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OU PRESS LAYS OFF EIGHT EMPLOYEES Boren promises no layoffs; OU Press must reduce budget by 20 percent CHARLES WARD The Oklahoma Daily

The University of Oklahoma Press laid off eight workers Wednesday, the same day OU President David Boren announced the university did not forsee OU needing to layoff employees. “I don’t want [ the media] saying we expect anything like that,” Boren said Wednesday after the meeting of the OU Board of Regents in Ardmore, referring to potential layoffs or furloughs. “That would have to be like the end of the world, virtually.” B. Byron Price, director of the University of Oklahoma Press, said the layoffs had been under consideration for several months. “They’ve been in process for a while, because it takes a long time for those to you know, work through the review process,” he said. Price said the layoffs as “across the board,” affecting the administrative, editorial, production and shipping and receiving departments. According to Price, the layoffs come as the OU Press plans to reduce its book-publishing output by 20 percent in the coming fiscal year. “Returns from wholesalers, lower demand for product, books, which many publishers, university publishers and commercial publishers are experiencing [led to the reductions],” he said. “And employee and production costs have impacted university presses nationwide.” Price said the press reduced its budget by 11 percent during the current fiscal year through internal cuts and savings,

but those reductions weren’t enough to avoid layoffs.

Catherine Bishop, vice president for student affairs, said the OU press works as a separate enterprise with a different financial structure than the rest of the university. “The University of Oklahoma Press is an auxiliary enterprise that produces books which generate sales,” Bishop said in an e-mail. “The OU Press has implemented a reduction in force involving eight employees to right-size for the ELIZABETH NALEWAJK/THE DAILY amount of work they have The University of Oklahoma Press lays off eight employees despite promises from OU President scheduled for the year. This David Boren that furloughs or layoffs would not be necessary to maintain the school’s budget. is not unusual for an entity where business and there“We still needed to cut our budget by another 12 percent,” fore, workforce needs, ebb and flow with national trends. he said. “And that couldn’t be achieved without a reduction Of course, our hope is that those impacted would consider in force. We looked at everything, and felt that although it other jobs available at OU.” was difficult, it was really necessary, because it’s impossible Bishop said the layoffs at the OU Press were not a result of for us to have a 20 percent reduction in book production the budget adopted at the Regents meeting last week. wthout reducing our workforce simultaneously.” “The reduction in force at the OU Press wwas not a result Price said that the layoffs would take affect at least 30 of the budget adopted for the next fiscal year, but rather a days after last Wednesday. business decision by a revenue generating unit to align its “At this point, we’re hoping that we’ll be able to extend it,” workforce for the upcoming fiscal year with its production he said. “But, at least 30 days.” schedule for the year,” she said. Price said while the layoffs were unwanted, they were The Associated Press contributed to this report. necessary.

OU employees fear mold infestation in Buchanan Hall JAKE VINSON The Oklahoma Daily

Several employees in the OU Office of Admissions expressed concern about their health after being notified of possible mold contamination in the workplace. Buchanan Hall, which is undergoing renovations this month, houses many student services offices, including admissions, financial aid and the bursar. Some employees in the admissions office said they had seen a black substance on boards being pulled up when construction began. However, physical plant employees have said the substance is not mold, but

employees have expressed disagreement. A meeting was held Friday with representatives and employees from the admissions office to discuss the severity of the problem, and how it should be handled. “I was just given a mask for my safety, but I have been sitting in this cloud of dust and possible mold for two days now, ” said Beth Rowell, arts and sciences junior and admissions adviser. After the meeting, the construction crew set up a large plastic tube that would run outside, in an attempt blow all of the dusty air out of the office. “Seeing them set up a tube to filter the bad air outside doesn’t make me feel good about

