On the Town: what to do this weekend in OKC

Weekend Wrap Up

By Lauren Matheny, Web Editor Welcome to the first edition of “On the Town,” a place to let you know what’s going on off-campus this weekend. The Oklahoma City community is redolent with events, festivals, and cultural opportunities, and the Student Publications staff encourages students to get off campus and get out on the town. […]

Film Institute shows first film of 33rd season


By Lauren Matheny, Web Editor The OCU Film Institute will kick off its 33rd season with a showing of “Like Father, Like Son,” by the filmmaker Kore-eda Hirokazu. The showing will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday in the Kerr McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business. The film details the stories of two […]

Urban Outfitters controversy: what’s the line between topical and tasteful?


    By Lauren Matheny, Web Editor Photo From USA Today  Urban Outfitters has once again found itself in the center of a media firestorm, this time for the marketing of a shirt that is being branded “tasteless,” “lacking in judgement,” and “ultimately disrespectful.” The shirt is marketed on the Urban Outfitters website as a […]

Alumni Association hosts Downtown Lunch and Learn

The OCU Alumni Association will host a lunch and learn session titled “Living, Working, and Playing in the Urban Core.” The session will take place from 12 to 1 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library. The session will be led by a discussion panel of local business professionals from BetterBlockOKC: ·         […]

Powerful Prose series features book about Nazi suppression

The Powerful Prose book discussion series will continue with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Full Circle Bookstore. The featured novel is titled “The Nicest Nazi: Childhood Memories of World War II,” by Oklahoma author Christiane Brant Faris. OCU President Robert Henry will lead the discussion along with Faris, who is a […]

University hosts OCU Week at the Museum

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The OCU Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will host “OCU Week at the Museum,” from Sept. 9-14 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the museum for free (OCU ID is required for entry). Currently, the museum is featuring the exhibit: “Gods and Heroes: […]

What your coffee choice says about you

By Lauren Matheny, Lifestyles Editor What coffee you choose each morning could say something about your personality, a new study finds. Dr. Ramani Durvasula, a clinical psychologist, recently conducted a study of 1,000 coffee drinkers. The study took into account common personality traits from several methods of psychological schools of thought in order to come […]

Summer in session: ways to stay on track for next fall

By Lauren Matheny, Lifestyles Editor For students, summer is a time to relax, take a deep breath, and look back on the year of hard work with pride. It’s a time for summer jobs, for exciting internships, for horizon-broadening trips abroad. But despite the temptation to completely check out, summer should also be a time […]

The heartbleed bug: what you need to know


The Internet is abuzz with news about the Heartbleed bug, a vulnerability in the encryption technology that protects email, e-commerce, online banking, and other internet communications.  The bug allows attackers to access confidential encrypted data and steal the encryption keys used to secure it.  At-risk websites include any system running OpenSSL encryption, such as Amazon, […]

Resisting the urge: healthy snack habits for hard-core studying

By Lauren Matheny, Lifestyles Editor What you eat while studying can affect your memory, mood, and general well-being. Though it might seem easier to rip open a bag of chips or scarf down a candy bar, making healthful and easy choices can go a long way to energizing students for studying marathons or long days […]

Sleep no more: students struggle to find time to rest

By Lauren Matheny, Lifestyles Editor The late spring serves as crunch time for many OCU students. With final exams looming, final performances drawing near, and a lagging sense of focus, sleep is often the last thing students think about during this busy period. However, a restful sleep schedule can build a solid basis for a […]

Finishing the school year strong: tips and hints

By Lauren Matheny, Lifestyles Editor While spring semester is drawing to a close, students often feel the need for a productivity boost as focus lags. The end of the school year can bring on bouts of anxiety, fatigue, and procrastination just when students need focus and energy.  For seniors, this lack of drive can be […]


If you’re looking to give up a vice or begin a healthy new habit, now’s your chance: the first three months of the new year are the prime time to begin tackling everyday challenges in your life. A recent study by the Scranton Clinical Journal of Psychology stated that forty five percent of Americans make […]

Open Streets OKC, celebrating community engagement, comes to NW 23rd St.


