in Europe, or Kurdish minorities, it focused on Israel as the root of all racism and intolerance in the world. Israel, the racist, intolerant, apartheid state. For the record, as an African-American woman especially, I make it a habit not to visit apartheid states. When I visited Israel I was surprised at the lack of segregated public areas that an apartheid state should have. I’d be more concerned as a minority in areas of our own country than in Israel. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is impor-
tant and deserves attention. The plight of the people of Gaza is deplorable and should be addressed. And yes, in Israeli society there are issues regarding its Arab citizens. But Israel is far from an apartheid state. Furthermore, it’s not the only nation in the world that needs to improve. Israel is not even the biggest issue for the U.S. this time around. Although, no doubt, the conference should be good for the usual false claims that Israel is a racist Zionist regime. Wording in the declaration regarding religious defamation worries societies where free speech is valued over hurt feelings or challenged thoughts. The language attempts to protect religions instead of individuals. The concern is valid, especially in a post9/11 world where ignorant and hateful people have confused Islamic fundamentalists with the majority of its peaceful, regular practitioners. Acts of prejudice against individuals of all faiths or no faith must be denounced, but acts of dissent against a religious idea must be protected. The ability to question and contradict ideas, even religious ones, must be upheld as
a human right. This second conference is supposed to discuss more fully the idea of religious defamation. However, I fear that it is meant less to protect individuals and more so to protect religious institutions and ideas. People should be protected even at the expense of religion. I don’t have much hope for an anti-racism and discrimination conference that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is giddy to attend. Iran, according to a non-profit organization Committee to Protect Journalists, was the sixth-leading jailer of journalists. Individual freedoms must always be upheld over institutions’ rights to be secure, especially religion. The freedom of expression always has done humanity more harm than good in the long run. I hope this second conference on racism and the like will acknowledge the difference between legitimate criticism of actions and ideas and the necessity of protecting dissenting individuals around the world, regardless of their beliefs. Kayle Barnes is a professional writing senior.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Over the next three days, The Daily will interview three former Sooners who hope to be picked in this weekend’s NFL draft.
I have a little lake house thing out there with family. It’s just going to be me, my family, my girlfriend and her family hanging out and just enjoying the moment and just trying to relax.
he New York Yankees christened their new $1.3 billion stadium this weekend by laying Babe Ruth’s bat across home plate, but the ghosts of Yankee past remain across the street in the house that Ruth built. Even though the new Yankee Stadium is supposed to be the greatest thing to hit New York since “Avenue Q,” from watching this weekend’s action against the Indians, everything about the place seems alien. I have been to Yankee Stadium twice, and despite the beaten-down structures and crowded narrow walkways, I felt a sense of greatness and history. Other than the field’s dimensions and Memorial Park, nothing from the old stadium seemed to carry over. From watching the series on TV, I felt like I was watching something different. JONO It didn’t feel like a Yankees game. GRECO I’m sure if I were to watch a game within the stadium confines my opinion of the stadium would change, but it would probably change only in the idea that it is aesthetically beautiful. Unlike the old stadium, there is nothing that sets the new one apart from the various stadiums popping up across the nation in the past few years. They all look cool, but they do little to help enhance the purity of the game; if anything, they retract any purity and enhance the steroid era concept of “bigger and more powerful is better.” I would rather find the lot where “The Sandlot” kids played ball and see a pickup game there, than see a game in a stadium with so many new gadgets and gizmos that I would be too distracted to really watch the game. Yankees’ owner George Steinbrenner has built a thing of beauty, but it came at the cost of creating something that just does not feel right. In time, the new Yankee Stadium will develop its own memories, but until then it will have a hollow and meaningless existence. Mickey Mantle is no longer running down balls in the outfield, Ruth isn’t sending shots into the left field porch at will and Derek Jeter is not emerging from the stands with a swollen lip and a few scratches on his face. All there is now is a patch of grass, a mound, four bases and dirt. The mystique and aura are gone.
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Juaquin Iglesias arrived at OU in 2005 lost in a talented recruitment class of wide receivers. Four years later, the Killeen, Texas native left with his name in the record books. His 202 receptions and 2,821 yards receiving are both ranked second alltime in OU history.
What’s it like being days away from the draft? [I’m] very, very excited. [I’m] finally ending the process and bringing everything to a close, so I’m really excited to find out where I’m going to go and ready to begin getting established. What part of your game have you worked on the most lately? I’ve been working on everything. My releases, my sharpness and routes, and the mental aspect of the game; basically everything on and off the field. At first I was trying to get better at everything I was doing and as I work out — running around cones and on my routes — I’ve just been trying to get stronger and faster. [I’m] just trying to get better off the field. How do you think the Senior Bowl and Combine helped your draft stock?
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Receiver Juaquin Iglesias tried to break Texas’ Chykie Brown’s tackle in OU’s 45-35 loss on Oct. 11 in Dallas. Iglesias is expected to be selected in this weekend’s NFL draft.