everyone sitting in here breathing this dusty air for the past two days,” said assistant admissions director Amy Shaw. The mold is suspected to be the result of a major flood that admissions had when a water pipe broke in Buchanan Hall over winter break 2008. Many individuals who moved from their normal locations in Buchanan Hall feel relieved they don’t have to sit in the dusty office. “I am glad now that I have been moved out of the office, because I don’t want to be possibly risking my health sitting in the dusty air,” admissions assistant Stacy Stone said. With the deconstruction part of the office

renovations almost complete, there is new flooring going in that should eliminate the mold contamination. However, some in Buchanan Hall are still wondering the effects of working in such an unsafe and unhealthy atmosphere over the last few days. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, mold is a naturally existing substance, but it can be harmful to humans. When airborne mold spores are present in large quantities, they can cause allergic reactions, asthma episodes, infections, and other respiratory problems. Continued exposure to mold may result in nasal or sinus congestion, eye, nose, or throat irritations, and adverse effects to the nervous system.

Gay Pride celebrated in OKC Gay rights supporters celebrate diversity during 22nd annual OKC Pride Parade RICKY MARANON The Oklahoma Daily

OKLAHOMA CITY- The intersection of 39th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue was filled to capacity Sunday evening as citizens of all sexual orientations celebrated the 22nd annual OKC Pride Parade and the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City. Celebrity author and drag queen Ruby Ann Boxcar marshalled the parade, but among the colorful floats, throwing of beads and the recognition of diversity, there were some that were there for reasons other than celebration. “We come out here to make ourselves known to the world that we are here, and we want our rights,” said Nicole Kullingson, who was attending the parade with her partner of five years. “We want to get married. We are two people that love each other, and we want to dedicate ourselves to each other. People need to open up and realize what [marriage] is



The 22nd Annual Gay Pride Parade rolls into Oklahoma City led by women’s motorcycle group, ‘Dykes on Bikes.’ The celebration also coincided with the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City. truly all about.” Kullingson said she was tired of how the government makes her choose living in a certain state

over having marriage equality. For some, it was more than just marriage equality, but rather making an impact on the community.


“[I came out today] because it’s tradition, and we want people to know that we are good people because we don’t have the respect

that we should have,” said Ariana Ree, a parade attendee. “We want people to come out today, and appreciate each other. Everyone wants to know about the biker rally going on downtown, but no one cares to hear about pride.” Ree said she hoped the parade would make the image of the gay and lesbian community known in Oklahoma, and also would encourage politicians to fight for equality. “We have some politicians that are all about [equality], but are afraid to step up to the plate,” she said. “We also have those, like Sally Kern, that need to back off. We are here, and we want our rights and respect.” Not everyone at the parade, however, was gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered. Some straight people came to the parade to show support for their friends. “I came out to support my gay friends,” said Chris Dewitt. Dewitt said that even though he wasn’t sure about the meaning of some of the things being celebrated at the parade, he felt it was important to come out to the event to show his support for gay rights.

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“I ride my bike everyday and I have never hurt anyone. This article is ridiculous - proposing to make bikes on campus “illegal.” The University has done all the right things by creating bike lanes and now it is our responsibility, as both bikers and walkers, to adhere to that. Ridiculous.”

- OUSOONERS “I don’t agree with this article at all, but I’ll accept a compromise. I’ll walk my bike in pedestrian areas if I am allowed to run over the pedestrians in the clearly marked bike lane.” -DARGUS


Don’t make a promise you can’t keep The University should help spread the saved cash around to where it is needed most, which seems to be the OU Press. These employees would still be needed if the cut for this department wasn’t so large. Although the University Press is an auxillary enterprise, the University should aid its budget with the money saved from other sources, in order to allow these employees to keep their jobs, and not have to find new jobs. In a time of economic uncertainty, the University should not focus on making empty promises, but should work to reassure and inspire our current workforce to produce what we can in a fiscally conservative manner. Because of this mix-up, Boren was left with egg on his face and the University has started what will hopefully not become a trend.

