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

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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 […]

Habits

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Teen continues recovery from synthetic marijuana-induced illness

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By Ally Hansen Emily Bauer, 16, of Cypress, Texas, is slowly recovering from near-lethal complications after smoking synthetic marijuana. The drug, also known as “spice,” was linked to more than 11,000 emergency department visits in 2010, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. To read Emily’s full story, click […]

Super bowl servings

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By Amy Fuhrman Whichever team you may be rooting for this weekend, the Super Bowl is a huge event for both football and snacking. It is estimated that Americans will consume 1.25 billion chicken wings, 4.4 million pizzas and 11.2 million pounds of potato chips. With obesity on the rise in America, it may be […]

Fast food may be linked to asthma, eczema and hay fever

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By Lindey Boatman The International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) has discovered evidence of clear associations between certain unhealthy foods and severe asthma, hay fever and eczema. Similarly, it has been found that children who eat fruit regularly were protected against severe asthma in addition to enjoying other health advantages. To read […]

Dietitian suggests root vegetables for winter

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By Lindey Boatman, Ad/Marketing Director Getting the proper nutrients is necessary for college students but often proves difficult. This is especially important during the cold and flu season. Dietitian Becky Varner recently described the benefits of root vegetables that can be found in the winter and shares her recipe for Roasted Vegetable Medley. To view […]

Oklahoma continues to see light flu season

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By Lindey Boatman State health officials have stated that the flu season remains mild in Oklahoma.  Public health officials continue to recommend that residents get their flu vaccine, however. To read more, click here.

American Psychiatric Association to remove Asperger’s from diagnostic manual

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The American Psychological Association decided Dec. 1 to remove Asperger’s syndrome from the organization’s fifth revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.

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