A distinguished Oklahoman received an honorary doctorate and students are being forced to move out of dorms before graduation.
Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, the founder of aerobics, received an honorary doctorate during his March 26 campus visit. Cooper is the author of several books that emphasis a point system for improving the cardiovascular system. He is a former Air Force Colonel and the founder of the Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas and McKinney, Texas. He founded the non-profit research and education organization, The Cooper Institute. Cooper also developed the Smart Snack Ribbon guidelines used by PepsiCo, Inc., Frito-Lay, according to an article on The Wall Street Journal’s website, wsj.com. During his campus visit, Cooper spoke about the health benefits of staying active as a person ages and cutting trans-fat from diets. Students were able to ask Cooper questions about his research and his life during his presentation. President Robert Henry said he wanted to bring Cooper to speak on campus because Cooper is credited with saving people’s lives through his research.
Students were told the residence halls on campus will close at 5 p.m. May 8, the day before graduation. Seniors will have to pack their rooms during Finals Week, and find a place to stay with their belongings until after graduation commencement. In the past, students were able to stay in campus housing until 24 hours after graduation. Whitney Reinke, marketing senior, said she is worried about the safety of other students because they might be staying in hotels with their belongings in their cars.
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