Eli Hull is a broadcast and electronic media junior

On the same day President Boren promised there would be no layoffs, OU Press laid off eight workers to meet the needs of a trim budget. In a time of poor economic situations plagued with unemployment, isn’t it a bad idea for President Boren to promise job security? It is true that Oklahoma has not felt the impact of economic troubles as much as other states have. But balancing a budget doesn’t require knowledge of the current national market to understand where internal money needs to be saved and where expenditures can be cut. The budget cuts at OU Press are quite significant; more than 20 percent of their production will be cut. Could the money saved here, in addition to the money saved across the University, not prevent the loss of these employees’ jobs?

Fundamentalists should embrace theory of evolution In popular culture today, religion is seen as nothing more than a way of explaining life’s mysteries without using one’s brain. Many of society’s simplest people find it comforting to, in the words of Pontus Obama, “cling to guns or religion.” Where I disagree is the idea that this is a negative trait. Because radicalism usually leads to unsavory outcomes, it is ELIJAH only human nature to be skeptical of change. LAVIVKY Eventually though, enough proof has lined up behind what was once a brand new idea. It is at this point that traditionalists need to accept defeat and move on. There are many in America who still subscribe to the debunked idea of young earth creationism. Instead of searching for the truth, these people are instead focused on playing the role of the oppressed in a battle that is impossible to win. What if the Catholic Church had refused to this day to admit it was wrong for condemning Galileo’s theories of the universe in the 17th century? I’ll venture a guess that the influence of the church would not be nearly as great as it is today. The refusal of fundamentalist Christians to let go of the notion of young earth creationism is very similar. They need to do what the Catholic Church did: announce that humans make mistakes and acknowledge their misinterpretation of the scripture in question.

God gave us brains with amazing reasoning abilities. Isn’t it a slap in the face of the gift-giver to refuse to use the gift? Continuing to hold on to archaic notions only discredits religion in the minds of the educated. This is not to say that throwing creationism in the waste basket of history is a retreat by the religious community. Saint Augustine in the 4th Century A.D. postulated that “the world could have been made by God with certain potencies that unfolded in the progress of time.” Genesis does not have to be read literally and most Christians have no problem doing so (including the last two Popes). As Dr. William Lane Craig (a Protestant Christian Philosopher) explains, science is useful because it can both “falsify and verify claims of religion.” An obvious example of the former was the long-held belief of the church that the sun revolved around the earth. Early theologians had misinterpreted Psalms 93:1, which says, “The Lord has established the world; it shall never be moved.” Science has also done much to verify the beliefs of Christians. In the 1920s nearly every non-believing cosmologist argued that the earth and universe had always existed (thus doing away with the need for a creator deity), while Christians believed that the universe was created out of nothing a finite time ago by God. The discovery in 1922 by Alexander Friedman that the universe is expanding thus proved a religious principle. Stephen Hawking, the Oxford

theoretical physicist, has said that “almost everyone now believes the universe, and time itself, had a beginning at the big bang.” It’s not difficult to understand why fundamentalist Christians are so defensive about their view of the creation of the universe. Erudite scientists such as Richard Dawkins have planted the idea that a belief in the theory of evolution is incompatible with a belief in God. Unfortunately for Mr. Dawkins, this notion is false. As Dr. Craig explains in a recent article, “the chances that the universe should be life-permitting are so infinitesimal as to be incomprehensible and incalculable.” The agnostic physicist Paul Davies has written that a change in the strength of gravity, for instance, of one part in ten to the one-hundredth power would have prevented a life permitting universe. The astrophysicist Michael Turner describes the fine-tuning of the evolutionary preconditions as “if one could throw a dart across the entire universe and hit a bull’s eye one millimeter in diameter on the other side.” The quotes are endless, but the conclusion is clear: For evolution to occur, it would have had to be a miracle. Darwin’s theory is evidence for the existence of God. Lay down your arms fundamentalists, there is nothing to fear. Eli Lavicky is a finance senior.

