The Dress Debacle: how one photo caused the world to question their sanity

Is it blue? Is it black? Or are we all just going slowly mad? The Internet went crazy Thursday night with the instigation of what some are calling “Dressgate.” From inconspicuous beginnings, the drama surrounding a rather plain cocktail dress blew up into a world-wide debate about color and sanity.

Student wins statewide broadcast contest

Sunsinee Parker, mass communications senior, won a statewide video contest. Parker entered Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s End Litter Video Contest in November as an assignment for her nonlinear editing class. Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is a nonprofit organization that used this contest for high school and college students to create PSAs about the littering and illegal dumping […]

Women’s basketball wins sixth-consecutive SAC championship


The women’s basketball team won its sixth consecutive Sooner Athletic Conference regular-season championship with an 87-44 victory over Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) Feb. 26 at the Sheaffer Center. The Stars, ranked second in NAIA Division I, won its 16th SAC regular-season crown, and improved to 21-2, 16-1 in conference. Coach Latricia Trammell pointed out senior […]

Fraternity to receive charter after almost five years as colony

By Kyle Wallace, Staff Writer After spending nearly five years as a colony, OCU Phi Gamma Delta will be recognized as a full chapter this semester. Phi Gamma Delta, or FIJI, International Headquarters’ personnel will be on campus March 27-28 to install the current colony members into the national fraternity. When a colony becomes an […]

Award winning author to lecture in the chapel

By Kayla McKenna, Staff Writer The Wimberly School of Religion will host a special lecture featuring Marilyn Oden courtesy of the Lemon family. The Lemon family donates to help fund the special lectures hosted on campus. Oden is an award-winning author who has published 11 books. She has had life experiences across six different continents […]

Religious life staff, students host youth service day

By Lauren Matheny, Lifestyles Editor The religious life and church relations staff will host a Youth Service Day on March 7. Youth Service Day was developed to introduce United Methodist high school students to OCU. United Methodist youth groups from around the state sign up each year for the day of service and worship on […]

Officials replace planners to help cut costs

By Taylor Rey, Staff Writer Officials will no longer create and supply free planners for students. Planners have been supplied to students for almost 10 years.  They usually include a day-to-day calendar for tracking assignments and campus events and are free to students to pick up in the campus store. But the cost of supplying […]

Golf cart legend debunked


By Sage Tokach, Staff Writer An urban legend on campus suggests that getting hit by an OCU golf cart results in free tuition. This myth is false. OCU owns about 20 golf carts, which are used to expedite travel around campus. The primary users of golf carts are facilities, IT, risk management, and admissions employees. […]

Health officials ask students to take care of themselves

By Sage Tokach, Staff Writer The campus health clinic is busy due to the large number of sick students. In terms of numbers, the sicknesses have not been worse than previous years, said Laura Reinhardt, director of campus health clinic. But the campus health center has been able to see and treat more patients than […]

Music, theater celebrities to give master classes, concert


By Kyle Wallace, Staff Writer Music and theater students will have the opportunity to gain insight into the entertainment industry from two famous performers without leaving campus. Two-time Grammy and Tony award winner Patti LuPone will engage with students in a Q&A session at 3 p.m. March 6 in Petree Recital Hall in Kirkpatrick Fine […]

Mobile application released to campus community

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By Emily Wiley, Editor-in-Chief The university launched a new tool to help students engage with the campus community. The new Oklahoma City University app was launched Feb. 17. The app has had 549 downloads from the Apple Store and between 100 and 500 downloads from GooglePlay, as of presstime. “So far we have gotten really good […]

What’s in a name? How descriptive words can help or hurt


If you could determine how people saw you, what would you hope they saw? I investigated the power behind labels and descriptive terms on self-perception.

