Two emergency phones out of order

Two of the emergency phones on campus are out of order. The phones East of the Dawson-Loeffler Science & Mathematics Center and on the Quad South of Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center have been down for a couple of weeks, said Bradd Brown, chief of police. Brown said he did not have the information with […]

OCU named ‘Military Friendly School’ for seventh consecutive year

OCU recently was named a Military Friendly School for the seventh-consecutive year by a media outlet. Schools named to the list are known for helping military personnel make the transition back to civilian life. Victory Media operates, a website that lists companies and schools that actively support military personnel. The site uses surveys in order […]

University president offers Thanksgiving meal

President Robert Henry and his wife, Dr. Jan Henry, will give students who cannot go home for Thanksgiving a place to celebrate with the campus community. Henry is partnering with Sodexo to provide a Thanksgiving meal free of charge to students who are unable to go home because it is too far away. Lunch is […]

Business research center splits into three specific parts

The Meinders School of Business Economic Research and Policy Institute has split into three specific centers of research. The centers work on funded research from outside agencies and are available to students for individual research projects and work study jobs. The institute, located in Meinders School of Business, conducts economic impact studies, creates economic models, […]

Organization helps families in need during the giving season

The university is partnering with Skyline Urban Ministries this holiday season to help families in need. Various departments and organizations on campus will support 20 families from a list provided by Skyline. Students, faculty and staff who volunteer to help will purchase items on a wish list and deliver them to Skyline who will deliver […]

Housing staff looks to replace residence hall’s leaking air system

Leaks in Banning Hall dormitory have led housing officials to seek new climate control systems.    Banning Hall uses the oldest heating and cooling system on campus. In this chilled water system, pipes run cooled water to fans that blow air into each room. While innovative at the time of its installation 30 years ago, […]

Pedestrian gate welded shut to close west entrance

The broken pedestrian gate facing west in Cokesbury Court Apartments has been welded shut. The gate was an easy exit for Cokesbury residents trying to walk to nearby stores or to the Lambda Chi Alpha house. “It needed to be welded shut so it could be closed,” said Liz Harney, associate director of student housing […]

Students warned of slashed tires

A student was surprised by a flat tire on her way to observe an elementary school class. She was more surprised when she was told someone had slashed her tire. “I’m not mad at what happened,” said Kara Klamm, education senior. “I’m just frustrated that someone would think that it’s okay to vandalize someone else’s […]

Fraternity withdraws from national organization

Only one of OCU’s fraternities is a member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference. The NIC is a national association that represents fraternities in the U.S. Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) is the only fraternity at OCU still involved in the NIC. Lambda Chi Alpha resigned its membership Oct. 27. “Lambda Chi believes the NIC’s new direction […]

Students to showcase knowledge through poster contest

Students have the opportunity to showcase knowledge and a chance to win cash prizes at the annual undergraduate research poster contest. The contest is open to all undergraduate students, and entries can cover any topic. The work must be original and completed during the current academic year, in class or individually. Students can submit a […]

Theater school releases revised program

The School of Theater has released a revised Bachelor of Arts program. The change will go into effect in Fall 2016. It will replace the old Bachelor of Arts program when the current students graduate. The program will give students the education they would receive in show business, but localized into a four-year program. “There […]

Ten delicious caf combinations

Everyone gets sick of caf food after a while. Here are ten suggestions to spice up your meals without leaving the caf. 1. BLT brunch bagel Grab a bagel, lettuce, and tomato from the sandwich station. Then, add some bacon from the classics line. If it’s not brunch, you can use bacon bits, but you’ll […]

Play addresses racism, sexism

A student-directed play portrays the struggles of black women against racism and sexism. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf follows seven black women and the difficulty they face  in a racist and sexist society. The women each wear a specific color: red, blue, purple, yellow, brown, green, and orange. The […]

Students create YouTube series from their dorm room

Two students are creating and producing a weekly YouTube series. The DormRoom is a show created by Lincoln Korver, acting sophomore, and Graydon McNally, music theater sophomore, as a way to entertain and connect with people. The series is meant to make viewers laugh while giving them a quick escape from reality, Korver said. “We […]