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OU Golf team gets new coach with familiar name Coach Ryan Hybl’s reputation on the golf course as big as brother Nate’s legacy in OU football EDDIE RADOSEVICH The Oklahoma Daily

Oklahoma’s new men’s golf head coach has a last name that is all too familiar in this town. Just as his brother, former OU quarterback Nate Hybl, had done in 1999, Ryan Hybl is now a Sooner by way of Georgia. Hybl, labeled as one of the most decorated golfers in University of Georgia history, brings professional playing experience to a Sooner golf program that could be described as on life support. “It’s awesome to be here,” Hybl said. “We’ve always loved this place, and we are excited to make this program better.” Hybl, who most recently served as an assistant coach for his alma mater, takes over for Jim Ragan, who resigned May 16 after nine seasons. While OU has captured only one national title back in 1989, and has just two top-10 finishes in the NCAA tournament, Hybl’s expectations remain high for the program. “I’ve been a part of Georgia’s program for about nine years,” Hybl said. “Arguably, we’ve been the best program in the nation over that time. We’ve won championships. Hopefully, I can bring that type of experience here, and we can achieve the same goals.” As for UGA and OU, Hybl draws similar comparisons between the two schools.

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“They [both] made me feel so comfortable. It made me feel at ease,” he said. “Both schools parallel one another. I’m used to being around big time college athletics. There are going to be a lot of ups and downs.” Hybl lettered from 2001-04, twice grabbing All-American and All-SEC honors. He concluded his career with a scoring average of 72.7, and 13 top-10 finishes, and also garnered the title of team captain for the Bulldogs during his junior and senior seasons. He credits his coaching now with the experience he received on the course. “In my opinion it’s a must,” Hybl said about the importance of having played competitive golf before coaching. “There are some college coaches who aren’t coming from my background. Golf is a very tough sport. It helps that I have more of an understanding for the their successes and struggles.” While on the UGA staff, Hybl helped guide the Bulldogs to five straight top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, as well as producing 14 All-Americans, 14 first-team AllSEC players and the 2006 SEC Player of the Year. While he is less than a full week into his new job, Hybl is already on the recruiting trail. “We’re going to work hard on [recruiting],” he said. “Luckily, we have a good brand in OU to sell and appeal across the nation. We are about to see a change in the program.” With the changes comes a breath of fresh air for a school and program that once produced PGA Tour talents Anthony Kim and

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Guest director helms Summer Stage’s ‘Musicians’ MEGAN MORGAN The Oklahoma Daily

Guest director Chris Boyd and the University of Oklahoma Summer Stage will present “The Bremen Town Musicians,” opening Wednesday, and Boyd said the musical now has a new timeliness. The show is based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale and was originally set in Germany, but this version is set in the Great Depressionera somewhere in the Appalachian Mountains. “When it was written in about 1992, we thought we were writing about a historical time period, but little did we know what would happen,” Boyd said. “Now the story hits really close to home.” Boyd is not only the guest director for “The Bremen Town Musicians,” but he also wrote the book for the show. The show is a “fun-filled musical adventure,” Boyd said, aimed at children but parents and older people will also find it highly enjoyable and entertaining. In the show, four older animals. Donkey, Cat, Dog and Rooster strive to become the town’s musicians. “On simple levels, the story is about four animals,” Boyd said. “But there are also elements that speak to prejudice, the way we treat senior citizens and the human spirit and survival in times of [economic] depression.”