University officials announce delayed start for Tuesday morning


UPDATE: Campus will now open at noon Tuesday. A Blue Alert was sent to students at 6:30 a.m. via email and text.   University officials announced campus is opening late Tuesday morning due to inclement weather. The OCU main campus and OCU law school campus will open at 9:30 a.m. All campus activities are canceled […]

University closes early due to inclement weather


The main campus and the School of Law will be closing at 2 p.m. Feb. 23. Officials sent out the Blue Alert to students, faculty and staff around 1:10 p.m. To find out more about how officials decide on closings, read Editor-in-Chief Emily Wiley’s previous story. Please be careful going home, and check with MediaOCU for […]

Officials continue to monitor weather updates


University officials spent more time looking at weather than students may have thought. When severe weather seems imminent, officials constantly monitor the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration website,, which provides a constantly updating forecast for weather across the nation. If it seems that conditions worsen, then the university provost, assistant provost, the university’s risk management […]

Counselors encourage students to attend group sessions

By Miguel Rios, Staff Writer Counseling services is hosting a interpersonal group to help students develop healthier relationships with themselves and others. The interpersonal group, started by Lori Finley, master level intern for the counseling center, will meet from 12 to 1 p.m. every Friday, except during Spring Break, until April 3 in the counseling […]

Alvin’s offers new specialty items

By Kayla McKenna, Staff Writer Alvin’s Café started a new tradition toward the end of the fall 2014 semester, adding the weekly special. The specials are meant to offer a new home-cooked addition to the menu for the week. Prices of the weekly specials vary with each dish. “I just decided we needed to offer […]

Student offers free yoga class

By Kyle Wallace, Staff Writer A student now offers free group yoga sessions to everyone on campus. Rayne Sofley, acting sophomore, leads the group’s sessions, from 8 to 9 a.m. every day in different locations around campus. Sofley announces locations and other information about the sessions on a Facebook page titled Yoga OCU. Yoga is […]

Worship service to provide different speakers for community

Evensong will bring in guest speakers this semester to give a different voice to the community. The Rev. Rodney Newman, director of religious life, has scheduled three guest speakers to preach at Evensong this semester. The speakers are: Hannah Lampi, religion junior; Michael Horn, youth ministry junior, and Lori Walke, associate pastor at Mayflower United […]

Proposed ‘language’ brings changes to SGA

By Emily Wiley, Editor-in-Chief Students might not be seeing candidates for Student Government Association at voting places anymore. The old language on the campaign rules for SGA allowed candidates and their staff to stand at the voting places with iPads and other devices asking passing students to vote. With the new language proposed, this would become illegal and […]

New personnel planning graduation ceremony

By Kyle Wallace, Staff Writer Logistics of the commencement ceremonies have yet to be announced to students expecting to graduate because of a personnel change in academic affairs. “I see signs about graduation, but I’ve never had it explained to me exactly what I need to do,” said Brady Bieber, economics and finance senior. Academic […]

OKC Zoo to host “wild” career fair


Have you ever dreamed of working at a zoo? If so, the OKC Zoo has a career fair on the wild side just for you.

Cokesbury water shut off

Cokesbury Court Apartment’s water will be shut off 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Feb. 20. Residents were notified by an email from Jerry Jones, office manager for university apartments, at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 18 that the water would be shut off Feb. 19. Students were notified again around 3:15 p.m. that the date had been moved to Feb. 20. The reason for […]

Oklahoma lawmakers consider texting and driving ban


Oklahoma lawmakers are seeking legislation to ban texting and driving. The case to ban the use of mobile phones while operating vehicles has been long debated, but came to a head last month after a phone-related incident cost two highway patrol officers their lives. On Jan. 1, 2015, Steven Clark was driving down I-40 and […]

OCU student wins contest

Sunsinee Parker, mass communications senior was announced the winner in the college division of the End Litter video contest, hosted by Keep Oklahoma Beautiful. Parker won a $750 cash prize for her winning video. High school and college students were entered into the contest. To find out more about the contest, visit the KOB website. […]

Birth and death on Facebook: milestones in the Internet Age


A new generation of Facebook users will have a presence on the social media platform before they’re born, and after they die. Is this constant media coverage a sign of progress and self-expression, or just another way to compete online?

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