By Lauren Matheny, Lifestyles Editor Open Streets OKC, a celebration of active transportation, will close off a section of NW 23rd St. this Sunday. The event will take place between noon and 4 p.m., on NW 23rd Street between Robinson and Western. Open Streets OKC is described as “an opportunity to experience a new use […]

New dining/shopping development under construction on 23rd


The revival of the Uptown 23rd District will continue with a new business and retail development. Land Run Commercial Real Estate Advisors purchased a vacant warehouse on the corner of Walker and 23rd Street. They have titled the development The Rise. Construction and refurbishment has already begun on the site. The 45,000 square foot property […]

Oklahoma City Public School District closes, citing “extreme cold”

The Oklahoma City Public School District closed schools Friday, Jan. 24 due to extremely cold temperatures. The announcement was made at 5:30 a.m. Friday morning, after consideration of the temperature and forecast for the day. Rod McKinley, OKC Schools Chief HR Officer, spoke to News Channel 4 this morning about the decision. “It was actually […]

Gobbling It Up: Culinary Websites and OCU Students Embrace New Thanksgiving Meal Traditions

  Though turkey and stuffing might remain standard fair for millions of Americans on Thanksgiving Day, a growing number of families are beginning new holiday food traditions. The number of families not indulging in turkey dinners has risen in recent years: last year, 12% of families chose alternative routes for their feasts. This shift can […]

Gluten Free Diets: A Health Nut Fad, or Practical Science?

The gluten-free diet has become a cultural phenomenon for those seeking to lose weight and boost their digestive health

Faculty, staff, students support United Way

A committee of OCU faculty and staff members organized a number of fundraising efforts to benefit United Way of Central Oklahoma, all designed to get students involved.

The events will commence on Monday, October 21st, with bake sales outside of the cafeteria, and will continue throughout homecoming week.

Mr. OCU Contest Canceled

The Mr. OCU competition was canceled due to lack of interest. The competition was scheduled for Oct. 18.

New ‘hot yoga’ trend has potential benefits, risks for students

By Lauren Matheny, Staff Writer Hot yoga has become a trend for those seeking to add some intensity to their usual routine, but turning up the heat can be risky for the beginning practitioner. While regular yoga is practiced at room temperature, hot yoga is done in a room between 90 to 105 degrees. Some […]

Healthy habits lead to lower levels of stress, success

By Lauren Matheny, Staff Writer The fall semester signals a fresh start for students across campus. It also brings the beginning of unhealthy habits: late night pizza binges, hours spent avoiding homework and watching Netflix, and a host of other college vices that can lead to sickness, stress and impaired class performance. Starting out the […]

Chef discusses love for food, making healthy vegan foods in caf

By Ally Hansen, Staff Writer The caf’s vegan chef, Destiny Hand, doesn’t let a lack of formal training stop her  from creating vegan menus for students. She’s not a vegan herself, but the students who eat her creations don’t seem to mind. Although this is only Hand’s second year at OCU, she said she has […]

Professors reveal guilty pleasures, hobbies outside of classroom

Brooke Hessler

Professors indulge in some interesting hobbies in their spare time. Between grading papers, teaching classes, assisting students, and filing paperwork, professors keep themselves busy on the job. Brooke Hessler, English professor, makes paper from scratch. She was inspired years ago, but last summer she took a class on how to make paper from leaves. Now, […]

Education ideas from the State of the Union


By Ally Hansen President Obama gave his State of the Union Address February 12. He presented several plans for education, including preschool for all children, a “college scorecard”, high-tech education rewards, better school buildings, and clearer financial aid. To read more about the education ideas discussed, or to watch the video, click here.

More consumers opting for low-calorie choices


By Amy Fuhrman, Staff Writer French fry sales are dropping across America, according to the Hudson Institute. Fast food companies are making more money by offering healthier options, such as apple slices, oatmeal and low-calorie meals. For more information, click here.

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