Boyd said he was introduced to theater at a very young age because both of his parents were involved in it. His father was an “allaround theater-man” while his mother was a dancer and choreographer, Boyd said. “I was trained by them for the first 18 years of my life,” Boyd said. He went on to receive a dance performance degree from Southern Methodist University, and danced and toured for about 10 years. But Boyd said that he “always kept a foot in the door for theater.” While later living in Austin, Boyd cofounded the theatre company Second Youth. “Our goal was to create original musical works for a family audience,” Boyd said. “We hoped that grandma, grandpa, parents and kids could all come away [from a performance] with a positive experience.” This show marks the first time that Boyd, a New Yorker originally from Texas, has been to Oklahoma. He said that the cast of 13 students, graduates and community members is “a very talented group of people.” Boyd has been in Norman for about three weeks. “It’s an intense period, especially doing a musical,” he said of the short production time. Boyd said although functioning as a guest director is a challenge, he also thinks that it


Chris Boyd, guest director for University Theatre’s production of “The Bremen Town Musicians,” goes over notes with the cast after a run-through Sunday afternoon. is exciting, and the best part of the job is the storytelling. “It’s fulfilling to explore new perspectives and give the audience a good time learning about them,” Boyd said. Music and lyrics for the show were written by Allen Robertson. “The music is fun and entertaining,” Boyd

said. “There’s folk and bluegrass and a smattering of other musical styles as well.” It is also catchy, Boyd added. “Kids love it — they walk away singing the tunes,” he said. “The Bremen Town Musicians” opens at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Weitzenhoffer Theatre. The show runs through July 11.

Jazz in June festival provides soundtrack to the city I wandered up to Jazz Under the Stars on Friday night to an extreme sense of surprise. I had never been to a Jazz in June event before, and did not necessarily know what to expect. I knew there were going to be a deJOSHUA cent numBOYDSTON ber of jazz fans in attendance, but I was shocked by the sheer volume of people lying out across the parking lot of Brookhaven Square. The evening was a very loose, relaxed affair. There was no sense of urgency — just a place where friends and families had gathered to talk and reminisce with the sweet sound of jazz providing a luscious soundtrack to their conversations. A group of old college buddies would be gathered in a circle, knocking a few cold ones back while laughing and chattering away about the good old times. A cluster of, let’s say, earthy friends would lie against the warm cement, while others would be swaying along with the barelythere breeze. Then a young family would come into view, and after a little time, the young girl and mother would pop up and start to shake and shimmy along to the effortless music swirling behind them. The musicians were all experts of their craft. The music twirled over the crowd, slipping and diving with ease. The piano would sound as fragile as a china shop, then transform immediately into the bull. Horns would punch

against the glass storefronts before ricocheting right back into the ears of the audience. Every walk of life was present there: the young and old, the rich and poor, the preppy and hippies and the diehards and casual fans, all brought together by one thing. Jazz in June. So as the natural, free flow of the jazz breezed through the air, I quickly I came to a conclusion: This is what Norman sounds like. You see, there is something about jazz music that just perfectly meshes with the feel to our city. We a r e n ’ t q u i t e h i p enough to have The Shins be the soundtrack to our city;

country and bluegrass are just a little too unsophisticated to fit the profile as well. We don’t bash our heads to metal music, and we aren’t quite stuffy enough to have classical as the music of choice. It has dawned on me that jazz fits our city like a glove. Norman immediately evokes a sort of studious feel to me, but with sort of a more relaxed approach. We Normanites crave the arts more than any town around us, and there is a friendly, casual vibe to the city. We are loose, free and just a little quirky. All of these characteristics add up to just one conclusion: Jazz is the sound of

MORE JAZZ IN JUNE Go online to to see a slideshow from this year’s festival.

goodbye Today’s the e day to drop by the Universitye Club to say“_______” to Dave Koos between 4 - 6 p.m.



our lovely city. Sure, New Orleans might do it best, but we do not seem to be far behind. So with the phenomenal Jazz in June event going strong in its 26th year, I cannot help but feel this proclamation of mine will be cemented down even further. And you know what, I wouldn’t have it any other way. TYLER METCALFE/THE DAILY

Joshua Boydston is a psychology sophomore.

A woman sings with the Aaron Squirrel Band Saturday at Andrews Park during the final night of the Jazz In June Music Festival.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009.