Student inspired by own illness to create national organization

One student has turned her illness into an opportunity to educate and inspire others. Amanda Kronhaus, acting freshman, was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis in Spring 2013 during her sophomore year of high school. As a result, Kronhaus founded Project Neck Check in November 2014. Prior to her diagnosis, she had trouble managing her weight and […]

Chalking policy changes to maintain campus appearance

A new university policy changes the way student organizations can use chalk around campus. The policy requires that LaVetra Ray, assistant director of student activities, approve all chalking.  Chalk is only allowed on sidewalks and may not be within 30 feet of any building entrances. Organizations who break this policy are subject to a $200 […]

Wesley Center collects donations for foster children

The Wesley Center teamed up with Circle of Care to provide Christmas presents to 12 foster children. Circle of Care is a United Methodist organization whose mission is to help children and families in need assure a healthy future, according to its website, “They have given us 12 children to take care of and […]

Officials discuss canceling cable to improve Wi-Fi

Officials are considering disconnecting cable to dorm rooms to improve Wi-Fi.  The idea to disconnect the cable was proposed earlier this year after officials became aware many students don’t use cable in their rooms. Housing is working with student relations to determine if this would benefit students. Kevin Culbertson, coordinator of housing operations, said he […]

Two campus organizations unable to participate in Homecoming

Two campus organizations did not participate in Homecoming this year. Alpha Phi sorority decided as a chapter not to participate. Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity could not participate because of an ongoing investigation from the headquarters for potential hazing. “While it is sad that these two organizations can’t participate, we are still trying to unite the […]

Gamma Phi Beta wins Homecoming Sweepstakes

Homecoming ended as the ladies of Gamma Phi Beta swarmed the basketball court to accept their Sweepstakes trophy. The sorority won the overall Homecoming championship Nov. 7. The Sweepstakes award ceremony was after the men’s basketball game in Abe Lemons Area in Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center. The Stars won the game against […]

Gamma Phi Beta sweeps homecoming

OCU wrapped up the 2015 homecoming festivities by announcing Gamma Phi Beta as the overall homecoming champions. Second place overall went to Alpha Chi Omega, and Phi Mu took third. This year’s homecoming theme was “unite.” Activities included banner, window, spirit structure, and Lip Sync. Six campus organizations competed in every event: Alpha Chi Omega, […]

Students warned of wasps as weather turns colder

Students may see an increase in the number of wasps around campus as temperatures begin to cool. The increased wasp activity is not uncommon during the fall because female wasps are searching for winter homes for shelter to mate, according to a pest control company’s website, The wasps are a breed known as “paper […]

Students to gain insight into natural history through trip

Students interested in biology have an opportunity to study the natural history of the Rio Grande Valley. The biology department will lead a trip to the Rio Grande Valley as part of a natural history advanced biology class. Participants will study vertebrates, plants and ecosystem structure. The Rio Grande is a transition zone which makes […]

Music series opens with Grammy Award-winning group

The Turtle Island Quartet is set to open the 2015 Distinguished Artist Series hosted by the Wanda L. Bass School of Music. The quartet is comprised of violinist David Balakrishnan, cellist Mark Summer, violinist Mateusz Smoczynki, and violist Benjamin von Gutzeit. They will play music by Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck and John Carisi, as well […]

Alumna helps children with special needs, asks for volunteers

An alumna wants students to volunteer to help elementary students in Oklahoma City. “I would like to see OCU students volunteer at Edgemere,” said Joanna Eldridge, music performance alumna. “Money is great, but we really need support. College students have the ability to help the children and set a motivating example for them.” Eldridge works […]

Administrator uses personal funds to beautify garden

An administrator spent her own time and money to improve the look of the campus. Amy Cataldi, interim dean of Petree College of Arts and Sciences, said she thought the gardens around Walker Center for Arts and Sciences were ugly and hated to look at them. “I felt like students and faculty coming into the […]

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