I think it helped a lot. I think it helps solidify what I could do. I know there are some questions about my productivity just because we ran a fast-paced offense, but I think I could do it at any level and against among the best [defensive players] at the Senior Bowl. When do you think you’ll get drafted? I’m not sure. I’m hearing the second round, but maybe the end of it or the beginning of the third. So I really don’t know and it’s up in the air. I have no idea. When the Dallas Cowboys released Terrell Owens, you jokingly said they were making room for you. What
would it mean to play for the Cowboys? That’s like a dream come true, you know. It was a dream come true to go to Oklahoma and just get a chance to play there with a great program like that. Just going to Dallas I think would be a dream because that’s my favorite team growing up, that’s what I watched all the time. I know about their history to their coaches to their great players. It would be a dream come true but at the same time I know it’s not my choice and wherever I’m going to go I’m going to be very happy to go there and it’s still going to be a dream come true to play in the NFL. Which teams have shown
IGLESIAS AT-A-GLANCE Height: 6’0’’ Weight: 210 lbs Hometown: Killeen, Texas High School: Killeen HS Career Stats » 202 Receptions (Second in OU History) » 2,821 Yards (Second in OU History) » 19 Touchdowns (Second on Team with 10 TDs
in 2008) » 14.2 yards per catch NFL Combine Stats » 4.44 40-yard Dash » 2.62 20-yard Dash » 1.56 10-yard Dash » 34 1/2-inch Vertical Jump » 9’8’’ Broad Jump
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DRESS WELL, SAVE MONEY A professional look doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive In these hard times, fashion is not necessarily one’s top priority. But when a student needs to be dressed up, for times like an internship or job interview, clothes are a necessity and an expense. The Daily gives you tips on ways to save, and what things to splurge on to avoid the ritual morning phrase, “I don’t have anything to wear.”
CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET No college student wants to spend a Saturday afternoon cleaning out a sorry excuse for a closet, but in order to easily access and inventory your stock of clothing, you have to know exactly what you have and what you’re lacking.
KNOW THE BASICS Trends may come and go, but there are certain basic items everyone needs to have in their closets. For a woman, this includes a pair of nice slacks, three or four pairs of well-tailored jeans, a little black dress, some solid colored blouses and a pair of black pumps. For a man, this includes a well-tailored pair of dress pants, white dress shirt, three or four pairs of well-fitting jeans and a pair of black dress shoes. If you can afford it, these items are the best things to purchase because they’ll never go out of style and will last a long time.
WHERE TO GO To buy items that would be classified as trendy, go to places like Forever 21, Ross, American Eagle, Aeropostale, Kohl’s, Dots or Target. Even thrift stores have nice quality clothing that is worth digging around for.
OUR PICKS DILLARD’S PRICES WOMEN’S DRESSES Antonio Melani white dress — $169 WOMEN’S CASUAL BCBG mini dress —$108 BCBG sweater — $98 MEN’S DRESSY Lincs dress shirt —$68.60 Roundtree Yorke pants — $75 MEN’S CASUAL Ralph Lauren polo — $75 Ralph Lauren shorts — $69.50
KOHL’S PRICES WOMEN’S DRESSY Dana Buchman dress — $53.20 WOMEN’S CASUAL SO dress — $21.60 It’s Our Time Sweater — Was $36, on sale for $9 Croft and Barrow Belt — Was $20, on sale for $10 MEN’S DRESSY Dockers sport shirt — $19.99 Chaps pants — $29.70 MEN’S CASUAL Chaps polo — $21.99 Lee Dungarees shorts — $40
MAKE SURE IT FITS Whether or not you get your item of clothing is from Ralph Lauren or from Target, if it doesn’t fit well, don’t purchase it unless you have the intent to get it tailored. Even an expensive piece of clothing can look cheap if it doesn’t fit correctly.
DO YOUR RESEARCH If you like a certain look this season but can’t afford it, print out a picture of your desired outfit and go to a more affordable store to replicate it. Designers often imitate higher-end designers to sell more products.
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TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Although you tend to be a lone worker, arrangements with others will work out quite well. In fact, even situations where the proceeds are shared will go well.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -Because you’re an easy person to work with, even those who usually don’t mix well with coworkers will do ﬁne. You’ll set an example that they will follow willingly.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- You’re anything but helpless, which will prove true when you take an unproductive situation and adjust in a manner so that it becomes an outstanding achievement for all to applaud.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Serious matters should always be taken seriously, but you’ll understand that a dash of hope can make things easier for everyone. Tempered with optimism, you’ll ﬁnd that middle ground.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Your loyalty to your family and friends is unsurpassed and one of your noblest attributes. All will see this in action when a pal is in dire need of support, and you’re the one who comes through.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- An opportunity of a vast nature might be presented to you all because of the kindness of a friend’s intervention. This person believes you would be perfect for those who have instigated the venture.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Focus on your ambitious urges for large ﬁnancial gains, because substantial returns can be gleaned from arrangements where you are prepared to work hard for what you earn.
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SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- A deﬁnite course of direction can be set with regard to something that has been threatening to get totally out of control. Others may not be able to establish the requisites -- but you can.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- If you handle things in an optimistic manner, you can awaken support in others with regard to important plans about which you’re enthusiastic. It’s necessary to soften your serious nature about the project. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Timing and tides are trending in your favor with regard to ﬁnancial concerns. Do not procrastinate about taking care of matters that could strengthen your material base.
PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -Although you won’t deliberately seek out large, testy entanglements, you won’t be intimidated or shy away from them, either. Intuitively, you’ll know how to sort out the knots. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- In order to be the most effective, don’t try to do everything yourself. Delegate what needs doing to those who are experts and who can do a better job than you.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
OU STUDENTS YOU ARE INVITED! “Where Our Economy Is Headed”
New York Times Economics and Business Columnist David Leonhardt will share his insight on today’s economy. Leonhardt has been writing about economics for The New York Times since 2000, focusing recently on the housing bubble, bailouts, the stimulus package, the Big Three autoworkers and today’s stock market. He also writes frequently about economic policy, real estate and the job market as well as about corporate mismanagement in recent years.
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